Advocates for highway and auto safety and other safety groups seem to be on board with most of these changes.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the FMCSA terminology and safety programs, let me quickly try and boil it down:
FMCSA: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the government agency that’s responsible for the issuance, administration and enforcement safety regulations for commercial motor vehicles across the U.S.
This is a move by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to improve the inspection and crash information that its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program is based upon.
FMSCA officials recently presented plans for eliminated these “registrant-only” DOT numbers from registration procedures for truck equipment. Here are important dates to know:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently proposed some changes to its CSA program. There is one proposed change that suggests the FMCSA is bowing to industry pressure, at the expense of saving lives from fatigued truck drivers. The proposed change is a shame, and it is misguided:
Changing the name of the Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service (HOS)) BASIC to the HOS Compliance BASIC: This Fatigued Driving BASIC continues to have a strong association with future crash risk. The action is being taken to reflect that the BASIC includes hours of service record keeping requirements that do not necessarily indicate fatigued driving or driving in excess of allowable hours.
I was President of the Truck Accident Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice during the Bush Administration. Let’s just say, the results of all the lobbying and outreach I did on truck safety were regularly disappointing. The Bush Administration’s position was essentially to ignore safety, and the truck lobby had a consistent friend in the White House.
“Black boxes” have completely revolutionized the way trucking companies can monitor the activities of their truck drivers. They’ve also revolutionized the way truck accident lawyers litigate serious crash cases, as black boxes may likely help prove your case and discredit the defense.