This Canadian evaluation project was designed to examine two hypotheses: (1) Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection is effective in improving the condition of the motor vehicle population. (2) PMVI is effective in reducing accident rates. New Brunswick was divided into zones within which an accident rate expressed as number of accidents per 100,000 miles driven in each zone was established. A questionnaire consisting of two forms was designed. The first, an inspection form, divided the vehicle items requiring inspection into eight major categories. The second requested a summary of all repair costs. The survey lasted from Fall 1969 to Fall 1971, yielding 2,022 questionniares. The data analysis procedure was a simple linear regression analysis of quality of vehicle mechanical condition for each zone. The index of quality being the physical measure of the mechanical condition of a particular vehicle population. The resulting data is expressed in Tables II through V. While it was not possible to quantitatively assess the benefits from the PMVI program by comparing the reduction in accident costs and the increased inspection and repair costs it has been possible to conclude that improved vehicle quality does contribute to lower accident rates. The PMVI program should be continued and further research should be carried out to determine the most suitable measure of vehicle quality and the cost-benefit factors of the program.(MW)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by New Brunswick Department of the Provincial Secretary. Presented at the VIIth IRF World Meeting, Munich, W. Germany, Oct. 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of New Brunswick

    Department of Civil Engineering, 17 Dineen Drive
    Fredericton, New Brunswick  Canada  E3B 5A3
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, F R
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127304
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM