The plans presented in this document describe how the U.S. Department of Transportation will implement the National Transportation Policy as it concerns medium and heavy truck safety, including vehicles, drivers, carriers, roadway design, and the transportation of hazardous materials. With it, the Department hopes to encourage further dialogue with private industry, State and local governments, and the general public on how its programs can be carried out efficiently and effectively. Ongoing programs were reviewed jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Research and Special Programs Administration to ascertain those places where the programs fit together well and those where program changes or wholly new actions might contribute to still better safety. Improvements in six key areas were identified: Carrier Operations; Driver Behavior and Qualifications; Vehicle Performance Characteristics; Cargo Handling; Roadway Safety; and Accident and Vehicle Condition Data. Individual projects, both old and new, are presented in each of these areas, along with key milestone dates. Many new initiatives include improved coordination between the three agencies on safety-related issues such as increased truck size and weight, high-tech driver information systems, heavy truck data collection, truck driver licensing, driver training, handling of hazardous materials, and alcohol and drug use by truck drivers.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 55 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00622655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-807 741
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1992 12:00AM