A QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLE OF SHIPPERS AND OTHERS IN DRIVER COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS

There is widespread perception among various trucking industry representatives and observers that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators are frequently forced to violate the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations because of the tightness of their schedules. HOS regulations specify how long a CMV driver may drive continuously, and the length and number of breaks a driver must take. This concern was identified as one of the top 10 safety issues at the 1995 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Truck and Bus Safety Summit. In addition, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the FHWA undertake a rulemaking to prohibit shipment schedules that would require that a driver exceed regulations in order to complete a deadline. Congress has also recommended action on this subject. In accordance with Congressional intent, the Office of Motor Carriers conducted a focus group study to determine the scope, nature, and extent of shipper involvement with violations of safety regulations. This Tech Brief summarizes the study final report (FHWA-MC-98-049).

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Tech Brief
    • Publisher: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00764641
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-MCRT-99-004
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 7 1999 12:00AM