UNIFORMITY OF ROADSIDE SAFETY INSPECTIONS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AND DRIVERS ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL

To examine the issue of roadside inspection uniformity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiated a research project to provide practical information to FMCSA, commercial carriers, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) agencies, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, to guide and improve standardized roadside enforcement of commercial motor vehicle regulations across North America. This tech brief is based on the project final report, "Uniformity of Roadside Safety Inspections of Commercial Vehicles and Drivers on the National Level: Summary and Conclusions." It outlines the project objectives, methodology, findings, recommendations and best practices. Project researchers found no evidence of a significant problem with the overall uniformity of commercial motor vehicle inspections. Almost all inspections were performed in compliance with the North American Standard Inspection (NASI) criteria. Drivers interviewed in the field as well as those participating in the local driver/industry focus group sessions did not identify any significant problems with uniformity or fairness of inspections. However, there does appear to be a lack of knowledge among drivers about both the levels and practices of roadside safety inspections. The final report suggests that all agencies involved in the MCSAP work toward enhancing the overall knowledge and awareness of the commercial motor vehicle safety inspection program.

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    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Office of Research and Technology, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 2000-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

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

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FMCSA-MCRT-00-010
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 2000 12:00AM