Federal Highway Administration Toughens Key Safety Rule For Motor Carriers
Federal Highway Administration
August 18, 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 18, 1999
Contact: David Longo
Tel: (202) 366-0456
Implementing new provisions that give U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) tough enforcement power to improve safety, the FHWA today proposed a major change to the safety fitness procedures of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The proposed rule would prohibit all motor carriers found to be unfit from operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. It would implement new powers provided for by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which President Clinton signed into law in June 1998.
"This bold action will help achieve our goal of reducing commercial vehicle-related deaths by half in the next 10 years," U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater said. "The impact of TEA-21 on commercial vehicle safety underscores this Administration’s determination and commitment to provide all Americans a safe and efficient transportation system."
The FHWA is proposing to use an unsatisfactory safety rating as an unfit determination. An unsatisfactory rating would mean that a motor carrier does not have adequate safety controls in place. The rating would result from a compliance review during which federal regulatory violations are discovered and on-the-road performance factors are examined.
"This change would provide FHWA a significant enforcement tool with which to improve motor carrier performance and shut down unsafe operators," said Federal Highway Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle.
Key features of the proposal include:
The proposed rule was in the Aug. 16, 1999 Federal Register. Comments on the proposal must be submitted in writing by Sept. 15, 1999 to Docket Number FHWA-99-5467, Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001.
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