The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Program:

Not Yet Achieving What the Congress Wanted

CED-77-62: Published: May 16, 1977. Publicly Released: May 16, 1977.

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Although highway safety has increased since 1966, in 1977 the Federal motor carrier safety program had not been improved as much as the Congress wanted. Problems which raised congressional concern in 1966 still exist.

Over one-third of the 54,800 trucks and buses inspected by Federal personnel during 1974 and 1975 were unsafe and taken off the road until repaired. Little assurance exists that most motor carriers are operating in compliance with Federal safety regulations.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Congress should provide the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety with additional authority to enforce the Federal motor carrier safety regulations. The Secretary of Transportation should require the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration to develop an information system to identify motor carriers most in need of safety surveys; to establish systematic procedures for developing enforcement cases to insure that cases will be uniformly and adequately prepared; to reduce the delays in the Bureau's civil processing time; to instruct Bureau regional directors and regional counsels to negotiate civil penalties closer to the maximum allowed; to take stronger enforcement actions against carriers and drivers who fail to prepare or properly maintain driver logs; and to use road check, safety survey, and accident reports provided by the States when formulating work schedules.


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