Congressional committee seeks more FMCSA safety audits & on-road driver training
The U. S. House Appropriations Committee has directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to report by March 1, 2007, on how it will revise the compliance review process to improve detection of motor carriers with poor safety practices and shut them down. The request was included in the committee report (House Report 109-495) accompanying the transportation funding bill (H.R. 5576) for the coming fiscal year.
The committee report expressed concern that the "FMCSA’s entire safety fitness regime operates too leniently with criteria that do not result frequently enough in dangerous, unsafe motor carriers being shut down or drivers having their licenses revoked, and that FMCSA’s compliance review standards actually allow unsafe motor carriers to continue to operate.”
The committee also urged FMCSA to expedite its revisions to the entry-level truck driver training rule that a federal appeals court ruled to be inadequate earlier this year. The agency should “carefully consider the obvious benefits of a comprehensive training requirement that includes on-street, behind-the-wheel skills training for entry-level truck drivers,” the committee said.
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