Roughly 450 unsafe buses were removed from our roadways to improve passenger safety. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood headed the inspections of more than 3,000 surprise passenger safety carriers this summer. Unsafe buses and trucks pose large threats to motorists on our highways.
These surprise inspections, conducted through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state and local law enforcement partners, aimed to keep passengers and motorists safe during the busy summer travel season and to reduce the risks of truck accidents in Missouri and elsewhere.
Out-of-service citations were handed to 127 drivers and more than 300 vehicles during these inspections. Our Missouri truck accident attorneys understand that it is important that all vehicles meet a strict set of rules and regulations to ensure to safety of all motorists. Traffic accidents are more likely to end in death when one of these large vehicles is involved.
"During this heavy summer travel season, we will remain alert and remove from our roads any passenger bus or driver that places motorists at risk," said Secretary LaHood.
The FMCSA also conducted nearly 40 full safety compliance reviews as well. These reviews are used to determine a vehicle's safety rating. If these vehicles don't meet specific standards set forth by the Administration, they're pulled from our roadways and banned from operating until they meet safety standards.
"The public deserves safe passenger bus transportation every ride," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "FMCSA and its law enforcement partners will not rest until we weed out every unsafe passenger carrier and driver. Our ongoing strike force inspections are essential to protecting motorists and reaching our goal of zero fatalities involving commercial vehicles."
During these inspections, Secretary LaHood and Administrator Ferro announced that they will be enlisting a number of new safety measures. The announced that the DOT will be requiring more stern commercial driver's license testing standards and they will be seeking new rules to strengthen passenger carrier and driver compliance with federal safety regulations.
The enforcement doesn't stop there. They've also created a new final rule that now requires that anyone that is applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) must first obtain a commercial driver's learner's permit. Under the new rule, all state licensing agencies to are to use a standardized CDL testing system. The new rule also prohibits the use of foreign language interpreters for these tests to reduce the potential for testing fraud.
Commercial drivers are no longer allowed to text behind the wheel either and a newly proposed rule aims to prohibit the use of hand-held mobile phones. Lastly, in the Motorcoach Safety Action Plan, the Department has proposed another set of new rules that would require that all of these vehicles have seat belts and electronic on-board recorders. These on-board recorders aim to replace easily falsified paper records of driver hours to reduce the risks of drowsy driving traffic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car, bus or trucking accident in Missouri, contact the Injury Lawyers of Aaron Sachs & Associates for a free initial consultation. Call 1-888-777-AUTO (2886).
More Blog Entries:
Heavier Trucks Increase Risk of Springfield Missouri Tractor-Trailer Accidents, Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Blog, May 30, 2011
Are Springfield Missouri Truck Accidents Unavoidable? Learn to Drive Defensively, Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Blog, May 11, 2011
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