Motor Carrier Safety
Each year on average about 4,000 people die in truck crashes and more than 100,000 are injured. In fatal crashes involving a truck and passenger car, 97% of the fatalities are occupants of the passenger vehicle. Advocates' safety priorities include stronger oversight and enforcement of motor carrier safety rules.
On June 29th, 2012, the House and Senate passed the surface transportation reauthorization legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141. This law includes important truck safety provisions that will protect both truck drivers and motorists alike.
Truck Size and Weight
Electronic On-Board Recorders
Other truck safety provisions in MAP-21 include:
- Tougher oversight for violations of motor carrier safety rules, such as reincarnated drivers and out-of-service orders
- Stronger registration requirements, including disclosure of common ownership or management, written proficiency examination for new entrant motor carriers, and safety fitness of new operators
- Requires a comprehensive analysis on the need for crash-worthiness standards for commercial motor vehicles
- Establishes a national clearinghouse for controlled substance and alcohol test results of commercial motor vehicle drivers
Motor Carrier Safety Resources:
Fact Sheet on the Danger of Large Trucks
Advocates' Testimony before Congress on Motor Carrier Safety:
Advocates' Regulatory Comments about Motor Carrier Safety:
Please click here for the full list of comments since 2010.