Commercial vehicle safety enforcement officials urged to increase safety and security measures

| Tuesday, March 12, 2002

The goal of top level commercial vehicle safety enforcement officials? Julie Cirillo, Chief Safety Officer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, says it's to expand efforts to save as many lives as possible on North American highways.

Addressing the first North American Commercial Vehicle Policy Forum (held recently in Arlington, Virginia), Cirillo said, "Certainly, the basic truck and bus inspection programs must be continued and strengthened; but there must be more emphasis on new programs that focus on training, technology and traffic enforcement."

Cirillo complimented the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its members for making the inspection programs the success they are today. She encouraged them to do even more to bring the accident rate down, saying, "We will look to CVSA for new and creative ways to accomplish this."

Along the same lines, Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, told the group, "The DOT is depending heavily on CVSA to help implement the new safety plan at the Mexican border and to help Mexican carriers operate successfully in the United States."

Comments by forum participants from the three countries (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.) confirmed that the event had promoted continuity and uniformity in enforcement for enhancing safety on the highways.

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