Out-of-service process to remain as is

| Friday, July 25, 2003

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said July 24 there’s no need to incorporate the criteria used for placing trucks out of service into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

Currently, the North American Uniform Out-of-Service Criteria is published by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an association of federal, state and provincial officials responsible for enforcing motor carrier safety laws and regulations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Each year, the CVSA reviews the criteria through a committee process involving representatives from government and the motor carrier industry.

However, some groups, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, asked FMCSA to codify the criteria into the FMCSRs. This would create a legally-binding standard for inspectors and their agencies under which vehicles and drivers are placed out of service, OOIDA said.

But FMCSA said it’s in the public interest for the criteria to be managed through the current partnership of federal, state and provincial governments from the Unites States, Canada and Mexico, with participation by motor vehicle and equipment manufacturers, researchers and other interested parties.

“FMCSA has determined that including the criteria in the FMCSRs, either through codification of each criterion or through incorporation by reference of a specific edition of the criteria, would not provide any discernible safety benefits to the public or resolve issues raised by parties seeking such action,” the agency said.

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