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
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
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,
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.