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NTSB criticizes FMSCSA oversight of trucking industry

The old saying "Locking the barn doors after the horse has is gone," comes to mind after the release of a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) which was characterized as "sharply critical" of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its supervision of the nation's trucking and bus industry.

While granting that the FMCSA does eventually get around to shutting down carriers and trucking companies that cause catastrophic accidents, the NTSB suggested that the scrutiny only came after a deadly bus or truck accident. This behavior permits many poorly performing companies to continue to operate longer than they should, in the eyes of the NTSB.

The NTSB cited four recent bus or truck accidents, which resulted in 25 deaths and injuries to 83 people. The worst incident occurred in Oregon, where a motor coach crashed down an embankment and rolled over. Nine people were killed and 37 injured.

Slightly more than a month later, a bus crashed in California when the driver lost control and seven passengers were killed with 33 injured. Two truck accidents killed another eight people.

The companies and drivers in these crashes had numerous violations, including faulty maintenance practices, Hours of Service (HOS) violations and falsification of driver logbooks. Some of the drivers involved in these crashes kept two sets of logbooks, one of which was derisively referred to as "comic books."

HOS have long been a contentious issue, with lobbyists for the trucking industry often opposed to stricter regulation and the use of electronic logging devices, and the FMCSA has been criticized for its failure to stand up to industry pressure and compromising the driving public's safety.

Source: Advocates For Highway and Auto Safety, "STATEMENT OF JACKIE GILLAN, PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES FOR HIGHWAY AND AUTO SAFETY, ON SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD," November 7, 2013

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