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Motor carrier safety : commercial vehicle registration program has kept unsafe carriers from operating, but effectiveness is difficult to measure.

  • 2009-05-01

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      Commercial vehicle registration program has kept unsafe carriers from operating, but effectiveness is difficult to measure
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      668453275
    • NTL Classification:
      NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Laws ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Standards and Rules ; NTL-FREIGHT-Trucking Industry ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Freight Planning and Policy ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Transit Planning and Policy ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Bus Transportation ; NTL-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION-Transit Safety and Security ; NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Transit Safety and Security ; NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-Funding ;
    • Abstract:
      To reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor carriers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the Department of Transportation orders unsafe carriers out of service. To help keep these carriers off the road, FMCSA’s voluntary Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) grant program, a small program funded at $5 million per year, helps states establish information systems connections between state vehicle registration and FMCSA’s safety databases. These connections provide states with upto- date information on carriers’ safety status when carriers try to register or renew registrations with the state. For states to deny, suspend, or revoke registrations to out-of-service carriers, states must pass legislation enabling them to do so. As directed by a congressional committee, GAO examined (1) PRISM’s effectiveness and (2) the potential to fully implement the program nationally. GAO reviewed FMCSA data and discussed PRISM with a wide variety of federal, state, industry, and safety stakeholders.
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