Archive for February, 2015

Grants to advance safety technologies for driver jobs

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the availability of $30 million in state grants through two annual programs that will help the technology of those who have driver jobs.

The programs will modernize their technology infrastructure to more efficiently collect and disseminate real-time safety data to roadside inspectors and law enforcement personnel.

FMCSA works closely with state commercial vehicle inspectors and law enforcement personnel to monitor the compliance of truck and bus companies and commercial drivers with federal safety regulations.

All violations discovered during unannounced roadside inspections, as well as all driving violations by truck and bus drivers, are entered into a national data system that can be retrieved throughout the country.

The availability of timely data to roadside inspectors and law enforcement personnel is crucial to improving safety on the nation’s highways and roads.

“FMCSA has long embraced the latest technology in pursuit of our mission reducing the number and the severity of crashes involving large trucks and buses,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “With advanced, real-time data tools, roadside inspectors are able to prioritize carriers for detail inspections based upon their past performance, while assisting law enforcement officers conducting on-scene crash investigations. The value of these technological tools cannot be overstated.”

“Safety is our highest priority and we expect that truck and bus companies, and their drivers, are also focused on safety at all times,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Providing our state partners with the most effective tools for identifying unsafe trucks, buses, and commercial drivers in real time is an investment that pays dividends in preventing crashes and saving lives.”