FMCSA program monitors trucking industry

Driving a commercial vehicle in Alabama is a big responsibility, and truck drivers must undergo special training before operating a tractor trailer on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the trucking industry to improve safety and reduce truck accident rates.

In the past, limited resources stood in the way of holding the industry at large accountable for compliance. To overcome these, experts worked at creating a system that focused more on holding companies responsible for the training drivers receive, which is the basis for their ability to fulfill necessary safety functions. The agency’s Compliance Safety Accountability program is the result, and it holds owners and operators responsible for their behaviors.

The FMSCA explains that one essential component of the CSA is the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category, or BASIC. While mechanics may be responsible for repairs, the program requires companies to train each driver in identifying issues that could be hazards. Operators should know how to do the following:

  •          Perform inspections
  •          Load and secure freight correctly
  •          Recognize and report defects
  •          Monitor repairs

Safety investigators may conduct a random examination of any truck on the side of the road as a part of enforcing compliance. Not only are the vehicle’s lights, brakes, tires and other components checked, drivers are required to provide their proof of education on load securement, driver and official inspection reports, accident reports and documentation of repairs and maintenance.

Every trucker receives a ranking that takes into account any compliance failures. These violations are listed, and the company’s vehicles may undergo further inspections or receive warnings until the safety issues are corrected. 

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