Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down a record 26 bus companies that posed imminent hazards to the traveling public. But let's be clear: safety is not a one-time event. Day in and day out, bus and truck inspectors are on the job to ensure the safety of everyone on our roadways.
To highlight our safety efforts, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro attended the launch of Roadcheck 2012 yesterday in Landover, MD.
During the three days of Roadcheck, the FMCSA, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), and their safety partners dispatch 10,000 federal, state, and local inspectors to more than 1,500 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to conduct comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections.
The CVSA and FMCSA have teamed up for 25 years to support the world’s largest targeted inspection and enforcement effort aimed at strengthening commercial vehicle and driver safety.
We know that well-rested, safety-focused drivers make our roads safer. So Roadcheck inspectors will check drivers' hours-of-service and underscore to drivers the importance of maintaining their logbooks, taking breaks, preventing fatigue, and driving without distractions.
We also know that safety equipment--like brakes--can only keep drivers, freight, and other motorists safe when it's in good working order. That's why inspectors at this year's Roadcheck will pay particular attention to proper brake maintenance.
To the conscientious commercial drivers and carriers who stay safe and keep their vehicles well-maintained, we thank you. We are proud to call you partners in safety and urge you to continue setting a strong example for your industry.
Roadcheck's inspections are performed by dedicated law enforcement professionals who understand the need to remove dangerous drivers and vehicles from our highways. From sun up Tuesday until sundown on Thursday, these officers will conduct more than 70,000 inspections.
When it comes down to it, the secret to safe roads is simple: good laws supported with good enforcement. At Roadcheck 2012--and throughout the year--FMCSA and CVSA are up to the task.