Commercial motor vehicles transported nearly 64% of all business products (roughly 11.513 million tons of freight) throughout the United States, and more than 750 million people rely on commercial passenger transportation companies to travel to their destinations. By year 2045, total freight on all modes – air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks – is projected by the Federal Government to reach 25 billion tons while the value is expected to grow to $37 trillion. Trucks are by far the single most-used mode to move freight, moving 64 percent of tonnage in 2015 and 69 percent of the value. Tonnage for trucking is forecast to grow 44 percent by 2045, and value is forecast to grow 84 percent.
The Federal government regulates this industry and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with State and local law enforcement agencies, enforce these regulations upon motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. The commercial motor vehicle inspectors and motor carrier auditors will fine companies, starting at $2,000 per violation, and cite drivers for being in violation of these regulations. CSA 2010 has changed the motor carrier safety rating system to where ALL violations on a roadside inspection count against the carrier.
During 2015 Fiscal Year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and State Agencies completed 14,646 Audit Investigations (On-Site Comprehensive, On-Site Focused, and Off-Site Focused Investigations) resulting in the issuance of 5,070 Notices of Claim (fines to companies) for a grand total of $33,751,234 in fines, 847 Unsat/Unfit Orders (company shut-downs for unsafe operations), 1,306 Out-Of-Service Orders (company shut-downs for not paying fines), and 9 Imminent Hazard Out-Of-Service Orders (company shut-downs for being a hazard to the public). Additionally, 17,466 new motor carriers received Out-Of-Service Orders for failing or not completing the New Entrant Safety Assessment audits. For Roadside Inspections, they completed 3,376,038 tractor/trailer, truck, and bus inspections, placing 467,699 vehicles and 159,543 drivers Out-Of-Service.
The Federal, State and local roadside inspectors and auditors are educated in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by the Federal government. They spend a minimum of 80 hours, and up to 256 hours, in a classroom environment and are taught by 2-3 instructors per class. They must pass a knowledge test at 80% or better to become certified to complete the inspections. Auditors will spend approximately 320 hours in 7 different courses to obtain the certifications necessary for their assignments.
The Federal government requires motor carriers and their employees to be knowledgeable about the FMCSRs, but offers no educational courses to them or the general public. The FMCSA and State auditors will, however, gladly add the violation of Failing to be Knowledgeable of the FMCSRs to any audit they conduct.
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