The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.
The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC and employs more than 1,000 people in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, all dedicated to improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and saving lives.
These are the guys that are supposed to keep everyone in the trucking industry in order. But who can we get to keep them in order? 2011 has not been a good year for FMCSA this would be the third strike against this government agency – when will we stand up and demand they be investigated?
Back in January of this year the FMCSA received two strikes against them right off the bat. The American Trucking Association reported that the FMCSA liked to manipulate reports to make the reports in their favor so they would have “proof” of some regulation they wanted to add to the trucking industry.
in an effort to rationalize a change in federal Hours of Service (HOS) requirements for professional truck drivers, the U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) misapplied its own crash numbers so as to elevate driver fatigue as a cause of truck crashes, the American Trucking Associations (ATA)
We now have the FMCSA making things up just so they can add or take away from regulations as long as they get what they want. That doesn’t sound like a safety group to me, does it you? Although, this does not surprise me as we already knew they like to “mold” or “fudge” reports into their favor. When the real facts are supplied they ignore them because the real facts tell a very different story than the manipulated reports they use do.
Next up was a few days after the first report a second report from E-Trucker.com said that a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) field supervisor has pleaded not guilty to a bribery charge, despite recordings of him agreeing to delay a carrier review or audit for cash. What is the deal with these two accusations against these lawmakers?
Oh but wait it only gets better, you see now we have a third reason to call them corrupt. Charlie Morasch – a Land Line staff writer reported late yesterday that A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement officer has been indicted for accepting bribes in exchange for Level 1 CVSA decals. The decals, issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, signal to other law enforcement officers that a commercial motor vehicle has passed a roadside inspection. Eric Hernandez, an FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Specialist who worked at the agency’s Laredo, TX, office allegedly sold the stickers to truck drivers.
This is kind of scary news because the Obama administration is getting ready to re-open the failed cross-border trucking program – that ironically was closed before because of safety and security reasons. The leaders in the trucking industry should be demanding that an investigation be done on the FMCSA to see if they are still a felicitous part of the government – especially since they are the ones that decide what rules the trucking industry is to operate under.
This last incrimination against the FMCSA is something that needs to be investigated BEFORE the already failed cross-border trucking program with Mexico allows a bunch of “safe” trucks – that received their clear inspection stickers via cash donations – into the United States.
Maybe the “claims” that these government agencies use to “make things seem worse than they really are” are in fact – made up? It’s getting to the point that these morons need to stop playing games, and get serious. If this is true and is taking place – then an investigation needs to be done – and the trash needs taken out!
FMCSA border inspector in TX indicted for taking bribes
Strike Two! – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FMCSA – mission statement
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