DOT, CVSA Join Forces to Tighten CDL Enforcement
September 14, 2000
CVSA will be the lead organization in a pilot program with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help states develop and test the effectiveness of their commercial driver's license programs.
The program will help states determine the speed and efficiency with which they post driver license convictions and make this information available to other states.
Speaking at CVSA's annual conference, Clyde Hart, Acting Deputy Administrator of the FMCSA, said, "If successful, the pilot program will have used CVSA resources to help all states meet this goal and further reduce crashes and modify driver behavior."
The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 requires all states to tighten up their enforcement of the CDL law to prevent truck drivers from operating on the nation's highways with a suspended or revoked license. During the hearings that preceded enactment of the law, it became apparent that many states don’t post convictions on a timely basis or share the information with other states. This has resulted in a number of drivers operating with either a suspended or revoked CDL, including several who were involved in recent well-publicized commercial vehicle accidents.
"This pilot program marks the first time the enforcement community will be directly involved in CDL program compliance," said CVSA Executive Director Steve Campbell. "In almost all states, this effort now rests exclusively with the motor vehicle department -- an administrative agency with no commercial motor vehicle enforcement responsibility."
He also said CVSA hopes to apply the principles of uniformity and reciprocity that are successful in the roadside vehicle inspection program to ensure that only safe and qualified drivers operate in all jurisdictions.