U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Transportation Department Report Shows How European Practices Could Improve Commercial Vehicle Safety in U.S.
Federal Highway Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle and the Acting Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Clyde J. Hart Jr., today announced a new report that shows how the United States could adopt some practices and policies in Europe to enhance commercial vehicle safety.
"The United States and Europe share common commercial vehicle safety issues, and this report provides descriptions of many of the best practices and policies in Europe that could be adapted for use in the United States as we continue working to improve commercial vehicle safety," Wykle said.
The FHWA's Office of International Programs produced the report, "Commercial Vehicle Safety Technology and Practice in Europe." The FHWA developed the report with the former Office of Motor Carriers, now the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The report identifies emerging safety systems, technologies and issues and offers recommendations for enhancing commercial vehicle safety in the United States in the areas of human factors, equipment, infrastructure, and organizational structures.
The report grew out of a panel convened by the FHWA's International Technology Exchange Program to explore ways in which European practices and policies in commercial vehicle safety could be applied in the United States. The panel focused its research on France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Panel members represented FHWA, state Departments of Transportation, truck owners and operators, and private sector consultants.
Driver management in Europe begins with mandatory and extensive training. In the United States, areas for advancement include:
Truck manufacturers in Europe have developed and are deploying new vehicle safety systems, ranging from air bags to collision-avoidance systems. Areas for advancement in the United States include:
Within the European Union, the European Commission creates safety regulations that apply throughout the member nations. The report notes several models of safety compliance approaches, such as the recent Dutch innovation that combines roadside and in-company inspections. Areas for advancement in the United States include: