FMCSA, FHWA to study safety of heavier vehicles

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Updated Apr 16, 2012

In an effort to better understand the safety performance of heavier vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration are partnering to implement the Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection Study Cooperative Agreement that will provide funding to state agencies responsible for large truck roadside safety inspections.

The purpose of the study is to collect safety data from roadside inspections on vehicles exceeding certain weight levels to determine if there are any associations between higher vehicle weights and motor carrier safety violations, particularly those with out-of-service conditions.

Detailed information on applicant expectations and the application process for these cooperative agreements will be provided in a Notice of Funding Availability to be released April 16 or soon thereafter. FMCSA intends to enter into these cooperative agreements by June 1 or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable.

All SHVI Study cooperative agreement applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Applications are due by May 4. For more information, contact FMCSA’s Luke Loy at luke.loy@dot.gov, 202-366-0676. FMCSA staff may be reached at 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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