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FMCSA to Study Overweight Trucks Effect on Safety

(April 18, 2012) — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is soliciting applications for what it says is a Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection Study Cooperative Agreement.

The FMCSA says it wants to work with stat agencies to better understand the safety performance of overweight vehicles — both permitted and illegally overloaded.

State agencies can get funding 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 that result in out-of-service orders, reports Heavy Duty Trucking.

“It’s a heavy vehicle inspection program, including illegally overweight and permitted vehicles,” explains Luke W. Loy with the FMCSA’s Vehicle & Roadside Operations Division. “But we are looking at certain vehicle types and axle configurations. We are looking at common vehicles, not 1-ton dually pickups pulling three-axle gooseneck, or 13-axle super heavy.”

The FMCSA intends to enter into these cooperative agreements around June 1.