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Safety Recommendation H-05-007
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Synopsis: These recommendations address the adequacy of State and Federal oversight of motor carriers, the identification and appropriate use of speed-restricted tires on motorcoaches, and the criteria for State and Federal annual inspections of motorcoach passenger seating anchorage points. The recommendations are derived from the Safety Board’s investigation of the motorcoach run-off-the-road accident that took place in Tallulah, Louisiana, on October 13, 2003, and are consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. As a result of this investigation, the Safety Board has issued 11 safety recommendations, 3 of which are addressed to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Information supporting the recommendations is discussed below. The Safety Board would appreciate a response from you within 90 days addressing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement our recommendations.
Recommendation: TO THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATORS: Revise your Vehicle Inspection Handbook: Trucks, Buses, and Trailers to provide guidance on inspecting and examining tires to ensure that they have the proper speed rating for a vehicles intended use.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Tallulah, LA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: hwy04mh002
Accident Reports: Motorcoach Run-Off-The-Road Accident
Report #: HAR-05-01
Accident Date: 10/13/2003
Issue Date: 4/27/2005
Date Closed: 3/19/2010
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Date: 11/29/2010
Response: On March 19, 2010, the NTSB classified Safety Recommendation H-05-07 CLOSED -- UNACCEPTABLE ACTION in a letter to AAMVA because AAMVA had not revised its inspection handbook and believed that it could not do so because of budgetary constraints, staffing considerations, and the small number of states that maintain inspections programs. The NTSB indicated that it might reconsider the classification of this recommendation if AAMVA were to update the handbook or find an alternate means of alerting its membership about inspecting and examining tire speed ratings. As no new information has been provided regarding Safety Recommendation H-05-07, its status has not changed.

From: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
To: NTSB
Date: 5/6/2010
Response: MC# 2100176: - From Neil D. Schuster, President and CEO: The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators thanks the National Transportation Safety Board for its request regarding H-05-06 through -08 regarding State and Federal oversight of motor carriers, the identification and appropriate use of speed-restricted tires on motorcoaches, and the criteria for State and Federal annual inspections of motorcoach passenger seating anchorage points. Specifically, NTSB noted: 'The Safety Board believes that AAMVA should develop, and disseminate to the States, model language for title and registration applications to alert applicants to the Federal definition of a commercial vehicle and to the need to contact the FMCSA for guidance on obtaining a USDOT number and on determining the applicability of Federal safety regulations to their vehicle." AAMVA understands the need to alert applicants to federal definitions, and is in constant communication with its jurisdictional membership to advise them of any updates to the Code of Federal Regulations. AAMVA encourages its membership to address safety regulations at the time of vehicle registration, and is informing its membership of all changes to federal definitions as they occur. However, because Congress is currently considering wholesale changes to the oversight of motorcoach services through the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act (S. 554); and because we believe this legislation will work towards modifying these definitions, we feel it may be premature to provide advisory language at this time. Further, AAMVA believes guidance on obtaining a USDOT number and the applicability of federal safety regulations should be provided for (and distributed by) the federal agency responsible for its current status. AAMVA believes advisory language must come directly from USDOT as this would alleviate any confusion on best practices, determine where current administrative language applies, and alleviate conflicting operational process. AAMVA thanks the NTSB for its recommendations and continued work in furthering roadway safety. We look forward to working with the Board in the future and welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively in advancing national safety priorities.

From: NTSB
To: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Date: 3/19/2010
Response: AAMVA indicates that it is unable to revise its inspection handbook at this time because of budgetary constraints, staffing considerations, and the small number of states that maintain inspection programs. Although the NTSB understands AAMVA’s limitations, it is disappointed that the handbook has not been updated over the last 10 years, thus limiting the access of AAMVA members to the most current information available. As AAMVA’s actions do not satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation H-05-7, this recommendation is classified CLOSED -- UNACCEPTABLE ACTION. If AAMVA updates the handbook in the future or finds an alternate means of alerting its membership about inspecting and examining tire speed ratings, the NTSB would appreciate receiving an update. At that time, we may reconsider the classification of this recommendation.

From: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
To: NTSB
Date: 4/9/2009
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/23/2009 4:40:27 PM MC# 2090253: - From Neil D. Schuster, President and CEO: Due to budgetary constraints, staffing considerations and the small number of states that maintain inspection programs, AAMVA was not able to revise and republish its Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks Inspection Handbook. The latest version was published in 1999. If AAMVA is able to, and revisits the publication in the future, it will ensure that tire inspection and rating are included in the updated versions of the handbook.