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Safety Recommendation H-05-008
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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: Develop a method for inspecting motorcoach passenger seat mounting anchorages and revise your Vehicle Inspection Handbook: Trucks, Buses, and Trailers to include the inspection procedures.
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: 11/29/2010
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: Your May 6, 2010, letter did not provide any information regarding Safety Recommendation H-05-08. This recommendation was issued over 5 years ago, and, so far as the NTSB is aware, no action to address it has yet been taken. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-05-08 is classified CLOSED -- UNACCEPTABLE ACTION. The NTSB would appreciate receiving an update if AAMVA updates its handbook to incorporate language on passenger seat anchorages. At that time, we may reclassify this recommendation.

From: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
To: NTSB
Date: 5/6/2010
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 5/20/2010 12:17:10 PM 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: The NTSB notes that the handbook currently covers the issue of passenger seat anchorages but that AAMVA will review the relevant section to ensure that it is adequate to cover current safety concerns. Pending the review to confirm that the issue is addressed or the revision of the information on passenger seat anchorages contained in the handbook, Safety Recommendation H-05-8 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE. The NTSB would appreciate receiving a copy of the updated section.

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. The issue of passenger seat anchorage is currently covered, but will be reviewed to be sure that it is adequate to cover current safety concerns.