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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-87-047
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Synopsis: ON JULY 14, 1986, A TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER COMBINATION BY RISING FAST TRUCKING COMPANY, INC. (RFT) WAS MAKING A U-TURN AT A HIGHWAY CROSSOVER ON I-40 NEAR BRINKLEY, ARKANSAS, WHEN THE SEMITRAILER WAS STRUCK BY AN EASTBOUND INTERCITY BUS OPERATED BY TRAILWAYS LINES, INC. THE RFT TRUCKDRIVER AND HIS CODRIVER WERE NOT INJURED. THE BUSDRIVER AND 27 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED INJURIES RANGING FROM MINOR TO SERIOUS. ONE PASSENGER WAS NOT INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDED THAT THE AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, INC.: POLL ALL LICENSING JURISDICTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES EACH TIME THE BOOKLET "HOW AND WHERE TO CHECK DRIVING RECORDS AND REPORT ACCIDENTS" IS REVISED TO DETERMINE IF ANY JURISDICTION HAS IMPOSED LIMITATIONS ON THE AVAILABILITY OF COMPLETE DRIVING VIOLATION CONVICTION RECORDS OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS, AND INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION IN THE BOOKLET.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Highway
Location: Brinkley, AR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA86MH005
Accident Reports: Trailways Lines, Inc., Intercity Bus Collision with Rising Fast Trucking Company, Inc., Interstate Highway to 40
Report #: HAR-87-05
Accident Date: 7/14/1986
Issue Date: 8/19/1987
Date Closed: 5/25/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Trucking Associations, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Trucking Associations, Inc.
Date: 5/25/2004
Response: Notation 4464B administratively closed this recommendation on 5/25/2004. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 established standards for issuance of a commercial driver's license (CDL) by States. The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 further amplified CDL requirements. As a result of the laws enacted in response to these Acts, each State is now required to maintain a record of moving traffic violations for each individual who holds a CDL. That record is required to be made available upon request to the individual, employers, prospective employers, and State licensing and law enforcement agencies. The Safety Board believes that this required maintenance and availability of the driving records of individuals with CDLs has superseded the need for information in ATA's publication How and Where to Check Driving Records and Report Accidents regarding jurisdictions that previously imposed restrictions on driver information accessibility. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-87-47 is classified "Closed-No Longer Applicable." The Board further believes that sending a letter to the ATA at this time advising of such action would serve no useful purpose and be of little meaning to them.

From: NTSB
To: American Trucking Associations, Inc.
Date: 11/25/1987
Response: The Safety Board agrees with your statement that the detection of unqualified drivers and those who are habitual violators by employers and licensing agencies, and their resultant disqualification will help to improve transportation safety. We, of course, will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation in assisting them in implementing the requirements of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act. In regard to our recommendation, we look forward to receiving the results of your next survey on State conviction record limitations and inclusion of this information in the next edition of the booklet, "How and Where to Check Driving Records and report Accidents." Pending further response, Safety Recommendation H-87-47 will be classified as "Open-Acceptable Action."

From: American Trucking Associations, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 9/11/1987
Response: THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT OF 1986 ESTABLISHED REQUIREMENTS FOR A SINGLE COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE FOR OPERATORS OF TRUCKS WITH A GVWR IN EXCESS OF 26,000 LBS. I URGE YOU TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION POSSIBLE TO HOLD THE DOT TO THE ESTABLISHED TIME TABLE AND TO ASSIST IN EXPEDITIOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CVSA REQUIREMENTS. DETECTION OF UNQUALIFIED DRIVERS AND THOSE WHO ARE HABITUAL VIOLATORS, BY BOTH LICENSING AGENCIES AND EMPLOYERS, AND RESULTANT DISQUALIFICATION IS A MAJOR STEP IN IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY. OUR PUBLICATION "HOW AND WHERE TO CHECK DRIVING RECORDS AND REPORT ACCIDENTS" IS A COMPILATION OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY STATES IN ANSWER TO A POLL OF THE LICENSING AGENCY IN EACH STATE. THIS SURVEY WAS COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE MARCH 1987 REVISION AND ALL RESTRICTIONS WHICH LIMIT RECORD ACCESS ARE LISTED. ATA MUST RELY ON THE VALIDITY AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EACH STATE. THE SURVEY WILL BE COMPLETED AGAIN PRIOR TO THE NEXT REVISION.