When truckers are careless or negligent, innocent Missouri and Illinois motorists can end up getting hurt. This is why the commercial trucking industry is so highly regulated.
Since 1975 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has tracked the amount of large trucks registered on the road and their crash statistics. A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating that is greater than 10,000 pounds. This includes medium and heavy trucks.
In an effort to improve the inspection and crash information, the FMCSA is eliminating registrant-only DOT numbers. They are set to expire in the middle of October 2012.
What is A DOT Number?
For companies that operate commercial vehicles that transport passengers or that haul cargo in interstate commerce, they must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. This number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information.
The FMCSA developed ‘registrant-only’ DOT numbers to identify registered owners of commercial motor vehicles that are not motor carriers, but that lease their commercial vehicles to entities that are motor carriers.
The ones affected by the changes are truck drivers who are owner-operators and manage their own base plates. According to one article, the existence of these numbers has contributed to poor data quality. The agency explained that the registrant-only DOT numbers are being used differently from what was originally intended.
So that truck drivers can update their status, the FMCSA has been mailing those with registrant-only numbers a notification of the elimination of the DOT numbers along with a MCS-150 form. For more information you can visit the FMCSA official site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers
These changes are being made because of the amount of accidents and other incidents involving large commercial trucks. When truckers are careless or negligent, innocent Missouri and Illinois motorists can end up getting hurt. This is why the commercial trucking industry is so highly regulated.
Our firm’s principle, David Zevan, is a member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm to discuss your case by calling (314) 588-7200.
You may also request a Free Truck Accident Lawyer Consultation.
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