In partnership with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the FMCSA is developing a new program that will train police officers on the skills needed for traffic enforcement of large trucks and busses.
According to FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenburg, many police officers won’t pull over large vehicles because they’re not sure how to proceed once they do. Other officers don’t pull over trucks because they’re afraid of pulling a truck over on a busy highway.
Those that do attempt traffic stops or inspections often don’t know what paperwork needs to be filed or can’t properly carry out inspections. The executive director or the CVSA, Stephen Keppler, even admits that even when the information is gathered, it is often entered into the wrong federal safety database.
While police officers who know what they’re doing may help improve highway safety, this “national” program may take a while to roll out. The course, dubbed the Large Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Train-the-Trainer Course, will begin on February 17th in Fairfax, VA. Its next stop is on April 13th in Jacksonville, FL.
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