The issue of FMCSA exemptions came into the forefront early last year when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) –– a nonprofit membership organization that is focused on ensuring that commercial motor vehicle safety inspections are uniform throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico –– issued a strongly-worded statement expressing its concern about the number of truck inspection exemptions granted by the federal agency.
In a piece titled, CVSA: Too Many Exemptions published on the Go By Truck Global News website, the CVSA sent a strongly-worded letter to the FMCSA about the burden the agency was placing on its inspectors by allowing them to grant so many exemptions.
Part of the letter –– which was signed by Collin B. Mooney, Executive Director of CVSA –– read, “With so many exemptions, beyond those within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, it is possible that roadside inspectors will no longer accurately enforce the regulations or may stop enforcing certain regulations all together.”
What that means is that the CVSA is worried that by granting so many exemptions, the FMCSA risks confusing its inspectors to such an extent, that they will simply stop doing their job in frustration.
The implications are scary, because poorly inspected commercial trucks pose a clear and present danger to other motorists.
Moreover, the type of exemption that truck carriers request has a great deal to do with the fears expressed by the CVSA.