Life-Cycle Progression Study For Tractors, Trailers and Motorcoaches in North American Fleets

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) intends for this project to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) by investigating the life cycle of commercial vehicles: tractors, trailers and motor coaches. By quantifying the life cycle progression of commercial vehicles in the North American market, better and more accurate assessment of cost-benefits for numerous on-board safety systems can be performed. By providing relevant and accurate cost benefit information to CMV stakeholders, the transfer of safety technologies to CMVs will be increased. Several factors create a broad range in the average age of commercial vehicles in service: type of owner (independent, fleet, lease), geographic location, vocation, vehicle type. A better understanding of the needs and the realities of this equipment could lead to a better assessment of high priority focus areas for the agency. In particular, the ability to detect when a carrier that has lost its operating authority moves their vehicles to a reincarnated 'chameleon' carrier. State vehicle registration databases are the potential source of information suggested for this study. The ability and potential costs to access the data as well as the format are not fully known. It is desired that many years of registration data be made available for analysis. Furthermore, data from as many states as possible shall be compiled because registration locality of these vehicles may change over the lifetime of these vehicles.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Improve Safety of CMVs


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mueller, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kennedy, Nancy

  • Start Date: 20110920
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130320
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30673

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01467644
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:36PM