New Audit Announcements
Audit Initiated of Commercial Motor Vehicle Loading and Unloading Delays
Commercial motor carriers play an essential role in the Nation’s economy. In 2013, over 2.4 million commercial motor vehicle drivers delivered approximately 64 percent of the goods that consumers, businesses, and industries shipped—equal to an annual value of $11.4 trillion. To reduce driver fatigue and fatigue-related crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) current hours-of-service regulations limit the number of hours a driver can work per day to 14 hours. However, delays at shipping and receiving facilities during cargo loading and unloading may result in travel delays and lost wages for drivers. Truckers who experience these delays may then drive faster to make deliveries within hours-of-service limits or operate beyond these limits and improperly log their driving time, thus increasing the risk of crashes and fatalities.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act) directs FMCSA to issue regulations on collecting data on loading and unloading delays. The FAST Act also directs us to report on the impact of loading and unloading delays in areas such as the economy and efficiency of the transportation system. Accordingly, we are initiating this audit. Our objectives will be to (1) assess available data on motor carrier loading and unloading delays and (2) provide information on measuring the potential effects of loading and unloading delays.