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State audit of New York DOT's motor carrier inspection program

State audit of New York DOT's motor carrier inspection program

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Selected Aspects of the Motor
Carrier Safety Assistance Program Audit, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, January 2014
Selected Aspects of the Motor
Carrier Safety Assistance Program Audit, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, January 2014

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New York State Oce of the State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoliDivision of State Government Accountability
Report 2012-S-13January 2014
Selected Aspects of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance ProgramDepartment of Transportaon
 
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Execuve Summary
Purpose
To determine whether the Department of Transportaon (Department) is taking appropriate acons to ensure that commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been found to have violaons serious enough to warrant their removal from service are making appropriate, mely repairs or correcons. This audit covers the period October 1, 2008 through June 17, 2013.
Background
The Department is responsible for administering State parcipaon in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (Program). The Program’s goal is to reduce the number and severity of crashes, fatalies, and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles. Roadside inspecons of commercial vehicles are a primary part of the Department’s acvies. The inspecons are performed by Department inspectors and specially trained State Police and local police ocers. When inspecons idenfy violaons, carriers typically receive a trac citaon. However, inspecons somemes uncover violaons serious enough to warrant immediately removing the vehicle from service unl they are xed. Carriers with poor safety records may also be subject to more stringent Department enforcement, including on-site compliance reviews or formal Noces of Violaon, which may result in addional penales.
Key Findings
The Department does not monitor whether carriers submit required cercaons that violaons have been repaired, or when submied, if they are on me. As a result, 39 percent of the cercaons for out-of-service violaons during our audit period were not submied, while 26 percent were submied late.• The Department did not always impose penales when it found that carriers knowingly placed the public at risk by connuing to operate out-of-service vehicles prior to repairs. In about 60 percent of the cases we reviewed, the Department did not use progressive enforcement acons. Instead, violators in these instances typically received a trac citaon.
Key Recommendaons
• Acvely monitor carrier compliance with the requirements for cercaon that vehicles have been repaired. Develop strategies to improve carrier compliance, parcularly for those with poor safety histories and out-of-service violaons. • Impose progressive enforcement acons, such as compliance reviews and formal Noces of Violaon, when carriers are found to have connued to operate out-of-service vehicles.
Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest
 
 
 
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State of New YorkOce of the State ComptrollerDivision of State Government Accountability
January 22, 2014Ms. Joan McDonaldCommissionerDepartment of Transportaon
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12232Dear Commissioner McDonald:The Oce of the State Comptroller is commied to helping State agencies, public authories and local government agencies manage government resources eciently and eecvely and, by so doing, providing accountability for tax dollars spent to support government operaons. The Comptroller oversees the scal aairs of State agencies, public authories and local government agencies, as well as their compliance with relevant statutes and their observance of good business pracces. This scal oversight is accomplished, in part, through our audits, which idenfy opportunies for improving operaons. Audits can also idenfy strategies for reducing costs and strengthening controls that are intended to safeguard assets. Following is a report of our audit entled
Selected Aspects of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
. This audit was performed according to the State Comptroller’s authority under Arcle V, Secon 1 of the State Constuon and Arcle II, Secon 8 of the State Finance Law. This audit’s results and recommendaons are resources for you to use in eecvely managing your operaons and in meeng the expectaons of taxpayers. If you have any quesons about this report, please feel free to contact us.Respecully submied,
Oce of the State Comptroller 
Division of State Government Accountability

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