Truck Safety

Almost 5,000 people are killed each year in truck-related crashes. Because of their size and often dangerous payloads, crashes involving commercial trucks are devastating to pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles.

Public Citizen works for improved oversight of our nation's commercial truck fleet, better monitoring and safeguarding of hazardous materials, and more consistent enforcement of current laws governing truck safety.

Unfortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier's Association (FMCSA) has, often, not kept up with the deadlines that were set by Congress for a host of of vital safety standards. Public Citizen and other safety advocates sued the government to enforce these standards, some of which are more than a decade late, and won in November of 2002. The rules are scheduled to be implemented within the next year and a half and will address issues such as drivers' hours-of-service, hazardous materials, driver background checks and training requirements.

Public Citizen also advocates for the strict monitoring of trucks from Mexico allowed into the U.S. following the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In April 2003, Public Citizen won a lawsuit that will require the U.S. government to perform an environmental impact study on Mexico-domiciled trucks before it opens the border.

Latest News: Reps. Oberstar and DeFazio Urge the Bush Administration to Find a 'Focused, Diligent' new FMCSA Leader.

Click here to read the letter.

Senator Lautenberg writes to DOT Secretary Mineta about fatigue-related large truck crashes involving cruise control.

Click here to read the letter.

Public Citizen urges DOT Secretary Mineta to oppose attempts to codify dangerous hours-of-service rule.

Click here to read the letter Public Citizen and other auto safety advocates sent to Secretary Mineta.

Click here to read more about hours-of-service.


If you are interested in learning more about other safety advocate groups and their work please visit:

Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) 

Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)