A cost-benefit analysis of US motor carrier safety programmes

Leon N. Moses, Ian Savage

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A cost-benefit analysis is conducted of two federal programmes to improve truck safety. One involves visits by federal inspectors to the operating bases of firms to investigate safety management practices. A rating system is used to determine whether further visits are necessary, and whether enforcement and educational action are needed. The benefits from this programme exceed the costs by 4:1. The other programme is a system of roadside inspections to check for compliance with federal safety laws. Vehicles and/or drivers that fail to comply are placed "out of service" until the problem is corrected. For this programme the benefit-cost ratio is much smaller.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Transport Economics and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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