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TRUCK, BUS ACCIDENT REPORTS CHANGED TO IMPROVE ACCURACY

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A new method for reporting commercial motor vehicle accidents will improve accuracy and uniformity and result in cost savings to motor carriers and the government, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said today.
 At present, truck and bus companies are required to file reports with the agency on accidents resulting in death, bodily injury or total property damage of $4,400 or more.
 Under a final rule published in today's Federal Register, the reports will be replaced by state-required police accident reports transe or where any vehicle has to be towed from the scene.
 With more than 250,000 motor carriers of all sizes under FHWA jurisdiction, many accidents have not been reported, the agency said, adding that the accuracy of self-reported information is sometimes questionable.
 It said the reports from law enforcement agencies will improve accuracy, consistency and uniformity, resulting in cost savings of $750,000 a year to the industry. The new system goes into effect with respect to accidents occurring after March 1.
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 /CONTACT: Stan Hamilton of the Federal Highway Administration, 202-366-0665/


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