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C-1 APPENDIX C SURVEY RESULTS ALTERNATIVE TRUCK AND BUS INSPECTION STRATEGIES QUESTIONNAIRE 1. What trends are placing the most significant burden on your jurisdiction's commercial vehicle inspection program (please select two)? a) Increases in commercial truck/bus traffic __ b) Availability of Federal enforcement resources __ c) Availability of jurisdiction enforcement resources __ d) New entrant program __ e) More emphasis on security __ f) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 2. Which of the following are the top two priorities for your jurisdiction's commercial vehicle inspection program? a) Reducing crashes/incidents __ b) Identifying and focusing resources on high-risk carriers, drivers, or vehicles __ c) Security (e.g., focusing on high-risk drivers) __ d) Data quality and uniformity of inspections/sanctions __ e) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 3. What percentage of commercial vehicle inspections in your jurisdiction are conducted (please indicate corresponding percentages)? a) At fixed weigh stations __ b) At temporary roadside facilities (e.g., a designated pull-in area) __ c) By mobile enforcement units/teams __ d) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 4. What authorities do inspectors in your jurisdiction possess (please select all that apply)? a) They have the ability to stop ANY vehicle (commercial vehicle or passenger vehicle) __ b) They are fully sworn police officers and carry firearms __ c) They have the ability to stop any commercial vehicle for any reason, without probable cause __ d) They have the ability to stop any commercial vehicle, but require probable cause __ e) Law enforcement officers must be present in order to stop a commercial vehicle __ f) A law enforcement officer must assist in conducting/completing the inspection __ g) Inspectors are civilians with limited enforcement authority __ 5. Is your jurisdiction's commercial vehicle inspection program aimed at identifying (please rank in priority order where 1 is the highest priority and 4 is the lowest priority)? a) Problem drivers __ b) Problem vehicles __ c) Problem carriers __ d) Problem cargo __ 6. Does your jurisdiction screen vehicles electronically at fixed or mobile inspection sites (e.g., using automatic vehicle identification, classification and/or weigh-in-motion technology)? a) Yes __ b) No __ 7. If you answered "yes" on question 6 please indicate which electronic screening program your jurisdiction participates in (please select all that apply)? a) A program developed and operated by a third party (e.g., PrePass) __ b) A program developed and operated by the jurisdiction __ c) Other (please specify) _____________________________

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C-2 8. If you are screening commercial vehicles electronically, what technology are you using to support these screening activities (please select all that apply)? a) Automatic vehicle identification (AVI) readers __ b) Automatic vehicle classification (AVC) technology __ c) Weigh-in-motion (WIM) sensors __ d) Remote monitoring technology (e.g., video surveillance cameras) __ e) License plate readers __ f) Overdimensional technologies __ g) Radiological/biological/chemical sensors __ h) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 9. Which factors are considered when selecting/screening a vehicle for inspection (Please rank in priority order where 1 is the highest priority and 10 is the lowest priority)? a) Safety history of carrier, driver, vehicle __ b) Previous inspection results __ c) Obvious vehicle defect __ d) CVSA decal __ e) Traffic enforcement __ f) Probable cause __ g) Weight of vehicle __ h) Status of operating credentials __ i) Familiarity with carrier, vehicle, and/or driver __ j) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 10. Is your jurisdiction using an automated safety algorithm(s) to support vehicle screening/inspection selection activities? a) Yes __ b) No __ 11. If you answered "yes" to question 10 please identify the automated safety algorithm(s) that are being used by the enforcement community in your Jurisdiction (check all that apply)? a) SafeStat __ b) PRISM (PRISM target file) __ c) ISS/ISS-2 __ d) Jurisdiction-developed safety algorithm __ e) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 12. Does your jurisdiction have a Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window (CVIEW) or equivalent system that provides operating credential and safety-related information in one location (please select one)? a) Yes __ b) No __ c) No, but we are planning to deploy one in the future __ 13. Are the inspection selection tools you are using today most effective at identifying (please select one)? a) High-risk drivers __ b) High-risk vehicles __ c) High-risk cargo __ d) High-risk carriers/motorcoach operators __ 14. What are the inspection selection tools you are using today least effective at identifying (please select one)? a) High-risk drivers __ b) High-risk vehicles __ c) High-risk cargo __ d) High-risk carriers/motorcoach operators __ 15. Have the inspection selection tools that you use changed over the last few years? If yes, how have they changed and why did you change?

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C-3 16. Do inspection selection tools that are available today meet the needs of the enforcement community? a) Yes __ b) No __ 17. What tools are being used to conduct and record inspections results (please select all that apply)? a) Laptop computers with ASPEN or other inspection software __ b) PDAs with ASPEN or other inspection software __ c) Vehicle diagnostic tools (e.g., brake testing equipment) __ d) Inspections are conducted and recorded manually __ e) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 18. Do the inspection tools that are available today meet the needs of the enforcement community? a) Yes __ b) No __ 19. If you answered "No" to question 18, what are the weaknesses of the inspection tools that are available today (please select one)? a) They are not user friendly __ b) They do not improve officer productivity __ c) They are not effective for purposes of identifying noncompliance issues __ d) They do not improve the accuracy of the inspection results (e.g., data quality)__ e) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 20. What strategies are emphasized in your enforcement program (please rank in priority order where 1 is the highest priority and 6 is the lowest priority)? a) Warnings __ b) Citations __ c) Out of service orders __ d) Fines __ e) Education __ f) Other (please specify) _____________________________ 21. Are the enforcement strategies that are in place in your Jurisdiction an effective deterrent to oper- ating a commercial vehicle illegally? a) Yes __ b) No __ 22. How do the inspection selection tools and inspection tools impact carrier/motorcoach operator productivity (please select one)? a) They have no impact __ b) They have some impact __ c) They have significant impact __ d) Unable to assess __ 23. Are the tools that are being used by the enforcement community creating a level playing field (i.e., are enforcement resources being focused on noncompliant carriers/motorcoach operators)? a) Yes __ b) No __ 24. What are the most frequent complaints from industry regarding vehicle inspections (check all that apply)? a) Time delays caused by inspections __ b) Inspected too many times __ c) Not enough "good" inspections __ d) Resources not targeted at problem carriers __ e) Selection criteria not applied in a consistent manner __ f) Inspection tools/practices vary from Jurisdiction-to-Jurisdiction __ g) Not issuing a CVSA decal for a passing inspection __ h) Other (please specify) _____________________________