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Public Meeting To Discuss the Development of Functional Specifications for Performance-Based Brake Testers Used To Inspect Commercial Motor Vehicles

Notice of public meeting.
The FHWA is announcing a public meeting to discuss the development of functional specifications for performance-based brake testing machines purchased with Federal funds through the FHWA's Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). The FHWA is nearing the completion of a multi-year research program to evaluate prototype performance-based brake testing technologies, including roller dynamometers, flat-plate brake testers, and breakaway torque brake testers. The agency has determined that certain performance-based brake testing machines are eligible for funding under MCSAP but only as screening and sorting devices in commercial vehicle inspections. The purpose of the public meeting is to discuss the establishment of generic functional specifications that would be applicable to a range of brake testing technologies. The functional specifications would serve as guidelines for the States to use in determining whether the purchase of a specific brake tester would be an eligible expense under the MCSAP.


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