The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration is seeking public comment on how it measures the safety of truck
and bus operations – and how it can take action on what it finds.
The comments will be part of a
multiyear review project known as the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010
initiative. During that project, the agency will ask motor carriers, truck
drivers, insurance and safety advocacy groups, traffic enforcement
professionals and others for their views.
“Now is the time to look at every
aspect of our safety program,” FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg said in
a statement. “How we use it, how we can improve it and how we can add to it – so we can be ready for the future.”
The agency currently
inspects higher-risk carriers through a series of on-site inspections and
reviews. However, FMCSA officials are not certain whether their current methods
will still work as freight volumes increase.
The dates and locations of the
public comment sessions are:
- Sept. 21, Doubletree Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego;
- Sept. 28, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta;
- Oct. 5, Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Mesquite, Mesquite,
- Oct. 12, Wyndham Chicago, Chicago;
- Oct. 19, Fairview Park Marriot, Falls Church, VA; and
- Oct. 26, Sheraton Springfield, Springfield, MA.
Additional information can be
found on the Internet through the DOT Docket Management System at http://dms.dot.gov.
Go to the site and search for docket number FMCSA-2004-18898.