FMCSA wants public input on how it inspects carriers for safety

| 10/15/2004

Only one of five public comment sessions still has openings for participants who want to give the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration their thoughts on how it measures the safety of truck and bus operations – and how it can take action on what it finds.

Three public comment sessions are already in the books with two scheduled for later this month. The only remaining session still accepting registration is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Sheraton Springfield in Springfield, MA.

Registration for the session is limited. For more information or to register to attend or speak at the session, call Touchstone Consulting Inc. at (202) 449-7354 or visit www.Acteva.com/go/FMCSA and fill in the necessary information.

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.

The comment sessions are part of a multiyear review project known as the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative. During the project, which began in September, the agency will be asking 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.