FMCSA advisory committee to discuss fatigue management

| 8/17/2010

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announces that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a three-day committee meeting, Aug. 30- Sept. 1, concerning fatigue management of commercial motor vehicle operators.

OOIDA Executive Vice-President Todd Spencer is a member of the committee. He will be among those discussing information, concepts and ideas on ways to develop a safe and efficient fatigue management system for CMV operators in the U.S.

The meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, from 8:30 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Washington and Jefferson Rooms, 2nd Floor, 1767 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (located across the street from the King Street Metrorail Station).

For this meeting, the MCSAC will hear presentations from fatigue management experts and government officials from Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the United States on efforts to manage how fatigue affects operators of CMVs on their roadways. The MCSAC will draw on the experiences of these other nations and studies performed by the U.S. and Canada to recommend tenets of fatigue management for the U.S.

The MCSAC will present a report on its findings and recommendations to Anne Ferro, FMCSA Administrator, at its December 2010 meeting.

According to Larry Minor, FMCSA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development, comments from the public will be heard orally during the last hour of each day’s meeting.

To be assured of timely consideration, interested parties may submit written comments on the subject topic by Wednesday, Aug. 18, to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) – Docket Number FMCSA-2010-0143 – via fax or Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments can be faxed to 202-493-2251. To submit comments online, go to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.