FMCSA wants input on plan for the future

| 8/31/2010

Truckers who have ideas about how FMCSA could improve its regulation of the industry will get their chance to share those ideas on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the agency’s listening session to collect input on the agency’s five-year strategic plan.

The agency, when it was formed, was given a very specific list of objectives – reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. FMCSA uses a five-pronged attack in the agency’s efforts to meet those objectives: regulatory, enforcement, outreach, educational, and research activities.

The listening session asks participants to address nine questions in an effort to help guide the agency through its next five-year plan. Those questions are:

  1. How should we strengthen FMCSA’s role/mission of improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles and saving lives as it relates to some of FMCSA’s core program: commercial motor vehicle compliance and enforcement, commercial driver licensing, household goods protection, safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials?
  2. How can FMCSA have a greater impact in the reduction of injury and loss of life on the nation’s highways?
  3.  How can FMCSA improve the way it does business, provides customer service, and interacts with all road user groups? What are some of the challenges you have in interacting with FMCSA that prevent you from conducting your business effectively? What actions should FMCSA take to improve interactions between CMV drivers and drivers of private vehicles? Please identify possible improvements or ideas for doing better.
  4. How might FMCSA improve or strengthen its partnership with stakeholders representing State enforcement agencies, safety advocacy groups, the motor carrier industry, and the general public to achieve its safety mission?
  5. How should FMCSA balance driver-focused, vehicle-focused, and motor carrier-focused compliance, interventions, and enforcement to achieve its safety mission?
  6. How will advanced vehicle technologies (such as crash avoidance, electronic on-board recorders [EOBRs], and global positioning systems [GPS]) impact the future of driver behavior, vehicle safety, and motor carrier safety?
  7. How will changes in the following areas impact the industry, your organization, and/or FMCSA’s ability to achieve its mission in the future?
  8. Demographics
  9. Economics
  10. New policies in environment, energy, and other areas
  11. What technological changes could positively impact highway safety?
  12.  How will technology affect driver behavior? What issues related to vehicle/driver interaction could affect safety performance?

The listening session will be held Sept. 8, at the Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, 550 C St. SW in Washington, DC. The session will be broken down into three segments:

  • Safety Partners, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Industry Partners, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Enforcement Partners, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Holiday Inn’s parking garage will not accommodate large truck parking.

Comments may also be submitted through Sept. 30 either electronically, by mail or fax.

The comments are being collected under docket No. FMCSA-2010-0242. If you are submitting comments, be sure to note that docket number. To file comments:

  • Click here to file comments electronically;
  • Fax them to 202-493-2251; or
  • Mail them to

Docket Management Facility
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE.
Washington, DC 20590-0001.

If you happen to be in DC, you can hand-deliver comments to the Department of Transportation Ground floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE.