Hot tasks on tap this week for FMCSA's advisory committee meeting

By Sandi Soendker, managing editor | 6/20/2011

OOIDA’s Executive Vice President Todd Spencer is in Washington, DC, this week for a meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Spencer has served on the committee since 2007. The group plans to discuss patterns of safety violations by motor carrier management and set up subcommittees that would monitor the Mexican truck pilot program and implementation of electronic on-board recorders.

The MCSAC was established by the U.S. secretary of transportation in 2006, and is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s administrator on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations. With 19 members overall, the MCSAC includes representatives from national safety organizations, the truck and bus industry, state law enforcement, organized labor, and the commercial insurance sector.

The committee plans to finish up discussion on safety violations by motor carriers and begin work on its task of providing observations and recommendations to FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) team.

When the MCSAC committee met in March, FMCSA assigned them with the job of designating a subcommittee to provide independent monitoring for the long-haul cross-border trucking pilot program. The subcommittee is supposed to report back to the full committee. That cross-border program is expected to be announced by FMCSA soon. Sources in DC are saying it could be as early as this week.

Last week, the FMCSA appointed five new members to the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

They are: Robert Abbott, Vice President for Safety Policy, American Trucking Associations, Arlington, VA; Paul Claunch, Major, Arkansas Highway Police, Little Rock, AR; Henry Jasny, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Washington, DC; Janice Mulanix, Assistant Chief, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento, CA; and Calvin Studivant, motorcoach driver, Community Coach, Inc., Paramus, NJ.

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