OOIDA carves out bobtail truck parking at listening session

By Land Line staff | 1/11/2016

While Louisville, Ky., is transformed into a trucking Mecca of sorts during the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, one thing never changes: truck parking downtown is scarce. Yet, that is where the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is holding a listening session on “Beyond Compliance” Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The listening sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Jan. 12, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Room 108, at 221 Fourth St.

The agency is seeking input on six specific questions. They are:

  1. What voluntary technologies or safety program best practices would be appropriate for a Beyond Compliance program?
  2. What safety performance metrics should be used to evaluate the success of voluntarily implemented technologies or safety program best practices?
  3. What incentives would encourage motor carriers to invest in technologies and best practices programs?
    • Credit on appropriate SMS scores (e.g., credit in driver fitness for use of an employer notification system)?

    • Credit on ISS scores? (Editor’s note: ISS, or Inspection Selection System, is the selection scoring system used to determine if a truck receives a random inspection on the roadside.)

    • Reduction in roadside inspection frequency?

    • Other options?

  4. What events should cause the incentives to be removed?
    • If safety goals for the carrier are not consistently achieved, what is the benefit to the motoring public?
  5. Should this program be developed by the private sector like PrePass, ISO 9000, or Canada’s Partners in Compliance (PIC)?
  6. How would FMCSA verify that the voluntary technologies or safety programs were being implemented?

In an effort to help truckers traveling through the area who want to participate in person, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association negotiated some limited parking for bobtails during the event.

Scott Grenerth, OOIDA director of regulatory affairs, confirmed the Association secured an agreement with both the convention center and the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, to assist truckers who want to attend.

Grenerth said truckers can drop their trailers for no charge in Lot J of the Expo Center located at 937 Phillips Lane, and then bobtail to the Convention Center.

Lot J can be accessed at the Expo Center via Gate 4 and is located adjacent to Cardinal Stadium. (See map below.)


Once at the Convention Center, five bobtail only parking spaces will be available for free on Jefferson Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Street (area is highlighted in green on the map below). Grenerth said the parking meters will be covered by blue bags in the free parking area. To further accommodate drivers bobtailing to the event, Grenerth said FMCSA will take comments from those drivers as they arrive, enabling them to get back on the road quickly.


Truckers unable to attend may participate online. Before 9 a.m. EST, the agency will post information on how to participate online at fmcsa.dot.gov/.

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