MCSAC meeting scheduled for July 13-14

June 24, 2020

Land Line Staff

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A committee made up of industry stakeholders who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on safety issues will meet in July.

FMCSA announced on Wednesday, June 24 that the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will have virtual meetings on July 13 and July 14.

The video conference meeting will be from 9:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Eastern time each day.

Agenda topics include a lack of safety oversight in the small goods delivery sector, the impact of the aging demographic of commercial motor vehicle drivers, and the impact of the legalization of hemp on the safety oversight of commercial vehicle drivers.

Members of the public who would like to participate can go here. As of Wednesday afternoon, the link was broken but an FMCSA spokesman confirmed that the webpage would be updated before the event.

The meeting notice is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register on June 25.

OOIDA President Todd Spencer serves on the committee.

A former trucker, Spencer provides the truck drivers’ perspective to the 17-member committee.

This past fall, Spencer told his fellow committee members that they need to look at the practical impacts on highway safety.

Todd Spencer, OOIDA president
Todd Spencer, OOIDA president and CEO

 

Spencer said that compliance and enforcement have never been higher but crashes are on the rise.

Maybe some of the rules that have been implemented are not working, Spencer told the committee. For instance, Spencer said the electronic logging device mandate, which went into effect in December 2017, has no safety benefits.

“No credible data has ever shown ELDs improve safety,” Spencer said.

Spencer also discussed truckers’ concerns regarding autonomous vehicle technology at the previous meeting. He said it would be difficult to keep a driver engaged if they are not “driving” the vehicle.

“It’s not like a light will go off and suddenly you’re going to be engaged,” he said.

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