MCSAC online meetings scheduled for July 13-14

July 10, 2020

Land Line Staff

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Next week, a committee made up of industry stakeholders who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on safety issues will meet.

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 register for the July 13 meeting here and for the July 14 meeting here.

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.

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.

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