U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Bill MacLeod
Friday, August 20, 2004
Transportation Department To Review New Ways to Improve Motor Carrier Safety;
Agency Asking for Public Comment
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced plans to conduct a comprehensive review of how the agency can best monitor and assess the safety of the nation's motor carriers and ensure their compliance with federal regulations.
The multi-year review project, known as the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative (CSA-2010), will begin next month with a series of public listening sessions. FMCSA will ask motor carriers, insurance and safety advocacy groups, traffic enforcement professionals and the public for their views on the ideal ways to measure the safety of truck and bus operations and take effective action.
"Today we are making great strides in improving motor carrier safety," said FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg. "Now is the time to look at every aspect of our safety program - how we use it, how we can improve it, and how we can add to it - so we can be ready for the future."
The dates and locations of the sessions are:
- Sept. 21, Doubletree Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego;
- Sept. 28, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta;
- Oct. 5, Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Mesquite, Mesquite, TX;
- Oct. 12, Wyndham Chicago, Chicago;
- Oct. 19, Fairview Park Marriot, Falls Church, VA;
- Oct. 26, Sheraton Springfield, Springfield, MA.
The agency currently inspects higher risk carriers through a series of on-site inspections and reviews. However, it is uncertain whether the process will remain effective in the face of expected increases in freight volume. Over the next 20 years, freight volume is expected to increase 50 percent from current levels.
FMCSA's announcement is in today's Federal Register and will be on the Internet at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov. It also can be viewed in the DOT Docket Management System, http://dms.dot.gov by searching for docket number FMCSA-2004-18898.
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