The recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create a means of recognizing motor carriers that voluntarily take steps to improve safety. In its first step to comply with the mandate, FMCSA has scheduled two public listening sessions.
The sessions will help the agency collect ideas for the new program. Some of the safety-positive actions carriers may be rewarded for include installing and using certain technologies and equipment, implementing enhanced driver fitness measures, and implementing fleet safety management tools. As a reward, the carriers could receive credit to improve their percentile scores in the Safety Measurement System. During the session, participants will be asked to make suggestions as to how FMCSA can identify and review qualifying carrier activities.
The listening sessions will be held Jan. 12, 2016, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Eastern time and Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m. Eastern time. The first session will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Centre, Room 108, 221 Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202. The second will take place at the Georgia World Congress Centre, Building C, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA. Both sessions will also be broadcast live online. Information about the URL will be forthcoming on the FMCSA website.
FMCSA is also seeking comments on Federal Register Docket Number FMCSA-2015-0124, which deals with this issue.