FMCSA Seeks Comments on Plan to Improve Truck, Bus Safety

“It’s vital that our stakeholders—starting with the American motoring public—participate in this dialog to shape the future course of truck and bus safety," said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has asked the American public to comment on its draft strategic plan that will serve as a five-year guide to achieving its mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large commercial trucks and interstate buses.

“At the Department of Transportation, safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This strategic plan represents a fresh and bold new view on issues critical to bus and truck safety, and I encourage Americans across the country to provide feedback and help shape the final plan.”

Titled “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2011 – 2016 Strategic Plan: Raising the Safety Bar,” the plan is geared to:

  • raise the bar to enter the motor carrier industry;
  • maintain high safety standards to remain in the industry; and
  • remove high-risk carriers, drivers, and service providers from operation.

Comments on the draft strategic plan can be submitted to the Federal Docket Management System at www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. FMCSA-2011-0098.

In addition, FMCSA has set up an IdeaScale Community on its main website, www.fmcsa.dot.gov, to comment on the plan. IdeaScale is a Department of Transportation initiative providing an interactive, online, transparent space for people to engage in conversation about draft proposals and vote whether they agree or disagree, which also allows FMCSA to ask clarifying questions to make sure the best comments and ideas are submitted.

“The safety gains we have made as a nation are the result of people working together toward a common vision,” said Administrator Anne Ferro. “It’s vital that our stakeholders—starting with the American motoring public—participate in this dialog to shape the future course of truck and bus safety.”

Public comments will be accepted through July 29, 2011.

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