WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is launching a new panel to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to provide direct feedback from commercial drivers to the FMCSA about important issues facing the driving community, such as safety, hours-of-service regulations, training, parking and driver experience.
“Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators are American heroes who have stepped up during the current public health emergency to keep our economy moving, so their input is essential to strengthening safety on the roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao when announcing the launch of the panel Sept. 18.
The new panel is comprised of 20 to 25 drivers from all sectors of the CMV industry — tractor-trailer drivers, straight truck drivers, motor coach drivers, hazardous materials drivers, agriculture haulers and more. FMCSA’s goal with the new driver panel is to capture the wide array of viewpoints and experiences within the CMV community.
“The Department of Transportation and this administration believe in listening to our drivers and hearing their concerns directly,” said Wiley Deck, deputy administrator of FMCSA.
“We know that many of the solutions to the challenges we face don’t come from Washington — they come from the hard-working men and women who are behind the wheel all over our nation,” Deck continued. “This new subcommittee to MCSAC will further help us hear from America’s commercial drivers.”