Rising Trucker Crash Deaths Prompt FMCSA to Host “Truck Safety Summit”
Washington D.C. – On Tuesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it would soon be hosting a truck safety summit in response to the recent rise in trucker crash deaths.
On March 19, 2020, the FMCSA plans to convene a formal conference, “The FMCSA 2020 Trucking Safety Summit,” to discuss ways to improve safety in the trucking industry and on U.S. roadways.
The public meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, in the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters building at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.
The Agency says the event will provide “diverse stakeholders—including motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, Federal and State partners, and safety advocacy groups—as well as members of the public, an opportunity to share their ideas on improving trucking safety.”
Further, the Agency says the summit is being conducted in response to alarming data released last fall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing trucker crash deaths rose to a 30-year high in 2018.
The program will include five panel presentations from industry, technology innovators, State and FMCSA enforcement personnel and others.
The Agency says the sessions are intentionally structured to facilitate an exchange between “experienced players” in trucking who might not otherwise meet face-to-face to collaborate.
A brief public comment period will also be held in the mid to late afternoon.
However, due to seating limitations, FMCSA requires that advanced registration be completed by March 10, and attendees will be capped at 200 persons.
Click HERE to pre-register.
You can also watch the summit live or on-demand right here on Transportation Nation Network (TNN).
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The “Truck Safety Summit” is yet another action on the part of the Agency to investigate why trucker crash deaths are on the rise.
In January of this year, the FMCSA announced it intends to conduct a study to determine why large truck-involved crashes are on the rise.
The Agency says it will gather information from “the public, academics, experts, and industry” to help it best develop a Large Truck Crash Causal Factors Study (LTCCFS).
FMCSA claims the purpose of the study is to evaluate emerging trends, identify causes and contributing factors, as well as to develop effective safety improvement policies and programs.
However, that’s not all the Agency intends to do with data it collects during the course of its LTCCFS.
READ an in-depth report HERE about what could really be driving this study.
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