CVSA Gears Up For 2010 Workshop

March 04, 2010

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its 2010 Workshop on April 19-22 in San Antonio to assess processes and procedures that will improve commercial motor vehicle and overall highway transportation safety.

"Proactively preventing crashes involving large commercial trucks and interstate buses takes a concerted effort on the part of many stakeholders," said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA's interim executive director. "To accomplish this, CVSA members actively work to implement new and critical traffic safety initiatives that enhance commercial vehicle enforcement and roadside inspections which ultimately save lives."

"Now as we push forward toward the challenges of today and the future, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) thanks those participating in the CVSA Workshop in advance, for contributing their expertise and unique insights to help inform our path as we reach for even higher plateaus of safety accomplishment," said Anne S. Ferro, FMCSA's administrator.

In addition to the regularly scheduled committee meetings, there will be two presentations on April 19. Dan Blower from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will discuss the association between the mechanical condition of the truck and crash safety, using FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) data. A second session will be on the CSA 2010 Carrier Safety Management System given by David Madsen from the Volpe Center.

On April 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition (TIMTC) will facilitate an IntelliDrive for Commercial Vehicles Workshop focused on advancing connectivity among vehicles and roadway infrastructure in order to significantly improve the safety and mobility of the U.S. transportation system. The workshop is open to all attendees and has been structured to be a hands-on interactive dialogue between government and industry.

Following the Workshop on April 22, the 5th Annual FMCSA MCSAP Leadership Conference will be held, in addition to the North American Cargo Securement Harmonization Public Forum. The Forum is unrestricted and open to all stakeholders and interested persons. The meeting provides an opportunity to voice issues and concerns with the cargo securement regulations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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