With no fanfare and nearly as little publicity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun holding day-long regional forums to discuss how to improve the highway safety performance of commercial vehicles. 

The first of what the agency is billing as “Road Shows” was held Aug. 9 in Minneapolis. The only public notice for that event appears to have been a post on the FMCSA Facebook page that popped up just the day before it took place. 

The next forum is slated for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/Collegeville in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. FMCSA’s announcement of the event is a single sentence long.

A third forum is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 17 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Denver International Airport. Again, there is a one-sentence description of the event.

A longer description was posted about the Minneapolis event. Presumably, the other two yet to occur will follow the same format. Of the Aug. 9 Road Show, FMCSA said beforehand that the agenda would include presentations by FMCSA senior executives and program specialists. In addition, attendees would be invited “to further discuss and explore both the challenges and the opportunities for strengthening large truck and bus safety.”

Some of the discussion topics listed:

  • FMCSA priorities and goals and their alignment with commercial vehicle safety programs and activities
  • The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program
  • The congressionally mandated electronic logging device rule
  • Large truck and bus traffic enforcement; 
  • FMCSA’s state grant programs that support grass-roots commercial vehicle enforcement and safety programs.

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