FMCSA reprioritizes, says agency’s chief safety officer

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At the Commercial Carrier Journal Fall Symposium in Phoenix, Rose McMurray, acting chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, told attendees Tuesday, Nov. 14, about goals that have been established for 2007.

The administration, according to McMurray, wants to:

  • Improve oversight of state grant programs;
  • Increase state focus on the new entrant program;
  • Increase focus on driver safety in all programs; and
  • Reinforce regulatory and quality assurance programs.
  • Citing grim statistics that indicate that Americans are injured in motor vehicle crashes at a rate of one every 11 seconds, and killed at a rate of one every 12 minutes, McMurray detailed imminent rulemakings awaiting publication, including those dealing with medical certification as part of the CDL; use of electronic onboard recorders; intermodal container chassis safety; a new-entrant safety assurance process; brokers of household goods; and hours of service and supporting documents.

    FMCSA, said McMurray, also is petitioning to mandate speed governors, with penalties for misuse, and is promoting the use of smart accident-avoidance technologies, including stability control systems, forward collision warning systems, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning systems.