FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee to tackle distracted driving

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Tuesday, May 25, that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will hold a three-day committee meeting June 8-10 concerning distracted driving by commercial motor vehicle operators. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET; Wednesday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

FMCSA will request that MCSAC provide information, concepts and ideas on ways to prevent distracted driving by commercial motor vehicle operators, with a particular emphasis on in-cab technologies and activities. This task will assist FMCSA in identifying options for addressing driver distraction associated with certain in-cab technologies. This activity is separate from FMCSA’s current rulemaking concerning texting and the agency’s forthcoming rulemaking concerning the use of wireless telephones. In addition, FMCSA will seek information and ideas for consideration in updating the agency’s strategic plan.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Washington and Jefferson Rooms, 2nd Floor, 1767 King St., Alexandria, Va., located across the street from the King Street Metrorail Station. For more information, write Shannon L. Watson, senior management analyst, Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation Division, Office of Policy Plans and Regulation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20590; call 202-385-2395; or e-mail

Established by Congress in 2006, MCSAC is charged with providing information, advice and recommendations to FMCSA on motor carrier safety programs and regulations.