FMCSA groups to discuss Mexico program

| August 28, 2011

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s advisory group and Medical Review Board will have an open meeting that will include discussions on oversight of the cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

The FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee also will consider a report from its electronic on-board recorder implementation subcommittee and related presentations. Its agenda includes addressing the Carrier Safety Measurement System’s roadside violation severity weightings.

The board and the committee will hear expert presentations on obstructive sleep apnea.

The joint meeting is Aug. 29-31 in Alexandria, Va. The last hour of each day of the full committee meeting will be reserved for public comment.

The agency has asked the MCSAC form an advisory subcommittee to monitor the pilot program. It will have at least one representative from a motor carrier, the safety advocates community, law enforcement, and the MCSAC. It also will have someone from Mexico’s motor carrier agency in a non-voting advisory capacity.


 The MCSAC will assess the safety record of participating Mexican carriers and advise the FMCSA on designated tasks related to the cross-border program. It will submit a final written report following the MCSAC spring 2015 meeting, which will address whether the FMCSA conducted the program consistent with objectives in its Federal Register Notice.


The MCSAC provides recommendations to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro on carrier safety programs and regulations. Ferro appoints the committees’ 19 members, which includes representatives from the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, the American Trucking Associations and the Teamsters. Other members are motor carrier employees, safety advocates and safety enforcement officials.

More information is available by calling (202) 385–2395 or emailing mcsac@dot.gov.

The meeting announcement and MCSAC task statements are available at http://mcsac.fmcsa.dot.gov/meeting.htm