FMCSA safety committee to offer recommendations on autonomous trucks, more at July meeting

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will meet in July to provide recommendations to the agency about autonomous trucks, existing regulations and more.

The meetings are scheduled for July 30-31 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern at the U.S. DOT offices in Washington, D.C.

Regarding autonomous vehicles, MCSAC was tasked in June 2017 with providing recommendations on the framework for considering temporary exemptions that companies may seek to operate automated driving system-equipped trucks on public highways.

The Committee will also provide feedback during the meeting to FMCSA regarding the agency’s fiscal year 2018-2022 strategic plan, which provides an overview of its mission, vision, strategic goals and outlook through 2022.

Finally, MCSAC will provide recommendations on existing regulations that it believes to be outdated, unnecessary or ineffective; or that impose costs that exceed benefits. These recommendations would be based on how the rules have been implemented by the industry and law enforcement, along with crash, injury and fatality data.

The public is invited to participate in the meeting through in-person attendance, where oral comments will be heard throughout, or by submitting written comments online by Wednesday, July 18 by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2006-26367 at www.regulations.gov.

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