Cross-border trucking meeting May 20

Published May, 13 2009

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will now have just one session to discuss implementing guidance for a new trucking program between the United States and Mexico.

The planned May 18 session will be combined with the May 20 session, which will allow all parties to hear MCSAC members discuss all topics the committee will recommend to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

This will include the FMCSA management and the MCSAC on its assignment task given at a March 18 meeting, according to Federal Register notice to be published today, May 13. It was to provide guidance to the agency on elements the agency should include when drafting legislation to permit Mexican trucks beyond the U.S.-Mexico border commercial zones.

The FMCSA has invited all interested parties to participate, such as motor carriers and drivers.

Committee members will take public comment May 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals wishing to address the committee should email by today, May 13.
Persons planning to attend the meeting should email by Friday, May 15, to facilitate the pre-clearance security process and expedite entry into the building

President Obama has asked the Department of Transportation to work with the U.S. Trade Representative, the state department, Congressional and Mexican officials to propose legislation creating a new trucking project that will meet Congressional concerns and North American Free Trade Agreement commitments.

In 2006, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation created the committee, charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator on motor carrier safety programs and regulations.

The 15-member MCSAC committee is comprised of trucking and bus industry experts, safety advocates, and safety enforcement sectors. It includes representatives from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Trucking Associations and Con-way Freight.

Tasks the committee has accepted includes developing a national agenda for motor carrier safety, which is intended to identify new programs, including public-private ones, that FMCSA could explore.