The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is preparing to roll out a “roadmap” of all the regulations it plans to propose over the next five years. According to the agency, this will enable motor carriers, shippers, and the general public alike to envision where FMCSA is headed on the regulatory front.
“Our plan over the next six to eight months is to unveil a draft of the regulations we’ve proposed and plan to propose over the next five years, to give all the transportation stakeholders a chance to see what our agency is planning to do,” said Anne Ferro, FMCSA Administrator, at the “Moving the World: The Future of Freight Transportation” conference, hosted by Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA), Volvo Group North America, and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in Washington D.C. this week.
Ferro also stressed that technology will become a core piece of future FMCSA rulemakings , as – in her words – it provides a “better tool” for enforcement personnel for identifying high-risk trucking operators.
“We’re focusing on developing various ITS [intelligent transportation system] technology tools with NHTSA [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] to enable roadside inspectors to get more details during enforcement activities, allowing them to be more efficient and effective,” she said.
“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got the tools in place to keep unsafe equipment off the highways and interdict carriers trying to bypass safety regulations,” Ferro stressed.