Advisory committee plans hearing on distracted driving, adds new members

May 27, 2010

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet June 8-10 to discuss distracted driving among commercial motor vehicle operators.

According to a notice (.pdf file) in the May 25 Federal Register, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting MCSAC to "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." The task is separate from FMCSA's current rulemaking that prohibits CMV operators from texting while driving.

In related news, FMCSA on May 24 announced the newest members of the committee:

  • Kevin O'Brien, director of Motor Carrier and Driver Safety Services, New York Department of Motor Vehicles
  • LaMont Byrd, director of Health and Safety Department, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Norman Dofflemyer, Commercial Motor Vehicle Division Commander, Maryland Department of State Police
  • Thomas Jacques, Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
  • John Lannen, executive director, Truck Safety Coalition
  • Jane Mathis, board member, Parents Against Tired Truckers
  • Peter Pantuso, president and CEO, American Bus Association
  • Danny Schnautz, professional truck driver, Clark Freight Lines Inc.