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June DOT Meetings to Address Regulations and Autonomous Vehicles

On June 12 and 13 of this year, the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will discuss topics ranging from regulatory relief to autonomous commercial vehicles. According to the Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ), the June meetings will be held in Washington D.C. at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Regulations

The DOT's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Association (FMCSA) is responding in part to a recently issued executive order designed to reduce unnecessary federal regulation - specifically, regulations deemed to be “outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.” The FMCSA is also seeking to identify regulations that do not justify the cost of implementation and enforcement.

Autonomous Vehicles

The FMCSA is also seeking recommendations regarding issues that may impact autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, like:

  • CDL requirements
  • Electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  • Driver qualifications
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Hours of service (HOS)

The recommendations will become part of the FMCSA’s future rule making pertaining to autonomous trucks. The federal agency is also seeking guidance regarding implementation of pilot programs related to highly automated commercial vehicles.

Industry Participants

A partial list of MCSAC members includes organizations representing fleet owners, owner-operators and other key stakeholders:

  • American Trucking Associations
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
  • Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
  • The Teamsters
  • Various safety groups

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