MCSAC to Analyze Voluntary Compliance and Crediting Carriers for Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will meet to discuss and analyze data to support the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance.

MCSAC will also look at ways to credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations. The meeting will be open to the public for its entirety with a public comment period at the end of each day. MCSAC is scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31 in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on both days.

The truck and motor coach industries along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) have invested significant resources to research, develop, and test strategies and technologies to reduce truck and bus crashes. In September 2014, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance submitted a request to FMCSA to consider initiating a pilot program to investigate the benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance. Citing research that has been underway for several years, the Agency established an Alternative Compliance initiative, the goal of which is to analyze the concept and gather data to support how this concept might be developed and implemented. The Agency will request that the MCSAC, with its collective expertise on transportation safety, identify options for the motor carrier safety community to promote programs that could improve safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations.

TIA staff will be attending the meeting and will provide a summary of relevant material discussed. If you have any questions, contact Chris Burroughs (, 703.299.5705).