The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin. (FMCSA) is seeking public input on its new five-year strategic plan aimed at increasing truck and bus safety. “At the Dept. of Transportation, safety is our number one priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This strategic plan represents a fresh and bold new view on issues critical to bus and truck safety, and I encourage Americans across the country to provide feedback and help shape the final plan.”

The “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2011-2016 Strategic Plan: Raising the Safety Bar,” is being guided by three core principles, the agency said:

  • Raise the bar to enter the motor carrier industry
  • Maintain high safety standards to remain in the industry
  • Remove high-risk carriers, drivers and service providers from operation

There are two ways by which the public can easily submit comments. Comments may be submitted at www.regulations.gov, using docket ID No. FMCSA-2011-0098; or through an IdeaScale community at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

IdeaScale is a Dept. of Transportation initiative providing an interactive, online space for persons to engage in conversation about draft proposals and vote on whether they agree with a given proposal.

“The safety gains we have made as a nation are the result of people working together toward a common vision,” added FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “It’s vital that our stakeholders – starting with the American motoring public – participate in this dialog to shape the future course of truck and bus safety.”

Public comments at both sites will be accepted through July 29, 2011.