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, using docket ID No. FMCSA-2011-0098; or through an IdeaScale community at

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.