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Twitter and FaceBook Provide Live Coverage of FMCSA Meetings to Truckers


“If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”   Well, Not necessarily . . .

Todd Dills - Sr. Editor, Overdrive Magazine

Todd Dills - Sr. Editor, Overdrive Magazine

These days, Todd Dills and Richard Wilson are proving that the use of social media may very well bring the mountain to Muhammad, or in this case, drivers.

Attending the recent  FMCSA/MCSAC meetings, both were reporting back through FaceBook and Twitter with “live coverage” to professional CDL drivers who can find it difficult to attend themselves.

Earlier this month, the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board met and openly discussed some of the most concerning topics for drivers:  Obstructive Sleep Apnea, EOBR and Driver Harassment Related Documents, Passenger Carrier Hours of Service and Long Haul Trucking Pilot Project.

More professional drivers are attending these meetings and becoming more actively involved, however, many more times they find it difficult to attend because of their driving schedule and location.

Now, with the power of of Social Media, live updates were sent via FaceBook and Twitter to thousands of drivers.  Todd Dills of OverDrive Magazine and Richard Wilson of Transproducts and Services utilized their computers and smart phones, as it was happening, to transmit to drivers, the 10 recommendations presented by the Medical Review Board.

Among the 10 presented was the recommendation that would require all drivers with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater to be tested for sleep apnea.  Within moments of this recommendation, drivers active on Twitter and FaceBook were discussing and criticizing the recommendation as well as the potential of another regulation: the screening and treatment of drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, Safety & Compliance Expert

Rich Wilson joined in the following day as he sent back live “tweets”  regarding EOBR’s and the harassment of drivers. Drivers were sending him messages back, asking him to relay their questions and comments to the Joint Committee.

Although the most vital ideal is for drivers to attend and make their voices and presence known at these meetings, social media is now offering the second best thing . . . live coverage and the chance to become involved without being present.

Richard Wilson and Todd Dills joined us Thursday Feb. 23rd, on Truth About Trucking “Live” to discuss the outcome of the meetings and the new live coverage aspect and involvement with drivers.

Topics included sleep apnea, EOBR’s and concerns of possible harassment issues and the long-haul trucking pilot project (NAFTA).

“The MCSAC was established by the Secretary of Transportation on September 8, 2006, and is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator  on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations.”

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 34 year veteran ( started at an early age in family moving business) of the trucking industry, many of those years spent over the road. He has been an owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and has owned and operated a moving company, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. One thing though that most will say is that the reason and motivation behind the author, Allen Smith, is the fact he is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. As you read many of the blog posts you’ll discover that he is opinionated and speaks openly about the ongoing issues of the trucking industry. He supports other fellow advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who are in need of honesty, guidance and direction. The list of supporters and like minded people grows daily and their ability to network together and share their thoughts and ideas for the betterment of others within trucking, has allowed the forward movement of... "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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