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Truck Driver Convention Sparks Drivers to Attend FMCSA-MCSAC Meetings Dec 5-8th

Fred Schaffner

Fred Schaffner

A major goal of the 2011 Truck Driver Convention this past October, was to allow voices to be heard in order to create public awareness regarding the concerns of the professional truck driver. Another goal was to inform those within the industry about the regulations, demonstrating how to use the appropriate processes in order to declare and state their opinions to the DOT/FMCSA.

Richard Wilson of Transport Products and Services, the convention regulatory speaker, explained in a very detailed and powerful presentation, how to properly proceed in addressing FMCSA proposals and rulemakings.

Fred Schaffner, a former veteran OTR driver and owner operator who has been active in addressing many driver issues over the years, also played an important part at the First Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention, as he sparked interest and concern from drivers, to be more active and participate in the meetings that are held by the DOT/FMCSA.

Last month, Fred attended his first FMCSA meeting after the convention, on October 22nd-27th as the FMCSA’s MCSAC subcommittee discussed the technical specifications related to wireless communications protocols. [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–26367]

This month, December, 5th-8th, Fred Schaffner, along with his brother Michael “JB” and other drivers, will be attending in Alexandria, Virginia, as the FMCSA  Federal Motor Carrier Advisory Committee holds a joint meeting with the Medical Review Board. (Docket Number FMCSA-2006-26367)

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1767 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
Phone: 703-837-0440

All meetings will be held in the Washington and Jefferson Rooms on the 2nd Floor.

Subjects to be discussed:
Dec 5th and 6th

  • Presentation of EOBR Implementation Subcommittee Draft Report and Technical Workgroup Recommendations on Task 11-04 to the MCSAC.
  • Preparation of Report on Task 11-04
  • Task 11-05, Development of Regulatory Guidance on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Task 11-06, Hours-of-Service Requirements for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles
  • EOBR regulation, 49 CFR § 395.16
  • And the Medical Review Board Joint Meeting Agenda
    Dec 7th

    • Task 11-05, Development of Regulatory Guidance on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CMV Driver Safety:  The Evidence
    • Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in CMV Drivers
    • Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in CMV Drivers
    • The Cardinal Manifestations of Sleep Disorders

    Introductory Remarks on Task 11-06, Hours-of-Service Requirements for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles
    Dec 8th

    Motorcoach Driver Research
    Establishment of Subcommittee on Task 11-06
    Public Comment Period

NOTE:  MCSAC Task 11-04: Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBR) Communications Protocols, Security, Interfaces, and Display of Hours-of-Service Data During Driver/Vehicle Inspections and Safety Investigations.

Oral comments from the public will be heard during the last hour of the meetings on Monday-Wednesday, and during the last 15 minutes of the meeting on Thursday.  Members of the public may submit written comments on the topics to be considered during the meeting by Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, to Federal Docket Management System (FDMC) Docket Number FMCSA-2006-26367 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to  Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

The meetings begin promptly at 8 AM and we urge all those who would like to attend these meeting to arrive early.  Also note that truck parking is limited at nearby facilities.

For those who have sent or who are sending in written comments to the Portal, the committee does not read these comments at the meetings, rather they “take them into consideration.”

If you have a comment to make and cannot attend, please send your comments to Fred Schaffner  at .  We also urge you to send your comment to the Portal.

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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