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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 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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