Safety talks move online
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jan 01, 1990
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is following the lead of
other Transportation Department agencies by launching an Internet-based
effort to encourage public involvement in improving transportation safety.
The FMCSA's discussion Web site (spp.fmcsa.dot.gov) allows the public to participate in a discussion of the agency's long-term strategy to improve
truck and bus safety, known as the 2010 Strategy and Performance Plan.
The site, announced on Aug. 29 by Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater,
will be available until Dec. 15.
The agency announced plans to set up the site just weeks after the completion
of a month-long, Internet-based workshop about the effects of new technologies
on driver distraction sponsored by the department's National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe that information
technology is increasingly important for full participation in America's
economic, political and social life, and this process takes full advantage
of the Internet to support safety, our highest priority," Slater said in
a DOT statement.
The Internet discussion site will enable the public to view and comment
on research papers in progress, review draft safety action plans and submit
suggestions and alternate safety strategies for how to improve truck and
bus safety in the next 10 years, according to the DOT statement. Visitors
to the site can register to receive automatic periodic e-mail notifications
as documents are posted.
FMCSA, with help from NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration,
will prepare a 10-year truck and bus safety strategy that will be completed
and sent to Congress by year's end.