Site offers transportation safety discussion
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Aug 30, 2000
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Internet Forum
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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will create an Internet
discussion site at ssp.fmcsa.dot.gov to allow the public to participate
in a discussion of the agency's long-term strategy to improve truck and
bus safety, the 2010 Strategy and Performance Plan. Transportation Secretary
Rodney Slater announced the new site Tuesday.
The site is being created just weeks after the completion of a month-long,
Internet-based workshop on driver distraction from new technologies sponsored
by the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The FMCSA site
will be available until Dec. 15.
"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 allow the public to view and comment
on research papers in progress, review draft safety action plans, and submit
to FMCSA suggestions and alternate motor carrier safety strategies about
how to improve truck and bus safety over the next 10 years, the DOT statement
said. People can register to receive automatic periodic e-mail notifications
as new 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 the end of the year.