Personal Injury

Commercial vehicle safety workshop this week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is holding its 2010 annual workshop in San Antonio, Texas from April 19 – 22. The workshop features meetings, presentations, and other programs developed to improve commercial motor vehicle and overall highway transportation safety.

According to Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s interim executive director, “Proactively preventing crashes involving large commercial trucks and interstate buses takes a concerted effort on the part of many stakeholders. To accomplish this, CVSA members actively work to implement new and critical traffic safety initiatives that enhance commercial vehicle enforcement and roadside inspections which ultimately save lives.”

Workshop highlights will include a presentation by Dan Blower of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, who will speak about the link between a truck’s mechanical condition and crash safety, using data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck Crash Causation Study.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition (TIMTC) will hold a seminar on IntelliDrive technology to enhance commercial trucking safety. IntelliDrive is a technological initiative that promotes wireless communications between vehicles, infrastructure, and drivers’ personal communications devices to help prevent crashes and enhance freight mobility, among other things. The IntelliDrive seminar will present and explore ways in which wireless interfacing can be used to improve trucking safety now and in the future.

After the workshop on April 22, the FMCSA will hold its Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Leadership Conference. The North American Cargo Securement Harmonization Public Forum will also hold its first meeting of 2010 after the CVSA workshop.

The Forum is open to law enforcement personnel, roadside inspectors, regulators, shippers, motor carriers, drivers, transportation safety directors, and other persons interested in the issues concerning cargo securement regulations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The aim of the forum is to promote safe, consistent requirements throughout North America.