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Vehicle Safety Organizations Combine Conferences

March 21, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- For the first time, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold their annual conferences together to provide a collective forum to address vehicle safety. Both conferences will be held on March 24-30 in Atlanta. Some of the subjects to be discussed include: -- Vehicle-related issues including results of the 2006 Brake Safety Symposium, cargo securement harmonization, disc brake and ABS technologies, and wheel bearing seal leakage issues; -- Transportation security issues such as Corporate Security Reviews, training, TWIC and REAL ID Act, cargo seals and vehicle disabling technologies; -- Driver related issues such as electronic on-board recorders, CDLIS/NLETS integration, speed and speed limiters, hours of service, traffic enforcement and safety belt initiatives; -- Passenger carrying issues and concerns related to motorcoach and school bus transportation; -- Technology initiatives related to safety-enhancing vehicle-based technology systems, next-generation vehicle and infrastructure-based technology programs, and information systems related to roadside inspections; -- Programmatic issues related to FMCSA's Comprehensive Safety Analysis for 2010 and COMPASS Programs, the recently announced U.S. DOT NAFTA Border Demonstration project, as well as CVSA's Roadcheck and Operation Air Brake Programs; -- Educational issues such as understanding the results from the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, how to use FMCSA's DataQs system and the Analysis and Information web site; and, -- Training issues include passenger vehicle inspection course updates, false CDL, HOS status and District Court of Appeals ruling, as well as reviewing the Program Manager's Course and National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) recommendations on automatic slack adjuster type brakes. Several federal agencies will be participating in this event. In the U.S., in addition to FMCSA, the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and NTSB will be participating. From Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators will be participating. From Mexico, the Secretary for Communications and Transportation and Federal Preventative Police will be involved in the discussions.
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