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Report on the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC)

This morning I monitored a telephone conference meeting of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC).

They will have a two day meeting in Washington on December 9th and 10th to work on a letter report to the Administrator outlining
– innovative safety initiatives and programs that have the potential to reduce the number of truck and bus fatalities,
– research and development activiites to assess the potential for new safety technologies, and
– enhanced driver qualification standards and driver safey fitness ratings.

Much of the discussion was about semantics — use of the term “public-private partnerships.” They finally agreed to tweak the language to make it clear that they were not talking only about public-private partnerships.

There are two openings on the committee for law enforcement representatives. Nominations are due by this Thursday, December 4th.

Ken Shigley has served as chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Litigation Institute, co-sponsored by the Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina Trial Lawyers Associations. He is on the National Advisory Board for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and is a frequent national seminar speaker for the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. A member of the Million Dollar Advocates, he has successfully tried trucking accident cases to multimillion dollar verdict. He has lectured on trucking litigation topics at continuing legal education programs both at home in Georgia and in Nashville, New Orleans and St. Louis, and is scheduled to do so in Chicago this fall. A Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he is also a Master of the Lamar Inn of Court at Emory Law School, a faculty member for ten years at the Emory University Law School Trial Techniques Program, and has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine) and in Georgia’s “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine). He is Secretary of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.

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