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CMV Safety Summit Set for May 25-26 Will Promote Best Practices and Partnerships

Posted: May 4, 2021

The second Western Regional Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit planned for May 25-26 in downtown Denver, Colorado, will bring together representatives from law enforcement, driver licensing agencies, universities, and industry to share research and best practices to improve data quality and the collection and use of CMV data.

The summit will highlight ways states have worked to improve data quality, improve the ways they collect data, and/or new ways they are using the data. Participants may attend the summit online or in person. For more information, visit the Summit website.

The North Dakota State University (NDSU), Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) will host the event with the Colorado State Patrol with funding provided through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Each state and territory in the FMCSA Western Service Center region has been contacted to determine current projects and partnerships, topics of interest, and innovative approaches they have implemented. The agenda was developed based on these inputs, and will include the following sessions:

  • state-specific examples of best practices,
  • resources and tools readily available to states,
  • current research and partnerships, and
  • a roundtable discussion of state-specific issues.

In addition, an opening session focused on the impact and lessons learned from COVID-19 is planned, with federal, state, and industry perspectives. Representatives from FMCSA will also provide updates regarding rulemakings and current programs, and be available for questions and answers.

The summit will emphasize partnerships with universities and the capabilities universities have to assist agencies. These capabilities include conducting data analysis and evaluation, building tools to visualize data, helping to develop innovative strategies, leading training efforts, and/or organizing and hosting an event such as the Summit to bring together various stakeholders in the state or region.

The first Summit was held November 2018 and brought together about 130 state and federal law enforcement personnel, driver licensing agency representatives, university researchers, and industry members. In addition to discussions of best practices, research, and partnerships, the 2018 Summit highlighted emerging trends, educational programs available, how to overcome obstacles, and new technologies.

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