Also on the panel was Rebecca Brewster, president and CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a leader in transportation-related research. She said ATRI has had a positive feedback from FMCSA on the possibility of offering incentives, including the lowering of Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/default.aspx scores, in certain areas if safety technology is installed.
She noted that research shows that large carriers are twice as likely to invest in safety technologies compared to smaller one. One of the hurdles to greater adoption is the cost of safety technology.
"Companies whose drivers are involved in spec'ing their trucks have better success with safety," added Brewster.
The trucking industry continues to face a number of pressing challenges.