Our Roads Our Safety: Navigating the Safety Requirements When Operating Large Trucks


Twelve million large trucks and buses are registered to operate on America’s roadways and play a critical role in helping move our nation’s economy and transporting people every day.  This presentation will discuss the expectations of the professional driver of large trucks and the responsibilities of those who employ them.  An update on new safety requirements impacting the industry and the tools available to assist a business in developing and promoting a safety culture involving large trucks will be discussed along with what all drivers need to know to properly share the road with large trucks.



Presented by:

Timothy Cotter, Division Administrator, USDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Timothy Cotter has been with the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for over 25 years and has held a variety of positions with the agency.  Tim started with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in July 1992 as a Safety Investigator in Jefferson City, MO, followed by becoming the Field Office Supervisor for the agency’s New York City office in March 1998.  He later became the Division Administrator for the New Hampshire Division office in September 1999 followed by being named the Division Administrator for the Michigan Division in 2001.  

Since July 2007 Tim has been the Division Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Pennsylvania Division where he is responsible for the implementation of the US Dept of Transportation’s Truck and Bus Safety Programs in Pennsylvania.  These programs involve the supervising of federal investigators and working closely with state and federal agencies as well as the industry with, the goal of reducing large truck and bus crashes.