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Mr. Stephen C. Owings


Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee

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Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee

Background Information

Employment History

Vice President

Sequenom , Inc.


PCR Business Systems' Company


Road Safe America



Bachelor of Science Degree

Northern Arizona

Bachelor of Science Degree

Northern Arizona University

Web References (197 Total References)

Timeline | Roadsafe America [cached]

Steve Owings addresses US Conference of Mayors' annual meeting in Washington, DC as part of a Panel on Transportation.

Steve Owings leads a safety advocacy meeting with new DOT Secretary Foxx to discuss Safety Agenda
Steve Owings begins tenure as Chairman of Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC)
Co-Founder Steve Owings testifies before Congress supporting the FMCSA's Compliance/Safety/Accountability program
Steve Owings, Co-Founder of Road Safe America is asked by US Senate Commerce Committee to provide comments regarding highway safety, for consideration in the next Transportation Reauthorization Bill.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network honors Steve Owings with the top prize for philanthropy for his efforts with Road Safe America
Steve Owings is re-appointed to the congressional advisory committee of FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Steve Owings speaks at the National Press Club in D.C.
Steve Owings is appointed to the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (A Congressional Advisory Committee) to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
Road Safe America produces a video for distribution, Steve and Susan are interviewed by WGST in Atlanta
Concerned Americans Advocating Interstate Roadway Safety (CAAIRS), the precursor to Road Safe America (RSA) is founded by Steve and Susan Owings (established as a 501c3)

"The questionnaire is a big deal," ... [cached]

"The questionnaire is a big deal," said Steve Owings, MCSAC chairman and founder and president of Atlanta-based Road Safe America.

"You get to appreciate how deliberative ... [cached]

"You get to appreciate how deliberative you have to be and how difficult it is to achieve changes," MCSAC Chairman Stephen Owings said of the process of reviewing and debating reports line-by-line. He made the comments after leading the final meeting of his two-year term.

"About half the people on the ... [cached]

"About half the people on the committee felt like they were not comfortable with the final product," noted MCSAC Chairman Stephen Owings at the opening of the MCSAC's October 28 meeting.

Elephants, Blind Monks And The Genius Of FMCSA’s Pointless Advisory Committee - Owis [cached]

The fifth safety member is the current chairman, Steve Owings of Road Safe America.

(Here's a parenthetical bit of business I want to address, and I hate to get into it but … I routinely hear from the trucking side that safety advocates' "expertise" is essentially limited to having been a victim, of having a loved one killed in a truck wreck. Indeed, the bios for all but one of the MCSAC committee's safety members suggest that a tragedy prompted their engagement with trucking issues.
Here's the thing: Over the years, I've had a number of discussions with Chairman Owings (who lost a college-aged son in a rear-end collision), and he's unfailingly expressed his desire to work with industry, not against it. He just wants trucks to slow down (which the ATA supports) and for truck drivers to be paid more, worthy of the training they should have and of their highway safety responsibilities (which OOIDA supports).
On the other hand, Owings, the MCSAC chair, calls committee leadership "an interesting assignment" - though he's quick to suggest that he doesn't run the committee. His goal is to facilitate "reasonably even representation" in committee discussions and recommendations. "As you'd expect, we have pretty lively debates on most topics, but I hope we're providing valuable insights to the administrator," he told me, early in his tenure.
He maintains that leadership from "the safety advocacy community" is appropriate, and important.
"The number one goal of the DOT is safety. The mission of the FMCSA is all about safety. I'd hope that the safety advocacy community and I, in particular, bring a safety-centered focus to things," Owings says. "We don't have a dollar bill in any of the debates - it's all about safety and that's the way it should be."
And that's always an issue: Regulators shouldn't be perceived as giving the regulated industry too much influence over oversight. On the other hand, trucking continues to argue that the industry is more safe than ever - so regulators should slow down.
"We try to find common ground, and there are ways to do that," Owings says.

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