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     § 7804.  Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.
        (a)  Creation.--There is hereby created a Motor Carrier
     Safety Advisory Committee which shall consist of the following
     28 members:
            (1)  The Secretary of Transportation.
            (2)  The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility
        Commission.
            (3)  The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike
        Commission.
            (4)  The Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
            (5)  The Chairman and Minority Chairman of the
        Transportation Committee of the Senate.
            (6)  The Chairman and Minority Chairman of the
        Transportation Committee of the House of Representatives.
            (7)  Twenty members of the public representing the areas
        of concern specified who shall have extensive experience and
        knowledge of motor carrier transportation activities
        throughout this Commonwealth, to be appointed by the Governor
        as follows:
                (i)  One representative from the Pennsylvania Chamber
            of Business and Industry.
                (ii)  One representative from the Pennsylvania Chiefs
            of Police Association.
                (iii)  One representative from the Special Court
            Judges Association of Pennsylvania.
                (iv)  Two persons representing the interests of
            independent truckers.
                (v)  Two representatives from the Pennsylvania Motor
            Truck Association.
                (vi)  Two representatives from the Pennsylvania Truck
            Transportation Alliance.
                (vii)  One representative from the Pennsylvania AAA
            Federation.
                (viii)  One representative from the Pennsylvania
            Public Transportation Association.
                (ix)  One representative from the Pennsylvania Bus
            Association.
                (x)  One representative from the Pennsylvania School
            Bus Association.
                (xi)  One representative from the Hardwood Lumber
            Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania.
                (xii)  One person representing the interests of motor
            carrier drivers.
                (xiii)  One person representing the interests of bulk
            haulers.
                (xiv)  One representative from the moving and storage
            industry in Pennsylvania.
                (xv)  One representative from the petroleum industry
            in Pennsylvania.
                (xvi)  One representative from a Class I Railroad.
                (xvii)  One person representing the interests of
            local government.
        (b)  Chairperson.--The Governor shall appoint one member of
     the committee as chairperson. The members of the committee shall
     annually elect a vice chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer
     from among the public members appointed to the committee.
        (c)  Designees.--Each member may designate a representative
     to serve in his or her stead. A member who designates a
     representative shall notify the chairperson in writing of the
     designation.
        (d)  Terms of appointees.--The terms of all members of the
     committee appointed by the Governor shall be for three years.
     Any member of the committee may be reappointed for an additional
     term or terms. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall
     serve only for the unexpired term. Each member shall serve until
     the appointment of a successor.
        (e)  Meetings and expenses.--
            (1)  The committee shall meet at least four times every
        12 months but may hold such additional meetings as are called
        by the chairperson or by petition of at least six committee
        members. The chairperson shall provide notice at least 14
        days in advance for regular meetings and shall provide a
        minimum of three days' notice for special meetings. A
        majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the
        conduct of business. The secretary shall maintain a record of
        meeting attendance by members and shall provide written
        notice to appointed members who miss two consecutive
        meetings. Three consecutive committee meeting absences by an
        appointed member shall be grounds for removal if affirmed by
        a majority vote of the committee.
            (2)  Minutes of meetings shall be prepared by the
        secretary and filed with the committee and distributed to all
        members. All records shall be a matter of public record.
            (3)  The public members of the committee shall be allowed
        actual, necessary and reasonable per diem expenses in
        accordance with regulations of the Executive Board. The
        department shall provide appropriate staff support to enable
        the committee to properly carry out its function.
        (f)  Powers and duties.--The committee shall have the power
     and duty to assess, evaluate and recommend standards for the
     safe operation of motor carriers in this Commonwealth,
     including, but not limited to, the following objectives:
            (1)  Develop continuing education programs for first-year
        and second-year CDL drivers and consider incentive programs
        for drivers who undergo incremental safety training and
        testing throughout their driving careers.
            (2)  Examine ways in which to increase and document motor
        carrier use of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, including the
        possibility of a fuel tax rebate or other incentives.
            (3)  Study the feasibility of utilizing existing and
        developing technology relative to the electronic control
        mechanisms of motor carriers to aid in the enforcement of
        speed limits.
            (4)  Develop a policy to address the dissemination of
        information among employers of CDL drivers relative to
        employee job performance and conduct in order to best protect
        the public from unsafe drivers.
            (5)  Analyze the feasibility of instituting enhanced
        penalties for motor carrier moving violations and of
        utilizing the amount of the increase as a dedicated source of
        funding for the construction of security walls.
            (6)  Provide a forum for the exchange of information on
        the problems associated with travel as passenger vehicles,
        motorcycles and motor carriers share the road systems and
        consider education initiatives aimed at the motoring public
        as well as the motor carrier industry.
            (7)  Consider any other issue raised in relation to motor
        carrier operation and road safety that may arise from time to
        time.
        (g)  Reports.--The committee shall submit annual reports of
     its deliberations, conclusions and suggestions to the Governor
     and members of the General Assembly.
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