March 2016

Re-establishing a motor carrier forum within AAMVA


The regulation of motor carriers these days goes far beyond the issuance of a commercial driver’s license. As technology advances, we are experiencing a major shift in the way companies do business. Transportation network companies (TNCs) have altered traditional passenger carrier business models. Packages can be delivered through smartphone apps. You can use a website to connect to strangers willing to help pack and move the contents of your house at an hourly rate.

It can be a challenge to keep up, but it is important to stay ahead of the curve. This is why I think it is so important for us to create an AAMVA Motor Carrier Working Group. Think of a recent motor carrier issue your jurisdiction encountered. How helpful would it have been to have a forum to discuss that topic with folks who have already tackled it? How beneficial would it be for us to all put our heads together to come up with a solution?

When TNCs barreled into Virginia, we certainly could have benefited from a forum of our peers to discuss how best to balance innovation with consumer protection concerns. Our recommendations, which resulted in landmark Virginia legislation in early 2015, were largely based on what was and wasn’t working for other states and cities in which TNCs already operated.

Vermont’s Rob Ide will serve as board adviser to the Motor Carrier Working Group, which will complement existing motor carrier organizations and provide a forum for our member jurisdictions to gather, organize and share information about arising motor carrier topics in our members’ wheelhouses. We want to enable the AAMVA community to remain informed about activities and engage in solving problems that leverage AAMVA members’ expertise and complement other stakeholder organizations’ work. We’ve got the skills and brainpower right here; we just need an organized way to harness it.

So let’s get started: What do you want the Motor Carrier Working Group to discuss? Transportation Worker Identification Credentials? Regulation of third party CDL testers or driver training schools? Best practices for the design and use of fixed and mobile weigh stations?

The list is endless, but AAMVA members are always ready for the challenge.

Safe travels,

Rick Holcomb

AAMVA Chair of the Board


Submit topic ideas for the Motor Carrier Working Group to discuss to Cathie Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..