On July 28 the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Under the partnership, the NLBMDA, which represents more than 8,000 lumber and building material companies, will work with FMCSA to promote driver and highway safety, disseminate regulatory and compliance information, and facilitate training and industry outreach. FMCSA administrator Annette M. Sandberg and Sam Dunn, 2004–2005 NLBMDA chairman and president of Daytona Beach, Fla.–based Dunn Lumber, met for the official signing at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“For us, this is an opportunity to reach some segments of the industry that we typically don't reach, and that is those companies that still fall under our regulations that want to do business safely but might not necessarily know all the regulations they need to follow,” Sandberg said following the signing. “This is an opportunity for us to partner with an association that can get the information out to its members.”
“Safety is the main goal that we have, not only for our members' employees, but also general safety on the highways,” Dunn added. “Trucking is not a main part of our members' business, but it is a part that makes our business go. So we are able to work with the department and to help to get out the information that they by law are required to put out. And also to be a feedback mechanism from the bottom up to help them understand our situation and what happens [at lumberyards].”
According to the official announcement from NLBMDA, the signing will pave the way for a working group of NLBMDA dealer members and officials from FMCSA to meet on a regular basis to review FMCSA materials and promote the administration's programs to help reduce highway fatalities and ensure motor carrier compliance.