In 1995, when Oregon motor carrier regulation was transferred from the Public Utility Commission to the Department of Transportation by Senate Bill 1149, a legislative budget note called for ODOT to form a “Commercial Transportation Advisory Council” composed of representatives of organizations having an interest in motor carrier programs to maintain a high level of service to the regulated industries.
Today, the Motor Carrier Transportation Advisory Committee – MCTAC – is the longest-running advisory group of its kind in ODOT’s history. It's purpose is to confer, collaborate, advise, and advocate. The group strives to meet as often as once a month.
Regular MCTAC attendees include representatives from the Oregon Trucking Associations, Log Truckers Association, Tow Truck Association, Refuse & Recycling Association, Manufactured Housing Association, Christmas Tree Growers Association, Redmond Heavy Haul, Siletz Trucking Company, Wilhelm Trucking Company, Gresham Transfer, Con-Way Freight, Haney Truck Lines, May Trucking, Blue Line Transportation, Bennett Truck Transport, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Teamsters, Clackamas County DOT, Oregon State Police, ODOT DMV, and ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division.
Examples of agenda topics at MCTAC meetings includes:
- Freight mobility
- Rulemakings and MCTD regulatory policy
- Safety enforcement efforts – Action Plans, Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan, TACT, Special Exercises
- Federal safety and size and weight regulations
- Legislation – Industry and MCTD concepts, ConnectOregon, OTIA, all transportation issues
- ODOT developments – Transportation Plan, Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, Oregon Highway Plan, Freight Master Plan, DMV updates