by Chris Grigas

What is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?


Trucking and transportation, much like other industries in our society, is regulated by government at the local, state, and federal levels. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or the FMCSA, is one government agency that trucking / transportation companies may be the most familiar with.

The FMCSA is an agency within the Department of Transportation, and it was established on January 1st, 2000. The FMCSA has over one-thousand employees in all fifty states, and is led by a Deputy Administrator who is appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate.

Per the agency’s website, the primary mission of the agency is to, “prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.” The agency works towards this goal through several means such as:

  • Developing standards and tests to license commercial motor vehicle drivers
  • Collecting and disseminating data on motor carrier safety
  • Working with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies to improve safety performance, and remove high-risk carriers from the nation’s roads
  • Research and develop ways to safely operate motor carrier operations and commercial motor vehicles and drivers
  • Providing state governments with financial assistance for roadside inspections and other commercial motor vehicle safety programs.

The agency is also responsible for registering, tracking, and providing operating authority to motor carrier, and motor carrier related companies that are domiciled within the United States, and its territories.

The FMCSA is a large agency whose primary mission is to keep companies and individuals safe.

Contact your agent if you have any further questions / need assistance in working with the FMCSA for your company’s particular needs.

 

Source: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

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