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An Introduction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Who We Are : 

Who We Are A separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Created to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses Headquartered in Washington, D.C. Over 1,000 employees in all 50 states (including Washington, D.C.)

What We Do : 

What We Do Develop and enforce data-driven regulations that balance safety with efficiency Harness safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers Target educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers and the public

Key Programs of the FMCSA : 

Key Programs of the FMCSA Federal Motor Safety Regulations Hazardous Materials Regulations Commercial Driver’s License Program Motor Carrier Safety Identification and Information Systems New Entrant Safety Assurance Process Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (Prism) Research and Technology Border and International Safety Safety Education and Outreach Household Goods Program

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) : 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) FMCSA develops, maintains and enforces federal regulations that promote carrier safety, industry productivity and new technologies Establishes safe operating requirements for commercial vehicle drivers, carriers, vehicles and equipment

Hazardous Material Regulations (HMRs) : 

Hazardous Material Regulations (HMRs) These are rules designed to ensure the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials by addressing: Classification of hazardous materials Proper packaging Employee training Hazard communication Operational requirements

Commercial Driver’s License Program : 

Commercial Driver’s License Program FMCSA develops, monitors and ensures compliance with the commercial driver licensing standards for drivers, carriers and States.

Motor Carrier Safety Identification and Information Systems : 

Motor Carrier Safety Identification and Information Systems Provides safety data to the industry and the public, such as: State and national crash statistics Current analysis results Detailed motor carrier safety performance data This data allows officials to target inspections and investigations on higher risk carriers, vehicles and drivers.

New Entrant Safety Assurance Process : 

New Entrant Safety Assurance Process Ensures that new entrant motor carriers are knowledgeable about FMCSRs and HMRs 18-month monitoring period requires carrier to pass a safety audit and maintain safe operations to receive permanent USDOT registration New entrant motor carriers that fail to maintain adequate basic safety management controls may have their temporary USDOT registration revoked

Motor Carrier Safety Assurance Program (MCSAP) : 

Motor Carrier Safety Assurance Program (MCSAP) Federal grant program that provides states with financial assistance to hire staff and implement strategies to enforce FMCSRs and HMRs. Funds are used to: Conduct roadside inspections and review motor carriers’ compliance with regulations Promote detection and correction of safety defects, driver deficiencies and unsafe motor carrier practices

Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) : 

Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) A Federal-State partnership that makes safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle registration. PRISM plays a key role in FMCSA’s effort to remove high-risk carriers from our highways.

Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) : 

Performance & Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) Links Federal motor carrier safety records with the State’s vehicle registration system The USDOT number of the carrier responsible for safety is identified at the vehicle level (before license plates are issued). Carriers prohibited by FMCSA from operating in interstate commerce may have their ability to register vehicles denied.

Research and Technology (R&T) : 

Research and Technology (R&T) R&T work is aimed at gaining fundamental and applied knowledge in order to develop new methods and technologies to enhance truck and bus safety and security.

Border and International Safety : 

Border and International Safety Supports the development of compatible motor carrier safety requirements and procedures throughout North America Works closely with the governments of Canada and Mexico to ensure that these countries’ motor carriers, drivers and vehicles meet the same safety standards as U.S. carriers

Safety Education & Outreach : 

Safety Education & Outreach Implements educational strategies to increase motor carrier compliance with the safety regulations and reduce the likelihood of a commercial vehicle crash Messages are aimed at all highway users including passenger car drivers, truck drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Household Goods Program : 

Household Goods Program Regulates interstate household goods movers and requires them to register with the agency. FMCSA has developed a Web site to assist consumers moving across State lines: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/moving.htm 24-hour toll-free hotline: (888) 368-7238 Web site for consumer complaints: http://www.1-888-dot-saft.com

For More Information… : 

For More Information… MAIL Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20590 PHONE (202) 366-2519 INTERNET http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov

In Conclusion : 

In Conclusion Presently we are updating the current Spanish Website in order to better serve Mexico-based motor carriers that are and will be operating in the U.S. The mission of the FMCSA is to prevent commercial motor vehicle- related fatalities and injuries.

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