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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), established on January 1, 2000, is the newest agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its primary mission is to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving large trucks and buses. To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA develops, maintains and enforces federal regulations that promote motor carrier safety, industry productivity and new technologies. Key applicable functions of FMCSA include:

  • FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS (FMCSRs). FMCSA develops, maintains, and enforces federal regulations that promote carrier safety, industry productivity, and new technologies. FMCSRs establish safe operating requirements for commercial vehicle drivers, carriers, vehicles, and vehicle equipment.
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS (HMRs). FMCSA enforces HMRs, which are designed to ensure the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials. These rules address the classification of hazardous materials, proper packaging, employee training, hazard communication, and operational requirements.
  • COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE PROGRAM. FMCSA develops, monitors, and ensures compliance with the commercial driver licensing standards for drivers, carriers, and States.
  • BORDER AND INTERNATIONAL SAFETY. FMCSA supports the development of compatible motor carrier safety requirements and procedures throughout North America. FMCSA works closely with the governments of Canada and Mexico to ensure that these countries' motor carriers, drivers, and vehicles operating in the United States meet the same safety standards as U.S. carriers. Also see: Entering the United States as a Commercial Truck Driver
  • SAFETY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH. FMCSA 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.

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