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FMCSA stands for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that was created in 2000. Its primary aim is to improve the safety performance of commercial vehicles, (e.g., vehicles, large trucks, buses) and minimize accidents across the United States trucking industry. Their Duties include researching, developing, testing, and enforcing safety standards for commercial motor vehicles and commercial driver’s license holders. Read more about the US: Staffing Woes Put Car Industry at Remarkable Risk

What is FMCSA?


  • Federal truck safety rules were first issued in 1936 by the Bureau of Motor Carriers, a division of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC).

  • When the DOT was established on October 15, 1966, the ICC's regulatory authority over truck and bus safety was transferred to DOT, delegated to FHWA, and designated the Office of Motor Carrier Safety. 

  • In 2000, Congress established FMCSA as a stand-alone DOT agency pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. Read more about why are Automotive Industry suppliers migrating from Argentina to Brazil?

Since 2000, FMCSA has been responsible for establishing and enforcing safety regulations for commercial motor vehicle operators and drivers, regulating interstate transportation by large trucks, buses, and household goods operations and inter/intrastate hazardous materials transportation, establishing and enforcing standards that States must follow concerning the application and testing processes and procedures for all individuals seeking a commercial driver's license (CDL), and providing financial and technical assistance to State and local governments who enforce State safety programs based on FMCSA's regulations. Also, read European Battery Makers Power up for Great Green Recovery

FMCSA Mission:

FMCSA is the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), to include more than 500,000 commercial trucking companies, more than 4,000 interstate bus companies, and more than four million commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. FMCSA's mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Read further about Honda Pays $85 Million as Settlement for Faulty Airbags in Cars sold in the US

What Does FMCSA Do?

  1. Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with efficiency

  2. Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations

  3. Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.

  4. Partners with stakeholders including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes.

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