The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA:
- Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier safety with industry efficiency
- Employs safety information systems to focus on higher risk motor carriers in enforcing safety regulations
- Targets educational messages to motor carriers, commercial drivers, and the public
To meet these goals, FMCSA partners with stakeholders' including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (FHMR). FMCSA LAN Segment at Volpe is the infrastructure which facilitates the interoperation of a number of Federal and State information systems under the auspices of FMCSA.