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PIA - Electronic Document Management System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. In carrying out its safety mandate, the FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with industry efficiency;
  • Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations; and
  • Targets educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.

To meet these goals, the FMCSA 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. Since a first step to reduce 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 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Hazardous Materials Regulations. EDMS is a tool that helps the FMCSA manage data.

PIA - United States-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor coaches). To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA partners with stakeholders—including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups—on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers.   

FMCSA has announced in the Federal Register 76 FR 2807 April 13 2011 and also on July 8th 2011 its proposal for the initiation of the United States-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program (Pilot) in order to evaluate the ability of motor carrier of property whose principal place of business is in Mexico to operate safely within the United States beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico border. This Pilot is the first step in the negotiated resolution of the 2001 NAFTA Arbitration Panel to impose retaliatory tariffs on goods transported from the U.S. into Mexico in response to the failure of the U.S. to allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to provide long-haul trucking services within the United States. The US-Mexico Cross-Border Long-Haul Pilot Program will allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to function throughout the United States. The Pilot program will not exceed three years from the date FMCSA grants the first provisional certificate. U.S.-domiciled motor carriers will be granted mutual privileges to operate in Mexico for the same period. Participating Mexican carriers and drivers are required to comply with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including those concerned with motor carrier safety, customs, immigration, vehicle registration, vehicle taxation and fuel taxation. Simultaneous and comparable authority to operate within Mexico must be made available to U.S. carriers. The Pilot will also require the participating carriers to allow the installation of electronic monitoring devices to assist FMCSA in its enforcement of hours-of-service (HOS) and cabotage requirements. 

Obama Administration Has Stepped Up Action Against Unsafe Motorcoach, Trucking Companies

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that in the last two years, the Obama Administration has issued as many imminent hazard orders placing unsafe bus and truck companies out of service as in the previous 10 years combined. As part of the administration’s effort to step up motorcoach safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has cracked down on unsafe carriers through surprise inspections, full compliance reviews, and enforcement actions.


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