Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Published Feb 17, 2023, 3:49:42 PM UTC
by Phil Lumbroso
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) that is responsible for regulating the safety of commercial motor vehicles, including trucks and buses. The FMCSA was established in 2000 to improve the safety of the nation's highways and reduce the number of accidents involving commercial motor vehicles.

The FMCSA sets and enforces safety standards for the trucking industry, including regulations for driver qualifications, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and hazardous materials transportation. The agency also provides training and resources to help motor carriers comply with these regulations, and it conducts compliance reviews and enforcement actions to ensure that carriers are operating safely.

In addition to its regulatory activities, the FMCSA also collects and disseminates safety data to help the trucking industry identify and address safety issues. This data is used to support research and development of new safety technologies, as well as to inform the development of new safety regulations.

The FMCSA also works closely with state and local agencies, as well as other federal agencies, to promote safe trucking practices and improve communication and coordination between all parties involved in trucking safety.