Archive for April, 2016

Group will provide funds for driver jobs

Friday, April 8th, 2016

A newly founded group will be critical in the preservation of driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has created the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Formula Working Group.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires the DOT Secretary to establish a working group to analyze the requirements and factors for establishing a new allocation formula for the MCSAP, the flagship state grant program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

MCSAP grant funds are essential to maintaining the states’ commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement programs around the country, with grant funds providing critical support for state-conducted compliance investigations, roadside inspections, new entrant audits, and traffic enforcement activities.

The DOT Secretary was required to establish a MCSAP working group within 180 days of enactment of the FAST Act – December 4, 2015 – and the working group must provide its recommendations to the Secretary no later than one year from the date of its establishment.  According to the FAST Act, the working group must be composed of representatives from state CMV safety agencies, FMCSA, an organization representing state CMV enforcement agencies, and any other persons that the DOT Secretary considers necessary.  State safety agency participation must make up at least 51 percent of the working group, and the group is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

“The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program provides critical funds each year to states to support their large truck and bus safety efforts,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “Now that we have expeditiously fulfilled this FAST Act requirement, I look forward to receiving the working group’s recommendations on how we can enhance and streamline this important safety grant program with the ultimate goal of making our nation’s roads safer.”