Truck Accident Governing Body
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. Its primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses . FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC. It employs more than 1,000 individuals, in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, dedicated to improving bus and truck safety and saving lives.
Key Programs . . .
FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS (FMCSRs) FMCSA develops, maintains, and enforces federal regulations that promote carrier safety, industry productivity, and new technologies. FMCSRs establish safe operating requirements for commercial vehicle drivers, carriers, vehicles, and vehicle equipment.
COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE PROGRAM FMCSA develops, monitors, and ensures compliance with the commercial driver licensing standards for drivers, carriers, and States.
PERFORMANCE & REGISTRATION INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT (PRISM) A Federal-State partnership that makes safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle registration. PRISM links Federal motor carrier safety records with the State’s vehicle registration system. The USDOT number of the carrier responsible for safety is identified at the vehicle level allowing the State to determine a carrier’s safety fitness before issuing license plates. Safety performance is continuously monitored, and carriers prohibited by FMCSA from operating in interstate commerce may have their ability to register vehicles denied. PRISM plays a key role in FMCSA’s effort to remove high-risk carriers from our highways.
RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY (R&T;) R&T; work is aimed at gaining fundamental and applied knowledge in order to develop new methods and technologies to enhance truck and bus safety and security.
SAFETY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH FMCSA implements educational strategies to increase motor carrier compliance with the safety regulations and reduce the likelihood of a commercial vehicle crash. Messages are aimed at all highway users including passenger car drivers, truck drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.