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Hazardous Material Safety Permit

Goal

To provide a report to Congress, required by The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), by October 2013 describing how the Hazardous Material Safety Permit (HMSP) program may be improved.

Background

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received a petition in 2010 to modify the renewal process for the HMSP. In 2012, MAP-21 mandated that FMCSA report on how it is going to improve the HMSP and to undertake a rulemaking to do so within the next year.

Summary

The project's prime contractor is MaineWay Services with two supporting subcontractors. MaineWay Services is performing a program evaluation of all aspects of the HMSP program. It is producing a detailed report on all aspects of the evaluation for posting on FMCSA's ART Web page, and a short summary as the required report to Congress. As requested by Congress, both reports contain numerous recommendations for ways the program could be improved.

Outcomes

Recommendations on how to migrate monitoring of HMSP carriers to a compliance, safety accountability (CSA) safety measurement system (SMS) styled process, and to have a second level of review built in as part of the process for carriers who are identified as unsafe.

Milestones

February 2013: Contract awarded.
June 2013: Draft final report and draft letter to Congress delivered.
October 2013: Letter report due to congress, detailed final report.

Funding

FY 2013: $347,280 - FMCSA Research and Technology

Status

Drafting detailed and summary reports.

Contractor

Integrated Technology Solutions, Inc.

Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014