The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113).
Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent
commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of
the Administration contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier
operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations; targeting
high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving
safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies;
strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating
standards; and increasing safety awareness. To accomplish these
activities, the Administration works with Federal, State, and local
enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, labor and safety interest
groups, and others.
Commercial Drivers' Licenses. The Administration develops standards to
test and license commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Data and Analysis. The Administration collects and disseminates data on motor carrier safety and directs resources to improve motor carrier
Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement. The Administration operates a
program to improve safety performance and remove high-risk carriers from the Nation's highways.
Research and Technology. The Administration coordinates research and
development to improve the safety of motor carrier operations and
commercial motor vehicles and drivers.
Safety Assistance. The Administration provides States with financial
assistance for roadside inspections and other commercial motor vehicle
safety programs. It promotes motor vehicle and motor carrier safety.
Other Activities. The Administration supports the development of unified motor carrier safety requirements and procedures throughout North America. It participates in international technical organizations and committees to help share the best practices in motor carrier safety
throughout North America and the rest of the world. It enforces
regulations ensuring safe highway transportation of hazardous materials
and has established a task force to identify and investigate those
carriers of household goods which have exhibited a substantial pattern
of consumer abuse.