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Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed PL 114-94, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This significant legislation sets funding authorization levels for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) through Fiscal Year 2020 and mandates several rulemakings, reports to Congress, studies, and working groups.  This website provides an overview of key FAST Act initiatives as a resource for the Agency’s stakeholders to follow FMCSA’s FAST Act implementation progress.

Key FAST Act topics highlighted on this website include:

  • Grants: Several Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grants will be consolidated starting in FY 2017 which will allow the Agency to more efficiently maximize grant funding. 
  • Compliance, Safety, Accountability: The FAST Act requires a comprehensive study of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program’s Safety Measurement System. 
  • Beyond Compliance: FMCSA will create a Beyond Compliance program to give carriers recognition, including credit in the CSA program, for voluntarily using advanced technologies or implementing enhanced driver fitness measures.
  • Veteran Drivers: The Agency’s commitment to helping our nation’s veterans to transition to carriers in the motor carrier industry is bolstered by several FAST Act provisions.
  • Authorization Levels: The FAST Act sets authorization levels for FMCSA through FY 2020.
  • Rulemakings: The FAST Act requires twenty (20) FMCSA rulemakings.
  • Reports to Congress: The FAST Act requires fifteen (15) reports to Congress.
  • Working Groups: The FAST Act requires five (5) working groups.
  • Petitions: Section 5204 FAST Act provisions, mandates that the Agency publish a summary of all petitions for regulatory action submitted to the Administration.