Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); request for comments.
The FHWA proposes to amend the regulations governing the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) by incorporating provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Pub. L. 105-178, 112 Stat. 107 (1998). This action would broaden the scope of the MCSAP beyond enforcement activities and programs by requiring participating States to assume greater responsibility for improving motor carrier safety. Proposed amendments would require States to develop performance-based plans reflecting national priorities and performance goals, revise the MCSAP funding distribution formula, and create a new incentive funding program. The effect of this action would be to implement the performance-based program requirements of TEA-21 and provide States greater flexibility in designing programs to address national and State goals for reducing the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes. Many of these revisions have a congressionally mandated deadline of FY 2000 (October 1, 1999).