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  • § 350.101
    What is the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)?
  • § 350.103
    What is the purpose of this part?
  • § 350.105
    What definitions are used in this part?
  • § 350.107
    What jurisdictions are eligible for MCSAP funding?
  • § 350.109
    What are the national program elements?
  • § 350.111
    What constitutes traffic enforcement for the purpose of the MCSAP?
  • § 350.201
    What conditions must a State meet to qualify for Basic Program Funds?
  • § 350.203
  • § 350.205
    How and when does a State apply for MCSAP funding?
  • § 350.207
    What response does a State receive to its CVSP submission?
  • § 350.209
    How does a State demonstrate that it satisfies the conditions for Basic Program funding?
  • § 350.211
    What is the format of the certification required by § 350.209?
  • § 350.213
    What must a State CVSP include?
  • § 350.215
    What are the consequences for a State that fails to perform according to an approved CVSP or otherwise fails to meet the conditions of this part?
  • § 350.301
    What level of effort must a State maintain to qualify for MCSAP funding?
  • § 350.303
    What are the State and Federal shares of expenses incurred under an approved CVSP?
  • § 350.305
    Are U.S. Territories subject to the matching funds requirement?
  • § 350.307
    How long are MCSAP funds available to a State?
  • § 350.309
    What activities are eligible for reimbursement under the MCSAP?
  • § 350.311
    What specific items are eligible for reimbursement under the MCSAP?
  • § 350.313
    How are MCSAP funds allocated?
  • § 350.315
    How may Basic Program Funds be used?
  • § 350.317
    What are Incentive Funds and how may they be used?
  • § 350.319
    What are permissible uses of High Priority Activity Funds?
  • § 350.321
    What are permissible uses of New Entrant Funds?
  • § 350.323
    What criteria are used in the Basic Program Funds allocation?
  • § 350.325
  • § 350.327
    How may States qualify for Incentive Funds?
  • § 350.329
    How may a State or local agency qualify for High Priority Funds?
  • § 350.331
    How does a State ensure its laws and regulations are compatible with the FMCSRs and HMRs?
  • § 350.333
    What are the guidelines for the compatibility review?
  • § 350.335
    What are the consequences if my State has laws or regulations incompatible with the Federal regulations?
  • § 350.337
    How may State laws and regulations governing motor carriers, CMV drivers, and CMVs in interstate commerce differ from the FMCSRs and still be considered compatible?
  • § 350.339
    What are tolerance guidelines?
  • § 350.341
    What specific variances from the FMCSRs are allowed for State laws and regulations governing motor carriers, CMV drivers, and CMVs engaged in intrastate commerce and not subject to Federal jurisdiction?
  • § 350.343
    How may a State obtain a new exemption for State laws and regulations for a specific industry involved in intrastate commerce?
  • § 350.345
    How does a State apply for additional variances from the FMCSRs?

Part 350

§ 350.211: What is the format of the certification required by § 350.209?

The State's certification must be consistent with the following content:

I (name), (title), on behalf of the State (or Commonwealth) of (State), as requested by the Administrator as a condition of approval of a grant under the authority of 49 U.S.C. 31102, as amended, do hereby certify as follows:

1. The State has adopted commercial motor carrier and highway hazardous materials safety rules and regulations that are compatible with the FMCSRs and the HMRs.

2. The State has designated (name of State CMV safety agency) as the lead agency to administer the CVSP for the grant sought and (names of agencies) to perform defined functions under the plan. These agencies have the legal authority, resources, and qualified personnel necessary to enforce the State's commercial motor carrier, driver, and highway hazardous materials safety laws or regulations.

3. The State will obligate the funds or resources necessary to provide a matching share to the Federal assistance provided in the grant to administer the plan submitted and to enforce the State's commercial motor carrier safety, driver, and hazardous materials laws or regulations in a manner consistent with the approved plan.

4. The laws of the State provide the State's enforcement officials right of entry and inspection sufficient to carry out the purposes of the CVSP, as approved, and provide that the State will grant maximum reciprocity for inspections conducted pursuant to the North American Standard Inspection procedure, through the use of a nationally accepted system allowing ready identification of previously inspected CMVs.

5. The State requires that all reports relating to the program be submitted to the appropriate State agency or agencies, and the State will make these reports available, in a timely manner, to the FMCSA on request.

6. The State has uniform reporting requirements and uses FMCSA designated forms for record keeping, inspection, and other enforcement activities.

7. The State has in effect a requirement that registrants of CMVs declare their knowledge of the applicable Federal or State CMV safety laws or regulations.

8. The State must maintain the average aggregate expenditure of the State lead agency responsible for implementing the CVSP, exclusive of Federal assistance and State matching funds, for CMV safety programs eligible for funding under the Basic program at a level at least equal to the average level of that expenditure for fiscal years 2004 and 2005. These expenditures must cover at least the following four program areas, as applicable:

a. Motor carrier safety programs in accordance with 49 CFR 350.109.

b. Size and weight enforcement programs in accordance with 49 CFR 350.309(c)(1).

c. Drug interdiction enforcement programs in accordance with 49 CFR 350.309(c)(2).

d. Traffic safety programs in accordance with 49 CFR 350.309(d).

9. The State will ensure that CMV size and weight enforcement activities funded with MCSAP funds will not diminish the effectiveness of other CMV safety enforcement programs.

10. The State will ensure that violation fines imposed and collected by the State are consistent, effective, and equitable.

11. The State will establish a program to provide FMCSA with accurate, complete, and timely reporting of motor carrier safety information that includes documenting the effects of the State's CMV safety programs; participate in a national motor carrier safety data correction program (DataQs); participate in appropriate FMCSA systems; and ensure information is exchanged in a timely manner with other States.

12. The State will ensure that the CVSP, data collection, and information systems are coordinated with the State highway safety program under title 23, U.S. Code. The name of the Governor's highway safety representative (or other authorized State official through whom coordination was accomplished) is ______. (Name)

13. The State has undertaken efforts to emphasize and improve enforcement of State and local traffic laws as they pertain to CMV safety.

14. The State will ensure that MCSAP agencies have departmental policies stipulating that roadside inspections will be conducted at locations that are adequate to protect the safety of drivers and enforcement personnel.

15. The State will ensure that requirements relating to the licensing of CMV drivers are enforced, including checking the status of CDLs.

16. The State will ensure that MCSAP-funded personnel, including sub-grantees, meet the minimum Federal standards set forth in 49 CFR part 385, subpart C for training and experience of employees performing safety audits, compliance reviews, or driver/vehicle roadside inspection.

17. The State will enforce operating authority requirements under 49 CFR 392.9a by prohibiting the operation of any vehicle discovered to be operating without the required operating authority or beyond the scope of the motor carrier's operating authority.

18. The State will enforce the financial responsibility requirements under 49 CFR part 387 as applicable to CMVs subject to the provisions of 49 CFR 392.9a.

19. The State will include, in the training manual for the licensing examination to drive a non-CMV and the training manual for the licensing examination to drive a CMV, information on best practices for safe driving in the vicinity of noncommercial and commercial motor vehicles.

20. The State will conduct comprehensive and highly visible traffic enforcement and CMV safety inspection programs in high-risk locations and corridors.

21. The State will ensure that, except in the case of an imminent or obvious safety hazard, an inspection of a vehicle transporting passengers for a motor carrier of passengers is conducted at a station, terminal, border crossing, maintenance facility, destination, or other location where motor carriers may make planned stops.

22. The State will transmit to its roadside inspectors the notice of each Federal exemption granted pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 31315(b) as provided to the State by FMCSA, including the name of the person granted the exemption and any terms and conditions that apply to the exemption.

Date Signature

Citation: [65 FR 15102, Mar. 21, 2000, as amended at 67 FR 12779, Mar. 19, 2002; 67 FR 61820, Oct. 2, 2002; 72 FR 36770, July 5, 2007; 78 FR 60231, Oct. 1, 2013]


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