The federal motor carrier safety regulation was founded in the transportation department in January 1, 2000. Initially, it was a part of the Federal Highway Administration. The main reason the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was set up was to stop accidents and deaths related to commercial motor vehicles. The roles played by this body help in ensuring there is safety in motor carrier activities by strongly implementing safety regulations that are aimed at high risk carriers and drivers who drive commercial vehicles.
The fmcsr helps in enhancing the safety of information systems and the technologies used in motor vehicles. It strengthens commercial motor vehicles operating standards by ensuring the right equipment is used and also enhances safety awareness. To achieve all these goals, the body works with other
Data and analysis agencies, motor carrier industry and groups that are interested in safety.
Regulatory compliance and enforcement
The administration runs a program to better their safety performance and get rid of high-risk carriers from the country’s highways.
The administration offers states financial support for roadside inspections and any other necessary safety programs for commercial motor vehicles.
Research and technology
The fmcsr plans and organizes research and development to better safety standards of motor carrier operations and commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.
Licenses for commercial drivers
The administration comes up with guidelines to examine and license commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Commercial drivers program
To be able to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), one should be knowledgeable, highly experienced and in possession of the necessary skills and physical abilities than that necessary to drive a non-commercial vehicle. To be able to acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the applicant must pass in both skills and knowledge testing meant for such higher caliber. In addition, CDL holders are held on higher grades when operating any kind of motor vehicle on the public roads. If a CDL holder commits serious traffic offenses, it can affect their ability to maintain their CDL certification.
It’s a very huge task driving a commercial motor vehicle. One has to posses the right skills and knowledge to be effective. Every commercial driver must get a commercial driver’s license in their home state-it’s illegal to have more than one license from different states. Additionally, there are other special requirements that must be met if you or the company drivers will drive any of the following vehicles:
• A truck that has a tank
• A truck that has double or triple trailers
• A truck ferrying harmful materials
• A passenger vehicle
Therefore, it’s important to carry out proper research through your state licensing bureau to get all the necessary details.
What is the strategy of the fmcsr?
In order for the organization to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and road accident deaths involving commercial vehicles, fmcsr:
• Partners with stakeholders such as the federal, state and local enforcement agencies, safety groups, motor carrier industry and organized labor so as to decrease truck and bus related accidents
• Creates and enforces data driven regulations that help in balancing motor carrier (commercial vehicle companies) safety that is efficient.
• Tackles safety information systems to give more focus on high risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations.
• Creates educational messages directed to carriers, commercial vehicle drivers and the public as well.