On June 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded more than $471 million in Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grants to help fund initiatives aimed at preventing crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV).
According to the press release, the MCSAP is FMCSA’s largest grant program. It supports state, territorial, and local transportation offices and law enforcement agencies in the utilization of more than 12,000 officers to increase education, outreach, and safety activities.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided for a 61% increase in the amount of funding available through MCSAP grants, giving states and territories more money than ever before to support roadway safety through enhanced driver and vehicle inspections, traffic enforcement, investigations, data collection, and public education and awareness.
The goal of the MCSAP is to reduce CMV-involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries through consistent, uniform, and effective CMV safety programs that support innovative commercial driver training, safety inspections, and enhanced compliance and enforcement initiatives.
As always, NBIS supports the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) to prevent crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving commercial trucks and buses.
Note that, locally, MCSAP may result in more inspection activity or even mock-inspections as a training resource.
The NBIS Risk Management team supports participation in mock inspections as a validation of a company’s internal safety practices.
For more information, read the press release here.