Motor Carrier Safety


To protect the public from risks inherent in commercial vehicle operations on the public highways, and to minimize risks involved in moving hazardous materials over public highways.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/02/2006 (Program was revised and transferred to Federal Highways under the title" Value Pricing" 20.220)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Investigation of Complaints; Training.
Program Accomplishments
During fiscal year 2002, 6,654 compliance reviews were conducted by FMCSA safety specialists. An additional 2,524 compliance reviews were conducted by States participating in the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. Eleven thousand seventy three students (Federal and State) were in hazardous materials transportation and motor carrier safety regulations and drug interdiction programs.
Transportation Act, Public Law 97-449, 49 U.S.C. 3102, 10927, 2314; Department of Transportation Act of 1966, as amended, Public Law 92-574, 49 U.S.C. 1655; Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 U.S.C. 1801; Noise Control Act of 1972, 42 U.S.C. 4917; Motor Carrier Act of 1980; Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982, Public Law 97- 261; Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, Public Law 97-424; Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984, Title II, Public Law 98-554; Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, Title XII, Public Law 99- 570; Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1991, Title IV, Public Law 102-240.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone is eligible to file a complaint; State and local police, rescue, and fire fighting units may request safety and hazardous materials training.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public for investigation of complaints; State and local police, rescue, and fire fighting units for training.
Written complaints for violations or unsafe practices; letterhead request for orientation or training on safety and hazardous materials.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Letter of complaint for unsafe, illegal or unethical practices; letterhead request for orientation and training.
Award Procedure
State Director assigns Safety Investigator staff to follow up on complaints; Regional Director, Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety State Directors assign resources to orientation and training requests.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 3 to 7 days.
How are proposals selected?
Substantive, non-frivolous complaints are investigated on an as-received basis, incorporating risk- assessment criteria; training requests are honored on a time and resource availability basis.
How may assistance be used?
Complaints of unsafe truck operations and illegal or unethical motor carrier operations are accepted from the public and other elements of government at all levels. Complaints must be in writing, but public complaints need not be signed. Orientation and training in motor carrier safety inspection, hazardous materials identification, and incident response are provided at no cost on a funds and time availability basis to State and local enforcement and emergency response personnel.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Written complaints investigated and orientation/training furnished subject only to resource available limitations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
State-level office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2519.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and expenses) FY 02 $2,808,477; FY 03 est $2,672,746; and FY 04 est $5,178,420.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations," 49 CFR 390-399, and "DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations," 49 CFR 171-180.
Examples of Funded Projects
Training on motor carrier safety and hazardous materials enforcement provided to State agencies involved in Motor Carrier Safety. These efforts included instructions in applicable rules, inspection techniques, drug interdictions, and workplace safeguards.


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