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1.4.2 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

  • U.S. DOT administration with emphasis on preventing commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, injuries, and fatalities by enforcing safety regulations.
  • Partners with Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, and labor and safety interest groups.
  • Focus areas:
    • Commercial Driver’s Licenses: standards to test and license CMV drivers.
    • Data and Analysis: collection and publication of safety-related data.
    • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement: programs to improve safety performance and remove high-risk carriers from operating.
    • Research and Technology: studies on improving CMV safety.
    • Safety Assistance: funding to State agencies to train local enforcement personnel to conduct roadside inspections and other CMV safety initiatives.

FMCSA Programs and Tools for Motor Carriers

Program Name

Description of Tools

Unified Registration System (URS)

Online registration system to help carriers register and obtain authority to operate in compliance with Federal regulations.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

Comprehensive safety compliance and enforcement program that enables FMCSA and State Partners to monitor carrier safety, and intervene with carriers to address problems. Carriers are monitored under CSA throughout the life of their business.

New Entrant Safety Assurance Program

Program to educate new motor carriers that operate in interstate commerce, and evaluate their safety fitness during their first 18 months on the road.

Safety Measurement System (SMS)

Online system that quantifies motor carrier safety data collected from roadside inspections, investigations, and crash reports. Serves as a central location for law enforcement to access carrier safety data.


Online system that enables carriers to submit and track a Request for Data Review if they suspect Federal or State data issued by FMCSA is incomplete or incorrect.

Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP)

Provides carriers with electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history for employee screening and evaluation.

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