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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Definition

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) — the FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law No. 106-159, 113 Stat. 1748 (December 9, 1999)). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the FMCSA's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Administration activities contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations, targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and increasing safety awareness. To accomplish these activities, the administration works with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, labor safety interest groups, and others. (Source: www.transportation.gov/administrations)

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