FMCSA hands out $480 million in commercial vehicle safety grants

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently about $480 million in Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program grant awards aimed at preventing crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles. 

Funding through the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program supports safety inspections of large trucks and buses, investigations of motor carriers in response to safety concerns, and audits of new truck carriers and bus companies to reinforce responsible operation and ensure the safe movement of goods and passengers.

The agency also said the funding promotes outreach and education efforts that help combat human trafficking, distracted driving, and other roadway safety concerns. The program’s funding amounts are determined by a formula and awarded annually to the lead agency of each state or territory upon completion of an FMCSA-approved Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan.

“Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program grant funding is an important tool for reducing crashes and fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles,” said FMCSA Acting Deputy Administrator Sue Lawless. “The number of fatalities on our nation’s roadways involving commercial motor vehicles decreased by an estimated eight percent from 2022 to 2023. We know the needle is moving in the right direction, but until we reach zero roadway deaths, there will always be more work to do. These grants help fund that work.”

The USDOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy, released in 2021, addresses traffic fatalities and serious injuries by adopting the “safe system” approach, which integrates safer roads, safer people, safer vehicles, safer speeds, and better post-crash care with the goal of achieving zero deaths on the nation’s roadways. The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program grants directly support implementation of the National Roadway Safety Strategy.