The FMCSA is the lead federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), to include more than 500,000 commercial trucking companies, more than 4,000 interstate bus companies, and more than four million commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.
“FMCSA’s MISSION is to save lives and reduce crashes and injuries by advancing large truck and bus safety through collaboration, education, research, technology, and compliance.”
With the rising cost of implementing safety protocols and training programs, one great way to keep your team up to speed with your core initiatives is by providing materials that reinforce ideas around safety, organization, sustainable growth, and alignment with the goals of your company.
A lot of companies worry about working with the FMCSA, but their role in regulating transportation companies has been well documented. For example, In a recent statement by the FMCSA, they stated that their mission was to help motor carriers reach their destinations safely through:
- Community outreach and education
- Enforcing compliance requirements through inspections
- Educating officials about their duties
- Engaging in conversations about the path forward
- Protecting companies from unforeseen circumstances with guidance materials
- Monitoring compliance requirements
- Investments in research and technology
As far as regulations go, they can all be found in the Code of Federal Regulations in Title 49 “Transportation“.
In addition to the regulatory materials put out by the FMCSA, they have also put out distilled versions of their focus, which can also be applied to individual organizations to enhance confidence and performance.
For example, the FMCSA has committed itself to the following values:
In our blog “4 Ways the FMCSA is Making Highways Safer”, we covered the core principles that the FMCSA believes will create and sustain safer roads and optimal delivery of goods.
You can read that by clicking here.
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