Incentive Grant Program to Increase Motorcyclist Safety

Encourage States to adopt and implement effective programs to reduce the number of single and multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists.


Examples of Funded Projects

As specified in SAFETEA-LU, a State may use section 2010 grants to fund motorcycle rider training and motorcyclists awareness.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Program Accomplishments

IN FY 2007, 47 States and Puerto Rico received Section 2010 grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

As specified in SAFETEA-LU, a State may use section 2010 grant funds only for motorcyclist safety training and motorcyclist awareness programs, including: (1) Improvements to motorcyclist safety training curricula; (2) Improvements in program delivery of motorcycle training to both urban and rural areas (including procurement or repair of practice motorcycles; instructional materials; mobile training units; and leasing or purchasing facilities for closed-course motorcycle skill training); (3) Measures designed to increase the recruitment or retention of motorcyclist safety training instructors; and (4) Public awareness, public service announcements, and other outreach programs to enhance driver awareness of motorcyclists.

The State may sub-allocate funds to non-profit organizations incorporated in the State.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This Grant is available to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Highway Safety Agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

Eligibility for the section 2010 grants is based on 6 specified grant criteria. To qualify for a section 2010 grant for the first fiscal year the State seeks to qualify, it must demonstrate compliance with at least 1 of the 6 grant criteria. To qualify for a section 2010 grant for the second and subsequent fiscal years that it seeks to qualify, a State must demonstrate compliance with at least 2 of the 6 grant criteria. A State would submit information unique to each criterion for which it chooses to demonstrate compliance.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

To apply for grant funds in a fiscal year, a State must submit a completed application to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator by the due date. NHTSA will review each State's application for compliance with section 2010 and notify qualifying States in writing of grant awards. Upon initial review of the application, the proposed procedures would allow NHTSA to request additional information from the State prior to making a determination of award in order to clarify compliance with the statutory criteria and grant application procedures. SAFETEA-LU specifies that the amount of a grant made to a State for a fiscal year under this grant program may not be less than $100,000 and may not exceed 25 percent of the amount apportioned to the State for fiscal year 2003 under section 402 of title 23, United States Code. However, the release of the full grant amounts under section 2010 is subject to the availability of funding for each fiscal year.

Award Procedures

NHTSA will review each State's application for compliance with section 2010 and notify qualifying States in writing of grant awards. Once the State is notified, it will submit to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended.

Deadlines

Applications must be received by the appropriate NHTSA Regional Office on or before August 1 of the fiscal year for which a State seeks a grant.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 2010, Public Law 109-59.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicant should receive a response, from the agency, between 30 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Certifications must be submitted each year showing that changes have not been made to any information related to the criterion or criteria previously satisfied. A State may certify each subsequent year of the grant program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

As stated in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 2010, Pub. L.109-59, States qualifying for a grant will receive at least $100,000 and may not exceed 25 percent of the amount apportioned to the State for fiscal year 2003 under section 402 of title 23, United States Code. The Federal share of programs funded under this section will be 100 percent.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The Annual Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progress report on the prior year's program and accomplishments.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities (including universities) that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, with certain exceptions as Stated in OMB Circular No. A-133. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Records

Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8020-0-7-401.

Obigations

FY 07 $6,000,000; FY 08 $6,000,000; and FY 09 est $7,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 07 Range: $100,000 - $365,542; Average: $120,193.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 2010, Public Law 109-59. Regulations are forthcoming and will be published in the 23 CFR Part 1350.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Headquarters Office

For program issues, Tami Levitas, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery (NTI-200), NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC, 20590, by telephone at (202) 366-2121 or by E-mail at tami.levitas@dot.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

SAFETEA-LU provides that a State may qualify for a grant under the Section 2010 by satisfying one or more of six criteria. States must satisfy one criterion in the first year and two criteria in the subsequent years. In sum, the criteria are: (1) offering effective motorcycle rider training courses, (2) developing an effective motorcyclists awareness program, (3) showing a reduction in of fatalities and crashes involving motorcycles, (4) implementing an impaired driving program, (5) showing a reduction of fatalities and accidents involving impaired motorcyclists, and/or (6) showing that all fees collected from motorcyclists are used for motorcyclists safety training and motorcycle awareness. A State must submit documents unique to each criterion the State wishes to qualify showing how the State demonstrates compliance with the criterion. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be published April 2006. There will be a 30 day comment period. The Final Rule is scheduled to be published in June 2006.



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