National Motor Carrier Safety

To reduce the number and severity of accidents and hazardous material incidents involving commercial motor vehicles by substantially increasing the level and effectiveness of enforcement activity and the likelihood that safety defects, driver deficiencies, and unsafe carrier practices will be detected
and corrected.

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 - State-level office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2005, the program supported approximately 10,000 full and part-time State personnel nationwide who performed approximately 3 million inspections, resulting in increased uniformity in the enforcement of motor vehicle safety regulations throughout the United States and the promotion of commercial vehicle safety. Training was provided for State enforcement personnel through the delivery of commercial vehicle safety courses reaching over 13,000 State personnel nationwide. The program also supported national commercial vehicle safety activities related to inspection process improvements, data collection and analysis, judicial outreach, new entrant safety audits and drug interdiction.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance to States for the implementation of programs for the adoption and uniform enforcement of safety rules, regulations and standards compatible with the Federal Motor Carrier safety regulations and Federal hazardous materials regulations for both interstate and intrastate motor carriers and drivers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A qualified State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (a State).

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


Certification by the State that it meets the conditions for grant approval. Submission of a State Plan addressing the commercial motor carrier and highway hazardous materials safety within the State. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Scheduled regional pre-planning conferences.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

File with FMCSA Division Office an FMCSA Form MCSAP-1, which includes a certification of eligibility, and the State Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The amount of the basic MCSAP grant to a qualifying State will be determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based on the availability of funds, the eligibility of a State, and the formula set in 49 CFR 350. State will be required to sign a grant agreement.


Application for a grant must be filed with the FMCSA Division Office by August 1 of each year.


Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, Sections 401-408, Public Law 97-424; Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1991, Public Law 102-240; 49 U.S.C. App. 2301-2307; Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


State will be notified in writing of failure to submit a satisfactory State Plan. State will have 30 days to modify and resubmit the plan.


Application for a grant must be made annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The MCSAP formula is described in 49 CFR 350.323 and is based on the most current approved statistics available. Most funds will be allocated each year among the States according to a formula based on four equally weighted (25 percent) factors: (1) road miles (all highways) as defined by the FHWA: (2) All vehicle miles traveled as defined by the FHWA; (3) Population - annual census estimates as issued by the U. S. Census Bureau; and (4) special fuel consumption (net after reciprocity adjustment) as defined by the FHWA. The Federal share shall not exceed 80 percent of the approved total project amount. The State must maintain the average level of expenditure of the State and its political subdivisions (not including amounts of the Government or State matching funds) for commercial motor vehicle safety programs, for enforcement of commercial motor vehicle size and weight limitations, drug interdiction, and State traffic safety laws and regulations for the 3 full fiscal years beginning after October 1 of the year 5 years prior to the beginning of each Government fiscal year . The State's share is at least 20 percent. The FMCSA shall, upon request, waive the requirement for matching funds to be provided by the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Additional funds are allocated under the provisions of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are available for up to 1 year. Obligations to a State will remain available for expenditure for the fiscal year in which they were obligated and the next full fiscal year.

Post Assistance Requirements


A quarterly Activity Report is to be filed with the FMCSA Division Office.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a 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, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Records of all program activities covered in the State's Safety Plan and statistics pertaining to commercial motor vehicle accidents. Such records must be kept for 3 years following the year of funding.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $197,000,000; FY 08 est $202,000,000; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not less than 0.44 percent or more than 4.94 percent of available funds for basic program grants.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature: 49 CFR 1.48. 49 CFR 386-399, Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations; 49 CFR 100-180, Hazardous Materials Regulations, Government Printing Office, $14-$27 per volume.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

State-level office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, State Programs, MC-ESS, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-9579.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The applicant must meet the statutory and administrative requirements contained in 49 CFR 350. The State Plan must provide for an effective commercial vehicle safety program.

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