MoDOT consolidates motor carrier, rail into one agency

| 8/20/2002

The Missouri Department of Transportation says regulation of the state's motor carrier and rail services should become more efficient through the consolidation of a number of state programs into the Motor Carrier Services and Multimodal Units of MoDOT.

Former state Rep. Larry Thomason was hired as the new agency's director. Thomason had been executive director of the Missouri Highway Reciprocity Commission.

"This will result in better services to the motor carrier and railroad industries by providing a central location for all commercial vehicle licensing and permit needs, MoDOT Director Henry Hungerbeeler said in a released report.

"This unit will make the trucking industry safer through faster checks of credentials, safety and drivers' records and better tracking of hazardous waste shipments," Hungerbeeler said. "It will help us get unsafe operators off the roads."

Railroad safety was moved from the Economic Development department to MoDOT's multimodal unit's rail section. Its work will include inspecting for truck safety, hazardous materials and grade-crossing signals; coordinating the Operation Lifesaver programs to reduce grade-crossing accidents; and investigating safety conditions at crossings as well as all grade-crossing fatality accidents.

MoDOT will now process all applications for commercial-vehicle operation, annually register all Missouri-based motor carriers, and collect and remit International Fuel Tax Agreement taxes received from motor carriers.