FMCSA targets 2003 spending for safety, border enforcement

| 3/20/2002

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently provided a snapshot of its 2003 budget dedicated to safety and border enforcement, including $190 million for the administration's National Motor Carrier Safety Program.

In a statement, FMCSA said, "(Our) main function is to improve the safety among commercial motor vehicles - the 2003 budget request for FMCSA - totaling $371 million dollars, 8 percent above 2002 - will help meet this challenge."

Under the motor carrier program, $165 million is earmarked for states in the form of grants to increase state compliance reviews. Money will be used to identify and apprehend traffic violators; increase the volume of roadside inspections; improve state commercial driver's license oversight activities; and support state enforcement at the southern border.

Five million dollars will go toward the completion a study that began in 2001 to examine the cause of crashes. Data gained from the study will help state and federal officials develop effective safety programs, FMCSA said.

And $20 million goes to the Information Systems and Strategic Safety Initiatives program, which in part includes the SAFESTAT technology program to target high-risk motor carriers for compliance reviews.

FMCSA also announced $116 million to improve safety enforcement operations and build inspection facilities along the Southern border.

The Border Enforcement Program includes $61 million to maintain federal and state safety enforcement at the U.S./Mexico border. This is to "ensure Mexican trucks entering the United States are in compliance with both Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials regulations," FMCSA said.

The program will support federal and state inspection of Mexican trucks at the border to "ensure no compromise to motor carrier safety as the administration maintains its commitment to the NAFTA," FMCSA said.