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