FMCSA Announces $30 Million to Help States Collect Safety Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 12 announced that $30 million is available to help states modernize their safety data technologies.

Through the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks and the Performance Registration Information Systems Management grant programs, FMCSA is seeking to help state agencies improve how they collect and disseminate real-time data to roadside inspectors and law enforcement officials. Scott Darling, FMCSA’s acting administrator, stressed the value of having state agencies equipped with real-time safety data.

“I think the training, providing money to upgrade their systems and making sure that they put good information in a timely fashion, helps us get good data and helps us ensure that we can use a risk-based approach to making decisions,” Darling said, at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Providing our state partners with the most effective tools for identifying unsafe trucks, buses and commercial drivers in real time is an investment that pays dividends in preventing crashes and saving lives,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx added.

State agencies have through Feb. 2 to apply for the grants. FMCSA said it would announce the recipients in the spring.


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