On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law a new two year transportation reauthorization bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (“MAP-21”; P.L. 112-141). This new law includes many important provisions intended to help the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its important mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Many of the provisions in MAP-21 track the Agency’s strategic framework to improve commercial motor vehicle safety by supporting its three core principles:
- Raise the bar to enter the industry and operate on our roads;
- Hold motor carrier and drivers to the highest safety standards to continue operations; and
- Remove the highest risk drivers, vehicles, and carriers from our roads and prevent them from operating.
MAP-21 takes effect October 1, 2012. The new law provides $561 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and $572 million in FY 2014 for the Agency’s administrative expenses and grant programs. The Agency is beginning to reach out to stakeholders as it continues to implement this law and invites your feedback. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Update Occurred on February 6, 2013:
The provisions in MAP-21 enhance the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ability to obtain compliance with the consumer protection regulations. In an effort to provide clarity on some of the provisions in MAP-21, the administration has developed a set of questions and answers to clarify regulatory requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. These questions and answers will address changes in consumer protection requirements that impact registration, financial security, and freight interlining operations.
- Broker and Freight Forwarder Questions and Answers
- Background Questions and Answers about Brokers and Freight Forwarders
- PDF Version of MAP-21 Broker and Freight Forwarder Questions and Answers
(including Background Questions and Answers)
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, FMCSA