What is the federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA)?

The federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA), passed in 1999, "establishes uniform testing and licensing standards for commercial drivers across the country to reduce large-truck crashes through strengthened record-keeping, inspections of drivers and vehicles, reviews, and sanctions." See the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site for more information about rules and regulations.  (From that site, search on "Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act".)

Some states provide Frequently Asked Questions pages about MCSIA on their Web sites.  A few of these are as follows:

Further information is located on the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Requirements page of the National Conference of State Legislatures Web site. This Web site contains links to MCSIA issues.


1 Washington State Department of Licensing 2007-2009 Strategic Plan , page 3.

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