The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced more than $77 million in grants to states and training institutions to improve commercial motor vehicle safety.
The grants, announced Sept. 25, stem from the agency’s commitment to working with all of its state and local partners to reduce crashes and improve safety on America’s roadways.
“These important grants demonstrate the agency’s commitment to providing local areas with the resources they need to make a difference for commercial motor vehicle safety,” FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez said.
The agency is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“Safety is the department’s top priority and these grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
The grants announced fall into three classes:
– High Priority: $43.3 million to improve states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capability within states
– Commercial Driver License Program Implementation: $32 million to help states improve the national commercial driver license program
– Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training: $2 million to various education institutions to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers
The High Priority program consists of both commercial motor vehicle grants for safety efforts and Innovative Technology Deployment grants to aid the advancement of intelligent transportation system applications for truck operations.
Recipients of the High Priority program included police divisions, universities and state departments of transportation.
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