Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Last Updated: May 29, 2020

Definition - What does Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mean?

The federal motor carrier safety administration (FMCSA) is a component of the department of transportation that oversees the prevention of accidents caused by commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

The administration is responsible for enforcing safety regulations that reduce the number of crashes, injuries and casualties resulting from accidents between large vehicles such as commercial buses and trucks.

WorkplaceTesting explains Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Accidents involving CMVs are typically larger in nature as there are larger vehicles and typically multiple passengers are involved. These accidents also present a higher risk given the sheer size of the vehicles. As such, these accidents require special regulations.

The FMCSA regulates these risks in a number of different ways. For instance, the administration conducts research, investigates crashes and enforces rules that keep high risk drivers and carriers off the road. The administration also partners with other agencies on the federal, state and local levels to monitor and reduce the incidence of such accidents.

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