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 email@example.com.
- Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century – Public Law 112-141 [PDF | Plain Text]
- Conference Report and Joint Explanatory Statement of the Conferees to Accompany MAP-21 [PDF | Plain Text]
- FMCSA Titles of MAP-21:
- Division C, Title II – Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2012 (PDF)
- Division C, Title III – Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012 (PDF)
- Joint Explanatory Statement of the Conference Committee (PDF)
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)
January 22, 2013
On October 1, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Federal Register notice [77 FR 59840] informing motor carriers and enforcement officials of two statutory exemptions in MAP-21 that took effect on October 1, 2012,for certain motor carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies.
Since that time, FMCSA has received numerous inquiries from enforcement officials and motor carriers looking for answers to specific questions. Below FMCSA has compiled a list of those questions and answers, and is sharing them to expand knowledge among the enforcement and agriculture communities. Nothing contained below is meant to expand or limit the statutory exemptions. It is provided simply as answers to questions the Agency has received.
- MAP-21 Agricultural Exemptions Updated Questions and Answers (PDF)
September 28, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration kicked off its MAP-21 stakeholder engagement by listening to the people representing a broad cross-section of organizations most closely involved in commercial motor vehicle safety, including industry leaders, associations, safety advocates, and other key stakeholders. Administrator Ferro provided an overview of the MAP-21 implementation and explained how it aligns with FMCSA’s safety priorities and gives the Agency important new enforcement tools to fulfill its mission of preventing crashes and saving lives. Use the following link to view the presentation.
- MAP-21 Implementation Overview (PDF)
September 27, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published in the Federal Register a notice alerting motor carriers and enforcement officials of two statutory exemptions in MAP-21 for certain motor carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies that takes effect on October 1. Section 32101 of MAP-21 provides a statutory exemption from the hours-of-service regulations for certain carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies and Section 32934 provides a statutory exemption from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for the operation of covered farm vehicles by farm and ranch operators, their employees, and certain other specified individuals under certain specific circumstances. This notice is part of the Department of Transportation’s ongoing efforts to provide relief for the Nation’s farmers struggling through this year’s drought and continues the Department’s work to implement MAP-21. <!–To access this Notice, please go to [Insert live link to FR] and to view the Map 21 FAQs click here.–>
- Federal Register Notice (PDF)
- MAP-21 Amendments Affecting the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities and Farm Supplies FAQs (PDF)
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