The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) was created by Congress in 1983 as part of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 to improve motor carrier safety and reduce motor carrier accidents on the nation's roads and highways. There are three primary groups involved in the program: (1) the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Motor Carriers; (2) the State agencies responsible for administrating the program; and (3) the motor carrier industry. The general objective of this project was to establish a better understanding of how State agencies responsible for carrying out the program and the motor carrier industry relate to the MCSAP. Specific objectives were: (1) Identify how state administrators and motor carrier management perceive the MCSAP; (2) Solicit suggestions for improvement of the MCSAP from these two groups; (3) Determine the degree of partnershipping that the related parties perceive currently exists and what degree they would like among the three groups; and (4) Determine how familiar motor carrier management is with the Intelligent Transportation Systems for Commercial Vehicle Operations (ITS/CVO) concept. Each group was individually surveyed to obtain the necessary information to successfully achieve these objectives. The geographic scope of the study was nationwide. To summarize the results, the program is perceived as beneficial by both the motor carrier management and state administrators. They both feel that more resources should be devoted to the program and managers have a positive perception of the people administering the program. However, there are several opportunities to improve the program through education, and review of selection processes for both roadside inspection and compliance review. These actions, if taken, will most likely strengthen an already effective program in the eyes of motor carrier managers and state administrators.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725529
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UGPTI Publication No. 108
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 6 1996 12:00AM