Motor Carrier Safety Laws and Regulations

Laws and regulations governing motor carrier transportation have historically been concentrated in three main areas: regulation of the business of highway transportation for hire, regulation to protect the highway infrastructure, and regulation of safety. Although this section of circular E-C117 focuses on safety, the other two areas have been important and significant influences. This section begins with a discussion of the development of laws influencing motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety, starting with the discussions that led to the development of the Motor Carrier Act (MCA) of 1935, and ending with the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) of 1999. It next reviews the responsibilities of the various U.S. government agencies that have regulatory and safety oversight responsibility over various aspects of motor carrier safety. Next, it briefly discusses the process of regulatory development. Finally, it looks briefly into the future to suggest potential opportunities for research.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: pp 25-40
  • Monograph Title: The Domain of Truck and Bus Safety Research
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051836
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2007 8:26AM