The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded more than $76 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety. All 50 states, Washington DC, as well as the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands are slated to receive federal funds.
In addition to these grants, DOT, as part of the White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, where they are working to address truck driver retention issues. The FMCSA grant announced include:
- $45.2 million in High Priority (HP) grants to enhance states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capabilities within states. The High Priority (HP) grant program consists of HP-Commercial Motor Vehicle (HP-CMV) grants and HP-Innovative Technology Deployment (HP-ITD) grants. HP-CMV grants are designed to provide financial assistance to state commercial vehicle safety efforts, while HP-ITD grants provide financial assistance to advance the technological capability and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation system applications for CMV operations. A full list of this year’s HP grant recipients is available here.
- $29 million in Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grantsto enhance efforts by states to improve the national commercial driver’s license (CDL) program. The Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grant program provides financial assistance to states to achieve compliance with FMCSA regulations concerning driver’s license standards and programs. Additionally, the CDLPI grant program provides financial assistance to other entities capable of executing national projects that aid states in their compliance efforts, which will improve the national CDL program. A full listing of this year’s CDLPI grant recipients is available here.
- $2 million in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grantsto 21 educational institutions to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant program awards grants to a variety of educational institutions that provide commercial truck and bus driving training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and state and local governments, including federally recognized Native American tribal governments. A full listing of this year’s CMV-OST grant recipients is available here.