What is FMCSA?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the United States.  The primary mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.  

The main functions of the FMCSA is to carry out safety mandates to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.  The FMCSA does this by:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with efficiency.
  • Harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher risk carriers in enforcing safety regulations.
  • Targets educations messages to carriers, commercial drivers, and the public.
  • Partners with stakeholders including Federal, State and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is described by FMCSA as its "data-driven safety compliance and enforcement program designed to improve safety and prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities".  This highly controversial program oversees carriers’ safety performance through roadside inspections and crash investigations, issuing violations when instances of noncompliance with safety regulations are uncovered.

Implemented in 2014, the National Registry rule requires all Medical Examiners (ME) who conduct physical examinations and issue medical certifications for interstate CMV drivers to complete training on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards, pass a certification test, and demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing. CMV drivers whose medical certifications expire must use MEs on the National Registry for their examinations.

Who is Covered by FMCSA Regulations?

All non-exempt commercial motor vehicles which cross state lines, including big-rig trucks, are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  If these trucks are operating within one state, they need to abide by state-equivalent motor carrier regulations.  The intent of the regulations is to cover all persons and entities involved in operating commercial vehicles, including:

  • Drivers
  • Hiring Managers
  • Trainers
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Dispatchers
  • Other people whose action affects drivers and commercial motor vehicles.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations set forth minimum standards for those involved with the operations of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce in order to cover all people and entities involved in interstate operation of these trucks.

Safety Resources, Inc. can help you ensure compliance with all FMCSA guidelines.  If you aren’t sure whether these guidelines apply to you, give us a call (800.641.5990), and we will provide a telephone consultation at no cost to you.


Safety Resources, Inc. can help you ensure compliance with all FMCSA guidelines.  If you aren’t sure whether these guidelines apply to you, give us a call (800.641.5990), and we will provide a telephone consultation at no cost to you.

A Word from Our Clients:

"The entire team at Safety Resources continues to provide us with excellent service and is always expeditious with whatever safety related issue we bring to them. They have assisted us in creating a culture of safety as a priority and provide so many different areas of expertise in their field. We rely on them on a weekly basis to assist our safety director in keeping our safety program, as a whole, on the right track and moving forward."

Jim Hansen, President
Glenmark Construction Co., Inc.


Come join us for "SAFETY FACTS & Snacks"!

WHEN: September 21
TIME:   11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

WHO: Company Owners, Safety Directors, Project Managers, Facility Managers, Foremen, Supervisors, Superintendents, or anyone else involved in the construction industry, manufacturing industry, service industry, or anyone who shares a common interest in safety.

WHY: Safety Resources, Inc. looks forward to sharing ideas and providing a learning environment to the community in an effort to encourage involvement in occupational safety efforts everywhere. Each attendee will earn an IACET CEU Certificate for 0.2 each time they attend the viritual session!