President’s proposed budget hits on multiple motor carrier topics

President seeks to set aside funds for IT development and pilot programs for drivers

Posted May 26, 2017

President Trump is requesting $657.8 million in his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to invest in motor carrier and commercial motor vehicle safety outreach, enforcement, and research operations.

The Administration seeks to set aside $239.1 million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) general operations, enabling it to carry out its primary safety mission and required support functions.

Information Management is also addressed in President Trump’s budget, including:

  • $3 million to further develop the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and the Training Provider Registry.
  • $25.7 million to advance Information Technology infrastructure that is supportive of electronic logging devices and inspection modernization efforts.
  • $6 million to develop the CDL Driver Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This includes significant personally identifiable information and requires a system that provides security and protection of information.

In addition, the President is asking for $9.1 million to fund multiyear research and technology programs. Included in the research is a pilot program that addresses a driver’s minimum age. Specifically, it would allow drivers under the age of 21 to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce if they received specialized military vehicle operator training. There will also be research into the delays faced by those attempting to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

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