The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) is an international, coordinated, and uniformed program of inspections and enforcement activities related to intrastate and interstate commercial vehicle and drivers. The program is designed to immediately place defective drivers and defective vehicles out of service, if necessary, until defects have been corrected. The agenda provides for safety and compliance reviews of transportation facilities, as mandated by federal rule. The laws governing the program allow for the assessment of penalties. The overall goal of the CNMI MCSAP is to maintain a zero fatality rate by improving the safe transportation of passengers and goods on our highways. Through coordinated efforts with State and Industry Organizations, this will help in reducing fatalities, injuries, property damage, and hazardous materials incidents.
The unit is responsible for enforcing laws related to commercial vehicles including regulations related to vehicle registration, safety, and vehicle weight limits. The Motor Carrier Officers often conduct a full Level 1 inspection. This includes a check of the driver’s license and medical certificate, hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake and tail lamps, headlamps, load securement, steering, suspension, tires and hazardous materials requirements. Enforcement officers are certified in the North American Standard Level I and Passenger Vehicle Inspections.
MCSAP Officers are duty-bound with enforcing the removal of impaired drivers on our highways. They have knowledge and training on deterring, detecting and apprehending impaired drivers of commercial motor vehicles. During each roadside inspection, an inspector confirms for any sign of driver impairment based on the Department’s Standard Operating Procedures.
MCSAP continues to work in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on planning national safety activities for the upcoming year. MCSAP Officers assigned to safety committees’ assist in the planning and implementation of Public Education and Traffic Enforcement activities. These Public Education activities consist of school presentations, radio talk shows, static displays, television talk shows, and public and private agency visits. Traffic enforcement activities involve Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs comprising of Seat Belt Enforcement and Speed Enforcement. The program has contributed significantly by providing the necessary resources in developing these collaborative efforts on reaching out to the public.
For more information on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, please visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Share the Road Safely Brochures
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed brochures to educate professional drivers and motorists how to Share the Road Safely. These full-color, bi-fold brochures provide tips for driving safely on the highway. Click on the links below to view the brochures.
For more information, please visit http://www.sharetheroadsafely.org
Professional Drivers: Consider These Safety Practices When You’re Out on the Road Brochure
For other brochures, please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
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