The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. In recent years, the number of large trucks and buses on the roads has increased, as have fatalities in crashes involving these vehicles—from 4,455 in 2013 to 4,949 in 2018.
As part of its oversight, FMCSA reviews State commercial driver’s license (CDL) programs annually to determine whether they comply with CDL regulations. Following a fatal crash involving a commercial driver, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) determined that it had not systematically processed out-of-State notifications of driver convictions for several years. Consequently, in summer 2019, RMV issued thousands of CDL suspensions, based on previously unprocessed out-of-State notifications.
Accordingly, our objective for this self-initiated audit is to assess FMCSA’s oversight of State driver’s licensing agencies’ actions to disqualify commercial drivers when warranted.