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MAP 21

By Go By Truck News

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law in July 2012. It is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. It was designed provide a framework for investments and program funding that promote the industry and also established a wide-ranging set of rules, regulations, and policies that directly impact truckers’ daily lives.

For example, part of the bill directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to finalize the Entry Level Driving Training (ELDT) rule. The FMCSA organized the listening session as part of its information-gathering efforts toward issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for revised training rules, hopefully in early 2014.

The MAP-21 transportation law also requires carriers to have separate broker authority and a bond, and to show that information on the shipping documents or a contract that they are operating under a broker’s license number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA).

Under other provisions contained in MAP-21, the FMCSA may place a motor carrier out of service if it fails to comply with a letter demanding the release of company safety records. United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explains, “Truck and bus companies that refuse to cooperate with safety investigators have no place on our nation’s roadways. We will continue to use our authority to shut down motor carriers that endanger the public.”

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro adds: “MAP-21 strengthens the ability of FMCSA investigators to take necessary and appropriate actions to protect innocent lives. We will not allow the safety of the traveling public to be compromised by an unsafe commercial truck or bus company.”

In short MAP-21 is in essence the law of the trucker landscape for the foreseeable future.