NCSC Project Work

A goal of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to remove from the road commercial drivers with a history of violations. Commercial drivers with a history of violations have a correlation crashes and the resulting toll in human fatalities, injuries, and property damage. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59; SAFETEA-LU) was passed in 2005 to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. To that end, the Motor Carrier Improvement Act of 1999 mandates that state courts submit notices of conviction to the State Drivers License Agency (SDLA). SDLA's must update the commercial driver record within 10 days of conviction. To do so, a court must transmit the conviction to the SDLA in less than 10 days. The penalty to a state for non-compliance can be severe, financially. These penalties , when enforced, reduce the amount of the annual Federal highway assistance and the penalty may be incrementally increased for continued non-compliance. Courts may be contributing to a state's non compliance.

Many states are not currently in compliance with this law. Without timely and accurate notification of court convictions, SDLA's are not able to revoke or suspend commercial driver's licenses of offenders, and dangerous drivers remain on the road.

The National Center for State Courts has partnered with the FMCSA on interrelated project objectives to promote awareness, improved data exchange, and compliance.

Community Awareness: Education and Outreach

The first NCSC goal is awareness. NCSC provides awareness programs to help courts understand Federal law and regulation regarding sentencing to prevent masking, and to promote the need for timely transmission of accurate data concerning the conviction of a commercial driver. Learn more...

Technology Tools: Improving Data Exchange

Another NCSC goal is to assist courts in accurately and timely reporting convictions revising workflow in paper based courts and developing technology tools to improve data exchange between courts and SDLA's. Learn more...

Achieving Compliance: Best Practices

The third goal seeks to promote compliance by sponsoring workshops where stakeholders from compliant states share information with "non-compliant" states on best practices for overcoming obstacles to compliance through cooperation, collaboration, process revision, and technology. Learn more...

For additional information about these efforts, contact us.