Financial assistance will help those with driver jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said earlier this summer that it has awarded $32 million in financial assistance to 15 states to help ensure that foreign truck and bus drivers with driver jobs and vehicles involved in international commerce at or near border crossings with Canada and Mexico are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads.

The grants are awarded to state law enforcement agencies that share a border with Canada or Mexico and responsible for enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at the roadside.

FMCSA awarded BEG funds to the following states:

State

FY16 BEG Award

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

   $187,503

Arizona Department of Public Safety

$5,610,269

California Highway Patrol

$5,291,243

Idaho State Police Commercial Vehicle Safety

     $97,923

Maine Department of Public Safety

   $300,000

Michigan Department of State Police

   $200,000

Minnesota State Patrol

   $285,000

Montana Department of Transportation

   $871,410

New Hampshire Department of Safety

     $33,319

New Mexico Department of Public Safety

   $491,215

New York State Department of Transportation

   $643,240

North Dakota Highway Patrol

   $256,375

Texas Department of Public Safety                  $17,205,619
Vermont Agency of Transportation

     $66,058

Washington State Patrol

   $460,826