The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has awarded $32 million in financial assistance to 15 states to help ensure that foreign truck and bus drivers 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 Border Enforcement Grant program is a federal discretionary grant program focused on reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries by drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce by ensuring that these motor carriers, drivers and vehicles are in compliance with United States commercial vehicle safety regulations, including financial responsibility, operating authority, driver qualifications and licensing, and vehicle maintenance.
The grants are awarded to state law enforcement agencies that share a border with Canada or Mexico and are responsible for enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at the roadside.
Texas received the largest grant with $17,205,619 being given to its Department of Public Safety. Arizona and California each received grants of more than $5 million. The other grants ranged from $33,319 to $871,410.