The FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has a lot on its plate. They run a lot of different programs related to safety and they have a lot of different programs to keep track of the data they collect. Since the FMCSA’s goal is to enhance safety on the nation’s roads, a lot of information needs to be stored and organized. It can be a lot to keep it straight. At any rate, here are a few FMCSA information systems you should know about.
FMCSA information systems to know about.
A&I (Analysis and Information): The A&I is a tool that allows for fast, simple access to statistics about commercial vehicle, driver, and carrier safety. It gives a lot of safety information, basically. It’s used by many different entities – Federal and State officials, the motor carrier industry, insurance companies. Even the general public can use it.
DataQs: DataQs is an electronic way to file concerns about Federal/State data that’s been released to the public. The concerns about the data are sent to the proper office so they can be addressed. The filer can also track the status of the filing. So that’s DataQs!
FMCSA Portal: The FMCSA Portal gives single sign-on access to the MCMIS, the EMIS, the HMPIP, InfoSys, NCCDB, etc. with the use of a single user ID and password. The portal gives access to the company’s data so they can see it in real time. This is part of the Application and Information Systems Modernization Program. (And that’s the FMCSA effort to use new technology to evolve how the FMCSA does business. The aim is to implement an IT solution to enhance that Agency’s ability to improve the safety of CMVs (and thus save lives).
L&I (Licensing and Information): This is a client-server and web-based application that has both public and private access. It’s used to enter and display licensing and insurance information about for-hire motor carriers, freight forwarders, property brokers, etc. It’s basically the go-to source for FMCSA licensing and insurance data.
MCMIS (Motor Carrier Management Information System): This is the information system that collects data from the field offices through SAFETYNET, CAPRI, and other sources. This is the source for FMCSA inspection, crash, compliance review, safety audit, and registration data.
SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Records): SAFER displays carrier information available to the public, has a mailbox system, serves as a secondary database, and gives communication links. It handles user queries, database refreshes, and so on. It also provides registration data. And the URS (Unified Registration System) is a new electronic on-line registration system that’s meant to streamline and simplify the registration process for motor carriers, brokers, and so on. (It combines multiple registration processes, IT systems, and forms into one digital registration process.)
Other FMCSA information systems
Those aren’t the only programs the FMCSA runs. These are some of the others (which are more for State and enforcement entities).
- Electronic Document Management System
- Enforcement Management Information System
- NCCB (National Consumer Complaint Database)
- Query Central
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