Feds Looking to Fund State Driver History Projects

The U.S. Transportation Department's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking to fund state projects that improve the reporting and recording of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) traffic convictions within a state and between states.

States could use the grant money to improve their CMV driver's license adjudication and data exchange systems. The federal government hopes that the accurate and timely exchange of driver's licensing information between jurisdictions will help save lives by making it possible to identify problem drivers and take early corrective action.

A total of $700,000 in grant funds is available this year, with $600,000 coming from FHWA and $100,000 coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That total is down from last year's total award of $1.2 million. Last year, nine of the 11 states that applied for grant money received it, and the average grant amount was $150,000.

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