Safety agency expands Web services
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Nov 08, 2000
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded the services
available on its do-it-yourself Web site.
Financial institutions can now enter certificates of insurance, notices
of cancellation, surety bonds, trust fund agreements and other evidence
of security for motor carriers on the Internet at diy.dot.gov,
the FMCSA announced Wednesday.
The FMCSA Web site already allows commercial truck and bus operators
to use the Internet to apply for registration and to pay fines for violations
of federal motor carrier safety regulations.
All motor carriers must maintain or file, with FMCSA, evidence of insurance
in the required amounts. About 130,000 motor carriers' insurance policies
are submitted to the agency by their financial institutions on paper forms.
Another 300,000 motor carriers' insurance policies are submitted through
the use of computer software that allows financial institutions and insurance
companies to input the information directly to an electronic database.
The new Internet filing system will replace the electronic database
FMCSA also announced last month that it would participate in a pilot
program in Buffalo, N.Y., for electronic collection of trade data at border
crossings, which could speed border crossings and ensure safety and security.