Budget seeks FMCSA increase

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s budget request for fiscal year 2004 is 6 percent higher than 2003, including a 22 percent increase for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the Bush administration’s request for the previous year.

The FMCSA’s $447 million budget request includes $223 million in Motor Carrier Safety Grants to states to enforce interstate commercial and bus regulations. The remaining $224 million will provide hazardous waste transportation oversight, federal safety enforcement programs and border safety inspections. The agency said it would focus on increasing the number of inspections roadside and elsewhere, improving the CDL program and implementing a hazardous material security program.

For more information on the budget for FMCSA and other DOT agencies, visit this site.