FMCSA OKs Massachusetts inspections

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it has accepted the State of Massachusetts’ periodic inspection (PI) program for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

After reviewing the state’s program, FMCSA said in late October that it has determined it to be comparable to, or as effective as, the federal PI requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The state requires CMVs to be inspected annually or within seven days of registration for newly acquired vehicles.

With the addition of Massachusetts, 22 states and the District of Columbia maintain PI programs accepted by FMCSA. In addition, the Alabama Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board, 10 Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory have approved PI programs.

Two states have been removed from the previous list of approved programs: Arkansas no longer has a periodic inspection program for buses comparable to, or as effective as, the federal PI program; and Oklahoma has repealed its inspection requirements.