(a) Commercial Driver’s License Program Improvement Grants.—
(1) Program goal.— The Secretary of Transportation may make a grant to a State in a fiscal year—
(A)to comply with the requirements of section
(B)in the case of a State that is making a good faith effort toward substantial compliance with the requirements of this section and section
31311, to improve its implementation of its commercial driver’s license program, including expenses—
(i)for computer hardware and software;
(ii)for publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control;
(iii)for commercial driver’s license program coordinators;
(iv)to implement or maintain a system to notify an employer of an operator of a commercial motor vehicle of the suspension or revocation of the operator’s commercial driver’s license consistent with the standards developed under section 32303(b) of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2012.
(2) Prohibitions.— A State may not use grant funds under this subsection to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings.
(b) High-Priority Activities.—
(1) Grants for national concerns.— The Secretary may make a grant to a State agency, local government, or other person for 100 percent of the costs of research, development, demonstration projects, public education, and other special activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that are of benefit to all jurisdictions of the United States or are designed to address national safety concerns and circumstances.
(2) Funding.— The Secretary may deduct up to 10 percent of the amounts made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year to make grants under this subsection.
(c) Emerging Issues.— The Secretary may designate up to 10 percent of the amounts made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year for allocation to a State agency, local government, or other person at the discretion of the Secretary to address emerging issues relating to commercial driver’s license improvements.
(d) Apportionment.— Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), all amounts made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year shall be apportioned to States according to criteria prescribed by the Secretary.
Section 32303(b) of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2012, referred to in subsec. (a)(1)(B)(iv), is section 32303(b) of title II of div. C of Pub. L. 112–141, which is set out as a note under section
31304 of this title.
2012—Pub. L. 112–141, § 32604(b)(1), substituted “implementation” for “improvements” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–141, § 32604(a), amended subsec. (a) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (a) related to grants for commercial driver’s license program improvements.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–141effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 3(a) ofPub. L. 112–141, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 2012 Amendment note under section
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