Grants for commercial driver’s license program implementation
(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—
to comply with the requirements of section 31311;
(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—
for computer hardware and software;
for publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control;
for commercial driver’s license program coordinators;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Added Pub. L. 109–59, title IV, § 4124(a)
, Aug. 10, 2005
, 119 Stat. 1736
; amended Pub. L. 112–141, div. C, title II, § 32604(a)
, (b)(1), July 6, 2012
, 126 Stat. 808
A prior section 31313, Pub. L. 103–272, § 1(e), July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1027, related to grants for issuing commercial drivers’ licenses and complying with State participation requirements, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 105–178, title IV, § 4011(f), June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 408.
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.
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