Earlier today, the President signed the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill, providing funding for federal programs through Sept. 30, 2018. The bill passed the House on Thursday and the Senate early Friday morning. The bill includes full funding for the commercial motor vehicle safety grants at the FAST Act levels.
- MCSAP Basic – $298,900,000
- High Priority – $43,100,000
- CDL – $31,800,000
- CMV Operators – $1,000,000
The bill makes $87 million in unspent CVISN and MCSAP funds available for modernization and maintenance of border facilities. The bill also makes $1 million in unspent CVISN and MCSAP funds available for a highly automated vehicle research and development program. In addition, the bill includes an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirement for motor carriers transporting livestock or insects through Sept. 30, 2018. Finally, the bill includes two weight exemptions, allowing trucks up to 99,000 pounds in New Hampshire and 129,000 pounds in North Dakota.