Senator Tom Ada Proposes Allowing Motor Carrier Division to Cite Commercial & Military Vehicles

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Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a measure that would expand the citation authority of the Division of Motor Vehicles allowing them to issue citations to commercial vehicles and military vehicles at more locations than currently allowed.

Bill 61-31 would provide expanded statutory authority to MCSAP to perform inspections at dispatch facilities, roadside inspection stations, and at the destination. It will also allow inspectors to pull over a commercial motor vehicle operating on Guam’s roadways if a violation is observed.

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In a release, Senator Ada says the aim of Bill 61-31 is to ensure that all commercial motor vehicles, including equivalent military vehicles, adhere to vehicle and operator safety policies. 

Senator Ada is quoted in the release as saying that  “Bill 61-31 is critical considering the various traffic activities impacting Guam’s roadways due to military buildup construction activities and an increasing population.”

The Division of Motor Vehicles/Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) is a 100% federally funded program. It is tasked with ensuring commercial motor vehicles (CMV) operate safely on Guam’s roads.

Read the release below:

Senator Tom Ada PROPOSES Safer roads by Increasing

Motor Carrier Division Citation Authority

Hagåtña, Guam:  On Monday, January 31, 2011, Senator Tom Ada introduced Bill 61-31 (COR), an act relative to increasing the safety on Guam’s roads by granting the Division of Motor Vehicles/Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) with authority to issue citations to commercial motor vehicles, and equivalent military vehicles, that operate on Guam’s highways and are found to be an endangerment to the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. Bill 61-31 will affect the operations of approximately 6,000 (civilian) commercial motor vehicles weighing 10,001 lbs and over 800 (civilian) vans, mini-buses, and limousines intended to transport 8 to 15 passengers.  Ada added that “the MCSAP unit currently only has authority to inspect commercial motor vehicles at roadside locations, but must call GPD to issue citations to operators found to be in violation of motor carrier safety rules.”  Ada further stated that “given the limited resources at the Guam Police Department, this could mean long delays before a violating vehicle can be released.”  

The Division of Motor Vehicles/Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP), a 100% federally funded program, is tasked with ensuring commercial motor vehicles (CMV) operate safely on Guam’s roads.  Bill 61-31 provides expanded statutory authority to MCSAP to perform inspections at multiple levels, i.e., at dispatch facilities, roadside inspection stations, and at destination.  The new authority will also allow inspectors to pull over a commercial motor vehicle when a violation while operating on Guam’s roadways, is observed.  Bill 61-31 aims to make certain that all Commercial Motor Vehicles, to include equivalent military vehicles, adhere to vehicle and operator safety policies.  According to Senator Ada, “Bill 61-31 is critical considering the various traffic activities impacting Guam’s roadways due to military buildup construction activities and an increasing population.”

Bill 61-31 will also require reports from all motor carriers, and will authorize the inspection of all equipment as well as books and documents related to the safety of motor carrier operations, at their home/dispatch facilities.  Senator Tom Ada states, “Enabling the MCSAP to perform these duties will promote a pro-active regulatory authority for our island’s roadways.”