Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
Captain Mark E. Morrison
In 1985, the State of Louisiana entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to uniformly enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (FHMR). With the formation of the Louisiana State Police (LSP) Motor Carrier Safety Unit (MCSU), the State agreed to strict requirements established by the USDOT for the inspection of commercial motor vehicles and drivers and for the reporting of all applicable data generated from these inspections.
The primary objective of Louisiana’s MCSAP was to reduce the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle crashes within the State. To facilitate this objective the LSP launched a program of roadside safety inspections, compliance reviews and educational outreach initiatives.
Only officers certified by the USDOT may enforce the FMCSR and the FHMR.
As part of the LSP Transportation and Environmental Safety Section (TESS), the MCSU is further sub-divided into three regional units and an administrative support unit. Organizationally, the MCSU parallels the general organizational structure of the LSP. The unit is staffed full time by 37 commissioned State Troopers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants. Additionally, the MCSU's efforts are being supplemented by commissioned Troopers from the LSP Towing & Recovery and HAZMAT Units and Department of Public Safety Weights & Standards Officers.
The use of mobile data terminals (MDTs) and Aspen software for documentation of roadside inspections enables the rapid upload of inspection data to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety and Fitness Electronics Records (SAFER) System. Upon completion of an inspection, officers transmit the data wirelessly to the Department of Public Safety Data Processing Center for immediate upload to SAFER. MCSAP inspection officers anywhere in the Nation may access the SAFER System and view any inspection data uploaded to SAFER during the previous 45 days. Such technology allows officers to apprehend violators of out-of-service orders and to identify repeat offenders.
The LSP MCSU has long recognized the importance and effectiveness of comprehensive educational initiatives. The LSP, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, and the Louisiana Forestry Association often work together to enhance the knowledge of industry and to promote highway safety. Federal programs such as ‘No-Zone’, ‘Be Ready Be Buckled’, and ‘Share the Road’ have been integral components of the LSP MCSU’s efforts.
In conjunction with the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program (DIAP), special emphasis is placed on the interdiction of illegal narcotics transported by commercial motor vehicles. Officers making use of specialized interdiction training and narcotics sniffing canines are constantly on the lookout for such shipments.
LSP MCSAP Contact Information
The LSP MCSAP Administrative Unit operates out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Its primary purpose is to provide administrative and technical support to the three MCSAP Regional Offices and to serve as a central repository for all reports generated as a result of MCSAP enforcement activities. In addition, the MCSAP Administrative Unit also provides support to each of the nine LSP Troops, LSP Headquarters and the trucking industry.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding inspection reports, please contact the Administrative Unit at 225-925-3800. Please do not contact the MCSAP Regional Offices for information on assessed penalties or fine amounts.
The MCSAP Region 1 office is located in Covington, Louisiana and consists of all areas within LSP Troops A, B, and L. The Region 1 telephone number is 985.871.1236.
The MCSAP Region 2 office is located in Lafayette, Louisiana and consists of all areas within LSP Troops C, D and I. The Region 2 telephone number is 337.262.3315.
The MCSAP Region 3 office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana and consists of all areas within LSP Troops E, F and G. The Region 3 telephone number is 318.741.7416.
The LSP MCSU may also be contacted at
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P.O. Box 66601, Dept A-32
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
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