The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) is a federal grant program (administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) that provides financial assistance to states to reduce the number and severity of accidents and hazardous material incidents involving commercial motor vehicles. The goal is to reduce accidents, fatalities and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles through consistent, uniform and effective safety programs.
In the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania State Police administers the program with participation by various other agencies including the West Manchester Township Police Department. West Manchester Township enforcement officers must successfully complete a several week training program to become qualified MCSAP inspectors as well as continuing education. As MCSAP inspectors, they perform vehicle and driver inspections of commercial motor vehicles which includes trucks, buses and vehicles carrying hazardous materials. The department has a minimum mandated requirement of 40 Level I and 30 Level III inspections annually in order for enforcement officers to maintain their certifications.