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Motor Carrier Acronyms

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Acronym Definition
AAMVA American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
AASHTO American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
ABM Annual Business Meeting
ACROSS Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (customs)
ADEC Automated Data Exchange Committee
ADVANCE Advanced Driver and Vehicle Advisory Navigation Concept
AGRI-PARS Agricultural Pre-Arrival Review System (customs)
AHS Automated Highway System
AHUA American Highway Users Association
AIT Agreement on Internal Trade
ALEC American Legislative Exchange Conference
AMASCOT Automated Mileage and Stateline Crossing Operational Test
AMC American Movers Conference
ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (issued by FHWA)
ANSI American National Standards Institute
APC Agreement Procedures Committee
APL The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
APTS Advanced Public Transportation Systems
ASAP Automated Safety Assurance Program
ASC Accredited Standards Committee
ASPEN (Not an acronym)
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATA American Trucking Association
ATAF American Trucking Association Foundation
ATALC ATA Litigation Center
ATIPE Advanced Technologies for International and Intermodal Ports of Entry
ATIS Advanced Traveler Information Systems
ATMS Advanced Traffic/Management Systems
AVALANCHE (Not an acronym)
AVC Automatic Vehicle Classification
AVCS Advanced Vehicle Control Systems
AVI Automatic Vehicle Identification
AVL Automatic Vehicle Location
BSWG Base State Working Group

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C-TIC Canadian Transport Innovation Centre
CA Credentials Administration
CARS Credentials Administration Requirements Specifications
CASE Computer Aided Software Engineering
CAT Carrier Automated Transaction
CAVR Canadian Agreement on Vehicle Registration
CBI Consensus Board Interpretation
CBID Consensus Board Interpretation Draft
CCD Cargo Control Document (customs)
CCMTA Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators
CCS Customs Commercial System (customs)
CDL Commercial Driver's License
CDLIS Commercial Driver's License Information System
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CI Credentialing Interface
CIS Credential Input System; Central Information Site
CITL Canadian Industrial Transportation League
CMCC Canadian Motor Carrier Consortium
CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle
CMVSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act
CMVSS Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
CNG Compressed Natural Gas
COACH CVISN Operational and Architectural Compatibility Handbook
COSH Canada Occupational Safety & Health
COVE Commercial Vehicle
CPC&N Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity
CR Compliance Review
CRA Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSFR Carrier Safety Fitness Rating
CSI Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated
CTA Canadian Trucking Association
CTI Central Tire Inflation
CTRF Canadian Transportation Research Forum
CTRI Canadian Trucking Research Institute
CV Commercial Vehicle
CVIE (Obsolete; see CVIEW)
CVIEW Commercial Vehicle Information Exchange Window
CVIS Commercial Vehicle Information System
CVISN Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks
CVL Commercial Vehicle Licensing
CVO Commercial Vehicle Operations
CVSA Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

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DBA Doing Business As
DEQ Department of Environmental Quality
DGR Dangerous Goods Route
DL Drivers License
DMV Department of Motor Vehicles
DOE Department of Energy
DOR Department of Revenue
DOT Department of Transportation
DRP Dispute Resolution Process
DSRC Dedicated Short Range Communications
DTF Department of Tax and Finance
DTSW Dynamic Downhill Truck Speed Warning System
DVIS Driver/Vehicle Inspection System
DVL Driver & Vehicle Licensing

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EAP Employee Assistance Program
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
EEOS Electronic One-Stop Shopping
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
EFTPS Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
EIA Electronics Industry Association
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPIC Expected Processing and International Crossing
ESAL Equivalent Single Axle Loads
ETC Electronic Toll Collection
ETTM Electronic Toll and Traffic Management
EXFON Excise Fuels Online Network

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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FARS Fatal Accident Reporting System
FCA Freight Carriers Association of Canada
FEIN Federal Employer Identification Number
FETCO Federal Employers of Transportation & Communications
FFE Flat File Equivalent
FHVUT Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax
FHWA Federal Highways Administration
FMCSR Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
FMMS HazMat Fleet Management and Data Monitoring System
FMVSS Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
FSR Federal Safety Regulations
FTA Federation of Tax Administrators, Federal Transit Administration
FTA U.S./Canada Free Trade Agreement
FTPBP Full Track Preliminary Ballot Proposal
FTS2000 Federal Telecommunications System 2000

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GCWR Gross Combination Weight Rating
GIS Geographical Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
GST Goods & Services Tax
GVM Gross Vehicle Mass
GVW Gross Vehicle Weight
GVWR Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

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HAZMAT Hazardous Material
HELP Heavy Vehicle Electronic License Plate Program
HHG Household Goods
HM Hazardous Material
HMTA Hazardous Material Transportation Act
HMTUSA Hazardous Material Transportation Uniform Safety Act
HOS Hours of Service
HSWIM High Speed Weigh-In-Motion
HTA Highway Traffic Act
HTD Highway Traffic Department
HVR Heavy Vehicle Route
HVRUT Heavy Vehicle Road Use Tax
HVUT Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

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IANA Intermodal Association of North America
IBEX International Border Electronic Crossing
IBTTA International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association
ICA Interstate Commerce Act
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission
ICCTA Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act
IDT Intelligent Decision Technologies
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEN Information Exchange Network
IES Information Exchange System
IFTA International Fuel Tax Agreement
IFTR International Fuel Tax Report
IMC Intermodal Marketing Companies
IMS Information Management Systems
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
IOU Idaho, Oregon, Utah
IPRES Interprovincial Record Exchange System
IR Inter-regional; Infra-red
IRC Internal Revenue Code
IRE Interprovincial Record Exchange
IRP International Registration Plan
IRS Internal Revenue Service
ISA Information Systems Architecture
ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (1991)
ITAC IFTA Technology Advisory Committee
ITDS International Trade Data System
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITS Intelligent Transportation Systems
ITSA Intelligent Transportation Society of America
IVD Individual Vehicle Distances
IVDR Individual Vehicle Distance Report
IVHS Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems
IVMR Individual Vehicle Mileage Record

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JHU/APL The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
JPO Joint Program Office (of USDOT)
KPL Kilometres per Litre
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LAMP Licensing Application Migration Project
LAN Local Area Network
LCL Less-Than-Carload
LCV Longer Combination Vehicle
LEC Law Enforcement Committee
LEV Low Emission Vehicle
LIMO Limousine
LIMS Lockheed Martin Information Management Systems
LM Legacy Modification
LMIMS Lockheed Martin-Information Management Systems
LPR License Plate Reader
LSI Legacy System Interface
LTL Less-Than-Truckload
LVC Long Vehicle Combination

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MACS Mainline Automated Clearance System
MAPS Multistate Automated Permitting System
MCA Motor Carrier Act (of 1980)
MCMIS Motor Carrier Management Information System
MCSAP Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
MEOSS Mid-West Electronic One-Stop Shopping
MHTA Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement
MOE Measure of Effectiveness
MONY Michigan/Ontario/New York
MOOO Multi-Jurisdictional Oversize and Overweight Organization
MOT Ministry of Transport
MPG Miles per Gallon
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MRO Medical Review Officer
MTC Multi-State Tax Commission
MTS Motor Transport Services
MVTA Motor Vehicle Transport Act (1987)

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NADLA North American Drivers License Agreement
NAFC National Accounting & Finance Council
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NAGTC North American Gasoline Tax Conference
NARUC National Assocation of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
NATA National Automobile Transporters Association
NATAP North American Trade Automation Prototype
NCHRP National Cooperative Highway Research Program
NCIC National Crime Information Center
NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSTS National Conference of State Transportation Specialists
NDR National Driver Register
NETC New England Transportation Consortium
NEXTEA National Economic Crossroads Transportation Efficiency Act of 1997
NGA National Governors' Association
NHS National Highway System
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NIMC National Incident Management Coalition
NITL National Industrial Transportation League
NLETS National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems
NMVTIS National Motor Vehicle Title Information System
NOI Notice of Investigation
NOS Number of Seats
NPIC National Provincial Issues Council
NPTC National Private Truck Council
NTA National Tax Association
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
NVIS New Vehicle Information System

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OBC On-Board Computer
OCD Operational Concept Document
OMC Office of Motor Carriers
OOIDA Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
OOS Out of Service
OOSD Out of Service Driver
OOSV Out of Service Vehicle
OS/OW Oversize/Overweight
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Act
OST Office of the Secretary of Transportation
OTR Over the Road

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PASS Port of Entry Advanced Sorting System
PC&N Public Convenience & Necessity
PCR Program Compliance Review
PDPS Problem Driver Pointer System
PDR Pick-up and Delivery Route
PIC Partners In Compliance
PMVI Periodic Mandatory Vehicle Inspection
POE Port of Entry
PSC Public Service Commission
PST Provincial Sales Tax
PTH Provincial Truck Highway
PUC Public Utility Commission
QMV Qualified Motor Vehicle

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RAPP Regional Automated Permit Processing
RES Roadside Electronic Screening
RFP Request for Proposal
RFTA Regional Fuel Tax Agreement
RGVW Registered Gross Vehicle Weight
RNS Release Notification System (customs)
ROC Roadside Operations Computer
ROVER CVO ROving VERification Van
RPC Reginal Processing Center
RSIS RS Information Systems
RSPA Research & Special Programs Administration
RSRP Road Safety Research & Policies
RTAC Roads and Transportation Association of Canada
RTVDM Registration, Title, Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers
RVW Registered Vehicle Weight

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SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
SAFER Safety and Fitness Electronic Records
SAFETYNET (Not an acronym)
SAFEVUE SAFER and CVIEW Visual User Environment
SAP Substance Abuse Professional
SASHTO Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
SAVR Single Application Vehicle Registration
SBRN Single Business Registration Number
SCE Selective Compliance Enforcement
SDO Standard Development Organization
SE Southeastern States
SEB State Entry Beacon
SHRP Strategic Highway Research Program
SSIR Single State Insurance Registration
SSN Social Security Number
SSRS Single State Registration System
STAA Surface Transportation Assistance Act (of 1984)
STB Surface Transportation Board (successor agency to the ICC)
STCC Standard Transportation Commodity Code
STOLEN State On-Line Enforcement Network

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TAC Transport Association of Canada (formerly RTAC)
TAEC Trucking Association Executives Council
TAN Tax Administrators News (an FTA publication)
TC Transport Compliance
TCA Truckload Carriers Association
TCC Transportation (US DOT) Computer Center
TCDC Transportation Careers Development Centre
TDG Transportation of Dangerous Goods
TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
TGCC TaxNet Governmental Communications Corporation
TIA Telecommunications Industry Association
TIC Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (of the U.S. House of Representatives)
TIGERS Tax Information Group for EDI Requirements
TIN Tax Identification Number
TOCM Transportation Operation Coordination Committee
TPM Technical Performance Measure
TPP Transportation Partnership Policy
TRALA Truck Rental and Leasing Association
TRANSCOM Transportation Operations Coordination Committee
TRB Transportation Research Board
TRI Trucking Research Institute
TS Transaction Set
TSA Traffic Safety Alliance
TSBA Transportation Service Bureaus of America
TSR Transport Safety & Regulation

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UCR Unified Carrier Register
UPA Uniform Prorate Agreement
USDOT United States Department of Transportation

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VAN Value-Added Network
VAT Value-Added Tax
VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation
VIN Vehicle Identification Number
VISTA Vehicle Information System for Tax Apportionment
VISTA/RS VISTA Registration System
VISTA/TS VISTA Tax System
VMS Variable Message Sign
VRC Vehicle to Roadside Communication
VRTC Vehicle Research Testing Center
VS Vehicle Standards & Inspections
VTA Virginia Trucking Association
VTIE Virginia Title Information Exchange

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WASHTO Western Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
WB Wheel Base
WBS Work Breadown Structure
WHI Western Highway Institute
WIM Weigh-In-Motion
WRA Western Regional Agreement
WTA Washington Trucking Association
WWW World Wide Web

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