The Division's mission is to monitor and oversee surface transportation in the Commonwealth with the overall goal of protecting public safety. In order to fulfill this legislative mandate the Division is involved in a number of activities. The Division exercises oversight as to the safety of equipment and operation of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ("MBTA"). In addition, the Division is responsible for the safety of equipment and operation of 250 motor coach companies, including 5,000 coaches and transit authority buses. The Division ensures the safety of 3,000 highway rail grade crossings. The Division provides annual certification for 20,000 school bus drivers. Moreover, the Division regulates commercial common carriers that perform residential household goods moves within the Commonwealth. The Division also prescribes the maximum charge for the involuntary towing and storage of motor vehicles by police order or for trespass on private property.

The Division also administers the Unified Carrier Registration Program to license interstate for-hire transportation companies. The Division administers the Commercial Driver's License ("CDL") road test to those individuals seeking to operate a school bus or motor bus.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Utilities