Motor Carrier Transportation Division - ODOT

Present Duties

Motor Carrier Transportation Division office building
The Motor Carrier Transportation Division Office Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) ensures the safety of commercial trucks and buses and collects fees for their use of the roads. The division collects weight-mile tax and truck registration fees from trucking companies. MCTD also maintains a size and weight enforcement program to ensure that trucks are following size and weight requirements put in place to protect infrastructure and safety, and it issues over-size, overweight and other special variance permits. MCTD enforces commercial vehicle laws, including regulations on driver hours of service.

Each year, MCTD and its partner agencies inspect thousands of trucks to ensure that equipment is in good working order and that drivers meet all safety requirements. 

MCTD’s Trucking Online Internet service brings permit processing, road-use tax reporting and payment, and other truck transactions as close as the nearest computer. 

MCTD operates the Green Light preclearance program, which uses weigh-in-motion scales and transponder readers to screen trucks as they travel at highway speed, so they don’t have to stop at a weigh station if everything is in order. Green Light has pre-cleared more than 25 million trucks, saving the trucking industry more than 2 million hours of travel time and $263 million in operating costs since it began in 1999.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3930 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-6351
Telephone: 503-378-5849
Fax: 503-373-1940
Contact: Amy Ramsdell, Administrator
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Laurie Kunze
Records Officer Email: Darlene M. Hobson 
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 803, 810, 818, 823, 825, 826
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency