What's Coming Down the Road

In 2012, President Barak Obama signed into law a new two-year surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). In its passing, MAP-21 mandated government agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to study and publish new notices of proposed rulemakings (NPRM) involving key issues such as Prohibition of Coercion, Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, and Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles.

Further, government agencies such as FMCSA, FHWA, NHTSA and OSHA, each have their own mission statements and agendas. Thus, it can be difficult for professional truck drivers to know what is coming down the road with so many government agencies affecting the trucking industry. Therefore, the OOIDA Foundation would like to provide the Association’s members with easy access to those notices, NPRMs, and final rules by providing direct links to the Federal Register

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Docket No.TitleSummaryDeadline
FMCSA-2016-0260 Hours of Service of Drivers; Pilot Program to Allow Commercial Drivers to Split Sleeper Berth TimeFMCSA proposes a pilot program to allow temporary relief from the Agency's sleeper berth regulation for a limited number of drivers who regularly use a sleeper berth to comply with the 10 hours of non-duty work status. The pilot program seeks to produce statistically reliable evidence on the driver safety performance and fatigue levels concerning split sleeper berth time. FMCSA proposes criteria for participating drivers and carriers, outlines procedural steps and a data collection plan, and request comments on these elements.8/7/2017
FMCSA-2016-0346 Commercial Learner's Permit ValidityFMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow States to issue a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance. CLPs issued for shorter periods may be renewed but the total period of time between the date of initial issuance and the expiration of the renewed CLP could not exceed one year. This proposed amendment would replace the current regulations, which require the States to issue CLPs initially for no more than 180 days, with the possibility of an additional 180-day renewal at the State’s discretion. 8/11/2017
FMCSA-2017-0047 Military Licensing and State Commercial Driver's License ReciprocityThis proposed rule would allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to waive the requirements for the commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge tests for certain individuals who are, or were, regularly employed within the last year in a military position that requires/required, the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).8/11/2017




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