What's Coming Down the Road

In 2015, President Barak Obama signed into law a new five-year surface transportation bill, Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). In its passing, the Fast Act mandated government agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to review and study key issues such as the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability Program, the Safety Management System, and detention time.

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-2017-0371 ELDT; CDL Upgrade from Class B to Class AFMCSA proposes to amend the entry-level driver training (ELDT) regulations published on December 8, 2016, titled “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” by adopting a new Class A theory instruction upgrade curriculum to reduce the training time and costs incurred by Class B CDL holders upgrading to a Class A CDL. This NPRM does not propose any changes to behind-the-wheel training requirements set forth in the ELDT final rule. This proposal would be a deregulatory action as defined by Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The Agency believes that this modest change in the Class A theory training requirements for Class B CDL holders upgrading to a Class A CDL would maintain the same level of safety established by the ELDT final rule. 8/28/2018
FMCSA-2017-0196 Pilot Program to Allow 18- to 21-Year-Old Persons with Military Driving Experience to Operate CMVs in Interstate CommercePursuant to Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act), FMCSA proposes a 3-year period of information collection to determine whether the safety outcomes (to include crashes, moving violations, inspection violations, and safety critical events as available) of drivers under the age of 21 with military experience in the operation of heavy vehicles participating in interstate commerce are similar to the safety outcomes of CMV drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 operating freight-carrying CMVs; and how training and experience impact the safety of the 18- to 20- year-old driving population. FMCSA proposed this pilot program and solicited public comment on August 22, 2016. The prior 60-day notice sought comment on program operations, including whether any additional safeguards are needed to ensure that the pilot program provides a level of safety equivalent to current safety levels. Additional details on the broader pilot program are available through a separate notice published in today’s Federal Register.9/4/2018
FMCSA-2018-0189 Agency Information Collection Activities; New Information Collection: Truck and Bus Maintenance Requirements and their Impact on SafetyThis new request titled “Truck and Bus Maintenance Requirements and Their Impact on Safety” will allow for a study that focuses on vehicle maintenance and aims to determine the impact of vehicle maintenance requirements on overall motor carrier safety. This information collection supports the DOT Strategic Goal of Safety. 9/14/2018
FMCSA-2018-0181 Hours of Service of Drivers: Waste Management Holdings, Inc.; Application for ExemptionFMCSA announces that it has received an application from Waste Management Holdings, Inc., (WMH) requesting an exemption from the requirement of the HOS regulations that drivers of CMVs qualifying for the “short-haul – 100 air-mile radius driver” exception must return to the original work reporting location within 12 hours of coming on duty. WMH asks that its short-haul CMV drivers be permitted to return within 14 hours without losing their short-haul status. FMCSA requests public comment on WMH’s application for exemption. 8/16/2018
FMCSA-2018-0182 Hours of Service of Drivers: Allied Beverage Group L.L.C. (Allied); Application for ExemptionFMCSA announces that it has received an application from Allied Beverage Group L.L.C. (Allied) for an exemption from the requirement that short-haul drivers utilizing the records of duty status (RODS) exception return to their normal work-reporting location within 12 hours of coming on duty. Allied requests that their company drivers be allowed to use the short-haul exception but return to their work reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours. The requested exemption would apply to all of Allied’s drivers who operate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) beverage trucks. FMCSA requests public comment on Allied’s application for exemption. 9/5/2018
FMCSA-2015-0480 Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Application for Exemption; CRST Expedited (CRST)FMCSA announces that it has received an application from CRST Expedited (CRST) for a renewal of its exemption from the regulation that requires a CLP holder to be accompanied by a CDL holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates it on public roads or highways. The exemption renewal would allow CLP holders who have passed the skills test but not yet received the CDL document to drive a CRST CMV accompanied by a CDL holder who is not necessarily in the passenger seat, provided the driver has documentation of passing the skills test. CRST currently holds an exemption for the period September 23, 2016 through September 24, 2018. FMCSA requests public comment on CRST’s application for exemption.9/10/2018
FMCSA-2018-0246 Hours of Service of Drivers: HEPACO, LLC; Heritage Environmental Services, LLC; Lewis Environmental, Inc.; and Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC; Application for ExemptionFMCSA announces that it has received a joint application from HEPACO, LLC; Heritage Environmental Services, LLC; Lewis Environmental, Inc.; and Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC, for exemption from the HOS regulations for drivers engaged in providing direct assistance in environmental emergencies or potential environmental emergencies. The applicants request a five-year exemption from the “14-hour rule” for their drivers engaged in responding to environmental emergencies. FMCSA requests public comment on this application for exemption.9/10/2018
FMCSA-2018-0159 Agency information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved Information Collection Request: Commercial Driver Licensing and Test StandardsFMCSA announces its plan to submit the ICR described below to OMB for its review and approval and invites public comment. The FMCSA requests approval to revise and renew an ICR titled, “Commercial Driver Licensing and Test Standards,” due to an increase in the number of commercial driver’s license records and the addition of one information collection item: “Driver completion of knowledge and skills tests 49 CFR 384.201.” This ICR is needed to ensure that drivers, motor carriers and the States are complying with notification and recordkeeping requirements for information related to testing, licensing, violations, convictions and disqualifications and that the information is accurate, complete and transmitted and recorded within certain time periods as required by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA), as amended.10/9/2018

 

 

 

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Docket No.TitleSummaryDeadline
DOT-OST-2018-0081 Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge Solver Solicitation"U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is launching the Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge to incentivize the use of safety data in the development of innovative analytical visualization tools that will reveal insights into serious crashes and improve understanding of transportation safety. The Challenge serves as a platform to capture the imaginations of technology and data firms, transportation stakeholders, and state and local agencies to unlock their creativity, and empower them to develop innovative new data visualization tools that can help improve road and rail user safety, to benefit all transportation users. The Challenge is open to individuals and teams (Solvers) from the business and research communities, including technology companies, analytics firms, transportation carriers, industry associations, research institutions, universities, mapping and visualization providers. Solvers will compete for cash prizes that will be awarded throughout the multi-stage Challenge. The Challenge prize purse is $350,000, with four semi-finalists competing for a portion of the $100,000 interim prize and two final-stage Solvers competing for a portion of the $250,000 final prize." 7/31/2018
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