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-2019-0048 California Meal and Rest Break Rules; Petition for Determination of PreemptionFMCSA requests comments on a petition submitted by the American Bus Association, Inc. (ABA) requesting a determination that the State of California's Meal and Rest Break Rules (MRB Rules), as applied to drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) subject to FMCSA's hours of service (HOS) regulations, are preempted by Federal law. FMCSA requests comments in response to this petition. 6/10/2019
FMCSA-2018-0346 Commercial Driver's License; Pilot Program to Allow Drivers Under 21 to Operate Commercial Motor VehiclesDrivers 18, 19 and 20 years old may currently operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in intrastate commerce. On July 6, 2018, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice announcing the details of the Commercial Driver Pilot Program, that allows certain 18- to 20-year-olds with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. This document requests comments on a possible second pilot program to allow non-military drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. FMCSA requests comments on the training, qualifications, driving limitations, and vehicle safety systems that FMCSA should consider in developing options or approaches for a second pilot program for younger drivers. 7/15/2019


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Docket No.TitleSummaryDeadline
NHTSA-2019-0037 Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Driver Interactions With Advanced Driver Assistance TechnologiesNHTSA announces our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. The proposed collection of information supports research addressing safety-related aspects of driver interactions with certain advanced driver assistance technologies. NHTSA proposes to perform research involving the collection of information from the public as part of a multi-year effort to learn about drivers' use of and behavior in interacting with certain advanced driver assistance technologies. The research will involve on-road, semi-naturalistic driving experimentation in which participants who are members of the general public will drive government-owned instrumented production vehicles equipped with driver assistance technologies. Participants will include both drivers with and drivers without experience with advanced cruise control and lane keeping assistance technologies. Experienced drivers will be ones who own one of the two vehicle models equipped with advanced cruise control and lane keeping assistance features being used in this research. Participants will engage driver assistance technologies, including advanced cruise control and lane keeping assistance, while driving a specified route traversing public highways. Participants' actions to engage the assistance features and responses to unrequested disengagements will be observed and recorded. Questions will be asked during the course of the research to assess individuals' suitability for study participation, to obtain feedback regarding participants' use of the driver assistance technologies, and to gauge individuals' level of comfort with and confidence in the technologies' performance and safety.7/22/2019



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