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-2017-0321 Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection Request: Generic Clearance of Customer Satisfaction SurveysExecutive Order 12862 directs Federal agencies to provide service to the public that matches or exceeds the best service available in the private sector. These principles were reaffirmed in Executive Order 13571. In order to work continuously to ensure that our programs are effective and meet our customers’ needs, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) seeks to obtain OMB approval of a currently approved generic clearance to continue collecting feedback on our service delivery. By feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. 3/20/2018
FMCSA-2018-0003 Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; National Electrical Contractors AssociationFMCSA announces that the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has applied for an exemption from the requirement to use an ELD to record driver HOS on CMVs used by contractors to install, repair, and maintain the infrastructure of electrical utilities. NECA believes the ELD requirement unnecessarily burdens its members’ operations. It proposes to continue to use paper to record the HOS of these drivers. NECA states that CMV operations under the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent the proposed exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on NECA’s application for exemption.3/16/2018
FMCSA-2016-0428 Hours of Service: Electronic Logging Devices; Application for Exemption; Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Inc.FMCSA announces that TRALA has requested an exemption until December 31, 2018, from the ELD requirements for all drivers of property-carrying CMVs rented for 30 days or fewer. A waiver for the same purpose and group of drivers was issued to TRALA on January 19, 2018, and expires on April 19, 2018. TRALA states that the waiver period, which is limited to 90 days, is not sufficient to address the ELD problems that they and their short-term lessors are encountering. This request, if granted, would provide rental-vehicle owners, carriers, and drivers with additional time to develop compliance strategies for dealing with the unique issues relating to the use of ELDs in short-term rental vehicles. TRALA believes that the exemption, if granted, would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety, as drivers would continue to remain subject to the hours-of-service regulations as well as the requirements to maintain a paper record of duty status. FMCSA requests public comment on TRALA’s application for exemption. 4/12/2018




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