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
||Hours of Service of Drivers: Pronto.ai, Inc. (Pronto); Application for Exemption||FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Pronto.ai, Inc. (“Pronto”) on behalf of its interstate motor carrier customers, for a renewable five-year exemption from the 11-hour driving limit and the 14-hour driving window in the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. Pronto is requesting that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) equipped with the Copilot by Pronto advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), the SmartDrive® Video Safety Program, and operating under certain other safeguards, be allowed to drive up to 13 hours during a period of 15 consecutive hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. FMCSA requests public comment on Pronto's application for exemption.
||Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver's Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver's License||FMCSA proposes to prohibit State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) from issuing, renewing, upgrading, or transferring a CDL, or CLP, for individuals prohibited under current regulations from driving a CMV due to controlled substance (drug) and alcohol program violations. The CMV driving ban is intended to keep these drivers off the road until they comply with return-to-duty (RTD) requirements. FMCSA also seeks comment on alternate proposals establishing additional ways that SDLAs would use information obtained through the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) to increase compliance with the CMV driving prohibition. Further, the Agency proposes to revise how reports of actual knowledge violations, based on a citation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in a CMV, would be maintained in the Clearinghouse. These proposed changes would improve highway safety by increasing compliance with existing drug and alcohol program requirements.||6/29/2020