Motor carriers now must obtain motor vehicle records (MVRs) annually for their drivers from Canadian and Mexican licensing authorities, as well as from State Driver’s Licensing Agencies, under a March 9 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) final rule (87 Federal Register (FR) 13192). The FMCSA is dropping the requirement for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) […]
On February 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to update the agency’s powered industrial trucks regulations to reflect current industry practice and state-of-the-art technology (87 Federal Register (FR) 8755). The proposal would update design and manufacturing requirements for powered industrial trucks, including fork trucks, tractors, platform lift […]
The EPA on August 5 announced proposed rulemaking regarding stronger greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks through model year (MY) 2026. The proposal also outlines the Agency’s plans for subsequent rulemakings for standards for MY 2027 and beyond. Additionally, the Agency announced upcoming rulemaking to address stricter emissions standards for […]
On May 9, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a temporary exemption for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from hours of service (HOS) regulations to ensure adequate fuel supplies in several East Coast states following a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.
On April 26, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) called on all drivers, especially commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, to “share work zones safely.”
Transporting chemicals in bulk is more complicated than it may first seem. The supplier must transfer the chemicals in tanks to the buyer. Because tank trailers are made of several different types of materials, a suitable type of tank trailer must be selected to transport the chemicals to their destination. Staff must follow many Department […]
Drivers with impaired vision in one eye could operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate transportation without first obtaining an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under a proposed rule published January 12 (86 FR 2344). The proposed change would end the agency’s vision exemption program.
On December 14, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed rescinding the requirement that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers annually prepare and submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers. The requirement duplicates a separate requirement that motor carriers obtain the motor vehicle record (MVR) for each driver they employ […]
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended and expanded its hours-of-service regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers transporting emergency goods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) identified fiscal year 2021 management challenges for all of the DOT’s agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA’s challenges for the current fiscal year, which began October 1, include the changes in state funding for roadway safety due to impacts […]