Tag: FMCSA

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Revised Vision Standard for CMV Drivers Proposed by FMCSA

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.

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FMCSA Proposal Would End Driver Violation Report Requirement

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 […]

Truck driving

Hours-of-Service Relief Extended by FMCSA

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.

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DOT Inspector General Identifies Challenges for FMCSA

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 […]

Truck driving

FMCSA Planning Pilot Program for Hours of Service ‘Pause’

On September 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is seeking comment on a proposed pilot program for hours of service regulatory relief by allowing participating drivers to pause their on-duty driving period with one off-duty period of up to 3 hours (85 FR 55061).

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FMCSA Will ‘Exercise Discretion’ in Drug Testing Enforcement

Motor carriers still must conduct random drug testing of 50% of their drivers. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it may exercise discretion in the enforcement of drug and alcohol testing requirements because the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to cause disruptions within the industry.

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FMCSA Extends and Modifies COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended but narrowed trucking regulation exemptions under its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency declaration. Deputy Administrator Jim Murren extended the exemptions for 50 states and the District of Columbia to July 14.

FMCSA Issues Final Rule Amending Hours of Service

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a final rule amending the hours of service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The amendments expand the driving window for both short-haul and long-haul drivers.

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FMCSA Data May Begin Excluding Unpreventable Crashes

Drivers and motor carriers may ask the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to strike records of “not preventable” crashes from the agency’s statistics. The agency announced its data-correction provisions, the Crash Preventability Determination Program, in the May 6 Federal Register (85 FR 27017).