FMCSA Limits Emergency Exemptions

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule issued October 13 limits exemptions from safety regulations during emergency declarations (88 Fed. Reg. 70897). Under the revised regulations, a presidential emergency declaration will continue to trigger a 30-day exemption from FMCSA safety regulations (49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 390 through 399), including hours-of-service […]

DOT Proposes Automatic Braking on Trucks

On June 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)—proposed requirements for automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on heavy motor vehicles (88 Fed. Reg. 43174). The proposal would require AEB systems on vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms). The […]

DOT Accepts Oral Fluid Drug Testing

On May 2, the Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted a rule recognizing oral fluid drug testing as an alternative to urine testing for safety-sensitive positions in all regulated industries­, including aviation, motor carrier, rail, and transit. The final rule (88 Fed. Reg. 27596) becomes effective June 1. The final rule harmonizes DOT and Federal Motor […]

Review/Preview: A New Year in Safety

What does 2023 hold for workplace safety and health and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety? 2022 began with the Supreme Court issuing a permanent judicial stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “vaccinate-or-test” COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS). The year ended with OSHA submitting a final healthcare COVID-19 standard for regulatory review at […]

FMCSA Denies Request for Drug Use Hair Testing

On December 23, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied a request to allow the use of hair testing for determining a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver’s drug use (87 Federal Register (FR) 79061). The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, or “Trucking Alliance,” asked the agency to amend the definition of “actual knowledge” […]

FMCSA Proposes Limits on Emergency Declarations

On December 8, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed limiting the scope of regulatory relief provided by emergency declarations, as well as the duration of regional emergency declarations (87 Federal Register (FR) 75206). Under current regulations, when the president, a governor, or the FMCSA issues an emergency declaration, drivers and motor carriers providing […]

Speed-Limiter Rulemaking Among Top Industry Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposal for requirements for speed-limiting devices on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is among the top concerns in the trucking industry, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) report. On October 22, the ATRI released its 18th annual top industry issues report, identifying leading industry concerns, such […]

FMCSA Seeks Input on Bus, Truck Electronic IDs

On September 23, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) asked for stakeholder input on a plan to require commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to be equipped with electronic identification (ID) technology capable of wirelessly communicating a unique ID number to the agency (87 Federal Register (FR) 58049).   The FMCSA said it is considering regulatory […]

FMCSA Seeks Input on Logging Device Regulations

On September 16, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a request for comments on its electronic logging device (ELD) regulations for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) (87 Federal Register (FR) 56921). In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency revealed it is considering changes in the applicability for pre-2000 engines, addressing ELD malfunctions, […]

FMCSA Removes ELD from Registered List

On June 24, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it had removed the ArionT electronic logging device (ELD) from the agency’s list of registered ELDs. The FMCSA placed the ArionT ELD on its list of revoked devices because the company failed to meet the minimum requirements of the agency’s regulations. The FMCSA will […]