Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration April 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; Consumer Protection Regulations: Released Rates of Motor Carriers of Household Goods
Document Number: 2012-9865
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA harmonizes its regulations with a recent Surface Transportation Board (STB) order that requires certain information about household goods motor carrier liability to appear on the estimates and bills of lading that carriers must provide to individual shippers.
Requirements and Registration for the U.S. DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Utilization Student Challenge
Document Number: 2012-10302
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the U.S. DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Utilization Student Challenge. The purpose of the Challenge is to facilitate the development of mobile Web sites and applications to make FMCSA's motorcoach safety data more accessible and user-friendly. The Challenge is open to students currently enrolled at a fully-accredited higher education institution, or who plan to enroll in the fall of 2012 or the winter of 2013. The eligibility requirements and rules can be found below.
Proposed Recommendations on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2012-10176
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA is withdrawing its proposed regulatory guidance for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and request for comment as published on April 20, 2012. The Agency is still in the process of carefully reviewing the recommendations submitted by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board. The initial publication was a clerical error. We anticipate requesting public comment on the recommendations later this year.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-10170
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt seventeen individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Amendment to Agency Rules of Practice
Document Number: 2012-10162
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-26
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends its Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials proceedings. The Agency clarifies that paying the full proposed civil penalty in an enforcement proceeding, either in response to a Notice of Claim (NOC) or later in the proceeding, does not allow respondents to unilaterally avoid an admission of liability for the violations charged. Additionally, the Agency establishes procedures for issuing out-of- service orders to motor carriers, intermodal equipment providers, brokers, and freight forwarders it determines are reincarnations of other entities with a history of failing to comply with statutory or regulatory requirements; these procedures will provide for an administrative review before the out-of-service order takes effect. Finally, the Agency establishes a process for consolidating Agency records of reincarnated companies with their predecessor entities.
Proposed Recommendations on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2012-9555
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces proposed recommendations from the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and the Medical Review Board (MRB) on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and the medical certification of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The MCSAC and the MRB are FMCSA advisory committees and operate in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). At the Agency's request, the committees deliberated and provided their finalized recommendations to FMCSA on February 6, 2012. The Agency proposes to adopt the recommendations as regulatory guidance after reviewing and evaluating comments received from the public.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9553
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 10 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision requirement.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9552
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 11 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers
Document Number: 2012-9551
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its request to revise a currently-approved information collection for Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, (Form MP-1) entitled, ``Annual and Quarterly Reports.'' This information collection is necessary to ensure that motor carriers comply with financial and operating statistics requirements at 49 CFR part 369. The agency invites public comments on this information request.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9550
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 29 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of Two Currently-Approved Information Collection Requests: Financial and Operating Statistics for Motor Carriers of Property
Document Number: 2012-9548
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces FMCSA's plan to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its request to extend two currently-approved information collection requests (ICRs) as follows: (1) OMB Control Number 2126-0032 entitled, ``Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of Property (formerly OMB 2139-0004),'' and (2) OMB Control Number 2126- 0033 entitled, ``Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Property (formerly OMB 2139-0002).'' These ICRs are necessary to ensure that motor carriers comply with FMCSA's financial and operating statistics requirements at chapter III of title 49 CFR part 369 entitled, ``Reports of Motor Carriers.'' The agency invites public comment on these ICRs.
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
Document Number: 2012-9034
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) with requirements that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers meet the following criteria: Complete certain training concerning FMCSA's physical qualification standards, pass a test to verify an understanding of those standards, and maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing. Following establishment of the National Registry and a transition period, FMCSA will require that motor carriers and drivers use only those medical examiners on the Agency's National Registry and will only accept as valid medical examiner's certificates issued by medical examiners listed on the National Registry. FMCSA is developing the National Registry program to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified so they can determine effectively whether a CMV driver's medical fitness for duty meets FMCSA's standards.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9160
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt twelve individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-8775
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt eleven individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers.
Notice of Fiscal Year 2012 Cooperative Agreement Solicitation for Applications; Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection (SHVI) Study
Document Number: 2012-8772
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to inform the public of a FY 2012 cooperative agreement opportunity being offered by the FMCSA in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to State agencies responsible for large truck roadside safety inspections. The FMCSA announces this cooperative agreement opportunity based on authorities provided for in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users (Pub. L. 109-59). The cooperative agreement opportunity is to support the FMCSA and the FHWA to collect data for a Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection (SHVI) Study.
Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2012-8387
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA solicits nominations and applications for appointment to the Board of Directors of the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR Plan) of interested persons to serve as representatives of the motor carrier industry. The Agency will appoint five members from the motor carrier industry. The UCR Plan is responsible for the administration of the UCR Agreement. The UCR Agreement governs the registration and the collection and distribution of fees paid by for-hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies. The UCR Plan and Agreement replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS), which was repealed as of January 1, 2008.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-8385
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 22 individuals for exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-8384
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 13 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision requirement.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-8375
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt seventeen individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
Document Number: 2012-8372
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from four individuals for an exemption from the prohibition against persons with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), due to syncope or likelihood of causing any loss of ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safely. FMCSA requests public comments on these applications for an exemption. If granted, the exemption would enable these individuals with ICDs to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Electronic On-Board Recorders and Hours of Service Supporting Documents
Document Number: 2012-7899
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-04-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session to solicit information, concepts, ideas, and comments on Electronic On- Board Recorders (EOBRs) and the issue of driver harassment. Specifically, the Agency wants to know what factors, issues, and data it should consider as it addresses the distinction between productivity and harassment: What will prevent harassment from occurring; what types of harassment already exist; how frequently and to what extent harassment happens; and how an electronic device such as an EOBR, capable of contemporaneous transmission of information to a motor carrier, will guard against (or fail to guard against) harassment. Additionally, the Agency will solicit concepts, ideas, and comments from enforcement personnel on the hours-of-service (HOS) information they would need to see on the EOBR display screen to effectively enforce the HOS rules at the roadside and the type of evidence they would need to retain in order to support issuing drivers citations for HOS violations observed during roadside inspections. This session will be held in Bellevue, Washington (WA), and will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant new research that FMCSA should consider in development of Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM). This listening session will be recorded and a transcript of the session will be placed in the docket for FMCSA's consideration. The listening session will also be webcast via the Internet and will allow for email interactivity during the webcast.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-7896
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from twelve individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision requirement.