Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration May 24, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Regulatory Guidance on Entering Data in an Automatic On-Board Recording Device While Commercial Motor Vehicle Is in Motion
Document Number: 2012-12693
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA issues regulatory guidance to clarify that a co-driver may make entries to an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) while a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is in motion. The prohibition in 49 CFR 395.15 against making entries to an AOBRD while the vehicle is in motion pertains only to the current driver. This guidance responds to recent inquiries from manufacturers of recording devices concerning updates to the duty status of co-drivers making the transition from the passenger seat to the sleeper berth or vice versa.
Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards
Document Number: 2012-12692
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 9, 2011, FMCSA published a final rule titled ``Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards.'' Among other things, the rule revised the definition of ``tank vehicle.'' The change required additional drivers, primarily those transporting certain tanks temporarily attached to the commercial motor vehicle (CMV), to obtain a tank vehicle endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). The Agency has since received numerous questions and requests for clarification. This notice responds to questions about the new definition and the compliance date for drivers to obtain the tank vehicle endorsement.
Improvements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS)
Document Number: 2012-12634
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 27, 2012, FMCSA announced planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS). A preview of these improvements and their potential effects on a motor carrier's status has been available to motor carriers and law enforcement since publication of the notice. The system changes were scheduled to be implemented for use in prioritizing FMCSA and State intervention resources and made available to the public on the SMS public Web site in July 2012. However, based on feedback received by the Agency, FMCSA extends the comment period for motor carriers and law enforcement to July 30, 2012.