Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration February 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 2016-04460
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Transportation of Household Goods; Consumer Protection
Document Number: 2016-04041
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval. The FMCSA requests approval to extend an ICR titled, ``Transportation of Household Goods; Consumer Protection.'' The information collected will be used to help regulate motor carriers transporting household goods (HHG) for individual shippers. FMCSA invites public comment on the ICR. On September 21, 2015, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on this ICR. The agency received no comments in response to that notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property
Document Number: 2016-04032
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. The information collected will be used to help ensure that motor carriers of passengers and property maintain appropriate levels of financial responsibility to operate on public highways.
Commercial Zones at International Border With Mexico
Document Number: 2016-04029
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA issues a final rule establishing the New Mexico Commercial Zone in Dona Ana County and Luna County, NM. This action is required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21). The Agency also issues an interim final rule establishing an expanded commercial zone for the City of El Paso, TX, which now includes the new Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge and port of entry on the border with Mexico. Additionally, through this action, FMCSA provides clarification on the definition of the San Luis, AZ commercial zone. The Agency is interested in receiving public comments regarding what should constitute the eastern boundary for the FMCSA's commercial zone for the City of El Paso, TX, that would include the new Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge, port of entry, and public access roads O.T. Smith Road and Texas Farm-to-Market Road 3380 (M.F. Aguilera Highway) to Interstate Highway 10.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection: Driver Qualification Files
Document Number: 2016-03183
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval, and invites public comment. The Agency's regulations pertaining to the qualification of operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are unchanged and impose no increased information-collection (IC) burden on individual drivers and motor carriers. However, the Agency increases its estimate of the total IC burden of these regulations because both the number of CMV drivers and the frequency of their hiring have increased since the Agency's 2012 estimate of this burden.
Electronic Logging Devices Compliance Testing Procedures: Public Listening Session
Document Number: 2016-03181
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA will hold an online public listening session concerning the electronic logging device (ELD) compliance test procedures. This meeting will be a forum for providers of ELDs to give feedback to the Agency on the non-binding procedures used to determine if an ELD meets the specifications of the ELD rulemaking published on December 16, 2015. This online meeting is open to the public for its entirety.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Information Technology Services Survey Portal Customer Satisfaction Assessment (formerly COMPASS Portal Consumer Satisfaction Assessment)
Document Number: 2016-03180
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. The collection involves an extension to a currently-approved ICR, and includes the assessment of FMCSA's strategic decision to integrate its Information Technology (IT) with its business processes using portal technology to consolidate its systems and databases through the FMCSA Information Technology Services Survey modernization initiative. The information to be collected will be used to assess the satisfaction of Federal, State, and industry customers with the FMCSA Information Technology Services Survey Portal. The name of the ``COMPASS Portal Customer Satisfaction Assessment,'' ICR was previously changed to ``Information Technology Services Survey Portal Customer Satisfaction Assessment,'' to reflect the need for a broader term than ``COMPASS'' for the portal. On October 27, 2015, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice (80 FR 65847) allowing for a 60-day comment period on this ICR. The agency received no comments in response to that notice.
Hours of Service of Drivers: Farruggio's Express, Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2016-02896
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Farruggio's Express (Farruggio) for an exemption from timecard requirements for its drivers who may not meet all of the conditions for utilization of the 100 air-mile radius log book exemption in that section. The request would exempt Farruggio's drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius, but may occasionally exceed the 12 hour limitation, from having to complete a daily record of duty status (RODS). Farruggio states that its entire fleet of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle tracking devices, which it believes justifies the request for this exemption and provides an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be obtained by complying with the regulations. FMCSA requests public comment on Farruggio's application for exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: C1-2016-00472
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; TowMate, LLC Application for an Exemption
Document Number: 2016-02511
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its decision to grant TowMate, LLC's (TowMate) application for a limited two-year exemption to allow motor carriers to operate rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn, and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), all required lamps, with the exception of battery-powered lamps used on projecting loads, must be powered by the electrical system of the motor vehicle. The Agency has determined that use of rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn, and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations would not have an adverse impact on safety, and use of these systems under the terms and conditions of the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation. This decision is consistent with an August 2005 amendment to the FMCSRs to allow battery powered lamps on the rear of projecting loads.
Motor Carriers of Passengers That Serve Primarily Urban Areas With High Passenger Loads
Document Number: 2016-02510
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This request for comments is related to the implementation of a specific provision in section 32707 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that requires an annual safety fitness assessment of certain motor carriers of passengers that serve primarily urban areas with high passenger loads. FMCSA requests comments about an appropriate definition of a ``curbside bus operator'' that will be subject to this annual safety fitness assessment and will be consistent with Congressional intent.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-02301
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 41 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-02300
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 44 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-02299
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 54 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-02298
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 44 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Narcolepsy
Document Number: 2016-02275
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from two individuals for exemptions from the following two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) which prohibit operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. Section 391.41(b)(8) of the FMCSRs prohibit operation of a commercial motor vehicle by persons with either a clinical diagnosis of a condition that is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to operate a CMV safely. Section 391.41(b)(9) of the FMCSRs prohibit operation of a commercial motor vehicle by persons with a mental, nervous, organic, functional disease, or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with his/her ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle safely. If granted, the exemption would enable these individuals who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy and are receiving medical treatment to operate CMVs for 2 years in interstate commerce.