Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration January 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hours of Service of Drivers
Document Number: 05-1248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA is reviewing and reconsidering the regulations on hours of service of drivers published on April 28, 2003 (68 FR 22456) and amended on September 30, 2003 (68 FR 56208). The regulations were vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 16, 2004 (Public Citizen et al. v. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 374 F.3d 1209). Congress subsequently provided that the 2003 regulations will remain in effect until the effective date of a new final rule addressing the issues raised by the court or September 30, 2005, whichever occurs first (Section 7(f) of the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part V). FMCSA is reconsidering the 2003 regulations to determine what changes may be necessary to be consistent with the holdings and dicta of the Public Citizen decision. In order to allow effective public participation in the process before the statutory deadline, FMCSA is publishing this NPRM concurrently with its ongoing research and analysis of the issues raised by the court. To facilitate discussion, the agency is putting forward the 2003 rule as the ``proposal'' on which public comments are sought. This NPRM, however, asks the public to comment on what changes to that rule, if any, are necessary to respond to the concerns raised by the court, and to provide data or studies that would support changes to, or continued use of, the 2003 rule. The NPRM includes specific information on a variety of topics and specific questions for comment. FMCSA is not considering changes to the hours-of-service regulations applicable to drivers and operators of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 05-851
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 29 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemptions will enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 05-850
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice publishes the FMCSA's receipt of applications from 29 individuals for an exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions will enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).
Policy on Availability of Information From the Commercial Driver's License Information System
Document Number: 05-669
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
As required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), this document informs the public of FMCSA's policy regarding access to information in the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) by other Federal agencies.
Notice-Request for Comments on Renewing Approval of an Information Collection: OMB Control No. 2126-0016 (Licensing Applications for Motor Carrier Operating Authority)
Document Number: 05-560
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces FMCSA's plans to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew its approval of the information collection described below. This information collection is for the application forms used by for-hire motor carriers of regulated commodities, freight forwarders, property brokers, and certain Mexican motor carriers to register their operations with the FMCSA. This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Notice Requesting Comment on Renewing Approval of an Information Collection: OMB Control No. 2126-0019 (Application for Certificate of Registration for Foreign Motor Carriers and Foreign Motor Private Carriers)
Document Number: 05-559
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces FMCSA's plans to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew its approval of the information collection described below. This information collection requires Mexico-domiciled for-hire and private motor carriers who wish to register to transport property only within municipalities in the United States on the U.S.-Mexico international border or within the commercial zones of such municipalities to file Form OP-2. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the FMCSA is required to publish this notice.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: 05-296
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces its denial of 8 applications from individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal diabetes standard applicable to interstate truck drivers and the reasons for the denials. The FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the diabetes standard if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The agency has concluded that granting these exemptions would not provide a level of safety that will equal or exceed the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.