Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration May 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-8076
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 16 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 standard. 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 Application From Thomas Deke; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-7540
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt Mr. Thomas Deke from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemption will enable Mr. Deke to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
Document Number: E6-7539
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces two Public Listening Sessions. The Listening Sessions will continue the dialogue on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NCRME) program for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Commercial Driver's License Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.'s Exemption Application
Document Number: E6-7300
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Volvo Trucks North America, Inc's. (Volvo), application for an exemption from the Agency's requirement for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Volvo requested an exemption for 11 Swedish engineers and technicians who will test drive CMVs in the United States (U.S.) for Volvo. All of the individuals hold a valid Swedish CDL and have been trained to drive CMVs in Sweden. The individuals normally work at Volvo in Sweden where their duties involve developing, designing, and testing engines for CMVs that will be manufactured, assembled, sold, or primarily used in the U.S. FMCSA believes the terms and conditions of the exemption will ensure that the level of safety for the drivers is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be achieved by complying with the Federal regulations. The exemption will preempt inconsistent State requirements applicable to interstate commerce.
Establishment of the Uniform Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: E6-7236
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces establishment of a Board of Directors for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan mandated under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The Board will be responsible for issuing rules and regulations to govern the Uniform Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR Agreement). The UCR Agreement is the replacement system for the Single State Registration System (SSRS) due to expire on January 1, 2007. The UCR Agreement will govern the collection and distribution of registration and financial responsibility information provided and fees paid by for-hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies. The Secretary of Transportation establishes the initial 15- member Board of Directors by direct appointment due to the imminent sunsetting of SSRS and the potential for significant loss of revenue to the 39 participating States if work is not completed prior to January 1, 2007. FMCSA plans to solicit in the Federal Register nominations for successor membership prior to expiration of terms of membership.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-7052
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
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 31 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 exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Availability of Grant Program Funds for Commercial Driver's License Program Improvements
Document Number: E6-7046
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of Commercial Driver's License Program Improvement (CDLPI) grant funding as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This act establishes a program for the improvement of the commercial driver's license (CDL) program. The program is a discretionary grant program funded by a single source. It provides funding for improving implementation of the State's CDL program, including expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control. Grants made under this program may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. The Agency in each State designated as the primary driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the CDL program is eligible to apply for and receive grant funding.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comment; Renewal of Existing Information Collection: Annual and Quarterly Reports of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Formerly OMB 2139-0003)
Document Number: E6-7045
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On April 10, 2006, FMCSA published a notice and request for comments in the Federal Register (71 FR 18136), announcing its plan to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to renew a currently-approved information collection for Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, Form MP-1, Annual and Quarterly Reports. This notice corrects the docket number published in the April 10, 2006, notice.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-6786
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
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 23 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 exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Proposed Improvements to the Motor Carrier Safety Status (SafeStat) Measurement System
Document Number: E6-6647
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-03
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes improvements to its Motor Carrier Safety Status (SafeStat) Measurement System algorithm. The SafeStat system analyzes current and historical safety performance and compliance information to rank the relative safety fitness of commercial motor carriers. SafeStat enables FMCSA to quantify and monitor trends in the safety status of individual motor carriers. FMCSA focuses compliance review and roadside inspection resources on carriers posing the greatest potential safety risk. The proposed improvements are intended to make the algorithm more effective in identifying motor carriers posing a high crash risk.
Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) Modernization Plan
Document Number: E6-6598
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to modernize the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) in response to Title IV (Motor Carrier Safety Reauthorization Act of 2005) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was signed into law on August 10, 2005. As required by SAFETEA-LU, the modernization plan must: (a) Comply with applicable Federal information technology security standards; (b) provide for the electronic exchange of all information, including posting of convictions; (c) contain self- auditing features to ensure that data is being posted correctly and consistently by the States; (d) integrate the commercial driver's license and medical certificate; and (e) provide a schedule for modernization of the system. SAFETEA-LU authorizes a total of $28 million (FY 2006-2009) to carry out this project. This notice publishes the plan which provides an overview of the key tasks associated with the CDLIS Modernization project, and will result in a system that satisfies the criteria specified in section 4123 of SAFETEA-LU.