Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration June 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E8-14763
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
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 58 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.
Request for Applications for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Medical Review Board
Document Number: E8-14758
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA solicits applications from interested physicians to serve on the Agency's Medical Review Board (MRB). The MRB, authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), provides scientific advice to the Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) and the FMCSA Administrator on medical issues relating to the physical qualification standards for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. In 2006, the Secretary appointed five physicians for 2-year terms to serve on the MRB. In 2008, the Secretary reappointed the physicians to the MRB, with the chairperson currently serving a 2-year term, and the other four members serving staggered 1-year terms. In 2009, the Secretary will appoint three new members to a 2-year term, and reappoint one of the current members to a 1-year term to ensure the MRB will operate continuously with five active members. As a result, the chairperson's and one of the members' terms will expire in 2010 and the other three members' terms will expire in 2011.
Reappointment of Representatives to the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement Board of Directors
Document Number: E8-14755
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the reappointment of four Directors who serve on the Board of Directors that governs the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement as the representatives from each of the four FMCSA service areas. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) created the UCR Agreement. Under the UCR Agreement, for-hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies provide registration and financial responsibility information and pay certain fees. The UCR Agreement replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS), which was repealed January 1, 2007.
Medical Certification Requirements as Part of the Commercial Driver's License; Availability of Supplemental Document
Document Number: E8-14608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises the public that FMCSA is placing in the public docket an additional document that the Agency may rely on in support of a final rule to integrate information regarding the medical certification status of a driver into the commercial driver's license (CDL) process. FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on this matter on November 16, 2006. Because the involved state cost analysis document was completed after publication of the NPRM and subsequent public comment period, the Agency now dockets and invites comment on it.
Hours of Service of Drivers; Availability of Supplemental Documents
Document Number: E8-14491
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises the public that FMCSA is placing in the public docket four additional documents concerning hours of service (HOS) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. FMCSA published an interim final rule (IFR) on this issue on December 17, 2007. The Agency now dockets the supplemental documents.
Availability of Supporting Materials
Document Number: E8-14008
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises the public of the availability on the Department of Transportation (Department) Web site of revised guidance and an accompanying advisory policy memorandum concerning the value of a statistical life used by Departmental analysts when assessing the benefits of preventing fatalities. Consistent with the revised guidance and Departmental policy, the adjusted value of a statistical life will be assessed in conducting economic analyses and identifying the benefits of FMCSA regulatory initiatives in all open rulemaking dockets.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E8-14003
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 68 individuals for exemptions 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 standard.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.'s Exemption Application
Document Number: E8-13804
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-18
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 for three of its drivers to enable them to test-drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the United States without a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the States. Volvo had requested that the exemption cover three Swedish engineers and technicians who will test drive CMVs for Volvo within the U.S. They stated the exemption is needed to support a Volvo field test to meet future air quality standards and to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify results in ``real world'' environments. Each of these drivers holds a valid CDL issued in Sweden but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States in the U.S. FMCSA believes the knowledge and skills testing and training program that drivers must undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensures that these drivers will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Hours of Service of Drivers: United States Department of Energy (DOE); Application for Exemption
Document Number: E8-13160
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA has received an application from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for an exemption from certain provisions of the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. DOE proposes that its contract motor carriers and their employee-drivers engaged in the transportation of transuranic waste (TRU) be granted an exemption from the HOS rules pertaining to use of a sleeper berth (SB). Current HOS rules require that all SB rest regimens include, in part, the regular use of a SB period of at least 8 hourscombined with a separate period of at least 2 hours, either in the SB, off-duty or some combination of bothto gain the equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off-duty. DOE proposes that its contract drivers be allowed to take the equivalent of 10 consecutive hours off duty by splitting SB time into two periods, provided neither of the two periods is less than 2 hours. DOE asserts that if its request for exemption is granted, the level of safety of its TRU operations would be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the current HOS regulations. FMCSA requests public comment on DOE's application for exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E8-13148
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its denial of 330 applications from individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal vision standard applicable to interstate truck and bus drivers and the reasons for the denials. 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 does not 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: E8-13147
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 56 individuals for exemptions 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 commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision
Document Number: E8-13125
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA, in an earlier notice, announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 13 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has reviewed the comments submitted in response to the previous announcement and 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.
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-13103
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces a public meeting of the Agency's MRB. The MRB public meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and participate in MRB deliberations about the revision and development of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) medical standards, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 08-1340
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Application for Certificate of Registration for Foreign Motor Carriers and Foreign Motor Private Carriers
Document Number: E8-12881
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-09
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 revise an information collection (IC) entitled, ``Application for Certificate of Registration for Foreign Motor Carriers and Foreign Motor Private Carriers,'' that requires Mexico-domiciled for-hire and private motor carriers to file an application Form OP-2 if they wish to register to transport property only within municipalities in the United States on the U.S.-Mexico international borders or within the commercial zones of such municipalities. FMCSA invites public comment on the ICR.
Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-12876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to several requests, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extends until July 9, 2008, the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was published on April 9, 2008.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: E8-12387
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-03
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt twenty-nine 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.