Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration January 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Uniform Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2010-1772
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA solicits nominations and applications from interested persons to serve as motor carrier industry representatives on the Board of Directors of the Unified Carrier Registration Plan, which governs the Uniform Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA), as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The Agency will appoint five members from the motor carrier industry. The UCRA governs the registration and the collection and distribution of fees paid by for- hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies. The UCRA replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS), which was repealed January 1, 2008.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2010-1766
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 27 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 Renewals; Vision
Document Number: 2010-1765
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 22 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision
Document Number: 2010-1764
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 10 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: 2010-1732
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt forty-six 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.
Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 2010-1770
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Declaratory Order by Fullington Trailways, LLC
Document Number: 2010-1645
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with an order from the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PPUC), Fullington Trailways, LLC (Fullington) filed a petition for a declaratory order (Petition) seeking a determination from FMCSA on the following three issues with respect to its State College/Harrisburg and Lewistown/Harrisburg passenger bus routes: (1) Whether Fullington's operations are within the scope of its Federal operating authority; (2) whether PPUC regulation as to rates and schedules is preempted; and (3) whether its operations qualify as a ``special operation'' under 49 U.S.C. 13902 or ``intrastate commuter bus operation'' under 49 U.S.C. 14501. The Agency grants Fullington's petition, finding that the passenger bus service in question is within the scope of Fullington's Federal operating authority, that PPUC regulation as to rates and schedules is preempted and that Fullington's operations do not qualify as a ``special operation'' or an ``intrastate commuter bus operation.''
Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Texting by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
Document Number: 2010-1573
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-01-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces regulatory guidance concerning texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The guidance is applicable to all interstate drivers of CMVs subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo)
Document Number: 2010-832
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-19
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) has applied for an exemption from the Federal requirement for a driver of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Volvo requests that the exemption cover two Swedish field test engineers who will test-drive CMVs for Volvo within the United States. These two Volvo employees both hold a valid Swedish CDL. Volvo states the exemption is needed to support a Volvo field test to meet future clean air standards, to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify results in ``real world'' environments, and to deliver the vehicles if necessary in the United States. Volvo believes the knowledge and skills tests and training program that Swedish drivers undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensures the exemption would provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained by complying with the U.S. requirements for a CDL.
Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-828
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-19
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will hold a committee meeting on February 1-2, 2010 to complete its work of providing information, concepts and ideas to the Agency relating to the hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for drivers of property-carrying vehicles.
Hours of Service
Document Number: 2010-826
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-01-15
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session (in addition to those identified in a Federal Register notice on January 5, 2010) to solicit comments and information on potential hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Specifically, the Agency wants to know what factors, issues, and data it should be aware of as it prepares to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS requirements for property-carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This session will be held in the Davenport, Iowa area. The listening session will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant research on revisions FMCSA should consider in its forthcoming rulemaking. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA's consideration.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2010-412
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 33 individuals for exemption 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2010-203
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-11
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 6 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision
Document Number: 2010-201
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA previously announced 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2010-199
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-11
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 13 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision
Document Number: 2010-198
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA previously announced 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: 2010-197
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-01-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt forty-one 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.
Hours of Service
Document Number: E9-31194
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-01-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it will hold three public listening sessions to solicit comments and information on potential hours-of- service (HOS) regulations. Specifically, the Agency wants to know what factors, issues, and data it should be aware of as it prepares to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS requirements for property-carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The sessions will be held in the Washington, DC area, Los Angeles, and Dallas. The listening sessions will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant research on revisions FMCSA should consider in its forthcoming rulemaking. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA's consideration.