Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC): Membership Solicitation
Document Number: 2012-16894
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA solicits applications and nominations for interested persons to serve on the MCSAC. The MCSAC is composed of FMCSA stakeholders from the safety enforcement, industry, labor, and safety sectors and is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator on Federal motor carrier safety programs. As part of this solicitation, current members with terms expiring in 2012 will be able to indicate their interest in being reappointed for another term.
Pilot Program on NAFTA Trucking Provisions
Document Number: 2012-16890
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces and requests public comment on data and information concerning the Pre-Authorization Safety Audit (PASA) for Jose Guadalupe Morales Guevara (DBA Fletes Morales) which applied to participate in the Agency's long-haul pilot program to test and demonstrate the ability of Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate safely in the United States beyond the municipalities in the United States on the United States-Mexico international border or the commercial zones of such municipalities. This action is required by the ``U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007'' and all subsequent appropriations.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-16889
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-11
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 12 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 Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-16888
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 23 individuals for exemption 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 CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-16886
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-11
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 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 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 Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-15758
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt eight 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 requirement in one eye. 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.
Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; Revision of Exemption; American Pyrotechnics Association (APA)
Document Number: 2012-15745
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces a revision to the list of member motor carriers of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) that were granted an exemption from FMCSA's prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour after the driver comes on duty, during the periods of June 28-July 8, inclusive, in 2011 and 2012. The exemption covered renewal of 53 APA-member motor carriers and added 9 new APA-member carriers. It allowed drivers of specified carriers who operate CMVs in conjunction with staging fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour period. These drivers continue to be subject to the 11-hour driving time limit and the 60- and 70-hour weekly on-duty limits. This revision, requested by APA, removes 14 APA-member carriers that have either gone out of business or no longer require the exemption.
Rescission of Quarterly Financial Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2012-15744
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
By direct final rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) eliminates the quarterly financial reporting requirements for certain for-hire motor carriers of property (Form QFR) and for-hire motor carriers of passengers (Form MP-1). This paperwork burden can be removed without an adverse impact on safety or the Agency's ability to maintain effective commercial regulations over the for-hire trucking and passenger-carrying industries.
Change to FMCSA Policy on Calculating and Publicizing the Driver, Vehicle, and Hazardous Materials Out-of-Service Rates and Crash Rates
Document Number: 2012-15740
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
As stated in 49 CFR 385.407, in order for FMCSA to issue a hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP), a motor carrier must not have a crash rate, or driver, vehicle, or hazardous materials (HM) Out-of- Service (OOS) rate in the top 30 percentile of the national average. The current method for determining the qualifying crash and OOS rates under this rule, in effect since the inception of the HMSP program, utilizes two years of inspection data from FMCSA's Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) to calculate the OOS rates representing the top or worst-performing 30 percent of the national average. FMCSA has been recalculating the threshold crash and OOS rates every two years, using MCMIS data from the preceding two years. This notice of amendment explains the new methodology the Agency will begin to use to calculate the threshold crash rate and driver, vehicle, and HM OOS rates that qualify or disqualify a carrier for HMSP issuance. The revised methodology uses eight years of data from MCMIS (data from 2003 to 2010) to determine the national average for eligible crash and OOS thresholds that qualify for an HMSP. These rates will remain static rather than change every two years. The Agency decided that crash and OOS rates, which remain static over a longer period of time, will improve safety by providing a clearly identifiable standard for industry compliance and minimize the burden on motor carriers and the HM industry by allowing more appropriate measures that ensure eligibility for the HMSP. The calculations of crash and OOS rates in this notice of amendment will be implemented immediately and posted to FMCSA's Web site. These new static rates will remain in effect until further notice.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-15632
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 23 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-15631
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 10 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-15630
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
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 45 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 Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-15629
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt seven 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 requirement in one eye. 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; Application for Exemptions; National Association of the Deaf
Document Number: 2012-15668
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-26
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces an extension of the comment period on its May 25, 2012, notice requesting public comments on the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD) application for exemptions on behalf of 45 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On June 6, 2012, NAD formally requested that the Agency extend the comment period. The Agency grants the request for an extension.
Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; Consumer Protection Regulations
Document Number: 2012-14999
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends the regulations governing the transportation of household goods to remove an obsolete requirement related to collect calls, resolve ambiguities, and reduce a regulatory burden on household goods motor carriers.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-14752
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 10 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 requirement.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-14748
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-18
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 25 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 Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-14745
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 17 individuals for exemption 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 CMVs in interstate commerce.
Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report for Intermodal Equipment
Document Number: 2012-14215
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA eliminates the requirement for drivers operating intermodal equipment (IME) to submitand intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) to retaindriver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any defects in the IME. This responds to a joint petition for rulemaking from the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL).
Notice of Final Revision to Guidance for the Use of Binding Arbitration Under the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996
Document Number: 2012-14087
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Under existing guidance, FMCSA must use a form of arbitration known as ``Night Baseball'' for its civil penalty forfeiture proceedings in which the only issues remaining to be resolved are the amount of the civil penalty owed and/or the length of time in which to pay it. On March 21, 2011, FMCSA proposed to revise the Guidance to eliminate the ``Night Baseball'' format, and to replace it with a format in which the Arbitrator determines the final civil penalty and the amount of time in which to pay it. The Arbitrator would no longer be bound by the closest suggested penalty submission of the parties. The Notice provided the public with 30 days to comment on the proposal. The Agency received no comments and is therefore revising the Guidance by eliminating the ``Night Baseball'' format. The Agency is also revising the Guidance to incorporate typographical and other minor changes.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-13663
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 22 individuals for exemption 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 CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-13662
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt ten 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 requirement in one eye. 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.
Regulatory Guidance on the Applicability of Property-Carrier Hours-of-Service Rules to the Driveaway Operation of Vehicles Designed to Transport Passengers
Document Number: 2012-13657
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The property-carrier hours-of-service (HOS) rules in 49 CFR 395.3 are applicable to drivers operating commercial motor vehicles designed or used to transport passengers on ``driveaway-towaway'' trips, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5. This notice provides Federal and State enforcement personnel, and the motor carrier industry, with uniform guidance concerning these rules.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-13656
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 23 individuals for exemption 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 CMVs in interstate commerce.
State Enforcement of Household Goods Consumer Protection
Document Number: 2012-13530
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-06-04
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA provides an updated list of statutory provisions and FMCSA regulations that State household goods regulatory authorities and State attorneys general may enforce, reflecting amendments to FMCSA's regulations regarding brokers of household goods. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) gives State household goods regulatory authorities and State attorneys general the right to enforce certain consumer protection provisions that apply to individual shippers and are related to interstate movement of the goods.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-13415
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-04
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 12 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 requirement.
Hours of Service of Drivers: RockTenn, Exemption Application
Document Number: 2012-12819
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant RockTenn an exemption from the driver hours-of-service (HOS) provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). This limited exemption is for RockTenn's shipping department employees and occasional substitute commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who transport paper mill products short distances between its shipping and receiving locations on a public road. The exemption is restricted to a specific route. RockTenn requested an exemption from the HOS regulation that prohibits drivers from operating property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour of coming on duty. This exemption will allow these individuals to occasionally work up to 16 consecutive hours and be allowed to return to work with less than the mandatory 10 consecutive hours off duty.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) Exemption Application
Document Number: 2012-12833
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North America's (Daimler) application for an exemption for two Daimler drivers to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the United States without possessing the requisite commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the States. George Weiberg and Klaus-Dieter Holloh are field test engineers who will be test-driving Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads in order to meet future vehicle safety and environmental regulatory requirements and to promote the development of technology advancements in vehicle safety systems and emissions reductions. Each of these drivers holds a valid German CDL but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes that the process for obtaining a German-issued CDL is comparable to or is as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that these drivers will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-12763
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt thirteen 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 requirement in one eye. 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; Application for Exemptions; National Association of the Deaf
Document Number: 2012-12636
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has applied for exemptions on behalf of 45 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests public comments on NAD's request. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory requirements and decides to grant the NAD's request after reviewing the public comments submitted in response to this notice, the exemptions would enable these 45 individuals to qualify as drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal hearing standard.
Regulatory Guidance on Entering Data in an Automatic On-Board Recording Device While Commercial Motor Vehicle Is in Motion
Document Number: 2012-12693
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA issues regulatory guidance to clarify that a co-driver may make entries to an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) while a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is in motion. The prohibition in 49 CFR 395.15 against making entries to an AOBRD while the vehicle is in motion pertains only to the current driver. This guidance responds to recent inquiries from manufacturers of recording devices concerning updates to the duty status of co-drivers making the transition from the passenger seat to the sleeper berth or vice versa.
Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards
Document Number: 2012-12692
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 9, 2011, FMCSA published a final rule titled ``Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards.'' Among other things, the rule revised the definition of ``tank vehicle.'' The change required additional drivers, primarily those transporting certain tanks temporarily attached to the commercial motor vehicle (CMV), to obtain a tank vehicle endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL). The Agency has since received numerous questions and requests for clarification. This notice responds to questions about the new definition and the compliance date for drivers to obtain the tank vehicle endorsement.
Improvements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS)
Document Number: 2012-12634
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 27, 2012, FMCSA announced planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS). A preview of these improvements and their potential effects on a motor carrier's status has been available to motor carriers and law enforcement since publication of the notice. The system changes were scheduled to be implemented for use in prioritizing FMCSA and State intervention resources and made available to the public on the SMS public Web site in July 2012. However, based on feedback received by the Agency, FMCSA extends the comment period for motor carriers and law enforcement to July 30, 2012.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-11912
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-17
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 18 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 Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-11911
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 16 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection; Training Certification for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
Document Number: 2012-11909
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-17
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 FMCSA has developed an improved estimate of the number of annual responses to this information collection. The result is an increase in the Agency's estimate of the total annual burden hours of this collection.
Unsatisfactory Safety Rating; Revocation of Operating Authority Registration; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2012-11438
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule repromulgates in the Code of Federal Regulations a statutory requirement that FMCSA revoke the operating authority registration of a for-hire motor carrier for failure to comply with safety fitness requirements; if the Agency determines that a motor carrier is ``Unfit'' based on its Safety Fitness Determination procedures, the Agency must revoke the carrier's operating authority registration. Unfit motor carriers are prohibited from operating in interstate commerce, and the Secretary of Transportation is required by statute to revoke their operating authority registration. This final rule also repromulgates several technical provisions and makes non-substantive administrative changes. These changes, initially adopted as part of the April 5, 2010, final rule entitled ``Electronic On-Board Recorders for Hours-of-Service Compliance,'' are necessary because, for reasons unrelated to this final rule, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit invalidated the previous rule.
Electronic On-Board Recorders for Hours-of-Service Compliance; Removal of Final Rule Vacated by Court
Document Number: 2012-11437
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule rescinds the final rule published on April 5, 2010, entitled ``Electronic On-Board Recorders for Hours-of-Service Compliance'' and amended by a September 13, 2010, technical amendment. This action responds to a decision of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that vacated the April 2010 final rule.
Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards
Document Number: 2012-10931
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-05-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA published a final rule in the Federal Register on Monday, May 9, 2011, that became effective on July 8, 2011. That final rule amended the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge and skills testing standards and established new minimum Federal standards for States to issue the commercial learner's permit (CLP). Since the final rule was published, FMCSA identified minor discrepancies regarding section references in existing regulatory text resulting from the final rule. This document corrects those section references.
Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC): Public Meeting
Document Number: 2012-10932
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that MCSAC will hold a meeting on Monday - Wednesday, May 21-23, 2012. On Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, MCSAC will consider ideas and concepts to address certain open recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Wednesday, May 23, will be reserved for MCSAC's Cross-Border trucking subcommittee and the Motorcoach Hours-of-Service (HOS) subcommittee. All three days of the meeting will be open to the public.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-10929
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-05-07
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 16 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.
Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; Consumer Protection Regulations: Released Rates of Motor Carriers of Household Goods
Document Number: 2012-9865
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA harmonizes its regulations with a recent Surface Transportation Board (STB) order that requires certain information about household goods motor carrier liability to appear on the estimates and bills of lading that carriers must provide to individual shippers.
Requirements and Registration for the U.S. DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Utilization Student Challenge
Document Number: 2012-10302
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-30
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the U.S. DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Utilization Student Challenge. The purpose of the Challenge is to facilitate the development of mobile Web sites and applications to make FMCSA's motorcoach safety data more accessible and user-friendly. The Challenge is open to students currently enrolled at a fully-accredited higher education institution, or who plan to enroll in the fall of 2012 or the winter of 2013. The eligibility requirements and rules can be found below.
Proposed Recommendations on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2012-10176
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA is withdrawing its proposed regulatory guidance for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and request for comment as published on April 20, 2012. The Agency is still in the process of carefully reviewing the recommendations submitted by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board. The initial publication was a clerical error. We anticipate requesting public comment on the recommendations later this year.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2012-10170
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt seventeen 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.
Amendment to Agency Rules of Practice
Document Number: 2012-10162
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-04-26
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends its Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials proceedings. The Agency clarifies that paying the full proposed civil penalty in an enforcement proceeding, either in response to a Notice of Claim (NOC) or later in the proceeding, does not allow respondents to unilaterally avoid an admission of liability for the violations charged. Additionally, the Agency establishes procedures for issuing out-of- service orders to motor carriers, intermodal equipment providers, brokers, and freight forwarders it determines are reincarnations of other entities with a history of failing to comply with statutory or regulatory requirements; these procedures will provide for an administrative review before the out-of-service order takes effect. Finally, the Agency establishes a process for consolidating Agency records of reincarnated companies with their predecessor entities.
Proposed Recommendations on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2012-9555
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces proposed recommendations from the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and the Medical Review Board (MRB) on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and the medical certification of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The MCSAC and the MRB are FMCSA advisory committees and operate in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). At the Agency's request, the committees deliberated and provided their finalized recommendations to FMCSA on February 6, 2012. The Agency proposes to adopt the recommendations as regulatory guidance after reviewing and evaluating comments received from the public.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9553
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 10 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 requirement.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2012-9552
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
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 11 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers
Document Number: 2012-9551
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-04-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its request to revise a currently-approved information collection for Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, (Form MP-1) entitled, ``Annual and Quarterly Reports.'' This information collection is necessary to ensure that motor carriers comply with financial and operating statistics requirements at 49 CFR part 369. The agency invites public comments on this information request.