Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration January 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hours of Service of Drivers: RockTenn, Application for Renewal of Exemption
Document Number: 2014-01695
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
RockTenn has requested a renewal of its exemption from certain provisions of the hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for drivers of property-carrying vehicles. RockTenn currently holds an exemption for the period April 17, 2012, through April 16, 2014 for 11 shipping department employees and occasional substitute commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who transport paper mill products over a 275-foot stretch of public road between its shipping and receiving locations. RockTenn requested an exemption from the 14-hour rule and the requirement for 10 consecutive hours off duty before the start of the work day. The renewal of the exemption would allow these individuals occasionally to drive after the 14th hour after coming on duty and allow them to return to work following 8 consecutive hours off-duty. FMCSA requests public comment on the RockTenn application for exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2014-01694
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 39 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: 2014-01693
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 43 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). 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. 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 Exemption; Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Document Number: 2014-01691
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA has received applications from three individuals with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for an exemption from the cardiovascular disease standard in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The Agency's current advisory criteria for the applicable FMCSR recommends that CMV drivers with ICDs should not be qualified due to the likelihood of causing a loss of ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safely. If granted, an exemption would allow these individuals with ICDs to operate a CMV in interstate commerce.
Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Subcommittee: Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-01518
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will meet on February 10-11, 2014, to provide ideas that Agency should consider for reauthorization of the surface transportation legislation. On February 12, 2014, MCSAC's Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) subcommittee will convene. Meetings are open to the public for their entirety and there will be a period of time at the end of each day for the public to submit oral comments. Times and Dates: The meeting will be held Monday-Tuesday, February 10-11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 in the Washington and Jefferson Rooms on the 2nd floor. On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, the CSA subcommittee will meet at that same location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Copies of the MCSAC Task Statement and an agenda for the entire meeting will be made available in advance of the meeting at https://mcsac.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2014-01320
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-28
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 41 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: 2014-01314
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-23
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 7 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.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From the International Window Film Association
Document Number: 2014-01301
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA requests public comment on an application for exemption from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) to allow the use of certain glazing in the windows that does not meet the light transmission requirements specified in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Section 393.60(d) of the FMCSRs currently permits windshields and to the immediate right and left of the driver windows to be tinted, as long as the light transmission is not restricted to less than 70 percent of normal. IWFA contends that since a reduction of light entering the truck cab interior will decrease not only available visible light but also scattered light, the exemption can significantly improve driver comfort and reduce eye strain while allowing films to be used that can also reduce the heat load of the interior environment, thus making the driver more comfortable as well as lowering energy use for cooling.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2014-01227
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 25 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.
Patterns of Safety Violations by Motor Carrier Management
Document Number: 2014-01174
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-22
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends its regulations to enable the Agency to suspend or revoke the operating authority registration of for-hire motor carriers that show egregious disregard for safety compliance, permit persons who have shown egregious disregard for safety compliance to exercise controlling influence over their operations, or operate multiple entities under common control to conceal noncompliance with safety regulations. These amendments implement section 4113 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), as amended by section 32112 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and are designed to enhance the safety of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations on our nation's highways.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2014-00442
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-15
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 24 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). 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. 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.
Medical Certification Requirements as Part of the Commercial Driver's License (CDL); Extension of Certificate Retention Requirements
Document Number: 2014-00445
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA amends its regulations to keep in effect until January 30, 2015, the requirement that interstate drivers subject to: either the commercial driver's license (CDL) or the commercial learner's permit (CLP) regulations: as well as the Federal physical qualification requirements, must retain paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate when operating a commercial motor vehicle. Interstate motor carriers are also required to retain copies of their drivers' medical certificates in their driver qualification files. This action is being taken to ensure that the medical qualification of CDL and CLP holders are documented adequately until all State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) are able to post the drivers' self- certification whether the physical qualifications standards are applicable to them and the medical examiner's certificate information, on the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) driver record. This rule does not, however, extend the compliance dates for the SDLA to collect and to post to the CDLIS driver record the CDL holder's self-certification about applicable standards and the medical examiner's certificate.
Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing
Document Number: 2014-00411
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant requests from 20 individuals for exemptions from the Agency's physical qualifications standard concerning hearing for interstate drivers. The current regulation prohibits hearing impaired individuals from operating CMVs in interstate commerce. After notice and opportunity for public comment, the Agency concluded that granting exemptions for these commercial driver's license (CDL) holders to operate property-carrying CMVs will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions. The exemptions are valid for a 2-year period and may be renewed, and the exemptions preempt State laws and regulations.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2014-00363
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
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 9 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: 2014-00231
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-10
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. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions would enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye.