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General Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Document Number: 2022-20644
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-09-29
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends its regulations by making technical corrections throughout the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The Agency makes minor changes to correct inadvertent errors and omissions, remove or update obsolete references, and improve the clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. The Agency also makes nondiscretionary, ministerial changes that merely align regulatory requirements with the underlying statutory authority, including the Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act (IIJA), sometimes referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, requirements. Additionally, the Agency makes changes relating to agency management and to FMCSA's rules of organization, procedures, or practice.
Commercial Driver's License: United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS); Application for Exemptions
Document Number: 2022-20968
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant United Parcel Service, Inc.'s (UPS) application for an exemption from certain provisions of the Agency's commercial driver's license (CDL) regulations. The exemption allows UPS to conduct behind-the-wheel training for commercial learner's permit (CLP) holders in twin 28-foot trailers, rather than waiting to conduct the training after the individuals receive their Class A CDLs and pass the required knowledge test to obtain the double/triple trailer endorsement on their CDLs. FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemptions, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.
Unique Electronic Identification of Commercial Motor Vehicles
Document Number: 2022-20643
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-09-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA requests public comment on whether the agency should amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to require every commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operating in interstate commerce to be equipped with electronic identification (ID) technology capable of wirelessly communicating a unique ID number when queried by a Federal or State motor carrier safety enforcement personnel. In response to a petition for rulemaking from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), FMCSA is considering such amendments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the roadside inspection program by more fully enabling enforcement agencies to focus their efforts at high-risk carriers and drivers.
Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Navistar, Inc. (Navistar)
Document Number: 2022-20642
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption from the commercial driver's license (CDL) requirements to Navistar, Inc. (Navistar) for a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver, Mr. Anders Bj[ouml]rkman, employed as an engineer by Navistar's business partner Scania AB (Scania). Navistar and Scania are subsidiaries of Germany's TRATON SE. Mr. Bj[ouml]rkman holds a valid Swedish commercial license and wants to test drive Navistar CMVs on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments and verify results. FMCSA reviewed Mr. Bj[ouml]rkman's commercial license records provided by Navistar, and believes the requirements for a Swedish commercial license, and the terms and conditions set forth below, including a Navistar-administered drug and alcohol testing program, will ensure that his operation under this exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Agency Information Collection Activities; New Information Collection: Effectiveness of Third-Party Testing and Minimum Standards for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Knowledge and Skills Tests
Document Number: 2022-20406
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-21
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. This ICR is related to the collection of information to determine the effectiveness of (a) third party testing programs as they relate to commercial driver's license (CDL) skills and knowledge tests and (b) minimum testing standards for CDL skills and knowledge tests.
Agency Information Collection Activities; New Information Collection: Human Factors Considerations in Commercial Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems
Document Number: 2022-20405
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-21
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. This notice invites comments on a proposed information collection titled Human Factors Considerations in Commercial Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems. It is a driving simulator study with a series of questionnaires that will evaluate how commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers engage in Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 2 (L2) and Level 3 (L3) automated driving system (ADS)-equipped CMVs. Approximately 100 CMV drivers will participate in the study. The study will examine the effect of non-driving secondary task engagement, transfer of control, and training on driver behavior in ADS-equipped CMVs.
Electronic Logging Device Revisions
Document Number: 2022-20095
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-09-16
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA solicits public comment on ways to improve the clarity of current regulations on the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) and address certain concerns about the technical specifications raised by industry stakeholders. The Agency seeks comment in five specific areas in which the Agency is considering changes: applicability to pre- 2000 engines; addressing ELD malfunctions; the process for removing ELD products from FMCSA's list of certified devices; technical specifications; and ELD certification.
Qualifications of Drivers: Medical Examiner's Handbook and Medical Advisory Criteria Proposed Regulatory Guidance
Document Number: 2022-19847
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-09-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA extends the comment period for its August 16, 2022, notice of proposed regulatory guidance relating to the draft Medical Examiner's Handbook (MEH), which includes updates to the Medical Advisory Criteria published in the United States Code of Federal Regulations. FMCSA received requests for an extension to the comment period from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and two individuals. The Agency finds it is appropriate to extend the comment period to provide interested parties additional time to submit their responses to the notice. Therefore, the Agency extends the deadline for the submission of comments to October 31, 2022.
Hours of Service of Drivers: Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Inc. (TRALA); Application for Exemption Renewal
Document Number: 2022-19556
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to provisionally renew the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Inc. (TRALA) exemption from the provisions that require a motor carrier to install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver's hours-of-service (HOS). The exemption allows drivers of property carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, to not use an ELD in the vehicle. These drivers remain subject to the standard HOS limits and must maintain a paper record of duty status (RODS) if required. The exemption renewal is for 5 years.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Highway Routing
Document Number: 2022-19434
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-08
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. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR titled, ``Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Highway Routing.'' The information reported by States and Indian tribes is necessary to identify designated/restricted routes and restrictions or limitations affecting how motor carriers may transport certain hazardous materials on highways, including dates that such routes were established and information on subsequent changes or new hazardous materials routing designations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: 391.41 CMV Driver Medication Form
Document Number: 2022-19438
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-08
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 renewal Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR titled, ``391.41 CMV Driver Medication Form.'' This Information Collection (IC) is voluntary and may be utilized by Medical Examiners (MEs) responsible for issuing Medical Examiner's Certificates (MECs) to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. MEs that choose to use this IC do so to communicate with treating healthcare professionals who are responsible for prescribing certain medications, so that the ME fully understands the reasons the medications have been prescribed. The information obtained by the ME when utilizing this IC assists the ME in determining if the driver is medically qualified and ensures that there are no disqualifying medical conditions or underlying medical conditions and prescribed medications that could adversely affect their safe driving ability or cause incapacitation constituting a risk to the public.
Fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement
Document Number: 2022-19354
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-09-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is correcting a final rule that published September 1, 2022, in the Federal Register. The document amended the regulations for the annual registration fees States collect from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the 2023 registration year and subsequent registration years.
Assessment of the Continued Need for COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, Regulatory Relief for Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations
Document Number: 2022-19304
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-09-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 31, 2022, FMCSA announced the extension of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Emergency Declaration which provides regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers engaged in providing direct assistance in continued support of the Nation's COVID- 19 national emergency. The extension of the emergency declaration expires on October 15, 2022. FMCSA (the ``Agency'') seeks public comment concerning the extent to which motor carriers currently rely on the emergency declaration to deliver certain commodities and whether there has been any impact on safety.
Entry-Level Driver Training: United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS); Petition for Reconsideration of Original Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2022-19133
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to deny reconsideration of the Agency's initial denial of the application for exemption filed by United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS). UPS originally sought exemption from a provision in the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) final rule requiring two years of experience for training instructors. FMCSA denied that petition on December 9, 2019. UPS believes that its current process of preparing driver trainers exceeds any skill set gained merely by operating a tractor-trailer for two years. UPS stated that its reconsideration request would ensure that it can continue to exceed the current regulatory requirements and provide proper training of its drivers and improve highway and public safety. FMCSA analyzed the petition for reconsideration and the public comments submitted, and determined that the application lacked evidence that would ensure that an equivalent level of safety or greater would likely be achieved absent such exemption.
Fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement
Document Number: 2022-18944
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-09-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends the regulations for the annual registration fees States collect from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the 2023 registration year and subsequent registration years. The fees for the 2023 registration year would be reduced below the fees for 2022. The reduction in annual registration fees would be between $18 and $17,688 per entity, depending on the applicable fee bracket that is based on the number of vehicles owned or operated by the affected entity.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2022-18936
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 18 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ``no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.'' The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Hours of Service: Flat Top Transport; Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2022-18935
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Flat Top Transport requesting an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Flat Top Transport requests a four-month exemption for ``immediate and emergency delivery of dry and bulk food grade products to locations that supply stores and distribution centers nationally.'' FMCSA requests public comment on the applicant's request for exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2022-18934
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 16 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ``no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.'' The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti- seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing: Application for Exemption; The Trucking Alliance
Document Number: 2022-18257
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has received an application for exemption from The Trucking Alliance, a group comprised of the following motor carriers: Cargo Transporters; Dupr[eacute] Logistics LLC; Frozen Food Express; J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.; KLLM Transport Services; Knight Transportation; Maverick Transportation LLC; Schneider; Swift Transportation; USXpress; and May Trucking Company. The Trucking Alliance applied for an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) ``to amend the definition of actual knowledge to include the employer's knowledge of a driver's positive hair test, which would require such results be reported to the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (``Clearinghouse'') and to inquiring carriers.'' Although FMCSA lacks the statutory authority to grant the Trucking Alliance's request for exemption until the Department of Health and Human Services has taken certain action, FMCSA requests public comment on the exemption application, as required by statute.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2022-18258
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for seven individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Ronnie Brown III
Document Number: 2022-17831
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-19
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that Ronnie Brown III requests an exemption from the federal hours of service (HOS) and electronic logging device (ELD) regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations. The applicant requests the exemption for himself only for a 5-year period. FMCSA requests public comment on Mr. Brown's request for exemption.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Exemption Renewal for Ford Motor Company
Document Number: 2022-17774
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to provisionally renew the Ford Motor Company's (Ford) exemption which allows motor carriers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMV) based on the Ford Transit model that do not meet the exhaust system location requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemption is renewed for 5 years.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Acknowledgement of Use of COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Relief
Document Number: 2022-17765
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-18
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 review and approval. This notice invites comment on the information collection titled ``Acknowledgement of Use of COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Relief,'' which is currently approved on an emergency basis and allows FMCSA to collect information from motor carriers engaged in providing direct assistance in response to certain emergency declarations issued by the Agency to provide regulatory relief for such carriers in continued support of the Nation's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovery efforts. OMB approved this collection on an emergency basis and subsequently extended that emergency approval. The extension of the emergency approval expires on August 31, 2022. No comments were received in response to the 60-day Federal Register notice.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2022-17678
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 24 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2022-17677
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-17
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 18 individuals for an exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualifications of Drivers: Medical Examiner's Handbook and Medical Advisory Criteria Proposed Regulatory Guidance
Document Number: 2022-17592
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-08-16
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the availability of the draft Medical Examiner's Handbook (MEH), which includes updates to the Medical Advisory Criteria published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and requests comments on the proposed regulatory guidance. The MEH and Medical Advisory Criteria provide information about regulatory requirements and guidance to medical examiners (ME) listed on FMCSA's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) who perform physical qualification examinations of interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The draft MEH with proposed changes to the Medical Advisory Criteria is available in Docket Number FMCSA-2022-0111.
Commercial Driver's License: Application for Exemption; National School Transportation Association
Document Number: 2022-17228
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) has applied for an exemption for commercial driver's license (CDL) applicants seeking a school bus endorsement, from the engine compartment portion of the pre-trip vehicle inspection skills testing requirement, known as the ``under-the-hood'' testing requirement. Drivers issued a CDL pursuant to the requested exemption would be restricted to the intrastate operation of school buses only. FMCSA requests public comment on the applicant's request for exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2022-17146
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 40 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Designation of Agents, Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders
Document Number: 2022-16962
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-08
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. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR entitled ``Designation of Agents, Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders,'' OMB control number 2126-0015. This is necessary to provide motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders a means of meeting process agent requirements.
Incorporation by Reference; North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria; Hazardous Materials Safety Permits
Document Number: 2022-16510
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-08-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA proposes amendments to its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits regulations to incorporate by reference the updated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) handbook containing inspection procedures and Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) for inspections of shipments of transuranic waste and highway route controlled quantities of radioactive material. The OOSC provide enforcement personnel nationwide, including FMCSA's State partners, with uniform enforcement tolerances for inspections. Currently, the regulations reference the April 1, 2021, edition of the handbook. Through this notice, FMCSA proposes to incorporate by reference the April 1, 2022, edition.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Daimler Coaches North America, LLC
Document Number: 2022-16868
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA requests public comment on an application for exemption from Daimler Coaches North America, LLC to allow its driver assistance camera technology to be mounted higher in the lower area of the windshield on commercial motor vehicles than is currently permitted.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
Document Number: 2022-06120
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to deny the applications from five individuals treated with an ICD who requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce by persons with a current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope (transient loss of consciousness), dyspnea (shortness of breath), collapse, or congestive heart failure.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2022-06119
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 12 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2022-06118
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 32 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ``no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.'' The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti- seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2022-04456
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Maritime Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of the Secretary
This final rule provides the statutorily-prescribed 2022 adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. In addition, this rule notes new DOT civil penalties authority provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act).
Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators; Correction
Document Number: 2022-05709
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA removes obsolete regulatory text from its June 30, 2021, entry-level driver training (ELDT) final rule. The section-by-section analysis in the March 7, 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the ELDT requirements proposed that, upon the effective date of the final rule, the subpart setting out the old driver training standards would be removed from the regulations and the subpart reserved for future use. However, the Agency omitted the amendatory instruction needed to remove and reserve the subpart from the December 8, 2016 final rule. FMCSA corrects the omission, which was repeated in subsequent ELDT rulemaking notices, the most recent being the June 2021 final rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations
Document Number: 2022-05728
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (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 requests approval to renew an ICR titled, ``Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations.'' The HOS regulations require a motor carrier to install, and requires each of its drivers subject to the record of duty status (RODS) rule to use, an electronic logging device (ELD) to report the driver's RODS. The RODS is critical to FMCSA's safety mission because it helps enforcement officials determine if commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are complying with the HOS rules limiting driver on-duty and driving time and requiring periodic off-duty time.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2022-05515
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-16
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 23 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Record of Violations
Document Number: 2022-04930
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends its regulations to eliminate the requirement that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce prepare and submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers annually. This requirement is largely duplicative of a separate rule that requires each motor carrier to make an annual inquiry to obtain the motor vehicle record (MVR) for each driver it employs from every State in which the driver holds or has held a CMV operator's license or permit in the past year. To ensure motor carriers are aware of traffic convictions for a driver who is licensed by a foreign authority rather than by a State, the Agency amends the rule to provide that motor carriers must make an annual inquiry to each driver's licensing authority where a driver holds or has held a CMV operator's license or permit.
Third Party Commercial Driver's License Testers; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2022-04968
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-03-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to allow States to permit a third party skills test examiner to administer the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) skills test to applicants to whom the examiner has also provided skills training, a practice now prohibited under FMCSA regulations. FMCSA takes this action after considering the comments received following publication of the NPRM, as explained further below.
Commercial Driver's License Out-of-State Knowledge Test; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2022-04966
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-03-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to allow driver applicants to take the commercial driver's license (CDL) general and specialized knowledge tests in a State (the testing State) other than the applicant's State of domicile. The NPRM also proposed that the applicant's State of domicile would be required to accept knowledge test results from the testing State. As explained further below, FMCSA is taking this action after considering the comments received following the publication of the NPRM.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Authorized Windshield Area for the Installation of Vehicle Safety Technology
Document Number: 2022-03996
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to increase the area on the interior of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) windshields where certain vehicle safety technology devices may be mounted. In addition, FMCSA adds items to the definition of vehicle safety technology. This final rule responds to a rulemaking petition from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Vendor Registration
Document Number: 2022-04460
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-03
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (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. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR titled, ``Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Vendor Registration.'' This ICR is necessary for ELD vendors to register their ELDs with the Agency.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2022-04286
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 224 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirements in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2022-04285
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 91 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.
Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing: Application for Exemption; American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
Document Number: 2022-04255
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-01
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the exemption request of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). AAMVA requested a multi-year exemption on behalf of the State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) in Maryland, New Hampshire, and Virginia to allow the three States to continue using revised Commercial Driver's License (CDL) pre-trip vehicle inspection and revised control skills test procedures following the completion of field tests conducted under a waiver granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). AAMVA believes that the requested exemption would enable these States to continue operating under the pilot model without the burden of reverting to the current CDL test model generating costs and delays associated with the re-configuration of testing locations and retraining of CDL test examiners. FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.
[Hours of Service of Drivers: Mountain Blade Runner Helicopters, LLC (MBR Helicopters); Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2022-04073
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to deny the exemption request from Mountain Blade Runner Helicopters, LLC (MBR Helicopters) for an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for operators of its ground support equipment. MBR Helicopters requested relief from the 14-hour ``driving window'' rule and the requirement that drivers have 10 consecutive hours off duty at the end of the work shift. The exemption would allow drivers of MBR Helicopters' ground support equipment a 16-hour window to complete all driving and enable them to use an 8-consecutive hour off-duty break, combined with at least 2 additional off-duty hours during the 16-hour driving window. FMCSA analyzed the exemption application and public comments, and determined that the application lacked evidence that the exemption would ensure a level of safety equivalent to or greater than that which would be achieved absent such exemption.
Accident Reporting: Change to Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Use of the Term “Medical Treatment”
Document Number: 2022-03997
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces a revision to its regulatory guidance concerning the use of the term ``medical treatment'' for the purpose of accident reporting. The revised guidance explains that an x-ray examination is a diagnostic procedure and should no longer be considered ``medical treatment'' in determining whether a crash should be included on a motor carrier's accident register.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal Information Collection Request: National Consumer Complaint Database
Document Number: 2022-03781
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-23
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval and invites public comment. This renewal collection of information is for the National Consumer Complaint Database (NCCDB), which is an online interface allowing consumers, drivers, and others to file complaints against unsafe and unscrupulous companies and/or their employees, including shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries, depending on the type of complaint. These complaints cover a wide range of issues, including but not limited to driver harassment, coercion, movement of household goods, financial responsibility instruments for brokers and freight forwarders, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance, Electronic Logging Device (ELD), Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT), Medical Review Officer (MRO), and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) complaints. FMCSA requests approval to renew the ICR titled ``National Consumer Complaint Database'' covered by OMB Control Number 2126-0067 in order to continue to collect consumer complaint information so FMCSA can use this data to take enforcement action, better inform FMCSA policies for safer motor carrier operations, and improve consumer protection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Financial Responsibility Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Brokers
Document Number: 2022-03779
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-23
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 purpose of this ICR, titled ``Financial Responsibility Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Brokers,'' is to provide registered motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders a means of meeting financial responsibility filing requirements. This ICR sets forth the financial responsibility documentation requirements for motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers as a result of the Agency's jurisdictional statutes.
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