Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding Cargo Tanks

Monday, November 21, 2016

PHMSA Solicits Public Input on Proposed Requirements for ID Numbers on Cargo Tanks Transporting Petroleum-Based Fuels. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) that solicits public comment on petitions for rulemaking related to the marking of ID numbers on cargo tanks transporting petroleum distillate fuels. This ANPRM is being published in response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which requires PHMSA to publish an ANPRM to address a petition for rulemaking related to the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks. Comments must be received within 90 days of publication in the Federal Register. Review the details of the ANPRM in the rulemaking docket here. Contact for media: Allie Aguilera (202)366-4831.

OOIDA files challenge to 2015 FMCSA med exam rule over sleep apnea provision

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a challenge with a federal appeals court against a 2015 U.S. DOT rule that altered the driver medical examination process. OOIDA claims the DOT slipped in a provision on sleep apnea screening into the final rule that was not included in the proposed rule, thereby bypassing the legal rulemaking process
OOIDA filed its legal challenge with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole.Read more

Congress expected to act on hours of service confusion, ATA rep says in regulatory update

Congress will likely act to clear up the hours-of-service confusion lawmakers created last December, said a spokesperson for the American Trucking Associations during the CCJ Fall Symposium, Nov. 16, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sean Garney, director of safety policy for the ATA, said that language is in the DOT appropriations bill moving through Congress that will continue the suspension of certain hours of service rules pertaining to the 34-hour restart — chiefly, the requirement that the 34-hour reset period include two consecutive off-duty periods from 1 to 5 a.m.

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Comments on Speed-Limiting Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a mandate for the installation of speed limiting devices in trucks that would restrict a vehicle’s maximum speed to 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour, to be determined by rule makers. The proposed rule would mandate the technology for all vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds with the intent of reducing accidents and saving lives. This proposal’s premise assumes that trucks routinely travel faster than these speeds and that the higher speed of trucks poses a greater threat to highway safety, resulting in highway fatalities, thus requiring mandated limitation. [READ MORE]

Court gives ELD rule the green light

FMCSA met requirements for rulemaking, driver protections, judges say

Oct 31, 2016 Kevin Jones | Fleet Owner

The rule to mandate electronic logging devices is good to go, the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday. The requirement, published late last year and set for an initial implementation phase to begin in December 2017, was challenged by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. and truck drivers Mark Elrod and Richard Engel.

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If you had to replace only two tires, it must be these

Here’s one for the four-wheeled fleet crowd (or your personal vehicles): if you had to replace only two tires, which would it be, front or rear? Michelin answered that question pretty dramatically last week on a sprinkler-soaked skidpad course.

First off, it’s really a trick question — it’s always best to replace all four tires together, not just two. But read on: it might be easier to get yourself into this situation than you think, and the answer’s not very intuitive.

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Do you know an exceptional CMV driver?


Do you know an exceptional CMV driver?

As the leading organization overseeing the coordination of uniformity of commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement and regulatory compliance across Canada, the United States and Mexico, CVSA recognizes the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety through its International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA).

This annual award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time. The nominated individual must be of personal character beyond reproach with no disqualifying past behavior, as indicated in the IDEA award criteria.

Nominate him or her for CVSA’s International Driver Excellence Award.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is accepting applications for its third annual International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA), an award that recognizes the extraordinary careers of professional commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and their commitment to public safety.

Download the form here