Spurred by a wake of criminal charges against medical examiners who have fraudulently issued DOT medical certificates to truck operators, the U.S. DOT’s Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday it is opening an audit to evaluate the DOT medical certification program. Of focus in the audit is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2014. Since the August 2014 onset of the National Registry, there have been eight indictments and six convictions against medical examiners who have issued fraudulent certificates to drivers. In most cases, the examiner was issuing certificates without performing a full exam and, in some cases, the examiners uploaded fake exam results to FMCSA. Read more
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government could delay the publication of a proposed rule to reform hours of service regulations, according to a U.S. DOT official. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials hinted in December that a notice of proposed rulemaking offering potential revisions to federal hours regs could come as early as March. But the lingering closure of federal agencies will impede FMCSA’s ability to proceed with the rulemaking process, the official said. Read More
Areas under consideration for revision include short-haul operations, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute break, and split sleeper-berth
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.
The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service-advanced-notice-proposed-rulemaking, which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. The comment period will be open for 30 days.
The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:
· Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
· Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
· Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
· Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.
In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).
Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.
Additional information on the ANPRM, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, is available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service-advanced-notice-proposed-rulemaking
The first in a series of public listening sessions on the ANPRM will take place Friday, August 24, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time. Further information is available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/event/public-listening-session-hours-service.
Information on current HOS regulations is available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/summary-hours-service-regulations.
Proposed revisions to the U.S. DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring program — and to how the DOT uses those scores to target carriers deemed at risk for crashes — are being withdrawn, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday in a formal notice. The changes, proposed in July 2015 by FMCSA, sought to better align CSA’s Safety Measurement System BASIC scores with carriers’ risk of being involved in a crash.
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website is currently down and operating in a very limited capacity as described below. At this time, there is no estimated date of when the system will return to normal operation.
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The US Department of Transportation has issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR 390.23. The Declaration is for 38 states and grants emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations with some restrictions, and includes the transportation of fuel products into and rom the Affected States and jurisdictions.
Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your truck.
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Learn more about long stopping distances of large trucks and buses.
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The Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership just released a new short video that depicts the long stopping distances that trucks and buses face, and provides tips on how passenger vehicle drivers can safely operate around these large vehicles.
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Carriers who are hit with citations for non-compliance with FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not be put out of service during that period.
A driver found after the mandate’s implementation, Dec. 18, but before April 1, with no ELD or compliant AOBRD (automatic onboard recording device) will be cited for having no log, but it will have no impact on the associated motor carrier’s Safety Measurement System ranking, said Jon Dierberger, FMCSA field administrator.
ATLANTA. Despite recent speculation regarding potential delays for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proceeding with its plan to begin enforcing the rule on Dec. 18.
“We won’t be putting drivers out of service for simply failing to have an ELD, but if they’re not compliant with the hours of service rules or don’t have a paper record that shows that they’re compliant, they’ll continue to be put out of service,” explained Jon Dierberger, field administrator at FMCSA, during TU-Automotive’s Connected Fleets event. “That rule will still remain in effect.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to reduce Unified Carrier Registration fees for trucking companies, brokers and more for at least the next two years.
In its proposal, the agency says for the 2018 registration year, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, registration fees would be reduced below the current level by approximately 9.1 percent. The reduction is due to total revenues from the UCR Plan exceeding the statutory maximum for the 2016 registration year by $5.13 million, or approximately 4.55 percent. FMCSA says this is the first time the statutory maximum has been exceeded.
Additionally, for the 2019 registration year, beginning on or around Oct. 1, 2018, the fees would be reduced by approximately 4.55 percent from the current level to ensure fees don’t exceed the maximum.