ELD violations won’t ding carriers’ CSA scores until April

FMCSA announces
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.
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FMCSA proceeds with December ELD enforcement plan

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.”
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FMCSA looking to lower carrier registration fees for at least next two years

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.
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DOT may alter protocol for diabetic truck drivers

Insulin-dependent diabetic truckers may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule go into effect.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday it is seeking public comments on a revised 2015 rule eliminating the exemption requirement for insulin-dependent diabetic drivers. Instead, the rule would give individual medical examiners authority to grant or deny diabetic drivers their medical certificates.

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FMCSA formally withdraws sleep apnea screening rule

A rulemaking meant to establish criteria and processes for instituting sleep apnea screening requirements for truck operators will officially be withdrawn on Monday, according to a notice issued Friday by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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PHMSA is offering 4 Hazardous Materials FREE one day Workshop Seminars

PHMSA is offering 4 Hazardous Materials FREE one day Workshop Seminars in the ESC in upcoming months. FMCSA ESC HM staff will also be presenting on Hazardous Materials transportation regulations as well as having a place at the table on the panel for the Q&A portion of the outreach workshop.

Below are the dates and locations and the link to register is here: https://opsweb.phmsa.dot.gov/hm_seminars/default_workshop.asp

4/6/2017 Albany, NY, Homewood Suites-Albany, 216 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12295, (609) 771-7890

5/23/2017 Morgantown, WV, Holiday Inn, Morgantown-Artria’s, 1188 Pineview Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505, (609) 771-7890

6/27/2017 Burlington, VT, Holiday Inn Burlington, 1068 Williston Road, Burlington, VT 05403, (609) 771-7890

6/29/2017 East Syracuse, NY, Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse, 6004 Fair Lakes Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057, (609) 771-7890

FMCSA puts final nail in the coffin for restart regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed on its website that the 2013 regulations on the 34-hour restart will not go back into effect, given the results of a study released this week.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has notified Congress that the required study of the those regs revealed they provided no safety benefit. The notification verified a DOT Inspector General notice issued last week on the study’s conclusions.

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