After Hack, FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website is Currently Unavailable

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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NHMTA Regional Declaration of Emergency

Dear Member,

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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FMCSA: Check Out Our Latest Short Video

Learn more about long stopping distances of large trucks and buses.

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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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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