OOIDA Seeks Delay in Medical Certification Deadline

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has petitioned FMCSA for a delay in a requirement that medical professionals performing DOT physicals be certified to new standards. Under rules published in 2012, anyone performing DOT physicals must be trained and certified to new standards and listed on an FMCSA registry by no later than May 21, […]

FMCSA Reinstates Informal Hearing Process

FMCSA will reinstate a program to permit the option of requesting an informal administrative hearing procedure as an alternative for adjudication of contested civil penalty claims. The idea is to provide for expedited consideration of a civil penalty case “without the formalities attendant to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.” Arguments will not be […]

ATA Irked by Some Parts of Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse Plan

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is unhappy with some aspects of a proposed rule to create a central database of positive driver drug and alcohol tests. Under the proposal, published February 20, employers and third party testing organizations would be required to report positive test results and refusals for employees and prospective employees and to […]

Crunch is on for Medical Examiner Certification

Time is running short for medical examiners to be certified to perform DOT-required physicals. Under rules published in 2012, anyone performing DOT physicals must be trained and certified to new standards and listed on an FMCSA registry by no later than May 21, 2014. Beginning at that time all drivers undergoing a DOT physical must […]

Shuster, Petri Seek GAO Study of HOS Changes

Two leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have formally asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the validity of information FMCSA used to make changes to the hours of service rules. GAO is the research arm of Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the Committee and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), Chairman […]

HOS Relief in DOT Funding Bill?

Capitol Hill sources indicate that relief from some hours of service regs could be included in the FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations Bill currently being drafted in Congress. The provision would effectively rescind changes that were made last year to the so-called “34-hour restart.” In July, 2013 FMCSA began enforcing changes that limit use of the restart […]

E-Logging Comments Due May 27

FMCSA’s Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNRPM) to require the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record drivers’ hours of service (HOS) has been published in the Federal Register. The deadline for public comments is May 27, 2014. The proposed rule, which was announced by the agency on March 13, encompasses the following elements:  […]

FMCSA at Mid-America Truck Show

FMCSA invites attendees at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) taking place March 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY to pay a visit its exhibit booth (Booth #61217). Specialists will be on hand to answer questions about agency programs. Internet work stations will be set up “where visitors can work one-on-one” with FMCSA […]

Obama Signs Fuel Delivery Relief Bill

President Obama has signed legislation to extend emergency exemptions providing regulatory relief for truckers hauling propane and other home heating fuels. The “Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act of 2014” (H.R. 4076) cleared the House on March 4 and the Senate on March 13. For more information about this and other transportation issues contact […]

FMCSA Revises Weight Rating Definition

FMCSA has revised the definition of “gross combination weight rating” (GCWR) to clarify when safety regulations apply to single unit trucks with trailers. Heretofore there have been two accepted methods for determining the GCWR for these vehicles: 1) “the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination (articulated) motor vehicle” and […]