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New DOT rules, overdue rules, and rules long delayed

Numerous DOT rules in the works for the new year

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The DOT plans to propose over 25 commercial vehicle safety rule changes for the public to weigh in on in 2024. Speed limiters, higher fines, and changes to driver training rules are all on the agenda, while at least one controversial rule has been pushed to the backburner.

New DOT rules changes for 2024

The following are some of the new rule changes with key actions to look out for in the new year:

  1. ELD update: The FMCSA will be “streamlining and improving the clarity” of its electronic logging device (ELD) rules. This update was expected in 2023 but has been delayed to October 2024.
  2. Speed limiters: The FMCSA intends to require the use of speed limiters on interstate CDL-class vehicles. The proposal should be out soon.
  3. Driver training: The FMCSA is looking to update its entry-level driver training rules to add training on sexual harassment and pedestrian/cyclist safety.
  4. Fines: The DOT will adjust its fines upward for inflation, making noncompliance a bit more costly.
  5. CDL testing: The FMCSA may make it easier for drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), in part by allowing any state to perform a driver’s skills test.
  6. Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: The FMCSA intends to revise its Clearinghouse rules to improve error-correction procedures, queries, and consent requirements.
  7. Hair testing: The Department of Health plans to propose hair testing for federal employees, which will eventually make it an option for CDL drivers’ drug tests.
  8. Test refusals: The DOT plans to establish an appeals process for drivers accused of refusing a drug or alcohol test.
  9. Bus accessibility: The DOT will be adopting new accessibility guidelines for buses and vans under 36 CFR 1192.
  10. Emergency brakes: The DOT plans to require and/or establish performance standards for automatic emergency braking systems on heavy trucks.
  11. Brokerage: This action would amend broker rules to add transparency to transactions and contracts.

Long-term actions placed on the backburner

Equally important to these upcoming rule changes is what’s NOT on the agenda. The FMCSA has notably moved the proposal to require electronic IDs on commercial motor vehicles to its “long-term actions” list, meaning the proposal is not expecting any action in 2024. This rule proposal was opposed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and others, who claim the rule is a major privacy intrusion for drivers.

Other long-term actions with an uncertain future include:

  • A rule to remove for the need for a driver’s employment application,
  • A rule clarifying the need for a tank endorsement, and
  • A rule that allows buses and hazmat carriers to obey traffic control devices at railroad crossings instead of stopping at each one.

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Original article published by J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Boosts Investment in CDL Programs

First published by FMCSA

Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Drivers Programs

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With nearly 75% more funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this program will streamline CDL trainings to get more drivers on the road, reducing supply chain pressures and making goods more affordable for American families 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that the Biden Administration is following through on its Trucking Action Plan commitment by awarding more than $44 million in grants that will enhance road safety and make the process to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) more efficient. Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, States and other entities will be able to improve their CDL programs by reducing wait times, ensuring conviction and disqualification data is electronically exchanged, implementing regulatory requirements, and combatting human trafficking. These grants, awarded through the Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation, will help get more qualified drivers on the road who can help meet supply chain demands.

The Department of Transportation made significant progress working with states to reduce CDL backlogs and wait times. Now through this funding, the Administration will create long-term resilience and avoid future delays for those who want to join this workforce.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made it a priority not only to retain truck drivers in their important careers, but also to get more qualified truck drivers on the road,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Now, using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are helping States bring safe, well-trained truck drivers into the workforce and ease pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions.”

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included a 74% increase in CDLPI program funds, which will also help address the rising number of roadway fatalities–a key component in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy.

“FMCSA’s core mission is safety, and we’re proud to make investments that support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ambitious goal of zero fatalities on our roadways,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “The grants we are announcing today are an important tool for reducing large truck crashes and supporting critical safety programs in every State.”

In total, nearly 60 percent of FMCSA’s annual budget provides States and local communities with grant funding to enhance commercial vehicle safety.

In addition to improving the process for CDLs, Secretary Buttigieg and President Biden’s Supply Chain Disruption Task Force have also been focused on the issue of truck driver retention as part of the Trucking Action Plan. Due to pay, parking shortages, and other challenges in the profession, retaining truck drivers has been a major challenge. As part of that effort, the Department has announced that it will undertake a driver compensation study and form a truck leasing task force, and also has clarified what programs in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be used to address truck parking.

Read more about FMCSA’s grants and financial assistance.


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FMCSA seeks to add rear impact guards to annual CMV inspection list

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication.

Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to add rear impact guards to the list of components to be examined during mandatory yearly inspections of commercial motor vehicles.

Rear impact guards are designed to prevent “underrides,” which occur when a passenger vehicle strikes the rear of a CMV and slides underneath.

According to a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Dec. 29 Federal Register, rear impact guards have been required on CMVs for nearly 70 years but aren’t included on the list of components in Appendix G for required inspections. This means that a CMV can pass an annual inspection with a missing or damaged rear impact guard, FMCSA notes.

Additionally, the agency is proposing to amend labeling requirements for the guards “and to exclude road construction controlled (RCC) horizontal discharge trailers from the rear impact guard requirements.”

The deadline to comment on the proposed rule is March 1.


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CVSA Releases New Video on the Future of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released a new stop-motion video envisioning the future of commercial motor vehicle safety technology, inspections and enforcement. This four-minute video takes the viewer to a future – near and far – that’s safer for all road users. The future of commercial motor vehicle safety includes important advancements such as:

  • Vehicle-to-everything applications, including vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-enforcement technologies
  • Alerts to drivers regarding inclement weather, crashes, closed roadways, bridge height restrictions, construction, road conditions, etc.
  • Lane centering, lane keeping, automatic emergency braking and controlled driver steering
  • North American Standard Level VIII Electronic Inspections and universal electronic identification
  • Vehicles equipped with automated driving systems
  • Vehicle, driver and pedestrian monitoring technologies with cameras, sensors and radars inside and outside of the vehicle

Universal deployment of these critical safety technologies would revolutionize commercial motor vehicle roadside enforcement, monitoring and inspections, exponentially growing the North American Standard Inspection Program and drastically improving roadway safety.

The “Welcome to the Future of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement” video provides a clear and easy-to-understand visual presentation of today’s challenges and the solutions to those challenges, such as the deployment of proven safety technologies that improve transportation safety and prevent crashes. In addition, implementing the safety technologies referenced in the video will enable law enforcement officials to better identify and prioritize unsafe commercial motor vehicles and drivers for intervention, taking unfit vehicles and operators off the roads, while making roadside inspections and enforcement more efficient and reducing impacts on the movement of goods.

This public video is meant to be shared with lawmakers, regulators, safety advocates, motor carriers, drivers, researchers, vehicle safety technology developers and vendors, the law enforcement community and anyone else interested in learning about commercial motor vehicle safety and CVSA’s efforts to improve roadway, driver and vehicle safety.


 

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