Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Handbook

Automobile Regulations

On April 24, 2018, FMCSA published a notice and request for comment on an exemption request from Castignoli Enterprises to allow a sleeper berth to be installed in the bed of a Ford F350 pickup truck that, when operated in combination with certain trailers, is a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). [1] On April 16, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow for the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy FMCSA?s regulatory requirements. [1] On June 7, 2018, FMCSA published a technical correction to the final rule that allows FMCSA to make minor changes and amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) originally published on May 17, 2018. [1]

On June 11, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will hold a public listening session focused on regulations that may be a barrier to safely integrating automated driving systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). [1] On June 29, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a proposed rule to revise the training requirements for Class B commercial driver?s license (CDL) holders upgrading to a Class A CDL. Comments are due by Aug. 27. [1]On July 6, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published program details on a pilot program to allow drivers age 18-21 with military driving experience to operate CMVs. The pilot program notice was originally published on Aug. 22, 2016. [1] Section 132 prevents the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from implementing the agency?s 2015 final rule regarding the lease and interchange of vehicles for passenger motor carriers. [1] During the hearing, the subcommittee also heard from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Martinez and representatives from the motor coach industry, livestock industry and truck safety advocates community. [1] On May 31, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced upcoming meetings of the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan Board of Directors. [1] The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made it official: the June 22, 2018, deadline for the “medical certification integration” process has been delayed. [2] Ms. Shannon L. Watson, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, at (202) 385-2395, or via email at mcsac@dot.gov. [3] The Motor Carrier Safety Report newsletter keeps you current on federal and state compliance information that impacts your drivers, trucks, and bottom line. [2]

MCSAC was established to provide FMCSA with advice and recommendations on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations. [3] Know and comply with all Department of Transportation regulations per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations handbook. [4] Sources for this year’s written examination will be the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Handbook available at J.J. Keller & Associates ( www.jjkeller.com ) and the 2018 ATA Facts for Drivers available at www.atabusinesssolutions.com. [5]

Suraj Rama