Regulatory Updates – March 6, 2015

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

FMCSA Releases Meeting Schedule for Driver Training Group

On March 6, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the meeting schedule for the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC). The group was established to complete a negotiated rulemaking on Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for individuals who want to operate commercial motor vehicles. The meetings will be held:

  • March 19–20
  • April 9–10
  • April 23–24
  • May 14–15
  • May 28–29

UCR Board Meeting Announced

On March 3, 2015, FMCSA announced that the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan Board of Directors will meet on April 9, 2015. The board will continue its work in developing and implementing the UCR Plan and Agreement. The meeting will be open to the public, via conference call.

ELD Final Rule Publication Schedule Updated

On March 2, 2015, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a supplemental Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings, updating the publication schedule for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Final Rule. The original February report had pushed publication back to November. However, the supplemental report indicates the rule is once again on track to be published September 30, 2015.

Other Items of Interest

GAO Calls for Study on Oversize/Overweight Permitting Practices

On February 26, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report calling for DOT to conduct a study on states’ oversize- and overweight-permitting practices, including automated vehicle routing and escort driver certification, to identify areas of best practice and share the results with states. In the report, required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, GAO reviews the role of federal and state agencies in overseeing oversize vehicles. The report discusses how DOT regulates and provides oversight of oversize vehicles and how states regulate oversize vehicles.

HOS Study Website Launched

On February 24, 2015, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) unveiled a website that provides more details about the Hours of Service (HOS) restart study and participation requirements: www.RestartStudy.com. The purpose of the study is to compare truck driver fatigue and performance levels for drivers who take two nighttime rest periods during their 34-hour restart break with those drivers who take less than two nighttime rest periods during their restart break. Carriers that would like to be considered for participation in the study should complete a confidential survey to help the study team assess whether they meet the criteria for one of the study categories.

OSHA Issues Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard’s

In February 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a memorandum to its Regional Administrators outlining how OSHA enforcement personnel will enforce OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard/Globally Harmonized System for chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors who may have difficultly complying with the upcoming June 1, 2015 regulatory deadlines. The memo outlines how OSHA will define “reasonable diligence” and “good faith efforts” for purposes of compliance and establishes new dates for future compliance. The guidance is effective June 1, 2015.