Regulatory Updates – May 15, 2015

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

PHMSA Announces Dangerous Goods Transport Meeting

On May 8, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the agency will conduct a public meeting on June 10, 2015, to discuss proposals in preparation for the 47th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

FMCSA Issues NPRM on Diabetes Standard

On May 4, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(NRPM) to allow drivers with stable, well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. Currently, drivers with ITDM are prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtain an exemption from FMCSA. Comments are due July 6, 2015.

Other Items of Interest

IG Announces Audit of FMCSA Investigative Practices

In early May, the DOT’s Office of Inspector General (IG) announced that it has initiated an audit of FMCSA’s investigation practices of high risk carriers. Congress called for the audit after a high profile crash that occurred in Illinois in 2014. The crash involved a motor carrier that had been identified as ‘high risk’ but had not been investigated by FMCSA.

Transport Canada & CCMTA Release 2013 Collision Figures

On May 4, 2015, Transport Canada and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators released a report on 2013 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics. The report is developed using Transport Canada’s National Collision Database, which contains data on all reportable motor vehicle collisions in Canada that the provinces and territories provide each year. Canada saw a drop in fatalities, serious injuries, and total injuries in 2013, according to the report.