Regulatory Updates – May 5, 2013

Update on Relevant Regulations

FMCSA Eliminates Self Reporting of Out of State Convictions Requirement

In April, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Final Rule eliminated the regulation that required commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders to report out-of-state traffic convictions to their home-state licensing agency. The original intent of the regulation was to ensure that a CDL holder’s driving record was complete. However, advancements in technology and a separate regulation that requires the States to electronically transmit these convictions have made the self-reporting requirement unnecessary. The Final Rule is effective May 28, 2013.

UCR Board to Meet in May

On April 25, FMCSA issued a Notice announcing the next meeting of the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR) Board of Directors. The Board will meet on May 16.

Cross Border Trucking Program Update

In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a ruling in the OOIDA/Teamsters challenge to FMCSA’s Cross-Border Trucking program. The court denied all of the arguments presented by OOIDA and the Teamsters. The groups had argued that U.S. law requires the use of U.S. issued licenses, medical certifications and drug testing. Meanwhile, FMCSA has solicited comment on the PASA information for two new applicants to the program, Servicio de Transporte Internacional y Local SA de CV (STIL) on May 1 and RAM Trucking SA de CV (RAM) on April 24. On May 3, the agency issued a Notice of Correction regarding the RAM notice.

PHMSA Issues Notices on Special Permit Applications

On April 24, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued several updates on Special Permit applications. The agency issued an update on Special Permit applications received, actions taken on Special Permit Applications, and additional applications received.