Regulatory Updates – November 8, 2013

Update on Relevant Regulations:

FMCSA Proposes Changes to SMS Public Display

On November 5, FMCSA issues a Notice/Request for Public Comment on proposed changes to the public display of SMS data, as part of the CSA program. The preview of the new display includes a number of changes made by the agency based on feedback from industry and system users. According to the announcement, the purpose of the proposed changes is to:

  • Provide easier, more intuitive navigation and user-friendly features and descriptions to clarify the SMS’s role as FMCSA’s prioritization tool for interventions;
  • Consolidate FMCSA safety information so users do not have to go to multiple sites; and
  • Provide improved access to detailed information and new performance monitoring tools.

The Federal Register notice includes a list of the changes. Comments are due no later than January 6, 2014. FMCSA will host a series of webinars on the new display:

  • Monday, November 18, 2013, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. eastern time.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
  • Friday, November 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern time.

Other Items of Interest:

NTSB Calls for GAO Audit of FMCSA Oversight

On November 7, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for audits of FMCSA’s oversight processes, in light of several deadly crashes that the NTSB investigated. In the letter, NTSB cited instances ‘where safety deficiencies and “red flags” were present prior to the crashes but went unnoticed by FMCSA regulators.’ NTSB has asked that DOT respond to its audit request within 90 days.

Canada Delays eManifest Mandate for Border Crossing

In late October, the Canada Border Services Agency announced that the agency would be delaying the deadline for their e-manifest requirements for highway and rail carriers, due to “timelines associated with regulatory processes.” The agency had announced earlier this year that the requirement that carriers bringing goods into Canada submit manifests electronically in advance of a border crossing would be effective this fall. Canada has permitted voluntary electronic submission of manifest forms since 2010. A new deadline has not yet been set.