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New and Proposed FMCSA 

Regulation Update!


Driver HOS-30-Minute Break 

  • Exception from log book and 30-minute break rule for drivers under 100-mile (all drivers) or 150-mile (non-CDL) radius exceptions
  • Driver must stay within radius and be dismissed from

    normal work reporting location within 12 hours to be exempt
  • If driver fails to meet conditions for unforeseen reasons, new FMCSA guidance says no violation of 30-minute break rule; must complete log and take break as soon as driver knows exception not available

Driver HOS-34-Hour Reset

  • House bill (H.R. 3413) would require GAO to analyze FMCSA Regulatory Impact Analysis on 34-hour restart, including once a week requirement and two periods of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • One-year for GAO study; FMCSA could not enforce 34-hour changes until 6 months after GAO analysis completed
  • Senate bill (S. 1891) introduced by Sens. Ayotte (NH), Johanns (NE)

Hair Testing Legislation

  • Bills in House (H.R. 3403), Senate (S. 1625) would direct HHS to allow testing of hair samples in addition to urine testing to comply with DOT drug testing procedures
  • Illegal drugs generally stay in hair longer than in urine; no effective adulterant for drugs in hair follicles
  • Bills are supported by a coalition of large motor carriers, ATA
  • No movement yet in Congress

Medical Card Implementation Delay

  • On January 14, FMCSA stated that drivers must keep paper copy of medical cards with them until January 30, 2015
  • Drivers must have medical cards available for roadside inspections
  • Carriers must keep copy of medical card in DQ file
  • Several states unable to meet Jan. 2014 deadline to post driver medical status electronically on CDLIS

Electronic Logging Proposal

  • FMCSA to publish supplemental proposed rule to mandate adoption of ELDs by all carriers in interstate commerce (except short-haul drivers); phase-in within 2 years after effective date of final rule
  • Supplemental NPRM now scheduled for publication in Federal Register by end of January 2014; final rule in 2014/5
  • Sent to OMB on August 7, 2013; clearance in next few weeks?
  • Will consider anti-harassment requirement, technical specifications, supporting documents

Drug/Alcohol Test Database 

  • New rule would create online database for positive drug and alcohol test results for CDL drivers (and refusals to submit to tests)
  • Would require carriers to report positive tests and refusals into the database
  • Prospective employers could query the database (with written permission from driver) re applicant's testing record
  • NPRM expected January 2014; sent proposal to OMB on March 26, 2013; clearance this month?

Entry Level Driver Training

  • 2007 proposed rule was withdrawn by FMCSA because benefits could not be calculated
  • Congress mandated new final rule by July 2013; FMCSA did not meet this deadline; nothing in FMCSA agenda on NPRM dates
  • MCSAC has been tasked with advising agency on regulatory standards for curriculum, hours, cost-benefit data; recommendations expected but not yet in docket

Diabetes Standard

  • New proposed rule would amend regulations to allow driver with insulin-treated diabetes to operate CMV without a waiver
  • Current standards require case-by-case applications and approvals
  • NPRM now expected late 2014; to be sent to OST for review in July 2014

Speed Limiters

  • New joint FMCSA/NHTSA proposed rule would require use of speed limiters on all Class 7 and 8 CMVs
  •  Response to Petition from ATA and Road Safe America requesting rulemaking (65 mph)
  • Joint rule would affect new and used equipment
  • Draft NPRM returned to NHTSA in April 2013; expected to be published in Federal Register in June 2014
  • Joint proposal to go to OMB in early 2014

DVIR Withdrawal

  •  New proposed rule published August 7, 2013 would eliminate requirement to create and retain driver vehicle inspection reports when no defects are noted by driver
  • Final rule expected by November 2014
  • Inspection requirements would be unchanged
  • Only 5% of inspections note defects
  • Administration estimates savings of $1.7 billion annually

Carrier Safety Fitness Standard

  • New proposed rule would establish standards for carrier safety fitness evaluations to replace the current rating system ("satisfactory, unsatisfactory, conditional")
  • To use CSA scores as a basis for ratings; but CSA under reevaluation by FMCSA/MCSAC
  • NPRM to be resent to OST for review in March 2014; to be published in Fed. Reg. in August 2014, pending court decisions

The above regulation update information provided by Rick Schweitzer General Counsel of the National Private Truck Council

Registration is Now Open On Line for the 2014 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars

Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014. The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals. 

To view the schedule and register for an upcoming seminar in 2014 click on the following link:

January 31st, 2014
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Safety Seminar Schedule: 
11-Feb: Salt Lake City, UT
11-Mar: Miami, FL
12-Mar: Fort Myers, FL
13-Mar: Tampa, FL
18-Mar: Chattanooga, TN
19-Mar: Atlanta, GA
20-Mar: Birmingham, AL
25-Mar: El Paso, TX
26-Mar: Memphis, TN
27-Mar: Kansas City, MO
27-Mar: Commerce, CA
1-Apr: Charlottesville, VA
2-Apr: Baltimore, MD
3-Apr: Landover, MD
8-Apr: Cleveland, OH
9-Apr: Dayton, OH
10-Apr: Lexington, KY
16-Apr: Philadelphia, PA
16-Apr: Lodi, CA
17-Apr: San Leandro, CA
17-Apr: Newburgh, NY
22-Apr: Wausau, WI
23-Apr: Dubuque, IA
23-Apr: Weirton, WV
24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI
24-Apr: Butler, PA
29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA
30-Apr: Greensboro, NC
1-May: Erie, PA
1-May: Columbia, SC
6-May: Toronto, Ontario
6-May: Everett, WA
8-May: Denver, CO
8-May: Edmonton, AB
13-May: South Bend, IN
14-May: Chicago, IL
15-May: Springfield, IL

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