DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of January 3, 2011
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This special issue of Fast-Fax continues our annual recap of the regulatory changes issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2010.
After December’s excitement and FMCSA’s sudden burst of activity (CSA, hours-of-service) Fast-Fax will resume its annual recap of the regulatory changes issued in 2010. This week’s issue covers the industry changes published between July and December 2010.
FMCSA Takes Aim at the State Drivers’ Licensing Agencies With Two New Notices
FMCSA issued a notice in the Federal Register stating that they were working on a unified security system. The second notice gave guidance to the SDLAs to help them report convictions for driving offenses and CDL disqualifications that occur in states other than the state where the CDL was issued. The guidance covered a huge number of topics and programs.
2010 Roadcheck Results; Enforcement and Compliance Continues Despite Weakened Economy
CVSA released the results of the 2010 Roadcheck event. The press release praised the continued enthusiasm for the event despite the economic hardships facing states and provincial partners.
Part 40 Changes Introduce Testing For Ecstasyand Mandatory Initial Testing For Heroin, and Lowers the Cut-Off Levels For Cocaine and Amphetamines
The DOT released a highly anticipated Final Rule explaining the changes to its drug and alcohol testing program.
Alabama Carrier Ordered to Cease Operations Two Months After Fatal Crash
A March 2010 accident triggered a FMCSA investigation that uncoved a variety of serious safety violations at the 26-driver company. A shutdown order followed on June 5.
FMCSA Makes Several Requests to Change On-Going Information Collection Activities
Information collection activities ranging from training certificates to hazmat safety permits may be changed following FMCSA’s requests.
DOT Finalizes Ban on Texting While Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Banning texting while driving, an issue that became a personal quest for Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, reached another milestone as the Secretary personally announced the Final Rule banning texting while driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).
NTSB Concludes That Driver Fatigue Turned a Minor Incident Into a Horrific Crash
NTSB is calling for FMCSA and NHTSA to develop standards and rules for collision warning systems on new commercial vehicles to reduce fatigue-related accidents and other recommendations.
FMCSA Delays CSA2010 Implementation, Offers Motor Carriers a Preview of the New System
FMCSA was forced to delay implementation of CSA2010. Carriers were forced to wait until late December before the compliance monitoring system (later renamed CSA) was rolled out.
Last-Minute Changes to CSA2010 Announced
FMCSA Recalibrated the Cargo- Related BASIC by adjusting the cargo securement violation severity weightings based on input from subject matter experts. It also modified the public display to show the SMS Cargo-Related BASIC violations only. The percentiles and intervention status are not on public display.
CSA Makes Its Public Debut
After countless stumbles and delays, FMCSA opened its CSA2010 (now known as CSA) database to the public on December 12. The general public was given access to carrier information in five of the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) through FMCSA’s CSA portal at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/.
HOS Proposal Finally Hits the Federal Register
FMCSA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) hit the Federal Register in late December and for 60 days (until February 28, 2011) the agency is accepting comments that could help shape the Final Rule.
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Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • www.FoleyServices.com • Vol. 111, No. 668 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2010