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Week of September 13, 2010
The industry is abuzz with news about Part 40 changes, safe trucker parking, EOBR rule revisions, distracted driving and, of course, CSA2010.
It’s been a busy week in the world of DOT safety regulation news. In this week’s issue, we are highlighting a few of the top stories and looking forward to a few big changes on the horizon.
Distracted Driving Summit
Safe Truck Parking Drive
On Wednesday, an industry association staged a national call in day to show support for two “Jason’s Law” bills. The bills — HR2156 and S971 — would allocate $120 million over the next six years for safety improvements to rest areas and truck stops across the country.
The drive may be over, but it is not too late to show your support for “Jason’s Law.” To participate, simply call the U.S. Capital switchboard at 202-224-3121 and give the operator your home zip code. He or she will then connect you with your representatives.
FMCSA Amends April EOBR Rule
FMCSA made two technical corrections and made changes to performance standards in its April 2010 Electronic Onboard Recorders for Hours of Service final rule. After reviewing petitions for reconsideration from EOBR manufactures, FMCSA has eliminated the specific operating temperature range and replaced the requirement for a USB Type B connector with the requirement for a Type A connector. The agency also said it is considering if it must undertake a separate rulemaking to establish fault code thresholds.
FMCSA began mandating the use of EOBRs on June 10, 2010 for motor carriers who have more than a 10% error rate on their hours-of-service documentation. The regulations governing the technical specifications go into effect on June 4, 2012.
Part 40 Changes, Effective Oct. 1
This week we’ve been busy putting together a mailing for our DOT drug and alcohol testing clients. We want to make sure everyone is up-to-speed with the changes that go into effect on October 1, 2010. The changes include a revised 5-panel drug test designed to remove more drug-using employees from safety-sensitive jobs as well as new qualification requirements for Medical Review Officers. (See Fast-Fax issue #650 for details). The bottom line is that clients using a standard Foley Services’ policy do not need to make any revisions at this time. Those with custom policies that include specific cut-off levels will need to revise and reissue their policies or issue an addendum.
On the Horizon
The regulatory deck is stacked with several highly anticipated final rules, proposals and procedural changes expected in the coming weeks and months. Here are a few worth paying attention to:
- Hours of Service. New proposal expected in November 2010.
- The National Launch of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA2010). FMCSA says the new system will be rolled out nationally in fall/winter 2010. Preview data is already available to carriers at csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.
- Safety Fitness Determination. Proposed rule slated for release in February 2011.
- National Database on CMV Drug and Alcohol Testing. The database they’ve been talking about for years is getting closer to reality.
Keep reading Fast-Fax for updates on these important issues and anything else the DOT and FMCSA are working on.