FMCSA Delays New Trucking Regulations

September 18, 2015

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Annette Sandberg said that a number of proposed trucking regulations will be delayed, but published before the end of the current presidential term, reports Fleet Owner

According to Fleet Owner, the new trucking-focused rules being delayed include:

Drug and alcohol test database: the final rule forming this database was previously delayed to March 2016 but is expected to be pushed back again.

Increases to minimum insurance levels: A backlash to what Sandberg described as an effort to raise insurance levels by agency fiat resulted in FMCSA agreeing to issue an advanced noticed of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on the subject. “But not that ANPRM is just sitting there; other regulations have moved to the top of the priority list,” Sandberg said.

Speed limiters: An expected notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was to be issued later this month, but Sandberg expects it to be delayed. “It should be an easy push but we won’t probably see a final rule on this until the end of 2016,” she said.

ELDs: A final rule expected at the end of this month is now going to be delayed until the end of October.

Entry level driver training: Though an NPRM on this subject got previously delayed by a month to Nov. 15, Sandberg expects it to be delayed again.

Prohibition of coercion: An enforcement of this rule will be turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) via a memorandum of understanding signed with the FMCSA last year.

Safety fitness determination: This is only rulemaking still on schedule, with an NPRM due for release at the end of October.