Letters, Petitions and Comments

Petition to Update Level VI Out-of-Service Criteria Incorporation by Reference

On Dec. 4, CVSA petitioned FMCSA to amend the Hazardous Materials Safety Permit regulations to update the incorporation by reference of the “North American Standard Level VI Inspection Procedures and Out-of-Service Criteria for Commercial Highway Vehicles Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials as defined in 49 CFR Part 173.403” to reflect the newest edition, which will be effective April 1, 2024.

CVSA Submits Comments on ANPRM Modernizing the HMR

On Nov. 29, CVSA submitted comments in response to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking stakeholder feedback on initiatives PHMSA is considering that may modernize the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and improve efficiencies, while maintaining or improving a current high level of safety.

CVSA Submits Comments on SFD ANPRM

On Nov. 27, CVSA submitted comments in response to FMCSA’s ANPRM regarding the agency’s interest in developing a new methodology to determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles in or affecting interstate commerce.

CVSA Submits Comments on Proposed Federal Appeals Process for RDRs

On Nov. 13, CVSA submitted comments in response to FMCSA’s notice and request for comments regarding the agency’s proposal to develop and implement a federal appeals process for Requests for Data Review (RDRs) submitted to the agency through the DataQs system.

CVSA Sends Letter Supporting Beyond Compliance to FMCSA

On Oct. 23, CVSA sent a letter in support of the creation of a Beyond Compliance program within FMCSA to recognize motor carriers for safe practices and to help better distinguish between carriers who are merely compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and those who take additional steps to ensure not only compliance, but a higher safety culture overall.

CVSA and CVBMC Submit Comments to AEB NPRM

On Sept. 5, CVSA, on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Brake Manufacturers Council (CVBMC), submitted comments regarding the joint notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from NHTSA and FMCSA proposing automatic emergency braking (AEB) and other related requirements for heavy duty vehicles.

Petition to Clarify What Qualifies as a Valid CDL

On April 4, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to amend Title 49 CFR § 383.25(a)(1) to clarify what qualifies as a “valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)” for the purposes of accompanying a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder for behind-the-wheel training in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Petition to FMCSA Regarding Wheel Components

On March 30, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) petitioned FMCSA to amend CFR § 393.205 to clearly identify several hazardous conditions that correspond to regularly observed conditions of wheel components that result in high risk of a crash or breakdown.

CVSA Files Comments Regarding ADS-Equipped CMVs

On March 20, CVSA filed comments on FMCSA’s Supplemental Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) seeking input on which factors the agency should consider in amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish a regulatory framework for commercial motor vehicles (CMV) equipped with Level 4 and Level 5 automated driving systems (ADS).

CVSA Submits Updates to 396.3(a)(1) Petition

On Feb. 2, CVSA submitted an update to the Alliance’s March 30, 2021, petition to FMCSA asking the agency to amend Title 49 CFR Part 393 of the FMCSRs by incorporating changes in Subparts B, C, E, F, G and J…