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Regulatory Update – April 2, 2021

Update on Relevant Canadian Regulations

British Columbia Announces Mandatory Entry-Level Training for New Class 1 Drivers
On March 31, 2021, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced a new requirement for mandatory entry-level training for new Class 1 commercial driver’s license applicants. The training program is designed to align with the new Standard 16-Class 1 Entry-Level Training framework introduced as a part of the National Safety Code in February 2020. This new requirement will become a prerequisite for Class 1 road testing starting on Oct. 18, 2021.

Transport Canada Updates ELD Testing Procedures
On March 23, 2021, Transport Canada published an update to the electronic logging device (ELD) testing procedure to correct errors in the 2.0 version. The changes correct minor typos and errors in interpretation and should not require changes to the programing of a compliant ELD.

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

U.S. DOT Published Final Rule Removing Internal Policies on Rulemaking, Guidance Documents and Enforcement
On April 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule removing internal policies and procedures related to the issuance of rulemaking, guidance documents and enforcement. This final rule removes the regulations that resulted from the final rule published by the department on Dec. 27, 2019, in response to an executive order that has since been rescinded. The final rule is effective May 3, 2021.

U.S. DOT Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
On March 31, 2021, U.S. DOT published its semiannual summary of current and projected rulemakings, existing regulations and actions completed by each agency. The agenda also provides the public with information on planned activities for the year.

Update on Exemptions

CVSA Active Exemption Tracker
CVSA maintains a list of active exemptions issued by FMCSA. The exemption tracker can be found at www.cvsa.org under the “Inspections” tab at the top of the page.

CVSA Letters, Petitions and Comments to Rulemakings

CVSA Submits Updated Petition on 396.3(a)(1)
On March 30, 2021, CVSA submitted an updated petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requesting changes to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 393 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The petition asks the agency to create specific regulations for regularly observed conditions of vehicle components that present an imminent hazard and are currently recorded as violations under 396.3(a)(1). The creation of specific violations for these common defects would improve data quality and provide the motor carrier industry with more specific information to improve fleet maintenance. The newly submitted petition replaces an earlier version of the petition that was originally submitted on Dec. 11, 2015, which contained information that had changed since it was originally submitted.