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Regulatory Update – Aug. 24, 2018

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

NHTSA Announces Availability of Traffic Records Program Assessment Advisory Report
On Aug. 24, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published notice announcing the availability of the “Traffic Records Program Assessment Advisory” report. The report provides states with information on traffic trends to inform traffic safety initiatives.

FMCSA Announces ANPRM on HOS
On Aug. 23, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The ANPRM requests comments on four areas: the short-haul HOS limit; the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions; the 30-minute rest break provision; and the sleeper berth rule. In addition, the ANPRM seeks comments on petitions filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and TruckerNation.org. Comments are due by Sept. 24.

FMCSA Announces Listening Session on HOS ANPRM
Also on Aug. 23, 2018, FMCSA published notice of a public listening session scheduled for Aug. 24 in Dallas, Texas, on potential changes to HOS regulations. The session will focus on the potential changes outlined in the HOS ANPRM.

FMCSA Announces Listening Session on ADS
On Aug. 22, 2018, FMCSA published notice of a public listening session on issues relating to the design, development, testing and integration of automated driving systems (ADS) equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The listening session will be held on Aug. 24 in Dallas, Texas.

NHTSA Announces ICR on VIN Requirements
On Aug. 20, 2018, NHTSA published an information collection request (ICR) on the consolidated labeling requirements of vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Comments are due by Sept. 19.

FMCSA Announces Intent to Renew ICR on Lease and Interchange of CMVs
On Aug. 16, 2018, FMCSA published notice of intent to renew an ICR on the lease and interchange of CMVs. The ICR will focus on the burden associated with for-hire truck leasing regulations. Comments are due by Sept. 17.

FMCSA Announces Intent to Renew ICR on CMV Marking Requirements
On Aug. 15, 2018, FMCSA published notice of intent to renew an ICR on CMV marking requirements. The ICR will focus on the burden associated with the marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment regulations. Comments are due by Sept. 14.

Update on Exemptions

FMCSA Announces Decision on TTC GPS Exemption Application
On Aug. 22, 2018, FMCSA published notice of approval of the Traditional Trucking Corporation’s (TTC) application for a five-year exemption for global positioning system (GPS) mounting. This exemption allows all CMV operators to mount a GPS within the vehicle safety technology area of the windshield. The exemption is effective Aug. 22, 2018-Aug. 22, 2023.

CVSA Active Exemption Tracker
CVSA maintains a list of active exemptions issued by FMCSA. Members can access the document by logging into their CVSA member portal and clicking on the “Exemptions” tab at the top of the page.