Regulatory Update – August 4, 2023

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

NHTSA Requests Comments on Winnebago Industries Inc. Inconsequential Noncompliance Petition
On Aug. 1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  a notice requesting comments on a petition for decision of inconsequential noncompliance from Winnebago Industries Inc. regarding certain model year 2013–2023 Winnebago motorhomes that do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment. Comments are due by Aug. 31.

U.S. DOT Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
On July 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)  its semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, which is a summary of all current and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed rulemaking actions of the U.S. DOT. The Regulatory Agenda provides the public with information about the department’s planned regulatory activity for the next 12 months.

FMCSA Announces Upcoming WOTAB Meeting
On July 26, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  a meeting of the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB). The meeting will take place on Aug. 14 and will be open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Update on Exemptions

FMCSA Requests Comments on Joint Exemption Request from Millis Transfer LLC, Heartland Express and Contract Freighter’s Inc.
On July 28, FMCSA  a notice requesting comment on a joint application requesting an exemption from the entry-level driver training regulations requiring that a behind-the-wheel (BTW) training instructor have at least two years’ experience driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or two years’ experience as a BTW CMV instructor, as set forth in the definition of behind-the-wheel instructor. The application was filed by the training departments of Millis Transfer LLC, Heartland Express and Contract Freighter’s Inc. Comments are due by Aug. 28.

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

Other Items of Interest

FMCSA Removes Four ELDs from List of Registered ELDs
On July 25, FMCSA  ALL TRUCKERS ELD, GOLDEN ELD, PRIMELD and SECURE ELD from the FMCSA Registered Devices List because of the companies’ failure to meet the minimum requirements for ELDs. Motor carriers and drivers have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs. GOLDEN ELD has since been reinstated into the list of registered ELDs.

FMCSA Reinstates GOLDEN ELD to the List of Registered ELDs
On July 25, FMCSA  GOLDEN ELD to the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Motor carriers and drivers may now use GOLDEN ELD to record and transfer hours-of-service data.