Regulatory Update – Feb. 18, 2022

Update on Relevant Mexican Regulations

SICT Announces Emissions Inspection Periods
On Jan. 21, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) issued a notice to all companies and sole proprietorships operating interstate and owning commercial motor vehicles running on diesel, gasoline, gas or alternative fuels. The notice states that qualified vehicles must be tested for emissions twice a year in 2022. The first test must be completed by June 30; the second, by Dec 31.

SICT Publishes Comments on Proposed Cargo Securement Standard
On Jan. 6, the SICT published a response to 18 comments made on proposed cargo securement standard PROY-NOM-015-SCT2/2021, published on June 30, 2021. Previously, cargo securement specifications were guidelines and recommendations, not requirements. This is the first Mexican standard mandating cargo securement specifications.

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

PHMSA Publishes Updates on Special Permits
On Feb. 14, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published updates on special permit applications:

Update on Exemptions

FMCSA Requests Comments on Pi Variables LED Flare Exemption Application
On Feb. 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice and request for comments on an application from Pi Variables Inc. to allow sequential flashing light emitting diode (LED) flare warning devices to be used when a commercial motor vehicle is stopped on the traveled portion of a highway or the shoulder of a highway. Comments are due by March 21.

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