Regulatory Update – Feb. 5, 2021

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

FMCSA Requests Comments on Household Goods Brokers ICR
On Feb. 1, 2021, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice and request for comments on an information collection request (ICR) related to the transportation of household goods. The ICR is necessary for FMCSA to ensure household goods brokers provide shippers with the information required by regulation. Comments are due by March 3.

NHTSA Extends Comment Period on ADS Safety Framework ANPRM
On Jan. 29, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a 60-day extension of the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on the framework for automated driving system (ADS) safety, originally published on Dec. 3, 2020. The notice seeks comments on a framework to define, assess and manage safety of ADS performance. Comments are now due by April 1.

Update on Exemptions

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.

CVSA Letters, Petitions and Comments to Rulemakings

CVSA Submits Comments on FMCSA’s Proposed Guidance on Yard Moves
On Feb. 3, 2021, CVSA submitted comments on a notice of proposed guidance on yard moves that was published by FMCSA. The guidance defines what qualifies as a yard move and clarifies that yard moves are considered on-duty not driving time. CVSA’s comments outline additional details that need to be included in the guidance to make sure it is clear and enforceable. Additionally, the Alliance’s comments urge FMCSA to take the necessary steps to adopt the guidance into the regulations as quickly as possible. CVSA submitted a petition to FMCSA on Dec. 4, 2019, asking the agency to provide additional details on how yard moves apply to the hours-of-service requirements.

CVSA Submits Comments on NHTSA ADS Safety Framework ANPRM
On Feb. 1, 2021, CVSA submitted comments on NHTSA’s ANPRM on the framework for ADS safety. The notice seeks comments on a framework to define, assess and manage safety of ADS performance. CVSA’s comments encourage NHTSA to consider enforceability when establishing safety standards, highlight the importance of a universal electronic vehicle identifier on commercial motor vehicles and share inspection concepts of ADS-equipped commercial motor vehicles.