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Regulatory Update – Jan. 10, 2020

Update on Exemptions

NHTSA Requests Comments on Great Dane Petition of Inconsequential Noncompliance
On Jan. 3, 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice and request for comments on a petition of inconsequential noncompliance from Great Dane LLC. Great Dane determined that certain model year 2002-2006 Great Dane dry freight trailers do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 223, Rear impact guards, and FMVSS No. 224, Rear impact protection. The trailers do not have the required information printed on the rear impact guard certification labels. Comments are due by Feb. 3.

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

CVSA Letters, Petitions and Comments to Rulemakings

CVSA Submits Comments on Harris ELD Exemption Request
On Jan. 10, 2020, CVSA submitted comments to the FMCSA in opposition to an exemption request from Harris Companies Inc. for exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements. The application requests that all Harris employees who are subject to preparing a record of duty status be exempt from the use of ELDs.

CVSA Submits Petition to Update the CVSA Level VI OOSC Incorporation by Reference
On Jan. 8, 2020, CVSA submitted a petition to FMCSA requesting the amendment of the hazardous materials safety permit regulations to update the incorporation by reference of CVSA’s “North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) and Level VI Inspection Procedures and Out-of-Service Criteria for Commercial Highway Vehicles Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials as Defined in 49 CFR Part 173.403” to reference the April 1, 2020, edition.

Other Items of Interest

FMCSA Publishes Fiscal 2020 High Priority and CDLPI NOFOs
FMCSA published notices of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the fiscal 2020 High Priority and Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grant programs. Applications are due by Feb. 21.