Regulatory Update – May 28, 2021

Update on Relevant Canadian Regulations

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan Publish ELD Enforcement Strategies
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan published their respective enforcement plans for the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Canada’s ELD mandate is scheduled to go into effect on June 12. Transport Canada has announced a progressive enforcement period once the mandate goes into effect. The enforcement plans published by Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan outline how each province intends to approach the progressive enforcement period.

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Publishes New Weight Allowance for Low-Carbon CMVs
On May 14, 2021, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure published a new weight allowance for low-carbon commercial motor vehicles. The new allowance aims to offset the payload capacity that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators experience with many of the low-carbon vehicles. The change provides a 1,500 kg allowance for electric-powered vehicles and 1,000 kg allowance for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

NHTSA Requests Extension of ICR Related to AV 2.0 Document
On May 26, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice and request for comments on a request to renew an information collection request (ICR) related to the agency’s “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” (AV 2.0) document. Renewal of the ICR will allow the agency to continue to collect voluntary disclosures from manufacturers with the information outlined in AV 2.0. Comments are due by June 25.

NHTSA Requests Renewal of ICR on Camera-Based Rear Visibility Systems
On May 24, 2021, NHTSA published a request for comments on the renewal of an ICR to study the safety impacts of camera-based rear visibility systems used to replace traditional outside rearview mirrors. Comments are due by July 23.

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.

Other Items of Interest

FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
On May 26, 2021, FMCSA extended the emergency declaration exempting commercial motor vehicle drivers who are transporting supplies directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic from Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 390-399. The exemption specifically applies to drivers transporting livestock, livestock feed, vaccines and related medical supplies and equipment, supplies and equipment for community safety and sanitation, and paper products and supplies for restocking grocery stores and distribution centers. The emergency declaration expires on Aug. 31.