Regulatory Update – October 14, 2022

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations

NHTSA Requests Comments on FMVSS 125 ICR
On Oct. 14, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice and request for comments on the agency’s intent to reinstate a previously approved information collection request (ICR) regarding Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 125; Warning devices, Compliance Labeling of Warning Devices. Comments are due by Nov. 14.

PHMSA Requests Comments on Safety Device Classification Policy
On Oct. 13, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice and request for comments on the agency’s policy on classification of articles containing hazardous materials used in vehicles, vessels or aircraft to enhance safety to persons. Comments are due by Nov. 14.

NHTSA Announces Safety Research Portfolio Public Meeting
On Oct. 12, NHTSA announced that the agency will host a virtual joint public meeting Nov. 1-3 with the agency’s Vehicle Safety Research and Behavioral Safety Research offices to share information on NHTSA’s research programs. Attendees must register by Oct. 28. There is no cost to register.

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ICRs
On Oct. 11, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published notices requesting comments on the agency’s intent to renew the following ICRs:

  • ICR regarding the lease and interchange of vehicles – This ICR will enable FMCSA to document the burden associated with the for-hire truck leasing regulations and passenger carrier regulations. Comments are due by Nov. 10.
  • ICR titled, “Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles” – This ICR relates to requirements for drivers to be certified to operate longer combination vehicles (LCVs) and associated recordkeeping requirements that motor carriers must satisfy before permitting their drivers to operate LCVs. Comments are due by Dec. 12.

FMCSA Announces Medical Review Board Meeting
On Oct. 5, FMCSA announced a meeting of the Medical Review Board, a portion of which will be closed to the public. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19. The morning portion of the meeting will be closed to allow the board to consider test questions to be used to determine eligibility of healthcare professionals to be certified as medical examiners and be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Update on Exemptions

FMCSA Denies Intellistop Lighting Exemption Request
On Oct. 7, FMCSA published a notice announcing the agency’s decision to deny an exemption request from Intellistop Inc. to allow motor carriers to operate commercial motor vehicles equipped with Intellistop’s module which, when brakes are applied, pulses the required rear clearance, identification, and brake lamps from a lower-level lighting intensity to a higher-level lighting intensity four times in two seconds and then returns the lights to a steady-burning state.

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.