The US Department of Transportation has reportedly pushed back projected publication dates for some major trucking regulations expected this year, trade media reports.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s monthly rulemakings report states:
The projected publication date for a Final Rule to mandate use of electronic logging devices by all drivers who are required to keep logbooks has been pushed back to Nov. 9 from the expected Sept. 30 publication. The rule will take effect two years after its publication date in the Federal Register.
The Agency’s speed limiter mandate has also been pushed back from the projected May publication date to June 8. The rule is being produced by FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the standard speed limit has not yet been proposed. The upcoming rule will be published as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and would include a public comment period prior to the agency’s production of a Final Rule.
The agency’s rule to impose penalties on carriers, shippers, brokers and other entities within the supply chain who “coerce” truck operators to exceed federal hours of service and other safety rules is still projected to be published Sept. 10. The agency published a proposed rule last year, and the Final Rule will take effect upon its publication in the Federal Register.
Meanwhile, a rule to institute the next step in the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program — the Safety Fitness Determination — is now projected to be published July 1 — a few weeks later than the June 17 date from the agency’s last report. The Safety Fitness Determination would allow FMCSA to use ratings from CSA’s Safety Measurement System BASICs, along with data from investigations and inspections, to produce a score for carriers, which it would use to target carriers for intervention.