FMCSA sets rules calendar

Jill Dunn | May 27, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a new schedule of pending rulemaking, which includes anticipating publishing a Dec. 9 final rule establishing a national medical examiner registry.

Some rulemaking has been delayed for reasons that include a need for further analysis, insufficient resources or staffing and more pressing priorities. Explanations are not always provided for postponing publication and some schedule information is incomplete.

The Dec. 9 final rule will establish training, testing and certification standards for medical examiners; provide a medical examiner database; and require medical examiners to identify drivers they have examined to the FMCSA

The agency anticipates publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for safety auditor certification May 29, 2012. It would require safety inspections or audits and compliance reviews be conducted by a certified inspector, auditor or investigator.

The agency did not provide publication dates for new rules regarding Mexican carriers to operate in the U.S. and distracted driving.

Other publication dates the FMCSA listed:

  • Aug. 31 for a United Registration System Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The URS would replace the DOT number identification, commercial registration and financial responsibility systems with an online unified registration system.
  • Nov. 2 for a Carrier Safety Fitness Determination rule notice.
  • Nov. 25 for an Entry Level Driver Training for CDL holders’ final rule.
  • Dec. 1 for a CDL Drug and Alcohol Database rule notice.
  • Aug. 23, 2012, for a rule notice to amend the diabetes standard for CDL holders.

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