Insurance increase rule, speed limiter rule running behind FMCSA’s projected schedule

| October 22, 2014
An FMCSA rule to require speed limiters in trucks is expected to be sent to the White House for approval this month. However, it's running behind the DOT's project Oct. 9 date.

An FMCSA rule to require speed limiters in trucks is expected to be sent to the White House for approval this month. However, it’s running behind the DOT’s project Oct. 9 date, as is the agency’s rule to raise liability insurance minimums.

File this under “no news can sometimes be news” — Two trucking-related federal rules in the works have missed projected schedules for their advancement through the rulemaking process.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule to raise the minimum amount required for liability insurance for motor carriers and a rule to mandate the use of speed limiters in trucks both missed recent dates the DOT had projected earlier this month.

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The insurance increase rule, officially titled “Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Brokers,” was projected to clear the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Oct. 9 and be published as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Oct. 22.

However, the rule has still not cleared the OMB and, obviously, was not published today.

The speed limiter rule was projected to be sent to the OMB Oct. 9, but it still is not showing up in the OMB’s regulatory dashboard.

The speed limiter rule would require the use of speed limiters — or “governors” — on all trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds. The agency has not said what the limited speed would be, however.

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