DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules

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speed limiter 2The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update. The delayed rules include a proposal to require speed limiters and one to develop a database of truckers who have failed a drug or alcohol test.

A Final Rule that would implement the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now projected to be sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on May 6 and published on Aug. 16. In March’s DOT report, the rule was set to be sent to OMB on April 18 and published July 28. The rule will establish a database of CDL holders that have failed or refused a drug test and requires carriers to upload this information to FMCSA at least annually. It would also require carriers to query the database when hiring drivers.

The DOT removed projected dates from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require speed limiters on heavy trucks. The projection for OMB clearance and publication are now “Spring 2016.” In March’s report, the rule was set to clear OMB on April 22 and publish on April 28. This rule could require governors on all trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds. The proposed rule, a joint effort from FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been stuck in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget since May 2015.