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March 24, 2017, Updates

Key Updates on IANA Regulatory Policy Issues

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  • TSA forwards an information request to OMB regarding its information collection related to TWIC cards. Comments due April 20, 2017. (More info)
  • FMCSA further postpones effective date of entry-level driver rule to May 22, 2017. (More info)
  • FMCSA withdraws its Carrier Safety Fitness Determination NPRM. (More info)
  • OST seeks an extension of its ICR used to allow entities to apply for TIFIA credit assistance. Comments due May 23, 2017. (More info)

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Agency Type Date Posted Title (As Published in the Federal Register) Federal Register Page No. (Vol.No.) Status
FRA Notice and request for comments 03/14/17 Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request [Docket No. FRA-2017-0002-N-5]
Keywords: (Hours of Service); Rail
13711(82) FRA seeks comments on information collection activities related to hours of service regulations. Comments due May 15, 2017.
FMC Notice 03/13/17 FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Shipping Act
Notice FMC is establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and come up with solutions.
STB Notice and request for comments 03/08/17 60-Day Notice of Intent to Seek Extension of Approval: Information Collection Activities (Report of Fuel Cost, Consumption, and Surcharge Revenue)
Keywords: Rail; Surface Transportation Board (STB)
13041(82) STB is seeking commentson the burden associated with information requests informing the Board’s Report of Fuel Cost, Consumption, and Surcharge Revenue. Comments due May 8, 2017.
FMC Notice of Agreements Filed 02/24/17 East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement [FMC Agreement No. 012469]
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Maritime Law
12350(82) The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority file an agreement to engage in discussions about marketing and commercial opportunities, if approved by FMC.
The White House Update 02/08/17 Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulations and Controlling Regulatory Costs
Keywords: Safety (truck, rail, ocean carrier)
Announcement Citing benefits of the speed limiter rulemaking, groups file suit against President Trump over the “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” EO, arguing that it exceeds the President’s Constitutional authority.
  Executive Order 01/30/17   Executive Order President Trump orders that a department or agency identify at least two existing regulations to repeal when proposing a new regulation.
DOC Update 01/12/17 21st Century U.S. Port Competitiveness Initiative, U.S. Department of Commerce
Keywords: Ports
Report DOC releases "Improving American Competitiveness: Best Practices by U.S. Port Communities," stressing benefits of collecting port productivity data.
MARAD Notice of proposed rulemaking 01/11/17 [Docket Number MARAD-2016-0130]Revision of the America’s Marine Highway Program Regulations
Keywords: Ports; Cargo; Freight
3250(82) MARAD is updating its America’s Marine Highway Program regulations to adhere to statutory changes and to streamline for ease of use. Comments due March 13, 2017.
FMC Notice of Agreements Filed 12/21/16 Global Ports Group Agreement [FMC Agreement No. 012449]: restofcitation
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Maritime Law
93685(81) APM Terminals Management B.V., DP World Limited, Hutchinson Port Holdings Limited, Port of Rotterdam Authority, PSA International Pte. Ltd., and Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. Ltd file an agreement to authorize them to discuss, exchange information, and coordinate on issues affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the container port industry. Agreement effective Jan. 28, 2017, pending FMC approval.
FMC Announcement 12/14/16 THE Alliance [FMC Agreement No. 012439]
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Maritime Law
Announcement FMC concludes review and approves THE Alliance agreement, effective 12/19/16.
STB Memorandum of Understanding 12/08/16 Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States Surface Transportation Board and the Canadian Transportation Agency Concerning Engagement and Information Sharing
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB)
Memorandum StatusBold restofstatus.
FMC Comment 2/28/17 Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking [Petition No. P4–16]
Keywords: Ports; Shipping Act
All Comments The World Shipping Council filed comments with FMC on the petition to initiate a rulemaking relating to demurrage, detention, and per diem fair charges, saying it is unsupported legally and would increase congestion.
  Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking; Notice of Filing and Request for Comments 12/28/16   95612(81) FMC gives public notice of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices petition to initiate a rulemaking relating to demurrage, detention, and per diem fair charges. Comments due Feb. 28, 2017.
  Petition for Rulemaking 12/07/16   Petition The Coalition for Fair Port Practices submits a petition for rulemaking to the FMC for the purpose of preventing marine terminals and container lines from charging demurrage and detention fees when port conditions prevent timely pick up of cargo or return of equipments.
FMCSA Final Rule 12/05/16 Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Keywords:Truck; Safety
87686(81) FMCSA establishes the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database with information on CLD holders’ violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program.
TSA 30-Day Notice 03/21/17 Intent to Request Revision From OMB of One Currently Public Collection of Information: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program
Keywords: Transportation Worker ID Card (TWIC)
14521(82) TSA forwards its information request to OMB regarding its information collection related to TWIC cards. Comments due April 20, 2017.
FMCSA Notice and request for comments 10/19/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0194] Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Licensing Applications for Motor Carrier Operating Authority
Keywords: Truck
72151(81) FMCSA is asking OMB for an extension of an approved information collection request relating to licensing applications for motor carrier operating authority, used by freight forwarders, among other things.
FMCSA Notice and request for comments 10/14/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0334] Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of an Approved Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles
Keywords: Truck
71168(81) FMCSA is asking OMB for an extension of an approved information collection request relating to requirements for drivers to be certified to operate Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVs).
FMCSA Notice and request for comments 10/14/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0160] Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of an Approved Information Collection: Designation of Agents, Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders
Keywords: Truck
71166(81) FMCSA is asking OMB for an extension of an approved information collection request used to provide registered motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders a means of meeting process agent requirements.
USDOT Notice of guidance; response to comments 10/14/16 [Docket No. DOT-OST-2012-0168] Guidance on State Freight Plans and State Freight Advisory Committees
Keywords: Freight; Intermodal
71185(81) USDOT publishes guidance on State Freight Plans and State Freight Advisory Committees.
FMCSA Final Rule 10/13/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0051] Commercial Driver’s License Requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012
Keywords: Truck
70634(81) FMCSA simplifies the process of obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver’s license (CDL) for military personnel, extending the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver to one year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a CMV.
USDOT/ NHTSA Notice and Request for Comments 09/23/16 Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
Keywords: Safety; Truck
91999(81) NHTSA seeks to collect information to help it evaluate how safety is being addressed by manufacturers and other entities developing and testing HAV and L2 systems.
  Notice and Request for Comments 09/23/16   65703(81) USDOT invites public comment on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.
  Announcement 09/20/16   Guidance USDOT issues the Federal policy for automated vehicles.
FMC/CBP Announcement 09/02/16 Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Maritime Law; Shipping Act; Ports
Guidance CBP releases its guidance on vessel diversions for Hanjin Shipping Lines cargo to prevent disruptions.
  Announcement 09/02/16   Press release FMC establishes protocol for correspondence relating to disruptions resulting from the Hanjin bankruptcy.
  Announcement 09/01/16   Press release FMC publishes initial guidance on the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.
FMCSA/ NHTSA Notice of availability; request for comments. 11/07/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0083] Speed Limiting Devices
Keywords: Safety (trucks, rail, ocean carrier)
78103(81) FMCSA and NHTSA extend the public comment period for their proposal to equip newly manufactured trucks weighing over 26,000 lbs with speed limiting devices.
  Notice of availability; request for comments. 09/29/16   67056(81) FMCSA and NHTSA release the draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the potential environmental impacts of the proposed speed limiting device rule.
  Announcement 09/07/16   61942(81) FMCSA and NHTSA propose equipping newly manufactured trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds with speed limiting devices; maximum travel speed to be determined in the final rule.
FMCSA Meeting Notice 03/03/17 Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Keywords: : Truck, Safety
12488(82) The Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors will hold a public meeting on March 14, 2017.
FMCSA Notice of proposed pilot program; request for comments 8/22/16 Commercial Driver’s Licenses; Proposed Pilot Program to Allow Persons Between the Ages of 18 and 21 With Military Driving Experience to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate Commerce
Keywords: Truck
56745(81) FMCSA proposes a FAST Act-mandated pilot program allowing individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce if they have certain military experience.
FMCSA Notice of final disposition; grant of application for exemption 08/10/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0460] Hours of Service of Drivers; Application for Exemption; Farruggio’s Express
Keywords: HOS (Hours of Service)
52953(81) FMCSA grants Farruggio’s Express an exemption from the timecard requirements for certain drivers operating within a 100-air-mile radius of the normal work reporting location. Effective until Aug. 10, 2021.
STB Decision 07/28/16 On-Time Performance Under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB); Rail
Decision STB adopts a final rule defining "on time" for a passenger train as arrival at, or departure from, a given station occurring no later than 15 minutes after its scheduled time and changes the calculation of "on-time performance" to include all stations.
STB Letter 09/29/16 Petition for Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB); Rail
Letter Rail stakeholders write to Congress to express concern over STB’s reciprocal switching rules.
  Decision 08/03/16   51149(81) STB proposes to allow a party to obtain a reciprocal switching prescription if it is reasonable and in the public interest or else is necessary for competitive rail service.
FMCSA Final rule; correction 09/02/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0176] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; General Amendments
Keywords: Safety, Truck
60633(81) FMCSA is making minor clerical corrections regarding license plate lamp requirements and periodic inspection requirements for ABS.
  Amendment of regulatory guidance 07/22/16   47732(81) FMCSA amends its regulatory guidance to ensure consistency with the July, 22, 2016, FMCSRs revisions.
  Final Rule 07/22/16   47722(81) FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to eliminate the option for a motor carrier to satisfy the annual inspection requirement through a violation-free roadside inspection. Effective July 22, 2016.
FMCSA Final Rule 07/22/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0091] Amendments To Implement Certain Provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or “FAST Act”
Keywords: HOS (Hours of Service)
47714(81) FMCSA conforms regulations to comply with the FAST Act, including extending the length of regulation exemptions and extensions, from two years to five years.
FMC Notice of Approval 10/21/16 OCEAN Vessel Sharing Alliance
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Maritime Law
Update

FMC concludes review and approves OCEAN Vessel Sharing Alliance, effective date Oct. 24, 2016.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 07/21/16   60701(81) FMC requests more information from parties to the proposed OCEAN Vessel Sharing Alliance, preventing the agreement from becoming effective as originally scheduled. A 45-day regulatory review will begin after all requested information is submitted.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 07/21/16   47394(81) COSCO, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line are filing to form an alliance to share vessels and engage in cooperative activities in trade between Asia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.
IRS Notice of proposed rulemaking 06/31/16 Excise Tax; Tractors, Trailers, Trucks, and Tires; Definition of Highway Vehicle
Keywords: Trucks
18544(81) The IRS proposed regulations relating to the excise taxes on the sale of highway tractors, trailers, trucks and tires.
FMC Update 01/09/17 [Agreement No.: 012420 and 012445]: Port of New York/New Jersey Equipment Optimization Discussion Agreement
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC); Ports
Update FMC rejects PANYNJ and OCEMA’s request for failing to meet the standards required by law.
  Notice of Agreements Filed 12/07/16   88237(81) After receiving a request for more information from FMC and subsequently withdrawing the agreement, PANYNJ and OCEMA re-file the Port of New York/New Jersey Equipment Optimization Discussion Agreement with FMC.
  Notice of Agreements Filed 06/29/16   42356(81) PANYNJ and OCEMA file for agreement to collect and exchange information, discuss, and reach agreement on matters relating to cargo throughput, safety, intermodal equipment supply, congestion relief, among other topics.
OST Notice; request for comments 06/16/16 [Docket No. DOT-OST-2016-0063] Establishment of Interim National Multimodal Freight Network
Keywords: Freight, rail, highways, ports, intermodal
36381(81) OST establishes an Interim National Multimodal Freight Network (NMFN), as required by the FAST Act.
Coast Guard Notice; request for comment 05/09/16 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0281] Maritime Transportation System Recovery Essential Elements of Information
Keywords: Ports
28091(81) The Coast Guard solicits comments on whether it should collect data on facilities, vessels, and shared transportation infrastructure prior to a port disruption, to be able to characterize the port in its normal fully functioning condition.
STB Notice of proposed rulemaking 03/28/16 [Docket No. EP 704 (Sub-No. 1)] Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and Trailer-on-Flatcar/Container-on-Flatcar (TOFC/COFC) Exemptions
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB)
17125(81) STB is seeking public comment on its proposal to revoke certain existing class exemptions.
IMO Update 06/27/16 International Maritime Organization SOLAS Container Weight Verification
Keywords: Maritime Law, Overweight Containers
Update World Shipping Council publishes Supplementary FAQs to aid the industry with implementation of the VGM requirements.
  Update 06/27/16   Update FMC approves OCEMA’s Port Operations and Safety Discussion Agreement; “Terminal Weighing Approach” is a permissible method for obtaining container VGM.
  Update 05/23/16   Circular International Maritime Organization (IMO) publishes advice regarding the SOLAS VGM requirements calling for a three-month leeway period.
  Update 05/19/16   33254(81) OCEMA and six East and Gulf Coast ports ask FMC for permission to enter into a discussion agreement allowing them to share data relating to VGM.
  Update 04/28/16   Update USCG notifies the IMO of its determination that VGM can be obtained through an agreement whereby a shipper verifies the weight of cargo and packing material, and a carrier provides and verifies the container tare weight.
  Recommendation 03/21/16   Recommendation OCEMA releases its recommended best practices for the the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass of containers carrying cargo (VGM) requirements.
FMCSA Notice; request for comment 04/20/16 [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0124] Potential Benefits and Feasibility of Voluntary Compliance; Public Listening Sessions
Keywords: Safety
23351(81) FMCSA is proposing a Beyond Compliance program including a new BASIC in SMS.
OST Notice and request for comments 03/24/17 Letters of Interest for Credit Assistance Under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program
Keywords: Transportation Infrastructure Funding/Financing
15101(82) OST seeks an extension of its ICR used to allow entities to apply for TIFIA credit assistance. Comments due May 23, 2017.
FMCSA Final rule; delay of effective date 03/21/17 Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
Keywords: Truck
14476(82) FMCSA further postpones effective date of entry-level driver rule to May 22, 2017.
  Final Rule Correction 01/10/17   2915(82) FMCSA makes minor corrections to fix drafting errors in the entry-level driver final rule.
  Final Rule 12/08/16   88732(81) FMCSA establishes minimum training standards for entry-level truck and bus drivers effective Feb. 6, 2017.
OST Report 01/17/17 Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group
Keywords: Ports
Report BTS sends its first annual port performance report to Congress.
  Recommendations 12/02/16   Recommendations The Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group sends its recommendations to BTS.
  Notice of Establishment; Solicitation of Nominations 02/23/16   9078(81) DOT establishes the Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group and is requesting nominations for representatives to the working group.
STB Decision 03/16/17 [Docket No. EP 290 (Sub-No. 4)] Railroad Cost Recovery Procedures – Productivity Adjustment
Keywords: Rail, Surface Transportation Board (STB)
Decision STB suspends the deadline for filing comments on the average change in railroad productivity for the 2011-2015 period pending further order of the Board.
FMC Update 12/07/16 International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Ports
Report FMC releases an interim status report on the Supply Chain Innovations Teams.
  Update 03/24/16   Update FMC announces that the Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative will officially launch May 3, 2016.
  Order 02/05/16   6263(81) FMC Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye is forming a supply chain innovation team, comprising commercial sector supply chain leaders, to identify solutions to unresolved supply chain issues at the San Pedro Bay ports.
USITC/DOC Notice 03/17/17 Truck and Bus Tires From China; Institution of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations and Scheduling of Preliminary Phase Investigations
Keywords: truck
14232(82) ITC makes a negative determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from China. DOC will not issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on these imports.
  Notice 01/27/17   8599(82) DOC makes a final affirmative determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from China and does not define 10x20 bias ply tube tires as a separate domestic like product.
  Notice 01/14/16   8606(82) DOC makes a final affirmative determination in the countervailing duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from China and does not define 10x20 bias ply tube tires as a separate domestic like product.
  Notice 10/14/16   71051(81) DOC announces a significant miscalculation to preliminary anti-dumping tariff rates. The rate is corrected to 30.36 percent.
  Notice 09/06/16   61186(81) DOC makes an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from China and does not define 10x20 bias ply tube tires as a separate domestic like product. Delays final determination until Jan. 17, 2017.
  Notice 07/05/16   43577(81) DOC makes an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation of imports of truck and bus tires from China and does not define 10x20 bias ply tube tires as a separate domestic-like product.
  Update 03/18/16   14888(81) ITC makes an affirmative determination in the preliminary phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into truck tires from China and does not define 10x20 bias ply tube tires as a separate domestic like product.
  Notice 02/25/16   9434(81) The Department of Commerce is initiating an antidumping duty investigation of truck tires from China.
  Notice 02/25/16   9428(81) The Department of Commerce is initiating countervailing duty investigation of truck tires from China.
  Notice 02/40/16   6042(81) The International Trade Commission has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of truck tires from China.
STB Decision 02/23/17 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board
Decision STB adopts its roster of arbitrators who will help resolve rail rate and practice complaints through the new arbitration process, as required by the STB Reauthorization Act.
  Report 12/16/16   91237(81) STB is seeking applications for interested persons who wish to be included on the roster of arbitrators maintained by the Board.
  Final Rules 12/14/16   90229(81) STB publishes final rules for investigations conducted on the Board’s own initiative in accordance with the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015. Rules are effective Jan. 12, 2017.
  Report 10/18/16   Report STB releases a June 2015 report on improving the Board’s internal rate case processing procedures.
  Notice of roundtable discussion 10/12/16   Notice STB will host a roundtable discussion on Oct. 25, 2016, to discuss the independent assessment of their stand-alone cost (SAC) rate reasonableness methodology.
  Final Rules 10/06/16   69410(81) STB adopts changes to its arbitration procedures in accordance with the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  Announcement 09/27/16   Letter AAR writes to Congress to express concerns over STB’s expansion of their regulatory reach through proposed rulemakings.
  Announcement 09/22/16   Report The Surface Transportation Board (STB) releases an independent assessment of their stand-alone cost (SAC) rate-reasonableness methodology, as required by the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 06/21/16   40250(81) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issues an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining measures to expedite handling of rate cases.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 05/17/16   30510(81) STB proposes rules for investigations conducted on the Board’s own initiative in accordance with the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 05/16/16   30229(81) STB proposes amending its arbitration procedures in accordance with the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Announcement 04/01/16   Update STB issues four reports as part of its implementation of the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
  Announcement 03/09/16   Update STB revises the procedural schedule for certain large railroad rate cases.
  Announcement 02/02/16   Update STB is posting monthly status reports of its implementation of the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015 online.
STB Request 12/14/16 Docket No. EP 526 (Sub-No. 7)] Notice of Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council Vacancy
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board
90405(81) STB is soliciting names for a small shipper and a Class I railroad representative to fill two vacancies on RSTAC.
  Request 01/27/16   4738(81) STB is soliciting suggestions for a small railroad representative on to fill one vacancy on RSTAC.
FMCSA Notice of withdrawal 03/23/17 [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0001] Carrier Safety Fitness Determination
Keywords: Truck, Safety
14848(82) FMCSA withdraws its Carrier Safety Fitness Determination NPRM.
  Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments 01/21/16   3562(81) FMCSA seeks to revise the current methodology for determining whether a motor carrier is fit to operate a CMV. The new methodology would consider on-road safety data, results of an investigation, or a combination of both. Comments due March 21, 2016.
STB Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 12/14/15 [Docket No. EP 729] Offers of Financial Assistance
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB), Rail
77311(80) STB seeks comment on ways to improve its rules pertaining to offers of financial assistance.
FRA Notice 11/24/15 FRA 2015-0007-N-29: Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Keywords: Rail
73268(80) The FRA forwards an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the OMB concerning solicitation of grant application for, among other projects, those that encourage development, expansion, and upgrades to freight rail infrastructure and services.
STB Notice and request for comments 10/30/15 Waybill Compliance Survey
Keywords: Rail
991(81) The STB seeks an extension of the Waybill Compliance Survey.
  Notice and request for comments 10/30/15   66968(80) The STB issues a Waybill Compliance Survey to determine if regulated railroads that did not submit carload waybill sample information last year should file a Waybill Sample.
FMCSA Final rule; suspension of effective date and temporary final rule 01/17/17 Unified Registration System
Keywords: Truck, Safety
5292(82) FMCSA suspends its Unified Registration System requirement. Entities needing to file are instructed to follow same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they use today. Petitions for reconsideration due Feb. 16, 2017.
  Announcement 10/14/16   71178(81) FMCSA is asking OMB for an extension of an approved information collection request for Unified Registration System Form MCSA-1.
  Announcement 07/28/16   49553(81) FMCSA corrects the effective and compliance dates for the Unified Registration System. The effective date is now Jan. 14, 2017, with full compliance by April 14, 2017.
  Announcement 06/10/16   37661(81) FMCSA requests an extension from OMB for the Unified Registration System Information Collection Request.
  Announcement 12/17/15   Press Release FMCSA announces launch of first phase of the Unified Registration System; new USDOT applicants are now able to register online.
  Notice and request for comments 12/14/15   77407(80) FMCSA revises its Oct. 21, 2015 Unified Registration System final rule to require the continued use of certain registration forms until Sept. 30, 2016.
  Final Rule; Extension of effective dates 10/21/15   63695(80) Citing technical problems, FMCSA delays the Unified Registration System compliance date to Dec. 12, 2015, for new entrant carriers and Sept. 9, 2016, for carries with a USDOT number.
DOT Notice 10/10/15 National Freight Strategic Plan
Keywords: Freight, Infrastructure
Report DOT releases a draft of the MAP-21- required National Freight Strategic Plan. The NFSP offers specific policy proposals and solutions to address the growing challenges of moving freight. The draft is open for public comment.
FHWA Update 08/21/15 Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis
Keywords: Truck
Report FHWA announces results of MAP-21 mandated 'Jason’s Law' truck parking survey; most states report truck parking shortages.
FMCSA Notice and request for information 08/21/15 Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0268: Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Request: Motor Carrier Identification Report
Keywords: Truck
50914(80) FMCSA plans to request a revision to its “Motor Carrier Identification Report” ICR. Regulated entities will now be required to file for registration via online form MCSA-1.
FMC Notice of Agreement Filed 09/11/15 Oakland MTO Agreement F.M.C. No. 201202-006
Keywords: Cargo, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Ports
54789(80) The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) gave notice that it has formally requested more information from parties involved in the Oakland MTO Agreement, preventing the agreement from going into effect.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 09/02/15   Update FMC requests additional information on proposed Oakland MTO Agreement, thereby delaying off-peak hours operation.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 08/07/15   47490(80) FMC gives notice that an amendment to the Oakland MTO Agreement was filed, authorizing an off-peak hours program.
  Update 7/25/15   Agreement The Oakland MTO Agreement is amended to allow for a Saturday gate program, paid for with a fee on cargo moving via terminals. The amendment is subject to a 45-day FMC review.
DOT Proposed Rule 10/25/16 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2014–0827; NHTSA–2014– 0132; FRL–9927–21–OAR] Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles — Phase 2
Keywords: Emissions, Fuel Standards
73478(81) DOT, NHTSA and EPA published the final rule for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium-and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles — Phase 2. Effective Dec. 27, 2016.
  Proposed Rule 07/13/15   40138 (80) DOT, NHTSA and EPA are proposing rules to reduce emissions and fuel consumption for new heavy-duty vehicles. Standards would apply to combination tractors, trailers used in combination with those tractors, and new engines.
STB Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 07/08/15 Accelerating Reporting Requirements for Class I Railroads
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB)
8171(81) STB withdraws the NPRM because commenters noted that the proposed rules could impose significant burden on railroads and conflict with SEC reporting requirements.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 07/08/15   39045 (80) STB proposes accelerating filing deadlines for eight reports submitted by Class I railroads.
DOL Memorandum opinion and order 11/22/16 RIN 1235-AA11: Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees
Keywords: Overtime Pay
Order Federal judge files injunction temporarily blocking overtime rule from taking effect.
  Final Rule 05/23/16   32391(81) DOL proposes extending overtime eligibility and protections for workers
  Proposed rule and request for comments 07/06/15   38516(80) DOL proposes extending overtime eligibility and protections for workers
FMCSA Notice 06/09/15 FMCSA-2013-0298: National Implementation of the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program’s Off-Site Safety Audit Procedures
Keywords: Truck, Safety
37039 (80) FMCSA announces it is phasing in national implementation of the Off-site Safety Audit Procedures for eligible new entrant motor carriers that demonstrate basic safety management controls by submitting compliance documentation.
STB Notice of proposed rulemaking 08/03/16 Petition for Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules
Keywords: Surface Transportation Board (STB); Rail
51149(81) STB proposes to allow a party to obtain a reciprocal switching prescription if it is reasonable and in the public interest or else is necessary for competitive rail service. Comments due Sept. 26, 2016.
FMCSA Notice of Withdrawal 12/19/15 FMCSA-2014-0428: Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Certification for Commercial Motor Vehicles Operated by United States-Domiciled Motor Carriers
Keywords: Safety (trucks, rail, ocean carrier), Truck
81503 (80) FMCSA withdraws the NPRM because commenters raised substantive issues leading the Agency to conclude it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, request for comments 06/17/15   34588 (80) FMCSA proposes a rule that would require interstate commerce motor carriers to display certification verifying all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in effect at the time of vehicle manufacturing were met.
FMC Request 06/08/15 ILWU Chassis Inspections
Keywords: Intermodal
Request The Institute of International Container Lessors wrote to the FMC asking them to investigate illegal chassis inspections by the ILWU.
PHMSA Final Rule 05/08/15 Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains
Keywords: Hazmat, Rail
26644(80) Final rule restricts high-hazard flammable train (HHTF) speeds to 50 MPH in all areas, and HHTFs containing tank cars not meeting the enhanced tank car standards to 40 MPH in high threat urban areas. Effective July 7, 2015.
FMC Notice of Filing and Request for Comments 04/28/15 Petition of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. for Initiation of Rulemaking
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission
23549 (80) FMC has been petitioned to initiate a rulemaking revising non-vessel-operating common carrier Service and Rate Arrangements. Petitioner asks for easing of restrictions governing scope, ability to amend, and publication of these arrangements. Comments due June 8, 2015.
FMCSA Final Rule 04/03/15 FMCSA-2014-0261: Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
Keywords: Safety (truck, rail, ocean carrier), Truck
18146 (80) FMCSA has increased civil penalties for motor carriers in violation of federal regulations. Effective June 2, 2015.
FMC Notice of Request for Additional Information 07/17/15 Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement
Keywords: Ports
42496 (80) FMC gives notice that it has requested additional data from 19 ocean carriers and stopped clock on PPOIA.
  Type 7/10/15   Update FMC serves ocean carriers with order to provide more information for use in monitoring PPOIA.
  Update 06/24/15   Update FMC to require ocean carriers to provide regulators with additional data for use in monitoring the Pacific Ports Operational Improvement Agreement.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 04/17/15   Agreement FMC approves the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement, effective April 17, 2015.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 03/03/15   Agreement The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement and the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association filed an agreement with the FMC. If approved, the agreement will allow them to exchange information to improve West Coast port facility operations.
FMCSA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 11/28/14 FMCSA–2014–0211: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Brokers
Keywords: Safety, Truck
70839 (70) FMCSA is considering a rulemaking to increase motor carrier financial responsibility and implement financial responsibility requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. FMCSA requests comment on 26 related questions.
FMCSA Notice and Request for Comments 11/13/14 FMCSA -2014-0133: State Commercial Driver’s License Program Plan
Keywords: Safety (trucks, rail, ocean carrier)
67540 (79) FMCSA solicits comments on the requirement that States complete Commercial Driver’s License Program plan.
FMCSA Notice and Request for Comments 02/15/15 FMCSA–2014–0388: Entry Level Driver Training Survey for Commercial Drivers’ Licenses
Keywords: Safety (trucks, rail, ocean carrier)
7814 (80) FMCSA announces members to the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) established to complete a negotiated rulemaking on Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for CMV operators. Public meetings Feb. 26, 2015, and Feb. 27, 2015.
  Notice and Request for Comments 12/10/14   73273 (79) FMCSA will establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to advise on CDL entry-level driver training requirements. The agency is soliciting applications from parties interested in participating on the committee. Comments and nominations due Jan. 9, 2015.
  Notice and Request for Comments 11/07/14   66448 (79) FMSCA solicits comments on plans to conduct a survey on the relationship between CDL entry level driver training and driver performance. Comments due Jan. 6, 2015.
FMC Correcting Amendments 01/27/16 Ocean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General Duties
Keywords: Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
4592(81) FMC corrects its final rule on OTI licensing and financial responsibility requirements by adding an inadvertently omitted section.
  Final Rule 11/05/15   68722 (80) FMC issues a final rule requiring OTIs to renew licenses every three years, effective Dec. 9, 2016. The final rule also clarifies the violations the FMC may consider when issuing an OTI license and redefines freight forwarding and NVOCC services, effective Dec. 9, 2015.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 10/10/14   61544 (79) FMC proposes 1) increasing the OTI licensing renewal period from two to three years and digitalizing the application process; 2) expediting hearing procedures; and 3) requiring common carriers to verify OTI licensing and registrations through an online portal. Comments are due Dec. 12, 2014.
FMC Update 10/31/16 U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions
Keywords: Truck, Ports, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
Report In a Congressionally mandated study, GAO recommends USDOT and port stakeholders share data to fight congestion.
  Update 04/16/15   Report FMC releases report on current and future U.S. port congestion causes, consequences, and challenges.
  Update 06/10/15   Update One-hundred shipping and trade associations signed a letter urging FMC to act on demurrage and detention complaints.
  Update 04/16/15  

Update

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) asked GAO to study the labor-related disruption at U.S. West Coast ports. GAO has 18 months to complete the report.
  Update 04/03/15   Report FMC has released a report assessing the impacts of port congestion on demurrage and detention fees.
  Notice 12/04/14   Notice FMC announces all 15 ocean carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement are foregoing port congestion surcharges until 2015.
  Notice 11/17/14   Notice The FMC reminds common carriers that they must give shippers 30-days notice before implementing congestion surcharges and that these surcharges cannot be retroactively applied to already tendered cargo.
STB Notice 01/27/16 United States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data Reporting:
Keywords: Rail, STB
Notice STB postpones effective date of final rail service performance metrics rule until March 21, 2017, with first reports to be filed by Class I railroads on March 29, 2017.
Final Rule 12/05/16   Final Rule STB is adopting a final rule to require all Class I railroads to report certain rail service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
  Final Rule 11/30/16   Decision STB is adopting a final rule to require all Class I railroads to report certain rail service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
  Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 04/29/16   Decision STB issues a decision requiring permanent performance metrics reporting from all Class I railroads.
  Update 04/07/15   Update User-friendly improvements have been made to the weekly Rail Service Updates listing. Weekly reports can be found here.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 01/06/15   473 (80) STB issued an NPRM that would require all Class I’s to report performance metrics to the STB weekly.
Announcement 12/31/14   Announcement STB issued an NPRM that would require all Class I railroad's to report performance metrics to the STB weekly.
  Decision 11/11/14 Public Field Hearing — Rail Service Hearings
Keywords: Rail
Update Prior to making any additional adjustments to service performance reporting requirements, Class I railroads request STB institute a rulemaking process.
  Decision 11/04/14   Announcement STB created a link to view publicly filed rail service reports.
  Decision 10/08/14   Decision Effective Oct. 22, 2014, all Class I railroads must publicly file weekly reports detailing service performance data.
  Meeting Notice 08/18/14   Announcement STB will hold a public hearing in Fargo, ND, on Sept. 4, 2014, to listen to interested parties’ concerns on rail service problems, to hear from the rail industry about efforts to address service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.
FMCSA Notice and Request for Comments; correction 03/25/15 FMCSA-2014-0325: The Impact of Driver Compensation on Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
Keywords: Safety, Truck
15862 FMCSA corrected response time estimations for its study on the impact of driver compensation on CMV safety.
  Notice and Request for Comments 02/04/15   6159 (80) FMCSA requests comments on an Information Collection Request (ICR) it is submitting to OMB on the impact of driver compensation on CMV Safety. The study will be conducted through an online questionnaire.
  Notice and Request for Comments 08/29/14   51638(79) FMCSA is soliciting feedback on questions in a proposed survey on the correlation between safety and CMV driver compensation.
MARAD Notice and request for comments 03/14/17 Marine Highway Projects Open Season
Keywords: Ports, Cargo, Freight
13737(82) MARAD is requesting comments on the burden estimate of its information collection used to evaluate applications being submitted for project designation. Comments should be sent to OMB by April 13, 2017.
  Notice of Open Season for Marine Highway Projects 04/18/16   22700(81) MARAD announces it is it is extending the open season for Maritime Highway project submissions to Dec. 31, 2018.
FMCSA Final Rule 11/30/15 Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0377: Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers; Prohibition
Keywords: Truck
74695(80) FMCSA publishes final rule prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate CMVs in violation of certain safety regulations, including HOS limits. Effective Jan. 29, 2016.
  Announcement 07/24/14   MOU FMCSA and OSHA have signed an MOU to share information in driver coercion allegation cases.
NLRB NPRM and Request for Comments 02/06/14 Representation-Case Procedures
Keywords: Ports
7318 (79) NLRB proposes to amend its rules and regulations governing the filing and processing of petitions relating to the representation of employees for purposes of collective bargaining with their employer.
FMCSA Type 04/28/14 Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0376: Electronic Documents and Signatures
Keywords: Truck
23306 (79) FMCSA proposes amendments to its regulations to allow the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy FMCSA’s regulatory requirements.
FMCSA Notice 03/27/14 FMCSA–2010–0149: Notice of Reinstatement of Informal Hearing Procedure
Keywords: Intermodal, Freight
17229 (79) FMCSA announces it is reinstating the informal hearing procedure authorized under the Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings.
DOJ Update 01/29/15 FVLI and DCLI Chassis Use Agreement
Keywords: Intermodal
Update

Gray chassis pool at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to launch March 1, 2015.

  Update 09/23/14   Update DOJ responds that FVLI and DCLI chassis use agreement does not appear to produce anticompetitive effects.
  Request 01/22/14   Request Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. and Direct ChassisLink, Inc request a business review letter from DOJ concerning plans to enter into a chassis use agreement at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
FHWA Update 04/14/16 USDOT Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study
Keywords: Truck Size and Weight
Report FHWA releases the final Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study Report.
  Update 10/18/15   Report TRB finds FHWA’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study does not adequately assess the potential impacts of changing Federal limits.
  Notice of Deadline for Submitting Comments 09/15/15   54653(80) FHWA sets deadline of Oct. 13, 2015, for submission of comments on the technical results of certain safety, infrastructure, and efficiency issues surrounding the Federal truck size and weight limits.
  Update 06/05/15   Report FHWA releases technical reports on the five truck size and weight areas MAP-21 required the agency to study.
  Notice 11/24/14   Notice FHWA delays publication of the study until 2015 and announces it has opened a public docket for comments on work done so far.
  Notice; Extension of Comment Period 12/19/13   76888 (78) FHWA is extending the deadline and comment period for materials related to the MAP-21 Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Comments due Jan. 17, 2014.
Coast Guard Correction amendments 08/29/16 USCG–2000–7080: Cargo Securing Manuals
Keywords: Cargo
59136(81) USCG is correcting a typographical error in its May 9, 2016, cargo securing manuals interim rule.
  Interim rule; information collection approval 07/12/16   45012(81) OMB approves the USCG’s information collection request associated with the Cargo Securing Manuals interim rule.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 05/09/16   27992(81) Effective June 18, 2016, self-propelled cargo vessels weighing more than 500 gross tons, traveling on international voyages, and carrying cargo other than solid or liquid bulk must have cargo securing manuals on board.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 11/15/13   68784 (78) The Coast Guard proposes requiring cargo securing manuals (CSMs) on vessels of 500 gross tons or more traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo.
FHWA Notice 10/02/14 FHWA–2013–0024: Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection
Keywords: Transportation Infrastructure Financing/ Funding
59550 (79) Entities responsible for planning and/or implementing eligible Projects of National and Regional Significance should provide details of potential projects to FHWA. Submissions, due Nov. 17, 2014, will be compiled and reported to Congress.
  Final Notice and Request for Comment 12/10/13   74220 (78) FHWA issues a final notice of information collection for its PNRS report to Congress; FHWA will solicit only eligible applicant classes in conjunction with the report.
  Notice and Request for Comment 05/20/13 FHWA–2013–0024: Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection
Keywords: Transportation Infrastructure Financing/ Funding
29430 (78) FHWA plans to consult all eligible applicants when compiling its list of PNRS-eligible projects, per MAP-21. MAP-21 called for consulting State DOT’s only. Comments on this change are due July 19, 2013.
FHWA Notice of Response to Comments 10/23/15 Establishment of the National Freight Network
Keywords: Freight, Highways
64477(80) FHWA extends comment period on draft initial designation of the highway Primary Freight Network.
  Notice; Extension of Comment Period 01/17/14   3457 (79) FHWA publishes the final designation of the Primary Freight Network.
  Notice; Extension of Comment Period 1/26/13   75442 (78) FHWA extends comment period on draft initial designation of the highway Primary Freight Network.
  Notice; Request for Comments 11/19/13   69520 (78) FHWA publishes the draft initial designation of the highway Primary Freight Network and provides information about designation of Critical Rural Freight Corridors, and establishment of the National Freight Network.
  Notice 02/06/13   8686 (78) FHWA defines process for the designation of the national freight network as required by MAP-21.
STB Final Rule 02/17/16 Information Required in Notices and Petitions Containing Interchange Commitments
Keywords: Railroad Regulations (Staggers Act); Surface Transportation Board (STB)
8000(81) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is inserting language that was inadvertently omitted when the previous Final Rule was published in 2013.
  Final Rule 09/5/13   54589 (78) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) adopts the Proposed Rulemaking as its Final Rule, with minor modifications that reduce the amount of information required. Effective Oct. 5, 2013.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 11/02/12   66165 (77) STB currently requires a party seeking Board authority to sell or lease a rail line disclose an interchange commitment. The Board's proposed rule would require information on the impact any interchange commitment has on shippers and on the purchaser or lessee railroad.
STB Update 06/10/15 STB Acts to improve ways to protect captive rail shippers from unreasonable rates.
Keywords: Intermodal, Rail, Ports
Report TRB released a Congressionally mandated report finding freight rail regulations are outdated and fail to protect captive shippers.
  Final Rule 07/24/13   44459 (78) STB modifies its rules related to rate complaint changes, including changes in available relief and technical changes to the full and simplified rate procedures.
  Update 03/05/13   Update AAR rejects NITL’s proposal citing anticipated service failures and decreased efficiency. Proposal is still under review by STB.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 07/30/12   44571 (77) STB proposes changing some of its regulations and procedures concerning rate complaint proceedings to ensure the Board’s processes for resolving rate disputes are more accessible.
  Announcement 07/25/12   Announcement To protect captive shippers, STB proposes to reform its rules on how it resolves rate disputes and also announces consideration of a proposal submitted by The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to increase rail-to-rail competition.
FMCSA Report 10/27/16 FMCSA 2012-0074: Improvements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS)
Keywords: FMCSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program (CSA), Hazmat, Truck 
Report GAO releases a report assessing FMCSA’s implementation of the CSA program and finds the program needs more evaluation of the effectiveness of intervention types, an update of cost estimates, and the establishment of complete performance measures.
  Notice; response to public comments; request for public comment 10/05/16   69185(81) FMCSA responds to comments from June 29, 2015, notice proposing enhancements to the SMS methodology and suggests further changes.
  Notice; response to public comments 07/12/16   45206(81) FMCSA publishes responses to comments submitted to a Jan. 23, 2015, notice assessing the effectiveness of the Crash Indicator BASIC.
  Notice; request for public comment 07/12/16   45210(81) FMCSA proposes a demonstration program to determine the preventability of certain less complex crashes.
  Update 03/07/16   Announcement FMCSA makes property carriers' "Absolute Measures" available to the public.
  Notice 03/07/16   11875(81) FMCSA is changing the definition of a "High Risk" motor carrier and the associated investigative procedures.
  Update 12/04/15   Update To comply with the FAST Act, FMCSA hides BASIC scores from public view.
  Update 10/10/15   Report ATRI study finds removing non-preventable crash data significantly improves a carrier’s Crash BASIC.
  Update 10/08/15   Report FMCSA finds in a Congressionally mandated report that SMS uses a sufficient amount of data to allow it to identify high-risk trucking companies.
  Update 06/30/15   Report Independent review team finds CSA program needs to better align with the safety risks that cause crashes.
  Notice; Request for Comments 06/29/15   37037 (80) FCMSA is proposing enhancements to the SMS methodology, including changing some of the SMS intervention thresholds to better reflect BASICs correlation to crash risk and adjusting the utilization factor.
  Notice; Extension of comment period 02/19/15   8925 (80) FMCSA is extending the comment period on their study showing the difficulties of including crash fault into CSA scores to March 25, 2015.
  Update 01/27/15   Announcement ATA and OOIDA disagree with FMCSA study recommendation to continue omitting crash fault data from CSA program.
  Update 01/23/15   3719 (80) FMCSA study shows the difficulty and cost of including crash fault in the CSA safety enforcement system outweighs benefits.
  Update 11/14/14   Letter CVSA writes USDOT requesting SMS scores be removed from public view.
  Update 08/22/14 Letter A group of 10 stakeholder organizations wrote USDOT requesting SMS scores be removed from public view.
  Update 07/31/14 Report ATRI study documents CSA enforcement disparities among states, resulting in unfair scoring.
  Notice 07/25/14   43117 (79) FMCSA enhanced the display of public information on the public SMS web site and responded to comments on their proposed changes. Site enhancements are effective Aug. 2, 2014.
  Update 03/05/14   32491 (79) FMCSA issued an interpretative rule and statement of policy on modifications to the MCMIS; States may now show adjudication results related to roadside inspection violations.
  Update 03/05/14   Report DOT’s Inspector General issued a report faulting the FMCSA for not ensuring CSA Program data is completed and that the system follows best technology practices.
  Update 02/05/14   Announcement FMCSA released a study confirming SMS data is more effective at identifying crash-prone motor carriers than the old SafeStat system.
  Update 02/03/14   Report GAO released a study calling for revisions to the CSA program because of limits on access to needed data.
  Notice; Request for Comments 11/26/13   Notice FMCSA announces changes to its Motor Carrier Information System (MCMIS) to accept information related to violations that 1) were dismissed or resulted in a not guilty finding; 2) resulted in the conviction of different or lesser charge; 3) resulted in conviction of original charge.
  Notice; Request for Comments 08/05/13   66420 (78) FMCSA provides notice and seeks comments on proposed enhancements to the display of information on the Agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) public website.
  Update 08/05/13   Update On Sept. 10 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation’s case against the FMCSA’s CSA program and its publication of SMS scores.
  Update 06/28/13   Update FMCSA submitted to Congress a report on the driver fitness component of the CSA program.
  Update 01/14/13   Update The Inspector General has initiated an audit of FMCSA’s implementation of the CSA Program. The audit will examine data quality and effective implementation of enforcement interventions.
  Update 01/10/13   Update FMCSA has released a series of guides explaining elements of the CSA program’s Safety Management Cycle.
  Announcement 10/05/12   Announcement The Pre-Employment Screening Program has been expanded to allow for motor carriers and companies directly involved with hiring drivers to access PSP records with a driver’s consent.
  Notice; Response to Comments 08/24/12   52110 (77) FMCSA gives notice that SMS changes previewed in March will become effective in December, as will an additional four changes made available for preview through this notice.
  Notice to amend a system of records 07/20/12   42548 (77) FMCSA gives notice and requests comment on changes to the privacy of Pre-Employment Screening Program data which is used for the CSA program. Among other changes, the agency plans to revise a category of records identified as "Access Transaction Records" to clarify that the information is kept on the users who have access to the system for pre-employment screening.
  Announcement 07/13/12   Announcement OOIDA filed suit against FMCSA over the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program which is used by the CSA program. OOIDA alleges FMCSA released violations were not yet upheld in court and were dismissed in court.
  Announcement 03/27/12   18298 (77) FMCSA proposes changes to the CSA program that are designed to better enable enforcement interventions through more accurate identification and prioritization of high-risk motor carriers. Proposed changes can be viewed here (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov).
FMC Announcement 10/29/13 FMC Agreement Number 011962-007: Consolidated Chassis Management Pool Agreement
Keywords: Maritime Law
Announcement FMC allows Consolidated Chassis Management to license its pool management software and provide management services to third-party pools.
  Notice of Request for Additional Information 03/13/13  

15951 (78)  

FMC requests additional information on the proposed amendment to the CCM Pool Agreement from parties involved, thus delaying the amended agreement’s effective date. Comments due March 28, 2013.
  Notice of Amendment Filed 01/30/13     6325 (78) Parties involved in the Consolidated Chassis Management Pool filed an amendment which would allow contributors to the CCM chassis pools, including non-regulated entities, to serve on the Governing Board and on Board of individual pools, among other things.
  Agreement 12/29/11   Agreement The FMC will allow Consolidated Chassis Management to directly manage chassis pools, and will allow truckers and shippers to participate in equipment co-op pools.
  Request for Additional Information 09/21/11     58514 (76)   FMC requests additional information from the agreement’s listed parties, preventing the agreement from becoming effective as originally scheduled. Comments must be filed by Oct. 6, 2011.
  Notice of Agreement Filed 08/17/11   51033 (76) FMC gives notice of an agreement filed under the Shipping Act of 1984, and allows for a ten-day comment period. The agreement requests authority for the corporate restructuring of Consolidated Chassis Management and its affiliated chassis pools, including authority to form separate business entities to facilitate the purpose of the Agreement. Comments were due Aug. 27, 2011.
FMCSA Guidance 02/15/17 FMCSA-2010-0167: Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents
Keywords: Electronic On Board Recorders (EOBR), Hours of Service (HOS), Safety
Guidance FMCSA issues new guidance to clarify certain compliance measures related to ELDs.
  Decision 10/21/16   Decision U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied OOIDA’s petition to prevent the implementation of the ELD rule.
  Announcement 03/29/16   Brief OOIDA is suing FMCSA to prevent the implementation of the ELD ruling.
  Final Rule 12/16/15   78292(80) FMCSA issues a final rule requiring all drivers to use electronic logging devices by Dec.18, 2017.
  Notice of Regulatory Guidance 10/02/15   59664 (80) Effective Oct. 2, 2015, FMCSA will allow drivers using automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) to make edits and correct mistakes to the records not related to driving time.
  Notice and Request for Comments 04/03/15   18295 (80) FMCSA announces ELD providers will certify and register their devices with the agency using an online form.
  Notice and Request for Comments 10/28/14   64248 (79) Manufacturers of ELDs will be required to register with FMCSA.
  Notice; Extension of Comment Period 05/16/14   28471 (79) FMCSA extends the comment period for the SNPRM.
Notice; Availability of Research Report 05/12/14   27040 (79) FMCSA announces the availability of a new final report, "Evaluating the Potential Safety Benefits of Electronic Hours-of-Service Recorders."
Notice; Regulatory Guidance 05/12/14   26868 (79) FMCSA issues regulatory guidance on two issues involving roadside inspection of trucks equipped with automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) to assist drivers with HOS record keeping and compliance.
  Request for Comments 03/28/14   17656 (79) FMCSA requests comments on the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM).
  Notice and Request for Comments 05/28/13   32001 (78) FMCSA has submitted an information collection request to OMB to seek comments on the extent to which EOBRs could be used to harass drivers or monitor driver productivity. Comments due June 27, 2013.
  Notice of Public Listening Session 02/29/12   74267 (77) FMCSA seeks to collect collect information from drivers & carriers on the issue of driver harassment to determine the extent to which EOBRs could be used to harass drivers and/or monitor driver productivity. Comments due Feb. 11, 2013.
  Notice of Public Listening Session 02/29/12   12231 (77) FMCSA will hold a public listening session to solicit information on EOBRs and the issue of driver harassment. To be held March 23, 2012, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
  Update 02/29/12   Update ATA has filed an amicus brief supporting FMCSA's defense of EOBRs. OOIDA originally filed suit against in January 2011.
  Notice: request for additional public comment 04/13/2011   20611 (76) FMCSA has republished its call for comments. Comments were due May 23, 2011.
  NPRM 02/01/2011   5537 (76) FMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to require certain motor carriers operating CMVs in interstate commerce to use EOBRs to document their drivers' HOS.
FRA Update 03/15/17 FRA-2011-0028 (also FRA-2008-0132): Positive Train Control Systems
Keywords: Rail, Positive Train Control (PTC)
Report FRA provides a status update on PTC implementation. 16 percent of freight railroads have PTC active on their tracks.
Notice and request for comments 03/15/17   13717(82) FRA proposes revisions to the Quarterly PTC Progress Report Form and is seeking comments. 12 percent of freight railroads have PTC active on their tracks. Comments due May 15, 2017.
  Notice 09/23/16   65702(81) FRA submits an Information Collection Request to OMB to collect information on railroads’ PTC implementation for the Annual PTC Progress Report Form.
  Update 08/17/16   Report FRA provides a status update on PTC implementation: one-third of freight trains have completed installation.
  Notice and request for comments 06/23/16   40938(81) FRA has revised the Annual PTC Progress Report Form to be more consistent with the quarterly report form.
  Notice 05/09/16   28140(81) FRA requests OMB approval to collect status updates on PTC implementation through a quarterly form, submitted by each railroad.
  Notice 03/07/16   11878(81) FRA proposes requiring each railroad to submit quarterly reports on PTC implementation progress and seeks emergency processing for the submission of the PTCEI Act required annual progress report form.
  Notice 02/29/16   10126(81) FRA proposes to provide railroads with a PTC Implementation Plan Template to assist them in submitting their revised implementation plans.
  Notice 01/26/15   4360(81) FRA proposes to provide railroads with a PTC Implementation Plan Template to assist them in submitting their revised implementation plans.
  Notice and request for comments 10/27/15   65848(80) To better understand the status of PTC implementation efforts, the FRA is requesting a three-year extension of the Implementation Status Update Questionnaire.
  Update 09/18/15   Update The Surface Transportation Board (STB) STB posts incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding the timely implementation of Positive Train Control Systems (PTC).
  Update 09/18/15   Report GAO report finds FRA failed to provide proper oversight of PTC implementation and recommends development of a plan outlining how the agency will hold rail accountable for making continued progress.
  Update 08/07/15   Report FY15 Omnibus mandated report finds a majority of railroads will not meet the PTC implementation deadline.
  Final Rule 08/22/14   49693 (79) FRA amends the exception to the requirement to install a PTC system for freight-only track segments that present a de minimis safety risk. Rule also adds a new exception for PTC-unequipped freight trains associated with certain freight yard operations to operate within PTC systems. Effective Oct. 21, 2014.
  Final Rule 08/20/13   51078 (78) STB issued a final rule mandating Class I’s file expenses associated with PTC separately from other capital and operating expenditures so the Board is able to track PTC costs more efficiently.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 12/11/12   73589 (77) Proposal would expand exceptions to PTC implementation, including an allowance for double the number of freight cars holding poison-by-inhalation hazmat materials and revising the grade limitation.
  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 08/24/11   52918 (76) FRA proposes removing various requirements for railroads to either conduct further analyses or meet certain risk-based criteria to avoid PTC system implementation on track segments that do not transport poison-or toxic-by-inhalation (PIH) hazardous materials and are not used for intercity or commuter rail. The PTC rule has been approved by the Office of the Secretary and sent to OMB.
  Announcement 03/07/11   Announcement In response to requests from Class I Railroads and AAR, FMCSA has agreed to issue a new proposed rulemaking to reduce the number of route miles requiring positive train control (PTC) systems by about 10,000 miles.
  Final rule amendments 09/27/10   59108 (75) FRA amends the final PTC Rule.
  Final rule; request for comment on specific issues 01/15/09   2598(75)
PTC Docket
FRA issued a final rule guiding the implementation of the Positive Train Control (PTC) provisions included in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
FMCSA Update 03/09/15 FMCSA-2004-19608:  Hours of Service of Drivers
Keywords: HOS
Report FMCSA notifies Congress that its study finds no significant safety benefits resulting from the two "off-duty" periods and the once-a-week 34-hour restart. Therefore, the two provisions will not be enforced.
  Type 03/02/17   Letter OIG notifies Congress it agrees with FMCSA’s findings that the Restart Study did not find net safety benefits from the use of the two suspended HOS provisions.
  Update 03/02/15   Update The National Academies Press releases a study finding it difficult to determine whether a connection exists between HOS rules and driver fatigue, given available data.
  Update 07/29/15   Update FMCSA publishes their July 16, 2015, preliminary response to GAO’s report on 34-hour restart study.
  Update 07/29/15   Report GAO finds FMCSA’s Jan. 31, 2014, 34-hour restart study did not completely meet certain research standards such as reporting limitations and linking conclusions to the results.
  Update 04/29/15   Report The American Transportation Research Institute has released a study showing the July 1 , 2013, 34-hour restart rule increased crashes and hurt safety.
  Update 03/19/15   Update FMCSA has provided methodology for their upcoming congressionally mandated study of the HOS 34-hour restart rule.
  Regulatory Guidance 01/15/15   Announcement FMCSA is recruiting truck drivers and carriers for a study of the HOS 34-hour restart rule. The study is mandated by FY15 Appropriations Law.
  Regulatory Guidance 12/22/14   76241(79) The Federal Register "Notice of Suspension of Enforcement" link is now available. Per the FY15 Appropriations Law, FMCSA is suspending enforcement of weekly restart rules that drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1, 2013. Effective Dec. 16, 2014, drivers can restart their 60- or 70-hour calculation by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off duty, without additional limitations.
Notice and Request for Comments 12/22/14   76443 (79) FMCSA increases its Sept. 12, 2015, information collection burden estimation to account for burden imposed on intrastate drivers and their motor carriers by State HOS laws.
  Regulatory Guidance 09/14/14   54776(79) FMCSA is reducing its hours of burden estimation associated with maintaining driver Record of Duty Statuses (RODS) because short haul drivers are exempt from maintaining RODS and because some drivers are voluntarily using electronic HOS technology.
  Regulatory Guidance 07/10/14   39342 (79) FMCSA issues guidance on records of duty status (RODS) generated by Smartphone, tablet or computer apps. RODS generated by these devices no longer need to be printed and signed. Instead, drivers can sign the RODS electronically and display the electronic record at the roadside.
  Revision of an information collection 06/24/14   35843 (79) FMCSA requests comments on an information collection request (ICR) it is submitting to OMB that would reduce the estimated hours of burden associated with filing driver Record of Duty Stats (RODS). Comments may address whether the ICR is necessary and ways burden of filing RODs may be reduced.
  Notice; Third Party Field Study 03/31/14   Announcement Rep. Petri and Rep. Shuster asked GAO to evaluate two studies used to justify changes to federal hours of service regulations.
  Notice; Third Party Field Study 01/31/14   Announcement Per MAP-21, FMCSA released its 34- hour restart provision field study results, which found the current provision yielded safety benefits.
  Regulatory Guidance 12/19/13   76757 (78) FMCSA issues regulatory guidance detailing that short haul drivers who occasionally exceed the short haul distance or time limits are subject to the 30-minute off-duty break requirement and must prepare a record-of-duty status for the day.
  Enforcement Policy 10/25/13

Final Rule FMCSA formally amends its HOS rule to exempt short-haul drivers from the 30-minute off-duty break requirement.
  Enforcement Policy 08/08/13

Update FMCSA defines "short-haul operators" for purposes of HOS enforcement as CDL holders operating within 100 air-miles of their reporting station or within 150 miles for non-CDL drivers.
  Regulatory Guidance 07/12/13

41852 (78)

FMCSA is revising 1997 regulatory guidance to eliminate language that unintentionally discourages drivers from taking breaks during the work day or documenting such breaks in logbooks.
  Update 03/18/13

Update  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard opening arguments; the court has no deadline to produce a decision.
  Update 1/28/13  

Update

Oral arguments have been scheduled to take place March 15, 2012, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  Update 12/18/12     Update Oral arguments have been scheduled to take place March 15, 2012, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  Update 09/24/12  

Update

FMCSA has filed a court brief in defense of its HOS rule. ATA must reply to the brief by Oct. 24, 2012.
  Update 07/31/12     Update 15 industry groups have filed a joint amici curiae brief which supports the ATA petition.
  Update 07/25/12     Update ATA et al filed a petition seeking review of the final HOS rule. Specifically, petitioners challenge the rule’s restart provisions and off-duty break requirements.
  Final Rule; Correction 02/13/12   7544 (77) Notice corrects the amendatory language or guidance to legal editors of the Code of Federal Regulations on the proper codification of the rule.
  Final Rule 01/27/12   81134 (76)   Full compliance is required by July 1, 2013. Compliance for penalty schedule, violations and monetary penalties, and definition of on-duty time must be complied with by effective date of Feb 27, 2012.
  Final Rule 12/22/11   Final Rule FMCSA has issued final rule. Rule cuts maximum weekly hours worked by 12, redefines "on-duty" time and requires 34 hours "off duty" before restarting weekly clock.
  Update 11/02/11   Article FMCSA submitted its final rule to OMB for review; FMCSA owes a status update to the court by Nov. 28, 2011.
  Update 05/30/11   Article FMCSA has delayed the scheduled release of the final rule to October 2011 in order to allow time to review comments on the new materials added to the docket in May.
  Notice; availability of supplemental documents; reopening of comment period 05/09/11   26681 (76) FMCSA has placed four additional documents in the public docket of its recent HOS NPRM. The Agency is reopening the comment period on the NPRM to allow for review and discussion of these documents and FMCSA's possible consideration of their findings in the development of the final rule. Comments will only be considered on the four new documents. Comments were due June 8, 2011.
  GAO Study 01/26/11   8990 (76) The GAO has released a study entitled “Commercial Motor Carriers: More Could Be Done to Determine Impact of Excessive Loading and Unloading Wait Times on Hours of Service Violations.” The full report is available here (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-198). Highlights of the report are here (http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11198high.pdf).
  NPRM; notice of availability of supplemental documents and corrections; extension of comment period   02/16/11   82170 (75) FMCSA has released additional documents regarding the HOS rulemaking. The public comment period ended March 4, 2011.
  NPRM 12/23/10   HOS Docket FMCSA proposes to amend the HOS regulations for CMV drivers. Comments were due Feb. 28, 2011.
FMCSA Final Rule Sent to OST 06/12/12 FMCSA-2005-23315: Requirements for Intermodal Equipment Providers and Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating Intermodal Equipment
Keywords: Intermodal, Roadability
Update The White House Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's revised Final Rule on the inspection, repair and maintenance of intermodal equipment as it pertains to filing a DVIR on equipment that has no defects.
  Final Rule Sent to OST 02/28/12   Update This rule has moved to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation for review and approval.
  Final rule; partial extension of compliance date 05/20/11   29169 (76) FMCSA has once again extended the compliance deadline for no-defect DVIRs. The new deadline is June 30, 2012.
  Final rule; partial extension of compliance date. 08/20/10   51416 (75) In response to petitions, FMCSA has announced that the requirement to file no-defect DVIRs goes beyond stated requirements and is likely to provide only negligible safety benefits. Therefore, the department has determined that it may be necessary to issue a NPRM to propose eliminating the requirement for no-defect DVIRs. In the meantime, FMCSA extended the compliance deadline from June 30, 2010, to June 30, 2011.
  Announcement 01/27/12   Announcement IANA launched their Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) Processing System. The system assists motor carriers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), facility operators, and maintenance & repair vendors with regulatory compliance and identification of defective equipment. DVIR reporting was required by June 30, 2010. Register for IANA DVIR processing services here: www.DVIR.Intermodal.org
  Final Rule/ Technical Amendments 12/29/09   68703 (74) Roadability Docket In response to petitions, FMCSA has announced that the requirement to file no-defect DVIRs goes beyond stated requirements and is likely to provide only negligible safety benefits. Therefore, the department has determined that it may be necessary to issue a NPRM to propose eliminating the requirement for no-defect DVIRs. In the meantime, FMCSA extended the compliance deadline from June 30, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

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