The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects it will publish by next summer at least five proposed or final rules to the trucking industry, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report.
As reported by CCJ magazine, a FMCSA report states that a proposed rule mandating the use of speed limiters on commercial trucks in the U.S. is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2015, as is a proposed rule to implement the agency’s Safety Fitness Determination carrier scoring plan.
The DOT projects the speed limiter rule to be published in January and the Safety Fitness rule to be published in March. The speed limiter rule should be sent to the OMB this month, the report says.
The agency also has on the docket for upcoming months publication of a Final Rule to implement a CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which would be a database of drivers who have failed or refused to take a drug or alcohol test.
Also, final rules to mandate electronic hours of service recording devices and prohibit coercion of drivers are also expected within the next year, though no projected dates for those are listed in the department’s report, according to CCJ.
In Canada, Ontario and Quebec were the first two jurisdictions in North America to require speed limiters on all commercial trucks, while a the technical issues surrounding a universal ELD mandate is also being worked on