March 15, 2015 – Safety & Compliance

CVSA Publishes New Edition of Inspection Handbook

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has published a new edition of its North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook. The April 1, 2015, edition replaces and supersedes all previous editions.

  • Part I of the handbook details violations which would place a driver out-of-service.
  • Part II identifies Critical Vehicle Inspection Items and provides direction on identifying the point at which a CMV can no longer be safely operated due to the risk of causing an accident or breakdown.
  • Part III of the handbook provides guidance for unsafe hazardous materials transportation, including conditions which fail to communicate a hazard and those which are themselves hazards.
  • Part IV establishes criteria for placing a motor carrier out of service.

FMCSA Pushes Back Target Dates for Rulemakings

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pushed back the target dates for several of its most important pending rulemakings. Every month, DOT lists the status of the “significant” rulemakings (generally defined as having an effect of over $100M on the regulated entities) for each modal administration. The February list for the FMCSA contains these changes…

  • Publication of the final rule on electronic logging devices is deferred from September 30, 2015, to November 9, 2015.
  • The proposed joint FMCSA/NHTSA rulemaking on speed limiting devices is delayed from May to June 8, 2015.
  • The final rule on the drug and alcohol clearinghouse has been moved from October 30 to December 14, 2015.
  • The safety fitness determination proposed rule is now scheduled for July 1, 2015, back from June 17.

Note that the safety fitness determination proposal was originally scheduled for publication on March 29, 2008, so it will be more than seven years delayed if published this July. All of these dates are subject to further adjustment due to a variety of reasons, including reallocation of agency resources and changes in priorities.