FMCSA eases process for drivers to upgrade to Class A CDL

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new final rule streamlining the process of upgrading from a Class B to Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

The new rule amends the entry-level driver training regulations published in 2016that required the same level of theory training for individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time as for those who already hold a Class B CDL and are upgrading to a Class A. FMCSA said it has concluded that eliminating that requirement” will maintain the same level of safety” as established in the 2016rule. 

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FMCSA’s hours of service proposal could be impeded by government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government could delay the publication of a proposed rule to reform hours of service regulations, according to a U.S. DOT official.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials hinted in December that a notice of proposed rulemaking offering potential revisions to federal hours regs could come as early as March. But the lingering closure of federal agencies will impede FMCSA’s ability to proceed with the rulemaking process, the official said.Read More


Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicle 3.0 – Announcement On October 4, 2018, U.S. DOT published Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0). The event was web casted live and a docket (Docket No. DOT-OST-2018-0149) has been opened so that stakeholders and the public can submit their comments on AV 3.0. Read more View the video:

FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Revising Current Hours-of-Service Regulations for Interstate Truck Drivers

August 21, 2018

Contact: Duane DeBruyne

Tel.: (202) 366-9999




FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Revising Current Hours-of-Service Regulations for Interstate Truck Drivers


Areas under consideration for revision include short-haul operations, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute break, and split sleeper-berth



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.


The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads.  The comment period will be open for 30 days.


The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:


·       Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;

·       Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;

·       Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and

·       Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).


Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.


Additional information on the ANPRM, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, is available at


The first in a series of public listening sessions on the ANPRM will take place Friday, August 24, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time.  Further information is available at


Information on current HOS regulations is available at


Information on electronic logging devices (ELDs) carried on-board long-haul trucks and used by commercial vehicle enforcement officers to check compliance with HOS regulations is available at




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FMCSA grants rest exemption for fuel haulers

Under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for twelve hours a day without triggering the rest break requirement.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted an exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for trucks hauling petroleum products. Under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for twelve hours a day without triggering the rest break requirement, according to Monday’s announcement.

With this exemption, FMCSA recognized that “these drivers receive several short ‘breaks’ each day when they unload…at service stations.” 

  1. This exemption is limited to motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transportation of the following petroleum products: U.N. 1170— Ethanol, U.N. 1202—Diesel Fuel, U.N. 1203—Gasoline, U.N. 1863—Fuel, aviation, turbine engine, U.N. 1993— Flammable liquids, n.o.s. (gasoline), U.N. 3475—Ethanol and gasoline mixture, Ethanol and motor spirit mixture, or Ethanol and petrol mixture, and N.A. 1993—Diesel Fuel or Fuel Oil.


VTBA Regional Emergency Declaration

Dear Member,

The US Department of Transportation has issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR 390.23. The Declaration is for 38 states and grants emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations with some restrictions, and includes the transportation of fuel products into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions.

Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your truck.

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CSA, IRT and trucking

Item response theory is viewed as a better way to identify “cultural weaknesses” that create higher crash risk among trucking companies.

Back in June, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) issued a long-awaited report that analyzed the Compliance, Safety, Accountability or CSA program introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seven years ago. The program is supposed to be a more effective way to measure motor carriers safety.

That 130-page contained what Steven Bryan, president of software developer Vigillo, called a “laundry list” of issues concerning the statistical models within the CSA program’s safety measurement system (SMS) which are then used to craft motor carrier safety scores.

During a presentation at the 2017 American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual conference in Orlando, FL, this week, Bryan and Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA’s director of the office of compliance and enforcement, explained that the agency is going to use a new analytical “tool” to help improve the CSA safety scoring system over the next two years – a tool called “item response theory” or IRT.

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Truckers using phone-based ELDs can change duty status away from truck, FMCSA says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Thursday that it will, at least for five years, allow drivers using mobile device-based ELDs (those run on a phone or tablet) to change duty status outside of and away from their vehicle. Such changes in duty status will need to be annotated, the agency says, but will be permitted under a waiver request granted to UPS by FMCSA.


The agency granted Thursday two waivers for all carriers related to the electronic logging device mandate. The other waiver allows carriers, at least for five years, to perform multiple yard moves without having to re-enter “yard move” on the device.

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VTBA Regional Emergency Declaration has been issued by FMCSA

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulator relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment and persons into or from the States of Texas and Louisiana or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency resulting Tropical Storm Harvey in the States of Texas and Louisiana.

This declaration terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort.

This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 pm (ET), September 24, 2017, whichever is less.

Further updates to this declaration can be found on the FMCSA website

Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Overview

On August 1, 2017, the FMCSA began accepting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) into its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program through DataQs.  Crashes eligible for the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program must have occured on or after June 1, 2017.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program is expected to last a minimum of 24 months.

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FMCSA’s safety programs use data from 3.5 million roadside inspections and 150,000 crashes each year to prioritize its enforcement resources on those motor carriers that pose the greatest safety risks on our Nation’s roads.

Studies show that crash involvement is a strong indicator of future crash risk.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program allows FMCSA to gather data to examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of making crash preventability determinations on certain crash types.  FMCSA will use the information from the program to evaluate if these preventability determinations improve the Agency’s ability to identify the highest-risk motor carriers.

For more information on the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, please visit:

Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017