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Regulations: Mandated 10-Year Background Checks And More On The Horizon?


In addition to the 10-year background checks, the NTSB also petitioned the FMCSA to address the following issues:

In June, the NTSB made several recommendations:

  • Speed Limiters:¬†Develop performance standards for advanced speed-limiting technology, such as variable speed limiters and intelligent speed adaptation devices, for heavy vehicles, including trucks, buses, and motorcoaches. (H-12-20)After establishing performance standards for advanced speed-limiting technology for heavy commercial vehicles, require that all newly manufactured heavy vehicles be equipped with such devices. (H-12-21)


Include safety measurement system rating scores in the methodology used to determine a carrier’s fitness to operate in the safety fitness rating rulemaking for the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative. (H-12-17)

Implement a program to identify commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea and require that those drivers provide evidence through the medical certification process of having been appropriately evaluated and, if treatment is needed, effectively treated for that disorder before being granted unrestricted medical certification. (H-09-15)

Develop and disseminate guidance for commercial drivers, employers, and physicians regarding the identification and treatment of individuals at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), emphasizing that drivers who have OSA that is effectively treated are routinely approved for continued medical certification. (H-09-16)

Require all motor carriers to adopt a fatigue management program based on the North American Fatigue Management Program guidelines for the management of fatigue in a motor carrier operating environment. (H-10-9)

Develop and implement a plan to deploy technologies in commercial vehicles to reduce the occurrence of fatigue-related accidents. (H-08-13)

In the January 28, 2013 letter to the FMCSA, the NTSB requested the FMCSA respond to the NTSB’s proposal within 90 days.

“We would appreciate receiving a response from you within 90 days detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement them,” NTSB Chariman Deborah A.P. Hersman wrote.





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