After receiving several petitions from the ATA and the CVSA and recommendations from the NTSB, the FMCSA has announced plans to clarify the language on some trucking regulations.
The FMCSA says that they do not intend to create new regulations or to make those that exist more strict; they say that their intention is to help encourage more consistent rule enforcement.
The proposed changes are to the “Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation” section and the “Inspection, Repair and Maintenance” section.
Here are the highlights of the proposed changes:
1. The CVSA wants the FMCSA to require that violations and defects that are found during roadside inspections be corrected before the driver or vehicle are redispatched.
2. The CVSA also wants a more clear definition of a major tread groove.
3. The ATA has asked that the FMCSA no longer require a rear license plate lamp when the rear license plate itself is not required. Unbelievably, some roadside inspectors have issued citations to drivers for this violation.
4. The CVSA wants language that provides a clear distinction between a roadside inspection and an annual inspection. Specifically, this would mean that a roadside inspection no longer meets the requirements of an annual inspection.
5. The FMCSA plans to add language to prohibit the use of speed-restricted tires on trucks unless they are specifically designated by the motor carrier.
You may submit comments on the proposed regulation changes at http://www.regulations.gov. Reference docket number FMCSA-2015-0176.
For a complete listing of all of the proposed regulations changes, please see the document below.