March 1st, 2021
As Trucking Changes, So Do Regulations

Highway safety is a societal issue. So, in that way, FMCSA regulations affect us all, even if we are not part of the regulated community. A new administration could bring good news and the potential for changes in regulations. FMCSA understands the breadth of its regulated community and the fact that its regulations may have societal impacts.

February 25th, 2021
White House Order May Result in New Regulatory Emphasis for Trucking

An executive order regarding a little known White House office may result in a big change and an entirely new direction when it comes to trucking and other federal regulations. President Biden recently signed “Modernizing Regulatory Review,” an order directed at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the White House Office of Management and Budget.

February 22nd, 2021
Truck Licensing, Medical Card Waivers Extended Through May 2021 If Allowed by States

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has permitted the extension by states of the waivers for renewals of interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and medical cards to May 31, 2021. FMCSA is not requiring all states to extend this waiver, noting that the pandemic has affected state operations differently. Motor carriers and truck drivers should check with their state driver licensing agency to confirm the status in their state.

Blog, Regulations
February 18th, 2021
How Federal Trucking Regulations Become Law, Part 2

When a federal agency, like the FMCSA, proposes so-called “legislative rules,” it means regulations that are made pursuant to the agency’s Congressional charter or Congress’s specific direction. The agency must then follow the “informal rulemaking procedures” outlined in the APA. Most people recognize these “informal” procedures as the “notice-and-comment” steps of federal rulemaking. Learn more about this.

February 17th, 2021
FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Declaration Through May of 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again extending its Emergency Declaration giving motor carriers and drivers relief from specific federal safety regulations related to the hauling of COVID-19 relief supplies. This extension specifically covers the transportation of vaccines, their components and supplies necessary for their administration. FMCSA is continuing the overall relief through the end of May, 2021. Starting Feb. 17, 2021 and running through May 31, 2021, this will replace and modify the prior Emergency Declaration which was set to run through Feb. 28, 2021.

Blog, Regulations
February 15th, 2021
New Whitepaper Helps Truck Fleets Improve Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances & Alcohol BASICs

“BASICs – Improving Driver Fitness and Controlled Substances & Alcohol” details how the Driver Fitness and the Controlled Substances & Alcohol BASICs address regulatory requirements that often affect a driver prior to hiring and outside of commercial motor vehicle operations. These areas can quickly receive enforcement attention and trigger investigations when problems are found.