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FMCSA to Send Hours, EOBR Rules to Peters for Review

By Sean McNally, Senior Reporter

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to send several proposed rules, including regulations governing driver hours-of-service and electronic onboard recorders, to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters for review.

FMCSA’s final draft of its rule on intermodal chassis maintenance “was submitted to [Peters] last week, and we plan to submit the other rulemakings in the near future,” agency spokeswoman Kristin Schrader said Aug. 12.

The intermodal chassis final rule, which was ordered by the 2005 highway bill, would assign responsibility for maintenance of shared intermodal equipment to the owner of the equipment, rather than to the driver or the company transporting it.

The Department of Transportation report had that rule pegged for final publication in the Federal Register in early December.

Among the rules FMCSA is expected to send to the secretary in coming weeks, in addition to the chassis rule and final rules on hours-of-service and EOBRs, are a revised new-entrant safety audit program, the unified registration system and a proposal for a revised carrier safety fitness

rating system.

The other regulations FMCSA is working to complete include:

A pair of high-profile medical rules, one creating a national registry of medical examiners for drivers and one linking the medical certification to the commercial driver license, which already have been sent to the secretary, with an eye on publication in late November or early December.

A revised audit program for new motor carriers, slated for publication in mid-November.

The fitness rating proposal, a key part of the agency’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 plan, which is slated for publication in early February 2009.

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