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FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

June 16, 2017

By David Cullen

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Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Image: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

To that end, the agency gave a presentation on June 12 to the appointed members of its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, which has been tasked with making recommendations on which federal highway safety rules might be eliminated.

“To introduce a new FMCSA assignment to the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee members, agency staff prepared a short PowerPoint presentation outlining some possible 'regulatory relief' candidates that could be suggested or included in response to the Presidential Executive Order," FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne told HDT.

"MCSAC, which is comprised of a broad representation of all of FMCSA's stakeholders, is now tasked to come up with their own independently derived recommendations," he added. 

The presentation laid out 12 commercial-vehicle rules that FMCSA staff had determined were candidates for being dropped. MCSAC’s task is not easy, given that all the rules in place were implemented with a safety purpose in mind. 

Some of the dozen rules were selected by the agency for regulatory review by the committee because they are simply outdated or because they are no longer enforced for one reason or another. 

For example, per the presentation, the Motor Carrier Routing Regulations (under Part 325) could be dropped as they are a remnant of the shuttered Interstate Commerce Commission and therefore it is questionable whether they still serve a purpose. It was suiggested their elimination would simplify regulations and have no significant economic impact.

Other rules proposed for the chopping block by agency staff include measures touching on other reporting requirements and some requirements covering medical records, employment application, and road test results for non-CDL drivers, as well as some cooperating agreements with states. 

The presentation closes with these three “next steps” to consider for the regulatory reform process to go forward:

  • Conduct outreach with additional stakeholders
  • Place DOT notice seeking public comment in the Federal Register
  • FMCSA Rulemaking Planning 

While FMCSA staff did suggest that MCSAC members consider eliminating the set of 12 particular rules presented, DeBruyne stressed that it remains the committee’s task now “to independently come up with recommendations in response to the Presidential Executive Order.”


  1. 1. Marc Riffle [ June 16, 2017 @ 05:23PM ]

    I ask of u president trump to put a end to elogs and paper logs one for safety let drivers be humans so they can sleep when there tire take a break and not drive in rush hour traffic but with log books we drive tired just like elogs so do away with logs books and elogs so we aren't robots

  2. 2. Lance Shepherd [ June 18, 2017 @ 07:49PM ]

    President Trump, I have no problems complying with logging laws as long as common sense is applied. Give us the latitude to use all 4 lines of our log book to the best of our ability to be safe and rested and please consider the extreme cost placed upon the small carriers. The ATA and the Trucking Alliance only have 1 agenda to make cost unbearably high for small carriers to survive

  3. 3. Ron Knight [ June 18, 2017 @ 08:48PM ]

    The most damaging rule to productivity and safety is the current 14 hour rule. I have no problem with limiting a driver to 14 hours on duty in a 24 hour period, but we need the flexibility to break up the 14 as we see fit. This one change would allow a driver to take a break during peak congestion times, bad weather, or move from nearest truck stop to delivery or pick up locations and back without sacrificing his ability to make appointments and still have a productive day.

  4. 4. William Jones Jr. [ June 19, 2017 @ 03:22AM ]

    I am in agreement with everything Ron Knight just mentioned!!!

  5. 5. Patrick Dwyer [ June 19, 2017 @ 05:27AM ]

    The rules that are in place will break every small trucking company in the unless the 14 hour rule is changed.

  6. 6. Kenny Scott [ June 19, 2017 @ 05:42AM ]

    #1 go back to to the Dot physical as they were. The new rule is not working and cost are higher and Creates Fraud #2 set back the ELD 3 years more to allow anybody whole wants out of trucking and to clear thier investments out. I invested $200 grand under the old paper log way of doing business and will not run a ELD so I will be force out of business and to take a hit on taxes. Also will give more time to figure out why more drivers are dying with the current hos rules. It is not fair to change rules in the middle of people's investments. #3 enforce the the dam language law and make immigrates get there trucks to safety standards.

  7. 7. Jeff [ June 19, 2017 @ 06:22AM ]

    first if you really want to be heard, contact your politicians in your state, they are your best voice. Write letters to the FMCSA, media. Write to MCSAC since they have been given this task. Write to the WH if the communications director get enough of these the president will see them. I am in total agreement of what is needed but there are not enough drivers, carriers using the avenues at their discretion to be heard. Tell them also how this will and has affected recruiting and retention.

  8. 8. Tim [ June 19, 2017 @ 08:38AM ]

    I too agree with Ron Knight's post above. Eliminate the 14 hr rule. We somehow managed without it for decades, and all it does is reduce real safety, needlessly complicate every aspect of logistics and transportation from the back office to the driver, cut back on productivity and cause undue stress together with its unhealthy aspects for drivers and truck owners.

  9. 9. Gerald [ June 19, 2017 @ 08:49AM ]

    How many regulations are there now? That would be interesting to know and compare it to the 12 they are proposing. Are there 25, 50 100 or more reg's in place now?
    This will be very interesting to see the results because you have bureaucrats in place now who shuffle papers and have made up rules to keep their jobs.
    They will fight all to way to prevent "draining the swamp".

  10. 10. Cedric [ June 20, 2017 @ 12:28PM ]

    It would be great if he or someone in his circle would actually read and consider the requests and suggestions.

  11. 11. William B. Trescott [ June 21, 2017 @ 10:43AM ]

    The HOS and ELD rules have not yet survived a court challenge because of the corruption in the courts. Although we stopped one of the judges involved from being appointed to the Supreme Court, they remain on the bench. See www.truckingvideo.com before you write your congressperson.

  12. 12. Terry Hollman [ June 21, 2017 @ 06:29PM ]

    I also agree with Ron's post the 14 hour rule needs to go. It has done more damage than good forcing drivers to race against the clock no matter the road conditions.

  13. 13. Mike kirrane [ June 22, 2017 @ 11:40AM ]

    Get rid of The 70 hour 8 day rule serves no purpose in safety it just controls how much revenue a truck can earn and keeps drivers out and away from home longer abs can actually make a driver drive fatigued
    Example a driver starts his week Monday around midnight he drives 11 hours all week long by Saturday he's only has 4 hours left Sunday he drives out drives 4 hours and the 70 is burned up he pulls into a truckstop around 3am sleeps until 1am that's 8 hours he is refreshed to drive right now but has to wait 13 hours until midnight when he gets his back by then he's getting tired from being up all day but he has to go


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