The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0165 for comments until January 30, 2019. You, like many others may be asking yourself what is this proposed rule (RIN 2126-AC01)? The short answer is, it pertains to amending the Hazardous Materials Safety Permits regulations to incorporate by reference the updated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) handbook (2018). More specifically the Out-of-Service Criteria. Although this criterion is not regulation, it does provide enforcement personnel nationwide, including FMCSAâ€™s State partners, uniform tolerances for roadside inspections. You can also use our Carrier Performance Management tools at https://learnhazmat.com/professional-solutions/carrier-management-system to help keep track of third party haulers out-of-service percentages and much more.
Now back to the NPRM. In total, there are 15 updates that distinguish the 2018 version from the 2016 (6 updates) and 2017(9 updates) versions. Remember this is just a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and not a final rule. To submit comments, you have until January 30, 2019. To submit comments, you may use the following methods:
You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA â€“ 2018-0165 using any if the following methods
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
- Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
- Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
- Fax: 202-493-2251.
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To see a full list of the differences and updates click HERE.