In accordance with the Presidential directive on freezing new regulations pending review, the entry level driver training rule (ELDT) has had the effective date extended until May 22, 2017, pending review by the new Administration. The rule establishes standards for training of new drivers; note that the Final Rule does not require minimum timeframes for classroom or behind the wheel training, those proposed requirements were removed and replaced with an evaluation of readiness by instructors and passing of required exams.
FMCSA has withdrawn the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Safety Fitness Determination. The proposed rule outlined changes to the safety rating process, including integrating roadside safety data, and moving from a three Rating system (Satisfactory, Conditional, Unsatisfactory) to simply “Unfit” or not rated. The NPRM and planned supplemental notice are withdrawn until the FAST Act mandated correlation studies are completed. FMCSA will evaluate study results and determine whether further rulemaking action is necessary to revise the safety fitness determination process.
On a different note, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be issuing an annual update to the roadside Out of Service Criteria used by inspectors. The following CVSA bulletin outlines changes taking effect April 1, 2017, including guidance to roadside officers on inspection of electronic logging devices for hours of service compliance, and enforcement of inactive or no USDOT numbers.