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FMCSA Acts On Rules Related To Bus Operations

Posted on October 14, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold a roundtable discussion on Oct. 31 as a follow-up to its Aug. 31 notice of intent about the petitions for reconsideration of the final rule, titled ``Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers,'' published May 27, 2015.

The meeting will be open to the public. Individuals with diverse experience, expertise, and perspectives are encouraged to attend. If all comments have been exhausted before the end of the session, the session may conclude early.

Summary of rule:
FMCSA adopts regulations governing the lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to: Identify the motor carrier operating a passenger-carrying CMV that is responsible for compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs); and ensure that a lessor surrenders control of the CMV for the full term of the lease or temporary exchange of CMVs and drivers.

This action is necessary to ensure that unsafe passenger carriers cannot evade FMCSA oversight and enforcement by entering into a questionable lease arrangement to operate under the authority of another carrier that exercises no actual control over those operations. This rule will enable the FMCSA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and our federal and state partners to identify motor carriers transporting passengers in interstate commerce and correctly assign responsibility to these entities for regulatory violations during inspections, compliance investigations, and crash investigations. It also provides the general public with the means to identify the responsible motor carrier at the time transportation services are provided.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
(855) 368-4200

Easier Licenses For Ex-Military

The FMCSA issued a final rule amending its commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by simplifying the process of obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL. 

This final rule extends the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to one year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a CMV.

This final rule also allows a state to accept applications from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that state and to administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL.

States that choose to accept such applications must use forms and procedures acceptable to the state of domicile of the military personnel (their state of permanent residence or “home” state), and must transmit the test results electronically to the state of domicile.

The state of domicile may issue the CLP or CDL on the basis of those results.

Click here to read the Federal Register notice.

Related Topics: chauffeur licensing, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal regulations, industry regulations, motorcoach operators, motorcoaches, regulatory enforcement

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