FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers
Federal Officials are looking for authority to shut down motor carriers that employ officers who have shown disregard for safety regulations. The proposal, which was released Friday, strengthens FMCSA’s “ability to take unsafe trucks and buses off the road if the agency finds that a carrier purposefully employs officers with a history of blatant disregard for safety,” the agency said (Miller, 2012).
If this proposal is finalized, it would implement provisions of major transportation laws passed back in 2005 and also earlier this year (Miller, 2012).
The FMCSA is accepting public comments on this proposed regulation until January 13th.
FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal
The FMCSA has announced that bus and truck companies will no longer be granted the 10-day extension to resolve an appeal which was previously permitted. This new rule stems from a fatal bus crash which occurred in 2011, for which the carrier was given the 10-day extension period to appeal (Cama, 2012).
In 2011, 55 bus or truck carriers were ordered out-of-service, 8 of which were granted 10-day extensions. “There is no excuse for delay when a bus operator should be put out of service for safety’s sake,” Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated (Cama, 2012).
Cama, T. (2012, November 19). FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers. Transport Topics .
Miller, E. (2012, November 12). FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal. Transport Topics .