Ask the safety rep: Regulatory updates

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ARE DRIVERS STILL REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL LIST OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS?

As of May 8, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) eliminated the annual requirement for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers. Motor carriers are still required to make an annual inquiry to obtain the motor vehicle record (MVR) for each driver they employ from every state in which the driver holds or has held a CMV operator’s license or permit in the past year.

This rule change also added a requirement for motor carriers to contact foreign authorities if a driver holds or has held a CMV operator’s license or permit outside the United States, such as in Canada or Mexico. The annual inquiry of foreign licensing authorities must also be documented in the driver’s qualification file even if no violations occurred.

Learn more about this rule change here

WHAT IS THE ENTRY-LEVEL TRAINING PROVIDER REGISTRY?

The FMCSA launched the Training Provider Registry as part of the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations. According to the FMCSA, the registry is an online database that aims to improve highway safety by maintaining the list of registered, self-certified training providers that meet federal training requirements. These providers must also retain a record of all individuals who have completed the required ELDT training.

Individuals seeking to obtain ELDT certification must search for a training provider on the Training Provider Registry. All entities intending to provide ELDT, including motor carriers, must visit the Training Provider Registry to register with the FMCSA.

WHAT STEPS MUST THE DRIVER AND CARRIER TAKE IF AN ELD MALFUNCTIONS?

If an electronic logging device (ELD) malfunctions, the driver must inform his or her carrier of the malfunction within 24 hours. If the malfunction prevents the driver from recording and/or presenting the hours-of-service data to a safety official, the driver must use a paper log or another system. Upon learning of the ELD malfunction, the motor carrier has eight days to repair, service, or replace the ELD. The motor carrier may request an extension under 49 CFR Part 395.34.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ensure an annual query on every driver’s MVR is conducted.

  • When screening ELDT-certified applicants, verify their training provider in the Training Provider Registry.

  • Ensure all drivers carry a backup paper logbook in case the ELD malfunctions.

 

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