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DRIVE-Safe Act
Hours of Service
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Trucks - East Coast Advisory
Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)
CSA
Driver Training
Agency Websites

DRIVE-Safe Act
The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, or DRIVE-Safe Act creates a pathway for 18-21 year olds to receive their CDL for interstate travel if they complete rigorous training programs.


Hours of Service
Current Hours of Service (HOS) Rules
In August, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released proposed revised hours of service regulations. The proposal makes a number of significant changes that provide  greater flexibility for drivers. The 30 minute rest break would now only be required after 8 hours of driving time rather than on-duty time and could  taken using on-duty non-driving time. The short-haul exemption would be extended to 150 air miles from the current 100 and the allowable drive time increased to 14 hours.


Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
The FMCSA updated it’s website with information about the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Voluntary registration will start in October, 2019, and beginning January 6, 2020, truck drivers will be required to register and give their consent for motor carriers to check their record. Employers subject to the final rule will be required to query the Clearinghouse as part of every pre-employment driver investigation, and at least annually for drivers they employ to verify they do not have an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation.  Employers will be charged a fee for conducting queries and plans are scheduled to be available for purchase in the fall of 2019. and the administration has released purchase plan options.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine 
Areas in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and most recently, West Virginia are attempting to contain the spread of the spotted lantern fly, an invasive species that feeds on fruit trees. Some quarantined areas require that most truck drivers have permits indicating they have received eradication training. Trucks that are caught traveling with lanternflies onboard in quarantined areas during inspections could be placed out of service. A report is here. Information about permits is here.


Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)
The FMCSA's Electronic on Board Recorder Final Rule requires that ELD’s record vehicle location at every change of duty status and at a minimum of 60 minute intervals and must be able to transfer data electronically for roadside inspections.  Companies currently using “ELD-like” devices may continue to use their devices until December 2019 at which point their ELD’s must comply with the rule’s specifications.  

The FMCSA published an ELD guide for drivers. Designed to be printed and stored under the visor of a commercial vehicle, the publication provides both an overview and troubleshooting tips for common questions or concerns that arise during data transfer. 


CSA Safety Ratings

Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA) is an FMCSA safety compliance and enforcement program.

Driver Training

Entry-Level Driver Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its proposed national training requirements that would revise the standards required for new commercial vehicle driver’s licenses. The proposal reflects consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of FMCSA representatives and 25 stakeholders and responds to a Congressional mandate imposed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.
 
Veteran Drivers
The FMCSA's program to expedite commercial drivers licensing for veterans.

Transportation Agency Websites

Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Highway Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration