DG Digest: FMCSA proposes pilot program on Hours Of Service for drivers

The FRA announced a new meeting of its Rail Safety Advisory Committee or RSAC.  BNSF trains pass each other in Dieringer, Washington in July of 2020.  Image © 7/2020 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.


The agency issued its latest group of Special Permit Actions.  The actions cover subjects as diverse as cylinder qualifications to the securement of fireworks within transport vehicles.  See the actions here:


The agency proposed a pilot program to allow temporary regulatory relief from the Agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) requirement that all driving by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be completed within 14 hours after coming on duty. During the pilot program, known as the Split Duty Period Pilot Program, participating CMV drivers would have the option to pause their 14-hour on-duty period (also called a driving window) with one off-duty period of no less than 30 minutes and no more than 3 hours. This program seeks to gather evidence whether decisions concerning the timing of such flexibility can be aligned with employers’, shippers’, and receivers’ scheduling preferences to optimize productivity while ensuring safety performance. Comments must be received on or before November 2, 2020.  See the details here.


The department issued an ICR dealing with collecting over drug and alcohol testing data from its affected sub-agencies that govern subject industry workers.  The data will be used to help judge the ongoing effectiveness of such programs. See the ICR here.


As required by the final rule on fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (the Fees Rule), in which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established fees to defray some of the costs of administering certain provisions of TSCA, EPA issued a new document that announces the availability of the final lists identifying the manufacturers (including importers) of the 20 chemical substances that have been designated as a High-Priority Substance for risk evaluation and for which fees will be charged.  Find out how to access the document and other pertinent information about the program here.

EPA also published the list of high risk substances that are related to obligations under the above noted fee program. See the list here.


The agency announced a meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2020. See the details here.

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