DG Digest: FMCSA proposes rule tweaks for short-haul and multiple crew teams

The FRA published its Q2 progress report on PTC implementation. The nation’s railroads are at 65% compliant and climbing rapidly, with all of the seven US Class One operators at 95-100%. A Minnesota Commercial Railroad local train rumbles over exempt track in Roseville, Minnesota on Sunday, August 12th, 2018. Photo © 8/2018 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved. Digest:

This week marks the unofficial end of summer; the last few days before the pending Labor Day holiday.  That holiday typically signifies the end of the slow vacation season and a return to a busier regulatory release schedule.  However, things were slow at this time last year, so how things actually go this year remains to be seen.  Meanwhile, here’s the latest in another slow week:


The agency published a proposed rule announcement that will potentially affect the use of electronic log-keeping devices for CMV operators.  The rule would impact mainly short haul hours-of-service drivers as well as changing some of the structure around recording things like rest breaks and the status of members of multiple crew driver teams using sleeper cabs.  Comment is due no later than September 24thSee the proposal here.


The agency published the latest data set pertaining to Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation.  The current data are revised to June 30, 2018 and show that the nation’s railroads are using PTC on 65% of the nation’s network, with twenty seven railroads including all the Class Ones at anywhere from 95% to 100% percent compliant.  This is good news for hazmat freight carriers as those are the primary subject route-miles that are required to be in service to allow for uninterrupted use.  See all the details right here

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