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Regulatory update: FMCSA progress on speed limiters, driver clearinghouse, other rulemakings now and the end of next summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the industry, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report.

The agency’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to increase the amount of liability insurance carriers must have is still projected to be published this month. The rule made its way to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Sept. 29, and it is expected to clear the OMB any day. The DOT report projects its clearance for Oct. 12, but the rule still hasn’t cleared. The DOT lists a projected publication date of Oct. 22.

RelatedNotice of new fitness determination rule in ‘front office,’ FMCSA safety chief saysA major revision of the way FMCSA rates trucking companies has hit the “front office” for a final round of review by the agency’s top …Proposed rules to implement the agency’s Safety Fitness Determination carrier scoring plan is also expected to be published in the first quarter of 2015, along with a rule to mandate the use of speed limiters on Class 8 trucks.

The DOT projects the speed limiter rule to be published in January and the Safety Fitness rule to be published in March. The speed limiter rule should be sent to the OMB this month, the report says. The projected date was Oct. 9. The Safety Fitness Determination rule is projected to hit the OMB in December and to be cleared there in early March, two weeks prior to the March 11 projected publication date.

However, as CCJ reported this week, FMCSA’s Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenburg says the agency is shooting for a publication date of sometime within the 2015 fiscal year (by Oct. 1, 2015).

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