Welding & Gases Today Details Impending Driver Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a number of new regulations applicable to delivery truck drivers. GAWDA’s Government Affairs & Human Resources Legal Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq., breaks down the proposed regulations that will affect distributors in coming years in “Drivers Still Face A Host Of New Regulations.” His article appears in Welding & Gases Today, the leading magazine for the gases and welding equipment industry.

In recent regulatory action, FMCSA published a final rule on December 27, 2011, amending the hours of service regulations. The new rule retains the 11-hour daily driving limit, but prohibits a driver from operating a CMV if more than 8 hours on duty have passed since the last break of at least 30 minutes. Most provisions of the final rule do not take effect until July 1, 2013.

Other proposals currently working through the regulatory pipeline include electronic on-board recorders, entry-level driver training, national registry of certified medical examiners, restriction on cell phone use in commercial motor vehicles and a drug and alcohol test results database. Many of these regulations will become final rules in the near future, affecting distributors in 2012 and beyond. “I expected that several of these proposals would have become final rules by now, but politics, litigation and bureaucratic inertia have slowed down the process,” says Schweitzer. “I still expect that all of them will go into effect within the next couple of years.”

To learn more about the proposed DOT regulations, read “Drivers Still Face A Host Of New Regulations” (http://www.weldingandgasestoday.org/index.php/2012/01/drivers-still-face-a-host-of-new-regulations/) at Welding & Gases Today Online. For more information, contact Devin O’Toole, content editor at Welding & Gases Today at devin@weldingandgasestoday.org or 315-445-2347.


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