Enforcement of new light reg reined in by FMCSA

| 4/12/2006

FMCSA’s new reg on parts and accessories necessary for safe operation opened a big can of worms in late 2005. The confusion centered on how many lights were allowed on the top horizontal line of commercial trucks and trailers. While the confusion is being sorted out, an OOIDA enforcement moratorium request has been granted.

The moratorium stems from a request made by Association officials during a meeting with former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg on Feb. 1.

The limit of five lights on the same horizontal line as the three-lamp cluster on the back of trucks and trailers will have a rulemaking started to rescind it by FMCSA at the request of the Truck Manufacturers Association.

With the issue in limbo, FMCSA will request enforcement officials conducting roadside inspections refrain from citing truckers on the light limit.

By Jami Jones, senior editor