Got ideas on new entrant requirements? Listening session coming up

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | Thursday, December 26, 2013

Changes are coming for new motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders entering the trucking industry, thanks to the new highway funding law that went into effect in 2012.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 Century Act mandates a written proficiency exam to assess motor carrier registration applicants’ knowledge of safety regs, standards and orders issued by the government.

Brokers and freight forwarders will also be required to employ an officer with three years of relevant experience and who can provide “satisfactory evidence of the individuals’ knowledge of related rules, regulations and industry practices.”

As with any new regulatory requirement, the devil is in the details and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is turning to the public for input.

The FMCSA will host a listening session on Jan. 13, 2014, to solicit ideas and information on the new requirements. The agency states that this will be a first in a series on subject.

The listening session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, at the American Bus Association’s Marketplace conference in Nashville, Tenn. There will also be a live webcast of the listening session. Specific information on how to participate via the Internet will be posted at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the listening session.

Written comments on the new requirements will also be accepted. You can submit comments on the web to docket FMCSA 2001-11061. Comments can also be faxed to 202-493-2251 or mailed or hand delivered to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., West Building Ground Floor Room W12-140, Washington, D.C., 20590.

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