Compliance begins for two FMCSA rules

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Two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations adopted in the waning days of the Bush administration took effect last month. Compliance with FMCSA’s new rule on new entrant safety assurance began Dec. 16 – one year after the final rule was issued. The rule makes a carrier’s failure to comply with any one of 16 regulations deemed essential for basic safety management grounds for an automatic failure of a safety audit. For a copy of the regulation, go to www.regulations.gov and search FMCSA-2001-11061.

Compliance with regulations addressing intermodal equipment providers began Dec. 17. The rules make IEPs subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for the first time and establish shared safety responsibility among intermodal equipment providers, motor carriers and drivers. For a copy of the regulation, go to www.regulations.gov and search FMCSA-2005-23315.