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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in the Federal Register on January 21, 2016 setting forth proposed rules for determining the safety fitness rating for interstate motor carriers that is based on on-road safety data and the results of safety investigations. Comments from interested parties are due on March 21, 2016 and reply comments are due on April 20, 2016. Read more …
On November 27, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) issued a final rule prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (“CMV”) in violation of the FMCSA safety regulations and the federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (“HMR”), and prohibiting operators of CMVs from coercing drivers to violate certain FMCSA commercial regulations. The rule includes procedures for a driver to report an incident of coercion and for investigation and action by FMCSA in response to such reports. Read more …
In the fall of 2014, the US Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) conducted four forums “to hear firsthand the problems that stakeholders in the U.S. intermodal system were facing as a result of problems brought on by contemporary developments in liner shipping.” The forums were located at the Ports of Los Angeles, Baltimore, Charleston, and New Orleans, respectively, and resulted in the publication of two FMC reports. On April 3, 2015, the FMC released a Commission’s staff report specifically addressing detention, demurrage and free-time. Subsequently, in July, the FMC issued a more thorough report discussing the major themes arising from the fall 2014 port congestion forums. These reports are summarized briefly below. Read more …