Saturday, June 24, 2017

FMCSA’s MCSAC tasked to recommend rules that might be nixed under Trump executive order


Monday, June 19, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF

MCSAC is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator “on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations,” according to the panel’s website.
MCSAC is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator “on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations,” according to the panel’s website.

FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) has a new “assignment”: Come up with some regulations that can be eliminated to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring that for every one new regulatory action at least two prior rules can be identified for elimination.

Accordingly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s MCSAC, which comprises representatives of trucking, buses, law enforcement, unions and safety advocacy groups, has been tasked with coming up with suggestions for rule cuts, “and the agency can accept all or none,” said FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne, noting that MCSAC is “purely advisory.”

MCSAC is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator “on motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations,” according to the panel’s website.

The committee runs the “whole spectrum” of transportation stakeholders and “we want their best thinking” on rules that might be eliminated, DeBruyne said.

FMCSA staff members June 12 gave a power-point presentation on President Trump’s executive order 13771, and examples of regulations that might be considered for the cut, but DeBruyne emphasized that the specified rules were only that, examples. “They’re not anything finalized,” he said.

Any recommendations would have to be formalized with a notice in the Federal Registry and go through a comment period as stated by law.

The types of rules that might be cut, according to the agency presentation, were such rules as noise emission standards; motor carrier routing regulations; record preservation rules; road results for non-CDL drivers; certain agricultural requirements and more.

MCSAC meets quarterly; the group is expected to present their recommendations at their next meeting later this summer, DeBruyne said.

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