DOT Releases Updated Rulemakings Calendar

On Tuesday, November 18, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its monthly significant rulemakings report, which outlines all the projected dates for upcoming major rulemakings being undertaken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other DOT Agencies. The following major rulemakings were included in the report:

1. Carrier Safety Fitness Determination - linking the CSA BASIC scores, investigations, and roadside safety data with a carrier’s safety rating.
     a. Currently scheduled for April 2, 2015 publication

2. New Entrant Safety Assurance Process – ensuring a new applicant carrier is knowledgeable about the applicable safety requirements before being granted authority. 
     a. Date TBD 

3. Electronic Logging Devices Final Rule – implementation and Final Rule on ELDs. 
     a. Currently scheduled for September 30, 2015 publication date. 

4. MAP-21 Enhancements and other Unified Registration System updates - adjust registration fees, several MAP-21 provisions with operating authority and US DOT numbers, prohibit transfers of operating authority, etc. 
     a. Currently scheduled for April 19, 2016 publication date.

5. Prohibition of Coercion Final Rule – prohibiting shippers, brokers, and receivers from “coercing” a driver into doing something illegal and breaking their safety regulations. 
     a. Currently scheduled for September 10, 2015 publication.

6. Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers – increasing the minimum levels of financial responsibility for motor carriers. 
     a. Currently scheduled for November 18, 2014 (But was not published today).

For more information on all these issues and other issues TIA is working on, please visit TIA Government Affairs webpage. If you have any questions, contact Chris Burroughs (, 703.299.5705).