Out of service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  has increased fines for several violations of its regulations and widened its authority to issue out-of-service orders.

Certain regulatory changes were required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation reauthorization legislation. The majority of these statutory changes went into effect on last year while others went into effect yesterday, October 1, 2013.

The new rules allow the agency to place an entire carrier out of service for operating vehicles “without or beyond the scope of registration.” Previously only the unregistered vehicle itself could be placed out of service.

The changes also include an amendment to a rule that shortens the time period in which new entrant carriers undergo a safety review from 18 months to 12 months.

Petitions for Reconsideration must be received by the Agency no later than December 2, 2013.

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