Year-end develoments

We hope your Christmas was merry and bright.

Meanwhile, here are some developments of which you should be aware.

There will be a public listening session on January 13, 2014, to solicit ideas and information concerning sections 32101 and 32916 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 112-141) (MAP-21). These provisions require the assessment of applicants’ knowledge of regulations and industry practices for persons seeking registration authority as motor carriers (property, passenger, and household goods (HHG)), freight forwarders and brokers. This listening session is the first in a series through which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will request information from interested parties concerning potential test topics, the relationship between the
knowledge testing requirement and the Agency’s Unified Registration System (URS) program, and test development and delivery. The January 13, 2014, session will be held at the American Bus Association’s (ABA) Marketplace conference in Nashville, Tennessee. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket referenced above for FMCSA’s
consideration. And the entire day’s proceedings will be webcast. The listening session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If all interested participants have had an opportunity to comment, the session may conclude early. In addition to  attending the session in person, the Agency offers several ways to
provide comments. Visit the Agency’s Web site for information as to how to participate.

Also, a bill was introduced Dec. 20 in the Senate that if enacted would halt the most recent hours-of-service rule change and allow truck drivers to operate under the pre-July 1 rules again, until Congress can review the rule further.

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