North American Trucking Regulation Update

Jul 15, 2018 | Industry News

Update on Relevant Canadian Regulations


Transport Canada Publishes Amendment to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

On June 30, 2018, Transport Canada published an amendment to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, outlining requirements for carriers to maintain emergency response assistance plans. Comments are due by Aug. 30.

Update on Relevant Mexican Regulations


SCT Publishes HOS Regulations

On June 28, 2018, Mexico’s Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) published NOM-087-SCT-2-2017, the country’s first hours-of-service (HOS) standards specifically for interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). The regulations outline maximum drive time and break requirements for CMV operators. An unofficial English translation is available.

Update on Relevant U.S. Regulations


NHTSA Announces the Decision on Certain Nonconforming Motor Vehicles for Importation

On July 13, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published notice that certain motor vehicles not originally manufactured to comply with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards were approved for importation.


FMCSA Announces Program Details on Pilot Program for Drivers Age 18-21 with Military Driving Experience

On July 6, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published program details on a pilot program to allow drivers age 18-21 with military driving experience to operate CMVs. The pilot program notice was originally published on Aug. 22, 2016. This program is a result of a provision in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.


FMCSA Proposes ICR for Pilot Program for Drivers Age 18-21 with Military Driving Experience

On July 6, 2018, FMCSA announced a proposed information collection request (ICR) for safety outcomes of the pilot program that allows veterans age 18-21 with military driving experience to operate CMVs. Comments are due by Sept. 4.

Update on Exemptions


FMCSA Announces Extension of Comment Period for SBTC Exemption Request

On July 9, 2018, FMCSA published a notice extending the comment period for the Small Business in Transportation Coalition’s (SBTC) electronic logging device (ELD) exemption application. The original exemption request was published on June 5, 2018. Comments are now due by July 16.

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