Changes are coming in 2022 - maybe

By: Tom Bray

Publication: Transport Safety Management Today

Date Posted: 12/15/2021

FMCSA 2022 Key Event Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other agencies have a lot of irons in the fire for the next year.

Here is a list of key events likely to happen in 2022.

Entry-level driver training

The new entry-level driver training rule goes into full effect on February 7. This will require any driver applying to take a CDL skills test, hazardous materials endorsement test, or passenger endorsement test to have completed specific training at an entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry.

Canadian ELD mandate

Canadian provinces will move from an educational approach to an enforcement approach when it comes to the country’s ELD mandate. This means that, starting as early as June, carriers operating in Canada will need to use an ELD that is accredited by one of the third-party certification organizations.

Mandatory use of the Clearinghouse by states

Over the next three years, states will need to put processes in place to:

  • Not issue a CDL or CLP to a driver listed as prohibited in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, and
  • Downgrade the CDL or CLP of a driver within 60 days of being listed as prohibited in the Clearinghouse.
Update to windshield regulation

In a possible upcoming rulemaking, FMCSA could change the regulation in §393.60 to expand the areas of the windshield where safety technologies may be mounted (the agency has already granted numerous exemptions allowing this).

Under-21 pilot program

Due to last year’s highway bill, FMCSA will be kicking off a pilot program involving up to 3,000 drivers between 18 and 20 years old. This program will run for three years and determine the feasibility and safety consequences of allowing 18- to 20-year-old drivers to operate in interstate commerce.

California Air Resources Board emissions standards

California’s Truck and Bus regulation has a couple of January 1 deadlines. To operate in California (regardless of where the vehicle is registered), heavy trucks and buses must meet the following standards:

  • Model year (MY) 2006 or older vehicles must have been retrofitted with an engine meeting the 2010 emissions standard.
  • MY 2007 to 2009 engines must have a working diesel particulate filter (these trucks were built with them, so it’s just a matter of making sure they’re in place and functioning).

If you want to use the low-mileage exemption for a vehicle during 2022, the vehicle and its mileage must be registered in TRUCRS by January 31.

Key to remember: As is always the case, there is a lot going on and a lot to come in 2022. Be sure to keep an eye on this newsletter and other sources to keep up with changes that affect your operations!

About the author
Tom Bray - Transportation Editor

Tom has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 2005. He brought with him an extensive background that includes years of experience in DOT compliance, policy development, driver human resources, driver training, training program development, CDL testing, claims management, and accident and injury prevention.

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