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Vehicle Inspection Regulations see Minor   


By: Matt Cole | July 21, 2016


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a notice in the Federal Register on Friday, July 22 that amends several provisions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.


The amendments to the regulations are generally minor, and FMCSA says they “do not involve the establishment of new or more stringent requirements, but instead clarify existing requirements to increase consistency of enforcement activities.” Some of the changes apply directly to drivers and carriers than others, such as:


  • Deleting the requirement for trucks to have a rear license plate light when state law doesn’t require the vehicle to have one.
  • Clarifying a regulation regarding when violations or defects noted on a roadside inspection report need to be corrected.
  • In the “Periodic Inspection” section of the FMCSRs, removing language relating to roadside inspections because roadside and periodic/annual inspections should be separate and not considered equal. With this amendment, roadside inspections will no longer meet the requirements of an annual inspection, and carriers will be responsible for making sure a periodic inspection is completed every 12 months, even if a roadside inspection is done.
  • Prohibiting the use of speed-restricted tires on tractors regulated by FMCSRs unless the use of the tires is “specifically designated by the motor carrier.” FMCSA said speed-restricted tires shouldn’t be used in excess of 55 miles per hour for extended periods of time.


To read the full article and learn about the full list of amendments that are being implemented by the FMCSA, click here. 

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