Rules update: Speed limiter rule said to publish this summer

Updated Jul 23, 2016

The Department of Transportation’s latest monthly regulatory report, published this week, reflects minor changes from last month’s report. The status of proposed rules include:

Speed Limiters: A proposal to mandate speed limiters on all Class 8 trucks remains stuck with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after 14 months. The projected publication date is this summer, according to the DOT’s report.

Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: Sent to the OMB in May, this proposed rules is still on track to be published Aug. 29. The rule establishes a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test and requires carriers to report the failures and refusals to FMCSA.

Second Phase of Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards: This joint rule between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the second phase of fuel efficiency and emissions standards no longer has a projected publication date listed. It previously was scheduled for Sept. 12. The rule was sent to the White House’s OMB June 3. The new standards will begin taking effect for trailers for model year 2018 units and 2021 for tractors. The plan goes through 2027, when the entire vehicle ­­– engine, truck and trailer – will be required to meet certain standards.