Effective May 9, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is amending its regulations to eliminate the requirement that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce prepare and submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers annually. This requirement is largely duplicative of a separate rule that requires each motor carrier to make an annual inquiry to obtain the motor vehicle record (MVR) for each driver it employs from every State in which the driver holds or has held a CMV operator’s license or permit in the past year. To ensure motor carriers are aware of traffic convictions for a driver who is licensed by a foreign authority (Canada or Mexico) rather than by a State, the Agency amends the rule to provide that motor carriers must make an annual inquiry to each driver’s licensing authority where a driver holds or has held a CMV operator’s license or permit.
The elimination of § 391.27 results in cost savings to drivers, as they will no longer spend time completing a list of convictions for traffic violations or certificate of no convictions. It also results in cost savings to motor carriers, as they no longer must file the lists or certificates in driver qualification files. The Agency estimates that rescinding § 391.27 results in cost savings of $24.9 million over 10 years, at a 7 percent discount rate. The annualized cost savings are estimated to be $3.5 million.
FMCSA does not expect this rule will negatively affect CMV safety. Motor carriers are still required by § 391.25 to make an inquiry at least annually to each driver’s licensing authority in which an employed driver holds or has held a CMV operator’s license or permit to obtain the MVR of each driver they employ. Thus, motor carriers still have a reliable way to learn of any convictions for traffic violations incurred by their driver employees.
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