October 16, 2017: Operation Safe Driver Week

This week marks the beginning of the 2017 Operation Safe Driver Week (October 15-21). Drivers across the country should be prepared for increased law enforcement presence and scrutiny.
Law enforcement officers will be focused on reducing unsafe behaviors such as texting and driving, not using seatbelts, speeding, following too closely, and improper lane changes.
The goal of Operation Safe Driver Week is to reduce the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths involving commercial and passenger vehicles as a direct result of unsafe driving behaviors.

Operation Safe Driver Week

October 06, 2017: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

Central Montana Rail, Inc. is requesting an extension of an existing waiver of compliance that permits railroad employees to remain on duty up to 16 hours in a 24 hour period. CMR maintains it has seen no negative impacts to safety and only uses the longer on duty periods for special circumstances like inclement weather, traffic peaks, or employee illness.
Interested parties may submit comments on the waiver request until November 20, 2017.

Docket Number FRA–2001–10948

October 6, 2017: NCTD Requests Approval and System Certification for PTC Safety Plan

The North County Transit District submitted its Positive Train Control Safety Plan to the Federal Railroad Administration and is asking that a PTC System Certification for the Interoperable Electronic Train Management System be issued. Interested parties may submit comments on the request until November 6, 2017.

Docket Number FRA–2010–0049

October 5, 2017: Guide to Previous and Current Penalty Amounts for FMCSA Violations

In April the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the fines for violations would be increased due to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The following document lists 68 violations along with both the former and current penalty value for each violation.

2017 Inflation Adjusted Fines

September 14, 2017: Applications for Modification of Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received multiple applications for modification of special permits. Interested parties may submit comments on any application until October 16, 2017. All comments must contain the application number and be submitted in triplicate.

Applications for modification of special permits

August 23, 2017: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

The American Association of Railroads submitted a petition to the FRA requesting an extension and expansion on two of its current waivers of compliance.
The first waiver allowed them to operate trains at class 5 speeds over heavy point frogs (HPF) with guard check gages conforming to the standards for class 4 track frogs.
AAR was also granted a waiver of compliance regarding frog guard rails and guard faces; gage that allowed them to operate trains at class 6 speeds over HPF designs with guard-check gages conforming to the standards for class 4 track frog guard check and face gage dimensions.
The current waivers are both due to expire on January 18, 2018. Interested parties may submit comments on either waiver request until October 6, 2017.

Docket Number FRA–2001–10654

August 16, 2017: (SA) FRA Addressing Electrode-Induced Rail Pitting From Pressure Electric Welding

The Federal Railroad Administration will be issuing a safety advisory to inform railroads, contractors, and rail welders that there is a  potential for electrode induced rail pitting and fatigue cracking during the pressure electric rail welding process.
Upon concluding its investigation, FRA feels as a result of improper electrode contact to the rail during welding can result in electrode induced pitting which can lead to fatigue fracture and potential rail failure.
Interested parties may submit comments on the safety advisory until October 16, 2017.

Docket No. FRA–2017–0074; Notice No. 1

August 7, 2017: (NPRM) Rulemaking Procedures Update

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a proposal to amend its rulemaking procedures. FMCSA is planning to revise the process for preparing and adopting rules, petitions, and direct final rules. Interested parties may submit comments until October 6, 2017.

Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0341

August 4, 2017: Kansas City Southern Railway Company’s Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification

Kansas City Southern Railway Company is asking FRA to approve its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and issue the PTCSP Certification. Interested parties may submit comments until September 5, 2017.

Docket Number FRA–2010–0059

 

August 3, 2017: Norfolk Southern Railway Company Filed Abandonment Exemption in Atlanta, GA

Norfolk Southern Railway Company has submitted a verified notice of exemption regarding a one mile stretch of rail line in Atlanta, GA it intends to abandon. As required, NSR has also certified that the line has had no local or overhead traffic for at least two years and confirmed no complaints have been filed by a user of the rail line. Provided all remaining requirements are met the exemption will be effective on September 2, 2017.

Docket No. AB 290 (Sub–No. 388X)

July 31, 2017: Annual Tank Car Facility Survey

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics is seeking approval for an information collection from tank car facilities. The purpose is to obtain the planned and projected number of tank cars that will be retrofitted or manufactured to the new DOT standards beginning next year and continuing annually until 2029.
Interested parties may submit comments on the request until August 30, 2017.

Notice of Request for Clearance of New Information Collection: Annual Tank Car Survey

July 27, 2017: Petition for Waiver of Compliance

San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society Inc. requested a waiver of compliance from portions of the regulations pertaining to steam locomotive inspection and maintenance standards.
Specifically, SBRHS is seeking an extension of 139 calendar days before performing the mandatory 1472 SDI.
Interested parties may submit comments on the petition until September 11, 2017.

Docket Number FRA–2017–0059

July 26, 2017: Comments Requested Regarding International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is requesting comments regarding topics that will be discussed during 51st and 52nd sessions of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Some of the topics currently on the agenda include explosives and related matters, listing, classification, packing, electronic storage systems, issues relating to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, transportation of gases, and various proposals for amendments to the Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Interested parties may submit comments until November 17, 2017.

Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0037; Notice No. 2017–02

July 11, 2017: Applications for Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety received eight applications for special permits. The majority of the special permit requests were for cargo aircraft. They included items such as explosives, lithium ion batteries, and anhydrous ammonia.
Interested parties may submit comments on any of the applications until August 10, 2017.

Notice of Applications for Special Permits

July 6, 2017: Hazardous Materials: New York City Permit Requirements for Transportation of Certain Hazardous Materials

On April 17, 2014, the American Trucking Associations submitted a request for a determination to verify whether or not federal hazardous material transportation law would preempt New York City’s permit requirements regarding hazardous materials being transported by motor vehicle.

PHMSA has released a notice of administrative determination that states federal hazardous material transportation law regarding inspection and permit requirements does preempt the requirements set forth by the Fire Department for the City of New York with respect to trucks that are based outside of the inspecting jurisdiction. It was determined that scheduling and conducting the vehicle inspections that are required for the permit to be issued by the fire department will cause unnecessary delays in the transportation of hazardous materials from locations outside the City of New York.

Docket No. PHMSA–2014–0003; PD–37(R)

June 16, 2017: Applications for Modification of Special Permits

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received nineteen applications for modification of special permits. Interested parties may submit comments until July 3, 2017. Comments must reference the application number and be submitted in triplicate.

List of applications for modification of special permits