On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) placed four additional research studies in the official rulemaking docket for the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The four studies are:
The FMCSA is reopening the HOS NPRM comment period to allow for public review and discussion of these studies. As FMCSA is committed to receiving and analyzing all public comments on the studies before it completes its work on the final rule, the agency will extend the final rule publication date. FMCSA has advised parties to the settlement agreement of the need for an extended rulemaking schedule. The research studies are available on the FMCSA website or regulations.gov.
The median income for a high-skilled worker in Silicon Valley is $119,000 a year, compared to $27,000 for low-skilled workers, according to a report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank.
New coaches feature three-point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes and Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring.
The letter also includes tips from the Bus Industry and Safety Council, which stresses pre- and post-trip security checks such as inspections of luggage bays and overhead compartments. Operators are also urged to report suspicious packages and to encourage riders to do the same.
Christian Riddell has been the spokesman for the council during the previous two years and has been instrumental in the development of the council's products, services and trainings.
The new regulations create an ongoing program that builds off an 18-month pilot set to expire at the end of January 2016. The fee charged to shuttle operators will increase to pay for stepped-up enforcement.
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