The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is receiving public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that aims to remove redundancy in how out-of-state traffic convictions are reported for CDL holders.
FMCSA explained that Congress originally required the states to report all out-of-state convictions because state participation in CDL programs are voluntary. But, FMCSA added, all 50 states and the District of Columbia currently have certified CDL programs, which require reporting of these out-of-state convictions. This negates the need for separate reporting by states.
The NPRM would amend Sec. 383.1 to allow FMCSA to consider a CDL holder in compliance with Sec. 383.31(a) because the state where the conviction occurred will report the violation to the CDL holder's state of licensure. FMCSA added that this continues to comply with Congress' original intent while it also minimizes inefficiencies and reduces unneccesary administratrive services for both the CDL holder and the states.
Public comments can be submitted online by Oct. 1, 2012.