U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has eliminated a reporting regulation for interstate commercial truck drivers, among others, that has become redundant as a result of advances in technology.
Put in place by Congress in 1986 — before the advent of widespread computerization and shared data portals — the regulation required commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders to report out-of-state traffic convictions to their home-state licensing agency. The intent was to record the CDL holder’s complete driving record.
But beginning in 1994, Congress directed states to electronically share traffic convictions without repealing the previous requirement. The FMCSA action maintains the electronic reporting requirements by states, but eliminates the redundant reporting by interstate truck and bus drivers. Elimination of the regulation will not affect safety.
If you’re interested in reading the change, the agency’s Final Rule on Self Reporting of Out-of-State Convictions is available at: www.federalregister.gov/self-reporting-of-out-of-state-convictions.