FMCSA Eliminates Redundant Regulation on Interstate Truck and Bus Drivers, State Licensing Offices. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it has eliminated a reporting regulation for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers and state licensing offices that has been made redundant by technological advances. Elimination of the regulation will not affect safety. Put in place by Congress in 1986 before the advent of widespread computerization and shared data portals, the regulation eliminated today 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. Beginning in 1994, Congress directed states to electronically share traffic convictions without repealing the previous requirement. Today’s action maintains the electronic reporting requirements by states, but eliminates the redundant reporting by interstate truck and bus drivers. The Federal Register notice announcing the Agency’s Final Rule on Self Reporting of Out-of-State Convictions is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/04/26/2013-09915/self-reporting-of-out-of-state-convictions?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov. Contact: Duane DeBruyne (202) 366-9999.
USDOT Releases Intelligent Transportation Systems Asset Viewer. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released an online, interactive mapping application that displays the location and types of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) assets deployed nationwide. The ITS Asset Viewer can be used by researchers, transportation agencies, and the public to view locations of key ITS technologies such as message signs, ramp meters, speed sensors, and roadway weather information systems. The ITS Asset Viewer provides data on ITS deployments for 46 states. DOT, along with partners at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will periodically update the tool by adding new layers, integrating new data, and updating current data sets. Contact: Nancy Wilochka (202) 366-5128.