DAR File No. 42335

This rule was published in the December 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 24) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Transportation, Motor Carrier

Rule R909-1

Safety Regulations for Motor Carriers

Notice of 120-Day (Emergency) Rule

DAR File No.: 42335
Filed: 11/17/2017 01:40:26 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Before the Department of Transportation (Department) may enforce the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, Level VI Inspection Procedures, and Out-of-Service Criteria for Commercial Highway Vehicles Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials as defined in 49 CFR part 173.403, as federal law requires, it must adopt 49 CFR Part 385.4, which is the primary purpose of this amendment. This amendment also makes several technical and grammatical corrections.

Summary of the rule or change:

This emergency amendment adopts 49 CFR Part 385.4 by reference, and makes several technical and grammatical corrections.

Emergency rule reason and justification:

Regular rulemaking procedures would place the agency in violation of federal or state law.

Justification: Federal regulations require the Department to adopt 49 CFR Part 385.4 by reference before amendments to federal regulations that affect the regulation of Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents become effective 12/18/2017. Following the standard rulemaking procedure may not allow for an effective date that conforms with federal requirements. An emergency rule is needed to assure that the Department does not become non-compliant.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • 49 CFR Parts 350, 384, 385.4, 387-399, and 40

This rule or change incorporates by reference the following material:

  • Adds 49 CFR Part 385.4, published by Government Printing Office, 12/15/2015

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

No cost or savings are anticipated with this rule change. No new requirements are created by this rule change that will impact the state budget.

local governments:

No cost or savings are anticipated with this rule change. No new requirements are created by this rule change that will impact local governments.

small businesses:

The Department anticipates that motor carriers that are small businesses will be affected by this rule change. The Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service Supporting Documents, 80 FR 78292-01 states: In the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took a very conservative approach to the cost of an ELD. It analyzed the Mobile Computing Platform 50, a higher-end Functional Movement System (FMS), and included installation, hardware costs, and monthly fees. However, by relying on performance standards and prescribing minimal requirements, FMCSA allowed for use of a basic ELD that would satisfy the rule. The SNPRM estimated an average cost of $495 per Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) on an annualized basis where the range is from $165 to $832 per CMV on an annualized basis. In the SNPRM, FMCSA analyzed a range of devices, the most expensive one being $1,675 and the least expensive provided for free as part of a monthly service agreement.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

No cost or savings are anticipated with this rule change. No new requirements are created by this rule change that will impact the budgets of persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The ELDs and Hours of Service Supporting Documents, 80 FR 78292-01 states: In the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took a very conservative approach to the cost of an ELD. It analyzed the Mobile Computing Platform 50, a higher-end FMS, and included installation, hardware costs, and monthly fees. However, by relying on performance standards and prescribing minimal requirements, FMCSA allowed for use of a basic ELD that would satisfy the rule. The SNPRM estimated an average cost of $495 per Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) on an annualized basis where the range is from $165 to $832 per CMV on an annualized basis. In the SNPRM, FMCSA analyzed a range of devices, the most expensive one being $1,675 and the least expensive provided for free as part of a monthly service agreement. The Department of Workforce Services lists 52 motor carriers with offices in Utah that employ 50 or more persons, and 945 motor carriers with offices in Utah that employ fewer than 50 persons.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This rule change will have a fiscal impact on businesses. However, the fiscal cost should be less than the fiscal benefit that will result for the industry due to this amendment to the federal regulation, which this change to Rule R909-1 adopts by reference. In its Summary of Annualized Costs and Benefits included in SNPRM, the FMCSA estimates the total annualized cost to the motor carrier industry nationwide at $1,836,000,000. However, the SNPRM estimates the total annualized benefit to the industry will be $3,010,000,000. The difference is an annualized net benefit to the industry of $1,174,000,000.

Carlos Braceras, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Transportation
Motor Carrier
CALVIN L RAMPTON COMPLEX
4501 S 2700 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84119-5998

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Christine Newman at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4026, by FAX at 801-965-4338, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]
  • James Palmer at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4000, by FAX at 801-965-4338, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]
  • Linda Hull at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4253, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

This rule is effective on:

11/17/2017

Authorized by:

Carlos Braceras, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R909. Transportation, Motor Carrier.

R909-1. Safety Regulations for Motor Carriers.

R909-1-1. Authority and Purpose.

This Rule is enacted under the authority of Section 72-9-103 to enable the department to enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations related to the operation of a motor carrier within the state, as required by Section 72-9-301.

 

R909-1-2. Adoption of Federal Regulations.

(1) Safety Regulations for Motor Carriers, 49 CFR Parts 350 through 384, Part 385.4, Parts 387 through 399, and Part 40, (October 1, 2014), as amended by the Federal Register through [April 23, 2015]December 16, 2015, are incorporated by reference, except for 49 CFR Parts 391.11(b)(1) and 391.49 as [it applies]they apply to intrastate drivers only. These requirements apply to all motor carrier(s) as defined in 49 CFR Part 390.5, excluding commercial motor vehicles which are designed or used to transport more than 8 and less than 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation and Utah Code Section 72-9-102(2) engaged in intrastate commerce.

(2) Intrastate trucking operations in which the carriers operate double trailer combinations only are not required to comply with 49 CFR Part 380.203(a)(2).

(3) Exceptions to Part 391.41, Physical Qualification may be granted under the rules of Department of Public Safety, Driver's License Division, Section 53-3-303.5 for intrastate drivers under R708-34.

(4) Drivers involved wholly in intrastate commerce shall be at least 18 years old. However, if they are transporting placarded amounts of hazardous materials or carrying 16 or more passengers, including the driver, they must be 21 years old.

(5) Licensed child care providers operating a passenger vehicle with a seating capacity of not more than 30 passengers, and wholly in intrastate commerce, are exempt from 49 CFR Part 387 Subpart B but are subject to the minimum coverage requirements in Section 72-9-103.

 

R909-1-3. Insurance for Private Intrastate/Interstate Motor Carriers.

(1) "Private Motor Carrier" means a person who provides transportation of property or passengers by commercial motor vehicle and is not a for-hire motor carrier.

(2) All intrastate private motor carriers shall have a minimum amount of $750,000 liability.

(3) All intrastate for-hire and private motor carriers transporting any quantities of oil listed in 49 CFR 172.101; hazardous waste, hazardous material and hazardous substances defined in 49 CFR 171.101, shall have $1,000,000 minimum level of financial responsibility and a MCS-90 endorsement maintained at the principal place of business.

 

R909-1-4. Implements of Husbandry.

"Implements of Husbandry" is defined in Section 41-1a-102(23) and must [be in compliance]comply with all provisions of Chapter 6, Title 41, Utah Code Annotated. Vehicles meeting this definition are exempt from 49 CFR Part 393 - Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operations.

 

KEY: trucks, transportation safety, implements of husbandry

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: November 17, 2017

Notice of Continuation: August 30, 2016

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 72-9-103; 72-9-104; 72-9-101; 72-9-301; 72-9-303; 72-9-701; 72-9-703


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Christine Newman at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4026, by FAX at 801-965-4338, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]; James Palmer at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4000, by FAX at 801-965-4338, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]; Linda Hull at the above address, by phone at 801-965-4253, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.