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Federal regulators are postponing several significant rulemakings impacting the trucking industry, notably the controversial rule to limit new trucks’ engine speeds. According to the U.S. The White House Office of Management and Budget released the Department of Transportation’s latest agenda. According to the agenda, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has delayed the truck speed limiter rule to May 2025.

Originally scheduled for mid-2023, the rule would require trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds to have an electronic speed governor. This governor would set the maximum speed at a yet-undetermined limit. They have postponed the proposal three times since its initial announcement and have garnered nearly 16,000 comments.

In addition, the FMCSA is delaying proposed changes to electronic logging device (ELD) operations by eight months. They have pushed the proposed rulemaking, initially set for October 2024, to June 2025. They have also included considerations for pre-2000 engines.

Other delays include a joint FMCSA-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule for performance standards and maintenance requirements for automatic emergency braking systems on heavy trucks. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law mandated this final rule, which was originally scheduled for April 2024. They have now delayed it until January 2025.

Additional postponed rulemakings cover automated driving systems in heavy trucks, improving safety for female truck drivers, and new physical qualification standards for truck drivers with epilepsy. They have now rescheduled these rules for late 2024 to mid-2025.

Lastly, they expect revisions to the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse procedures this month after delaying them from November 2023. These revisions aim to better account for controlled substance violations.