FMCSA announces final rule on reincarnated carriers

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Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 26 published a final rule (.pdf file) that aims to prevent motor carriers from operating under a new name, or "reincarnating," after they are shut down due to violated safety standards.

The final rule updates the agency’s rules of practice for motor carriers, making the following changes:

  • Paying the full proposed civil penalties in an enforcement proceeding will no longer excuse a carrier from being asked to make an admission of liability.
  • Out-of-service orders can more easily be issued to carriers that FMCSA determines are reincarnations of previously sanctioned ones.
  • Safety records for reincarnated carriers will be combined with previous records.

The final rule is scheduled to go into effect May 29.

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