FMCSA announces final rule on reincarnated carriers
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.