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FMCSA Petitions for Rulemaking
(49 CFR 389.31)

Any interested person may petition the Administrator to establish, amend, interpret, clarify, or withdraw a rule. Each petition filed must:

  • Be submitted in writing by mail to the Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001 or filing the petition as a comment, electronically at, using the general petitions for rulemaking docket FMCSA-2021-0054;
  • Set forth the text or substance of the rule or amendment proposed, or specify the rule that the petitioner seeks to have interpreted, clarified or withdrawn, as the case may be;
  • Explain the interest of the petitioner in the action requested;
  • Contain any information, data, research studies, and arguments available to the petitioner to support the action sought.

Petitions received will be logged on the table below and categorized by "open" and "closed" petitions. This display is required by Section 5204 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

Open Petitions for Rulemaking

The following is a list of petitions for rulemakings that are pending a decision from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or granted and awaiting further action.


Summary of Request

Date of Petition

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Petitioner request the FMCSA to require interstate transporters of hemp to carry the recommended shipping documents included in the United States Department of Agriculture's final rule on hemp production. June 9, 2022
CVSA Amend Title 49 CFR 393.102 and 393.106 to make the cargo securement requirements clearer, more enforceable and in line with the model regulations. May 31, 2022
CVSA Amend 49 CFR 393.5 to define the term "friction mat" more specifically and provide a minimum standard for the use of "friction mats for cargo securement. May 31, 2022
CVSA Amend 49 CFR 385.4(b) to reflect the updated North American Standard 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 173.403. March 29, 2022


Petition to amend 49 CFR 393.86 to remove labeling requirements for rear impact guards.

March 12, 2019


Revise regulatory guidance question #3 to § 393.130 concerning the securement of hydraulic-controlled components.

September 6, 2018


Amend the response in DOT Regulatory Guidance Interpretation Question 3 in 49 CFR 393.130 to mirror the language found in the Canadian National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10, Section 89(2) Accessory Equipment. 

August 27, 2018

CVSA  Amend 49 CFR 393.104 and 393.108 concerning cargo securement to incorporate by reference National Association of Chain Manufacturers 2016 standards for performance specifications and markings for removable hooks used on tiedowns. August 27, 2018
Giorlamo Tringali Amend the Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) Regulation in 49 CFR 383.25 to add certain drug test stipulations for CLP holders who fail the initial DOT pre-employment drug test. October 7, 2022
Iowa DOT Petition to reconsider the change contemplated in the withdrawn notice of proposed rulemaking that sought to amend 49 CFR 383.79(a)(1) and (2) to permit a state to administer knowledge test(s) to an out-of-state applicant, and to require the state of domicile to accept those knowledge testing results. July 7, 2022
Making Trucking Great Again Association Petition to amend the Hours of Service 34-hour reset for drivers. October 7, 2022

Michigan Aggregates Association

Amend § 393.40 to add portable conveyors to the list of vehicles that are not required to have brakes on all wheels.

January 18, 2019

National Agriculture Aviation
Association (NAAA)

Request to amend the CDL rules to provide relief from the HM endorsement for drivers transporting Kerosene for aviation.

April 25, 2018

*National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Rescind the requirement for interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to be able to hear. Request that the DOT and FMCSA repeal the regulatory language or, in the alternative, obtain clarification on non-discriminatory terms in            49 CFR 391.11 and 383.133.

March 14, 2019

National School Transportation Association

Amend the CDL regulations to establish a school bus-only CDL for intrastate school bus operations.

August 7, 2020

New Hampshire DOT

Revise 383.93 to allow mechanics to operate empty buses without having a passenger endorsement on the CDL.

October 2, 2017

Nicholas Mayo

Petitioner seeks an amendment/revision to the term “properly restrained” and within compliance if the lap strap is secured properly.

February 4, 2022

Ourbus, Inc.

Amend 49 C.F.R. §§ 390.5 and 390.9 to provide a clear delineation between motor carriers of passengers and brokers for such motor carriers, and as to the scope of Federal preemption over the regulation of brokers. 

April 19, 2021

**Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)

Amend 49 CFR 371.3 concerning broker transparency. 

May 19, 2020  

Rick Horan Petition for rules change from Class A Vehicles Restriction to Endorsement for Class A Passenger Vehicles.                   August 1, 2022
Small Business in Transportation (SBTC) Petition for revisions to Household Goods Rules. January 27, 2022


Amend 49 CFR 371.3 concerning broker transparency.  

May 6, 2020  

Tarence Jones Petition to amend part of 49 CFR 395.3(3)(ii) to add grace period of 2-3 hour interruption of the clock count down. September 8, 2020

Intermediaries Association (TIA)

Rescind 49 CFR 371.3(c).  Issue regulatory guidance to distinguish between dispatch service and brokerage.

August 4, 2020 

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Associations 

Amend 49 CFR 393.65 concerning auxiliary fuel tanks on trailers and the restriction against gravity or syphon filling into the carburetor or fuel injector.

December 21, 2018

Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA)

Amend the cargo securement regulations under Part 393 to incorporate by reference WSTDA’s Specification for Interior Van Securement Devices WSTDA-T-5.   

October 19, 2020

*The Agency issued Driver Qualifications; Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Applicability of Language Requirement to Drivers Who Do Not Meet the Hearing Standard on October 1, 2014 (79 FR 59139). The Agency requested public comment on NAD’s petition on December 19, 2019 (84 FR 68386).

** The Agency requested public comment on SBTC’s and OOIDA’s petitions concerning broker regulations on August 19, 2020 (85 FR 51145). The Agency held a Property Carrier Broker Listening Session on October 28, 2020 (85 FR 64613).

*** The Agency requested public comment on TIA’s petition on November 25, 2020 (85 FR 75280). The Agency held a Property Carrier Broker Listening Session on October 28, 2020 (85 FR 64613).

Closed Petitions for Rulemaking

The following is a list of petitions for rulemaking that are no longer an open matter because the Agency has issued a denial or the petition has been granted and the rulemaking process has been initiated as indicated by a Rule Identification Number or Final Rule.

Date Received


Summary of Petition

Decision Grant/Deny and Date of Letter to Applicant

If Granted: Rule ID Number or Final Rule Cite


American Trucking Associations 

Request amendment of CDL regulations to make certain COVID-19 relief provided through the emergency declaration, permanent.

Granted 11/24/2021


    03/29/2022 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Add a definition of Personal Conveyance to 49 CFR 395.2 and remove all interpretative guidance from 49 CFR 395.8. Denied 09/02/2022  


CVSA requested the Agency place the petition on hold

CVSA requested the Agency resume its review of the petition.


Amend Title 49 CFR § 385.4(b) to reflect the updated “North American Standard 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.”

Granted 03/03/2022




03/30/2021 CVSA

Amend § 396.31(a)(1) to address OOSC references.



Granted 8/29/2022 86 FR 57060



Amend 49 CFR § 385.4(b) to update the FMCSA’s incorporation by reference of the CVSA’s Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) to note the April 1, 2021 edition. 


86 FR 35443

    10/07/2020 CVSA Revise 49 CFR 390.23 and 49 CFR 390.25 concerning emergency declarations to limit the scope of the relief granted. Granted 06/29/2022  



Amend 49 CFR § 385.4(b) to update the FMCSA’s incorporation by reference of the CVSA’s Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) to note the April 1, 2020 edition. 


86 FR 35443

12/04/2019 CVSA Amend 49 CFR 395.2 to include a definition of "yard moves." Denied 03/28/2022  



Amend 49 CFR 385.4(b) to reflect the updated "North American Standard Level VI Inspection Procedures and Out of Service Criteria for Commercial Highway Vehicles Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantitates of Radioactive Materials as Defined by 49 CFR 173.403.

Granted 02/24/2020

84 FR 52432 (NPRM)



Amend 49 CFR 382.603 to require reoccurring alcohol and controlled substance training for supervisors.

Denied 12/26/2019 




Amend Appendix G to require rear impact guards to be inspected as part of the required annual inspection.

Granted 11/09/2021


86 FR    62105



Amend 49 CFR 393.47 concerning air brake readjustment limits to correct an error linked to the incorporation by reference of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) publication.  SAE corrected the error in its publication. 

Granted 10/14/2021

86 FR 57060



Add a definition of personal conveyance to 49 CFR 395.2 and remove all 395.8 interpretative guidance.

Denied 09/18/2020




Expand definition of “actual knowledge” in 49 CFR 382.107.

Granted 09/30/2019

84 FR 51427

  05/17/2017                  CVSA Amend definition of "utility service vehicle" in 49 CFR 395.2 to clarify that the term includes commercial motor vehicles supporting broadband-internet and cellular telephone operations. Granted 03/06/2018  


Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)

Amend §393.60 to allow vehicle safety technologies to be placed in the windshield; amend the definition of safety technology. 



86 FR 35449


Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Modify the Hours of Service and ELD for the transportation of perishable fruit and vegetable commodities.

Denied 11/18/2019



Jacob Scroggins

Add Pigeon Clubs to 391.2 list of exempt entities. 

Denied 10/25/2018



J.B. Hunt

Amend regulatory guidance question # 27 to 49 CFR 390.5 concerning the inclusion of “x-ray” as “treatment away from the scene of the accident.”  




87 FR 10895


Jerry and Marianne Karth

Add underride guards to Appendix G and 396.17, and amend definition of Out of Service Criteria (RINAC31).


86 FR  62105



Kevin Armstrong

Petition to Amend CFR 49 391.41 and CFR 391.49 Regarding Physical Qualifications of Drivers. 

Denied            12/09/2021 




National Federation of 
Independent Business 

Amend the definition of “commercial motor vehicle” under 49 CFR 390.5 to exclude vehicles between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds.





National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center

Request to amend the definition of commercial motor vehicles. 

Denied 05/21/2021



Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Amend 391.47 concerning driver qualifications, to replace the terms “physician” and “medical specialist” with the term “certified medical examiner.” 

Denied              01/10/2022




People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 

Request to amend 49 CFR 383.51 to prohibit CDL drivers that have committed certain violations from operating a CMV with livestock on board.

Denied  02/21/2022


03/15/2021 Richard Horan Amend 49 CFR 383.95 concerning the linkage of endorsements to specific Classes of CDL, especially the "P" endorsement. Denied 04/19/2022  


Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

Alternative petition for rulemaking regarding English language requirements for CDL testing (submitted as a petition for preemption with petition for rulemaking as alternative relief).

Denied              03/03/2022





Petition for FMCSA to reconsider its denial of SBTC’s request to amend 49 CFR 381 to include instructions for trade groups seeking class exemptions.

Denied              02/21/2022





Retrospective Review of 49 CFR 395 Subpart B--Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) & Issuance of OST Guidance on ELD vetting and certification pursuant to 49 CFR 5.13(c)(4)(i).

Denied              01/14/2022






Petition for 'Retrospective Review' of 49 CFR 371 & Issuance of OST Guidance on Broker Transparency.

Denied              03/01/2022





Amend 371.2 definition of Broker and Bona Fide agents.

Denied 01/28/2020




Revise application instructions to better accommodate class applications.

Denied 02/28/2021


    03/18/2018 SBTC Petition to amend 49 CFR 383.133(b)(3) Denied 07/08/2022  
08/04/2021 Tyrel Olson Eliminate the hours-of-service rules in 49 CFR 395 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. 

Denied              04/07/2022 




United States Transportation Alliance 

Proposes revisions to hours of service and other rules.

Denied               06/01/2020

85 FR 33396


Veolia North America

Petition to allow prospective employers to use reports from the Agency's Pre-employment Screening Program as an alternative to complete investigations and inquiries by 49 CFR 391.23(d). 

Denied               08/10/2022





Contact Info:

Larry Minor
Associate Administrator of Policy

Related links:

Archived Petitions for Rulemaking

Petitions for Reconsideration of Rules


Last updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2022