Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The latest information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available on

United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation


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of the rule or amendment proposed, or specify the rule that the petitioner seeks to have interpreted, clarified or withdrawn, as the case may be;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

American Trucking Associations (ATA)

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

July 13, 2020

Kevin Armstrong

Request to amend 49 CFR 391.41 and 391.49 to allow the use of prosthetics as an option to the SPE program.

June 09, 2021


Revise 49 CFR §§ 390.23 and 390.25 concerning emergency declarations to limit the scope of the relief granted.

October 07, 2020


Petition to amend 49 CFR 395.2, concerning HOS definitions, to include a definition of “yard moves.”

December 04, 2019


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 § 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


Amend Part 393 to address § 396.3(a)(1) OOSC references.

March 15, 2015

March 19, 2020
CVSA requested The Agency place the petition on hold

March 30, 2021
CVSA requested The Agency resume our review of the petition.



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. 

 December 17, 2018

Lauren Garza

Amend the FMCSRs to require CB radios in all CMVs.

May 02, 2021

Richard Horan

Amend 49 CFR 383.95 concerning the linkage of endorsements to specific Classes of CDL, especially the “P” endorsement.

March 15, 2021

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.”  

May 10, 2019

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 form 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 C.F.R. 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 07, 2020

New Hampshire DOT

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

October 02, 2017

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


August 08, 2019


Amend 49 CFR 371.3 concerning broker transparency.

May 19, 2020

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Petition to bar drivers who have committed certain violations while transporting livestock in a commercial motor vehicle

June 14, 2021

**Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

Amend 49 CFR 371.3 concerning broker transparency.

May 6, 2020

Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

Petition for Reconsideration of Class Exemption Rulemaking, Petition for rulemaking

September 22, 2021

Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

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).

September 9, 2021

Small Business in Transportation Coalition


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

August 1, 2021

Intermediaries Association (TIA)

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

August 04, 2020

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Associations (TTMA)

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

Tyrel Olson

Request to amend Hours of Service regulations and requirements for drivers.

August 4, 2021

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

Veolia North America

Amend the driver qualification rules under Part 391 to allow motor carriers an alternative method of reviewing the safety performance history investigation for new drivers.


April 22, 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


Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

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


Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

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


Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (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 Quantitates of Radioactive Materials as Defined by 49 CFR 173.403

Granted 02/24/2020

84 FR 52432 (NPRM)


Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

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

Denied 12/26/2019



Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

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




Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

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

Denied 9/18/20



Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

Expand definition of “actual knowledge” in 49 CFR 382.107

Granted 09/30/2019

84 FR 51427


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



Jerry and Marianne Karth

Add underride guards to Appendix G and 396.17, and amend definition of Out of Service Criteria




National Federation of 
Independent Business (NFIB)

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 5/21/2021



Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

Amend 371.2 definition of Broker and Bona Fide agents.

Denied 01/28/2020



Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC)

Revise application instructions to better accommodate class applications.

Denied 02/28/2021



United States Transportation Alliance (USTA)

Proposes revisions to hours of service and other rules.


85 FR 33396





Contact Info:

Larry Minor
Associate Administrator of Policy

Related links:

Archived Petitions for Rulemaking

Petitions for Reconsideration of Rules


Last updated: Monday, November 15, 2021