Overnight Regulation: Feds unveil new seat belt rules for trucks

Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, Capitol Hill and beyond. It's Monday evening here in Washington, where The Hill interviewed Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. http://bit.ly/1OaU4Rj

Here's the latest.

 

THE BIG STORY

Click it, or ticket: That's the message the Transportation Department has for truck drivers and their passengers.

Truck drivers are already required to wear seatbelts, but the Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Monday it is extending those rules to their passengers.

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The seatbelt requirements will apply to all passengers in "property-carrying commercial motor vehicles" that are driven between states.

"The fatality rate [is] five times lower for passengers who [wear] seat belts versus those who [do] not," the agency wrote Monday in the Federal Register.

The Transportation Department found that only 5 percent of passengers who wore their seatbelts during a fatal accident were killed, but nearly 25 percent of those who were not buckled up lost their lives, according to a 2013 study.

Another study from 2011 found that more than one-third of truck occupants who were killed in car accidents did not wear their seatbelts.

Despite this, surveys indicate that more than one-in-four truck passengers do not wear seat belts, according to the agency.

"Some of these fatalities involving occupants not wearing seat belts could have been prevented if this regulation had been in place," the agency said.

The FMCSA measured the costs and benefits of the rule.

"The only quantifiable cost of the final rule is the value of the person's time necessary to buckle the seat belt, which is negligible," the agency wrote. "The benefits of this rule are any fatalities or injuries avoided or reduced in severity as a result of seat belt use."

The seatbelt requirements stem from a petition by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

The rule goes into effect in 60 days. http://bit.ly/1PeY12g

 

ON TAP FOR TUESDAY 

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight will hold a hearing to look at the Environmental Protection Agency's compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. http://1.usa.gov/1TS6s5u

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to look at ways to improve passenger screening by the Transportation Security Administration at airports. http://1.usa.gov/1UjHU4N

 

TOMORROW'S REGS TODAY

The Obama administration will publish 233 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register.

--The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will delay new rules for automated trading.

The CFTC proposed automated trading rules in December, but is now reopening the comment period to give the public more time to consider the changes.

The public now has until June 24 to comment. http://bit.ly/1UapUhs

--The Department of Defense (DOD) will propose new cafeteria rules.

The rules would apply to military contractors that run dining facilities for roops. It would affect the "policies and procedures for soliciting offers, evaluating proposals, and awarding contracts," according to the Pentagon.

The public has 60 days to comment. http://bit.ly/1tcVaCV

 

NEWS RIGHT NOW 

Poll: Majority of voters support marijuana legalization http://bit.ly/1ra9074

Libertarian Gary Johnson: I'd eliminate NSA, IRS if elected. http://bit.ly/213SqlD

House GOP plan ditches 'too big to fail' label for banks http://bit.ly/1UmUfp5

Supreme Court to review Virginia state voting districts http://bit.ly/1tcEQBX

Supreme Court agrees to hear death penalty case http://bit.ly/1ZrBwgk

FDA warns consumers of antacids containing aspirin http://bit.ly/1UusdI7

Feds to test railroad workers for drugs, alcohol http://bit.ly/22Kfszu

FAA unveils rebate program for aircraft surveillance technology http://bit.ly/1TSkvrK

What should be the restroom sign of the future – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/1ZsejdK

In Mississippi town. some fear school desegregation ruling may backfire – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/24tSKuD

NY Fed rejected cyber-heist transfers, then moved $81 trillion – Reuters http://reut.rs/25HDIns

 

BY THE NUMBERS

5: The percent of truck passengers involved in crashes who died, even though they were wearing seatbelts.

25: The percent of truck passengers involved in crashes who died when they were not wearing seatbelts.

(Source: Transportation Department) http://bit.ly/1PeY12g

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"As president of the United States, I'll sign legislation to eliminate any federal agency that they present me with. Any one. Any of them,"  Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson told The Hill. http://bit.ly/213SqlD

  

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