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Obama puts on hold 3 new Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations

On inauguration day, President Obama’s office issued a directive to agency heads directing a 60 day hold on newly issued regulations that had not yet become final.

Regarding the trucking industry, three new regulations were published in the Federal Register during the last days of the Bush administration but had not yet become final. Those include final rules on responsibility for intermodal chassis, driver medical certification verification and the new entrant safety assurance process.

The new hours of service regulation became final on the day before the inauguration, and was not included in the list of regulations put on hold. It is anyone’s guess what decision might be made on that.

Ken Shigley is a trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia who has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine), among the “Legal Elite” (Georgia Trend Magazine), and in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale), and is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy,. He served as chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Litigation Institute, is on the National Advisory Board for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Shigley has extensive experience representing parties in trucking and bus accidents, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, brain injury and burn injury cases. Currently he is Secretary of the 40,000 member State Bar of Georgia.