Regulatory and Legislative Update-May 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on April 16 issued a final rule allowing the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy the agency’s regulatory requirements. The rule permits the use of electronic methods to generate, certify, sign, maintain, or exchange records so long as the documents accurately reflect the required information and can be used for their intended purpose. The rule applies only to those documents that FMCSA's regulations obligate entities or individuals to retain. It does not apply to forms or other documents that must be submitted directly to FMCSA unless there are already procedures in place in the regulations for electronic submission to FMCSA. The rule partially implements the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) more