CFR Title 49 Transportation

CFR Title 49 – Transportation

CFR DataTable of FEDERAL REGISTER Activity

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05/04/2018RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardOn-Time Performance Under Section 213 of The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is removing its final rule concerning on-time performance of intercity passenger rail service because it was invalidated upon judicial review.2018-09558FR-Doc-2018-09558On-Time-Performance-Under-Section-213-Of-The-Passenger-Rail-Investment-And-Improvement-Act-Of-2008The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is removing its final rule concerning on-time performance of intercity passenger rail service because it was invalidated upon judicial review.
04/27/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTraining, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad EmployeesIn response to a petition for reconsideration of a final rule, FRA is amending its regulations on Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees by delaying the regulations' implementation dates an additional year. FRA...2018-08941FR-Doc-2018-08941Training-Qualification-And-Oversight-For-Safety-Related-Railroad-EmployeesIn response to a petition for reconsideration of a final rule, FRA is amending its regulations on Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees by delaying the regulations' implementation dates an additional year. FRA previously delayed the regulations' implementation dates for one year in a final rule published May 3, 2017 (May 2017 Final Rule).
04/20/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231FR-Doc-2018-08231Federal-Policy-For-The-Protection-Of-Human-Subjects-Proposed-Six-Month-Delay-Of-The-GeneralIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
04/18/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety StandardsThis notification announces the availability of documents supplementing NHTSA's March 2015 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 210, ``Seat belt assembly anchorages.'' The SNPRM...2018-08196FR-Doc-2018-08196Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards 
04/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentElectronic Documents and SignaturesFMCSA amends its regulations to allow the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy FMCSA's regulatory requirements. These amendments permit the use of electronic methods to generate, certify, sign, maintain, or exchange records so long as...2018-07749FR-Doc-2018-07749Electronic-Documents-And-SignaturesFMCSA amends its regulations to allow the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy FMCSA's regulatory requirements. These amendments permit 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. This 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. This rule partially implements the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN).
04/09/2018RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardUpdating the Code of Federal RegulationsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is updating its regulations to reflect certain statutory changes enacted in the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 and to replace certain obsolete or incorrect references in the regulations.2018-06657FR-Doc-2018-06657Updating-The-Code-Of-Federal-RegulationsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is updating its regulations to reflect certain statutory changes enacted in the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 and to replace certain obsolete or incorrect references in the regulations.
04/02/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesThis document proposes a civil penalty rate applicable to automobile manufacturers that fail to meet applicable corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and are unable to offset such a deficit with compliance credits. The agency is proposing...2018-06550FR-Doc-2018-06550Civil-PenaltiesThis document proposes a civil penalty rate applicable to automobile manufacturers that fail to meet applicable corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and are unable to offset such a deficit with compliance credits. The agency is proposing this civil penalty rate based on a tentative determination regarding the applicability of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and in accordance with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).
04/02/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for InflationIn this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) is making the 2018 annual inflation adjustment to its civil monetary penalties. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) was signed into law...2018-06486FR-Doc-2018-06486Civil-Monetary-Penalty-Adjustments-For-InflationIn this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) is making the 2018 annual inflation adjustment to its civil monetary penalties. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) was signed into law on November 2, 2015. Pursuant to the 2015 Act, all agencies must adjust civil monetary penalties annually and publish the adjustment in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this final rule adjusts DHS's civil monetary penalties for 2018 pursuant to the 2015 Act and OMB guidance. The new penalties will be effective for penalties assessed after April 2, 2018 whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.
03/29/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRequest for Information on Regulatory Challenges to Safely Transporting Hazardous Materials by Surface Modes in an Automated Vehicle Environment; CorrectionThis request for information notice replaces the version published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2018 (83 FR 12529), to make technical corrections to the prior version. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests...2018-06290FR-Doc-2018-06290Request-For-Information-On-Regulatory-Challenges-To-Safely-Transporting-Hazardous-Materials-ByThis request for information notice replaces the version published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2018 (83 FR 12529), to make technical corrections to the prior version. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests information on matters related to the development and potential use of automated technologies for surface modes (i.e., highway and rail) in hazardous materials transportation. In anticipation of the development, testing, and integration of Automated Driving Systems in surface transportation, PHMSA is issuing this request for information on the factors the Agency should consider to ensure continued safe transportation of hazardous materials without impeding emerging surface transportation technologies.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service; Electronic Logging Devices; Limited 90-Day Waiver for the Transportation of Agricultural CommoditiesFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations...2018-05865FR-Doc-2018-05865Hours-Of-Service-Electronic-Logging-Devices-Limited-90-Day-Waiver-For-The-Transportation-OfFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The Agency has determined that the waiver is in the public interest and will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, based on the terms and conditions imposed. The waiver provides the Agency additional time to complete its analysis of the public responses to its December 20, 2017, notice of proposed regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the ``Agricultural commodity'' exception to the hours- of-service regulations and issue final guidance which in turn, would have an impact on which drivers transporting agricultural commodities are required to use ELDs, and the public responses to its October 31, 2017, document announcing receipt of the NPPC's application for an exemption from the ELD requirements and to issue a decision whether to grant NPPC's request for longer-term relief from the ELD rule. The Agency has determined through its preliminary analysis of the public comments submitted to the public dockets that the issues raised by transporters of agricultural commodities are more complex than those raised by other segments of the industry seeking relief from the ELD requirements and that it is appropriate to take additional time to bring these matters to closure.
03/22/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRequest for Information on Regulatory Challenges to Safely Transporting Hazardous Materials by Surface Modes in an Automated Vehicle EnvironmentThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests information on matters related to the development and potential use of automated technologies for surface modes (i.e., highway and rail) in hazardous materials transportation....2018-05785FR-Doc-2018-05785Request-For-Information-On-Regulatory-Challenges-To-Safely-Transporting-Hazardous-Materials-ByThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests information on matters related to the development and potential use of automated technologies for surface modes (i.e., highway and rail) in hazardous materials transportation. In anticipation of the development, testing, and integration of Automated Driving Systems in surface transportation, PHMSA is issuing this request for information on the factors the Agency should consider to ensure continued safe transportation of hazardous materials without impeding emerging surface transportation technologies.
03/16/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLarge Aircraft Security Program, Other Aircraft Operator Security Program, and Airport Operator Security Program; WithdrawalThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is withdrawing its rulemaking concerning the proposed establishment of a large aircraft security program (LASP). TSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for LASP on October 30, 2008. In the...2018-05401FR-Doc-2018-05401Large-Aircraft-Security-Program-Other-Aircraft-Operator-Security-Program-And-Airport-OperatorThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is withdrawing its rulemaking concerning the proposed establishment of a large aircraft security program (LASP). TSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for LASP on October 30, 2008. In the NPRM, TSA proposed that certain private and corporate aircraft operations should adopt security standards similar to those of commercial aircraft operations, including the use of security programs, crew vetting, and passenger watchlist matching. The NPRM also proposed new requirements for airports that serve the private and corporate operations. TSA held a series of public meetings and reviewed more than 7,000 public comments submitted in response to the NPRM. Based on all of the information received and a re-evaluation of the proposal in light of risk-based principles, TSA has decided not to pursue this rulemaking at this time.
03/05/2018RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardEx Parte Communications in Informal Rulemaking ProceedingsIn this decision, the Surface Transportation Board (the Board) modifies its regulations to permit, subject to disclosure requirements, ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings. The Board also adopts other changes to its ex parte rules...2018-04411FR-Doc-2018-04411Ex-Parte-Communications-In-Informal-Rulemaking-ProceedingsIn this decision, the Surface Transportation Board (the Board) modifies its regulations to permit, subject to disclosure requirements, ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings. The Board also adopts other changes to its ex parte rules that would clarify and update when and how interested persons may communicate informally with the Board regarding pending proceedings other than rulemakings. The intent of the modified regulations is to enhance the Board's ability to make informed decisions through increased stakeholder communications while ensuring that the Board's record-building process in rulemaking proceedings remains transparent and fair.
03/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMonetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2018FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require railroads to report to the agency all rail equipment accidents/ incidents above the monetary reporting threshold (reporting threshold) for that calendar year (CY). There is no change to the CY 2017...2018-04349FR-Doc-2018-04349Monetary-Threshold-For-Reporting-Rail-Equipment-Accidentsincidents-For-Calendar-Year-2018FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require railroads to report to the agency all rail equipment accidents/ incidents above the monetary reporting threshold (reporting threshold) for that calendar year (CY). There is no change to the CY 2017 reporting threshold ($10,700) for CY 2018 as the overall increase in wages and equipment costs were not great enough to cause the threshold to change when rounded to the nearest $100.
02/28/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRemoving Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems; Extension of Comment PeriodIn response to a request, NHTSA is extending the comment period on the Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Request for Comment (RFC) to March 20, 2018. The RFC was published in the Federal Register on January 18,...2018-04063FR-Doc-2018-04063Removing-Regulatory-Barriers-For-Vehicles-With-Automated-Driving-Systems-Extension-Of-Comment-PeriodIn response to a request, NHTSA is extending the comment period on the Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Request for Comment (RFC) to March 20, 2018. The RFC was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018. The comment period for the RFC was originally scheduled to end on March 5, 2018.
02/26/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesThis document responds to petitions for reconsideration regarding NHTSA's December 2016 final rule which established new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 141, ``Minimum sound for hybrid and electric vehicles.'' The agency received...2018-03721FR-Doc-2018-03721Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standard-No-141-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-ElectricThis document responds to petitions for reconsideration regarding NHTSA's December 2016 final rule which established new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 141, ``Minimum sound for hybrid and electric vehicles.'' The agency received submissions from three petitioners requesting six discrete changes to the final rule, and also received technical questions from the petitioners. After consideration of the petitions and all supporting information, NHTSA has decided to grant the petitions for four of the discrete changes, deny one, and request comment in a separate document for the sixth proposed change.
02/13/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRemoving Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving SystemsNHTSA is announcing a public meeting as part of the Agency's effort to seek public comments to identify any regulatory barriers in the existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing, compliance certification, and compliance...2018-02895FR-Doc-2018-02895Removing-Regulatory-Barriers-For-Vehicles-With-Automated-Driving-SystemsNHTSA is announcing a public meeting as part of the Agency's effort to seek public comments to identify any regulatory barriers in the existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing, compliance certification, and compliance verification of vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) and certain unconventional interior designs. The Agency published a Federal Register Notice of Request for Comments (RFC) titled Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems on January 18, 2018, that included specific questions for which the Agency seeks comment (83 FR 2607, Docket No. NHTSA-2018-0009). NHTSA is holding this public meeting to present to the public a summary of the RFC and activities underway at NHTSA and across the industry regarding the identification and removal of barriers that might impede safe deployment of ADSs. This material is intended to better inform the public as they prepare comments in response to the RFC. Public comments are welcome at this meeting, but all should be oral, and any supporting presentations or materials should be submitted to the docket for consideration.
02/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentGeneral Information, Regulations, and DefinitionsThis document denies a petition for rulemaking submitted by Mr. William H. Thompson III requesting NHTSA amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Specifically, Mr. Thompson...2018-02303FR-Doc-2018-02303General-Information-Regulations-And-Definitions 
01/22/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997FR-Doc-2018-00997Federal-Policy-For-The-Protection-Of-Human-Subjects-Delay-Of-The-Revisions-To-The-Federal-Policy-ForIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
01/19/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities; Extension of Comment PeriodFMCSA extends the public comment period for the Agency's December 20, 2017, notice announcing the proposed regulatory guidance concerning the transportation of agricultural commodities. On December 22, 2017, the American Trucking Associations, Inc....2018-00847FR-Doc-2018-00847Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Of-Commercial-Motor-Vehicles-Proposed-Regulatory-Guidance-Concerning-TheFMCSA extends the public comment period for the Agency's December 20, 2017, notice announcing the proposed regulatory guidance concerning the transportation of agricultural commodities. On December 22, 2017, the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) requested a 30-day extension of the comment period. Additional requests for extension of the comment period have been received. The Agency extends the January 19, 2018, deadline for the submission of public comments to February 20, 2018.
01/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers; Electronic Logging Devices; Limited 90-Day Waiver for Old Dominion and Other Motor Carriers Experiencing Problems Integrating PeopleNet ELD System Updates Into Their Fleet Management SystemsFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for Old Dominion Freight Lines, Inc. (Old Dominion) and other motor carriers in similar situations due to issues...2018-00842FR-Doc-2018-00842Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Electronic-Logging-Devices-Limited-90-Day-Waiver-For-Old-Dominion-AndFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for Old Dominion Freight Lines, Inc. (Old Dominion) and other motor carriers in similar situations due to issues concerning the integration of PeopleNet's ELD software into fleet management systems. The Agency has initiated this action in response to a waiver request from Old Dominion.
01/18/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRemoving Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving SystemsNHTSA seeks public comments to identify any regulatory barriers in the existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing, compliance certification and compliance verification of motor vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADSs)...2018-00671FR-Doc-2018-00671Removing-Regulatory-Barriers-For-Vehicles-With-Automated-Driving-SystemsNHTSA seeks public comments to identify any regulatory barriers in the existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing, compliance certification and compliance verification of motor vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) and certain unconventional interior designs. NHTSA is focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on vehicles with ADSs that lack controls for a human driver; e.g., steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal. The absence of manual driving controls, and thus of a human driver, poses potential barriers to testing, compliance certification and compliance verification. For example, many of the FMVSS refer to the ``driver'' or ``driver's seating position'' in specifying where various vehicle features and systems need to be located so that they can be seen and/or used by a person sitting in that position. Further, the compliance test procedures of some FMVSS depend on the presence of such things as a human test driver who can follow instructions on test driving maneuvers or a steering wheel that can be used by an automated steering machine. NHTSA also seeks comments on the research that would be needed to determine how to amend the FMVSS in order to remove such barriers, while retaining those existing safety requirements that will be needed and appropriate for those vehicles. In all cases, the Agency's goal would be to ensure the maintenance of currently required levels of safety performance. These comments will aid the Agency in setting research priorities as well as inform its subsequent actions to lay a path for innovative vehicle designs and technologies that feature ADSs.
01/10/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA)FMCSA announces that the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA) has requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the...2018-00247FR-Doc-2018-00247Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-Towing-And-Recovery-Association-Of-America-IncFMCSA announces that the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA) has requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver's hours-of-service (HOS) TRAA has requested a 5-year exemption for all operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) owned or leased to providers of motor vehicle towing, recovery and roadside repair services while providing such services. TRAA states that towing industry operations represent a unique and vital segment of the overall transportation industry in America that warrants exemption from the ELD regulations, and the failure to grant this exemption will cause confusion and create an overly complex regulatory framework which will pose an undue burden on towers and their customers without any measurable benefit to public safety. TRAA believes that granting this exemption will have a positive impact on highway safety by assuring that towing operators can still respond to service requests in the most expeditious and effective manner possible. FMCSA requests public comment on TRAA's application for exemption.
01/10/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; STC, Inc.FMCSA announces that the STC, Inc (STC) has requested an exemption from the requirement that motor carriers and their drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record driver hours-of-service (HOS). STC is a...2018-00248FR-Doc-2018-00248Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-Stc-IncFMCSA announces that the STC, Inc (STC) has requested an exemption from the requirement that motor carriers and their drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record driver hours-of-service (HOS). STC is a motor carrier that uses up to 75 CMVs to transport propane fuel and anhydrous ammonia. It states that because STC's CMV operations are seasonal and dependent on the weather, the ELD requirement creates an undue financial burden on its business. STC states that its operations under the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent the proposed exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on STC's application for exemption.
01/09/2018RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardCivil Monetary Penalties-2018 AdjustmentThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing a final rule to implement the annual inflationary adjustment to its civil monetary penalties, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.2018-00166FR-Doc-2018-00166Civil-Monetary-Penalties-2018-AdjustmentThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing a final rule to implement the annual inflationary adjustment to its civil monetary penalties, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
01/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and AgreementThis rule establishes reductions in the annual registration fees collected from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the...2017-28509FR-Doc-2017-28509Fees-For-The-Unified-Carrier-Registration-Plan-And-AgreementThis rule establishes reductions in the annual registration fees collected from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the registration years 2018, 2019 and subsequent years. For the 2018 registration year, the fees will be reduced below the current level by approximately 9.10% to ensure that fee revenues do not exceed the statutory maximum, and to account for the excess funds held in the depository. For the 2019 registration year and subsequent years, the fees will be reduced below the current level by approximately 4.55% to ensure the fee revenues in that and future years do not exceed the statutory maximum.
12/28/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Agricultural Retailers AssociationFMCSA announces that the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has requested an exemption on behalf of its members from the requirement that motor carriers and their drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use an electronic logging device (ELD)...2017-27884FR-Doc-2017-27884Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-Agricultural-Retailers-AssociationFMCSA announces that the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has requested an exemption on behalf of its members from the requirement that motor carriers and their drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver hours-of-service (HOS). ARA states that the ELD requirement imposes undue economic and other burdens on its member retailers and distributors of farm-related products and services. It asserts that ELDs fail to properly record the complex HOS data, are not properly certified by the FMCSA, and do not provide appropriate cyber-security safeguards. ARA also asserts that ELDs will not function properly in many locations in rural America because of poor internet and cellular connectivity. ARA states that the operations of its members under exemption from the ELD requirements will achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent the proposed exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on ARA's application for exemption.
12/28/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDrug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2018This notification of determination announces the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2018.2017-27976FR-Doc-2017-27976Drug-And-Alcohol-Testing-Determination-Of-Minimum-Random-Testing-Rates-For-2018This notification of determination announces the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2018.
12/20/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service; Electronic Logging Devices; Limited 90-Day Waiver for the Transportation of Agricultural CommoditiesFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations...2017-27311FR-Doc-2017-27311Hours-Of-Service-Electronic-Logging-Devices-Limited-90-Day-Waiver-For-The-Transportation-OfFMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The Agency takes this action in response to a waiver request from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) on behalf of eight organizations representing transporters of livestock and other agricultural commodities, as defined in the FMCSRs. The Agency has determined that the waiver is in the public interest and would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, based on the terms and conditions imposed. The waiver will also through notice and public comment, provide FMCSA with time to consider certain exemption applications from segments of the agricultural industry concerning the use of ELDs to document drivers' hours of service and clarify applicability of the requirements and the need for certain carriers to begin using ELDs by the December 18, 2017, deadline.
12/20/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural CommoditiesFMCSA announces regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the ``Agricultural commodity'' exception to the ``Hours of Service of Drivers'' regulations, and requests public comments. This regulatory guidance is being proposed to ensure...2017-27310FR-Doc-2017-27310Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Of-Commercial-Motor-Vehicles-Proposed-Regulatory-Guidance-Concerning-TheFMCSA announces regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the ``Agricultural commodity'' exception to the ``Hours of Service of Drivers'' regulations, and requests public comments. This regulatory guidance is being proposed to ensure consistent understanding and application of the exception by motor carriers and State officials enforcing hours of service rules identical to or compatible with FMCSA's requirements.
12/20/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTraining, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad EmployeesIn response to a petition for reconsideration of a final rule, FRA proposes to amend its regulations (Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees) by delaying certain implementation dates an additional year. FRA...2017-27272FR-Doc-2017-27272Training-Qualification-And-Oversight-For-Safety-Related-Railroad-EmployeesIn response to a petition for reconsideration of a final rule, FRA proposes to amend its regulations (Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees) by delaying certain implementation dates an additional year. FRA previously delayed the regulations' implementation dates for one year in a final rule published May 3, 2017 (May 2017 Final Rule).
12/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Announcement of the Department of Transportation's Decision on Electronically Controlled Pneumatic BrakingIn this document, the Department of Transportation is announcing that after careful review, and as mandated by Section 7311 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Department of Transportation has reviewed the final updated...2017-26546FR-Doc-2017-26546Hazardous-Materials-Announcement-Of-The-Department-Of-Transportations-Decision-On-ElectronicallyIn this document, the Department of Transportation is announcing that after careful review, and as mandated by Section 7311 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Department of Transportation has reviewed the final updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) and determined that the HM-251 Final Rule's electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake requirements are not economically justified. As the expected benefits do not exceed the expected costs, PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will initiate a rulemaking to rescind the necessary regulatory provisions.
12/12/2017RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardPublic Availability of InformationThe NTSB is issuing an interim final rule that revises 49 CFR part 801, ``Public Availability of Information,'' to implement the substantive and procedural changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), identified in the Open Government Act of 2007,...2017-26316FR-Doc-2017-26316Public-Availability-Of-InformationThe NTSB is issuing an interim final rule that revises 49 CFR part 801, ``Public Availability of Information,'' to implement the substantive and procedural changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), identified in the Open Government Act of 2007, December 31, 2007, the Open FOIA Act of 2009, October 28, 2009, and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, June 30, 2016. These revisions to the NTSB FOIA regulation are being issued as an interim final rule to ensure that an updated regulation is in place as soon as practicable to implement the Acts referenced above.
11/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's...2017-25821FR-Doc-2017-25821System-Safety-ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017, and extended the stay until May 22, 2017, June 5, 2017, and then December 4, 2017. FRA is issuing this final rule to extend that stay until December 4, 2018.
11/29/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMetropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area ReformThis rulemaking rescinds certain transportation planning regulations pertaining to the establishment of the metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries, the designation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and the coordination among MPOs. The...2017-25762FR-Doc-2017-25762Metropolitan-Planning-Organization-Coordination-And-Planning-Area-ReformThis rulemaking rescinds certain transportation planning regulations pertaining to the establishment of the metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries, the designation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and the coordination among MPOs. The amendments contained in this rule carry out the statutory mandate to rescind the final rule published on December 20, 2016, on this topic.
11/13/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentProcedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Addition of Certain Schedule II Drugs to the Department of Transportation's Drug-Testing Panel and Certain Minor AmendmentsThe Department of Transportation is amending its drug-testing program regulation to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte; and remove...2017-24397FR-Doc-2017-24397Procedures-For-Transportation-Workplace-Drug-And-Alcohol-Testing-Programs-Addition-Of-CertainThe Department of Transportation is amending its drug-testing program regulation to add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte. The revision of the drug-testing panel harmonizes DOT regulations with the revised HHS Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Federal drug-testing programs for urine testing. This final rule clarifies certain existing drug-testing program provisions and definitions, makes technical amendments, and removes the requirement for employers and Consortium/Third Party Administrators to submit blind specimens.
10/31/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)FMCSA announces that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) no later than December 18, 2017, to record the...2017-23690FR-Doc-2017-23690Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-National-Pork-Producers-Council-NppcFMCSA announces that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) no later than December 18, 2017, to record the driver's hours-of- service (HOS). NPPC states it requests the exemption for all livestock haulers as defined in the application (i.e., transporters of livestock, poultry, aquaculture, and insects) to address an incompatibility between the FMCSA's HOS rules and the current structure and realities of the U.S. livestock industry. NPPC states that the livestock haulers will not be prepared to meet the December 18, 2017, compliance date for installing ELDs. NPPC believes that the exemption, if granted, would achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on NPPC's application for exemption.
10/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMotor Vehicle Safety Standards; Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy VehiclesThis final rule addresses a petition for reconsideration of the final rule for FMVSS No. 136, Electronic stability control systems for heavy vehicles. The petitioner, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), requested that NHTSA amend the test...2017-23531FR-Doc-2017-23531Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Electronic-Stability-Control-Systems-For-Heavy-VehiclesThis final rule addresses a petition for reconsideration of the final rule for FMVSS No. 136, Electronic stability control systems for heavy vehicles. The petitioner, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), requested that NHTSA amend the test conditions for the agency's performance test by allowing a larger lane width for long wheelbase truck tractors. After a careful technical review of the petition and the issues raised by the petitioner, the agency has decided to grant the petition because there is sufficient evidence to indicate that a larger lane width is needed for testing of long wheelbase truck tractors.
10/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA)FMCSA announces that the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has requested an exemption on behalf of several other organizations and their membership from the requirement that no later than December 18, 2017, a motor carrier require each of...2017-23403FR-Doc-2017-23403Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-Western-Equipment-Dealers-Association-WedaFMCSA announces that the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) has requested an exemption on behalf of several other organizations and their membership from the requirement that no later than December 18, 2017, a motor carrier require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver's hours-of- service (HOS). WEDA states that equipment dealer operations in agriculture constitute unique circumstances that warrant the requested exemption, and not granting it will pose an undue burden on equipment dealers and their customers without any measurable safety benefit. In its application, WEDA seeks a five-year, renewable exemption from the ELD requirements which, the organization states, if granted will achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent the proposed exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on WEDA's application for exemption.
10/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Motion Picture Association of AmericaFMCSA announces that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has requested an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers providing transportation to or from a theatrical or...2017-23404FR-Doc-2017-23404Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Application-For-Exemption-Motion-Picture-Association-Of-AmericaFMCSA announces that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has requested an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers providing transportation to or from a theatrical or television motion picture production site. MPAA request this exemption to allow these drivers to complete paper records of duty status (RODS) instead of using an ELD device. MPAA believes that the exemption would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety because drivers would remain subject to the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations as well as the requirements to maintain paper RODS. FMCSA requests public comment on MPAA's application for exemption.
10/24/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentList of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for ImportationThis document revises the list of vehicles not originally manufactured to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation. This list is published in an appendix to the agency's...2017-22692FR-Doc-2017-22692List-Of-Nonconforming-Vehicles-Decided-To-Be-Eligible-For-ImportationThis document revises the list of vehicles not originally manufactured to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation. This list is published in an appendix to the agency's regulations that prescribe procedures for import eligibility decisions. The list has been revised to add all vehicles that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation since October 1, 2016, and to remove all previously listed vehicles that are now more than 25 years old and need no longer comply with all applicable FMVSS to be lawfully imported. NHTSA is required by statute to publish this list annually in the Federal Register.
10/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage FacilitiesThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is announcing an additional opportunity for the public to comment on an interim final rule (IFR) titled: ``Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities.'' PHMSA is...2017-22553FR-Doc-2017-22553Pipeline-Safety-Safety-Of-Underground-Natural-Gas-Storage-FacilitiesThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is announcing an additional opportunity for the public to comment on an interim final rule (IFR) titled: ``Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities.'' PHMSA is reopening the comment period in response to a petition for reconsideration filed jointly by the American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, and the American Public Gas Association. By reopening the comment period, PHMSA is providing all interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the IFR and the merits and claims of the petition. PHMSA will consider all public comments and address the petition for reconsideration in the final rule.
10/16/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable TrainsThis document provides notice that PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are publishing a revised Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) updating the original RIA associated with the electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake provision of...2017-22281FR-Doc-2017-22281Hazardous-Materials-Enhanced-Tank-Car-Standards-And-Operational-Controls-For-High-Hazard-FlammableThis document provides notice that PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are publishing a revised Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) updating the original RIA associated with the electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake provision of PHMSA's May 8, 2015, Final Rule titled ``Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains'' (Final Rule). The agencies are publishing the updated RIA in response to the mandate of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The updated RIA incorporates new testing and analysis the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reviewed, recommendations from two U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) audits, and updates to the costs and benefits of the provision of the Final Rule based on current economic conditions. PHMSA invites comments on all aspects of the updated RIA and the agency will respond to all relevant comments received.
10/12/2017RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardCivil Monetary Penalty Catch Up Inflation Adjustment and Annual Inflation AdjustmentThis Interim Final Rule adjusts for inflation the maximum civil penalty that the NTSB may assess against a person for violating certain NTSB statutes and regulations.2017-21902FR-Doc-2017-21902Civil-Monetary-Penalty-Catch-Up-Inflation-Adjustment-And-Annual-Inflation-AdjustmentThis Interim Final Rule adjusts for inflation the maximum civil penalty that the NTSB may assess against a person for violating certain NTSB statutes and regulations.
10/02/2017Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardEx Parte Communications in Informal Rulemaking ProceedingsIn this decision, the Surface Transportation Board (the Board) proposes to modify its regulations to permit, subject to disclosure requirements, ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings. The Board also proposes other changes to its ex...2017-21093FR-Doc-2017-21093Ex-Parte-Communications-In-Informal-Rulemaking-ProceedingsIn this decision, the Surface Transportation Board (the Board) proposes to modify its regulations to permit, subject to disclosure requirements, ex parte communications in informal rulemaking proceedings. The Board also proposes other changes to its ex parte rules that would clarify and update when and how interested persons may communicate informally with the Board regarding pending proceedings other than rulemakings. The intent of the proposed regulations is to enhance the Board's ability to make informed decisions through increased stakeholder communications while ensuring that the Board's record-building process in rulemaking proceedings remains transparent and fair.
09/29/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentEnvironmental Impacts and Related ProceduresThis SNPRM provides interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the FHWA and FTA joint regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) requirements. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA (hereafter...2017-20565FR-Doc-2017-20565Environmental-Impacts-And-Related-ProceduresThis SNPRM provides interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the FHWA and FTA joint regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) requirements. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA (hereafter referred to as ``the Agencies'') propose these revisions after the enactment of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires a rulemaking to address programmatic approaches in environmental reviews and makes other changes to existing law that should be addressed in a rulemaking. In this SNPRM the Agencies also propose to add FRA to regulations governing environmental impact and related procedures and the parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and historic site, making those regulations FRA's NEPA implementing procedures and FRA's Section 4(f) implementing regulations, respectively. This SNPRM proposes to modify the FHWA/FTA Environmental Impact and Related Procedures due to changes to the environmental review process made by the FAST Act and to modify the Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites regulations due to new exceptions created by the FAST Act. Lastly, the Agencies request comments regarding the current FHWA and FTA definition of ``existing operational right-of-way'' in their respective categorical exclusion sections. The Agencies seek comments on the proposals in this document.
09/29/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety StandardsThis NPRM provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations governing the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews (Program) established by Section 1309 of...2017-21085FR-Doc-2017-21085Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards 
09/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock ProtectionNHTSA is issuing this final rule to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305, ``Electric-powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection,'' to adopt various electrical safety requirements found in Global...2017-20350FR-Doc-2017-20350Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Electric-Powered-Vehicles-Electrolyte-Spillage-And-ElectricalNHTSA is issuing this final rule to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305, ``Electric-powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection,'' to adopt various electrical safety requirements found in Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 13, ``Hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles,'' and other sources. This final rule updates FMVSS No. 305 using modern and harmonized safety requirements and facilitates the introduction of new technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) and 48-volt mild hybrid technologies. This final rule is a deregulatory action. It imposes no costs and adjusts FMVSS No. 305 to give more flexibility to manufacturers not only to use modern electrical safety designs to produce electric vehicles, but also to introduce new technologies to the U.S. market. To expand FMVSS No. 305's performance requirements beyond post-crash conditions, NHTSA adopts electrical safety requirements to protect against direct and indirect contact of high voltage sources during everyday operation of electric-powered vehicles. Also, NHTSA adopts an optional method of meeting post-crash electrical safety requirements, consistent with that in GTR No. 13, involving use of physical barriers to prevent direct or indirect contact (by occupants, emergency services personnel and others) with high voltage sources.
09/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and AgreementFMCSA proposes to establish reductions in the annual registration fees collected from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement...2017-20079FR-Doc-2017-20079Fees-For-The-Unified-Carrier-Registration-Plan-And-AgreementFMCSA proposes to establish reductions in the annual registration fees collected from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement for the registration years 2018, 2019 and subsequent years. For the 2018 registration year, the fees would be reduced below the current level by approximately 9.10% to ensure that fee revenues do not exceed the statutory maximum, and to account for the excess funds held in the depository. For the 2019 registration year, the fees would be reduced below the current level by approximately 4.55% to ensure the fee revenues in that and future years do not exceed the statutory maximum.
08/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRequest for Comment on Reconsideration of the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicles; Request for Comment on Model Year 2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions StandardsIn a March 22, 2017, Federal Register document, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-term Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty...2017-17419FR-Doc-2017-17419Request-For-Comment-On-Reconsideration-Of-The-Final-Determination-Of-The-Mid-Term-Evaluation-OfIn a March 22, 2017, Federal Register document, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-term Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and to coordinate its reconsideration with the parallel rulemaking process to be undertaken by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks for the same model years. In this document, EPA is announcing that it is reconsidering whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards previously established for model years 2022- 2025 are appropriate under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act and invites stakeholders to submit any comments, data, and information they believe are relevant to the Administrator's reconsideration of the January 2017 Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination and in particular, highlight any new information. As part of a 2012 joint final rulemaking by the EPA and NHTSA, the Mid-term Evaluation process was codified in EPA regulation for greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2017-2025 light-duty vehicles, which requires EPA to determine no later than April 1, 2018, whether the standards for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate.\\1\\ In accord with this schedule, as noted in the March 22, 2017, document and this document, EPA intends to make a Final Determination regarding the appropriateness of the model year 2022-2025 standards no later than April 1, 2018. In this document, EPA is also requesting comment on the separate question of whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards established for model year 2021 remain appropriate, regardless of the agency's decision on the MTE. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
08/08/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentEvaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep ApneaThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) (collectively, the Agencies) withdraw the March 10, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe...2017-16451FR-Doc-2017-16451Evaluation-Of-Safety-Sensitive-Personnel-For-Moderate-To-Severe-Obstructive-Sleep-ApneaThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) (collectively, the Agencies) withdraw the March 10, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and its potential consequences for the safety of highway and rail transportation. The Agencies have determined not to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking at this time.
08/07/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRulemaking Procedures UpdateFMCSA proposes to amend its rulemaking procedures by revising the process for preparing and adopting rules, petitions, and direct final rules. Also, the Agency adds new definitions, and makes general administrative corrections throughout its rulemaking...2017-16452FR-Doc-2017-16452Rulemaking-Procedures-UpdateFMCSA proposes to amend its rulemaking procedures by revising the process for preparing and adopting rules, petitions, and direct final rules. Also, the Agency adds new definitions, and makes general administrative corrections throughout its rulemaking procedures. These proposed actions are authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
08/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Driver's License Standards: Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Issuance of Commercial Learner's PermitsFMCSA announces regulatory guidance clarifying that State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) may agree to facilitate the commercial learner's permit (CLP) application process and to administer the commercial driver's license (CDL) general knowledge test...2017-16338FR-Doc-2017-16338Commercial-Drivers-License-Standards-Regulatory-Guidance-Concerning-The-Issuance-Of-CommercialFMCSA announces regulatory guidance clarifying that State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) may agree to facilitate the commercial learner's permit (CLP) application process and to administer the commercial driver's license (CDL) general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled in the State. Today's guidance makes clear that SDLAs may accept applications for CLPs and administer the general knowledge test to individuals taking commercial motor vehicle driver training in that State, but who are not domiciled there, provided that: The SDLA administering the general knowledge test transmits the test results directly, securely, and electronically to the applicant's State of domicile; and the State of domicile agrees to accept the test results and issue the CLP. While today's guidance is in answer to general knowledge testing as addressed in FMCSA regulations, we note that this regulatory guidance is consistent with the Agency's October 13, 2016, final rule which amended the CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
08/02/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRegulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection With Licensing and Related Services-2017 UpdateThe Board updates for 2017 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. Pursuant to this update, 83 of the Board's 133 fees will be increased, while 50 fees will be maintained at their current levels.2017-16280FR-Doc-2017-16280Regulations-Governing-Fees-For-Services-Performed-In-Connection-With-Licensing-And-RelatedThe Board updates for 2017 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. Pursuant to this update, 83 of the Board's 133 fees will be increased, while 50 fees will be maintained at their current levels.
07/31/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPrivate Investment Project ProceduresThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing new, experimental procedures to encourage increased project management flexibility, more innovation in project funding, improved efficiency, timely project implementation, and new project revenue...2017-15985FR-Doc-2017-15985Private-Investment-Project-ProceduresThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing new, experimental procedures to encourage increased project management flexibility, more innovation in project funding, improved efficiency, timely project implementation, and new project revenue streams. A primary goal is to address impediments to the greater use of public- private partnerships (P3s) and private investment in public transportation capital projects (Private Investment Project Procedures or PIPP). FTA anticipates using the lessons learned from these experimental procedures to develop more effective approaches to including private participation and investment in project planning, project development, finance, design, construction, maintenance, and operations.
07/12/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesNHTSA seeks comment on whether and how to amend the civil penalty rate for violations of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. NHTSA initially raised the civil penalty rate for CAFE standard violations for inflation in 2016, but upon further...2017-14525FR-Doc-2017-14525Civil-PenaltiesNHTSA seeks comment on whether and how to amend the civil penalty rate for violations of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. NHTSA initially raised the civil penalty rate for CAFE standard violations for inflation in 2016, but upon further consideration, NHTSA believes that obtaining additional public input on how to proceed with CAFE civil penalties in the future will be helpful. Therefore, NHTSA is issuing this document to seek public comment as it sua sponte reconsiders its final rule regarding the appropriate inflationary adjustment for CAFE civil penalties.
07/12/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesNHTSA is delaying the effective date of the final rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, because NHTSA is reconsidering the appropriate level for CAFE civil penalties.2017-14526FR-Doc-2017-14526Civil-PenaltiesNHTSA is delaying the effective date of the final rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, because NHTSA is reconsidering the appropriate level for CAFE civil penalties.
07/07/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCompetitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot ProgramThis final rule implements a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. The final rule is required by statute.2017-14355FR-Doc-2017-14355Competitive-Passenger-Rail-Service-Pilot-ProgramThis final rule implements a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. The final rule is required by statute.
07/06/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardPublication Requirements for Agricultural Products; Rail Transportation of Grain, Rate Regulation ReviewThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is adopting final rules amending its regulations on the publication of rate and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer. The Board also denies a petition for reconsideration of the Board's policy...2017-14180FR-Doc-2017-14180Publication-Requirements-For-Agricultural-Products-Rail-Transportation-Of-Grain-Rate-RegulationThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is adopting final rules amending its regulations on the publication of rate and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer. The Board also denies a petition for reconsideration of the Board's policy statement regarding aggregation of claims and standing issues as they relate to rate complaint procedures.
07/05/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardOffers of Financial AssistanceThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) adopts changes to its rules pertaining to Offers of Financial Assistance to improve the process and protect it against abuse.2017-14044FR-Doc-2017-14044Offers-Of-Financial-AssistanceThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) adopts changes to its rules pertaining to Offers of Financial Assistance to improve the process and protect it against abuse.
06/30/2017RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyGreenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2The NTSB adds to its accident investigation procedures regulations a new subpart for marine casualty investigations. This interim final rule adopts a number of substantive and technical changes the NTSB proposed in its August 12, 2014 Notice of...C1-2016-21203FR-Doc-C1-2016-21203https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/C1-2016-21203/greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-fuel-efficiency-standards-for-medium--and-heavy-duty-engines-and 
06/29/2017RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardInvestigation ProceduresThis final rule adopts revisions to the NTSB's regulations regarding its investigative procedures. The intent of these revisions is to reorganize, clarify and update the regulations to reflect the last 20 years of NTSB's experience in conducting...2017-12988FR-Doc-2017-12988Investigation-ProceduresThis final rule adopts revisions to the NTSB's regulations regarding its investigative procedures. The intent of these revisions is to reorganize, clarify and update the regulations to reflect the last 20 years of NTSB's experience in conducting transportation investigations. These regulations affect investigations of transportation accidents within the NTSB's statutory authority, except marine casualty investigations.
06/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesPursuant to notices published on January 30, 2017 and March 28, 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, at 81 FR 95489, was temporarily delayed until June 26, 2017 (82...2017-13315FR-Doc-2017-13315Civil-PenaltiesPursuant to notices published on January 30, 2017 and March 28, 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, at 81 FR 95489, was temporarily delayed until June 26, 2017 (82 FR 8694; 82 FR 15302). This action temporarily delays the effective date of that rule for 14 additional days.
06/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFinal Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention StandardThis document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2014 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2014, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2014.2017-12883FR-Doc-2017-12883Final-Theft-Data-Motor-Vehicle-Theft-Prevention-StandardThis document publishes the final data on thefts of model year (MY) 2014 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2014, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2014.
06/16/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of PassengersIn response to petitions for reconsideration of the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) published on May 27, 2015 and effective on July 27, 2015, FMCSA intends to revise the regulations to address...2017-12085FR-Doc-2017-12085Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-Motor-Carriers-Of-PassengersIn response to petitions for reconsideration of the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) published on May 27, 2015 and effective on July 27, 2015, FMCSA intends to revise the regulations to address ``chartering'' (subcontracting) and the 48-hour delay in preparing a lease. FMCSA is requesting public comment on the proposed responses to the petitions discussed below. In a final rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FMCSA extends the compliance date for the 2015 final rule from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019.
06/16/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of PassengersFMCSA extends by one year the compliance date of the regulations established in the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) published on May 27, 2015, and effective on July 27, 2015. The new compliance...2017-12086FR-Doc-2017-12086Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-Motor-Carriers-Of-PassengersFMCSA extends by one year the compliance date of the regulations established in the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) published on May 27, 2015, and effective on July 27, 2015. The new compliance date is January 1, 2019. The Agency received numerous petitions for reconsideration of the final rule and extended the original January 1, 2017, compliance date to January 1, 2018, to provide time to address the issues raised by the petitioners. As a result of a public meeting with representatives of the passenger carrier industry in October 2016 and further analysis of the petitions for reconsideration, the Agency is extending the compliance date by an additional twelve months to allow time to revise the regulations, while ensuring that carriers have ample time to adjust to the requirements of the revisions. This decision is explained in more detail in a notice of intent published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
06/12/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Learner's Permit ValidityFMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow States to issue a commercial learner's permit (CLP) with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance. CLPs issued for shorter periods may...2017-12080FR-Doc-2017-12080Commercial-Learners-Permit-ValidityFMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow States to issue a commercial learner's permit (CLP) with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance. CLPs issued for shorter periods may be renewed but the total period of time between the date of initial issuance and the expiration of the renewed CLP could not exceed one year. This proposed amendment would replace the current regulations, which require the States to issue CLPs initially for no more than 180 days, with the possibility of an additional 180-day renewal at the State's discretion.
06/12/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMilitary Licensing and State Commercial Driver's License ReciprocityThis proposed rule would allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to waive the requirements for the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge tests for certain individuals who are, or were, regularly employed within the last year in a military...2017-12079FR-Doc-2017-12079Military-Licensing-And-State-Commercial-Drivers-License-ReciprocityThis proposed rule would allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to waive the requirements for the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge tests for certain individuals who are, or were, regularly employed within the last year in a military position that requires/required, the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
06/07/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's...2017-11727FR-Doc-2017-11727System-Safety-ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017, and extended the stay until May 22, 2017 and then to June 5, 2017. This document extends that stay until December 4, 2017.
06/07/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until September 5,...2017-11732FR-Doc-2017-11732Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-Electric-VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until September 5, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,'' initially scheduled to become effective on February 13, 2017.
06/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdates to Comply With the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and Other Technical Amendments; Final Rule; CorrectionThe Department of Transportation is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on May 5, 2017. The document issued a final rule that made technical changes to the Department of Transportation's regulations prescribing procedures for...2017-11579FR-Doc-2017-11579Updates-To-Comply-With-The-Foia-Improvement-Act-Of-2016-And-Other-Technical-Amendments-Final-RuleThe Department of Transportation is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on May 5, 2017. The document issued a final rule that made technical changes to the Department of Transportation's regulations prescribing procedures for the public availability of information.
06/05/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFinancial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and BrokersFMCSA withdraws its November 28, 2014 advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning financial responsibility for motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers. FMCSA is authorized to establish minimum levels of financial responsibility for...2017-11544FR-Doc-2017-11544Financial-Responsibility-For-Motor-Carriers-Freight-Forwarders-And-BrokersFMCSA withdraws its November 28, 2014 advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning financial responsibility for motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers. FMCSA is authorized to establish minimum levels of financial responsibility for motor carriers at or above the minimum levels set by Congress. In the ANPRM, FMCSA sought public comment on whether to exercise its discretion to increase the minimum levels of financial responsibility, and, if so, to what levels. After reviewing all public comments to the ANPRM, FMCSA has determined that it has insufficient data or information to support moving forward with a rulemaking proposal, at this time.
05/23/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays, until June 5, 2017,...2017-10556FR-Doc-2017-10556Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays, until June 5, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' initially effective on February 6, 2017.
05/22/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's...2017-10519FR-Doc-2017-10519System-Safety-ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017, and on March 20, 2017, FRA extended the stay to May 22, 2017. This document extends that stay until June 5, 2017.
05/22/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until June 5, 2017,...2017-10504FR-Doc-2017-10504Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-Electric-VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until June 5, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,'' initially scheduled to become effective on February 13, 2017.
05/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdates To Comply With the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and Other Technical AmendmentsThis final rule updates the Department of Transportation's regulations prescribing procedures for the public availability of information to conform these procedures with amendments to the Freedom of Information Act enacted by the FOIA Improvement Act...2017-08925FR-Doc-2017-08925Updates-To-Comply-With-The-Foia-Improvement-Act-Of-2016-And-Other-Technical-AmendmentsThis final rule updates the Department of Transportation's regulations prescribing procedures for the public availability of information to conform these procedures with amendments to the Freedom of Information Act enacted by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. This rule also removes a reference to the Surface Transportation Board, as it has been made a separate agency, outside of the Department, under the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015. Finally, this rule makes a technical amendment to the Department's submitter notice process to include a reference to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's updated procedures related to the submission of confidential business information.
05/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTraining, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad EmployeesThis document delays the implementation dates in the final rule published November 7, 2014, because model training program developers alerted FRA they will not be able to timely produce model programs that an estimated 1,459 railroads and contractors...2017-08944FR-Doc-2017-08944Training-Qualification-And-Oversight-For-Safety-Related-Railroad-EmployeesThis document delays the implementation dates in the final rule published November 7, 2014, because model training program developers alerted FRA they will not be able to timely produce model programs that an estimated 1,459 railroads and contractors are expected to use to comply with the rule's program submission requirements.
05/01/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentState Inspection Programs for Passenger-Carrier Vehicles; WithdrawalFMCSA withdraws its April 27, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the establishment of requirements for States to implement annual inspection programs for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) designed or used to transport...2017-08724FR-Doc-2017-08724State-Inspection-Programs-For-Passenger-Carrier-Vehicles-WithdrawalFMCSA withdraws its April 27, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the establishment of requirements for States to implement annual inspection programs for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) designed or used to transport passengers (passenger- carrying CMVs). FMCSA sought information from all interested parties that would enable the Agency to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected passenger-carrying CMVs. The ANPRM also sought public comments concerning the effectiveness of the current FMCSA annual inspection standards, and data on the potential costs and benefits of a Federal requirement for each State to implement a mandatory inspection program. FMCSA inquired about how the Agency might incentivize States to adopt such programs. After reviewing all the public comments, and in consideration of the comments provided by individuals attending the three public listening sessions held in 2015, FMCSA has determined there is not enough data and information available to support moving forward with a rulemaking action.
04/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil PenaltiesThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, or any PHMSA regulations or orders issued thereunder. Under the...2017-08530FR-Doc-2017-08530Pipeline-Safety-Inflation-Adjustment-Of-Maximum-Civil-PenaltiesThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, or any PHMSA regulations or orders issued thereunder. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, Federal agencies are required to adjust their civil monetary penalties effective January 15, 2017, and annually thereafter, to account for changes in inflation. PHMSA finds good cause to amend the regulations related to civil penalties without notice or opportunity for public comment. Advance public notice is unnecessary for the reasons described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
04/26/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentOrganization and Delegation of Powers and DutiesThe Office of the Secretary of Transportation is updating the regulations that govern the organization of DOT to clarify the responsibilities of certain OST officials and their relationships with senior leaders throughout DOT. These updates will ensure...2017-08416FR-Doc-2017-08416Organization-And-Delegation-Of-Powers-And-DutiesThe Office of the Secretary of Transportation is updating the regulations that govern the organization of DOT to clarify the responsibilities of certain OST officials and their relationships with senior leaders throughout DOT. These updates will ensure that heads of DOT operating administrations have the benefit of input from OST officials in carrying out their management responsibilities.
04/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Revision of Maximum and Minimum Civil PenaltiesPHMSA is revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2017-07908FR-Doc-2017-07908Hazardous-Materials-Revision-Of-Maximum-And-Minimum-Civil-PenaltiesPHMSA is revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, required Agencies to update their civil monetary penalties in August 2016 through an interim final rulemaking. PHMSA has elected to do the 2017 update in a final rulemaking. Per this final rule, the maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $78,376, except for violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, for which the maximum civil penalty is $182,877. In addition, the minimum civil penalty amount for a violation relating to training is now $471.
04/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations: Highly Automated Commercial Vehicles; Public Listening SessionFMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session on April 24, 2017, to solicit information on issues relating to the design, development, testing, and deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs). The listening session will...2017-07723FR-Doc-2017-07723Federal-Motor-Carrier-Safety-Regulations-Highly-Automated-Commercial-Vehicles-Public-ListeningFMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session on April 24, 2017, to solicit information on issues relating to the design, development, testing, and deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs). The listening session will provide interested parties an opportunity to share their views and any data or analysis on this topic with Agency representatives. FMCSA will transcribe all comments and place the transcripts in the docket referenced above. FMCSA will webcast the entire proceeding.
04/13/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentImplementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law, Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or Order, or the Hazardous Material Transportation Laws or Regulations, Orders, Special Permits, and Approvals Issued Under Those LawsOn July 1, 2016, FRA published two interim final rules to comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. FRA received no comments in...2017-07467FR-Doc-2017-07467Implementation-Of-The-Federal-Civil-Penalties-Inflation-Adjustment-Act-Improvements-Act-For-AOn July 1, 2016, FRA published two interim final rules to comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. FRA received no comments in response to the interim final rules. This document confirms the July 1, 2016, interim final rules will not be changed and the effective date is August 1, 2016.
04/12/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment of 2015FMCSA amends the civil penalties listed in its regulations to ensure that the civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Agency reflect the statutorily mandated ranges as adjusted for inflation. Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2017-07316FR-Doc-2017-07316Federal-Civil-Penalties-Inflation-Adjustment-Of-2015FMCSA amends the civil penalties listed in its regulations to ensure that the civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Agency reflect the statutorily mandated ranges as adjusted for inflation. Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), FMCSA is required to promulgate annual adjustments each year by January 15th. Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, FMCSA finds that good cause exists for immediate implementation of this final rule because prior notice and comment are unnecessary, per the specific provisions of the 2015 Act.
04/10/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Guidance on Training and Qualifications for the Integrity Management ProgramThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published the gas transmission pipeline integrity management (IM) rule in the Federal Register on December 15, 2003. This rule, in part, established requirements for supervisory and...2017-06805FR-Doc-2017-06805Pipeline-Safety-Guidance-On-Training-And-Qualifications-For-The-Integrity-Management-ProgramThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published the gas transmission pipeline integrity management (IM) rule in the Federal Register on December 15, 2003. This rule, in part, established requirements for supervisory and other personnel with IM program functions. PHMSA has recognized inconsistencies in how the requirements have been implemented by operators and is issuing this Advisory Bulletin to remind operators of their responsibility to include qualification requirements for IM personnel, as required by PHMSA regulations and discussed in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ASME B31.8S-2004.
04/05/2017Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardExpediting Rate CasesPursuant to Section 11 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (STB Reauthorization Act), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing changes to its rules pertaining to its rate case procedures to help improve and...2017-06718FR-Doc-2017-06718Expediting-Rate-CasesPursuant to Section 11 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (STB Reauthorization Act), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing changes to its rules pertaining to its rate case procedures to help improve and expedite the rate review process.
04/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentImplementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law, Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or Order, or the Hazardous Material Transportation Laws or Regulations, Orders, Special Permits, and Approvals Issued Under Those LawsTo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum, maximum, and aggravated maximum penalties it will...2017-06220FR-Doc-2017-06220Implementation-Of-The-Federal-Civil-Penalties-Inflation-Adjustment-Act-Improvements-Act-For-ATo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum, maximum, and aggravated maximum penalties it will apply when assessing a civil penalty for a violation of a railroad safety statute, regulation, or order under its authority. FRA is also adjusting the minimum penalty, ordinary maximum penalty, and aggravated maximum penalty that it will apply when assessing a civil monetary penalty for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation laws or a regulation, special permit, order, or approval issued under those laws. The aggravated maximum penalty under the hazardous material transportation laws is available only for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property.
03/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR)PHMSA is issuing a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes,...2017-04565FR-Doc-2017-04565Hazardous-Materials-Harmonization-With-International-Standards-RrrPHMSA is issuing a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.
03/28/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesPursuant to a notice published on January 30, 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016 was temporarily delayed for 60 days. This action temporarily delays the effective...2017-06119FR-Doc-2017-06119Civil-PenaltiesPursuant to a notice published on January 30, 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016 was temporarily delayed for 60 days. This action temporarily delays the effective date of that rule for 90 additional days.
03/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCarrier Safety Fitness DeterminationFMCSA withdraws its January 21, 2016, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed a revised methodology for issuance of a safety fitness determination (SFD) for motor carriers. The new methodology would have determined when a motor carrier is...2017-05777FR-Doc-2017-05777Carrier-Safety-Fitness-DeterminationFMCSA withdraws its January 21, 2016, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed a revised methodology for issuance of a safety fitness determination (SFD) for motor carriers. The new methodology would have determined when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in or affecting interstate commerce based on the carrier's on-road safety data; an investigation; or a combination of on-road safety data and investigation information. FMCSA had recently announced that, rather than move to a final rule, a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) would be the next step in the rulemaking process. However, after reviewing the record in this matter, FMCSA withdraws the NPRM and cancels the plans to develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Agency must receive the Correlation Study from the National Academies of Science, as required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, assess whether and, if so, what corrective actions are advisable, and complete additional analysis before determining whether further rulemaking action is necessary to revise the safety fitness determination process.
03/22/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentNotice of Intention To Reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light Duty VehiclesEPA announces its intention to reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and to coordinate its reconsideration with the parallel process to be...2017-05316FR-Doc-2017-05316Notice-Of-Intention-To-Reconsider-The-Final-Determination-Of-The-Mid-Term-Evaluation-Of-GreenhouseEPA announces its intention to reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and to coordinate its reconsideration with the parallel process to be undertaken by the DOT's NHTSA regarding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks for the same model years.
03/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until May 22, 2017,...2017-05543FR-Doc-2017-05543Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-Electric-VehiclesIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until May 22, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,'' initially scheduled to become effective on February 13, 2017.
03/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's...2017-05509FR-Doc-2017-05509System-Safety-ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017. This document extends that stay until May 22, 2017.
03/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays, until May 22, 2017,...2017-05525FR-Doc-2017-05525Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays, until May 22, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' initially effective on February 6, 2017.
03/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 MaterialsPHMSA is extending the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 60 days, from...2017-05488FR-Doc-2017-05488Hazardous-Materials-Volatility-Of-Unrefined-Petroleum-Products-And-Class-3-MaterialsPHMSA is extending the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 60 days, from March 20, 2017 to May 19, 2017.
03/13/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is correcting the final rule served on November 30, 2016, by including one additional Standard Transportation Commodity Code (STCC) to the group of 14 previously included in the final rule.2017-04841FR-Doc-2017-04841United-States-Rail-Service-Issues-Performance-Data-ReportingThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is correcting the final rule served on November 30, 2016, by including one additional Standard Transportation Commodity Code (STCC) to the group of 14 previously included in the final rule.
02/24/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingOn December 6, 2016, FRA published an NPRM proposing to amend its regulations on passenger equipment safety standards. By this document, FRA is reopening the NPRM's comment period, which closed February 6, 2017.C1-2017-02492FR-Doc-C1-2017-02492https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/24/C1-2017-02492/united-states-rail-service-issues-performance-data-reporting 
02/13/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. See 81 FR 53850. In this document we are issuing a...2017-02876FR-Doc-2017-02876System-Safety-ProgramOn August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. See 81 FR 53850. In this document we are issuing a stay of those requirements until March 21, 2017.
02/08/2017RuleNATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATIONNational Railroad Passenger CorporationRevision of the Freedom of Information Act Regulations of the National Railroad Passenger CorporationThis final rule sets forth revisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (``Amtrak''). Amtrak is revising its FOIA regulations to incorporate the changes brought about by the FOIA...2017-00950FR-Doc-2017-00950Revision-Of-The-Freedom-Of-Information-Act-Regulations-Of-The-National-Railroad-PassengerThis final rule sets forth revisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (``Amtrak''). Amtrak is revising its FOIA regulations to incorporate the changes brought about by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and to update, clarify, and streamline the language of its regulations to make the FOIA process easier for the public to navigate.
02/07/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingOn December 5, 2016, the Board published a final rule in this docket that established new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service...2017-02492FR-Doc-2017-02492United-States-Rail-Service-Issues-Performance-Data-ReportingOn December 5, 2016, the Board published a final rule in this docket that established new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis. The Board is staying the effective date of the final rule.
02/06/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesThis action temporarily delays for 36 days the effective date of the rule entitled ``Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,'' published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016.2017-02428FR-Doc-2017-02428Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-Electric-VehiclesThis action temporarily delays for 36 days the effective date of the rule entitled ``Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,'' published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016.
02/01/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until March 21,...2017-02150FR-Doc-2017-02150Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsIn accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the final rule titled ``Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' initially effective February 6, 2017, is delayed.
01/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesThis action temporarily delays for 60 days the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016.2017-01957FR-Doc-2017-01957Civil-PenaltiesThis action temporarily delays for 60 days the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016.
01/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for InflationThis Final Rule finalizes the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Interim Final Rule that adjusted DHS civil monetary penalties for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) was signed into...2017-00605FR-Doc-2017-00605Civil-Monetary-Penalty-Adjustments-For-InflationThis Final Rule finalizes the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Interim Final Rule that adjusted DHS civil monetary penalties for inflation. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) was signed into law on November 2, 2015. Using the formula in the 2015 Act and guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), DHS calculated adjusted penalties. On July 1, 2016, DHS published an Interim Final Rule setting forth the adjusted civil penalty amounts, effective for civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016 whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. Pursuant to the 2015 Act, all agencies must adjust civil monetary penalties annually and publish the adjustment in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this Final Rule adjusts DHS's civil monetary penalties pursuant to the 2015 Act and OMB guidance. The new penalties will be effective for penalties assessed after January 27, 2017 whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. DHS also announces that it will make its required annual adjustment of civil monetary penalties in future years by publication of a Final Rule notwithstanding the notice and comment provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.
01/25/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Automatic Emergency BrakingThis document denies a January 13, 2016 rulemaking petition jointly submitted by Consumer Watchdog, Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen. The petition requested NHTSA to begin a rulemaking proceeding to mandate that all light vehicles be equipped...2017-01542FR-Doc-2017-01542Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Automatic-Emergency-BrakingThis document denies a January 13, 2016 rulemaking petition jointly submitted by Consumer Watchdog, Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen. The petition requested NHTSA to begin a rulemaking proceeding to mandate that all light vehicles be equipped with three types of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technologies: Forward crash warning, crash imminent braking, and dynamic brake support. NHTSA is denying the petition because the Agency has already taken significant steps to incentivize the installation of these technologies in a way that allows for continued innovation and technological advancement. First, NHTSA has expanded its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) so that the NCAP information for a vehicle notes whether the vehicle is equipped with one or more of these technologies. Second, it has sought public comment on its plans to revise NCAP so that the presence and level of performance of these technologies affects the overall rating of light motor vehicles. To reinforce these improvements to the NCAP program, NHTSA encouraged and facilitated a process that resulted in 20 light vehicle manufacturers, representing more than 99 percent of light motor vehicle sales in the United States, committing to voluntarily installing forward crash warning and crash imminent braking. While NHTSA's actions will help create availability and market push for AEB technologies, private sector organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports are helping to create market pull through a variety of outreach activities that are helping consumers understand the benefits of AEB as well as differences among various vehicle models. Together with NCAP, the industry commitment and the actions of other stakeholders will lead to the installation of a growing array of AEB technologies in substantially all light vehicles and will foster innovation and competition in this technologically dynamic area. As the manufacturers respond to NCAP and carry out their commitments, the Agency is continuously monitoring their efforts to assess whether additional steps, including the possibility of a rulemaking to establish a new standard, might be needed in the future to ensure realization of the potential benefits from the full array of automatic emergency braking technologies.
01/23/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety ChangesPHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. Among other provisions, PHMSA is...2016-31461FR-Doc-2016-31461Pipeline-Safety-Operator-Qualification-Cost-Recovery-Accident-And-Incident-Notification-And-OtherPHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. Among other provisions, PHMSA is adding a specific time frame for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and incidents and adding provisions for cost recovery for design reviews of certain new projects, for the renewal of expiring special permits, and setting out the process for requesting protection of confidential commercial information. PHMSA is also amending the drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporating consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection (ILI) and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA).
01/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentProcedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Addition of Certain Schedule II Drugs to the Department of Transportation's Drug-Testing Panel and Certain Minor AmendmentsThe Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug-testing program regulation to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test...2017-01131FR-Doc-2017-01131Procedures-For-Transportation-Workplace-Drug-And-Alcohol-Testing-Programs-Addition-Of-CertainThe Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug-testing program regulation to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte. The proposed revision of the drug-testing panel is intended to harmonize with the revised Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Federal drug-testing programs for urine testing. This proposal also adds clarification to certain drug-testing program provisions where necessary, removes outdated information in the regulations that is no longer needed, and proposes to remove the requirement for employers and Consortium/Third Party Administrators to submit blind specimens.
01/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule...2017-01058FR-Doc-2017-01058Federal-Policy-For-The-Protection-Of-Human-SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.
01/19/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: FAST Act Requirements for Real-Time Train Consist Information by RailPHMSA requests comment on certain provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to require Class I railroads that transport hazardous materials to generate accurate,...2017-01240FR-Doc-2017-01240Hazardous-Materials-Fast-Act-Requirements-For-Real-Time-Train-Consist-Information-By-RailPHMSA requests comment on certain provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to require Class I railroads that transport hazardous materials to generate accurate, real-time, and electronic train consist information. Further, the FAST Act includes provisions for the railroads to provide fusion centers with electronic train consist information to share with State and local first responders, emergency response officials, and law enforcement personnel during an accident, incident, or emergency. In support of developing regulations to implement the FAST Act mandates, PHMSA specifically requests comments and information on baseline changes, affected entities, and costs and benefits related to fusion centers collecting train consist information from railroads and disseminating this information in the event of an emergency.
01/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 MaterialsPHMSA is considering revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products and potentially all Class 3 flammable liquid hazardous materials that would apply during the...2017-00913FR-Doc-2017-00913Hazardous-Materials-Volatility-Of-Unrefined-Petroleum-Products-And-Class-3-MaterialsPHMSA is considering revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products and potentially all Class 3 flammable liquid hazardous materials that would apply during the transportation of the products or materials by any mode. PHMSA is currently assessing the merits of a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Attorney General of the State of New York regarding vapor pressure standards for the transportation of crude oil. The petition requests that PHMSA implement a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit less than 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) for crude oil transported by rail. PHMSA will use the comments in response to this ANPRM to help assess and respond to the petition and to evaluate any other potential regulatory actions related to sampling and testing of crude oil and other Class 3 hazardous materials. PHMSA will also evaluate the potential safety benefits and costs of utilizing vapor pressure thresholds within the hazardous materials classification process for unrefined petroleum-based products and Class 3 hazardous materials.
01/17/2017RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardCivil Monetary Penalties-2017 AdjustmentThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing a final rule to implement the annual inflationary adjustment to its civil monetary penalties, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.2017-00690FR-Doc-2017-00690Civil-Monetary-Penalties-2017-AdjustmentThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing a final rule to implement the annual inflationary adjustment to its civil monetary penalties, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
01/17/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUnified Registration System; Suspension of EffectivenessThe FMCSA suspends its regulations requiring existing interstate motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants, and cargo tank facilities under FMCSA jurisdiction...2016-31706FR-Doc-2016-31706Unified-Registration-System-Suspension-Of-EffectivenessThe FMCSA suspends its regulations requiring existing interstate motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants, and cargo tank facilities under FMCSA jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic on-line Unified Registration System (URS). During this suspension, entities needing to file will follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today.
01/12/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; V2V CommunicationsThis document proposes to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. This will create...2016-31059FR-Doc-2016-31059Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-V2v-CommunicationsThis document proposes to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. This will create an information environment in which vehicle and device manufacturers can create and implement applications to improve safety, mobility, and the environment. Without a mandate to require and standardize V2V communications, the agency believes that manufacturers will not be able to move forward in an efficient way and that a critical mass of equipped vehicles would take many years to develop, if ever. Implementation of the new standard will enable vehicle manufacturers to develop safety applications that employ V2V communications as an input, two of which are estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes and prevent over one thousand fatalities annually.
01/10/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsFMCSA is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of December 8, 2016 (81 FR 88732), regarding the establishment of new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the...2016-31784FR-Doc-2016-31784Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsFMCSA is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of December 8, 2016 (81 FR 88732), regarding the establishment of new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time; an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time.
01/04/2017Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardPublication Requirements for Agricultural Products; Rail Transportation of Grain, Rate Regulation ReviewThrough this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) proposes amendments to its regulations governing the publication, availability, and retention for public inspection of rail carrier rate and service terms for...2016-31906FR-Doc-2016-31906Publication-Requirements-For-Agricultural-Products-Rail-Transportation-Of-Grain-Rate-RegulationThrough this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) proposes amendments to its regulations governing the publication, availability, and retention for public inspection of rail carrier rate and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer. The Board also clarifies its policies on standing and aggregation of claims as they relate to rate complaint procedures.
12/28/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesOn July 5, 2016, NHTSA published an interim final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of...2016-31136FR-Doc-2016-31136Civil-PenaltiesOn July 5, 2016, NHTSA published an interim final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This decision responds to a petition for partial reconsideration of that interim final rule. After carefully considering the issues raised, the Agency grants some aspects of the petition, and denies other aspects. This decision amends the relevant regulatory text accordingly. This decision also responds to a petition for rulemaking on a similar topic.
12/28/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCorporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; CreditsThis notice partially grants a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``Petitioners'') on June 20, 2016, to consider amending...2016-31140FR-Doc-2016-31140Corporate-Average-Fuel-Economy-Standards-CreditsThis notice partially grants a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``Petitioners'') on June 20, 2016, to consider amending various aspects of the light vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. The Petitioners requested that NHTSA issue a direct final rule to implement the requested changes, but NHTSA believes that the issues and questions raised by the Petitioners are worthy of notice and comment. NHTSA will address the changes requested in the Petition in the course of the rulemaking proceeding, in accordance with statutory criteria.
12/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMonetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2017This rule increases the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold (reporting threshold) from $10,500 to $10,700 for railroad accidents/incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2017 that FRA's...2016-30812FR-Doc-2016-30812Monetary-Threshold-For-Reporting-Rail-Equipment-Accidentsincidents-For-Calendar-Year-2017This rule increases the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold (reporting threshold) from $10,500 to $10,700 for railroad accidents/incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2017 that FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require railroads to report to the agency. This action is needed to ensure FRA's reporting requirements reflect cost increases that have occurred since FRA last published the reporting threshold in December 2015.
12/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDrug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2017This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2017.2016-31009FR-Doc-2016-31009Drug-And-Alcohol-Testing-Determination-Of-Minimum-Random-Testing-Rates-For-2017This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2017.
12/20/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMetropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area ReformThis final rule revises the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the revisions is to better align the planning regulations with statutory...2016-30478FR-Doc-2016-30478Metropolitan-Planning-Organization-Coordination-And-Planning-Area-ReformThis final rule revises the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the revisions is to better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs.
12/19/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage FacilitiesThis interim final rule (IFR) revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities. This IFR...2016-30045FR-Doc-2016-30045Pipeline-Safety-Safety-Of-Underground-Natural-Gas-Storage-FacilitiesThis interim final rule (IFR) revises the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address critical safety issues related to downhole facilities, including wells, wellbore tubing, and casing, at underground natural gas storage facilities. This IFR responds to Section 12 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, which was enacted following the serious natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon facility in California on October 23, 2015. This IFR incorporates by reference two American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practices (RP): API RP 1170, ``Design and Operation of Solution-mined Salt Caverns used for Natural Gas Storage,'' issued in July 2015; and API RP 1171, ``Functional Integrity of Natural Gas Storage in Depleted Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and Aquifer Reservoirs,'' issued in September 2015.
12/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSecurity Training for Surface Transportation EmployeesThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is proposing to require security training for employees of higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit and bus systems), passenger railroad...2016-28298FR-Doc-2016-28298Security-Training-For-Surface-Transportation-EmployeesThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is proposing to require security training for employees of higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit and bus systems), passenger railroad carriers, and over-the- road bus (OTRB) companies. Owner/operators of these higher-risk railroads, systems, and companies would be required to train employees performing security-sensitive functions, using a curriculum addressing preparedness and how to observe, assess, and respond to terrorist- related threats and/or incidents. As part of this rulemaking, TSA would also expand its current requirements for rail security coordinators and reporting of significant security concerns (currently limited to freight railroads, passenger railroads, and the rail operations of public transportation systems) to include the bus components of higher- risk public transportation systems and higher-risk OTRB companies. TSA also proposes to make the maritime and land transportation provisions of TSA's regulations consistent with other TSA regulations by codifying general responsibility to comply with security requirements; compliance, inspection, and enforcement; and procedures to request alternate measures for compliance. Finally, TSA is adding a definition for Transportation Security-Sensitive Materials (TSSM). Other provisions are being amended or added, as necessary, to implement these additional requirements. While TSA will review and consider all comments submitted, TSA invites responses to a number of specific questions posed in the preamble of the NPRM. See the Comments Invited section under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION that follows.
12/15/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRevised Inspection of Records and Related FeesThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is revising its regulations governing ``Inspection of Records'' and ``Fees'' in accordance with changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (FOIA Improvement...2016-30183FR-Doc-2016-30183Revised-Inspection-Of-Records-And-Related-FeesThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is revising its regulations governing ``Inspection of Records'' and ``Fees'' in accordance with changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (FOIA Improvement Act). Pursuant to the FOIA Improvement Act, the Board is extending the deadline for administrative appeals, adding information on dispute resolution services, and amending the way fees are charged in certain circumstances.
12/14/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRules Relating to Board-Initiated InvestigationsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is adopting final rules for investigations conducted on the Board's own initiative pursuant to Section 12 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.2016-29902FR-Doc-2016-29902Rules-Relating-To-Board-Initiated-InvestigationsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is adopting final rules for investigations conducted on the Board's own initiative pursuant to Section 12 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.
12/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric VehiclesTo reduce the risk of pedestrian crashes, especially for the blind and visually-impaired, and to satisfy the mandate in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA) of 2010 this final rule establishes a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS)...2016-28804FR-Doc-2016-28804Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Minimum-Sound-Requirements-For-Hybrid-And-Electric-VehiclesTo reduce the risk of pedestrian crashes, especially for the blind and visually-impaired, and to satisfy the mandate in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA) of 2010 this final rule establishes a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) setting minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles. This new standard requires hybrid and electric passenger cars, light trucks and vans (LTVs), and low speed vehicles (LSVs) to produce sounds meeting the requirements of this standard. This final rule applies to electric vehicles (EVs) and to those hybrid vehicles (HVs) that are capable of propulsion in any forward or reverse gear without the vehicle's internal combustion engine (ICE) operating. This standard will help to ensure that blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians are able to detect and recognize nearby hybrid and electric vehicles, as required by the PSEA.
12/08/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsFMCSA establishes new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time; an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H),...2016-28012FR-Doc-2016-28012Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsFMCSA establishes new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time; an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time. These individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). FMCSA will submit training certification information to State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs), who may only administer CDL skills tests to applicants for the Class A and B CDL, and/or the P or S endorsements, or knowledge test for the H endorsement, after verifying the certification information is present in the driver's record.
12/07/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdate to Email Address for the Electronic Submission via the Internet of Certain Accident/Incident ReportsThis final rule updates FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations to provide the current electronic mail address railroads must use to electronically submit to FRA certain accident/incident report forms.2016-29309FR-Doc-2016-29309Update-To-Email-Address-For-The-Electronic-Submission-Via-The-Internet-Of-Certain-AccidentincidentThis final rule updates FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations to provide the current electronic mail address railroads must use to electronically submit to FRA certain accident/incident report forms.
12/07/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRailroad Police OfficersThis rule amends FRA's regulations on railroad police officers to implement certain provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Consistent with the FAST Act, FRA is amending its regulations to allow: Railroads to hire...2016-29256FR-Doc-2016-29256Railroad-Police-OfficersThis rule amends FRA's regulations on railroad police officers to implement certain provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Consistent with the FAST Act, FRA is amending its regulations to allow: Railroads to hire contractors as railroad police officers; railroad police officers to transfer from one state to another without immediately needing to be commissioned or certified in the new state; and a state to recognize an officer's training at another state's recognized police academy or at a Federal law enforcement training center as meeting the state's basic police officer certification or commissioning requirements.
12/06/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPassenger Equipment Safety Standards; Standards for Alternative Compliance and High-Speed TrainsetsFRA is proposing to amend its regulations for passenger equipment safety standards, which currently provide for passenger rail service in a shared right-of-way under two separate tiers of safety standards: Tier I (speeds up to 125 miles per hour (mph))...2016-28280FR-Doc-2016-28280Passenger-Equipment-Safety-Standards-Standards-For-Alternative-Compliance-And-High-Speed-TrainsetsFRA is proposing to amend its regulations for passenger equipment safety standards, which currently provide for passenger rail service in a shared right-of-way under two separate tiers of safety standards: Tier I (speeds up to 125 miles per hour (mph)) and Tier II (speeds up to 150 mph). Consistent with the regulations' approach supporting interoperable passenger rail service by sharing the right- of-way, this proposed rulemaking would add a new tier of safety standards (Tier III) to facilitate the safe implementation of interoperable high-speed passenger rail service at speeds up to 220 mph. However, Tier III standards would require operations at speeds above 125 mph to be in an exclusive right-of-way without grade crossings. The proposal also would establish crashworthiness and occupant protection performance requirements in the alternative to those currently specified for Tier I passenger trainsets. Adopting the proposed alternative crashworthiness and occupant protection requirements would remove regulatory barriers, allowing a more open U.S. rail market, incorporating recent technological designs. In addition, the proposal would increase from 150 mph to 160 mph the maximum speed FRA's existing regulations allow for passenger equipment that complies with FRA's Tier II standards.
12/05/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Notification of the Pilot-in-Command and Response to Air Related Petitions for Rulemaking (RRR)In consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to align with current international standards for the air transportation of hazardous materials. The proposals in this...2016-28403FR-Doc-2016-28403Hazardous-Materials-Notification-Of-The-Pilot-In-Command-And-Response-To-Air-Related-Petitions-ForIn consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to align with current international standards for the air transportation of hazardous materials. The proposals in this rule would amend certain special provisions, packaging requirements, notification of pilot-in-command (NOTOC) requirements, and exceptions for passengers and crew members. In addition to harmonization with international standards, several of the proposals in this rule are responsive to petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community. PHMSA invites all interested persons to provide comments regarding these proposed revisions.
12/05/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol ClearinghouseFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish requirements for the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency's administration that will contain information about...2016-27398FR-Doc-2016-27398Commercial-Drivers-License-Drug-And-Alcohol-ClearinghouseFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish requirements for the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency's administration that will contain information about violations of FMCSA's drug and alcohol testing program for the holders of commercial driver's licenses (CDLs). This rule is mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It will improve roadway safety by identifying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who have committed drug and alcohol violations that render them ineligible to operate a CMV.
12/05/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting a final rule to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service...2016-29131FR-Doc-2016-29131United-States-Rail-Service-Issues-Performance-Data-ReportingThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting a final rule to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
12/01/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentProcess for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Physicians To Be Added to the National Registry of Certified Medical ExaminersFMCSA proposes amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to establish an alternate process for qualified physicians employed in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (qualified VA physicians) to be listed on the Agency's...2016-28746FR-Doc-2016-28746Process-For-Department-Of-Veterans-Affairs-Va-Physicians-To-Be-Added-To-The-National-Registry-OfFMCSA proposes amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to establish an alternate process for qualified physicians employed in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (qualified VA physicians) to be listed on the Agency's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry). After training and testing, they become certified VA medical examiners that can perform medical examinations of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators who are military veterans, and issue Medical Examiner's Certificates (MECs) to those same operators as required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
12/01/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety StandardsThis document denies a petition for rulemaking, submitted by Ms. Scheryn Bennett, requesting that the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) require every vehicle to be equipped with an emergency glass breaking tool. The data available to the...2016-28126FR-Doc-2016-28126Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-StandardsThis document denies a petition for rulemaking, submitted by Ms. Scheryn Bennett, requesting that the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) require every vehicle to be equipped with an emergency glass breaking tool. The data available to the agency shows there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the actual number of occupants that may have died due solely to drowning while trapped in an immersed vehicle. The potential effectiveness of such a tool to successfully aid an occupant's safe exit from an immersed vehicle is also not known. In the absence of a requirement that each vehicle have a glass breaking tool, nothing prevents vehicle manufacturers from providing a tool or other means to allow vehicle evacuation during immersion. Additionally, consumers can purchase their own tool and locate it in the vehicle where they would be likely to access it in an emergency.
11/29/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardDispute Resolution Procedures Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015The Surface Transportation Board (Board) adopts final rules to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act).2016-28610FR-Doc-2016-28610Dispute-Resolution-Procedures-Under-The-Fixing-Americas-Surface-Transportation-Act-Of-2015The Surface Transportation Board (Board) adopts final rules to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act).
11/28/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentVehicle Defect Reporting RequirementsNHTSA is proposing to require placing a label on the passenger side sun visor of light-duty vehicles that provides information about how to submit a safety-related motor vehicle defect complaint to NHTSA. This rulemaking also proposes updating the...2016-28125FR-Doc-2016-28125Vehicle-Defect-Reporting-RequirementsNHTSA is proposing to require placing a label on the passenger side sun visor of light-duty vehicles that provides information about how to submit a safety-related motor vehicle defect complaint to NHTSA. This rulemaking also proposes updating the required information in 49 CFR 575.6 for defect reporting information in owner's manuals through the addition of the text developed for this proposal. This proposal responds to the mandate in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (MAP-21) that manufacturers be required to affix, in the glove compartment or in another readily accessible location on the vehicle, a sticker, decal, or other device that provides, in simple and understandable language, information about how to submit a safety- related motor vehicle defect complaint to NHTSA; and prominently print the information described above within the owner's manual.
11/23/2016Proposed RuleNATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATIONNational Railroad Passenger CorporationRevision of the Freedom of Information Act Regulations of the National Railroad Passenger CorporationThis notice sets forth proposed revisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (``Amtrak''). The regulations are being revised in part to incorporate the changes brought about by the FOIA...2016-27620FR-Doc-2016-27620Revision-Of-The-Freedom-Of-Information-Act-Regulations-Of-The-National-Railroad-PassengerThis notice sets forth proposed revisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (``Amtrak''). The regulations are being revised in part to incorporate the changes brought about by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which requires all agencies to review and update their FOIA regulations in accordance with its provisions. Amtrak has also taken this opportunity to update, clarify, and streamline the language of its regulations in order to make the FOIA process easier for the public to navigate.
11/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles by Mexico-Domiciled Motor CarriersSection 219(d) of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) restricted Mexico-domiciled motor carriers from leasing commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to U.S. carriers to transport property into the United States until the international...2016-28018FR-Doc-2016-28018Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-By-Mexico-Domiciled-Motor-CarriersSection 219(d) of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) restricted Mexico-domiciled motor carriers from leasing commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to U.S. carriers to transport property into the United States until the international obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) chapter on cross-border trade in services were met. Given FMCSA's acceptance of applications for long-haul operating authority from Mexico-domiciled motor carriers following the conclusion of the U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program, the obligations are fulfilled and the restriction is no longer applicable.
11/22/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Safety Advisory CommitteeThis notice announces a public meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC will meet to discuss a proposed rulemaking to address regulatory requirements for onshore...2016-28065FR-Doc-2016-28065Pipeline-Safety-Meeting-Of-The-Gas-Pipeline-Safety-Advisory-CommitteeThis notice announces a public meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC will meet to discuss a proposed rulemaking to address regulatory requirements for onshore gas transmission and gathering pipelines.
11/21/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: PIPES Act Requirements for Identification Numbers on Cargo Tanks Containing Petroleum Based FuelPHMSA is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which reauthorizes the pipeline safety program and requires a number of...2016-27911FR-Doc-2016-27911Hazardous-Materials-Pipes-Act-Requirements-For-Identification-Numbers-On-Cargo-Tanks-ContainingPHMSA is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which reauthorizes the pipeline safety program and requires a number of reports and mandates. The PIPES Act requires PHMSA to take regulatory actions to establish minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities; to update the minimum safety standards for permanent, small scale liquefied natural gas pipeline facilities; and to publish an ANPRM to address a petition for rulemaking proposing hazardous materials regulations related to the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks. This ANPRM specifically addresses the PIPES Act requirement applicable to the petition for rulemaking related to the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks. PHMSA will consider the comments, data, and information received in any future action related to the petition.
11/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Tire Selection and RimsThis document amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110 to make it clear that special trailer (ST) tires are permitted to be installed on new trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg (10,000 lbs.) or less. It...2016-27051FR-Doc-2016-27051Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Tire-Selection-And-RimsThis document amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110 to make it clear that special trailer (ST) tires are permitted to be installed on new trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg (10,000 lbs.) or less. It also excludes these trailers from a requirement that a tire must be retained on its rim when subjected to a sudden loss of tire pressure and brought to a controlled stop from 97 km/h (60 mph). The agency proposed these changes and, after a review of the comments received, has determined that these two revisions are appropriate and will not result in any degradation of motor vehicle safety.
11/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Speed Limiting DevicesNHTSA and FMCSA have received requests to extend the comment period for their proposal that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device and that...2016-26816FR-Doc-2016-26816Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Federal-Motor-Carrier-Safety-Regulations-Parts-AndNHTSA and FMCSA have received requests to extend the comment period for their proposal that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device and that such device be maintained for the service life of the vehicle. In the proposal, NHTSA and FMCSA established a deadline for the submission of written comments of November 7, 2016. The Agencies have also received a letter opposing any extension of the comment period. To ensure that all interested parties have a sufficient amount of time to fully develop their comments, the Agencies are extending the deadline for the submission of written comments on the proposal, including comments on the Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment accompanying the proposal, by 30 days.
11/01/2016RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardAdministrative Rules; Official Seal; Rules Implementing the Government in the Sunshine ActThe NTSB makes technical updates and corrects citations in its administrative regulations governing agency organization and functions, delegations of authority to staff members, and procedures for adopting rules, regulations governing the agency's...2016-26232FR-Doc-2016-26232Administrative-Rules-Official-Seal-Rules-Implementing-The-Government-In-The-Sunshine-ActThe NTSB makes technical updates and corrects citations in its administrative regulations governing agency organization and functions, delegations of authority to staff members, and procedures for adopting rules, regulations governing the agency's official seal, and regulations implementing the Government in the Sunshine Act. These revisions make no substantive changes.
11/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers: Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA); Application for Exemption; Final DispositionFMCSA announces its decision to grant the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) an exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule of the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The...2016-26333FR-Doc-2016-26333Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Specialized-Carriers-And-Rigging-Association-Scandra-Application-ForFMCSA announces its decision to grant the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) an exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule of the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The Agency denies SC&RA's further request for exemption from the 14-hour driving window of the HOS rules. All qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons are exempt from the 30-minute break provision. FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and public comments and has determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.
10/27/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPhysical Qualifications and Examinations: Medical Examination Report and Medical Examiner's Certificate FormsFMCSA announces its decision to allow certified Medical Examiners (MEs) to use the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA- 5875, and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876, with October, November, and December, 2015 revision dates...2016-25976FR-Doc-2016-25976Physical-Qualifications-And-Examinations-Medical-Examination-Report-And-Medical-ExaminersFMCSA announces its decision to allow certified Medical Examiners (MEs) to use the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA- 5875, and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876, with October, November, and December, 2015 revision dates that are located in the top left corner of the forms until existing stocks are depleted. For MEs in an office where these forms have been programmed into an electronic system that will require IT programming, the current approved versions of the forms should be programmed as soon as practicable. FMCSA published sample versions of the forms in October and November 2015 prior to posting fillable Portable Document Format (PDF) versions in December 2015. Based on the fact that the October and November 2015 forms contain minor differences yet collect the same information as the fillable PDF version, FMCSA determined the October and November versions are acceptable. In addition, MEs are also allowed to continue to use the versions of the MER Form, MCSA-5875, that include the Privacy Act Statement on page one until stocks are depleted. For MEs in an office where these forms have been programmed into an electronic system that will require IT programming, the current approved versions of the forms should be programmed as soon as practicable. The versions of the forms currently posted by FMCSA include nonsubstantive changes that were approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on April 7, 2016 and September 6, 2016, and no longer include the Privacy Act Statement or a revision date in the top left corner. State Driver's Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) should not accept versions of the MEC that have not been approved by OMB, and do not display both the FMCSA form number (MCSA-5876) and the OMB expiration date of August 31, 2018.
10/25/2016RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyGreenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2EPA and NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation, are establishing rules for a comprehensive Phase 2 Heavy-Duty (HD) National Program that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel consumption from new on-road medium- and...2016-21203FR-Doc-2016-21203Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions-And-Fuel-Efficiency-Standards-For-Medium--And-Heavy-Duty-Engines-AndEPA and NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation, are establishing rules for a comprehensive Phase 2 Heavy-Duty (HD) National Program that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel consumption from new on-road medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines. NHTSA's fuel consumption standards and EPA's carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards are tailored to each of four regulatory categories of heavy-duty vehicles: Combination tractors; trailers used in combination with those tractors; heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans; and vocational vehicles. The rule also includes separate standards for the engines that power combination tractors and vocational vehicles. Certain requirements for control of GHG emissions are exclusive to the EPA program. These include EPA's hydrofluorocarbon standards to control leakage from air conditioning systems in vocational vehicles and EPA's nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) standards for heavy-duty engines. Additionally, NHTSA is addressing misalignment between the Phase 1 EPA GHG standards and the NHTSA fuel efficiency standards to virtually eliminate the differences. This action also includes certain EPA- specific provisions relating to control of emissions of pollutants other than GHGs. EPA is finalizing non-GHG emission standards relating to the use of diesel auxiliary power units installed in new tractors. In addition, EPA is clarifying the classification of natural gas engines and other gaseous-fueled heavy-duty engines. EPA is also finalizing technical amendments to EPA rules that apply to emissions of non-GHG pollutants from light-duty motor vehicles, marine diesel engines, and other nonroad engines and equipment. Finally, EPA is requiring that engines from donor vehicles installed in new glider vehicles meet the emission standards applicable in the year of assembly of the new glider vehicle, including all applicable standards for criteria pollutants, with limited exceptions for small businesses and for other special circumstances.
10/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems to Applications Other Than Single-Family ResidencesThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing an interim final rule to adjust the Board's civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. As mandated by that act,...C1-2016-24817FR-Doc-C1-2016-24817https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/21/C1-2016-24817/pipeline-safety-expanding-the-use-of-excess-flow-valves-in-gas-distribution-systems-to-applications 
10/17/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdate of Department of Transportation Regulations; Termination of the Department of Transportation Board of Contract AppealsThe Department of Transportation is revising its regulations by removing chapter 63 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and amending 49 CFR part 6. These revisions result from our ongoing efforts to review and improve our regulations,...2016-24052FR-Doc-2016-24052Update-Of-Department-Of-Transportation-Regulations-Termination-Of-The-Department-Of-TransportationThe Department of Transportation is revising its regulations by removing chapter 63 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and amending 49 CFR part 6. These revisions result from our ongoing efforts to review and improve our regulations, and will harmonize the CFR with Departmental restructuring required by statutory changes.
10/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAmendments To Implement Grants Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation ActThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopts, as final, certain regulations required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) enacted on December 4, 2015. The involved statutory changes went into effect on October...2016-24925FR-Doc-2016-24925Amendments-To-Implement-Grants-Provisions-Of-The-Fixing-Americas-Surface-Transportation-ActThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopts, as final, certain regulations required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) enacted on December 4, 2015. The involved statutory changes went into effect on October 1, 2016, and require that FMCSA make conforming changes to its regulations to ensure they are current and consistent with the statutory requirements. Adoption of these rules is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that FMCSA may take without issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking and receiving public comment, in accordance with the good cause exception available to Federal agencies under the Administrative Procedure Act.
10/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentGeneral Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; CorrectionThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration corrects an inadvertent error in the October 4, 2016 final rule ``General Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.'' Due to an...2016-24922FR-Doc-2016-24922General-Technical-Organizational-Conforming-And-Correcting-Amendments-To-The-Federal-Motor-CarrierThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration corrects an inadvertent error in the October 4, 2016 final rule ``General Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.'' Due to an error, the rule unintentionally did not include the word ``and'' at the end of the next to last condition for a farm vehicle driver to take advantage of the farm vehicle driver exceptions to commercial driver's license standards and alcohol and drug testing requirements. Today's correction makes it clear that all four conditions in each farm vehicle driver exception must be met in order for the exception to be used.
10/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Enhanced Emergency Order ProceduresThis interim final rule (IFR) establishes regulations implementing the emergency order authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) by the ``Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016'' (PIPES...2016-24788FR-Doc-2016-24788Pipeline-Safety-Enhanced-Emergency-Order-ProceduresThis interim final rule (IFR) establishes regulations implementing the emergency order authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) by the ``Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016'' (PIPES Act). These regulations are mandated by the PIPES Act and, in accordance with the Act, PHMSA is establishing procedures for the issuance of emergency orders that will be used to address an unsafe condition or practice, or combination of unsafe conditions or practices, that pose an imminent hazard to public health and safety or the environment. By implementing this statutory mandate, PHMSA will enhance its existing enforcement authority to respond immediately to conditions or practices that exist in a subset of, or across, the pipeline industry. This IFR solely affects agency enforcement procedures to implement the emergency order provisions of the law and; therefore, this rulemaking results in no additional burden or compliance costs to industry. PHMSA is issuing this IFR because the PIPES Act directs PHMSA to first issue temporary regulations. However, the agency invites comments and will, if appropriate, make changes to the IFR prior to the issuance of a final rule, which the agency must issue, by statute, no later than 270 days following enactment of the PIPES Act.
10/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems to Applications Other Than Single-Family ResidencesExcess flow valves (EFV), which are safety devices installed on natural gas distribution pipelines to reduce the risk of accidents, are currently required for new or replaced gas service lines servicing single-family residences (SFR), as that phrase is...2016-24817FR-Doc-2016-24817Pipeline-Safety-Expanding-The-Use-Of-Excess-Flow-Valves-In-Gas-Distribution-Systems-To-ApplicationsExcess flow valves (EFV), which are safety devices installed on natural gas distribution pipelines to reduce the risk of accidents, are currently required for new or replaced gas service lines servicing single-family residences (SFR), as that phrase is defined in 49 CFR 192.383(a). This final rule makes changes to part 192 to expand this requirement to include new or replaced branched service lines servicing SFRs, multifamily residences, and small commercial entities consuming gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet per Hour (SCFH). PHMSA is also amending part 192 to require the use of either manual service line shut-off valves (e.g., curb valves) or EFVs, if appropriate, for new or replaced service lines with meter capacities exceeding 1,000 SCFH. Lastly, this final rule requires operators to notify customers of their right to request installation of an EFV on service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced. PHMSA has left the question of who bears the cost of installing EFVs on service lines not being newly installed or replaced to the operator's rate- setter.
10/13/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Driver's License Requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Military Commercial Driver's License Act of 2012FMCSA amends its commercial driver's license (CDL) regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by simplifying the process of obtaining a commercial learner's permit (CLP) or...2016-24749FR-Doc-2016-24749Commercial-Drivers-License-Requirements-Of-The-Moving-Ahead-For-Progress-In-The-21st-Century-ActFMCSA amends its commercial driver's license (CDL) regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by simplifying the process of obtaining a commercial learner's permit (CLP) or CDL. This final rule extends the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a CMV. This final rule also allows a State to accept applications from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that State as well as administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL. States that choose to accept such applications are required to transmit the test results electronically to the State of domicile of the military personnel. The State of domicile may issue the CLP or CDL on the basis of those results.
10/11/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Revisions to Hazardous Materials Grants Requirements (RRR)PHMSA proposes to revise its regulations pertaining to the Hazardous Materials grants program to incorporate the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, and to...2016-24418FR-Doc-2016-24418Hazardous-Materials-Revisions-To-Hazardous-Materials-Grants-Requirements-RrrPHMSA proposes to revise its regulations pertaining to the Hazardous Materials grants program to incorporate the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, and to implement new requirements set forth by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. PHMSA invites all interested persons to provide comments regarding these intended revisions.
10/06/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRevisions to Arbitration ProceduresThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) adopts changes to its arbitration procedures to conform to the requirements of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2015.2016-24065FR-Doc-2016-24065Revisions-To-Arbitration-ProceduresThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) adopts changes to its arbitration procedures to conform to the requirements of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2015.
10/05/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardOffers of Financial AssistanceThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing changes to its rules pertaining to Offers of Financial Assistance to improve the process and protect it against abuse.2016-24056FR-Doc-2016-24056Offers-Of-Financial-AssistanceThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing changes to its rules pertaining to Offers of Financial Assistance to improve the process and protect it against abuse.
10/04/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentGeneral Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety RegulationsFMCSA amends its regulations by making technical corrections throughout. The Agency is making minor changes to correct errors and omissions, ensure conformity with Office of the Federal Register style guidelines, update cross references, and improve...2016-22996FR-Doc-2016-22996General-Technical-Organizational-Conforming-And-Correcting-Amendments-To-The-Federal-Motor-CarrierFMCSA amends its regulations by making technical corrections throughout. The Agency is making minor changes to correct errors and omissions, ensure conformity with Office of the Federal Register style guidelines, update cross references, and improve clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. Further, this set of amendments removes all remaining instances of the term ``common carrier'' and ``contract carrier'' as required by the ICC Termination Act (ICCTA) and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This rule does not make any substantive changes to the affected regulations, except to remove obsolete provisions.
10/04/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentList of Nonconforming Vehicles Decided To Be Eligible for ImportationThis document revises the list of vehicles not originally manufactured to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation. This list is published in an appendix to the agency's...2016-23941FR-Doc-2016-23941List-Of-Nonconforming-Vehicles-Decided-To-Be-Eligible-For-ImportationThis document revises the list of vehicles not originally manufactured to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation. This list is published in an appendix to the agency's regulations that prescribe procedures for import eligibility decisions. The list has been revised to add all vehicles that NHTSA has decided to be eligible for importation since October 1, 2015, and to remove all previously listed vehicles that are now more than 25 years old and need no longer comply with all applicable FMVSS to be lawfully imported. NHTSA is required by statute to publish this list annually in the Federal Register.
09/29/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentExemption From Vehicle Theft Prevention StandardIn this rulemaking action, NHTSA is finalizing procedures for obtaining an exemption from the vehicle theft prevention standard for vehicles equipped with immobilizers. An immobilizer is an anti-theft device that combines microchip and transponder...2016-22061FR-Doc-2016-22061Exemption-From-Vehicle-Theft-Prevention-StandardIn this rulemaking action, NHTSA is finalizing procedures for obtaining an exemption from the vehicle theft prevention standard for vehicles equipped with immobilizers. An immobilizer is an anti-theft device that combines microchip and transponder technology with engine and fuel immobilizer components that can prevent vehicles from starting unless a verified code is received by the transponder. This final rule streamlines the exemption procedure for immobilizer-equipped vehicles by adding performance criteria for immobilizers. The criteria, which roughly correlate with the types of qualities for which petitioners have been submitting testing and technical design details under existing procedures, closely follow the immobilizer performance requirements in the anti-theft standard of Canada. After this final rule, it would be sufficient for a manufacturer seeking the exemption of some of its vehicles to provide data showing that the device meets the performance criteria, as well as a statement that the device is durable and reliable. Adopting these performance criteria for immobilizers bring the U.S. anti-theft requirements more into line with those of Canada.
09/27/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of PassengersFMCSA announces it will hold a roundtable discussion on October 31, 2016, as a follow-up to its August 31, 2016, notice of intent concerning the petitions for reconsideration of the final rule, titled ``Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers...2016-23253FR-Doc-2016-23253Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-Motor-Carriers-Of-PassengersFMCSA announces it will hold a roundtable discussion on October 31, 2016, as a follow-up to its August 31, 2016, notice of intent concerning the petitions for reconsideration of the final rule, titled ``Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers,'' which published May 27, 2015. The meeting will be open to the public. Individuals with diverse experience, expertise, and perspectives are encouraged to attend. If all comments have been exhausted before the end of the session, the session may conclude early.
09/26/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardClass I Railroad Accounting and Financial Reporting-Transportation of Hazardous MaterialsThe Surface Transportation Board is withdrawing the advance notice of proposed rulemaking and discontinuing the EP 681 rulemaking proceeding which sought comment on whether and how it should update its accounting and financial reporting for Class I...2016-23144FR-Doc-2016-23144Class-I-Railroad-Accounting-And-Financial-Reporting-Transportation-Of-Hazardous-MaterialsThe Surface Transportation Board is withdrawing the advance notice of proposed rulemaking and discontinuing the EP 681 rulemaking proceeding which sought comment on whether and how it should update its accounting and financial reporting for Class I rail carriers to better capture the operating costs of transporting hazardous materials.
09/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers; Parts and Accessories: ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC, Application for ExemptionsFMCSA announces its decision to grant ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC (ArcelorMittal) exemptions from the hours of service (HOS) and parts and accessories rules. One exemption will allow ArcelorMittal's employee-drivers with commercial driver's...2016-22963FR-Doc-2016-22963Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Parts-And-Accessories-Arcelormittal-Indiana-Harbor-Llc-Application-ForFMCSA announces its decision to grant ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC (ArcelorMittal) exemptions from the hours of service (HOS) and parts and accessories rules. One exemption will allow ArcelorMittal's employee-drivers with commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) who transport steel coils between their production and shipping locations on public roads to work up to 16 hours per day and return to work with less than the mandatory 10 consecutive hours off duty. The other exemption will allow ArcelorMittal to use coil carriers that do not meet the ``heavy hauler trailer'' definition, height of rear side marker lights restrictions, tire loading restrictions, and the coil securement requirements.
09/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMetropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area ReformThe FHWA and FTA are reopening the comment period for the NPRM that was published on June 27, 2016, at 81 FR 41473, in order to receive additional public comment on targeted issues. The NPRM proposes revisions to the transportation planning regulations...2016-22907FR-Doc-2016-22907Metropolitan-Planning-Organization-Coordination-And-Planning-Area-ReformThe FHWA and FTA are reopening the comment period for the NPRM that was published on June 27, 2016, at 81 FR 41473, in order to receive additional public comment on targeted issues. The NPRM proposes revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The original comment period closed on August 26, 2016. The FHWA and FTA received a number of requests to extend the comment period. The FHWA and FTA recognize that those interested in commenting on this important program may not have had the opportunity to provide comments and that the comment period should be reopened. Therefore, the comment period is being reopened.
09/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentParts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Windshield-Mounted TechnologiesFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including placement within the area that is swept by the...2016-22923FR-Doc-2016-22923Parts-And-Accessories-Necessary-For-Safe-Operation-Windshield-Mounted-TechnologiesFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including placement within the area that is swept by the windshield wipers. Section 5301 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act directs the Agency to amend the FMCSRs to allow devices to be mounted on the windshield that utilize ``vehicle safety technology,'' as defined in the Act. In addition, the section 5301 states that all windshield mounted devices/technologies with a limited 2-year exemption in effect on the date of enactment, shall be considered to meet the equivalent-or-greater safety standard required for the initial exemption. Promulgation of this final rule is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that does not require prior notice and public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
09/20/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPreliminary Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention StandardThis document requests comments on data about passenger motor vehicle thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2014, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2014. The preliminary theft data...2016-22064FR-Doc-2016-22064Preliminary-Theft-Data-Motor-Vehicle-Theft-Prevention-StandardThis document requests comments on data about passenger motor vehicle thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2014, including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2014. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for MY/CY 2014 vehicles (1.1525 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 0.32 percent from the theft rate for MY/CY 2013 vehicles (1.1562 thefts per thousand vehicles). Publication of these data fulfills NHTSA's statutory obligation to periodically obtain accurate and timely theft data, and publish the information for review and comment.
09/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for InflationIn May 2015, FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to allow drivers with stable, well- controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in...C1-2016-15673FR-Doc-C1-2016-15673https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/09/C1-2016-15673/civil-monetary-penalty-adjustments-for-inflation 
09/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR)The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes...2016-20580FR-Doc-2016-20580Hazardous-Materials-Harmonization-With-International-Standards-RrrThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA proposes several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.
09/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Speed Limiting DevicesNHTSA and FMCSA are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be...2016-20934FR-Doc-2016-20934Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Federal-Motor-Carrier-Safety-Regulations-Parts-AndNHTSA and FMCSA are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in a final rule and would require motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce to maintain functional speed limiting devices set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in the final rule for the service life of the vehicle. Specifically, NHTSA is proposing to establish a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) requiring that each new multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck, bus and school bus with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) be equipped with a speed limiting device. The proposed FMVSS would also require each vehicle, as manufactured and sold, to have its device set to a speed not greater than a specified speed and to be equipped with means of reading the vehicle's current speed setting and the two previous speed settings (including the time and date the settings were changed) through its On-Board Diagnostic connection. FMCSA is proposing a complementary Federal motor carrier safety regulation (FMCSR) requiring each commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a GVWR of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device meeting the requirements of the proposed FMVSS applicable to the vehicle at the time of manufacture, including the requirement that the device be set to a speed not greater than a specified speed. Motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce would be required to maintain the speed limiting devices for the service life of the vehicle. Based on the agencies' review of the available data, limiting the speed of these heavy vehicles would reduce the severity of crashes involving these vehicles and reduce the resulting fatalities and injuries. We expect that, as a result of this joint rulemaking, virtually all of these vehicles would be limited to that speed.
09/02/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentParts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; CorrectionThis notice makes corrections to a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2016, regarding amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in response to several petitions for rulemaking and NTSB recommendations. The Agency...2016-20927FR-Doc-2016-20927Parts-And-Accessories-Necessary-For-Safe-Operation-Inspection-Repair-And-Maintenance-CorrectionThis notice makes corrections to a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2016, regarding amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in response to several petitions for rulemaking and NTSB recommendations. The Agency makes several minor clerical corrections regarding the rear license plate lamp requirements and the periodic inspection requirements for antilock brake systems (ABS).
09/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentNotice of Policy on the Implementation of the Phased Increase in Domestic Content Under the Buy America Waiver for Rolling Stock and Notice of Public Interest Waiver of Buy America Domestic Content Requirements for Rolling Stock Procurement in Limited CircumstancesThis final policy consists of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) policy statement regarding its implementation of the phased-in increase in domestic content for rolling stock under the FTA's Buy America statute, as amended by the Fixing...2016-21007FR-Doc-2016-21007Notice-Of-Policy-On-The-Implementation-Of-The-Phased-Increase-In-Domestic-Content-Under-The-BuyThis final policy consists of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) policy statement regarding its implementation of the phased-in increase in domestic content for rolling stock under the FTA's Buy America statute, as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Through this final policy, FTA is providing guidance to transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers regarding how they are to implement the FAST Act's statutory amendments. Additionally, FTA is providing notice of public interest waivers of Buy America domestic content requirements for rolling stock procurements in limited circumstances.
09/01/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdate Means of Providing Recall NotificationNHTSA proposes to amend the means of recall notification to owners and purchasers required under the Safety Act to be in an electronic manner, in addition to first class mail, in accordance with Section 30130 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the...2016-20926FR-Doc-2016-20926Update-Means-Of-Providing-Recall-NotificationNHTSA proposes to amend the means of recall notification to owners and purchasers required under the Safety Act to be in an electronic manner, in addition to first class mail, in accordance with Section 30130 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and Section 24104 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Through this proposed rule, NHTSA also seeks to improve the efficacy of recalls by requiring manufacturers to send additional notifications of defects or noncompliance with applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) if a second notification by the manufacturer does not result in an adequate number of motor vehicles or replacement equipment being returned for remedy.
08/31/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of PassengersFMCSA announces its intent to issue a rulemaking concerning revisions to its May 27, 2015, final rule titled ``Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers.'' The Agency received numerous petitions for reconsideration of the final...2016-20609FR-Doc-2016-20609Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-Motor-Carriers-Of-PassengersFMCSA announces its intent to issue a rulemaking concerning revisions to its May 27, 2015, final rule titled ``Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers.'' The Agency received numerous petitions for reconsideration of the final rule and determined that amendments should be considered in response to some of the petitions. The aspects of the 2015 final rule to be reconsidered are discussed later in this document. In addition, FMCSA will hold a roundtable discussion on the scope of the issues to be addressed in the forthcoming rulemaking. The meeting will be public and will seek public input regarding the assignment of responsibility for safety violations to the correct party. Individuals with diverse experience, expertise, and perspectives are encouraged to attend. If all comments have been exhausted prior to the end of the session, the session may conclude early. The Agency intends to complete any regulatory action(s) taken in response to the petitions before January 1, 2018.
08/22/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCompetitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot ProgramOn June 22, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. FRA...2016-19910FR-Doc-2016-19910Competitive-Passenger-Rail-Service-Pilot-ProgramOn June 22, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. FRA is also announcing an extension of the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing.
08/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Clarification of Terms Relating to Pipeline Operational StatusPHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to all owners and operators (operators) of hazardous liquid, carbon dioxide, and gas pipelines, as defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 192 and 195, to clarify the regulatory requirements that may vary...2016-19494FR-Doc-2016-19494Pipeline-Safety-Clarification-Of-Terms-Relating-To-Pipeline-Operational-StatusPHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to all owners and operators (operators) of hazardous liquid, carbon dioxide, and gas pipelines, as defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 192 and 195, to clarify the regulatory requirements that may vary depending on the operational status of a pipeline. Further, this advisory bulletin identifies regulatory requirements operators must follow for the abandonment of pipelines. Pipeline owners and operators should verify their operations and procedures align with the regulatory intent of defined terms as described under this bulletin. Congress recognized the need for this clarification in its Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016.
08/15/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: FAST Act Requirements for Flammable Liquids and Rail Tank CarsThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing this final rule to codify in the Hazardous Materials Regulations certain mandates and minimum requirements of the FAST Act. Specifically, the FAST Act mandates a revised phase-out...2016-19406FR-Doc-2016-19406Hazardous-Materials-Fast-Act-Requirements-For-Flammable-Liquids-And-Rail-Tank-CarsThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing this final rule to codify in the Hazardous Materials Regulations certain mandates and minimum requirements of the FAST Act. Specifically, the FAST Act mandates a revised phase-out schedule for all DOT Specification 111 tank cars used to transport unrefined petroleum products (e.g., petroleum crude oil), ethanol, and other Class 3 flammable liquids. The FAST Act also requires that each tank car built to meet the DOT Specification 117 and each non-jacketed tank car retrofitted to meet the DOT Specification 117R be equipped with a thermal protection blanket that is at least \\1/2\\-inch thick and meets existing thermal protection standards. Further, the FAST Act mandates minimum top fittings protection requirements for tank cars retrofitted to meet the DOT Specification 117R.
08/12/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSystem Safety ProgramFRA is issuing this final rule to mandate that commuter and intercity passenger railroads develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. A SSP is a structured program with proactive processes and...2016-18301FR-Doc-2016-18301System-Safety-ProgramFRA is issuing this final rule to mandate that commuter and intercity passenger railroads develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. A SSP is a structured program with proactive processes and procedures, developed and implemented by commuter and intercity passenger railroads to identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards and the resulting risks on each railroad's system. A railroad has the flexibility to tailor a SSP to its specific operations. A SSP will be implemented after receiving approval by FRA of a submitted SSP plan. FRA will audit a railroad's compliance with its SSP.
08/11/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPublic Transportation Safety ProgramThe Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule to establish substantive and procedural rules for FTA's administration of a comprehensive safety program to improve the safety of the Nation's public transportation systems. This final rule...2016-18920FR-Doc-2016-18920Public-Transportation-Safety-ProgramThe Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule to establish substantive and procedural rules for FTA's administration of a comprehensive safety program to improve the safety of the Nation's public transportation systems. This final rule provides the framework for FTA to monitor, oversee and enforce transit safety, based on the methods and principles of Safety Management Systems.
08/10/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardReview of the General Purpose Costing System; SupplementThrough this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (Supplemental NPR), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is revising its proposal to eliminate the ``make-whole adjustment'' that is currently applied as part of our general purpose costing...2016-18806FR-Doc-2016-18806Review-Of-The-General-Purpose-Costing-System-SupplementThrough this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (Supplemental NPR), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is revising its proposal to eliminate the ``make-whole adjustment'' that is currently applied as part of our general purpose costing system, the Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS). The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in this proceeding, issued on February 4, 2013, explained that when disaggregating data and calculating system-average unit costs in Phase II, URCS does not fully take into account the economies of scale realized from larger shipment sizes, necessitating an adjustment in Phase III. This subsequent adjustment in Phase III, referred to as the make-whole adjustment, produces a step function and does not appropriately reflect operating costs and economies of scale. To better address this problem and related issues, the Board is now proposing to modify certain inputs into Phase II of URCS and to modify certain cost calculations in Phase III of URCS in order to eliminate the make-whole adjustment. The Board is also proposing certain other related changes to URCS, including proposals for locomotive unit-miles (LUM) and train miles allocations, which would result in more appropriate rail movement costs.
08/09/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMedical Review Board (MRB) Meeting: Public MeetingFMCSA announces a meeting of its Medical Review Board (MRB) on Monday and Tuesday, August 22-23, 2016. The MRB will make recommendations to the Agency on the disposition of comments from medical professionals and associations, as well as safety...2016-18726FR-Doc-2016-18726Medical-Review-Board-Mrb-Meeting-Public-MeetingFMCSA announces a meeting of its Medical Review Board (MRB) on Monday and Tuesday, August 22-23, 2016. The MRB will make recommendations to the Agency on the disposition of comments from medical professionals and associations, as well as safety advocacy, labor, and industry groups, to the Agency's and the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) of March 10, 2016, on safety-sensitive rail and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers with moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Additionally, the MRB will review its previously issued report on OSA from 2012 to determine whether the report should be updated based on any changes to medical standards and practice or the comments received at the listening sessions and to the docket. Meetings are open to the public for their entirety, and the public will be allowed to comment during the proceedings.
08/08/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTechnical AmendmentThis final rule amends the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) regulation to conform to recent legislation that changed the definition of the term ``service agent'' in the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations. The final rule also revises the...2016-18328FR-Doc-2016-18328Technical-AmendmentThis final rule amends the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) regulation to conform to recent legislation that changed the definition of the term ``service agent'' in the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations. The final rule also revises the definition of ``service agent'' to include all entities that provide services for DOT mandated drug and alcohol programs.
08/04/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardOn-Time Performance Under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting a final rule to define ``on time'' and specify the formula for calculating ``on-time performance'' for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. The...2016-18256FR-Doc-2016-18256On-Time-Performance-Under-Section-213-Of-The-Passenger-Rail-Investment-And-Improvement-Act-Of-2008The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting a final rule to define ``on time'' and specify the formula for calculating ``on-time performance'' for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. The Board will use these regulations only for the purpose of determining whether the ``less than 80 percent'' threshold that Congress set for bringing an on-time performance complaint has been met. In light of comments received on the Board's notice of proposed rulemaking issued on December 28, 2015, the proposed rule has been modified to deem a train's arrival at, or departure from, a given station ``on time'' if it occurs no later than 15 minutes after its scheduled time and to adopt an ``all-stations'' calculation of ``on-time performance.''
08/03/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardPetition for Rulemaking To Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules; Reciprocal SwitchingIn this decision, the Board grants in part a petition for rulemaking filed by the National Industrial Transportation League seeking revised reciprocal switching regulations. The Board proposes new regulations governing reciprocal switching in Docket...2016-17980FR-Doc-2016-17980Petition-For-Rulemaking-To-Adopt-Revised-Competitive-Switching-Rules-Reciprocal-SwitchingIn this decision, the Board grants in part a petition for rulemaking filed by the National Industrial Transportation League seeking revised reciprocal switching regulations. The Board proposes new regulations governing reciprocal switching in Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 1), which would allow a party to seek a reciprocal switching prescription that is either practicable and in the public interest or necessary to provide competitive rail service.
08/03/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardDispute Resolution Procedures Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015The Surface Transportation Board (Board) proposes regulations to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.2016-18102FR-Doc-2016-18102Dispute-Resolution-Procedures-Under-The-Fixing-Americas-Surface-Transportation-Act-Of-2015The Surface Transportation Board (Board) proposes regulations to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.
08/02/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRegulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services-2016 UpdateThe Board updates for 2016 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. In this update, the following results are obtained: 18 fees increased by $50 or less, 15 fees increased by $100 to $199, 23 fees increased...2016-18295FR-Doc-2016-18295Regulations-Governing-Fees-For-Services-Performed-In-Connection-With-Licensing-And-RelatedThe Board updates for 2016 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. In this update, the following results are obtained: 18 fees increased by $50 or less, 15 fees increased by $100 to $199, 23 fees increased by $200 to $300, 19 fees increased by more than $300, and the remaining 58 fees will be maintained at their current level.
08/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentBus Testing: Establishment of Performance Standards, a Bus Model Scoring System, a Pass/Fail Standard and Other Program UpdatesThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing a new pass/fail standard and new aggregated scoring system for buses and modified vans (hereafter referred to as ``bus'' or ``buses'') that are subject to FTA's bus testing program, as mandated by...2016-17889FR-Doc-2016-17889Bus-Testing-Establishment-Of-Performance-Standards-A-Bus-Model-Scoring-System-A-Passfail-StandardThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing a new pass/fail standard and new aggregated scoring system for buses and modified vans (hereafter referred to as ``bus'' or ``buses'') that are subject to FTA's bus testing program, as mandated by Section 20014 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The pass/fail standard and scoring system address the following categories as required by MAP-21: Structural integrity, safety, maintainability, reliability, fuel economy, emissions, noise, and performance. Recipients of FTA grants are prohibited from using FTA financial assistance to procure new buses that have not met the minimum performance standards established by today's final rule. Finally, FTA is requiring bus manufacturers to provide country-of-origin information for test unit bus components, in lieu of applying Buy America U.S. content requirements to all buses submitted for testing.
07/29/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable TrainsPHMSA, in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration, is issuing this NPRM to propose revisions to regulations that would expand the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRPs) based on thresholds of liquid petroleum oil...2016-16938FR-Doc-2016-16938Hazardous-Materials-Oil-Spill-Response-Plans-And-Information-Sharing-For-High-Hazard-FlammablePHMSA, in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration, is issuing this NPRM to propose revisions to regulations that would expand the applicability of comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRPs) based on thresholds of liquid petroleum oil that apply to an entire train consist. Specifically, we are proposing to expand the applicability for comprehensive OSRPs so that any railroad that transports a single train carrying 20 or more loaded tank cars of liquid petroleum oil in a continuous block or a single train carrying 35 or more loaded tank cars of liquid petroleum oil throughout the train consist must also have a current comprehensive written OSRP. We are further proposing to revise the format and clarify the requirements of a comprehensive OSRP (e.g., requiring that covered railroads develop response zones describing resources available to arrive onsite to a worst-case discharge, or the substantial threat of one, which are located within 12 hours of each point along the route used by trains subject to the comprehensive OSRP). We also solicit comment on defining high volume areas and staging resources using alternative response times, including shorter response times for spills that could affect such high volume areas. Further, in accordance with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015, this action proposes to require railroads to share information about high-hazard flammable train operations with state and tribal emergency response commissions to improve community preparedness and seeks comments on these proposals. Lastly, PHMSA is proposing to incorporate by reference an initial boiling point test for flammable liquids from the ASTM D7900 method referenced in the American National Standards Institute/American Petroleum Institute Recommend Practices 3000, ``Classifying and Loading of Crude Oil into Rail Tank Cars,'' First Edition, September 2014 as an acceptable testing alternative to the boiling point tests currently specified in the HMR. PHMSA believes providing this additional boiling test option provides regulatory flexibility and promotes enhanced safety in transport through accurate packing group assignment.
07/28/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardWaybill Data Reporting for Toxic Inhalation Hazards; WithdrawalThe Surface Transportation Board is withdrawing the proposed rules and discontinuing the EP 385 (Sub-No. 7) rulemaking proceeding which proposed to expand the Waybill Sample collection with respect to traffic movements designated as a Toxic Inhalation...2016-17883FR-Doc-2016-17883Waybill-Data-Reporting-For-Toxic-Inhalation-Hazards-WithdrawalThe Surface Transportation Board is withdrawing the proposed rules and discontinuing the EP 385 (Sub-No. 7) rulemaking proceeding which proposed to expand the Waybill Sample collection with respect to traffic movements designated as a Toxic Inhalation Hazard.
07/28/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUnified Registration System; CorrectionFMCSA is correcting the effective and compliance dates for its August 23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule, as revised on October 21, 2015. The 2013 URS final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor carriers,...2016-17461FR-Doc-2016-17461Unified-Registration-System-CorrectionFMCSA is correcting the effective and compliance dates for its August 23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule, as revised on October 21, 2015. The 2013 URS final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants, and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing Federal registration processes to ensure the Agency can more efficiently track these entities. The October 21, 2015 final rule made slight revisions to the 2013 rule and delayed the effective dates of that rule. This final rule corrects the effective and compliance dates, revised in 2015, and corrects regulatory provisions that have not yet gone into effect, as well as several temporary sections that are in effect already, to allow FMCSA additional time to complete the information technology (IT) systems work.
07/26/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments Pertaining to DOT-Specification Cylinders (RRR)The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise certain requirements applicable to the manufacture, use, and requalification of DOT-specification cylinders. PHMSA is...2016-16689FR-Doc-2016-16689Hazardous-Materials-Miscellaneous-Amendments-Pertaining-To-Dot-Specification-Cylinders-RrrThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise certain requirements applicable to the manufacture, use, and requalification of DOT-specification cylinders. PHMSA is taking this action in response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by stakeholders and to agency review of the compressed gas cylinders regulations. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing to incorporate by reference or update the references to several Compressed Gas Association publications, amend the filling requirements for compressed and liquefied gases, expand the use of salvage cylinders, and revise and clarify the manufacture and requalification requirements for cylinders.
07/26/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTransit Asset Management; National Transit DatabaseThe Federal Transit Administration is publishing a final rule to define the term state of good repair and to establish minimum Federal requirements for transit asset management that will apply to all recipients and subrecipients of chapter 53 funds...2016-16883FR-Doc-2016-16883Transit-Asset-Management-National-Transit-DatabaseThe Federal Transit Administration is publishing a final rule to define the term state of good repair and to establish minimum Federal requirements for transit asset management that will apply to all recipients and subrecipients of chapter 53 funds that own, operate, or manage public transportation capital assets. This final rule requires public transportation providers to develop and implement out transit asset management (TAM) plans. TAM plans must include an asset inventory, condition assessments of inventoried assets, and a prioritized list of investments to improve the state of good repair of their capital assets. This final rule also establishes state good repair standards and four state of good repair (SGR) performance measures. Transit providers are required to set performance targets for their capital assets based on the SGR measures and report their targets, as well as information related to the condition of their capital assets, to the National Transit Database.
07/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAmendments To Implement Certain Provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or \u201cFAST Act\u201dThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopts, as final, certain regulations required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) enacted on December 4, 2015. The statutory changes went into effect on October 1, 2015,...2016-17114FR-Doc-2016-17114Amendments-To-Implement-Certain-Provisions-Of-The-Fixing-Americas-Surface-Transportation-Act-Or-FastThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) adopts, as final, certain regulations required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) enacted on December 4, 2015. The statutory changes went into effect on October 1, 2015, retroactively, and require that FMCSA make conforming changes to its regulations to ensure they are current and consistent with the statutory requirements. Adoption of these rules is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that FMCSA may take without issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking and receiving public comment, in accordance with the good cause exception available to Federal agencies under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
07/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentParts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; General AmendmentsFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) in response to several petitions for rulemaking from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), and two safety recommendations from the...2016-17364FR-Doc-2016-17364Parts-And-Accessories-Necessary-For-Safe-Operation-Inspection-Repair-And-Maintenance-GeneralFMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) in response to several petitions for rulemaking from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), and two safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Specifically, the Agency adds a definition of ``major tread groove'' and an illustration to indicate the location of tread wear indicators or wear bars on a tire signifying a major tread groove; revises the rear license plate lamp requirement to eliminate the requirement for an operable rear license plate lamp on vehicles when there is no rear license plate present; amends the regulations regarding tires to prohibit the operation of a vehicle with speed-restricted tires at speeds that exceed the rated limit of the tire; provides specific requirements regarding when violations or defects noted on an inspection report must be corrected; amends two appendixes to the FMCSRs to include provisions for the inspection of antilock braking systems (ABS) and automatic brake adjusters, speed- restricted tires, and motorcoach passenger seat mounting anchorages; amends the periodic inspection rules to eliminate the option for a motor carrier to satisfy the annual inspection requirement through a violation-free roadside inspection; and amends the inspector qualification requirements as a result of the amendments to the periodic inspection rules. In addition, the Agency eliminates introductory regulatory text from an appendix to the FMCSRs because the discussion of the differences between the North American Standard Inspection out-of-service criteria and FMCSA's periodic inspection criteria is unnecessary.
07/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAmendments to Regulatory Guidance Concerning Periodic Inspection of Commercial Motor VehiclesFMCSA amends regulatory guidance, previously published in the Federal Register, regarding the periodic inspection of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Elsewhere in today's issue of the Federal Register, FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...2016-17362FR-Doc-2016-17362Amendments-To-Regulatory-Guidance-Concerning-Periodic-Inspection-Of-Commercial-Motor-VehiclesFMCSA amends regulatory guidance, previously published in the Federal Register, regarding the periodic inspection of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Elsewhere in today's issue of the Federal Register, FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to, among other things, eliminate the option for a motor carrier to satisfy the periodic (annual) inspection requirement through a violation-free roadside inspection. As a result of this amendment to the FMCSRs, certain regulatory guidance is amended to ensure consistency between the FMCSRs and the published guidance.
07/15/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentClassified Information: Classification/Declassification/Access; Authority To Classify Information (RRR)This final rule updates the regulations regarding classified information to reflect changes in organizational structure, update the legal authorities, incorporate new references, and refer historical researchers and former Presidential appointees to...2016-16565FR-Doc-2016-16565Classified-Information-Classificationdeclassificationaccess-Authority-To-Classify-Information-RrrThis final rule updates the regulations regarding classified information to reflect changes in organizational structure, update the legal authorities, incorporate new references, and refer historical researchers and former Presidential appointees to Executive Order 13526.
07/06/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDriving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts; CorrectionFMCSA corrects an error in its June 7, 2016, final rule ``Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts.'' The amendatory language in the final rule inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement for drivers to use their seat...2016-15941FR-Doc-2016-15941Driving-Of-Commercial-Motor-Vehicles-Use-Of-Seat-Belts-CorrectionFMCSA corrects an error in its June 7, 2016, final rule ``Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts.'' The amendatory language in the final rule inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement for drivers to use their seat belts to operators of property-carrying vehicles. Today's correction fixes the error such that drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles will continue to be required to wear their seat belts.
07/05/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesThis interim final rule updates the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA pursuant the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015. This final rule also amends our...2016-15800FR-Doc-2016-15800Civil-PenaltiesThis interim final rule updates the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA pursuant the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015. This final rule also amends our regulations to reflect the new civil penalty amounts for violations of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety (the Safety Act) Act authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
07/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentInflation Adjustment of the Ordinary Maximum and Aggravated Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties for a Violation of the Hazardous Material Transportation Laws or Regulations, Orders, Special Permits, and Approvals Issued Under Those LawsTo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum penalty, ordinary maximum penalty, and the aggravated...2016-15642FR-Doc-2016-15642Inflation-Adjustment-Of-The-Ordinary-Maximum-And-Aggravated-Maximum-Civil-Monetary-Penalties-For-ATo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum penalty, ordinary maximum penalty, and the aggravated maximum penalty that it will apply when assessing a civil monetary penalty for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation laws or a regulation, special permit, order, or approval issued under those laws. The aggravated maximum penalty is available only for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property. In particular, FRA is increasing the minimum penalty for a training violation from $450 to $463; the ordinary maximum civil monetary penalty per violation from $75,000 to $77,114; and the aggravated maximum civil penalty from $175,000 to $179,933.
07/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for InflationThis rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) regulations to adjust DHS and component civil monetary penalties for inflation. DHS calculated the adjusted penalties according to the statutory formula in the Federal Civil Penalties...2016-15673FR-Doc-2016-15673Civil-Monetary-Penalty-Adjustments-For-InflationThis rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) regulations to adjust DHS and component civil monetary penalties for inflation. DHS calculated the adjusted penalties according to the statutory formula in the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which was signed into law on November 2, 2015. The adjusted penalties will be effective for civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016 whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.
07/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentImplementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law or Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or OrderTo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum, maximum, and aggravated maximum penalties that it...2016-15641FR-Doc-2016-15641Implementation-Of-The-Federal-Civil-Penalties-Inflation-Adjustment-Act-Improvements-Act-For-ATo comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum, maximum, and aggravated maximum penalties that it will apply when assessing a civil penalty for a violation of a railroad safety statute, regulation, or order under its authority. In particular, FRA is increasing the minimum civil penalty per violation from $650 to $839, the ordinary maximum civil penalty per violation from $25,000 to $27,455, and the aggravated maximum civil penalty (i.e., the maximum civil penalty per violation where a grossly negligent violation or a pattern of repeated violations has created an imminent hazard of death or injury or has caused death or injury) from $105,000 to $109,819.
06/30/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil PenaltiesPHMSA is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of the Federal Pipeline Safety Laws, or any PHMSA regulation or order issued thereunder. Under the ``Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act...2016-15529FR-Doc-2016-15529Pipeline-Safety-Inflation-Adjustment-Of-Maximum-Civil-PenaltiesPHMSA is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of the Federal Pipeline Safety Laws, or any PHMSA regulation or order issued thereunder. Under the ``Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,'' which further amended the ``Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990,'' federal agencies are required to adjust their civil monetary penalties effective August 1, 2016, and then annually thereafter, to account for changes in inflation. PHMSA finds good cause to amend the regulation related to civil penalties without notice and opportunity for public comment. For the reasons described below, advance public notice is unnecessary.
06/30/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Petitions for Rulemaking (RRR)In response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community, PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171 through 180) to update, clarify, or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory...2016-15303FR-Doc-2016-15303Hazardous-Materials-Miscellaneous-Petitions-For-Rulemaking-RrrIn response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community, PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171 through 180) to update, clarify, or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory requirements. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing amendments that include, but are not limited to, the following: Incorporating by Reference (IBR) multiple publications from both the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Chlorine Institute; addressing inconsistencies with domestic and international labels and placards; permitting alternative testing for aerosols; no longer mandating that excepted quantities comply with the emergency response telephone requirement; allowing electronic signatures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manifest forms; and no longer requiring the service pressure to be marked on Department of Transportation (DOT) 8 and 8L cylinders.
06/29/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Revision of Maximum and Minimum Civil PenaltiesPHMSA is revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The ``Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-15404FR-Doc-2016-15404Hazardous-Materials-Revision-Of-Maximum-And-Minimum-Civil-PenaltiesPHMSA is revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The ``Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015'' (the 2015 Act), which amended the Federal Civil Penalties, Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (the Inflation Adjustment Act), requires Agencies to update their civil monetary penalties through interim final rulemaking. The maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $77,114, except for violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, for which the maximum civil penalty is $179,933. In addition, the minimum civil penalty amount for a violation relating to training is now $463.
06/27/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment of 2015FMCSA amends the civil penalties listed in its regulations to ensure that the civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Agency reflect the statutorily mandated ranges as adjusted for inflation. Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...2016-14973FR-Doc-2016-14973Federal-Civil-Penalties-Inflation-Adjustment-Of-2015FMCSA amends the civil penalties listed in its regulations to ensure that the civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Agency reflect the statutorily mandated ranges as adjusted for inflation. Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), FMCSA is required to promulgate a catch-up adjustment through an interim final rule. Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, FMCSA finds that good cause exists for immediate implementation of this interim final rule because prior notice and comment are unnecessary, per the specific provisions of the 2015 Act.
06/27/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMetropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area ReformThe FHWA and FTA propose revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the proposed revisions is to result in unified planning...2016-14854FR-Doc-2016-14854Metropolitan-Planning-Organization-Coordination-And-Planning-Area-ReformThe FHWA and FTA propose revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the proposed revisions is to result in unified planning products for each urbanized area (UZA), even if there are multiple MPOs designated within that urbanized area. Specifically it would result in MPOs developing a single metropolitan transportation plan, a single transportation improvement program (TIP), and a jointly established set of performance targets for the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within a 20-year forecast period for the transportation plan. If multiple MPOs are designated within that urbanized area, they would jointly prepare these unified planning products. To accomplish this, the proposed revisions clarify that the metropolitan planning area must include the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within 20 years. These proposed revisions would better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs. This includes the statutory requirement for the MPA to include an urbanized area in its entirety, and the exception provision to allow more than one MPO to serve a single MPA if warranted by the size and complexity of the MPA. The rulemaking would establish clearer operating procedures, and reinstate certain coordination and decisionmaking requirements for situations where there is more than one MPO serving an MPA. The proposed rule includes a requirement for unified planning products for the MPA including jointly established performance targets within an MPA, and a single metropolitan transportation plan and TIP for the entire MPA in order to result in planning products that reflect the regional needs of the entire urbanized area. These unified planning products would be jointly developed by the multiple MPOs in such MPAs where more than one MPO is designated. The FHWA and FTA propose to phase in implementation of these proposed coordination requirements and the proposed requirements for MPA boundary and MPO boundaries agreements over 2 years.
06/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLighting and Marking on Agricultural EquipmentPursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the agency is adding a new regulation to the CFR that sets forth requirements for lighting and marking on agricultural equipment to improve daytime and nighttime visibility. It...2016-14571FR-Doc-2016-14571Lighting-And-Marking-On-Agricultural-EquipmentPursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the agency is adding a new regulation to the CFR that sets forth requirements for lighting and marking on agricultural equipment to improve daytime and nighttime visibility. It standardizes lighting and marking requirements for agricultural equipment across the United States.
06/22/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCompetitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot ProgramFRA proposes regulations to implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. The proposed rule would develop this pilot program as...2016-14698FR-Doc-2016-14698Competitive-Passenger-Rail-Service-Pilot-ProgramFRA proposes regulations to implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. The proposed rule would develop this pilot program as required by a statutory mandate.
06/17/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentIncorporation by Reference; North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria; Hazardous Materials Safety PermitsFMCSA amends its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits rules to update the current incorporation by reference of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) ``North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and Level VI Inspection Procedures and...2016-14245FR-Doc-2016-14245Incorporation-By-Reference-North-American-Standard-Out-Of-Service-Criteria-Hazardous-MaterialsFMCSA amends its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits rules to update the current incorporation by reference of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) ``North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and 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.'' Currently the rules reference the April 1, 2015, edition of the out-of-service criteria and, through this final rule, FMCSA incorporates the April 1, 2016, edition.
06/15/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTrain Crew StaffingOn March 15, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested...2016-14124FR-Doc-2016-14124Train-Crew-StaffingOn March 15, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. FRA is also announcing a reopening of the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing.
06/10/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentNational Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory Reporting RequirementsThis document responds to a petition for reconsideration of FRA's January 6, 2015, final rule addressing U.S. DOT National Highway- Rail Crossing Inventory (Crossing Inventory or Inventory) Reporting Requirements. This document amends and clarifies the...2016-13516FR-Doc-2016-13516National-Highway-Rail-Crossing-Inventory-Reporting-RequirementsThis document responds to a petition for reconsideration of FRA's January 6, 2015, final rule addressing U.S. DOT National Highway- Rail Crossing Inventory (Crossing Inventory or Inventory) Reporting Requirements. This document amends and clarifies the final rule in response to the petition for reconsideration and makes certain additional amendments to the rule to address practical implementation problems that arose after publication of the final rule.
06/10/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentControl of Alcohol and Drug Use: Coverage of Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees and Retrospective Regulatory Review-Based AmendmentsIn response to Congress' mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA is expanding the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. This rule also codifies guidance from FRA compliance manuals, responds to National...2016-13058FR-Doc-2016-13058Control-Of-Alcohol-And-Drug-Use-Coverage-Of-Maintenance-Of-Way-Mow-Employees-And-RetrospectiveIn response to Congress' mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA is expanding the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. This rule also codifies guidance from FRA compliance manuals, responds to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, and adopts substantive amendments based upon FRA's regulatory review of 30 years of implementation of this part. The final rule contains two significant differences from FRA's July 28, 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). First, it adopts part 214's definition of ``roadway worker'' to define ``MOW employee'' under this part. Second, because FRA has withdrawn its proposed peer support requirements, subpart K contains a revised version of the troubled employee identification requirements previously in subpart E.
06/10/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRailroad Workplace Safety; Roadway Worker Protection Miscellaneous Revisions (RRR)FRA is amending its Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulation to resolve interpretative issues that have arisen since the 1996 promulgation of that rule. In particular, this final rule adopts certain terms, resolves miscellaneous interpretive issues,...2016-13057FR-Doc-2016-13057Railroad-Workplace-Safety-Roadway-Worker-Protection-Miscellaneous-Revisions-RrrFRA is amending its Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulation to resolve interpretative issues that have arisen since the 1996 promulgation of that rule. In particular, this final rule adopts certain terms, resolves miscellaneous interpretive issues, codifies certain FRA Technical Bulletins, adopts new requirements governing redundant signal protections and the movement of roadway maintenance machinery over signalized non-controlled track, and amends certain qualification requirements for roadway workers. This final rule also deletes three outdated incorporations by reference of industry standards in FRA's Bridge Worker Safety Standards, and cross references the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations on the same point.
06/08/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentEvaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep ApneaFMCSA and FRA published an ANPRM on March 10, 2016, requesting certain information regarding the evaluation of safety sensitive personnel for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The comment period for the ANPRM is extended from June 8,...2016-13564FR-Doc-2016-13564Evaluation-Of-Safety-Sensitive-Personnel-For-Moderate-To-Severe-Obstructive-Sleep-ApneaFMCSA and FRA published an ANPRM on March 10, 2016, requesting certain information regarding the evaluation of safety sensitive personnel for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The comment period for the ANPRM is extended from June 8, 2016, to July 8, 2016.
06/07/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDriving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat BeltsFMCSA revises the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by requiring passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to use the seat belt assembly whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce....2016-13099FR-Doc-2016-13099Driving-Of-Commercial-Motor-Vehicles-Use-Of-Seat-BeltsFMCSA revises the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by requiring passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to use the seat belt assembly whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce. This rule holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in the property-carrying CMV are using the seat belts required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs).
06/02/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments (RRR)In this final rule, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to make miscellaneous amendments in order to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These...2016-12034FR-Doc-2016-12034Hazardous-Materials-Miscellaneous-Amendments-RrrIn this final rule, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to make miscellaneous amendments in order to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These amendments are designed to promote safer transportation practices, address petitions for rulemaking, respond to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendations, facilitate international commerce, make editorial corrections, and simplify the regulations. The amendments in this rulemaking include, but are not limited to, removing the packing group (PG) II designation for certain organic peroxides, self-reactive substances, and explosives; incorporating requirements for trailers of manifolded acetylene cylinders; providing requirements to allow for shipments of damaged wet electric batteries; and revising the requirements for the packaging of nitric acid, testing of pressure relief devices on cargo tanks, and shipments of black or smokeless powder for small arms.
05/31/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCategorical ExclusionsThis final rule amends FHWA and FTA categorical exclusions (CE) for projects receiving limited Federal assistance to reflect a requirement in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to index for inflation the monetary thresholds for...2016-12577FR-Doc-2016-12577Categorical-ExclusionsThis final rule amends FHWA and FTA categorical exclusions (CE) for projects receiving limited Federal assistance to reflect a requirement in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to index for inflation the monetary thresholds for these CEs. This final rule also implements a provision in the FAST Act that directs FHWA to amend its rules on programmatic agreements for CEs. The amendments contained in this rule reflect statutory language in the FAST Act.
05/27/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentStatewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation PlanningThe FHWA and FTA are jointly issuing this final rule to update the regulations governing the development of metropolitan transportation plans (MTP) and programs for urbanized areas, long-range statewide transportation plans and programs, and the...2016-11964FR-Doc-2016-11964Statewide-And-Nonmetropolitan-Transportation-Planning-Metropolitan-Transportation-PlanningThe FHWA and FTA are jointly issuing this final rule to update the regulations governing the development of metropolitan transportation plans (MTP) and programs for urbanized areas, long-range statewide transportation plans and programs, and the congestion management process as well as revisions related to the use of and reliance on planning products developed during the planning process for project development and the environmental review process. The changes reflect the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The MAP-21 continues many provisions related to transportation planning from prior laws; however, it introduces transformational changes and adds some new provisions. The FAST Act makes minor edits to existing provisions. The changes make the regulations consistent with current statutory requirements and implement the following: A new mandate for State departments of transportation (hereafter referred to simply as ``States'') and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) to take a performance-based approach to planning and programming; a new emphasis on the nonmetropolitan transportation planning process, by requiring States to have a higher level of involvement with nonmetropolitan local officials and providing a process for the creation of regional transportation planning organizations (RTPO); a structural change to the membership of the larger MPOs; a new framework for voluntary scenario planning; new authority for the integration of the planning and environmental review processes; and a process for programmatic mitigation plans.
05/27/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security PlansFMCSA finalizes the interim final rule (IFR) published on February 24, 2016, in the Federal Register expanding the commercial zone for the City of El Paso, TX. The commercial zone now includes the new Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge and port of...2016-12598FR-Doc-2016-12598Hazardous-Materials-Table-Special-Provisions-Hazardous-Materials-Communications-Emergency-Response 
05/24/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTransportation for Individuals With Disabilities; Service Criteria for Complementary Paratransit FaresThis document announces the disposition of a petition for rulemaking from Access Services concerning the Department's regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to the method of determining the fare for a trip...2016-11182FR-Doc-2016-11182Transportation-For-Individuals-With-Disabilities-Service-Criteria-For-Complementary-ParatransitThis document announces the disposition of a petition for rulemaking from Access Services concerning the Department's regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to the method of determining the fare for a trip charged to an ADA paratransit-eligible user. The petition asked the Department to revise its regulation to allow for a ``coordinated'' or two-tier fare structure. The current regulation provides that the fare shall not exceed twice the fare that would be charged to an individual paying full fare for a similar trip on the fixed route system. On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Section 3023 of the FAST Act allows the fare structure Access Services supported in its petition for rulemaking, thereby rendering the petition for rulemaking moot.
05/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingThis document corrects the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPR) served on April 29, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2016, (81 FR 27069), titled ``United States Rail Service Issues--Performance Data Reporting.''2016-11805FR-Doc-2016-11805United-States-Rail-Service-Issues-Performance-Data-ReportingThis document corrects the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPR) served on April 29, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on May 5, 2016, (81 FR 27069), titled ``United States Rail Service Issues--Performance Data Reporting.''
05/19/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Carriage of Battery-Powered Electronic Smoking Devices in Passenger BaggageThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing a final rule to prohibit passengers and crewmembers from carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes,...2016-11729FR-Doc-2016-11729Hazardous-Materials-Carriage-Of-Battery-Powered-Electronic-Smoking-Devices-In-Passenger-BaggageThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing a final rule to prohibit passengers and crewmembers from carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage and from charging these devices and their batteries on board the aircraft. However, these devices may continue to be carried in carry-on baggage. This action is consistent with the interim final rule (IFR) published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2015, and a similar amendment in the 2015-2016 Edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions). This final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with the ICAO Technical Instructions. Furthermore, this final rule does not impact the existing rules on the transport of lithium batteries or other portable electronic devices that are transported for personal use in a passenger's checked or carry-on baggage.
05/17/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRules Relating to Board-Initiated InvestigationsThrough this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is proposing rules for investigations conducted on the Board's own initiative pursuant to the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.2016-11382FR-Doc-2016-11382Rules-Relating-To-Board-Initiated-InvestigationsThrough this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is proposing rules for investigations conducted on the Board's own initiative pursuant to the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.
05/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATIONTransportation DepartmentRevisions to Arbitration ProceduresThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is proposing to amend its arbitration procedures to conform to the requirements of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.2016-11238FR-Doc-2016-11238Revisions-To-Arbitration-ProceduresThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is proposing to amend its arbitration procedures to conform to the requirements of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.
05/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Incorporation by Reference Edition Update for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping CodeOn March 15, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA is announcing an extension to the comment period and...C1-2016-10027FR-Doc-C1-2016-10027https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/16/C1-2016-10027/hazardous-materials-incorporation-by-reference-edition-update-for-the-american-society-of-mechanical 
05/13/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering PipelinesOn April 8, 2016, (81 FR 20722) PHMSA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled: ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines'' seeking comments on changes to the pipeline safety...2016-11240FR-Doc-2016-11240Pipeline-Safety-Safety-Of-Gas-Transmission-And-Gathering-PipelinesOn April 8, 2016, (81 FR 20722) PHMSA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled: ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines'' seeking comments on changes to the pipeline safety regulations for gas transmission and gathering pipelines. PHMSA has received several requests to extend the comment period. PHMSA is granting these requests and extending the comment period from June 7, 2016, to July 7, 2016.
05/11/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Safety Advisory CommitteeThis notice announces a public meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC), also known as the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC), also known as the Technical Hazardous Liquid...2016-11119FR-Doc-2016-11119Pipeline-Safety-Meeting-Of-The-Gas-Pipeline-Safety-Advisory-Committee-And-The-Liquid-Pipeline-SafetyThis notice announces a public meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC), also known as the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC), also known as the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. The GPAC will meet to discuss a proposed rulemaking to address regulatory requirements involving plastic piping systems used in gas services and both committees will meet jointly to discuss a proposed rulemaking to strengthen the federal pipeline safety regulations and to address sections 9 (accident and incident reporting) and 13 (cost recovery for design-review work) of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act). Both committees will also be briefed on the ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines'' proposed rulemaking.
05/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentState Safety Oversight; CorrectionsThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 16, 2016 (80 FR 14230). The document contained incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects the...2016-10836FR-Doc-2016-10836State-Safety-Oversight-CorrectionsThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 16, 2016 (80 FR 14230). The document contained incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects the estimated total annual burden hours for State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agencies and Rail Transit Agencies (RTA).
05/06/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release, Anti-Ejection Glazing for Bus PortalsThis NPRM proposes a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 217a, ``Anti-ejection glazing for bus portals,'' to drive the installation of advanced glazing in high-occupancy buses (generally, over-the-road buses (of any weight) and...2016-10418FR-Doc-2016-10418Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Bus-Emergency-Exits-And-Window-Retention-And-ReleaseThis NPRM proposes a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 217a, ``Anti-ejection glazing for bus portals,'' to drive the installation of advanced glazing in high-occupancy buses (generally, over-the-road buses (of any weight) and non-over-the-road buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds). The new standard would specify impactor testing of glazing material. In the tests, a 26 kilogram (57 pound) impactor would be propelled from inside a test vehicle toward the window glazing at 21.6 kilometers/hour (13.4 miles per hour). The impactor and impact speed would simulate the loading from an average size unrestrained adult male impacting a window on the opposite side of a large bus in a rollover. Performance requirements would apply to side and rear windows, and to glass panels and windows on the roof to mitigate partial and complete ejection of passengers from these windows and to ensure that emergency exits remain operable after a rollover crash. NHTSA also proposes to limit the protrusions of emergency exit latches into emergency exit openings of windows to ensure they do not unduly hinder emergency egress. This NPRM is among the rulemakings issued pursuant to NHTSA's 2007 Approach to Motorcoach Safety and DOT's Departmental Motorcoach Safety Action Plan. In addition, to the extent warranted under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, establishing advanced glazing standards for the side and rear portals of the subject buses would fulfill a statutory provision of the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act of 2012 (incorporated and passed as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act).
05/05/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUnited States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data ReportingThrough this Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPR), the Board is proposing to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report...2016-10442FR-Doc-2016-10442United-States-Rail-Service-Issues-Performance-Data-ReportingThrough this Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPR), the Board is proposing to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly basis.
04/29/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Incorporation by Reference Edition Update for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping CodeThis direct final rule incorporates by reference the most recent editions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The purpose of this update is to enable non-specification (nurse tank) manufacturers and other DOT and UN specification packaging...2016-10027FR-Doc-2016-10027Hazardous-Materials-Incorporation-By-Reference-Edition-Update-For-The-American-Society-Of-MechanicalThis direct final rule incorporates by reference the most recent editions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The purpose of this update is to enable non-specification (nurse tank) manufacturers and other DOT and UN specification packaging manufacturers to utilize current technology, materials, and practices to help maintain a high level of safety. PHMSA is replacing the ASME referenced standard (1998 Edition) with the new, current ASME standard (2015 Edition) for boiler and pressure vessels. PHMSA is also replacing the ASME 1998 Edition referenced standard of ASME's Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping to the current 2012 Edition.
04/29/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Incorporation of ASME Code Section XII and the National Board Inspection CodeThis SNPRM proposes to incorporate and allow the use of the 2015 edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII--Rules for Construction and Continued Service of Transport Tanks for the...2016-09919FR-Doc-2016-09919Hazardous-Materials-Incorporation-Of-Asme-Code-Section-Xii-And-The-National-Board-Inspection-CodeThis SNPRM proposes to incorporate and allow the use of the 2015 edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII--Rules for Construction and Continued Service of Transport Tanks for the construction and continued service of cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMVs), cryogenic portable tanks, and multi-unit tank car tanks (``ton tanks''). The PHMSA also proposes to incorporate and authorize the use of the 2015 edition of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors National Board Inspection Code, in our regulations as it applies to the continued service of CTMVs, cryogenic portable tanks, and ton tanks constructed to ASME Section XII standards, as well as for existing CTMVs constructed in accordance with the current hazardous materials regulations. If adopted, these amendments will allow for flexibility regarding selection of authorized packaging, in addition to qualification and maintenance for continued service of the packaging, without compromising safety.
04/28/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentEvaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea; Public Listening SessionsFMCSA and FRA announce three public listening sessions on May 12, 17, and 25, 2016, to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail...2016-09911FR-Doc-2016-09911Evaluation-Of-Safety-Sensitive-Personnel-For-Moderate-To-Severe-Obstructive-Sleep-Apnea-PublicFMCSA and FRA announce three public listening sessions on May 12, 17, and 25, 2016, to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and of its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation. FMCSA and FRA (collectively ``the Agencies'') also request information on potential costs and benefits from possible regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA. The listening sessions will provide interested parties an opportunity to share their views and any data or analysis on this topic with representatives of both Agencies. The Agencies will transcribe all comments and place the transcripts in the dockets referenced above for the Agencies' consideration. The Agencies will webcast the entire proceedings of all three meetings.
04/27/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentState Inspection Programs for Passenger-Carrier VehiclesFMCSA announces that it is considering a rulemaking that would require the States to establish a program for annual inspections of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) designed or used to transport passengers (or, passenger-carrying CMVs). FMCSA plans to...2016-09846FR-Doc-2016-09846State-Inspection-Programs-For-Passenger-Carrier-VehiclesFMCSA announces that it is considering a rulemaking that would require the States to establish a program for annual inspections of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) designed or used to transport passengers (or, passenger-carrying CMVs). FMCSA plans to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected passenger- carrying CMVs by reviewing the effectiveness of existing Federal inspection standards that are applicable to these types of vehicles, and considering the costs and benefits of having a mandatory inspection program.
04/25/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security PlansThis Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to revise the Pipeline Safety Regulations applicable to the safety of onshore gas transmission and gathering pipelines. PHMSA proposes changes to the integrity management (IM) requirements and proposes...2016-09615FR-Doc-2016-09615Hazardous-Materials-Table-Special-Provisions-Hazardous-Materials-Communications-Emergency-Response 
04/06/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardAccounting and Reporting of Business Combinations, Security Investments, Comprehensive Income, Derivative Instruments, and Hedging ActivitiesThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting final rules that update the accounting and reporting requirements in its Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) for Class I Railroads so that they are more consistent with current generally...2016-07759FR-Doc-2016-07759Accounting-And-Reporting-Of-Business-Combinations-Security-Investments-Comprehensive-IncomeThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting final rules that update the accounting and reporting requirements in its Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) for Class I Railroads so that they are more consistent with current generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Board is also revising the schedules and instructions for the Annual Report for Class I Railroads (R-1 or Form R-1) to better meet regulatory requirements and industry needs.
04/06/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash ProtectionThis document denies a rulemaking petition submitted by Mr. James E. Hofferberth on April 1, 2013. His petition includes two requests: (1) To regulate the performance of supplementary automotive restraint systems that are marketed specifically for...2016-07827FR-Doc-2016-07827Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Occupant-Crash-ProtectionThis document denies a rulemaking petition submitted by Mr. James E. Hofferberth on April 1, 2013. His petition includes two requests: (1) To regulate the performance of supplementary automotive restraint systems that are marketed specifically for pregnant women; and (2) to require prominent warning labels in all vehicles with the intent of informing pregnant women that ``seat belts could injure or kill their unborn child,'' specifically by crushing the unborn baby in a frontal crash. NHTSA is denying the petition to regulate the performance of these systems because the agency does not have sufficient information at this time to state whether there is an additional net safety benefit/disbenefit to be derived from their use or whether one type of device is superior to another. NHTSA is denying the petition for labeling because this would provide advice that, if followed, would threaten the safety of both the mother and the unborn child in a crash.
04/06/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash ProtectionThis document denies petitions for reconsideration submitted by bus manufacturers IC Bus, LLC (IC Bus), Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler Trucks) and Prevost, concerning a November 25, 2013 final rule requiring seat belts on large buses. IC Bus and...2016-07828FR-Doc-2016-07828Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Occupant-Crash-ProtectionThis document denies petitions for reconsideration submitted by bus manufacturers IC Bus, LLC (IC Bus), Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler Trucks) and Prevost, concerning a November 25, 2013 final rule requiring seat belts on large buses. IC Bus and Daimler Trucks petitioned to modify the definition of ``over-the-road bus'' specified in the final rule. NHTSA is denying these petitions because any change to the definition may serve to reduce the standard's applicability, contrary to Congressional and NHTSA intent, and the definition of ``over-the-road bus'' is sufficiently clear. Prevost petitioned to revise the seat belt anchorage strength requirements for last row seats having no passenger seating behind them. NHTSA is denying this petition primarily because the requested force level reduction may set strength levels below an acceptable level for a dynamic environment.
04/05/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentOrganization and Delegation of Powers and DutiesThe Office of the Secretary of Transportation is updating the regulations that govern the organization of the Department of Transportation and delegate authority from the Secretary to departmental officers, including the Deputy Secretary, the Under...2016-04230FR-Doc-2016-04230Organization-And-Delegation-Of-Powers-And-DutiesThe Office of the Secretary of Transportation is updating the regulations that govern the organization of the Department of Transportation and delegate authority from the Secretary to departmental officers, including the Deputy Secretary, the Under Secretary, the General Counsel, the Assistant Secretaries, the Inspector General, and the heads of the Department's Operating Administrations. This amendment responds to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2015, removes some delegations of authority that were unnecessary or inaccurate, and revises some delegations of authority to improve the description of current Department practice.
03/31/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Reverse Logistics (RRR)In this final rule, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is adopting regulatory amendments applicable to the reverse logistics shipments of certain hazardous materials by highway transportation. This final rule revises the...2016-07199FR-Doc-2016-07199Hazardous-Materials-Reverse-Logistics-RrrIn this final rule, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is adopting regulatory amendments applicable to the reverse logistics shipments of certain hazardous materials by highway transportation. This final rule revises the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to include a definition of ``reverse logistics'' and provides appropriate provisions for hazardous materials within the scope of this definition. This final rule also expands a previously existing exception for return shipments of used automobile batteries transported between a retail facility and a recycling center. The PHMSA incorporated recommendations from petitions for rulemaking and public comment into this rulemaking.
03/28/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardReview of Commodity, Boxcar, and Trailer-on-Flatcar/Container-on-Flatcar (TOFC/COFC) ExemptionsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) seeks public comment on its proposal to revoke the existing class exemptions for crushed or broken stone or rip rap; hydraulic cement; and coke produced from coal, primary iron or steel products, and iron...2016-06956FR-Doc-2016-06956Review-Of-Commodity-Boxcar-And-Trailer-On-Flatcarcontainer-On-Flatcar-Tofccofc-ExemptionsThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) seeks public comment on its proposal to revoke the existing class exemptions for crushed or broken stone or rip rap; hydraulic cement; and coke produced from coal, primary iron or steel products, and iron or steel scrap, wastes or tailings. The Board also invites interested parties to file, during the comment period for these proposed rules, comments regarding the possible revocation of other commodity class exemptions.
03/25/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentOdometer Disclosure RequirementsThis notice is being issued pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 requiring NHTSA to prescribe regulations permitting States to adopt schemes for electronic odometer disclosure statements. To permit States to allow...2016-06665FR-Doc-2016-06665Odometer-Disclosure-RequirementsThis notice is being issued pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 requiring NHTSA to prescribe regulations permitting States to adopt schemes for electronic odometer disclosure statements. To permit States to allow electronic odometer disclosures, NHTSA is proposing to amend the existing requirements to clarify that most of those requirements apply regardless of the technology used for the disclosure. NHTSA is further proposing to add a new section containing specific additional requirements that would apply only to electronic disclosures to ensure the secure creation and maintenance of the electronic records. Through this proposal NHTSA seeks to allow odometer disclosures in an electronic medium while maintaining and protecting the existing system(s) that ensure accurate odometer disclosures and aid law enforcement in prosecuting odometer fraud. NHTSA is also proposing to extend an existing exemption for vehicles more than 10 years old to 25 years.
03/22/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHours of Service of Drivers; Parts and Accessories: ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC, Application for ExemptionsFMCSA announces that it has received an application from ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC (ArcelorMittal) requesting exemptions for our regulations. The first exemption request is for ArcelorMittal's employee-drivers with commercial driver's licenses...2016-06391FR-Doc-2016-06391Hours-Of-Service-Of-Drivers-Parts-And-Accessories-Arcelormittal-Indiana-Harbor-Llc-Application-ForFMCSA announces that it has received an application from ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC (ArcelorMittal) requesting exemptions for our regulations. The first exemption request is for ArcelorMittal's employee-drivers with commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) who transport steel coils between their production and shipping locations on public roads. ArcelorMittal requests this exemption to allow its employee- drivers to work up to 16 hours per day and be allowed to return to work with less than the mandatory 10 consecutive hours off duty. ArcelorMittal also requests exemptions in parts of our regulations for its coil carriers that do not meet all of the vehicle requirements in sections of our regulations. FMCSA requests public comment on ArcelorMittal's application for exemptions.
03/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Driver's License Requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and the Military Commercial Driver's License Act of 2012FMCSA proposes amendments to its Commercial Driver's License (CDL) regulations that would ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a commercial learner's permit...2016-05913FR-Doc-2016-05913Commercial-Drivers-License-Requirements-Of-The-Moving-Ahead-For-Progress-In-The-21st-Century-Act-AndFMCSA proposes amendments to its Commercial Driver's License (CDL) regulations that would ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a commercial learner's permit (CLP) or CDL. This rulemaking would extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). This rulemaking also would allow States to accept applications and administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that State. States that choose to accept such applications would be required to transmit the test results electronically to the State of domicile of the military personnel. The State of domicile would be required to issue the CDL or CLP on the basis of those results.
03/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentLease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of PassengersFMCSA extends the compliance date by which motor carriers of passengers operating CMVs under a lease or interchange agreement are subject to the FMCSA final rule published May 27, 2015, for one year, to January 1, 2018. The Agency received numerous...2016-05932FR-Doc-2016-05932Lease-And-Interchange-Of-Vehicles-Motor-Carriers-Of-PassengersFMCSA extends the compliance date by which motor carriers of passengers operating CMVs under a lease or interchange agreement are subject to the FMCSA final rule published May 27, 2015, for one year, to January 1, 2018. The Agency received numerous petitions for reconsideration of the final rule and based upon a review of the petitions, determined that the compliance date should be extended to provide sufficient time to address the issues raised by the petitioners. The Agency is adding a temporary section to its regulations to inform the public of this extension. There will no longer be a need for the section on the compliance date after January 1, 2018, thus the temporary section will be in effect only from March 16, 2016 through January 1, 2018.
03/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentState Safety OversightThe Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule for State safety oversight of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This final rule replaces the current State Safety...2016-05489FR-Doc-2016-05489State-Safety-OversightThe Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule for State safety oversight of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This final rule replaces the current State Safety Oversight (SSO) rule, which will be rescinded no later than three years following the effective date of this rule. State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) and rail transit agencies (RTAs) will continue to comply until they come into compliance with these new regulations.
03/15/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentTrain Crew StaffingFRA proposes regulations establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. A minimum requirement of two crewmembers is proposed for all railroad operations, with exceptions proposed for those...2016-05553FR-Doc-2016-05553Train-Crew-StaffingFRA proposes regulations establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. A minimum requirement of two crewmembers is proposed for all railroad operations, with exceptions proposed for those operations that FRA believes do not pose significant safety risks to railroad employees, the general public, and the environment by using fewer than two-person crews. This proposed rule would also establish minimum requirements for the roles and responsibilities of the second train crewmember on a moving train, and promote safe and effective teamwork. Additionally, FRA co-proposes two different options for situations where a railroad wants to continue an existing operation with a one-person train crew or start up an operation with less than two crewmembers. Under both co- proposal options, a railroad that wants to continue an existing operation or start a new operation with less than a two-person train crew would be required to describe the operation and provide safety- related information to FRA; however, proposed Option 1 includes an FRA review and approval period lasting up to 90 days while Option 2 proposes permitting such operations to initiate or continue without a mandatory FRA review and approval waiting period or while such review is taking place. For start-up freight operations with less than two crewmembers, proposed Option 2 also requires a statement signed by the railroad officer in charge of the operation certifying a safety hazard analysis of the operation has been completed and that the operation provides an appropriate level of safety.
03/14/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardRevised Procedural Schedule In Stand-Alone Cost CasesThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is revising its regulations by adjusting the procedural schedule in stand-alone cost (SAC) cases to conform with the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (STB Reauthorization Act).2016-05664FR-Doc-2016-05664Revised-Procedural-Schedule-In-Stand-Alone-Cost-CasesThe Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is revising its regulations by adjusting the procedural schedule in stand-alone cost (SAC) cases to conform with the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (STB Reauthorization Act).
03/11/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMake Inoperative Exemptions; Vehicle Modifications To Accommodate People With Disabilities, Roof Crush ResistanceThis NPRM proposes to amend 49 CFR part 595, subpart C, ``Make Inoperative Exemptions, Vehicle Modifications to Accommodate People With Disabilities,'' to include a new exemption relating to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for roof crush...2016-05372FR-Doc-2016-05372Make-Inoperative-Exemptions-Vehicle-Modifications-To-Accommodate-People-With-Disabilities-Roof-CrushThis NPRM proposes to amend 49 CFR part 595, subpart C, ``Make Inoperative Exemptions, Vehicle Modifications to Accommodate People With Disabilities,'' to include a new exemption relating to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for roof crush resistance. The exemption would facilitate the mobility of physically disabled drivers and passengers. This document responds to a petition from Autoregs Consulting, Inc. on behalf of The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.
03/10/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentEvaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep ApneaThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) request data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive...2016-05396FR-Doc-2016-05396Evaluation-Of-Safety-Sensitive-Personnel-For-Moderate-To-Severe-Obstructive-Sleep-ApneaThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) request data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and on its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation. FMCSA and FRA (collectively ``the Agencies'') also request information on potential costs and benefits from regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA. For instance, the agencies request comment on the costs and benefits of requiring motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who exhibit multiple risk factors for OSA to undergo evaluation and treatment by a healthcare professional with expertise in sleep disorders.
03/10/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock ProtectionNHTSA is proposing to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305, ``Electric-powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection,'' to adopt various electrical safety requirements in Global Technical Regulation (GTR)...2016-05187FR-Doc-2016-05187Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Electric-Powered-Vehicles-Electrolyte-Spillage-And-ElectricalNHTSA is proposing to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305, ``Electric-powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection,'' to adopt various electrical safety requirements in Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 13, ``Hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.'' To expand the standard's performance requirements beyond post-crash conditions, NHTSA proposes to adopt electrical safety requirements to protect against direct and indirect contact of high voltage sources during everyday operation of electric-powered vehicles. Also, NHTSA proposes to adopt an optional method of meeting post-crash electrical safety requirements consistent with that set forth in GTR No. 13 involving use of physical barriers to prevent direct or indirect contact (by occupants or emergency services personnel) with high voltage sources. Today's proposal would facilitate the introduction of new technologies including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and 48 volt mild hybrid technologies, and responds not only to GTR No. 13 but also to petitions for rulemaking from Toyota Motor North America Inc. (Toyota) and the Auto Alliance (Alliance).
03/09/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; State of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)FMCSA announces that the Division of Motor Vehicles, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), has applied for an exemption from provisions of 49 CFR 383.75(a)(8)(v) that require third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testers to initiate and maintain...2016-05243FR-Doc-2016-05243Commercial-Drivers-License-Standards-Application-For-Exemption-State-Of-Idaho-Idaho-TransportationFMCSA announces that the Division of Motor Vehicles, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), has applied for an exemption from provisions of 49 CFR 383.75(a)(8)(v) that require third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testers to initiate and maintain a bond in an amount determined by the State to be sufficient to pay for re- testing drivers in the event that the third party or one or more of its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related to conducting skills testing of CDL applicants. FMCSA requests public comment on IDT's application for exemption.
03/08/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCarrier Safety Fitness DeterminationFMCSA extends the public comment period for the Agency's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on January 21, 2016. This NPRM concerns the proposals to the current methodology for issuance of safety fitness determinations (SFD) for motor...2016-05151FR-Doc-2016-05151Carrier-Safety-Fitness-DeterminationFMCSA extends the public comment period for the Agency's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on January 21, 2016. This NPRM concerns the proposals to the current methodology for issuance of safety fitness determinations (SFD) for motor carriers. The Agency extends the deadline for the submission of initial comments to May 23, 2016. Reply comments will be due on or before June 23, 2016. In addition, FMCSA corrects the title and date of an American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) study report that the NPRM cited about the Agency's Safety Measurement System (SMS).
03/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMinimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle OperatorsFMCSA proposes new training standards for certain individuals applying for their initial commercial driver's license (CDL); an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus...2016-03869FR-Doc-2016-03869Minimum-Training-Requirements-For-Entry-Level-Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-OperatorsFMCSA proposes new training standards for certain individuals applying for their initial commercial driver's license (CDL); an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement for their license; and a ``refresher'' training curriculum. These individuals would be subject to the proposed entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that: Meets the minimum qualifications for training providers; covers the curriculum; is listed on FMCSA's proposed Training Provider Registry; and submits electronically to FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the training. This NPRM responds to a Congressional mandate imposed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The proposed rule is based on consensus recommendations from the Agency's Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), a negotiated rulemaking committee which held a series of meetings between February and May 2015. The compliance date of this proposed rule would be three years after the effective date of the final rule.
03/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUse of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings; Notice of Safety InquiryFRA is conducting a retrospective review of its locomotive train horn regulations in 49 CFR part 222. As part of its review, FRA is soliciting public comment on whether FRA should modify, streamline, or expand any requirements of FRA's locomotive train...2016-04831FR-Doc-2016-04831Use-Of-Locomotive-Horns-At-Public-Highway-Rail-Grade-Crossings-Notice-Of-Safety-InquiryFRA is conducting a retrospective review of its locomotive train horn regulations in 49 CFR part 222. As part of its review, FRA is soliciting public comment on whether FRA should modify, streamline, or expand any requirements of FRA's locomotive train horn regulations to reduce paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry and States and local authorities while still maintaining the highest standards of safety. The list of topics at the end of this Notice highlights specific areas on which FRA would particularly encourage the rail industry, as well as State and local authorities to provide comment.
03/03/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPassenger Screening Using Advanced Imaging TechnologyThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is amending its civil aviation security regulations to specify that TSA may use advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen individuals at security screening checkpoints. This rule is issued to comply...2016-04374FR-Doc-2016-04374Passenger-Screening-Using-Advanced-Imaging-TechnologyThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is amending its civil aviation security regulations to specify that TSA may use advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen individuals at security screening checkpoints. This rule is issued to comply with a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which ordered TSA to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking on the use of AIT for passenger screening.
03/02/2016Proposed RuleENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYEnvironmental Protection AgencyGreenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2-Notice of Data AvailabilityThis Notice provides an opportunity to comment on new information being made available by the EPA and by NHTSA, on behalf of DOT, related to the proposed Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program proposed July 13, 2015, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and...2016-04613FR-Doc-2016-04613Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions-And-Fuel-Efficiency-Standards-For-Medium--And-Heavy-Duty-Engines-AndThis Notice provides an opportunity to comment on new information being made available by the EPA and by NHTSA, on behalf of DOT, related to the proposed Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program proposed July 13, 2015, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. The new information, including memoranda and data, have been placed in the public dockets. Data relating to the potential stringency of the proposed standards includes: Powertrain data; additional aerodynamic test data; supplemental test data relating to drive cycles (and frequency thereof) for vocational vehicles; and cycle average mapping data. The agencies are soliciting additional comment on certain revised test reports, and a revised version of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Model (GEM) used both in developing certain of the proposed standards and in demonstrating compliance with those standards. Additionally, EPA is soliciting further comment on memoranda relating to standard applicability and implementation. These memoranda address potential requirements for selective enforcement audits and confirmatory testing related to greenhouse gas emissions, and applicability of emission standards and certification responsibilities for trailers, glider vehicles, and glider kits. Finally, EPA is soliciting additional comments on issues discussed in a late comment related to light-duty motor vehicles used for racing.
03/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil Penalty FactorsThis final rule provides NHTSA's interpretation of the civil penalty factors for determining the amount of a civil penalty or the amount of a compromise under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act). The Moving Ahead for Progress...2016-04311FR-Doc-2016-04311Civil-Penalty-FactorsThis final rule provides NHTSA's interpretation of the civil penalty factors for determining the amount of a civil penalty or the amount of a compromise under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act). The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) states that the Secretary of Transportation shall determine the amount of civil penalty or compromise under the Safety Act. MAP-21 identifies mandatory factors that the Secretary must consider and discretionary factors for the Secretary to consider as appropriate in making such determinations. MAP-21 directs NHTSA to issue a rule providing an interpretation of these penalty factors. This final rule also amends NHTSA's regulation to the increase penalties and damages for odometer fraud, and to include the statutory penalty for knowingly and willfully submitting materially false or misleading information to the Secretary after certifying the same information as accurate. In the NPRM, we proposed administrative procedures for NHTSA to follow when assessing civil penalties against persons who violate the Safety Act. We are not including those procedures in this final rule. Instead, NHTSA plans to address those procedures separately, in a rule to be issued soon.
02/29/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPositive Train Control SystemsFRA is amending its regulations to address changes in deadlines for positive train control (PTC) system implementation required by the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015. FRA is also making conforming amendments and...2016-04293FR-Doc-2016-04293Positive-Train-Control-SystemsFRA is amending its regulations to address changes in deadlines for positive train control (PTC) system implementation required by the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015. FRA is also making conforming amendments and removing portions of its PTC regulations that are no longer applicable.
02/24/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCommercial Zones at International Border With MexicoFMCSA issues a final rule establishing the New Mexico Commercial Zone in Dona Ana County and Luna County, NM. This action is required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21). The Agency also issues an interim final rule...2016-04029FR-Doc-2016-04029Commercial-Zones-At-International-Border-With-MexicoFMCSA issues a final rule establishing the New Mexico Commercial Zone in Dona Ana County and Luna County, NM. This action is required by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21). The Agency also issues an interim final rule establishing an expanded commercial zone for the City of El Paso, TX, which now includes the new Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge and port of entry on the border with Mexico. Additionally, through this action, FMCSA provides clarification on the definition of the San Luis, AZ commercial zone. The Agency is interested in receiving public comments regarding what should constitute the eastern boundary for the FMCSA's commercial zone for the City of El Paso, TX, that would include the new Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge, port of entry, and public access roads O.T. Smith Road and Texas Farm-to-Market Road 3380 (M.F. Aguilera Highway) to Interstate Highway 10.
02/23/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardImproving Regulation and Regulatory ReviewThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is revising, correcting, and updating its regulations. These modifications include replacing obsolete statutory references, updating office and address references, and correcting spelling, grammatical,...2016-03298FR-Doc-2016-03298Improving-Regulation-And-Regulatory-ReviewThe Surface Transportation Board (Board) is revising, correcting, and updating its regulations. These modifications include replacing obsolete statutory references, updating office and address references, and correcting spelling, grammatical, terminology, explanatory, and typographical errors. The Board is also making changes to certain authority citations and to certain regulations related to reporting requirements.
02/18/2016Proposed RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardAccelerating Reporting Requirements for Class I RailroadsThe Board is withdrawing the proposed rules and discontinuing the EP 701 rulemaking proceeding which proposed to accelerate the filing deadlines for certain financial, employee, and traffic reports submitted by Class I railroads.2016-03332FR-Doc-2016-03332Accelerating-Reporting-Requirements-For-Class-I-RailroadsThe Board is withdrawing the proposed rules and discontinuing the EP 701 rulemaking proceeding which proposed to accelerate the filing deadlines for certain financial, employee, and traffic reports submitted by Class I railroads.
02/17/2016RuleSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDSurface Transportation BoardInformation Required in Notices and Petitions Containing Interchange CommitmentsThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is issuing a final rule to insert language that was inadvertently omitted when an amended rule was promulgated on September 5, 2013. This decision is effective on its date of publication.2016-03199FR-Doc-2016-03199Information-Required-In-Notices-And-Petitions-Containing-Interchange-CommitmentsThe Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is issuing a final rule to insert language that was inadvertently omitted when an amended rule was promulgated on September 5, 2013. This decision is effective on its date of publication.
02/12/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Denial of Petition for RulemakingBased on the agency's evaluation, NHTSA denies a petition for rulemaking from Mr. David K. Aberizk, P.E., of Integrated Consultants Incorporated, who requests the development of safety standards for a driver-activated vehicle regenerative braking...2016-02763FR-Doc-2016-02763Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Denial-Of-Petition-For-RulemakingBased on the agency's evaluation, NHTSA denies a petition for rulemaking from Mr. David K. Aberizk, P.E., of Integrated Consultants Incorporated, who requests the development of safety standards for a driver-activated vehicle regenerative braking interface with distinct rear lighting indication. The petitioner claims that the recommended changes to the relevant safety standards would allow vehicle manufacturers to better utilize the regenerator technology to increase vehicle efficiency. NHTSA finds that some features of the suggested concept are not prohibited by existing Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) and notes that Mr. Aberizk did not demonstrate how the other features address a motor vehicle safety need. FMVSS Nos. 108 and 135 currently specify performance requirements relevant to certain permitted technologies identified in the petition.
02/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentSafety Glazing StandardsIn this final rule, FRA is revising and clarifying existing regulations related to the use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. This final rule reduces paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail...2016-02524FR-Doc-2016-02524Safety-Glazing-StandardsIn this final rule, FRA is revising and clarifying existing regulations related to the use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. This final rule reduces paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry by removing a stenciling requirement for locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses that are required to be equipped with glazing. This final rule also clarifies the application of the regulations to older equipment and to the end locations of all equipment to provide more certainty to the rail industry and more narrowly address FRA's safety concerns. In addition, this final rule clarifies the definition of passenger car, updates the rule by removing certain compliance dates that are no longer necessary, and, in response to comments on the proposed rule, modifies the application of the regulations to passenger cars and cabooses in a railroad's fleet that are used only for private transportation purposes and to older locomotives used in incidental freight service.
02/08/2016RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardNotification and Reporting of Aircraft Accidents or Incidents and Overdue Aircraft, and Preservation of Aircraft Wreckage, Mail, Cargo, and RecordsThe NTSB publishes confirmation of an amendment to its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements with regard to aircraft accidents or incidents, titled, ``Immediate notification.'' The regulation requires reports of Airborne...2016-02413FR-Doc-2016-02413Notification-And-Reporting-Of-Aircraft-Accidents-Or-Incidents-And-Overdue-Aircraft-And-PreservationThe NTSB publishes confirmation of an amendment to its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements with regard to aircraft accidents or incidents, titled, ``Immediate notification.'' The regulation requires reports of Airborne Collision and Avoidance System (ACAS) resolution advisories issued under certain specific circumstances. In a Direct Final Rule published December 15, 2015, the NTSB narrowed the ACAS reporting requirement, consistent with the agency's authority to issue non-controversial amendments to rules. The NTSB also updated its contact information for notifications. This document confirms the changes and the effective date.
02/08/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated EquipmentNHTSA is amending the side marker requirements contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment for vehicles 80 inches or more in width and less than 30 feet long. This final rule...2016-02268FR-Doc-2016-02268Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Lamps-Reflective-Devices-And-Associated-EquipmentNHTSA is amending the side marker requirements contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) on lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment for vehicles 80 inches or more in width and less than 30 feet long. This final rule adopts the amendments proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), published on December 4, 2012. These amendments will restore the side marker photometry requirements for motor vehicles under thirty feet in length that were in place prior to the 2007 final rule that reorganized the standard. Restoration of the side marker requirements will have no negative impact on safety or function and will allow motor vehicle manufacturers to avoid unnecessary modifications to their side marker lamps with no added safety or functional benefit.
02/05/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPublic Transportation Agency Safety PlanThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing requirements for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans as authorized by Section 20021 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This proposed rule would require...2016-02017FR-Doc-2016-02017Public-Transportation-Agency-Safety-PlanThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing requirements for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans as authorized by Section 20021 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This proposed rule would require operators of public transportation systems that receive Federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 to develop and implement Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans based on the Safety Management System approach. Development and implementation of agency safety plans will help ensure that public transportation systems are safe nationwide. FTA seeks public comments on all aspects of this proposed rule, including information related to its benefits and costs, as well as alternative approaches that may more cost-effectively satisfy the statutory requirements and help ensure the safety of the nation's public transportation system.
02/04/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentOrganization and Delegation of DutiesNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) is updating its regulations governing the organization of NHTSA and delegations of authority from the Administrator to Agency officials, to provide for a...2016-02101FR-Doc-2016-02101Organization-And-Delegation-Of-DutiesNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) is updating its regulations governing the organization of NHTSA and delegations of authority from the Administrator to Agency officials, to provide for a reorganization of the Agency's internal structure. These changes will enable NHTSA to achieve its mission more effectively and efficiently.
01/25/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentUpdate Means of Providing Notification; Improving Efficacy of RecallsThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to amend, by regulation, the means of notification required under the Safety Act, to be in a manner other than, or in addition to, first-class...2016-01291FR-Doc-2016-01291Update-Means-Of-Providing-Notification-Improving-Efficacy-Of-RecallsThe Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to amend, by regulation, the means of notification required under the Safety Act, to be in a manner other than, or in addition to, first-class mail. Furthermore, Section 24104 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) expounds on the need to update the means of notification by requiring the Agency to include notification by electronic means in addition to first class mail notification, within 270 days of its enactment. MAP-21 also authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to improve the efficacy of recalls by requiring manufacturers to send additional notifications of defects or noncompliance if a second notification by the manufacturer does not result in an adequate number of motor vehicles or replacement equipment being returned for remedy. NHTSA seeks public comment on the means, in addition to first class mail, of providing notification to owners, purchasers, and dealers, by a manufacturer of a motor vehicle or replacement equipment, that the vehicle or equipment contains a defect related to motor vehicle safety or does not comply with an applicable motor vehicle safety standard. As a result of this ANPRM, the Agency anticipates receiving information that will aid the Agency in developing a rule implementing the notification requirements under MAP-21 and the FAST Act. The Agency anticipates that comments and information received will aid in updating the Agency's regulations.
01/21/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCarrier Safety Fitness DeterminationFMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to revise the current methodology for issuance of a safety fitness determination (SFD) for motor carriers. The proposed new methodologies would determine when a motor carrier...2015-33153FR-Doc-2015-33153Carrier-Safety-Fitness-DeterminationFMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to revise the current methodology for issuance of a safety fitness determination (SFD) for motor carriers. The proposed new methodologies would determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in or affecting interstate commerce based on the carrier's on-road safety data in relation to five of the Agency's seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs); an investigation; or a combination of on-road safety data and investigation information. The intended effect of this action is to more effectively use FMCSA data and resources to identify unfit motor carriers and to remove them from the Nation's roadways.
01/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits (MAP-21) (RRR)As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or...2016-00780FR-Doc-2016-00780Hazardous-Materials-Adoption-Of-Special-Permits-Map-21-RrrAs required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record. The adopted amendments are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests. The adopted amendments will also reduce paperwork burdens and facilitate commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. PHMSA conducted an extensive analysis of all active special permits and codified, as appropriate, those special permits deemed suitable in this rulemaking.
01/08/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPipeline Safety: Notice of Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee MeetingThis document announces a public meeting of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). The committee will meet to consider and vote on the proposed rule, ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,'' and the associated regulatory...2016-00135FR-Doc-2016-00135Pipeline-Safety-Notice-Of-Liquid-Pipeline-Advisory-Committee-MeetingThis document announces a public meeting of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). The committee will meet to consider and vote on the proposed rule, ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,'' and the associated regulatory assessment.
01/04/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentConfidential Business InformationThis notice proposes to modify the existing procedures for the submission and processing of requests for confidential treatment. NHTSA is proposing that it will defer acting on requests for confidential treatment until it receives a FOIA request for...2015-32585FR-Doc-2015-32585Confidential-Business-InformationThis notice proposes to modify the existing procedures for the submission and processing of requests for confidential treatment. NHTSA is proposing that it will defer acting on requests for confidential treatment until it receives a FOIA request for the information, if the Agency decides that making a determination of confidentiality is necessary or if making a determination is in the public interest. In general, unless and until a determination is made, the information for which confidential treatment is requested will not be disclosed. To ensure that requests for confidential treatment will provide an adequate basis for deferred determinations, this notice also proposes that submitters affirmatively specify whether the materials for which confidential treatment is sought were voluntarily submitted and provide an adequate basis for their claim of voluntariness. The proposal also contains provisions addressing agency disposition of inadequate or incomplete requests to ensure that submitters comply with the requirements when making requests for confidential treatment. Additionally, to facilitate communication with those making requests for confidential treatment, this notice proposes that an electronic mail address be provided with all requests. NHTSA is also proposing to amend the regulation to provide submitters of confidential information with the option of submitting their requests for confidential treatment and the materials accompanying these requests electronically.
12/30/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentParts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Certification for Commercial Motor Vehicles Operated by United States-Domiciled Motor Carriers; WithdrawalThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) withdraws its June 17, 2015, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which would have required each commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operated by a United States-domiciled (U.S.-domiciled) motor...2015-32868FR-Doc-2015-32868Parts-And-Accessories-Necessary-For-Safe-Operation-Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-StandardsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) withdraws its June 17, 2015, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which would have required each commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operated by a United States-domiciled (U.S.-domiciled) motor carrier engaged in interstate commerce to display a label applied by the vehicle manufacturer or a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Registered Importer to document the vehicle's compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) in effect as of the date of manufacture. FMCSA withdraws the NPRM because commenters raised substantive issues which have led the Agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal. Because the FMVSSs critical to the operational safety of CMVs are cross-referenced in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), FMCSA has determined that it can most effectively ensure that motor carriers maintain the safety equipment and features provided by the FMVSSs through enforcement of the FMCSRs, making an additional FMVSS certification labeling regulation unnecessary.
12/30/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Safety Requirements for External Product Piping on Cargo Tanks Transporting Flammable LiquidsPHMSA is withdrawing the notice proposing to stop the transportation of flammable liquid material in unprotected external product piping on DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles as mandated by the ``Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act''...2015-32681FR-Doc-2015-32681Hazardous-Materials-Safety-Requirements-For-External-Product-Piping-On-Cargo-Tanks-TransportingPHMSA is withdrawing the notice proposing to stop the transportation of flammable liquid material in unprotected external product piping on DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles as mandated by the ``Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act'' or the ``FAST Act''. Although PHMSA is withdrawing its rulemaking proposal, the agency will continue to consider methods to improve the safety of transporting flammable liquid by cargo tank motor vehicle. PHMSA will also continue to analyze current incident data and improve the collection of future incident data to assist in making an informed decision on methods to address this issue further, if warranted.
12/28/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentOn-Time Performance Under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing a definition of ``on-time performance'' for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).2015-32411FR-Doc-2015-32411On-Time-Performance-Under-Section-213-Of-The-Passenger-Rail-Investment-And-Improvement-Act-Of-2008The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing a definition of ``on-time performance'' for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).
12/28/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMonetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2016This rule maintains the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold at $10,500 for railroad accidents/ incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2016 that FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations...2015-32545FR-Doc-2015-32545Monetary-Threshold-For-Reporting-Rail-Equipment-Accidentsincidents-For-Calendar-Year-2016This rule maintains the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold at $10,500 for railroad accidents/ incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2016 that FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require to be reported to the agency. FRA is maintaining the reporting threshold at the same level it did in CY 2015, and CY 2014, because, in part, the wage and equipment data for the second-quarter of 2015 (i.e., the data used to calculate the threshold) changed only slightly (about 1 percent) from second-quarter 2014 values. In addition, FRA is maintaining the monetary threshold for CY 2016 at the CY 2015 level while it reexamines the method for calculating the monetary threshold.
12/28/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAlcohol and Drug Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2016This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2016.2015-32544FR-Doc-2015-32544Alcohol-And-Drug-Testing-Determination-Of-Minimum-Random-Testing-Rates-For-2016This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2016.
12/24/2015RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardRules of Practice in Transportation: Investigative Hearings, Meetings, Reports, and Petitions for ReconsiderationThe NTSB amends its regulations which contain the NTSB's procedures for holding investigative hearings, various types of meetings, issuing reports, and responding to petitions for reconsideration. The NTSB introduced a number of substantive and...2015-32264FR-Doc-2015-32264Rules-Of-Practice-In-Transportation-Investigative-Hearings-Meetings-Reports-And-Petitions-ForThe NTSB amends its regulations which contain the NTSB's procedures for holding investigative hearings, various types of meetings, issuing reports, and responding to petitions for reconsideration. The NTSB introduced a number of substantive and technical changes in its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). In the preamble to this final rule NTSB responds to the five comments the agency received, and explains the adopted changes, including reorganizing the regulation into different subparts to ensure the entire part is easy to follow.
12/23/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAllowing Importers To Provide Information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Electronic FormatOn September 2, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published an interim final rule and request for comment entitled ``Allowing Importers to Provide Information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Electronic Format.''...2015-32260FR-Doc-2015-32260Allowing-Importers-To-Provide-Information-To-Us-Customs-And-Border-Protection-In-Electronic-FormatOn September 2, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published an interim final rule and request for comment entitled ``Allowing Importers to Provide Information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Electronic Format.'' No comments were received in response to the interim final rule. Accordingly, this final rule confirms that the September 2, 2015 interim final rule will not be changed and its effective date is September 2, 2015.
12/22/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Small Business Impacts of Motor Vehicle SafetyNHTSA seeks comments on the economic impact of its regulations on small entities. As required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we are attempting to identify rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of...2015-32005FR-Doc-2015-32005Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards-Small-Business-Impacts-Of-Motor-Vehicle-SafetyNHTSA seeks comments on the economic impact of its regulations on small entities. As required by Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we are attempting to identify rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. We also request comments on ways to make these regulations easier to read and understand. The focus of this notice is rules that specifically relate to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers, motorcycles, and motor vehicle equipment.
12/21/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentHazardous Materials: Requirements for the Safe Transportation of Bulk Explosives (RRR)The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of explosives on cargo tank motor vehicles and multipurpose bulk trucks...2015-31880FR-Doc-2015-31880Hazardous-Materials-Requirements-For-The-Safe-Transportation-Of-Bulk-Explosives-RrrThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of explosives on cargo tank motor vehicles and multipurpose bulk trucks transporting materials for blasting operations. This rulemaking is responsive to two petitions for rulemaking submitted by industry representatives: P-1557, concerning the continued use of renewal applications, and P-1583, concerning the incorporation of an industry standard publication. Further, developing these requirements provides wider access to the regulatory flexibility currently only offered by special permits and competent authorities. The requirements of this final rule mirror the majority of provisions contained in nine widely-used longstanding special permits that have established safety records. These requirements eliminate the need for future renewal requests, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining a commensurate level of safety. This final rule authorizes the transportation of certain explosives, ammonium nitrates, ammonium nitrate emulsions, and other specific hazardous materials in both non-bulk and bulk packagings, which are not otherwise authorized under current regulations. These hazardous materials are used in blasting operations on cargo tank motor vehicles and specialized vehicles, known as multipurpose bulk trucks, which are used as mobile work platforms to create blends of explosives that are unique to each blast site. Finally, this rulemaking addresses the construction of new multipurpose bulk trucks.
12/21/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentGuidance on Medical Examiner's Certification Integration Final Rule Regarding Use of Driver Examination FormsThe FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC). This period is from December 22,...2015-32001FR-Doc-2015-32001Guidance-On-Medical-Examiners-Certification-Integration-Final-Rule-Regarding-Use-Of-DriverThe FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC). This period is from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016. This action is being taken to ensure that Medical Examiners have sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.
12/17/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDepartment of Transportation Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsOn December 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with other Federal agencies, published a joint interim final rule implementing the guidance titled ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal...2015-31076FR-Doc-2015-31076Department-Of-Transportation-Regulatory-Implementation-Of-Office-Of-Management-And-Budgets-UniformOn December 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with other Federal agencies, published a joint interim final rule implementing the guidance titled ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published on December 26, 2013. While the Department received two comments on related implementation guidance, to which we respond, the Department did not receive any comments on the final rule implementing the OMB guidance. Therefore, this rule confirms that the changes that the Department published in the interim final rule on December 19, 2014, are final.
12/17/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated EquipmentThis final rule amends the rear license plate holder requirements contained in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108; ``Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.'' The final rule expands upon the proposal in the NPRM and...2015-31353FR-Doc-2015-31353Federal-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standard-Lamps-Reflective-Devices-And-Associated-EquipmentThis final rule amends the rear license plate holder requirements contained in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108; ``Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.'' The final rule expands upon the proposal in the NPRM and allows license plates on all motor vehicles to be mounted on a plane up to 30 degrees upward from vertical if the upper edge of the license plate is not more than 1.2 meters (47.25 inches) from the ground. Previously, the maximum allowable upward mounting angle was 15 degrees beyond vertical. This final rule increases harmonization with existing requirements in European regulations. Additionally, this final rule increases a manufacturer's design flexibility while providing opportunity to decrease cost without compromising safety.
12/16/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentElectronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting DocumentsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to establish: Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs); requirements for...2015-31336FR-Doc-2015-31336Electronic-Logging-Devices-And-Hours-Of-Service-Supporting-DocumentsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to establish: Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs); requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS); requirements concerning HOS supporting documents; and measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs. The requirements for ELDs will improve compliance with the HOS rules.
12/16/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRear Impact Guards, Rear Impact ProtectionThis NPRM proposes to upgrade the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that address rear underride protection in crashes into trailers and semitrailers. NHTSA is proposing to adopt requirements of Transport Canada's standard for underride guards,...2015-31228FR-Doc-2015-31228Rear-Impact-Guards-Rear-Impact-ProtectionThis NPRM proposes to upgrade the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that address rear underride protection in crashes into trailers and semitrailers. NHTSA is proposing to adopt requirements of Transport Canada's standard for underride guards, which require rear impact guards to provide sufficient strength and energy absorption to protect occupants of compact and subcompact passenger cars impacting the rear of trailers at 56 kilometers per hour (km/h) (35 miles per hour (mph)). NHTSA is issuing this NPRM in response to a petition for rulemaking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and from Ms. Marianne Karth and the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC). This is the second of two documents issued in response to the Karth/TSC petition. Earlier, NHTSA published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking requesting comment on strategies pertaining to underride protection afforded by single unit trucks.
12/15/2015RuleNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARDNational Transportation Safety BoardNotification and Reporting of Aircraft Accidents or Incidents and Overdue Aircraft, and Preservation of Aircraft Wreckage, Mail, Cargo, and RecordsThe NTSB is publishing an amendment to its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements with regard to aircraft accidents or incidents, titled, ``Immediate notification.'' The regulation currently requires reports of Airborne...2015-30758FR-Doc-2015-30758Notification-And-Reporting-Of-Aircraft-Accidents-Or-Incidents-And-Overdue-Aircraft-And-PreservationThe NTSB is publishing an amendment to its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements with regard to aircraft accidents or incidents, titled, ``Immediate notification.'' The regulation currently requires reports of Airborne Collision and Avoidance System (ACAS) advisories issued under certain specific circumstances. The NTSB now narrows the ACAS reporting requirement, consistent with the agency's authority to issue non-controversial amendments to rules, pursuant to the direct final rulemaking procedure. The NTSB also updates its contact information for notifications.
12/10/2015Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentDriving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat BeltsFMCSA proposes to revise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by requiring that passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use the seat belt assembly whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads. This rule...2015-30864FR-Doc-2015-30864Driving-Of-Commercial-Motor-Vehicles-Use-Of-Seat-BeltsFMCSA proposes to revise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by requiring that passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) use the seat belt assembly whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads. This rule would hold motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in the CMV are also using the seat belts required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs).
12/07/2015RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentPassenger Train Exterior Side Door SafetyThis final rule will improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems and promote passenger train safety overall through new safety standards for the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors. This final...2015-30488FR-Doc-2015-30488Passenger-Train-Exterior-Side-Door-SafetyThis final rule will improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems and promote passenger train safety overall through new safety standards for the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors. This final rule will limit the number and severity of injuries involving passenger train exterior side doors and enhance the level of safety for passengers and train crewmembers.
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