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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV); Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-Carrying CMVs; Delay of Effective Date

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.


Final rule; delay of effective date.


In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2001, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Review Plan,” published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2001 (66 FR 7702), this action temporarily delays for 60 days the effective date of the final rule entitled “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV); Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-Carrying CMVs,” published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2001, at 66 FR 2756. That rule adopts the statutory definition of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) at 49 U.S.C. 31132; and amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to require that motor carriers operating CMVs designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation file a motor carrier identification report, mark their CMVs with a USDOT identification number, and maintain an accident register.


The effective date of the final rule amending 49 CFR part 390 published at 66 FR 2756, January 11, 2001, is delayed for 60 days from February 12, 2001, until April 13, 2001.

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Mr. Larry W. Minor, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations (MC-PSV), (202) 366-4009; or Mr. Charles E. Medalen, Office of the Chief Counsel (MC-CC), (202) 366-1354, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590.

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To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553 applies to this action, it is exempt from notice and comment because it constitutes a rule of procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). Alternatively, the FMCSA's implementation of this action without opportunity for public comment, effective immediately upon publication today in the Federal Register, is based on the good cause exceptions in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3). Seeking public comment is impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. The temporary 60-day delay in effective date is necessary to give Department officials the opportunituy for further review and consideration of new regulations, consistent with the Assistant to the President's memorandum of January 20, 2001. Given the imminence of the effective date, seeking prior public comment on this temporary delay would have been impracticable, as well as contrary to the public interest in the orderly promulgation and implementation of regulations. The imminence of the effective date is also good cause for making this action effective immediately upon publication.

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Dated: February 2, 2001.

Julie Anna Cirillo,

Assistant Administrator and Chief Safety Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-3210 Filed 2-8-01; 8:45 am]