Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
Grant of applications for exemptions.
The FMCSA is granting the application from the General Motors Corporation (GM) for exemptions for the vehicles specified in this notice. Those exemptions are from certain fuel tank design and certification labeling requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Renewal of the exemptions enables motor carriers to continue operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) manufactured by GM which are equipped with fuel tanks that do not meet the FMCSA's requirements that fuel tanks be capable of receiving fuel at a rate of at least 20 gallons per minute and be labeled or marked by the manufacturer to certify compliance with the design criteria. The FMCSA believes the terms and conditions of the exemptions have ensured a level of safety that is equivalent to the level of safety that would be achieved by complying with the regulations, and that renewing the exemptions would not adversely affect highway safety. The exemptions continue to preempt inconsistent State and local requirements applicable to interstate commerce.
The exemptions are effective on March 27, 2002. The exemptions expire on March 29, 2004.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Deborah M. Freund, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, (202) 366-4009, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
GM's Application for Exemptions
GM applied for exemptions from 49 CFR 393.67(c)(7)(ii), which requires that certain fuel tank systems on CMVs be designed to permit a fill rate of at least 20 gallons (75.7 liters) per minute, and 49 CFR 393.67(f)(2) and (f)(3), which require that liquid fuel tanks be marked with the manufacturer's name and a certification that the tank conforms to all applicable rules in § 393.67, respectively.
On December 20, 1999 (64 FR 71186), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a notice of intent to grant GM's applications. The FHWA requested public comment on GM's applications and the agency's safety analysis, and presented other relevant information known to the agency. After considering all the comments received, the agency granted the exemptions on April 26, 2000 (65 FR 24531). In that notice (at 65 FR 24532-24533), the agency noted that the 20 gallon per minute rate referenced in the FMCSA's regulations, while appropriate for diesel fuel-powered vehicles, mandates that fill pipes on gasoline-powered vehicles be capable of receiving fuel at twice the maximum rate gasoline pumps are designed to dispense fuel. The vehicles in question are gasoline-fueled and are Start Printed Page 14765capable of receiving fuel at a rate of approximately 10 gallons per minute.
The exemptions covered § 393.67(c)(7)(ii), Construction of liquid fuel tanks; fill pipe, and § 393.67(f)(2) and (f)(3)(ii) which require that liquid fuel tanks be marked with the manufacturer's name, and a certification that the tank conforms to all applicable rules in “ § 393.67, respectively.
On December 27, 2001 (66 FR 66972) the FMCSA announced its intent to renew GM's exemption. The FMCSA received no comments to that notice.
The FMCSA has decided to renew the exemptions because the commercial motor vehicles covered by the exemptions are still in operation, and the agency is not aware of any information, anecdotal or otherwise, that would suggest that the level of safety for the exempted vehicles is not equivalent to the level of safety that would have been achieved if the vehicles complied with §§ 393.67(c)(7)(ii), 393.67(f)(2), and 393.67(f)(3)(ii). No interested parties have submitted comments to the docket since April 26, 2000, the date the original exemption was granted, indicating that any aspects of the exemptions have had an adverse effect on highway safety. Accordingly, the agency is granting the exemptions that were the subject of the December 27, 2001, notice for another two-year period.
Terms and Conditions for the Exemption
The FMCSA is continuing to provide exemptions to §§ 393.67(c)(7)(ii), 393.67(f)(2), and 393.67(f)(3)(ii) for motor carriers operating GM G-Vans (Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna) and full-sized C/K trucks (Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra) with gross vehicle weight ratings over 10,000 pounds. The exemptions are effective upon publication in the Federal Register pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) and are valid for two years from the date of approval, unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. GM, or any of the affected motor carriers, may apply to the FMCSA for another renewal of the exemption. The exemption continues to preempt inconsistent State or local requirements applicable to interstate commerce.
As with the original exemption, the motor carriers operating these vehicles are not required to maintain documentation concerning the exemption because the vehicles have markings that would enable enforcement officials to identify them. The vehicles covered by the exemptions can be identified by their vehicle identification numbers (VINs). The VINs contain either a “J” or a “K” in the forth position of the VIN. In addition, the seventh position of the VINs on the G-Van would contain a “1.”Start Signature
Issued on: March 22, 2002.
Joseph M. Clapp,
[FR Doc. 02-7362 Filed 3-26-02; 8:45 am]
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