Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General; Commercial Motor Vehicle Marking
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); request for comments.
The FHWA is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the marking of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and the submission of the Motor Carrier Identification Report (Form MCS-150) that new motor carriers must submit to the FHWA. The FHWA is proposing to eliminate the marking regulations of the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), and require that motor carriers replace the vehicle markings specified by those requirements with markings that conform to the requirements of 49 CFR 390.21. The agency is proposing to amend its current marking requirements to require that CMVs be marked with the legal name of the business entity that owns or controls the motor carrier operation, or the ``doing business as'' (DBA) name, and the city and State for the principal place of business as they appear on the Form MCS-150. Motor carriers would be allowed two years to comply with the proposed marking requirement to affix the USDOT number to both sides of their CMVs and five years to comply with the additional requirements to add the address of the principal place of business, and the legal name or DBA name to their CMVs. The FHWA is also proposing to move the regulations that require motor carriers to submit the Form MCS-150 from 49 CFR part 385 to part 390, and to amend the regulations to require that all new interstate motor carriers submit a Form MCS-150 to the FHWA before (rather than within 90 days after) commencing operations. The FHWA solicits public comment from interested persons on this action, including responses to the information collection requirements set forth in this document.