Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle
Interim final rule; request for comments.
The FHWA is amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to adopt the statutory definition of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) found at 49 U.S.C. 31132. This action is in response to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21). Section 4008(a) of TEA-21 amended the definition of the term ``commercial motor vehicle'' to cover vehicles ``designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.'' The FHWA is revising its regulatory definition of CMV to be consistent with the statute, but is exempting the operation of these small passenger-carrying vehicles from all of the FMCSRs for six months to allow time for the completion of a separate rulemaking action published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. As a result of this action, the applicability of the FMCSRs will be the same as before the enactment of TEA-21 until March 3, 2000. Therefore, entities that were not subject to the FMCSRs prior to the enactment of TEA-21 are not required to make any changes in their operations until that date.