Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles
Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments.
The FHWA is proposing to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require that motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles (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 certain other information (i.e., name or trade name and address of the principal place of business), and maintain an accident register. 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 these vehicles. In a separate document published elsewhere in today's Federal Register the FHWA is adopting the statutory definition of a CMV found at 49 U.S.C. 31132 to be consistent with the statute, but is exempting for six months the operation of these small passenger-carrying vehicles from all of the FMCSRs, to allow time for the completion of this rulemaking.