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State Inspection Programs for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles; Listening Sessions

Notice of public listening sessions.
FMCSA announces that it will hold two public listening sessions on January 13 and 18, 2015, to solicit information concerning section 32710 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 112-141, MAP-21). This provision requires FMCSA to complete a rulemaking proceeding to consider requiring States to establish a program for annual inspections of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) designed or used to transport passengers. Additionally, under MAP-21, FMCSA must assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected CMVs designed or used to transport passengers; the effectiveness of existing Federal standards for the inspection of such vehicles in mitigating the risks associated with improperly maintained vehicles and ensuring the safe and proper operation condition of such vehicles; and the costs and benefits of a mandatory inspection program. Any data regarding this topic would be appreciated. The January 13, 2015, session will be held at the American Bus Association's (ABA) Marketplace conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The January 18, 2015, session will be held at the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Expo 2015 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket referenced above for FMCSA's consideration. The entire proceedings for both days will be webcast.


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