Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle
Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); request for comments.
The Federal Highway Administration is considering amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) in response to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (hereinafter referred as ``TEA-21''). Section 4008(a) of TEA-21 amends the definition of the term ``commercial motor vehicle'' (CMV) in 49 U.S.C. 31132(1) to cover vehicles ``designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.'' The change could make the FMCSRs applicable to a considerable number of entities, including operators of small commuter vans or airport shuttle buses, not now subject to them. This ANPRM requests comment and information to help the FHWA identify such operators and determine whether the regulations should be applied to all of them or whether exemptions should be granted.