Unified Registration System, 63695-63714 [2015-26625]

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 271 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business information, Hazardous waste, Hazardous waste transportation, Indian lands, Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Authority: This action is issued under the authority of sections 2002(a), 3006, and 7004(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act as amended 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6926, 6974(b). Dated: October 1, 2015. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 6. [FR Doc. 2015–26789 Filed 10–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Parts 360, 365, 366, 368, 385, 387, 390 and 392 [Docket No. FMCSA–1997–2349] RIN 2126–AB85; Formerly 2126–AA22 Unified Registration System Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; extension of effective dates. AGENCY: FMCSA delays the effective and compliance dates for its August 23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule. Because FMCSA changes the effective date (the actual date when the regulatory text that appears in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) will be changed) and makes technical corrections and conforming amendments to the 2013 regulatory text, the Agency has determined that it is in the best interest of the regulated entities, our State partners and the general public to present the full text of the sections affected. The 2013 URS final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing Federal registration processes to ensure the Agency can more efficiently track these entities. Today’s final rule delays the implementation of the 2013 final rule in order to allow FMCSA additional time to complete the information technology (IT) systems work required to fully implement that rule. DATES: Effective Dates: The effective date of this rule is September 30, 2016, except for §§ 365.T106, 368.T3, and 390.T200, which are effective from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. The effective dates of the rule published at 78 FR 52608 (August 23, 2013) are delayed until September 30, 2016. The withdrawal of Instruction #1 from the correction published at 78 FR 63100 (October 23, 2013) is effective October 21, 2015. Compliance Dates: The compliance date for this rule is September 30, 2016, except that: New applicants must comply with §§ 365.T106, 368.T3 or 390.T200 (as applicable) from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016; private hazardous material carriers and exempt for-hire carriers must comply SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63695 with §§ 387.19 or 387.43 (as applicable) by December 31, 2016; and all entities must comply with § 366.2 by December 31, 2016. Petitions for reconsideration must be received by November 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: Petitions for reconsideration must be submitted to: Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. All background documents, comments, and materials related to this rule may be viewed in docket number FMCSA–1997–2349 using either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. • Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. Mr. Jeffrey S. Loftus, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001, by telephone at (202) 385–2363 or via email at jeff.loftus@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Preamble Table of Contents I. Executive Summary II. Public Participation A. Viewing Comments and Documents B. Privacy Act III. Acronyms and Abbreviations IV. Background A. Legal Authority B. Regulatory History V. Section-by-Section Analysis A. Overview B. Part 360, Fees for Motor Carrier Registration and Insurance C. Part 365, Rules Governing Applications for Operating Authority D. Part 366, Designation of Process Agent E. Part 368, Application for a Certificate of Registration To Operate in Municipalities in the United States on the United States-Mexico International Border or Within the Commercial Zones of Such Municipalities F. Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures G. Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers H. Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, General VI. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices A. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 B. Regulatory Flexibility Act C. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 D. National Environmental Policy Act E. Paperwork Reduction Act F. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property) E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63696 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations G. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform) H. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children) I. Eecutive Order 13132 (Federalism) J. Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review) K. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use) L. Privacy Impact Analysis tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES I. Executive Summary This final rule is being issued to delay the effective and compliance dates of the Unified Registration System (URS) final rule, issued on August 23, 2013.1 Because FMCSA changes the effective date (the actual date when the regulatory text that appears in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) will be changed) and makes technical corrections and conforming amendments to the 2013 regulatory text, the Agency has determined that it is in the best interest of the regulated entities, our State partners and the general public to present the full text of the sections affected. The URS final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, IEPs, HMSP applicants and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing Federal registration processes to ensure the Agency can more efficiently track these entities. The URS final rule increases public accessibility to data about interstate motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, IEPs, HMSP applicants, and cargo tank facilities. Full implementation of the URS final rule will replace the registration functions of the following systems: (1) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) identification number system; (2) the 49 U.S.C. chapter 139 commercial registration system; (3) the 49 U.S.C. 13906 financial responsibility information system; and (4) the service of process agent designation system (49 U.S.C. 503 and 13304). FMCSA estimated a 2-year period for development of the information technology (IT) system to implement the August 23, 2013, URS final rule, and as a result set the initial compliance date for the majority of that rule at 26 months after publication (October 23, 2015).2 During the 2 years since publication of the final rule, the Agency has experienced challenges completing the IT system necessary to fully implement the 2013 final rule. FMCSA also received a protest during the acquisition 1 Final Rule, Unified Registration System, 78 FR 52608 (Aug. 23, 2013). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 process for a supporting contractor, which added to delays in development of the IT system for integrating and retiring the FMCSA legacy registration systems. The Agency and its supporting contractors worked diligently in the past 24 months to meet the original URS final rule’s effective date, but ultimately determined that full implementation of the URS cannot be accomplished by that time. As a result, FMCSA is delaying the effective and compliance dates of the URS final rule, as reflected in the table at the end of this executive summary. The new dates reflect the revised schedule for completing the IT system required. In doing so, the Agency determined that a discrete portion of the IT system will be available earlier than others, and so we are adding three temporary sections, one each in parts 365, 368, and 390, to allow for implementation of that portion of the new URS. These temporary sections will apply to new U.S.- or Canada-domiciled applicants and Mexico-domiciled applicants seeking registration to operate in the commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico border. A new applicant is defined as anyone who does not have, and has never been assigned a USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or controlled (MX), or Freight Forwarder (FF) number. These new applicants will be required to use the new online application when requesting registration and a USDOT number beginning on December 12, 2015. The new online application and associated database will not be available for use by those who already have USDOT, MC, MX, or FF numbers until September 30, 2016, so we are establishing the new overall effective date of this final rule to coincide with that availability. Once that occurs, there will no longer be a need for the separate provisions dealing with new applicants, thus the temporary sections will be in effect only from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. After that time, the URS system, including the online application, will be available for submission of all requests for new registration, to track applications, to update information, and to file biennial updates. While we are delaying the effective date for most of the URS final rule requirements until September 30, 2016, we are providing an additional three months for full compliance with some provisions. Private hazardous material carriers and exempt for-hire carriers registered with the Agency as of September 30, 2016, will be given three months from that date to file their evidence of compliance with the financial responsibility requirements. While these carriers have had to obtain adequate insurance coverage for some time now, the 2013 final rule provided the first rule requiring them to file proof of that coverage with FMCSA. As a result, FMCSA believes allowing for a three month compliance period will help alleviate potential concerns entities may have over using a new system, as well as ensure seamless operation of the URS. Additionally, all entities registered with the Agency as of September 30, 2016, will have this same three month period to file their designation of a process service agent (Form BOC–3) using the URS online application. This delay is to ensure that regulated entities have sufficient time to become familiar with the system. The new URS will be capable of handling both financial responsibility and designation of process agent filings on September 30, 2016, and FMCSA encourages those entities required to make these filings as early in the compliance period as they can. In order to include this staggered compliance period, we have revised § 366.2 (designation of process service agent) and sections 387.19 and 387.43 (financial responsibility) slightly from what was published on August 23, 2013, as explained in greater detail in the section-by-section discussion below. We are making corrections to errors found in the original final rule since its publication. In parts 385, 387, 390 and 392 we are correcting inadvertent errors to the authority citations. In § 387.403, we are making conforming amendments based on other final rules that affected the registration requirements since the publication of the August 23, 2013 URS final rule. In § 390.207, we are correcting a cross reference. In § 368.8, we are removing a statement that ‘‘decisions by the Director will be final Agency orders on certain appeals’’—the Agency has changed its internal delegations, and this sentence is no longer accurate. Finally, we are updating the web address for obtaining access to URS to provide a more precise location, as opposed to the main FMCSA home page. These changes are not substantive and are explained in more detail in the section-by-section 2 Some provisions (amendments to 49 CFR 390.19 and 392.9b) became effective on November 1, 2013, and are not impacted by this final rule. The amendment to 49 CFR 366.2 was set to go into effect 32 months after publication (April 25, 2016); this final rule also delays that date. 3 78 FR 63100, October 23, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations discussion below. Finally, we have incorporated corrections that were made 63697 in an October 23, 2013 correction document.3 URS EFFECTIVE DATES (Existing) effective/ compliance date URS final rule major provision Registration Application Process using the MCSA–1 online application for New Applicants1 ............................... Use of MCSA–1 online application for all new and existing entities for all reasons to file .................................... USDOT Number as sole identifier (discontinuing issuance of docket numbers) .................................................... New Fees Schedule ................................................................................................................................................ Evidence of Financial Responsibility (Insurance Filings and Surety Bonds/Trusts) for New Private HM and New Exempt For Hire Carriers ..................................................................................................................................... Evidence of Financial Responsibility (Insurance Filings and Surety Bonds/Trusts) for Existing Private HM and Exempt For Hire Carriers ..................................................................................................................................... Process Agent Designation (BOC–3) for All New Motor Carriers (including Private and Exempt For Hire Carriers) ..................................................................................................................................................................... Process Agent Designation (BOC–3) for All Existing Motor Carriers (including Private and Exempt For Hire Carriers) ............................................................................................................................................................... 1 New A. Viewing Documents To view comments submitted to previous rulemaking notices on this subject, as well as documents identified in this preamble as available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and click on the ‘‘Read Comments’’ box in the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, insert ‘‘FMCSA–1997–2349’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. Finally, in the ‘‘Title’’ column, click on the document you would like to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 10/23/2015 10/23/2015 10/23/2015 10/23/2015 12/12/2015 9/30/2016 9/30/2016 9/30/2016 10/23/2015 9/30/2016 10/23/2015 12/31/2016 10/23/2015 9/30/2016 4/25/2016 12/31/2016 and existing Non-North American motor carriers will begin to use the MCSA–1 online application on 9/30/2016. II. Public Participation B. Privacy Act All comments received were posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT previously solicited comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posted these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. III. Acronyms and Abbreviations ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 3 78 (New) effective/ compliance date APA Administrative Procedure Act BI&PD Bodily Injury and Property Damage BOC–3 FMCSA Form—Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders CAA Clean Air Act CD Compact Disc CDL Commercial Driver’s License CE Categorical Exclusion CFR Code of Federal Regulations CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle DOT/USDOT United States Department of Transportation FF Freight Forwarder FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSRs Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, 49 CFR parts 350 through 399 FR Federal Register HM Hazardous Materials HMR Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR parts 171 through 180 HMSP Hazardous Materials Safety Permit IEP Intermodal Equipment Providers ICCTA ICC Termination Act of 1995 NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking MAP–21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act MCMIS Motor Carrier Management Information System MCS–150 FMCSA Form—Motor Carrier Identification Report (Application for USDOT Number) MCSA–1 FMCSA Form, the URS online application MC Motor Carrier MC–R Office of the Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology MC–RI Office of Information Technology MC–RS Office of Registration and Safety Information MX Mexican-owned or controlled OMB Office of Management and Budget NEPA National Environmental Policy Act PIA Privacy Impact Assessment PII Personally Identifiable Information PRISM Performance and Registration Information Systems Management SAFETEA–LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users SSRS Single State Registration System TA Temporary Authority UCR Unified Carrier Registration URS Unified Registration System U.S.C. United States Code IV. Background A. Legal Authority FMCSA relies upon the same legal authority cited in the August 23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule. The Agency extends the effective and compliance dates, and makes technical corrections and conforming amendments to the 2013 final rule. Because there are no substantive changes to content of the 2013 final rule, we will not expand upon the previous legal authority discussion presented in that rule. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 551–706) specifically provides exceptions to its notice and public comment rulemaking requirements where the Agency finds there is good cause (and incorporates the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) to dispense with them. Generally, good cause exists where the Agency determines that notice and public procedures are impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B)). Today’s URS final rule is being issued to delay the effective date of the original August 23, 2013, final rule. FMCSA will not have the technological ability to support the changes made by the August 23, 2013, final rule by its original effective date (October 23, 2013), which would FR 63100, October 23, 2013. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63698 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations make it impossible for motor carriers to comply with the original effective date. If FMCSA does not delay the effective date, motor carriers would find themselves unable to obtain a USDOT number, request registration, or file evidence of meeting the financial responsibility requirements, among other things. The motor carrier registration process would grind to a halt, posing potential harm to motor carriers, other FMCSA-regulated entities, drivers, and those who use their services. For these reasons, FMCSA finds good cause to dispense with notice and public comment on the effective date delaying portions of this final rule, as providing for public notice and comment would be contrary to the public interest. For those portions of this final rule which are correcting errors in the original August 23, 2013 final rule, we likewise find good cause to dispense with notice and public comment, as doing so is unnecessary. These correcting changes are not substantive in nature; they are being made to correct inadvertent errors and in one instance, to indicate a change in the internal delegations within the Agency. Delaying the effective date of these changes to procure notice and comment would further postpone these corrections, possibly lead to greater confusion, and thus would be contrary to the public interest. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES B. Regulatory History the NPRM.6 The SNPRM also included changes necessitated by final rules published subsequent to publication of the NPRM that directly impacted the URS. In the SNPRM, the Agency substantially altered the regulatory drafting approach proposed in the NPRM by creating a straightforward requirement for all entities to register and biennially update registration information under the new URS and by compiling a centralized cross-reference to existing safety and commercial regulations necessary for compliance with the registration requirements. The Agency abandoned previous efforts to reorganize all registration and new entrant requirements under a single part under title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) chapter III. FMCSA issued the final rule for URS on August 23, 2013.7 Upon enactment, MAP–21 affected a number of rules already being developed by FMCSA, including this one. Because MAP–21 was enacted several months after the close of the comment period for the SNPRM, the public did not have an opportunity to comment on provisions of the Act that may have an impact on the URS. Rather than delay issuance of the August 23, 2013, final rule, and to ensure an appropriate opportunity for public participation in the changes necessitated by MAP–21, FMCSA decided to initiate a separate rulemaking proceeding(s) to address most of the needed changes. The Federal Highway Administration (FMCSA’s predecessor agency) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing plans to develop a single, online, Federal information system in August 1996.4 The ANPRM solicited specific detailed information from the public about each of the systems to be replaced by the URS, the conceptual design of the URS, uses and users of the information to be collected, and potential costs. On May 19, 2005, FMCSA published an NPRM describing a proposal to merge all of the prescribed information systems except the SSRS into a unified, online Federal system.5 The Agency subsequently revised the May 2005 proposal in an October 26, 2011, SNPRM to incorporate new congressionally mandated provisions in SAFETEA–LU, and modified certain proposals in response to comments to V. Section-by-Section Analysis 4 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Motor Carrier Replacement Information/Registration System, 61 FR 43816 (Aug. 26, 1996). 5 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unified Registration System, 70 FR 28990 (May 19, 2005). 6 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unified Registration System, 76 FR 66506 (Oct. 26, 2011). 7 Final Rule, Unified Registration System, 78 FR 52608 (Aug. 23, 2013). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 A. Overview The section-by-section analysis from the August 23, 2013, URS final rule continues to apply to today’s final rule, as today’s actions delay the effective and compliance dates provided in that rule and make technical corrections and conforming amendments to that rule. The following analysis is limited to discussing these delayed dates, technical corrections and conforming amendments, and explaining how they are being reflected in the regulatory text. Because of the multiple CFRs affected by today’s final rule, the Agency has determined that it is in the best interest of the regulated entities, our State partners and the general public to present the full regulatory text for the amended URS requirements, as opposed to simply correcting the effective date PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and errant provisions. This action will make it easier for the reader to follow. Throughout the regulatory text, we updated the web address for accessing the URS; the new address provides a more precise location (www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs), as opposed to the old address (www.fmcsa.dot.gov), which directed entities to the FMCSA homepage with directions to search using keywords. We also updated the way we refer to the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, to reflect the terminology used on the FMCSA Web site. B. Part 360, Fees for Motor Carrier Registration and Insurance This final rule delays the effective dates for the amendments to sections 360.1, 360.3, and 360.5. FMCSA has determined that it would not be appropriate to collect new filing fees for each registration authority sought by an applicant until the new URS is able to support the new functionality those fees were designed to fund. Therefore, these provisions will now become effective on September 30, 2016, at the same time that the full functionality of the URS will also be available. Those new applicants using the URS online application before September 30, 2016, will pay the same fees as they would today using the current application forms and procedures. Beginning on September 30, 2016, all applicants will be charged a separate $300 fee for each distinct registration for which they apply with each entity that operates commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce paying $300 for the safety registration and $300 for each additional registration. For example, a freight forwarder operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce would pay $300 for the safety registration and $300 for registration as a freight forwarder. And a new private motor carrier of property that also seeks registration as a for-hire to enable the entity to transport freight for others on return trips would pay $300 for the safety registration and $300 for registration as a for-hire motor carrier of property. The full list of registration types that carry this $300 fee are: Safety Registration 8 Safety Registration Operating Authority Types 9 U.S./Canada Domiciled Motor Carriers Motor Carrier, Property Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods 8 The registration required by 49 U.S.C. 31134. registrations authorized and required pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13901–13904 and 49 CFR part 365. 9 Distinct E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Motor Carrier, Passenger Motor Carrier, Passenger Regular Route (only applicable to recipients of Federal transportation grants) Motor Carrier, Passenger Charter/Special Operations (only applicable to recipients of Federal transportation grants) Motor Carrier, Property Temporary Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods Temporary Motor Carrier, Passenger Temporary Motor Carrier, Property Enterprise Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods Enterprise Motor Carrier, Passenger Enterprise Mexico Domiciled Motor Carriers 10 Motor Carrier, Property MX Commercial Zone Motor Carrier, Passenger MX Commercial Zone Motor Carrier, Property MX Long Haul Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods MX Long Haul Motor Carrier, Passenger Charter/Special Operations MX Long Haul Non-North American Domiciled Motor Carriers Motor Carrier, Property NNA Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods NNA Motor Carrier, Passenger NNA Brokers Broker, Property Broker, Property Household Goods Freight Forwarders Freight Forwarder, Property Freight Forwarder, Property Household Goods C. Part 365, Rules Governing Applications for Operating Authority tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES This final rule will delay the effective dates for the amendments to sections 365.101, 365.103, 365.105, 365.107, 365.109, 365.110, 365.111, 365.119, 365.201, 365.203, 365.301, 365.401, 365.403, 365.405, 365.507, and 365.509. This final rule also adds temporary § 365.T106, which will be in effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. Under this temporary section, new applicants, defined as U.S.- or Canada-domiciled entities that do not have (and have never had) an active USDOT, MC, MX, or FF Number, must apply for a USDOT number and, if applicable, operating authority using the URS online application, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. These applications will be processed using the same legacy systems available to FMCSA today, and will be transitioned over to the complete URS database with 10 The list of distinct authority types includes all authorized operating authority registration types. The identification of an authorized operating authority registration here does not change existing policy and statutory restraints on the issuance on certain operating authority registration types for Mexico domiciled motor carriers. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 those records that already exist in the legacy systems. Applicants will have the ability to print out a summary of their online application after their application is complete and their fee is paid. D. Part 366, Designation of Process Agent This final rule will delay the effective dates for the revisions to sections 366.1, 366.2, 366.3, 366.4, 366.5, and 366.6. The requirement for electronic filing of Form BOC–3, designation of process agent, comes into effect on September 30, 2016; however, entities already registered with FMCSA as of that date will not be required to comply until December 31, 2016. The URS will have the ability to collect the Form BOC–3 filings on September 30, 2016, and we encourage motor carriers and freight forwarders to comply with this requirement as early as they can. In addition, this final rule will no longer make a distinction between private motor carriers or exempt freight forwarders when it comes to compliance dates. The system will be able to receive all notices at the same time, and all are being provided with additional time than originally included in the August 23, 2013 final rule. Note that after September 30, 2016, new applicants (i.e. entities that have not registered with FMCSA prior to September 30, 2016) will need to ensure a Form BOC–3 is submitted before registration will be granted. E. Part 368, Application for a Certificate of Registration To Operate in Municipalities in the United States on the United States-Mexico International Border or Within the Commercial Zones of Such Municipalities This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in sections 368.3, 368.4, and 368.8 until September 30, 2016, when FMCSA estimates the URS online application will be available for all users, and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be fully available. This final rule also adds temporary § 368.T3, which will be in effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. Under this temporary section, new applicants, defined as citizens of Mexico or motor carriers owned or controlled by a citizen of Mexico, who do not have (and have never had) an active USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number, must apply for a USDOT number and, if applicable, operating authority using the URS online application, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. These applications will be processed using the same legacy systems available to PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63699 FMCSA today, and will be transitioned over to the complete URS database with those records that already exist in the legacy systems. Applicants will have the ability to print out a summary of their online application after their application is complete and their fee is paid. Section 368.8 also has a minor change. We have removed the last sentence, which indicated that the Director’s decision would serve as the final Agency order in appeals after denials of applications. However, the Director no longer has the authority to make these decisions, as that authority has been redelegated to the Assistant Administrator. The change is being made to the regulation to reflect this change in delegation. F. Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in sections 385.301, 385.303, 385.305, 385.329, 385.405, 385.409, 385.419, 385.421, 385.603, 385.607, 385.609, and 385.713 until September 30, 2016, when FMCSA estimates the URS online application will be available for all users, and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be fully available. No additional changes have been made to the provisions found in the listed sections; they appear here as they did in the August 23, 2013 URS final rule. G. Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in sections 387.19, 387.33, 387.43, 387.301, 387.303, 387.313, 387.323, 387.403, 387.413, and 387.419 until September 30, 2016, when FMCSA estimates the URS online application will be available for all users, and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be fully available. It also provides for a three-month compliance period for private hazardous materials and exempt for-hire motor carriers, registered with FMCSA as of September 30, 2016, to complete their electronic filing requirements. This compliance period ends on December 31, 2016. These provisions can be found in sections 387.19 and 387.43. The URS will have the ability to collect the financial responsibility filings for private hazardous materials and exempt for-hire motor carriers on September 30, 2016. We encourage insurers of these motor carriers to comply as early as they can. Note that after September 30, 2016, new applicants (i.e., entities that have not registered with FMCSA prior to September 30, 2016) will be required to E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63700 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES submit their evidence of meeting the financial responsibility requirements before registration will be granted. This final rule adds a change to § 387.403. On October 1, 2013, FMCSA issued a final rule to implement section 32918 of MAP–21, which amended 49 U.S.C. 13906 to require a minimum surety bond or trust fund of $75,000 and extended the bond requirement from brokers to freight forwarders. The October 1 final rule added paragraph (c) to § 387.403 to implement this change. It was not reflected in the August 23, 2013, URS final rule, and without this change, new paragraph (c) would be removed when today’s final rule goes into effect. We have therefore revised § 387.403 to include paragraph (c) to ensure it remains intact after today’s rule goes into effect. H. Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, General This final rule will delay the effective dates for the amendments to sections 390.3, 390.5, 390.19,11 390.21, 390.40, 390.201, 390.203, 390.205, 390.207, and 390.209. This final rule also adds temporary Subpart E, consisting of § 390.T200, which will be in effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. Under this temporary section, new applicants, defined as entities who do not have (and have never had) an active USDOT Number, must apply for a USDOT Number using the URS online application, available at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. These applications will be processed using the same legacy systems available to FMCSA today, and will be transitioned over to the complete URS database with those records that already exist in the legacy systems. Applicants will have the ability to print out a summary of their online application after their application is complete. This final rule incorporates a number of corrections to § 390.3 that were made in a correcting document published on October 23, 2013.12 Because these corrections appear in the regulatory text laid out below, we are withdrawing the associated amendatory instructions from the October 23, 2013, correcting document. This change has no impact, but is necessary to ensure proper codification of the provisions in the Code of Federal Regulations. This final rule is also correcting an erroneous cross reference that was included in the August 23, 2013, final rule. In 11 The August 23, 2013 final rule contained an amendment to § 390.19 that went into effect on November 1, 2013. Today’s document does not impact that amendment. 12 78 FR 63100, October 23, 2013. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 § 390.207(c), there is a cross reference to Subpart D as applying to intermodal equipment providers. This is incorrect; Subpart D covers the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Subpart C of Part 390 is the appropriate cross reference, as it covers ‘‘Requirements and Information for Intermodal Equipment Providers and for Motor Carriers Operating Intermodal Equipment.’’ FMCSA is also correcting the authority citation for part 390. The August 23, 2013, final rule inadvertently omitted some of the statutory authorities granted to FMCSA, and today’s final rule is adding them back. As these authorities have remained in effect, there is no substantive impact from this change. I. Part 392, Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles Today’s final rule corrects the authority citation for part 392. The August 23, 2013, final rule inadvertently omitted some of the statutory authorities granted to FMCSA, and today’s final rule is adding them back. As these authorities have remained in effect, there is no substantive impact from this change. VI. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices A. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures FMCSA has determined that today’s final rule delaying the effective date of the URS rules is not a significant regulatory action within the meaning of E.O. 12866, as supplemented by E.O. 13563, or within the meaning of DOT regulatory policies and procedures. We do not expect today’s final rule to have any new costs; today’s action delaying the effective date will also delay the associated costs of the August 23, 2013, final rule. As discussed previously, this delay action is necessary because the URS technological solution, required to implement the URS final rule, is not ready. Not delaying the URS final rule may result in additional costs, as allowing the URS final rule to come into effect without having the required technological pieces (such as the URS online application and the integrated database required by statute) would require motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, and others to use a system that does not exist, with no alternative for seeking registration authorities. This could lead to a delay in processing registrations, which could then impact the applicants. Delaying the effective date of the URS final rule avoids these potential costs, without adding new costs over what was PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 originally estimated in the August 2013 RIA. The August 2013 RIA can be found in the docket for today’s final rule. B. Regulatory Flexibility Act Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601–612), FMCSA is not required to complete a regulatory flexibility analysis. This is because this rule does not require publication of a general notice of proposed rulemaking. However, in compliance with the RFA, FMCSA has evaluated the effects of today’s final rule on small entities, and determined that delaying the effective date for the URS final rule will not result in a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Accordingly, the Administrator of FMCSA hereby certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. C. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 Today’s final rule will not impose an unfunded Federal mandate, as defined by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1532, et seq.), that will result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $155 million (which is the value of $100 million in 1995 after adjusting for inflation) or more in any 1 year. D. National Environmental Policy Act The Agency analyzed today’s final rule for the purpose of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and determined under our environmental procedures Order 5610.1, issued March 1, 2004 (69 FR 9680), that this action is categorically excluded (CE) under Appendix 2, paragraphs 6(e), 6(h) and 6(y)(2) of the Order from further environmental documentation. The CE under Appendix 2, paragraph 6(e) relates to establishing regulations and actions taken pursuant to the requirements concerning applications for operating authority and certificates of registration. The CE under Appendix 2, paragraph 6(h), relates to establishing regulations and actions taken pursuant to the requirements implementing procedures to collect fees that will be charged for motor carrier registrations and insurance for the following activities: (1) Application filings; (2) records searches; and (3) reviewing, copying, certifying, and related services. The CE under Appendix 2, paragraph 6(y)(2), addresses regulations implementing motor carrier identification and registration reports. In addition, the Agency believes that E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations this rule includes no extraordinary circumstances that will have any effect on the quality of the human environment. Thus, today’s rule does not require an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. FMCSA also has analyzed today’s rule under the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA), section 176(c) (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), and implementing regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Approval of this action is exempt from the CAA’s general conformity requirement because it involves policy development and rulemaking activities regarding registration of regulated entities with FMCSA for commercial, safety and financial responsibility purposes. See 40 CFR 93.153(c)(2)(vi). The changes would not result in any emissions increases, nor will they have any potential to result in emissions that are above the general conformity rule’s de minimis emission threshold levels. Moreover, it is reasonably foreseeable that the actions will not increase total CMV mileage or change the routing of CMVs, how CMVs operate, or the CMV fleet-mix of motor carriers. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES E. Paperwork Reduction Act Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), a Federal Agency must obtain approval from OMB for each collection of information it conducts, sponsors, or requires through regulations. The FMCSA analyzed the August 23, 2013, final rule and determined that its implementation would streamline the information collection burden on motor carriers and other regulated entities, relative to the baseline, or current paperwork collection processes. This included streamlining the FMCSA registration, insurance, and designation of process agent filing processes and implementing mandatory electronic online filing of these applications, as well as eliminating some outdated filing requirements. A full analysis of the impacted collections of information, both existing and new, can be found in that final rule,13 a copy of which is in the docket for today’s final rule. Today’s final rule makes no changes to the collections described in that final rule. F. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property) Today’s final rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with 13 See 78 FR 52608, 52642. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. G. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform) Today’s final rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. H. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children) Executive Order 13045, ‘‘Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks’’ (April 23, 1997, 62 FR 19885), requires that agencies issuing economically significant rules, which also concern an environmental health or safety risk that an Agency has reason to believe may disproportionately affect children, must include an evaluation of the environmental health and safety effects of the regulation on children. Section 5 of Executive Order 13045 directs an Agency to submit for a covered regulatory action an evaluation of its environmental health or safety effects on children. Today’s final rule is not an economically significant rule and will not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. I. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) This rule has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). The FMCSA consulted with State licensing agencies participating in its PRISM Program to discuss anticipated impacts of the May 2005 NPRM upon their operations. The Agency has taken into consideration their comments in its decision-making process for this rule. Thus, FMCSA has determined that this rule will not have significant Federalism implications or limit the policymaking discretion of the States. J. Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review) The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities do not apply to today’s final rule. K. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use) FMCSA has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, ‘‘Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use,’’ and has PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63701 determined that this is not a significant energy action within the meaning of section 4(b) of the Executive Order. Today’s final rule is not economically significant, and will not have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. L. Privacy Impact Analysis The FMCSA conducted a privacy impact assessment of the August 23, 2013, final rule as required by section 522(a)(5) of division H of the FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Public Law 108–447, 118 Stat. 3268 (Dec. 8, 2004) [set out as a note to 5 U.S.C. 552a]. The assessment considered any impacts of the final rule on the privacy of information in an identifiable form and related matters. FMCSA determined that the August 23, 2013, final rule will impact the handling of personally identifiable information (PII). FMCSA also determined the risks and effects the rulemaking might have on collecting, storing, and sharing PII and examined and evaluated protections and alternative information handling processes in order to mitigate potential privacy risks. Today’s final rule makes no changes to the information being collected, or to the manner that it is stored and shared. FMCSA believes that the PIA for the August 23, 2013, final rule adequately covers today’s action; that PIA remains available for review in the docket for today’s final rule. List of Subjects 49 CFR Part 360 Administrative practice and procedure, Brokers, Buses, Freight forwarders, Hazardous materials transportation, Highway safety, Insurance, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, Moving of household goods, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Surety bonds. 49 CFR Part 365 Administrative practice and procedure, Brokers, Buses, Freight forwarders, Motor carriers, Moving of household goods. 49 CFR Part 366 Brokers, Motor carriers, Freight forwarders, Process agents. 49 CFR Part 368 Administrative practice and procedure, Insurance, Motor carriers. 49 CFR Part 385 Administrative practice and procedure, Highway safety, Incorporation by reference, Mexico, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63702 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 49 CFR Part 387 Buses, Freight, Freight forwarders, Hazardous materials transportation, Highway safety, Insurance, Intergovernmental relations, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, Moving of household goods, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Surety bonds. 49 CFR Part 390 Highway safety, Intermodal transportation, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 49 CFR Part 392 Alcohol abuse, Drug abuse, Highway safety, Motor carriers. In consideration of the foregoing, FMCSA is amending 49 CFR chapter III, subchapter B, parts 360, 365, 366, 368, 385, 387, 390, and 392, as set forth below: ■ 1. Effective September 30, 2016, revise part 360 to read as follows: § 360.3 PART 360—FEES FOR MOTOR CARRIER REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE 360.1 360.3 360.5 Fees for registration-related services. Filing fees. Updating user fees. Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 49 U.S.C. 13908; and 49 CFR 1.87. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 360.1 Fees for registration-related services. Certifications and copies of public records and documents on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be furnished on the following basis, pursuant to USDOT Freedom of Information Act regulations at 49 CFR part 7: (a) Certificate of the Director, Office of Management and Information Services, as to the authenticity of documents, $12; (b) Service involved in locating records to be certified and determining their authenticity, including clerical and administrative work, at the rate of $21 per hour; (c) Copies of the public documents, at the rate of $.80 per letter size or legal size exposure. A minimum charge of $5 will be made for this service; and (d) Search and copying services requiring information technology (IT), as follows: (1) A fee of $50 per hour for professional staff time will be charged when it is required to fulfill a request for electronic data. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (2) The fee for computer searches will be set at the current rate for computer service. Information on those charges can be obtained from the Office of Information Technology (MC–RI). (3) Printing will be charged at the rate of $.10 per page of computer-generated output with a minimum charge of $1. There will also be a charge for the media provided (e.g., CD ROMs) based on the Agency’s costs for such media. (e) Exception. No fee shall be charged under this section to the following entities: (1) Any Agency of the Federal Government or a State government or any political subdivision of any such government for access to or retrieval of information and data from the Unified Carrier Registration System for its own use; or (2) Any representative of a motor carrier, motor private carrier, broker, or freight forwarder (as each is defined in 49 U.S.C. 13102) for the access to or retrieval of the information related to such entity from the Unified Carrier Registration System for the individual use of such entity. Filing fees. (a) Manner of payment. (1) Except for the insurance fees described in the next sentence, all filing fees must be paid at the time the application, petition, or other document is electronically filed. The service fee for insurance, surety or self-insurer accepted certificate of insurance, surety bond or other instrument submitted in lieu of a broker surety bond must be charged to an insurance service account established by FMCSA in accordance with paragraph (a)(2) of this section. (2) Billing account procedure. A request must be submitted to the Office of Registration and Safety Information (MC–RS) at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov to establish an insurance service fee account. (i) Each account will have a specific billing date within each month and a billing cycle. The billing date is the date that the bill is prepared and printed. The billing cycle is the period between the billing date in one month and the billing date in the next month. A bill for each account that has activity or an unpaid balance during the billing cycle will be sent on the billing date each month. Payment will be due 20 days from the billing date. Payments received before the next billing date are applied to the account. Interest will accrue in accordance with 31 CFR 901.9. (ii) The Federal Claims Collection Standards, including disclosure to consumer reporting agencies and the use of collection agencies, as set forth in PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 31 CFR part 901, will be utilized to encourage payment where appropriate. (iii) An account holder who files a petition for bankruptcy or who is the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding must provide the following information to the Office of Registration and Safety Information (MC–RS) at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov: (A) The filing date of the bankruptcy petition; (B) The court in which the bankruptcy petition was filed; (C) The type of bankruptcy proceeding; (D) The name, address, and telephone number of its representative in the bankruptcy proceeding; and (E) The name, address, and telephone number of the bankruptcy trustee, if one has been appointed. (3) Fees will be payable through the U.S. Department of Treasury secure payment system, Pay.gov, and are made directly from the payor’s bank account or by credit/debit card. (b) Any filing that is not accompanied by the appropriate filing fee will be rejected. (c) Fees not refundable. Fees will be assessed for every filing listed in the schedule of fees contained in paragraph (f) of this section, titled, ‘‘Schedule of filing fees,’’ subject to the exceptions contained in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section. After the application, petition, or other document has been accepted for filing by FMCSA, the filing fee will not be refunded, regardless of whether the application, petition, or other document is granted or approved, denied, rejected before docketing, dismissed, or withdrawn. (d) Multiple authorities. (1) A separate filing fee is required for each type of authority sought, for example broker authority requested by an entity that already holds motor property carrier authority or multiple types of authority requested in the same application. (2) Separate fees will be assessed for the filing of temporary operating authority applications as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of this section, regardless of whether such applications are related to an application for corresponding permanent operating authority. (e) Waiver or reduction of filing fees. It is the general policy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration not to waive or reduce filing fees except as follows: (1) Filing fees are waived for an application that is filed by a Federal government agency, or a State or local government entity. For purposes of this section the phrases ‘‘Federal government agency’’ or ‘‘government E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations entity’’ do not include a quasigovernmental corporation or government subsidized transportation company. (2) Filing fees are waived for a motor carrier of passengers that receives a grant from the Federal Transit Administration either directly or through a third-party contract to provide passenger transportation under an agreement with a State or local government pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310, 5311, 5316, or 5317. (3) The FMCSA will consider other requests for waivers or fee reductions only in extraordinary situations and in accordance with the following procedure: (i) When to request. At the time that a filing is submitted to FMCSA, the applicant may request a waiver or reduction of the fee prescribed in this part. Such request should be addressed to the Director, Office of Registration and Safety Information. (ii) Basis. The applicant must show that the waiver or reduction of the fee is in the best interest of the public, or that payment of the fee would impose an undue hardship upon the requester. (iii) FMCSA action. The Director, Office of Registration and Safety Information, will notify the applicant of the decision to grant or deny the request for waiver or reduction. (f) Schedule of filing fees: Type of proceeding Part I: Registration (1) ...................... (2) ...................... (3) ...................... (4) ...................... (5) ...................... (6) ...................... (7) ...................... (8) ...................... Part II: Insurance (9) ...................... (10) .................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 360.5 Fee An application for USDOT Registration pursuant to 49 CFR part 390, subpart E. An application for motor carrier temporary authority to provide emergency relief in response to a national emergency or natural disaster following an emergency declaration under § 390.23 of this subchapter. Biennial update of registration .......................................................................... Request for change of name, address, or form of business ............................ Request for cancellation of registration ............................................................ Request for registration reinstatement ............................................................. Designation of process agent ........................................................................... Notification of Transfer of Operating Authority ................................................. A service fee for insurer, surety, or self-insurer accepted certificate of insurance, surety bond, and other instrument submitted in lieu of a broker surety bond. (i) An application for original qualification as self-insurer for bodily injury and property damage insurance (BI&PD). (ii) An application for original qualification as self-insurer for cargo insurance Updating user fees. (a) Update. Each fee established in this subpart may be updated, as deemed necessary by FMCSA. (b) Publication and effective dates. Notice of updated fees shall be published in the Federal Register and shall become effective 30 days after publication. (c) Payment of fees. Any person submitting a filing for which a filing fee is established must pay the fee applicable on the date of the filing or request for services. (d) Method of updating fees. Each fee shall be updated by updating the cost components comprising the fee. However, fees shall not exceed the maximum amounts established by law. Cost components shall be updated as follows: (1) Direct labor costs shall be updated by multiplying base level direct labor costs by percentage changes in average wages and salaries of FMCSA employees. Base level direct labor costs are direct labor costs determined by the cost study in Regulations Governing Fees For Service, 1 I.C.C. 2d 60 (1984), or subsequent cost studies. The base period for measuring changes shall be April 1984 or the year of the last cost study. VerDate Sep<11>2014 63703 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (2) Operations overhead shall be developed on the basis of current relationships existing on a weighted basis, for indirect labor applicable to the first supervisory work centers directly associated with user fee activity. Actual updating of operations overhead shall be accomplished by applying the current percentage factor to updated direct labor, including current governmental overhead costs. (3)(i) Office general and administrative costs shall be developed on the basis of current levels costs, i.e., dividing actual office general and administrative costs for the current fiscal year by total office costs for the office directly associated with user fee activity. Actual updating of office general and administrative costs shall be accomplished by applying the current percentage factor to updated direct labor, including current governmental overhead and current operations overhead costs. (ii) The FMCSA general and administrative costs shall be developed on the basis of current level costs; i.e., dividing actual FMCSA general and administrative costs for the current fiscal year by total Agency expenses for the current fiscal year. Actual updating of FMCSA general and administrative PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $300. $100. $0. $0. $0. $10. $0. $0. $10 per accepted certificate, surety bond or other instrument submitted in lieu of a broker surety bond. $4,200. $420. costs shall be accomplished by applying the current percentage factor to updated direct labor, including current governmental overhead, operations overhead and office general and administrative costs. (4) Publication costs shall be adjusted on the basis of known changes in the costs applicable to publication of material in the Federal Register or FMCSA Register. (e) Rounding of updated fees. Updated fees shall be rounded as follows. (This rounding procedure excludes copying, printing and search fees.) (1) Fees between $1 and $30 shall be rounded to the nearest $1; (2) Fees between $30 and $100 shall be rounded to the nearest $10; (3) Fees between $100 and $999 shall be rounded to the nearest $50; and (4) Fees above $1,000 shall be rounded to the nearest $100. PART 365—RULES GOVERNING APPLICATIONS FOR OPERATING AUTHORITY 2. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 365 is revised to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63704 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553 and 559; 49 U.S.C. 13101, 13301, 13901–13906, 13908, 14708, 31133, 31138, and 31144; 49 CFR 1.87. 3. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 365.101 by revising paragraphs (a) and (h) to read as follows: ■ § 365.101 rules. Applications governed by these * * * * * (a) Applications for certificates of motor carrier registration to operate as a motor carrier of property or passengers. * * * * * (h) Applications for Mexicodomiciled motor carriers to operate in foreign commerce as for-hire or private motor carriers of property (including exempt items) between Mexico and all points in the United States. Under NAFTA Annex 1, page I–U–20, a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier may not provide point-to-point transportation services, including express delivery services, within the United States for goods other than international cargo. * * * * * ■ 4. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.105 to read as follows: § 365.105 Starting the application process: Form MCSA–1. (a) Each applicant must apply for operating authority by electronically filing Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, to request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902, 13903 or 13904 to operate as a: (1) Motor carrier of property or passengers, (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods, or (3) Freight forwarder of general commodities or household goods. (b) A separate filing fee in the amount set forth at 49 CFR 360.3(f) is required for each type of authority sought in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Form MCSA–1 is the URS online application and is available, including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ urs. ■ 5. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add § 365.T106 to read as follows: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 365.T106 Starting the application process: URS online application. (a) Notwithstanding § 365.105, new applicants as defined in paragraph (b) of this section must apply for a USDOT number and if applicable, operating authority by electronically filing Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, to request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902, 13903, or 13904 to operate as a: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (1) Motor carrier of property (not household goods), property (household goods) or passengers, (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods, or (3) Freight forwarder of general commodities or household goods. (b) For purposes of this section, a ‘‘new applicant’’ is an entity applying for a USDOT number and if applicable, operating authority who does not at the time of application have an active registration or USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or controlled (MX) or Freight Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active registration or USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number. (c) Form MCSA–1 is the URS online application, and both the application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (d) This section is in effect from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. ■ 6. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.107 to read as follows: § 365.107 Types of applications. (a) Fitness applications. Motor property applications and certain types of motor passenger applications require the finding that the applicant is fit, willing and able to perform the involved operations and to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. These applications can be opposed only on the grounds that applicant is not fit [e.g., is not in compliance with applicable financial responsibility and safety fitness requirements]. These applications are: (1) Motor carrier of property (except household goods). (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods. (3) Certain types of motor carrier of passenger applications as described in Form MCSA–1, the URS online application. (b) Motor carrier of passenger ‘‘public interest’’ applications as described in Form MCSA–1, the URS online application. (c) Intrastate motor passenger applications under 49 U.S.C. 13902(b)(3) as described in Form MCSA–1, the URS online application. (d) Motor carrier of household goods applications, including Mexico- or nonNorth America-domiciled carrier applicants. In addition to meeting the fitness standard under paragraph (a) of this section, an applicant seeking authority to operate as a motor carrier of household goods must: (1) Provide evidence of participation in an arbitration program and provide a copy of the notice of the arbitration PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 program as required by 49 U.S.C. 14708(b)(2); (2) Identify its tariff and provide a copy of the notice of the availability of that tariff for inspection as required by 49 U.S.C. 13702(c); (3) Provide evidence that it has access to, has read, is familiar with, and will observe all applicable Federal laws relating to consumer protection, estimating, consumers’ rights and responsibilities, and options for limitations of liability for loss and damage; and (4) Disclose any relationship involving common stock, common ownership, common management, or common familial relationships between the applicant and any other motor carrier, freight forwarder, or broker of household goods within 3 years of the proposed date of registration. (e) Temporary authority (TA) for motor carriers. These applications require a finding that there is or soon will be an immediate transportation need that cannot be met by existing carrier service. (1) Applications for TA will be entertained only when an emergency declaration has been made pursuant to § 390.23 of this subchapter. (2) Temporary authority must be requested by filing the URS online application, Form MCSA–1, found at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (3) Applications for temporary authority are not subject to protest. (4) Motor carriers granted temporary authority must comply with financial responsibility requirements under part 387 of this subchapter. (5) Only a U.S.-domiciled motor carrier is eligible to receive temporary authority. ■ 7. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 365.109 by revising paragraphs (a)(5) and (6) and (b) to read as follows: § 365.109 FMCSA review of the application. (a) * * * (5) All applicants must file the appropriate evidence of financial responsibility pursuant to 49 CFR part 387 within 90 days from the date notice of the application is published in the FMCSA Register: (i) Form BMC–91 or 91X or BMC 82 surety bond—Bodily injury and property damage (motor property and passenger carriers; and freight forwarders that provide pickup or delivery service directly or by using a local delivery service under their control), (ii) Form BMC–84—Surety bond or Form BMC–85—trust fund agreement E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations (property brokers of general commodities and household goods). (iii) Form BMC–34 or BMC 83 surety bond—Cargo liability (household goods motor carriers and household goods freight forwarders). (6) Applicants also must submit Form BOC–3—Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders—within 90 days from the date notice of the application is published in the FMCSA Register. * * * * * (b) A summary of the application will be published in the FMCSA Register to give notice to the public in case anyone wishes to oppose the application. 8. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.110 to read as follows: ■ § 365.110 Need to complete New Entrant Safety Assurance Program. For motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles as defined in 49 U.S.C. 31132, operating authority obtained under procedures in this part does not become permanent until the applicant satisfactorily completes the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program in part 385 of this subchapter. 9. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 365.111 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 365.111 Appeals to rejections of the application. § 365.203 Time for filing. A protest shall be filed (received at the FMCSA, Office of the Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590) within 10 days after notice of the application appears in the FMCSA Register. A copy of the protest shall be sent to applicant’s representative at the same time. Failure timely to file a protest waives further participation in the proceeding. ■ 13. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Subpart D to read as follows: Subpart D—Transfers of Operating Authority Sec. 365.401 Scope of rules. 365.403 Definitions. 365.405 Reporting requirement. Subpart D—Transfers of Operating Authority § 365.401 Scope of rules. Definitions. 11. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.201 to read as follows: For the purposes of this subpart, the following definitions apply: (a) Transfer. A transfer means any transaction in which an operating authority issued to one person is taken over by another person or persons who assume legal responsibility for the operations. Such transactions include a purchase of all or some of the assets of a company, a merger of two or more companies, or acquisition of controlling interest in a company through a purchase of company stock. (b) Operating authority. Operating authority means a registration required by 49 U.S.C. 13902 issued to motor carriers; 49 U.S.C. 13903 issued to freight forwarders; and 49 U.S.C. 13904 issued to brokers. (c) Person. An individual, partnership, corporation, company, association, or other form of business, or a trustee, receiver, assignee, or personal representative of any of these entities. § 365.201 § 365.405 (a) An applicant has the right to appeal rejection of the application. The appeal must be filed at the FMCSA, Office of Registration and Safety Information, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590, within 10 days of the date of the letter of rejection. * * * * * 10. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.119 to read as follows: ■ § 365.119 Opposed applications. If the application is opposed, opposing parties are required to send a copy of their protest to the applicant and to FMCSA. All protests must include statements made under oath (verified statements). There are no personal appearances or formal hearings. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ Definitions. A person wishing to oppose a request for operating authority files a protest. A person filing a valid protest is known as a protestant. 12. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 365.203 to read as follows: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 Reporting requirement. (a) Every transfer of operating authority from one person to another person must be reported by both the transferee and transferor using the URS online application, Form MCSA–1, (available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 urs) in accordance with § 390.201(d)(5) of this subchapter. (b) The following information must be furnished: (1) Full name, address and USDOT Numbers of the transferee and transferor. (2) A copy of the operating authority being transferred. 14. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 365.507 by revising paragraph (e)(2) to read as follows: ■ § 365.507 FMCSA action on the application. * * * * * (e) * * * (2) Electronically file, or have its process agent(s) electronically file, Form BOC–3—Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, as required by part 366 of this subchapter; and * * * * * 15. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 365.509 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ The rules in this subpart define the procedures for motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders to report to FMCSA transactions that result in the transfer of operating authority and are not subject to approval by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board under 49 U.S.C. 14303. § 365.403 63705 § 365.509 Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant information. (a) A motor carrier subject to this subpart must notify FMCSA of any changes or corrections to the information in parts I, IA, or II of Form OP–1(MX), or in Form BOC–3— Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, during the application process or after having been granted provisional operating authority. The carrier must notify FMCSA in writing within 30 days of the change or correction. * * * * * PART 366—DESIGNATION OF PROCESS AGENT 16. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 366 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 502, 503, 13303, 13304 and 13908; and 49 CFR 1.87. 17. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.1 to read as follows: ■ § 366.1 Applicability. The rules in this part, relating to the filing of designations of persons upon whom court or Agency process may be served, apply to for-hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and, as of the moment of succession, their fiduciaries (as defined at 49 CFR 387.319(a)). 18. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.2 to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63706 § 366.2 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Form of designation. § 366.5 (a) Designations shall be made on Form BOC–3—Designation of Agents— Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders. Only one completed current form may be on file. It must include all States for which agent designations are required. One copy must be retained by the carrier, broker or freight forwarder at its principal place of business. (b) All Motor Carriers, Brokers, and Freight Forwarders that are registered with FMCSA on September 30, 2016 must file their Form BOC–3 designation by no later than December 31, 2016. All other Motor Carriers, Brokers, and Freight Forwarders must file the FORM BOC–3 designation at the time of their application for registration. Failure to file a designation in accordance with this paragraph will result in deactivation of the carrier’s USDOT Number. 19. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.3 to read as follows: ■ § 366.3 20. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.4 to read as follows: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Required States. (a) Motor carriers. Every motor carrier must designate process agents for all 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia, unless its operating authority registration is limited to fewer than 48 States and DC. When a motor carrier’s operating authority registration is limited to fewer than 48 States and DC, it must designate process agents for each State in which it is authorized to operate and for each State traversed during such operations. Every motor carrier operating in the United States in the course of transportation between points in a foreign country shall file a designation for each State traversed. (b) Brokers. Every broker shall make a designation for each State, including DC, in which its offices are located or in which contracts will be written. (c) Freight forwarders. Every freight forwarder shall make a designation for each State, including DC, in which its offices are located or in which contracts will be written. 21. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.5 to read as follows: ■ Jkt 238001 (name of association or corporation) and any subsequently filed revisions thereof, for the States in which this carrier is or may be authorized to operate (or arrange) as an entity of motor vehicle transportation, including States traversed during such operations, except those States for which individual designations are named. Cancellation or change. (a) A designation may be canceled or changed only by a new designation made by the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder, or by the process agent or company filing a blanket designation in accordance with § 366.5. However, where a motor carrier, broker or freight forwarder’s USDOT Number is inactive for at least 1 year, designation is no longer required and may be canceled without making another designation. (b) A change to a designation, such as name, address, or contact information, must be reported to FMCSA within 30 days of the change. (c) Whenever a motor carrier, broker or freight forwarder changes it name, address, or contact information, it must report the change to its process agents and/or the company making a blanket designation on its behalf in accordance with § 366.5 within 30 days of the change. (d) Whenever a process agent and/or company making a blanket designation on behalf of a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder terminates its contract or relationship with the entity, it should report the termination to FMCSA within 30 days of the termination. If process agents and/or blanket agents do not keep their information up to date, FMCSA may withdraw its approval of their authority to make process agent designations with the Agency. PO 00000 PART 368—APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO OPERATE IN MUNICIPALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ON THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO INTERNATIONAL BORDER OR WITHIN THE COMMERCIAL ZONES OF SUCH MUNICIPALITIES 23. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 368 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 13301, 13902 and lllllllllllllllllll 13908; Pub. L. 106–159, 113 Stat. 1748; and 49 CFR 1.87. § 366.6 ■ 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 by 22. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 366.6 to read as follows: Eligible persons. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Where an association or corporation has filed with the FMCSA a list of process agents for each State and DC (blanket agent), motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders may make the required designations by using the following statement: I designate those persons named in the list of process agents on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ■ All persons (as defined at 49 U.S.C. 13102(18)) designated as process agents must reside in or maintain an office in the State for which they are designated. If a State official is designated, evidence of his or her willingness to accept service of process must be furnished. § 366.4 Blanket designations. Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 24. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add § 368.T3 to read as follows: ■ § 368.T3 Starting the application process: URS online application. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, new applicants as defined in paragraph (b) of this section must apply for a USDOT number and operating authority by electronically filing Form MCSA–1, the URS online application (available at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs) to request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902 to provide interstate transportation in municipalities in the United States on the United States-Mexico international border or within the commercial zones of such municipalities as defined in 49 U.S.C. 13902(c)(4)(A). (b) For purposes of this section, a ‘‘new applicant’’ is an citizen of Mexico or a motor carrier owned or controlled by a citizen of Mexico, applying for a USDOT number and operating authority who does not at the time of application have an active registration or USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or controlled (MX) or Freight Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active registration or USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number. (c) Form MCSA–1, is the URS online application, and both the application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (d) This section is in effect from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. ■ 25. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 368.3 by revising paragraphs (a), (b), and (f) to read as follows: § 368.3 Applying for a certificate of registration. (a) If you wish to obtain a certificate of registration under this part, you must electronically file an application that includes the following: (1) Form MCSA–1—URS online application. E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations (2) Form BOC–3—Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders or indicate on the application that the applicant will use a process agent service that will submit the Form BOC–3 electronically. (b) The FMCSA will only process your application for a Certificate of Registration if it meets the following conditions: (1) The application must be completed in English; (2) The information supplied must be accurate and complete in accordance with the instructions to Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, and Form BOC–3. (3) The application must include all the required supporting documents and applicable certifications set forth in the instructions to Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, and Form BOC–3. * * * * * (f) Form MCSA–1 is the URS online application and is available, including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ urs. ■ 26. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 368.4 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 368.4 Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant information. (a) You must notify FMCSA of any changes or corrections to the information in Section A of Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, or the Form BOC–3, Designation of AgentsMotor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, during the application process or while you have a Certificate of Registration. You must notify FMCSA in writing within 30 days of the change or correction. * * * * * ■ 27. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 368.8 to read as follows: § 368.8 Appeals. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES An applicant has the right to appeal denial of the application. The appeal must be in writing and specify in detail why the Agency’s decision to deny the application was wrong. The appeal must be filed with the FMCSA, Office of Registration and Safety Information within 20 days of the date of the letter denying the application. PART 385—SAFETY FITNESS PROCEDURES 28. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 385 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 113, 504, 521(b), 5105(e), 5109, 5113, 13901–13905, 13908, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 31136, 31144, 31148, 31151, and 31502; Sec. 350 of Pub. L. 107–87; and 49 CFR 1.87. 29. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.301 to read as follows: ■ § 385.301 What is a motor carrier required to do before beginning interstate operations? (a) Before a motor carrier of property or passengers begins interstate operations, it must register with FMCSA and receive a USDOT Number. In addition, for-hire motor carriers must obtain operating authority from FMCSA, unless exclusively providing transportation exempt from the commercial registration requirements in 49 U.S.C. chapter 139. Both the USDOT Number and operating authority are obtained by following registration procedures described in 49 CFR part 390, subpart E. Part 365 of this chapter provides detailed instructions for obtaining operating authority. (b) This subpart applies to motor carriers domiciled in the United States and Canada. (c) The regulations in this subpart do not apply to a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier. A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier of property or passengers must register with FMCSA by following the registration procedures described in 49 CFR parts 365, 368 and 390. Parts 365 (for long-haul carriers) and 368 (for commercial zone carriers) of this chapter provide detailed information about how a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier may obtain operating authority. ■ 30. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.303 to read as follows: § 385.303 How does a motor carrier register with the FMCSA? A motor carrier registers with FMCSA by completing Form MCSA–1, the URS online application which is available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. Complete instructions for the Form MCSA–1 also are available at the same location. ■ 31. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.305 to read as follows: 63707 both a USDOT Number and operating authority. (c) Upon completion of the application form, the new entrant will be issued an inactive USDOT Number. An applicant may not begin operations nor mark a commercial motor vehicle with the USDOT Number until after the date of the Agency’s written notice that the USDOT Number has been activated. Violations of this section may be subject to the penalties under § 392.9b(b) of this chapter. (d) Additional requirements for certain for-hire motor carriers. For-hire motor carriers, unless providing transportation exempt from the commercial registration requirements in 49 U.S.C. chapter 139, must obtain operating authority as prescribed under § 390.201(b) and part 365 of this chapter before operating in interstate commerce. ■ 32. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.329 by revising paragraphs (b) introductory text, (b)(1), (c)(1) and (d) to read as follows: § 385.329 May a new entrant that has had its USDOT new entrant registration revoked and its operations placed out of service reapply? * * * * * (b) If the USDOT new entrant registration was revoked because of a failed safety audit, the new entrant must do all of the following: (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA– 1, the URS online application. * * * * * (c) * * * (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA– 1, the URS online application. * * * * * (d) If the new entrant is a for-hire motor carrier subject to the registration provisions of 49 U.S.C. chapter 139 and also has had its operating authority revoked, it must re-apply for operating authority as set forth in § 390.201(b) and part 365 of this chapter. ■ 33. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.405 to read as follows: § 385.305 What happens after the FMCSA receives a request for new entrant registration? § 385.405 How does a motor carrier apply for a safety permit? (a) The applicant for new entrant registration will be directed to the FMCSA Internet Web site (http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov) to secure and/or complete the application package online. (b) The application package will include the following: (1) Educational and technical assistance material regarding the requirements of the FMCSRs and HMRs, if applicable. (2) Form MCSA-, the URS online application. This form is used to obtain (a) Application form. (1) To apply for a new safety permit or renewal of the safety permit, a motor carrier must complete and submit Form MCSA–1, the URS online application and meet the requirements under 49 CFR part 390, subpart E. (2) Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, will also satisfy the requirements for obtaining and renewing a USDOT Number. (b) Where to get forms and instructions. Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, is available, PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63708 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations including complete instructions, at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (c) Signature and certification. An official of the motor carrier must sign and certify that the information is correct on each form the motor carrier submits. (d) Updating information. A motor carrier holding a safety permit must report to FMCSA any change in the information on its Form MCSA–1 within 30 days of the change. The motor carrier must use Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, to report the new information. ■ 34. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.409 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 385.409 When may a temporary safety permit be issued to a motor carrier? (a) Temporary safety permit. If a motor carrier does not meet the criteria of § 385.407(a), FMCSA may issue it a temporary safety permit. To obtain a temporary safety permit, a motor carrier must certify on Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, that it is operating in full compliance with the HMRs, with the FMCSRs, and/or comparable State regulations, whichever is applicable; and with the minimum financial responsibility requirements in part 387 of this subchapter or in State regulations, whichever is applicable. * * * * * ■ 35. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.419 to read as follows: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 385.419 How long is a safety permit effective? Unless suspended or revoked, a safety permit (other than a temporary safety permit) is effective for two years, except that: (a) A safety permit will be subject to revocation if a motor carrier fails to submit a renewal application (Form MCSA–1, the URS online application) in accordance with the schedule set forth for filing Form MCSA–1 in part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter; and (b) An existing safety permit will remain in effect pending FMCSA’s processing of an application for renewal if a motor carrier submits the required application (Form MCSA–1) in accordance with the schedule set forth in part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter. ■ 36. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.421 by revising paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) to read as follows: § 385.421 Under what circumstances will a safety permit be subject to revocation or suspension by FMCSA? (a) * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (1) A motor carrier fails to submit a renewal application (Form MCSA–1) in accordance with the schedule set forth in part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter. (2) A motor carrier provides any false or misleading information on its application form (Form MCSA–1) or as part of updated information it is providing on Form MCSA–1 (see § 385.405(d)). * * * * * ■ 37. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 385.603 to read as follows: § 385.603 Application. (a) Each applicant applying under this subpart must submit an application that consists of: (1) Form MCSA–1, the URS online application; and (2) A notification of the means used to designate process agents, either by submission in the application package of Form BOC–3, Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, or a letter stating that the applicant will use a process agent service that will submit the Form BOC–3 electronically. (b) The FMCSA will process an application only if it meets the following conditions: (1) The application must be completed in English. (2) The information supplied must be accurate, complete, and include all required supporting documents and applicable certifications in accordance with the instructions to Form MCSA–1 and Form BOC–3. (3) The application must include the filing fee payable to the FMCSA in the amount set forth at 49 CFR 360.3(f)(1). (4) The application must be signed by the applicant. (c) An applicant must electronically file Form MCSA–1. (d) Form MCSA–1 is the URS online application and is available, including complete instructions, at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. ■ 38. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.607 by revising paragraph (e)(2) to read as follows: * * * * (e) * * * (2) File or have its process agent(s) electronically submit, Form BOC–3— Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, as required by part 366 of this subchapter. * * * * * ■ 39. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.609 by revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (a) * * * (2) A motor carrier subject to this subpart must notify FMCSA of any changes or corrections to the information in Section A of Form MCSA–1 that occur during the application process or after the motor carrier has been granted new entrant registration. The motor carrier must report the changes or corrections within 30 days of the change. The motor carrier must use Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, to report the new information. * * * * * ■ 40. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 385.713 by revising paragraphs (b) introductory text, (b)(1), (c) introductory text, (c)(1), and (d) to read as follows: § 385.713 Reapplying for new entrant registration. * * * * * (b) If the provisional new entrant registration was revoked because the new entrant failed to receive a Satisfactory rating after undergoing a compliance review, the new entrant must do all of the following: (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA– 1, the URS online application; * * * * * (c) If the provisional new entrant registration was revoked because FMCSA found the new entrant failed to submit to a compliance review, the new entrant must do all of the following: (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA– 1, the URS online application; * * * * * (d) If the new entrant is a for-hire carrier subject to the registration provisions under 49 U.S.C. 13901 and also has had its operating authority revoked, it must reapply for operating authority as set forth in § 390.201(b) and part 365 of this subchapter. PART 387—MINIMUM LEVELS OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MOTOR CARRIERS 41. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 387 is revised to read as follows: ■ § 385.607 FMCSA action on the application. * 385.609 Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant information. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 13101, 13301, 13906, 13908, 14701, 31138, and 31139; and 49 CFR 1.87. 42. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.19 to read as follows: ■ § 387.19 Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund agreements, certificates of insurance and cancellations. (a) Insurers of exempt for-hire motor carriers, as defined in § 390.5 of this E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations subchapter, and private motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in interstate commerce that are registered with FMCSA on September 30, 2016, must file certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and other securities and agreements with FMCSA by December 31, 2016. Insurers of all other exempt for-hire motor carriers, as defined in § 390.5 of this subchapter, and private motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in interstate commerce must file certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and other securities and agreements with FMCSA at the time of the application for registration. These filings must be made electronically in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth at § 387.323. (b) The requirements of this section do not apply to motor carriers excepted under § 387.7(b)(3). ■ 43. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.33 to read as follows: interline with other motor carriers that provide interstate transportation within or outside the transit service area. Transit service providers conducting such operations must register as for-hire passenger carriers under part 365, subpart A and part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter, identify the State(s) in which they operate under the applicable grants, and certify on their registration documents that they have in effect financial responsibility levels in an amount equal to or greater than the highest level required by any of the States in which they are operating under a qualifying grant. ■ 44. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.43 to read as follows: § 387.43 Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund agreements, certificates of insurance and cancellations. (a) Insurers of for-hire motor carriers of passengers that are registered with FMCSA on September 30, 2016, must § 387.33 Financial responsibility, minimum file certificates of insurance, surety levels. bonds, and other securities and (a) General limits. The minimum agreements with FMCSA by December levels of financial responsibility referred 31, 2016. Insurers of all other exempt to in § 387.31 are prescribed as follows: for-hire motor carriers of passengers must file certificates of insurance, surety SCHEDULE OF LIMITS bonds, and other securities and Public Liability agreements with FMCSA at the time of the application for registration. These For-hire motor carriers of passengers filings must be made electronically in operating in interstate or foreign accordance with the requirements and commerce. procedures set forth at § 387.323. (b) This section does not apply to Vehicle seating capacity Minimum limits motor carriers excepted under (1) Any vehicle with a seat§ 387.31(b)(3). ing capacity of 16 pas■ 45. Effective September 30, 2016, sengers or more, including 1 ......................... the driver $5,000,000 amend § 387.301 by revising paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows: (2) Any vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 passengers or less, including the driver 1 ......................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 1 Except 1,500,000 as provided in § 387.27(b). (b) Limits applicable to transit service providers. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, the minimum level of financial responsibility for a motor vehicle used to provide transportation services within a transit service area located in more than one State under an agreement with a Federal, State, or local government funded, in whole or in part, with a grant under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310 or 5311, including transportation designed and carried out to meet the special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities, will be the highest level required for any of the States in which it operates. This paragraph applies to transit service providers that operate in more than one State, as well as transit service providers that operate in only one State but VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 § 387.301 Surety bond, certificate of insurance, or other securities. (a) Public liability. (1) No for-hire motor carrier or foreign (Mexican) motor private carrier or foreign motor carrier transporting exempt commodities subject to Subtitle IV, part B, chapter 135 of title 49, United States Code, shall engage in interstate or foreign commerce, and no certificate shall be issued to such a carrier or remain in force unless and until there shall have been filed with and accepted by the FMCSA surety bonds, certificates of insurance, proof of qualifications as selfinsurer, or other securities or agreements, in the amounts prescribed in § 387.303, conditioned to pay any final judgment recovered against such motor carrier for bodily injuries to or the death of any person resulting from the negligent operation, maintenance or use of motor vehicles in transportation subject to Subtitle IV, part B, chapter 135 of title 49, U.S.C., or for loss of or PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63709 damage to property of others, or, in the case of motor carriers of property operating freight vehicles described in § 387.303(b)(2), for environmental restoration. * * * * * ■ 46. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 387.303 by revising paragraph (b)(1)(iii) to read as follows: § 387.303 Security for the protection of the public: Minimum limits. * * * * * (b) * * * (1) * * * (iii) Limits applicable to transit service providers. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section, the minimum level of financial responsibility for a motor vehicle used to provide transportation services within a transit service area under an agreement with a Federal, State, or local government funded, in whole or in part, with a grant under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310 or 5311, including transportation designed and carried out to meet the special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities, will be the highest level required for any of the States in which it operates. This paragraph applies to transit service providers who operate in a transit service area located in more than one State, as well as transit service providers who operate in only one State but interline with other motor carriers that provide interstate transportation within or outside the transit service area. Transit service providers conducting such operations must register as for-hire passenger carriers under part 365, subpart A and part 390, subpart E of this subchapter, identify the State(s) in which they operate under the applicable grants, and certify on their registration documents that they have in effect financial responsibility levels in an amount equal to or greater than the highest level required by any of the States in which they are operating under a qualifying grant. * * * * * ■ 47. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 387.313 by revising paragraphs (b) and (d) to read as follows: § 387.313 Forms and procedures. * * * * * (b) Filing and copies. Certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and notices of cancellation must be filed with the FMCSA at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov. * * * * * (d) Cancellation notice. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, surety bonds, certificates of insurance, and other securities or E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63710 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations agreements shall not be cancelled or withdrawn until 30 days after written notice has been submitted to http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov on the prescribed form (Form BMC–35, Notice of Cancellation Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance under 49 U.S.C. 13906, and BMC–36, Notice of Cancellation Motor Carrier and Broker Surety Bonds, as appropriate) by the insurance company, surety or sureties, motor carrier, broker or other party thereto, as the case may be, which period of thirty (30) days shall commence to run from the date such notice on the prescribed form is filed with FMCSA at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov. * * * * * ■ 48. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.323 to read as follows: § 387.323 Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund agreements, certificates of insurance and cancellations. (a) Insurers must electronically file forms BMC 34, BMC 35, BMC 36, BMC 82, BMC 83, BMC 84, BMC 85, BMC 91, and BMC 91X in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth in paragraphs (b) through (d) of this section. (b) Each insurer must obtain authorization to file electronically by registering with the FMCSA. An individual account number and password for computer access will be issued to each registered insurer. (c) Filings must be transmitted online via the Internet at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov. (d) All registered insurers agree to furnish upon request to the FMCSA a copy of any policy (or policies) and all certificates of insurance, endorsements, surety bonds, trust fund agreements, proof of qualification to self-insure or other insurance filings. ■ 49. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.403 to read as follows: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 387.403 General requirements. (a) Cargo. A household goods freight forwarder may not operate until it has filed with FMCSA an appropriate surety bond, certificate of insurance, qualifications as a self-insurer, or other securities or agreements, in the amounts prescribed at § 387.405, for loss of or damage to household goods. (b) Public liability. A freight forwarder may not perform transfer, collection, or delivery service until it has filed with the FMCSA an appropriate surety bond, certificate of insurance, qualifications as a self-insurer, or other securities or agreements, in the amounts prescribed at § 387.405, conditioned to pay any final judgment recovered against such freight forwarder for bodily injury to or VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 the death of any person, or loss of or damage to property (except cargo) of others, or, in the case of freight vehicles described at § 387.303(b)(2), for environmental restoration, resulting from the negligent operation, maintenance, or use of motor vehicles operated by or under its control in performing such service. (c) Surety bond or trust fund. A freight forwarder must have a surety bond or trust fund in effect. The FMCSA will not issue a freight forwarder license until a surety bond or trust fund for the full limit of liability prescribed in § 387.405 is in effect. The freight forwarder license shall remain valid or effective only as long as a surety bond or trust fund remains in effect and ensures the financial responsibility of the freight forwarder. The requirements applicable to property broker surety bonds and trust funds in § 387.307 shall apply to the surety bond or trust fund required by this paragraph. 50. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 387.413 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: ■ § 387.413 Forms and procedures. * * * * * (b) Procedure. Certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and notices of cancellation must be electronically filed with the FMCSA. * * * * * 51. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 387.419 to read as follows: ■ § 387.419 Electronic filing of surety bonds, certificates of insurance and cancellations. Insurers must electronically file certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and other securities and agreements and notices of cancellation in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth at § 387.323. PART 390—FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL 52. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 390 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 504, 508, 13301, 13902, 13908, 31132, 31133, 31136, 31144, 31151, 31502, 31504; sec. 114, Pub. L. 103– 311, 108 Stat. 1673, 1677; sec. 212, 217, Pub. L. 106–159, 113 Stat. 1748, 1767, 1773; sec. 229 Pub. L. 106–159 (as transferred by sec. 4114 and amended by secs. 4130–4132, Pub. L. 109–59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1726, 1743–44); sec. 32101(d) and 32934, Pub. L. 112–141, 126 Stat. 405, 778, 830; sec. 2, Pub. L. 113– 125, 128 Stat. 1388, and 49 CFR 1.81, 1.81a, and 1.87. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 § 390.3 [Amended] 53. Effective October 21, 2015, amendatory instruction #1 from the correction to § 390.3 published at 78 FR 63100 (October 23, 2013) is withdrawn. ■ 54. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 390.3 to read as follows: ■ § 390.3 General applicability. (a) The rules in subchapter B of this chapter are applicable to all employers, employees, and commercial motor vehicles that transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. (b) The rules in part 383 of this chapter, Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Requirements and Penalties, are applicable to every person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in § 383.5 of this subchapter, in interstate or intrastate commerce and to all employers of such persons. (c) The rules in part 387 of this chapter, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, are applicable to motor carriers as provided in §§ 387.3 or 387.27 of this chapter. (d) Additional requirements. Nothing in subchapter B of this chapter shall be construed to prohibit an employer from requiring and enforcing more stringent requirements relating to safety of operation and employee safety and health. (e) Knowledge of and compliance with the regulations. (1) Every employer shall be knowledgeable of and comply with all regulations contained in this subchapter that are applicable to that motor carrier’s operations. (2) Every driver and employee involved in motor carrier operations shall be instructed regarding, and shall comply with, all applicable regulations contained in this subchapter. (3) All motor vehicle equipment and accessories required by this chapter shall be maintained in compliance with all applicable performance and design criteria set forth in this subchapter. (f) Exceptions. Unless otherwise specifically provided, the rules in this subchapter do not apply to— (1) All school bus operations as defined in § 390.5 except for the provisions of §§ 391.15(e) and (f), 392.80, and 392.82 of this chapter; (2) Transportation performed by the Federal government, a State, or any political subdivision of a State, or an agency established under a compact between States that has been approved by the Congress of the United States; (3) The occasional transportation of personal property by individuals not for compensation and not in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise; (4) The transportation of human corpses or sick and injured persons; E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations (5) The operation of fire trucks and rescue vehicles while involved in emergency and related operations; (6) The operation of commercial motor vehicles designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), not for direct compensation, provided the vehicle does not otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle, except for the provisions of §§ 391.15(e) and (f), 392.80, and 392.82, and except that motor carriers operating such vehicles are required to comply with §§ 390.15, 390.21(a) and (b)(2), 390.201 and 390.205. (7) Either a driver of a commercial motor vehicle used primarily in the transportation of propane winter heating fuel or a driver of a motor vehicle used to respond to a pipeline emergency, if such regulations would prevent the driver from responding to an emergency condition requiring immediate response as defined in § 390.5. (g) Motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in intrastate commerce. The rules in the following provisions of this subchapter apply to motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in intrastate commerce and to the motor vehicles that transport hazardous materials in intrastate commerce: (1) Part 385, subparts A and E, for carriers subject to the requirements of § 385.403 of this subchapter. (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings, of this subchapter. (3) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, to the extent provided in § 387.3 of this subchapter. (4) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System, and § 390.21, Marking of CMVs, for carriers subject to the requirements of § 385.403 of this subchapter. Intrastate motor carriers operating prior to January 1, 2005, are excepted from § 390.201. (h) Intermodal equipment providers. The rules in the following provisions of this subchapter apply to intermodal equipment providers: (1) Subpart F, Intermodal Equipment Providers, of Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures. (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings. (3) Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General, except § 390.15(b) concerning accident registers. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (4) Part 393, Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation. (5) Part 396, Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance. (i) Brokers. The rules in the following provisions of this subchapter apply to brokers that are required to register with the Agency pursuant to 49 U.S.C. chapter 139. (1) Part 371, Brokers of Property. (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings. (3) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, to the extent provided in subpart C of that part. (4) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System. (j) Freight forwarders. The rules in the following provisions of this subchapter apply to freight forwarders that are required to register with the Agency pursuant to 49 U.S.C. chapter 139. (1) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings. (2) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, to the extent provided in subpart D of that part. (3) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System. (k) Cargo tank facilities. The rules in subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System, apply to each cargo tank and cargo tank motor vehicle manufacturer, assembler, repairer, inspector, tester, and design certifying engineer that is subject to registration requirements under 49 CFR 107.502 and 49 U.S.C. 5108. ■ 55. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 390.5 by revising the definition of ‘‘Exempt motor carrier’’ to read as follows: § 390.5 Definitions. * * * * * Exempt motor carrier means a person engaged in transportation exempt from economic regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under 49 U.S.C. chapter 135 but subject to the safety regulations set forth in this subchapter. * * * * * ■ 56. Effective September 30, 2016, revise § 390.19 to read as follows: § 390.19 Motor carrier identification reports for certain Mexico-domiciled motor carriers. (a) Applicability. A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier requesting authority to provide transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63711 between Mexico and points in the United States beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the United States-Mexico international border must file Form MCS–150 with FMCSA as follows: (b) Filing schedule. Each motor carrier must file the appropriate form under paragraph (a) of this section at the following times: (1) Before it begins operations; and (2) Every 24 months, according to the following schedule: USDOT No. ending in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. Must file by last day of January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. (3) If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor carrier shall file its update in every oddnumbered calendar year. If the next-tolast digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year. (4) A person that fails to complete biennial updates to the information pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this section is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 U.S.C. 14901(a), as appropriate, and deactivation of its USDOT Number. (c) Availability of forms. The Form MCS–150 and complete instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs; from all FMCSA Service Centers and Division offices nationwide; or by calling 1–800– 832–5660. (d) Where to file. The Form MCS–150 must be filed with the FMCSA Office of Registration and Safety Information. The form may be filed electronically according to the instructions at the Agency’s Web site, or it may be sent to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Registration and Safety Information, MC–RS 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. (e) Special instructions. A motor carrier should submit the Form MCS– 150 along with its application for operating authority (OP–1(MX)), to the appropriate address referenced on that form, or may submit it electronically or by mail separately to the address mentioned in paragraph (d) of this section. E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63712 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations (f) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier may be used on the Form MCS–150. (g)(1) A motor carrier that fails to file the Form MCS–150 or furnishes misleading information or makes false statements upon the form, is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B). (2) A motor carrier that fails to update the Form MCS–150 as required in paragraph (b) will have its USDOT Number deactivated and will be prohibited from conducting transportation. (h)(1) Upon receipt and processing of the form described in paragraph (a) of this section, FMCSA will issue the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider an identification number (USDOT Number). (2) A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier seeking to provide transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce between Mexico and points in the United States beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the United States-Mexico international border must pass the preauthorization safety audit under § 365.507 of this subchapter. The Agency will not issue a USDOT Number until expiration of the protest period provided in § 365.115 of this chapter or—if a protest is received–after FMCSA denies or rejects the protest. (3) The motor carrier must display the USDOT Number on each self-propelled CMV, as defined in § 390.5, along with the additional information required by § 390.21. 57. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 390.21 by revising paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 390.21 Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment. * * * * * (b) * * * (1) The legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier operating the self-propelled CMV, as listed on the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, or the motor carrier identification report (Form MCS–150) and submitted in accordance with § 390.201 or § 390.19, as appropriate. * * * * * 58. Effective September 30, 2016, amend § 390.40 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ § 390.40 What responsibilities do intermodal equipment providers have under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 350–399)? * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (a) Identify its operations to the FMCSA by filing the Form MCSA–1 required by § 390.201. * * * * * ■ 59. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add a new subpart E consisting of § 390.T200 to read as follows: Subpart E—URS Online Application Sec. 390.T200 USDOT Registration. Subpart E—URS Online Application § 390.T200 USDOT Registration. (a) Purpose. This section establishes who must register with FMCSA using the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, beginning on December 12, 2015 and continuing through September 29, 2016. (b) Applicability. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this part or 49 CFR 385.305(b)(2), a new applicant private motor carrier or new applicant exempt for-hire motor carrier subject to the requirements of this subchapter must file Form MCSA–1 with FMCSA to identify its operations with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for safety oversight. Form MCSA–1 is the URS online application, and both the application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (c) Definition. For purposes of this section, a ‘‘new applicant’’ is an entity applying for operating authority registration and a USDOT number who does not at the time of application have an active registration or USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexican owned or controlled (MX), or Freight Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active registration or USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number. (d) Effective period. This section is in effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. ■ 60. Effective September 30, 2016,, revise subpart E, as published August 23, 2013 (78 FR 52654) to read as follows: Subpart E—Unified Registration System Sec. 390.201 USDOT Registration. 390.203 PRISM State registration/biennial updates. 390.205 Special requirements for registration. 390.207 Other governing regulations. 390.209 Pre-authorization safety audit. Subpart E—Unified Registration System § 390.201 USDOT Registration. (a) Purpose. This section establishes who must register with FMCSA under PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the Unified Registration System, the filing schedule, and general information pertaining to persons subject to the Unified Registration System registration requirements. (b) Applicability. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (g) of this section, each motor carrier (including a private motor carrier, an exempt for-hire motor carrier, a non-exempt for-hire motor carrier, and a motor carrier of passengers that participates in a through ticketing arrangement with one or more interstate for-hire motor carriers of passengers), intermodal equipment provider, broker and freight forwarder subject to the requirements of this subchapter must file Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, with FMCSA to: (i) Identify its operations with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for safety oversight, as applicable; (ii) Obtain operating authority required under 49 U.S.C. chapter 139, as applicable; and (iii) Obtain a hazardous materials safety permit as required under 49 U.S.C. 5109, as applicable. (2) A cargo tank and cargo tank motor vehicle manufacturer, assembler, repairer, inspector, tester, and design certifying engineer that is subject to registration requirements under 49 CFR 107.502 and 49 U.S.C. 5108 must satisfy those requirements by electronically filing Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, with FMCSA. (c) General. (1)(i) A person that fails to file Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 U.S.C. 14901(a), as appropriate. (ii) A person that fails to complete biennial updates to the information pursuant to paragraph (d)(2) of this section is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 U.S.C. 14901(a), as appropriate, and deactivation of its USDOT Number. (iii) A person that furnishes misleading information or makes false statements upon Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B), 49 U.S.C. 14901(a) or 49 U.S.C. 14907, as appropriate. (2) Upon receipt and processing of Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, FMCSA will issue the applicant an inactive identification number (USDOT Number). FMCSA will activate the USDOT Number after completion of applicable administrative filings pursuant to § 390.205(a), unless the applicant is subject to § 390.205(b). E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations An applicant may not begin operations nor mark a commercial motor vehicle with the USDOT Number until after the date of the Agency’s written notice that the USDOT Number has been activated. (3) The motor carrier must display a valid USDOT Number on each selfpropelled CMV, as defined in § 390.5, along with the additional information required by § 390.21. (d) Filing schedule. Each person listed under § 390.201(b) must electronically file Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, at the following times: (1) Before it begins operations; and (2) Every 24 months as prescribed in paragraph (d)(3) of this section. (3)(i) Persons assigned a USDOT Number must file an updated Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, every 24 months, according to the following schedule: Must file by last day of . . . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES USDOT No. ending in . . . January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. .............................................. (ii) If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the person must file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the person must file its update in every evennumbered calendar year. (4) When there is a change in legal name, form of business, or address. A registered entity must notify the Agency of a change in legal name, form of business, or address within 30 days of the change by filing an updated Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, reflecting the revised information. Notification of a change in legal name, form of business, or address does not relieve a registered entity from the requirement to file an updated Form MCSA–1 every 24 months in accordance with paragraph (d)(3) of this section. (5) When there is a transfer of operating authority. (i) Both a person who obtains operating authority through a transfer, as defined in part 365, subpart D of this subchapter (transferee), and the person transferring its operating authority (transferor), must each notify the Agency of the transfer within 30 days of consummation of the transfer by filing: (A) An updated Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 transferor, and for the transferee, if the transferee had an existing USDOT Number at the time of the transfer; or (B) A new Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, if the transferee did not have an existing USDOT Number at the time of the transfer. (C) A copy of the operating authority that is being transferred. (ii) Notification of a transfer of operating authority does not relieve a registered entity from the requirement to file an updated Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, every 24 months in accordance with paragraph (d)(3) of this section. (e) Availability of form. Form MCSA– 1, the URS online application is available, including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (f) Where to file. Persons subject to the registration requirements under this subpart must electronically file Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, on the FMCSA Web site at http:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. (g) Exception. The rules in this subpart do not govern the application by a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier to provide transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce between Mexico and points in the United States beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the United States-Mexico international border. The applicable procedures governing transportation by Mexico-domiciled motor carriers are provided in § 390.19. § 390.203 PRISM State registration/ biennial updates. (a) A motor carrier that registers its vehicles in a State that participates in the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program (authorized under section 4004 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century [Public Law 105–178, 112 Stat. 107]) alternatively may satisfy the requirements set forth in § 390.201 by electronically filing all the required USDOT registration and biennial update information with the State according to its policies and procedures, provided the State has integrated the USDOT registration/update capability into its vehicle registration program. (b) If the State procedures do not allow a motor carrier to file the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application, or to submit updates within the period specified in § 390.201(d)(2), a motor carrier must complete such filings directly with FMCSA. (c) A for-hire motor carrier, unless providing transportation exempt from the commercial registration PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63713 requirements of 49 U.S.C. chapter 139, must obtain operating authority as prescribed under § 390.201(b) and part 365 of this subchapter before operating in interstate commerce. § 390.205 Special requirements for registration. (a)(1) General. A person applying to operate as a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder under this subpart must make the additional filings described in paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section as a condition for registration under this subpart within 90 days of the date on which the application is filed: (2) Evidence of financial responsibility. (i) A person that registers to conduct operations in interstate commerce as a for-hire motor carrier, a broker, or a freight forwarder must file evidence of financial responsibility as required under part 387, subparts C and D of this subchapter. (ii) A person that registers to transport hazardous materials as defined in 49 CFR 171.8 (or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73) in interstate commerce must file evidence of financial responsibility as required under part 387, subpart C of this subchapter. (3) Designation of agent for service of process. All motor carriers (both private and for-hire), brokers and freight forwarders required to register under this subpart must designate an agent for service of process (a person upon whom court or Agency process may be served) following the rules in part 366 of this subchapter: (b) If an application is subject to a protest period, the Agency will not activate a USDOT Number until expiration of the protest period provided in § 365.115 of this subchapter or—if a protest is received—after FMCSA denies or rejects the protest, as applicable. § 390.207 Other governing regulations. (a) Motor carriers. (1) A motor carrier granted registration under this part must successfully complete the applicable New Entrant Safety Assurance Program as described in paragraphs (a)(1)(i) through (a)(1)(iii) of this section as a condition for permanent registration: (i) A U.S.- or Canada-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the new entrant safety assurance program under part 385, subpart D, of this subchapter. (ii) A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the safety monitoring program under part 385, subpart B of this subchapter. (iii) A Non-North America-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the safety E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1 63714 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES monitoring program under part 385, subpart I of this subchapter. (2) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier may be used on the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application. (b) Brokers, freight forwarders and non-exempt for-hire motor carriers. (1) A broker or freight forwarder must obtain operating authority pursuant to part 365 of this chapter as a condition for obtaining USDOT Registration. (2) A motor carrier registering to engage in transportation that is not exempt from economic regulation by FMCSA must obtain operating authority pursuant to part 365 of this subchapter as a condition for obtaining USDOT Registration. (c) Intermodal equipment providers. An intermodal equipment provider is subject to the requirements of subpart C of this part. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 (1) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the intermodal equipment provider may be used on the Form MCSA–1, the URS online application. (2) The intermodal equipment provider must identify each unit of interchanged intermodal equipment by its assigned USDOT Number. (d) Hazardous materials safety permit applicants. A person who applies for a hazardous materials safety permit is subject to the requirements of part 385, subpart E, of this subchapter. (e) Cargo tank facilities. A cargo tank facility is subject to the requirements of 49 CFR part 107, subpart F, 49 CFR part 172, subpart H, and 49 CFR part 180. § 390.209 Pre-authorization safety audit. A non-North America-domiciled motor carrier seeking to provide transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce within the United States must pass the pre- PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 authorization safety audit under § 385.607(c) of this subchapter as a condition for receiving registration under this part. PART 392—DRIVING OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES 61. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 392 is revised to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 504, 521, 13902, 13908, 31136, 31151, 31502; Section 112 of Public Law 103–311, 108 Stat. 1673, 1676 (1994), as amended by sec. 32509 of Public Law 112–141, 126 Stat. 405, 805 (2012); and 49 CFR 1.87. Issued under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: October 14, 2015. T.F. Scott Darling III, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–26625 Filed 10–19–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P E:\FR\FM\21OCR1.SGM 21OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 203 (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63695-63714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-26625]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Parts 360, 365, 366, 368, 385, 387, 390 and 392

[Docket No. FMCSA-1997-2349]
RIN 2126-AB85; Formerly 2126-AA22


Unified Registration System

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; extension of effective dates.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA delays the effective and compliance dates for its August 
23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule. Because FMCSA 
changes the effective date (the actual date when the regulatory text 
that appears in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) will be changed) 
and makes technical corrections and conforming amendments to the 2013 
regulatory text, the Agency has determined that it is in the best 
interest of the regulated entities, our State partners and the general 
public to present the full text of the sections affected. The 2013 URS 
final rule was issued to improve the registration process for motor 
carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, Intermodal Equipment 
Providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants 
and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and 
streamline the existing Federal registration processes to ensure the 
Agency can more efficiently track these entities. Today's final rule 
delays the implementation of the 2013 final rule in order to allow 
FMCSA additional time to complete the information technology (IT) 
systems work required to fully implement that rule.

DATES: Effective Dates: The effective date of this rule is September 
30, 2016, except for Sec. Sec.  365.T106, 368.T3, and 390.T200, which 
are effective from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. The 
effective dates of the rule published at 78 FR 52608 (August 23, 2013) 
are delayed until September 30, 2016. The withdrawal of Instruction #1 
from the correction published at 78 FR 63100 (October 23, 2013) is 
effective October 21, 2015.
    Compliance Dates: The compliance date for this rule is September 
30, 2016, except that: New applicants must comply with Sec. Sec.  
365.T106, 368.T3 or 390.T200 (as applicable) from December 12, 2015 
through September 29, 2016; private hazardous material carriers and 
exempt for-hire carriers must comply with Sec. Sec.  387.19 or 387.43 
(as applicable) by December 31, 2016; and all entities must comply with 
Sec.  366.2 by December 31, 2016.
    Petitions for reconsideration must be received by November 20, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: Petitions for reconsideration must be submitted to: 
Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    All background documents, comments, and materials related to this 
rule may be viewed in docket number FMCSA-1997-2349 using either of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeffrey S. Loftus, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, by telephone at (202) 385-2363 
or via email at jeff.loftus@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Preamble Table of Contents

I. Executive Summary
II. Public Participation
    A. Viewing Comments and Documents
    B. Privacy Act
III. Acronyms and Abbreviations
IV. Background
    A. Legal Authority
    B. Regulatory History
V. Section-by-Section Analysis
    A. Overview
    B. Part 360, Fees for Motor Carrier Registration and Insurance
    C. Part 365, Rules Governing Applications for Operating 
Authority
    D. Part 366, Designation of Process Agent
    E. Part 368, Application for a Certificate of Registration To 
Operate in Municipalities in the United States on the United States-
Mexico International Border or Within the Commercial Zones of Such 
Municipalities
    F. Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures
    G. Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for 
Motor Carriers
    H. Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, General
VI. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices
    A. Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563
    B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
    C. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
    D. National Environmental Policy Act
    E. Paperwork Reduction Act
    F. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property)

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    G. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform)
    H. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children)
    I. Eecutive Order 13132 (Federalism)
    J. Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review)
    K. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use)
    L. Privacy Impact Analysis

I. Executive Summary

    This final rule is being issued to delay the effective and 
compliance dates of the Unified Registration System (URS) final rule, 
issued on August 23, 2013.\1\ Because FMCSA changes the effective date 
(the actual date when the regulatory text that appears in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) will be changed) and makes technical 
corrections and conforming amendments to the 2013 regulatory text, the 
Agency has determined that it is in the best interest of the regulated 
entities, our State partners and the general public to present the full 
text of the sections affected. The URS final rule was issued to improve 
the registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight 
forwarders, IEPs, HMSP applicants and cargo tank facilities required to 
register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing Federal registration 
processes to ensure the Agency can more efficiently track these 
entities. The URS final rule increases public accessibility to data 
about interstate motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, 
IEPs, HMSP applicants, and cargo tank facilities. Full implementation 
of the URS final rule will replace the registration functions of the 
following systems: (1) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 
identification number system; (2) the 49 U.S.C. chapter 139 commercial 
registration system; (3) the 49 U.S.C. 13906 financial responsibility 
information system; and (4) the service of process agent designation 
system (49 U.S.C. 503 and 13304).
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    \1\ Final Rule, Unified Registration System, 78 FR 52608 (Aug. 
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    FMCSA estimated a 2-year period for development of the information 
technology (IT) system to implement the August 23, 2013, URS final 
rule, and as a result set the initial compliance date for the majority 
of that rule at 26 months after publication (October 23, 2015).\2\ 
During the 2 years since publication of the final rule, the Agency has 
experienced challenges completing the IT system necessary to fully 
implement the 2013 final rule. FMCSA also received a protest during the 
acquisition process for a supporting contractor, which added to delays 
in development of the IT system for integrating and retiring the FMCSA 
legacy registration systems. The Agency and its supporting contractors 
worked diligently in the past 24 months to meet the original URS final 
rule's effective date, but ultimately determined that full 
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    \2\ Some provisions (amendments to 49 CFR 390.19 and 392.9b) 
became effective on November 1, 2013, and are not impacted by this 
final rule. The amendment to 49 CFR 366.2 was set to go into effect 
32 months after publication (April 25, 2016); this final rule also 
delays that date.
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    As a result, FMCSA is delaying the effective and compliance dates 
of the URS final rule, as reflected in the table at the end of this 
executive summary. The new dates reflect the revised schedule for 
completing the IT system required. In doing so, the Agency determined 
that a discrete portion of the IT system will be available earlier than 
others, and so we are adding three temporary sections, one each in 
parts 365, 368, and 390, to allow for implementation of that portion of 
the new URS. These temporary sections will apply to new U.S.- or 
Canada-domiciled applicants and Mexico-domiciled applicants seeking 
registration to operate in the commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico 
border. A new applicant is defined as anyone who does not have, and has 
never been assigned a USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or 
controlled (MX), or Freight Forwarder (FF) number. These new applicants 
will be required to use the new online application when requesting 
registration and a USDOT number beginning on December 12, 2015. The new 
online application and associated database will not be available for 
use by those who already have USDOT, MC, MX, or FF numbers until 
September 30, 2016, so we are establishing the new overall effective 
date of this final rule to coincide with that availability. Once that 
occurs, there will no longer be a need for the separate provisions 
dealing with new applicants, thus the temporary sections will be in 
effect only from December 12, 2015 through September 29, 2016. After 
that time, the URS system, including the online application, will be 
available for submission of all requests for new registration, to track 
applications, to update information, and to file biennial updates.
    While we are delaying the effective date for most of the URS final 
rule requirements until September 30, 2016, we are providing an 
additional three months for full compliance with some provisions. 
Private hazardous material carriers and exempt for-hire carriers 
registered with the Agency as of September 30, 2016, will be given 
three months from that date to file their evidence of compliance with 
the financial responsibility requirements. While these carriers have 
had to obtain adequate insurance coverage for some time now, the 2013 
final rule provided the first rule requiring them to file proof of that 
coverage with FMCSA. As a result, FMCSA believes allowing for a three 
month compliance period will help alleviate potential concerns entities 
may have over using a new system, as well as ensure seamless operation 
of the URS.
    Additionally, all entities registered with the Agency as of 
September 30, 2016, will have this same three month period to file 
their designation of a process service agent (Form BOC-3) using the URS 
online application. This delay is to ensure that regulated entities 
have sufficient time to become familiar with the system.
    The new URS will be capable of handling both financial 
responsibility and designation of process agent filings on September 
30, 2016, and FMCSA encourages those entities required to make these 
filings as early in the compliance period as they can. In order to 
include this staggered compliance period, we have revised Sec.  366.2 
(designation of process service agent) and sections 387.19 and 387.43 
(financial responsibility) slightly from what was published on August 
23, 2013, as explained in greater detail in the section-by-section 
discussion below.
    We are making corrections to errors found in the original final 
rule since its publication. In parts 385, 387, 390 and 392 we are 
correcting inadvertent errors to the authority citations. In Sec.  
387.403, we are making conforming amendments based on other final rules 
that affected the registration requirements since the publication of 
the August 23, 2013 URS final rule. In Sec.  390.207, we are correcting 
a cross reference. In Sec.  368.8, we are removing a statement that 
``decisions by the Director will be final Agency orders on certain 
appeals''--the Agency has changed its internal delegations, and this 
sentence is no longer accurate. Finally, we are updating the web 
address for obtaining access to URS to provide a more precise location, 
as opposed to the main FMCSA home page. These changes are not 
substantive and are explained in more detail in the section-by-section

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made in an October 23, 2013 correction document.\3\
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    \3\ 78 FR 63100, October 23, 2013.

                           URS Effective Dates
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                                            (Existing)         (New)
                                            effective/      effective/
     URS final rule major provision         compliance      compliance
                                               date            date
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Registration Application Process using        10/23/2015      12/12/2015
 the MCSA-1 online application for New
 Applicants\1\..........................
Use of MCSA-1 online application for all      10/23/2015       9/30/2016
 new and existing entities for all
 reasons to file........................
USDOT Number as sole identifier               10/23/2015       9/30/2016
 (discontinuing issuance of docket
 numbers)...............................
New Fees Schedule.......................      10/23/2015       9/30/2016
Evidence of Financial Responsibility          10/23/2015       9/30/2016
 (Insurance Filings and Surety Bonds/
 Trusts) for New Private HM and New
 Exempt For Hire Carriers...............
Evidence of Financial Responsibility          10/23/2015      12/31/2016
 (Insurance Filings and Surety Bonds/
 Trusts) for Existing Private HM and
 Exempt For Hire Carriers...............
Process Agent Designation (BOC-3) for         10/23/2015       9/30/2016
 All New Motor Carriers (including
 Private and Exempt For Hire Carriers)..
Process Agent Designation (BOC-3) for          4/25/2016      12/31/2016
 All Existing Motor Carriers (including
 Private and Exempt For Hire Carriers)..
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\1\ New and existing Non-North American motor carriers will begin to use
  the MCSA-1 online application on 9/30/2016.

1II. Public Participation

A. Viewing Documents

    To view comments submitted to previous rulemaking notices on this 
subject, as well as documents identified in this preamble as available 
in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and click on the ``Read 
Comments'' box in the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, in the 
``Keyword'' box, insert ``FMCSA-1997-2349'' and click ``Search.'' Next, 
click ``Open Docket Folder'' in the ``Actions'' column. Finally, in the 
``Title'' column, click on the document you would like to review. If 
you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online 
by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the 
ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

B. Privacy Act

    All comments received were posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT previously 
solicited comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking 
process. DOT posted these comments, without edit, including any 
personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as 
described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can 
be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy.

III. Acronyms and Abbreviations

ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
APA Administrative Procedure Act
BI&PD Bodily Injury and Property Damage
BOC-3 FMCSA Form--Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, Brokers and 
Freight Forwarders
CAA Clean Air Act
CD Compact Disc
CDL Commercial Driver's License
CE Categorical Exclusion
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle
DOT/USDOT United States Department of Transportation
FF Freight Forwarder
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FMCSRs Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, 49 CFR parts 350 
through 399
FR Federal Register
HM Hazardous Materials
HMR Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR parts 171 through 180
HMSP Hazardous Materials Safety Permit
IEP Intermodal Equipment Providers
ICCTA ICC Termination Act of 1995
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
MAP-21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
MCMIS Motor Carrier Management Information System
MCS-150 FMCSA Form--Motor Carrier Identification Report (Application 
for USDOT Number)
MCSA-1 FMCSA Form, the URS online application
MC Motor Carrier
MC-R Office of the Associate Administrator for Research and 
Information Technology
MC-RI Office of Information Technology
MC-RS Office of Registration and Safety Information
MX Mexican-owned or controlled
OMB Office of Management and Budget
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
PII Personally Identifiable Information
PRISM Performance and Registration Information Systems Management
SAFETEA-LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation 
Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
SSRS Single State Registration System
TA Temporary Authority
UCR Unified Carrier Registration
URS Unified Registration System
U.S.C. United States Code

IV. Background

A. Legal Authority

    FMCSA relies upon the same legal authority cited in the August 23, 
2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule. The Agency extends 
the effective and compliance dates, and makes technical corrections and 
conforming amendments to the 2013 final rule. Because there are no 
substantive changes to content of the 2013 final rule, we will not 
expand upon the previous legal authority discussion presented in that 
rule.
    The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 551-706) 
specifically provides exceptions to its notice and public comment 
rulemaking requirements where the Agency finds there is good cause (and 
incorporates the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in 
the rules issued) to dispense with them. Generally, good cause exists 
where the Agency determines that notice and public procedures are 
impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest (5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B)). Today's URS final rule is being issued to delay the 
effective date of the original August 23, 2013, final rule. FMCSA will 
not have the technological ability to support the changes made by the 
August 23, 2013, final rule by its original effective date (October 23, 
2013), which would

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make it impossible for motor carriers to comply with the original 
effective date. If FMCSA does not delay the effective date, motor 
carriers would find themselves unable to obtain a USDOT number, request 
registration, or file evidence of meeting the financial responsibility 
requirements, among other things. The motor carrier registration 
process would grind to a halt, posing potential harm to motor carriers, 
other FMCSA-regulated entities, drivers, and those who use their 
services. For these reasons, FMCSA finds good cause to dispense with 
notice and public comment on the effective date delaying portions of 
this final rule, as providing for public notice and comment would be 
contrary to the public interest.
    For those portions of this final rule which are correcting errors 
in the original August 23, 2013 final rule, we likewise find good cause 
to dispense with notice and public comment, as doing so is unnecessary. 
These correcting changes are not substantive in nature; they are being 
made to correct inadvertent errors and in one instance, to indicate a 
change in the internal delegations within the Agency. Delaying the 
effective date of these changes to procure notice and comment would 
further postpone these corrections, possibly lead to greater confusion, 
and thus would be contrary to the public interest.

B. Regulatory History

    The Federal Highway Administration (FMCSA's predecessor agency) 
issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing 
plans to develop a single, online, Federal information system in August 
1996.\4\ The ANPRM solicited specific detailed information from the 
public about each of the systems to be replaced by the URS, the 
conceptual design of the URS, uses and users of the information to be 
collected, and potential costs.
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    \4\ Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Motor Carrier 
Replacement Information/Registration System, 61 FR 43816 (Aug. 26, 
1996).
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    On May 19, 2005, FMCSA published an NPRM describing a proposal to 
merge all of the prescribed information systems except the SSRS into a 
unified, online Federal system.\5\ The Agency subsequently revised the 
May 2005 proposal in an October 26, 2011, SNPRM to incorporate new 
congressionally mandated provisions in SAFETEA-LU, and modified certain 
proposals in response to comments to the NPRM.\6\ The SNPRM also 
included changes necessitated by final rules published subsequent to 
publication of the NPRM that directly impacted the URS. In the SNPRM, 
the Agency substantially altered the regulatory drafting approach 
proposed in the NPRM by creating a straightforward requirement for all 
entities to register and biennially update registration information 
under the new URS and by compiling a centralized cross-reference to 
existing safety and commercial regulations necessary for compliance 
with the registration requirements. The Agency abandoned previous 
efforts to reorganize all registration and new entrant requirements 
under a single part under title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
chapter III. FMCSA issued the final rule for URS on August 23, 2013.\7\
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    \5\ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unified Registration System, 
70 FR 28990 (May 19, 2005).
    \6\ Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unified 
Registration System, 76 FR 66506 (Oct. 26, 2011).
    \7\ Final Rule, Unified Registration System, 78 FR 52608 (Aug. 
23, 2013).
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    Upon enactment, MAP-21 affected a number of rules already being 
developed by FMCSA, including this one. Because MAP-21 was enacted 
several months after the close of the comment period for the SNPRM, the 
public did not have an opportunity to comment on provisions of the Act 
that may have an impact on the URS. Rather than delay issuance of the 
August 23, 2013, final rule, and to ensure an appropriate opportunity 
for public participation in the changes necessitated by MAP-21, FMCSA 
decided to initiate a separate rulemaking proceeding(s) to address most 
of the needed changes.

V. Section-by-Section Analysis

A. Overview

    The section-by-section analysis from the August 23, 2013, URS final 
rule continues to apply to today's final rule, as today's actions delay 
the effective and compliance dates provided in that rule and make 
technical corrections and conforming amendments to that rule. The 
following analysis is limited to discussing these delayed dates, 
technical corrections and conforming amendments, and explaining how 
they are being reflected in the regulatory text. Because of the 
multiple CFRs affected by today's final rule, the Agency has determined 
that it is in the best interest of the regulated entities, our State 
partners and the general public to present the full regulatory text for 
the amended URS requirements, as opposed to simply correcting the 
effective date and errant provisions. This action will make it easier 
for the reader to follow.
    Throughout the regulatory text, we updated the web address for 
accessing the URS; the new address provides a more precise location 
(www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs), as opposed to the old address 
(www.fmcsa.dot.gov), which directed entities to the FMCSA homepage with 
directions to search using keywords. We also updated the way we refer 
to the Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, to reflect the 
terminology used on the FMCSA Web site.

B. Part 360, Fees for Motor Carrier Registration and Insurance

    This final rule delays the effective dates for the amendments to 
sections 360.1, 360.3, and 360.5. FMCSA has determined that it would 
not be appropriate to collect new filing fees for each registration 
authority sought by an applicant until the new URS is able to support 
the new functionality those fees were designed to fund. Therefore, 
these provisions will now become effective on September 30, 2016, at 
the same time that the full functionality of the URS will also be 
available. Those new applicants using the URS online application before 
September 30, 2016, will pay the same fees as they would today using 
the current application forms and procedures. Beginning on September 
30, 2016, all applicants will be charged a separate $300 fee for each 
distinct registration for which they apply with each entity that 
operates commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce paying $300 
for the safety registration and $300 for each additional registration. 
For example, a freight forwarder operating commercial motor vehicles in 
interstate commerce would pay $300 for the safety registration and $300 
for registration as a freight forwarder. And a new private motor 
carrier of property that also seeks registration as a for-hire to 
enable the entity to transport freight for others on return trips would 
pay $300 for the safety registration and $300 for registration as a 
for-hire motor carrier of property. The full list of registration types 
that carry this $300 fee are:

Safety Registration \8\
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Safety Registration

Operating Authority Types \9\
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49 U.S.C. 13901-13904 and 49 CFR part 365.
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U.S./Canada Domiciled Motor Carriers

Motor Carrier, Property
Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods

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Motor Carrier, Passenger
Motor Carrier, Passenger Regular Route (only applicable to 
recipients of Federal transportation grants)
Motor Carrier, Passenger Charter/Special Operations (only applicable 
to recipients of Federal transportation grants)
Motor Carrier, Property Temporary
Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods Temporary
Motor Carrier, Passenger Temporary
Motor Carrier, Property Enterprise
Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods Enterprise
Motor Carrier, Passenger Enterprise

Mexico Domiciled Motor Carriers \10\
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authorized operating authority registration types. The 
identification of an authorized operating authority registration 
here does not change existing policy and statutory restraints on the 
issuance on certain operating authority registration types for 
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Motor Carrier, Property MX Commercial Zone
Motor Carrier, Passenger MX Commercial Zone
Motor Carrier, Property MX Long Haul
Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods MX Long Haul
Motor Carrier, Passenger Charter/Special Operations MX Long Haul

Non-North American Domiciled Motor Carriers

Motor Carrier, Property NNA
Motor Carrier, Property Household Goods NNA
Motor Carrier, Passenger NNA

Brokers

Broker, Property
Broker, Property Household Goods

Freight Forwarders

Freight Forwarder, Property
Freight Forwarder, Property Household Goods

C. Part 365, Rules Governing Applications for Operating Authority

    This final rule will delay the effective dates for the amendments 
to sections 365.101, 365.103, 365.105, 365.107, 365.109, 365.110, 
365.111, 365.119, 365.201, 365.203, 365.301, 365.401, 365.403, 365.405, 
365.507, and 365.509.
    This final rule also adds temporary Sec.  365.T106, which will be 
in effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. Under 
this temporary section, new applicants, defined as U.S.- or Canada-
domiciled entities that do not have (and have never had) an active 
USDOT, MC, MX, or FF Number, must apply for a USDOT number and, if 
applicable, operating authority using the URS online application, 
available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. These applications will be 
processed using the same legacy systems available to FMCSA today, and 
will be transitioned over to the complete URS database with those 
records that already exist in the legacy systems. Applicants will have 
the ability to print out a summary of their online application after 
their application is complete and their fee is paid.

D. Part 366, Designation of Process Agent

    This final rule will delay the effective dates for the revisions to 
sections 366.1, 366.2, 366.3, 366.4, 366.5, and 366.6. The requirement 
for electronic filing of Form BOC-3, designation of process agent, 
comes into effect on September 30, 2016; however, entities already 
registered with FMCSA as of that date will not be required to comply 
until December 31, 2016. The URS will have the ability to collect the 
Form BOC-3 filings on September 30, 2016, and we encourage motor 
carriers and freight forwarders to comply with this requirement as 
early as they can. In addition, this final rule will no longer make a 
distinction between private motor carriers or exempt freight forwarders 
when it comes to compliance dates. The system will be able to receive 
all notices at the same time, and all are being provided with 
additional time than originally included in the August 23, 2013 final 
rule. Note that after September 30, 2016, new applicants (i.e. entities 
that have not registered with FMCSA prior to September 30, 2016) will 
need to ensure a Form BOC-3 is submitted before registration will be 
granted.

E. Part 368, Application for a Certificate of Registration To Operate 
in Municipalities in the United States on the United States-Mexico 
International Border or Within the Commercial Zones of Such 
Municipalities

    This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in 
sections 368.3, 368.4, and 368.8 until September 30, 2016, when FMCSA 
estimates the URS online application will be available for all users, 
and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be fully 
available.
    This final rule also adds temporary Sec.  368.T3, which will be in 
effect from December 12, 2015, through September 29, 2016. Under this 
temporary section, new applicants, defined as citizens of Mexico or 
motor carriers owned or controlled by a citizen of Mexico, who do not 
have (and have never had) an active USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number, must 
apply for a USDOT number and, if applicable, operating authority using 
the URS online application, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. 
These applications will be processed using the same legacy systems 
available to FMCSA today, and will be transitioned over to the complete 
URS database with those records that already exist in the legacy 
systems. Applicants will have the ability to print out a summary of 
their online application after their application is complete and their 
fee is paid.
    Section 368.8 also has a minor change. We have removed the last 
sentence, which indicated that the Director's decision would serve as 
the final Agency order in appeals after denials of applications. 
However, the Director no longer has the authority to make these 
decisions, as that authority has been redelegated to the Assistant 
Administrator. The change is being made to the regulation to reflect 
this change in delegation.

F. Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures

    This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in 
sections 385.301, 385.303, 385.305, 385.329, 385.405, 385.409, 385.419, 
385.421, 385.603, 385.607, 385.609, and 385.713 until September 30, 
2016, when FMCSA estimates the URS online application will be available 
for all users, and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be 
fully available. No additional changes have been made to the provisions 
found in the listed sections; they appear here as they did in the 
August 23, 2013 URS final rule.

G. Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor 
Carriers

    This final rule delays the effective date for the revisions in 
sections 387.19, 387.33, 387.43, 387.301, 387.303, 387.313, 387.323, 
387.403, 387.413, and 387.419 until September 30, 2016, when FMCSA 
estimates the URS online application will be available for all users, 
and the majority of the functionality of the URS will be fully 
available.
    It also provides for a three-month compliance period for private 
hazardous materials and exempt for-hire motor carriers, registered with 
FMCSA as of September 30, 2016, to complete their electronic filing 
requirements. This compliance period ends on December 31, 2016. These 
provisions can be found in sections 387.19 and 387.43. The URS will 
have the ability to collect the financial responsibility filings for 
private hazardous materials and exempt for-hire motor carriers on 
September 30, 2016. We encourage insurers of these motor carriers to 
comply as early as they can. Note that after September 30, 2016, new 
applicants (i.e., entities that have not registered with FMCSA prior to 
September 30, 2016) will be required to

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submit their evidence of meeting the financial responsibility 
requirements before registration will be granted.
    This final rule adds a change to Sec.  387.403. On October 1, 2013, 
FMCSA issued a final rule to implement section 32918 of MAP-21, which 
amended 49 U.S.C. 13906 to require a minimum surety bond or trust fund 
of $75,000 and extended the bond requirement from brokers to freight 
forwarders. The October 1 final rule added paragraph (c) to Sec.  
387.403 to implement this change. It was not reflected in the August 
23, 2013, URS final rule, and without this change, new paragraph (c) 
would be removed when today's final rule goes into effect. We have 
therefore revised Sec.  387.403 to include paragraph (c) to ensure it 
remains intact after today's rule goes into effect.

H. Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, General

    This final rule will delay the effective dates for the amendments 
to sections 390.3, 390.5, 390.19,\11\ 390.21, 390.40, 390.201, 390.203, 
390.205, 390.207, and 390.209.
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Sec.  390.19 that went into effect on November 1, 2013. Today's 
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    This final rule also adds temporary Subpart E, consisting of Sec.  
390.T200, which will be in effect from December 12, 2015, through 
September 29, 2016. Under this temporary section, new applicants, 
defined as entities who do not have (and have never had) an active 
USDOT Number, must apply for a USDOT Number using the URS online 
application, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. These 
applications will be processed using the same legacy systems available 
to FMCSA today, and will be transitioned over to the complete URS 
database with those records that already exist in the legacy systems. 
Applicants will have the ability to print out a summary of their online 
application after their application is complete.
    This final rule incorporates a number of corrections to Sec.  390.3 
that were made in a correcting document published on October 23, 
2013.\12\ Because these corrections appear in the regulatory text laid 
out below, we are withdrawing the associated amendatory instructions 
from the October 23, 2013, correcting document. This change has no 
impact, but is necessary to ensure proper codification of the 
provisions in the Code of Federal Regulations. This final rule is also 
correcting an erroneous cross reference that was included in the August 
23, 2013, final rule. In Sec.  390.207(c), there is a cross reference 
to Subpart D as applying to intermodal equipment providers. This is 
incorrect; Subpart D covers the National Registry of Certified Medical 
Examiners. Subpart C of Part 390 is the appropriate cross reference, as 
it covers ``Requirements and Information for Intermodal Equipment 
Providers and for Motor Carriers Operating Intermodal Equipment.'' 
FMCSA is also correcting the authority citation for part 390. The 
August 23, 2013, final rule inadvertently omitted some of the statutory 
authorities granted to FMCSA, and today's final rule is adding them 
back. As these authorities have remained in effect, there is no 
substantive impact from this change.
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I. Part 392, Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles

    Today's final rule corrects the authority citation for part 392. 
The August 23, 2013, final rule inadvertently omitted some of the 
statutory authorities granted to FMCSA, and today's final rule is 
adding them back. As these authorities have remained in effect, there 
is no substantive impact from this change.

VI. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices

A. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) and DOT 
Regulatory Policies and Procedures

    FMCSA has determined that today's final rule delaying the effective 
date of the URS rules is not a significant regulatory action within the 
meaning of E.O. 12866, as supplemented by E.O. 13563, or within the 
meaning of DOT regulatory policies and procedures. We do not expect 
today's final rule to have any new costs; today's action delaying the 
effective date will also delay the associated costs of the August 23, 
2013, final rule. As discussed previously, this delay action is 
necessary because the URS technological solution, required to implement 
the URS final rule, is not ready. Not delaying the URS final rule may 
result in additional costs, as allowing the URS final rule to come into 
effect without having the required technological pieces (such as the 
URS online application and the integrated database required by statute) 
would require motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, and others 
to use a system that does not exist, with no alternative for seeking 
registration authorities. This could lead to a delay in processing 
registrations, which could then impact the applicants. Delaying the 
effective date of the URS final rule avoids these potential costs, 
without adding new costs over what was originally estimated in the 
August 2013 RIA. The August 2013 RIA can be found in the docket for 
today's final rule.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-
612), FMCSA is not required to complete a regulatory flexibility 
analysis. This is because this rule does not require publication of a 
general notice of proposed rulemaking. However, in compliance with the 
RFA, FMCSA has evaluated the effects of today's final rule on small 
entities, and determined that delaying the effective date for the URS 
final rule will not result in a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. Accordingly, the Administrator of 
FMCSA hereby certifies that this rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

C. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Today's final rule will not impose an unfunded Federal mandate, as 
defined by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1532, et 
seq.), that will result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $155 
million (which is the value of $100 million in 1995 after adjusting for 
inflation) or more in any 1 year.

D. National Environmental Policy Act

    The Agency analyzed today's final rule for the purpose of the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) and determined under our environmental procedures Order 5610.1, 
issued March 1, 2004 (69 FR 9680), that this action is categorically 
excluded (CE) under Appendix 2, paragraphs 6(e), 6(h) and 6(y)(2) of 
the Order from further environmental documentation. The CE under 
Appendix 2, paragraph 6(e) relates to establishing regulations and 
actions taken pursuant to the requirements concerning applications for 
operating authority and certificates of registration. The CE under 
Appendix 2, paragraph 6(h), relates to establishing regulations and 
actions taken pursuant to the requirements implementing procedures to 
collect fees that will be charged for motor carrier registrations and 
insurance for the following activities: (1) Application filings; (2) 
records searches; and (3) reviewing, copying, certifying, and related 
services. The CE under Appendix 2, paragraph 6(y)(2), addresses 
regulations implementing motor carrier identification and registration 
reports. In addition, the Agency believes that

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this rule includes no extraordinary circumstances that will have any 
effect on the quality of the human environment. Thus, today's rule does 
not require an environmental assessment or an environmental impact 
statement.
    FMCSA also has analyzed today's rule under the Clean Air Act, as 
amended (CAA), section 176(c) (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), and 
implementing regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection 
Agency. Approval of this action is exempt from the CAA's general 
conformity requirement because it involves policy development and 
rulemaking activities regarding registration of regulated entities with 
FMCSA for commercial, safety and financial responsibility purposes. See 
40 CFR 93.153(c)(2)(vi). The changes would not result in any emissions 
increases, nor will they have any potential to result in emissions that 
are above the general conformity rule's de minimis emission threshold 
levels. Moreover, it is reasonably foreseeable that the actions will 
not increase total CMV mileage or change the routing of CMVs, how CMVs 
operate, or the CMV fleet-mix of motor carriers.

E. Paperwork Reduction Act

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520), a Federal Agency must obtain approval from OMB for each 
collection of information it conducts, sponsors, or requires through 
regulations. The FMCSA analyzed the August 23, 2013, final rule and 
determined that its implementation would streamline the information 
collection burden on motor carriers and other regulated entities, 
relative to the baseline, or current paperwork collection processes. 
This included streamlining the FMCSA registration, insurance, and 
designation of process agent filing processes and implementing 
mandatory electronic online filing of these applications, as well as 
eliminating some outdated filing requirements. A full analysis of the 
impacted collections of information, both existing and new, can be 
found in that final rule,\13\ a copy of which is in the docket for 
today's final rule. Today's final rule makes no changes to the 
collections described in that final rule.
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F. Executive Order 12630 (Taking of Private Property)

    Today's final rule will not effect a taking of private property or 
otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, 
Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected 
Property Rights.

G. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform)

    Today's final rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 
3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize 
litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

H. Executive Order 13045 (Protection of Children)

    Executive Order 13045, ``Protection of Children from Environmental 
Health Risks and Safety Risks'' (April 23, 1997, 62 FR 19885), requires 
that agencies issuing economically significant rules, which also 
concern an environmental health or safety risk that an Agency has 
reason to believe may disproportionately affect children, must include 
an evaluation of the environmental health and safety effects of the 
regulation on children. Section 5 of Executive Order 13045 directs an 
Agency to submit for a covered regulatory action an evaluation of its 
environmental health or safety effects on children. Today's final rule 
is not an economically significant rule and will not create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might 
disproportionately affect children.

I. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    This rule has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and 
criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999 (64 FR 43255, 
August 10, 1999). The FMCSA consulted with State licensing agencies 
participating in its PRISM Program to discuss anticipated impacts of 
the May 2005 NPRM upon their operations. The Agency has taken into 
consideration their comments in its decision-making process for this 
rule. Thus, FMCSA has determined that this rule will not have 
significant Federalism implications or limit the policymaking 
discretion of the States.

J. Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review)

    The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding 
intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities do 
not apply to today's final rule.

K. Executive Order 13211 (Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use)

    FMCSA has analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, ``Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use,'' and has determined that this is not a 
significant energy action within the meaning of section 4(b) of the 
Executive Order. Today's final rule is not economically significant, 
and will not have a significant adverse effect on the supply, 
distribution, or use of energy.

L. Privacy Impact Analysis

    The FMCSA conducted a privacy impact assessment of the August 23, 
2013, final rule as required by section 522(a)(5) of division H of the 
FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Public Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 3268 
(Dec. 8, 2004) [set out as a note to 5 U.S.C. 552a]. The assessment 
considered any impacts of the final rule on the privacy of information 
in an identifiable form and related matters. FMCSA determined that the 
August 23, 2013, final rule will impact the handling of personally 
identifiable information (PII). FMCSA also determined the risks and 
effects the rulemaking might have on collecting, storing, and sharing 
PII and examined and evaluated protections and alternative information 
handling processes in order to mitigate potential privacy risks. 
Today's final rule makes no changes to the information being collected, 
or to the manner that it is stored and shared. FMCSA believes that the 
PIA for the August 23, 2013, final rule adequately covers today's 
action; that PIA remains available for review in the docket for today's 
final rule.

List of Subjects

49 CFR Part 360

    Administrative practice and procedure, Brokers, Buses, Freight 
forwarders, Hazardous materials transportation, Highway safety, 
Insurance, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, Moving of household 
goods, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Surety 
bonds.

49 CFR Part 365

    Administrative practice and procedure, Brokers, Buses, Freight 
forwarders, Motor carriers, Moving of household goods.

49 CFR Part 366

    Brokers, Motor carriers, Freight forwarders, Process agents.

49 CFR Part 368

    Administrative practice and procedure, Insurance, Motor carriers.

49 CFR Part 385

    Administrative practice and procedure, Highway safety, 
Incorporation by reference, Mexico, Motor carriers, Motor vehicle 
safety,

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Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

49 CFR Part 387

    Buses, Freight, Freight forwarders, Hazardous materials 
transportation, Highway safety, Insurance, Intergovernmental relations, 
Motor carriers, Motor vehicle safety, Moving of household goods, 
Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Surety bonds.

49 CFR Part 390

    Highway safety, Intermodal transportation, Motor carriers, Motor 
vehicle safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

49 CFR Part 392

    Alcohol abuse, Drug abuse, Highway safety, Motor carriers.

    In consideration of the foregoing, FMCSA is amending 49 CFR chapter 
III, subchapter B, parts 360, 365, 366, 368, 385, 387, 390, and 392, as 
set forth below:

0
1. Effective September 30, 2016, revise part 360 to read as follows:

PART 360--FEES FOR MOTOR CARRIER REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE

360.1 Fees for registration-related services.
360.3 Filing fees.
360.5 Updating user fees.

    Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 49 U.S.C. 13908; and 49 CFR 1.87.


Sec.  360.1  Fees for registration-related services.

    Certifications and copies of public records and documents on file 
with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be 
furnished on the following basis, pursuant to USDOT Freedom of 
Information Act regulations at 49 CFR part 7:
    (a) Certificate of the Director, Office of Management and 
Information Services, as to the authenticity of documents, $12;
    (b) Service involved in locating records to be certified and 
determining their authenticity, including clerical and administrative 
work, at the rate of $21 per hour;
    (c) Copies of the public documents, at the rate of $.80 per letter 
size or legal size exposure. A minimum charge of $5 will be made for 
this service; and
    (d) Search and copying services requiring information technology 
(IT), as follows:
    (1) A fee of $50 per hour for professional staff time will be 
charged when it is required to fulfill a request for electronic data.
    (2) The fee for computer searches will be set at the current rate 
for computer service. Information on those charges can be obtained from 
the Office of Information Technology (MC-RI).
    (3) Printing will be charged at the rate of $.10 per page of 
computer-generated output with a minimum charge of $1. There will also 
be a charge for the media provided (e.g., CD ROMs) based on the 
Agency's costs for such media.
    (e) Exception. No fee shall be charged under this section to the 
following entities:
    (1) Any Agency of the Federal Government or a State government or 
any political subdivision of any such government for access to or 
retrieval of information and data from the Unified Carrier Registration 
System for its own use; or
    (2) Any representative of a motor carrier, motor private carrier, 
broker, or freight forwarder (as each is defined in 49 U.S.C. 13102) 
for the access to or retrieval of the information related to such 
entity from the Unified Carrier Registration System for the individual 
use of such entity.


Sec.  360.3  Filing fees.

    (a) Manner of payment. (1) Except for the insurance fees described 
in the next sentence, all filing fees must be paid at the time the 
application, petition, or other document is electronically filed. The 
service fee for insurance, surety or self-insurer accepted certificate 
of insurance, surety bond or other instrument submitted in lieu of a 
broker surety bond must be charged to an insurance service account 
established by FMCSA in accordance with paragraph (a)(2) of this 
section.
    (2) Billing account procedure. A request must be submitted to the 
Office of Registration and Safety Information (MC-RS) at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov to establish an insurance service fee account.
    (i) Each account will have a specific billing date within each 
month and a billing cycle. The billing date is the date that the bill 
is prepared and printed. The billing cycle is the period between the 
billing date in one month and the billing date in the next month. A 
bill for each account that has activity or an unpaid balance during the 
billing cycle will be sent on the billing date each month. Payment will 
be due 20 days from the billing date. Payments received before the next 
billing date are applied to the account. Interest will accrue in 
accordance with 31 CFR 901.9.
    (ii) The Federal Claims Collection Standards, including disclosure 
to consumer reporting agencies and the use of collection agencies, as 
set forth in 31 CFR part 901, will be utilized to encourage payment 
where appropriate.
    (iii) An account holder who files a petition for bankruptcy or who 
is the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding must provide the following 
information to the Office of Registration and Safety Information (MC-
RS) at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov:
    (A) The filing date of the bankruptcy petition;
    (B) The court in which the bankruptcy petition was filed;
    (C) The type of bankruptcy proceeding;
    (D) The name, address, and telephone number of its representative 
in the bankruptcy proceeding; and
    (E) The name, address, and telephone number of the bankruptcy 
trustee, if one has been appointed.
    (3) Fees will be payable through the U.S. Department of Treasury 
secure payment system, Pay.gov, and are made directly from the payor's 
bank account or by credit/debit card.
    (b) Any filing that is not accompanied by the appropriate filing 
fee will be rejected.
    (c) Fees not refundable. Fees will be assessed for every filing 
listed in the schedule of fees contained in paragraph (f) of this 
section, titled, ``Schedule of filing fees,'' subject to the exceptions 
contained in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section. After the 
application, petition, or other document has been accepted for filing 
by FMCSA, the filing fee will not be refunded, regardless of whether 
the application, petition, or other document is granted or approved, 
denied, rejected before docketing, dismissed, or withdrawn.
    (d) Multiple authorities. (1) A separate filing fee is required for 
each type of authority sought, for example broker authority requested 
by an entity that already holds motor property carrier authority or 
multiple types of authority requested in the same application.
    (2) Separate fees will be assessed for the filing of temporary 
operating authority applications as provided in paragraph (f)(2) of 
this section, regardless of whether such applications are related to an 
application for corresponding permanent operating authority.
    (e) Waiver or reduction of filing fees. It is the general policy of 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration not to waive or reduce 
filing fees except as follows:
    (1) Filing fees are waived for an application that is filed by a 
Federal government agency, or a State or local government entity. For 
purposes of this section the phrases ``Federal government agency'' or 
``government

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entity'' do not include a quasi-governmental corporation or government 
subsidized transportation company.
    (2) Filing fees are waived for a motor carrier of passengers that 
receives a grant from the Federal Transit Administration either 
directly or through a third-party contract to provide passenger 
transportation under an agreement with a State or local government 
pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310, 5311, 5316, or 5317.
    (3) The FMCSA will consider other requests for waivers or fee 
reductions only in extraordinary situations and in accordance with the 
following procedure:
    (i) When to request. At the time that a filing is submitted to 
FMCSA, the applicant may request a waiver or reduction of the fee 
prescribed in this part. Such request should be addressed to the 
Director, Office of Registration and Safety Information.
    (ii) Basis. The applicant must show that the waiver or reduction of 
the fee is in the best interest of the public, or that payment of the 
fee would impose an undue hardship upon the requester.
    (iii) FMCSA action. The Director, Office of Registration and Safety 
Information, will notify the applicant of the decision to grant or deny 
the request for waiver or reduction.
    (f) Schedule of filing fees:

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      Type of proceeding                                       Fee
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Part I: Registration
    (1)......................  An application for       $300.
                                USDOT Registration
                                pursuant to 49 CFR
                                part 390, subpart E.
    (2)......................  An application for       $100.
                                motor carrier
                                temporary authority to
                                provide emergency
                                relief in response to
                                a national emergency
                                or natural disaster
                                following an emergency
                                declaration under Sec.
                                  390.23 of this
                                subchapter.
    (3)......................  Biennial update of       $0.
                                registration.
    (4)......................  Request for change of    $0.
                                name, address, or form
                                of business.
    (5)......................  Request for              $0.
                                cancellation of
                                registration.
    (6)......................  Request for              $10.
                                registration
                                reinstatement.
    (7)......................  Designation of process   $0.
                                agent.
    (8)......................  Notification of          $0.
                                Transfer of Operating
                                Authority.
Part II: Insurance
    (9)......................  A service fee for        $10 per accepted
                                insurer, surety, or      certificate,
                                self-insurer accepted    surety bond or
                                certificate of           other
                                insurance, surety        instrument
                                bond, and other          submitted in
                                instrument submitted     lieu of a
                                in lieu of a broker      broker surety
                                surety bond.             bond.
    (10).....................  (i) An application for   $4,200.
                                original qualification
                                as self-insurer for
                                bodily injury and
                                property damage
                                insurance (BI&PD).
                               (ii) An application for  $420.
                                original qualification
                                as self-insurer for
                                cargo insurance.
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Sec.  360.5  Updating user fees.

    (a) Update. Each fee established in this subpart may be updated, as 
deemed necessary by FMCSA.
    (b) Publication and effective dates. Notice of updated fees shall 
be published in the Federal Register and shall become effective 30 days 
after publication.
    (c) Payment of fees. Any person submitting a filing for which a 
filing fee is established must pay the fee applicable on the date of 
the filing or request for services.
    (d) Method of updating fees. Each fee shall be updated by updating 
the cost components comprising the fee. However, fees shall not exceed 
the maximum amounts established by law. Cost components shall be 
updated as follows:
    (1) Direct labor costs shall be updated by multiplying base level 
direct labor costs by percentage changes in average wages and salaries 
of FMCSA employees. Base level direct labor costs are direct labor 
costs determined by the cost study in Regulations Governing Fees For 
Service, 1 I.C.C. 2d 60 (1984), or subsequent cost studies. The base 
period for measuring changes shall be April 1984 or the year of the 
last cost study.
    (2) Operations overhead shall be developed on the basis of current 
relationships existing on a weighted basis, for indirect labor 
applicable to the first supervisory work centers directly associated 
with user fee activity. Actual updating of operations overhead shall be 
accomplished by applying the current percentage factor to updated 
direct labor, including current governmental overhead costs.
    (3)(i) Office general and administrative costs shall be developed 
on the basis of current levels costs, i.e., dividing actual office 
general and administrative costs for the current fiscal year by total 
office costs for the office directly associated with user fee activity. 
Actual updating of office general and administrative costs shall be 
accomplished by applying the current percentage factor to updated 
direct labor, including current governmental overhead and current 
operations overhead costs.
    (ii) The FMCSA general and administrative costs shall be developed 
on the basis of current level costs; i.e., dividing actual FMCSA 
general and administrative costs for the current fiscal year by total 
Agency expenses for the current fiscal year. Actual updating of FMCSA 
general and administrative costs shall be accomplished by applying the 
current percentage factor to updated direct labor, including current 
governmental overhead, operations overhead and office general and 
administrative costs.
    (4) Publication costs shall be adjusted on the basis of known 
changes in the costs applicable to publication of material in the 
Federal Register or FMCSA Register.
    (e) Rounding of updated fees. Updated fees shall be rounded as 
follows. (This rounding procedure excludes copying, printing and search 
fees.)
    (1) Fees between $1 and $30 shall be rounded to the nearest $1;
    (2) Fees between $30 and $100 shall be rounded to the nearest $10;
    (3) Fees between $100 and $999 shall be rounded to the nearest $50; 
and
    (4) Fees above $1,000 shall be rounded to the nearest $100.

PART 365--RULES GOVERNING APPLICATIONS FOR OPERATING AUTHORITY

0
2. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 365 is 
revised to read as follows:


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    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 553 and 559; 49 U.S.C. 13101, 13301, 13901-
13906, 13908, 14708, 31133, 31138, and 31144; 49 CFR 1.87.


0
3. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  365.101 by revising 
paragraphs (a) and (h) to read as follows:


Sec.  365.101  Applications governed by these rules.

* * * * *
    (a) Applications for certificates of motor carrier registration to 
operate as a motor carrier of property or passengers.
* * * * *
    (h) Applications for Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate in 
foreign commerce as for-hire or private motor carriers of property 
(including exempt items) between Mexico and all points in the United 
States. Under NAFTA Annex 1, page I-U-20, a Mexico-domiciled motor 
carrier may not provide point-to-point transportation services, 
including express delivery services, within the United States for goods 
other than international cargo.
* * * * *

0
4. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.105 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.105  Starting the application process: Form MCSA-1.

    (a) Each applicant must apply for operating authority by 
electronically filing Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, to 
request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902, 13903 or 13904 to 
operate as a:
    (1) Motor carrier of property or passengers,
    (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods, or
    (3) Freight forwarder of general commodities or household goods.
    (b) A separate filing fee in the amount set forth at 49 CFR 
360.3(f) is required for each type of authority sought in paragraph (a) 
of this section.
    (c) Form MCSA-1 is the URS online application and is available, 
including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.

0
5. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add Sec.  
365.T106 to read as follows:


Sec.  365.T106  Starting the application process: URS online 
application.

    (a) Notwithstanding Sec.  365.105, new applicants as defined in 
paragraph (b) of this section must apply for a USDOT number and if 
applicable, operating authority by electronically filing Form MCSA-1, 
the URS online application, to request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 
13902, 13903, or 13904 to operate as a:
    (1) Motor carrier of property (not household goods), property 
(household goods) or passengers,
    (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods, or
    (3) Freight forwarder of general commodities or household goods.
    (b) For purposes of this section, a ``new applicant'' is an entity 
applying for a USDOT number and if applicable, operating authority who 
does not at the time of application have an active registration or 
USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or controlled (MX) or Freight 
Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active registration or 
USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number.
    (c) Form MCSA-1 is the URS online application, and both the 
application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site 
at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (d) This section is in effect from December 12, 2015 through 
September 29, 2016.

0
6. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.107 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.107  Types of applications.

    (a) Fitness applications. Motor property applications and certain 
types of motor passenger applications require the finding that the 
applicant is fit, willing and able to perform the involved operations 
and to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. 
These applications can be opposed only on the grounds that applicant is 
not fit [e.g., is not in compliance with applicable financial 
responsibility and safety fitness requirements]. These applications 
are:
    (1) Motor carrier of property (except household goods).
    (2) Broker of general commodities or household goods.
    (3) Certain types of motor carrier of passenger applications as 
described in Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
    (b) Motor carrier of passenger ``public interest'' applications as 
described in Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
    (c) Intrastate motor passenger applications under 49 U.S.C. 
13902(b)(3) as described in Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
    (d) Motor carrier of household goods applications, including 
Mexico- or non-North America-domiciled carrier applicants. In addition 
to meeting the fitness standard under paragraph (a) of this section, an 
applicant seeking authority to operate as a motor carrier of household 
goods must:
    (1) Provide evidence of participation in an arbitration program and 
provide a copy of the notice of the arbitration program as required by 
49 U.S.C. 14708(b)(2);
    (2) Identify its tariff and provide a copy of the notice of the 
availability of that tariff for inspection as required by 49 U.S.C. 
13702(c);
    (3) Provide evidence that it has access to, has read, is familiar 
with, and will observe all applicable Federal laws relating to consumer 
protection, estimating, consumers' rights and responsibilities, and 
options for limitations of liability for loss and damage; and
    (4) Disclose any relationship involving common stock, common 
ownership, common management, or common familial relationships between 
the applicant and any other motor carrier, freight forwarder, or broker 
of household goods within 3 years of the proposed date of registration.
    (e) Temporary authority (TA) for motor carriers. These applications 
require a finding that there is or soon will be an immediate 
transportation need that cannot be met by existing carrier service.
    (1) Applications for TA will be entertained only when an emergency 
declaration has been made pursuant to Sec.  390.23 of this subchapter.
    (2) Temporary authority must be requested by filing the URS online 
application, Form MCSA-1, found at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (3) Applications for temporary authority are not subject to 
protest.
    (4) Motor carriers granted temporary authority must comply with 
financial responsibility requirements under part 387 of this 
subchapter.
    (5) Only a U.S.-domiciled motor carrier is eligible to receive 
temporary authority.

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7. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  365.109 by revising 
paragraphs (a)(5) and (6) and (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  365.109  FMCSA review of the application.

    (a) * * *
    (5) All applicants must file the appropriate evidence of financial 
responsibility pursuant to 49 CFR part 387 within 90 days from the date 
notice of the application is published in the FMCSA Register:
    (i) Form BMC-91 or 91X or BMC 82 surety bond--Bodily injury and 
property damage (motor property and passenger carriers; and freight 
forwarders that provide pickup or delivery service directly or by using 
a local delivery service under their control),
    (ii) Form BMC-84--Surety bond or Form BMC-85--trust fund agreement

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(property brokers of general commodities and household goods).
    (iii) Form BMC-34 or BMC 83 surety bond--Cargo liability (household 
goods motor carriers and household goods freight forwarders).
    (6) Applicants also must submit Form BOC-3--Designation of Agents--
Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders--within 90 days from the 
date notice of the application is published in the FMCSA Register.
* * * * *
    (b) A summary of the application will be published in the FMCSA 
Register to give notice to the public in case anyone wishes to oppose 
the application.

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8. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.110 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.110  Need to complete New Entrant Safety Assurance Program.

    For motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles as defined 
in 49 U.S.C. 31132, operating authority obtained under procedures in 
this part does not become permanent until the applicant satisfactorily 
completes the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program in part 385 of this 
subchapter.

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9. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  365.111 by revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  365.111  Appeals to rejections of the application.

    (a) An applicant has the right to appeal rejection of the 
application. The appeal must be filed at the FMCSA, Office of 
Registration and Safety Information, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, within 10 days of the date of the letter of 
rejection.
* * * * *

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10. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.119 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.119  Opposed applications.

    If the application is opposed, opposing parties are required to 
send a copy of their protest to the applicant and to FMCSA. All 
protests must include statements made under oath (verified statements). 
There are no personal appearances or formal hearings.

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11. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.201 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.201  Definitions.

    A person wishing to oppose a request for operating authority files 
a protest. A person filing a valid protest is known as a protestant.

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12. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  365.203 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  365.203  Time for filing.

    A protest shall be filed (received at the FMCSA, Office of the 
Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology, 1200 
New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590) within 10 days after notice 
of the application appears in the FMCSA Register. A copy of the protest 
shall be sent to applicant's representative at the same time. Failure 
timely to file a protest waives further participation in the 
proceeding.

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13. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Subpart D to read as follows:
Subpart D--Transfers of Operating Authority
Sec.
365.401 Scope of rules.
365.403 Definitions.
365.405 Reporting requirement.

Subpart D--Transfers of Operating Authority


Sec.  365.401  Scope of rules.

    The rules in this subpart define the procedures for motor carriers, 
property brokers, and freight forwarders to report to FMCSA 
transactions that result in the transfer of operating authority and are 
not subject to approval by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board under 
49 U.S.C. 14303.


Sec.  365.403  Definitions.

    For the purposes of this subpart, the following definitions apply:
    (a) Transfer. A transfer means any transaction in which an 
operating authority issued to one person is taken over by another 
person or persons who assume legal responsibility for the operations. 
Such transactions include a purchase of all or some of the assets of a 
company, a merger of two or more companies, or acquisition of 
controlling interest in a company through a purchase of company stock.
    (b) Operating authority. Operating authority means a registration 
required by 49 U.S.C. 13902 issued to motor carriers; 49 U.S.C. 13903 
issued to freight forwarders; and 49 U.S.C. 13904 issued to brokers.
    (c) Person. An individual, partnership, corporation, company, 
association, or other form of business, or a trustee, receiver, 
assignee, or personal representative of any of these entities.


Sec.  365.405  Reporting requirement.

    (a) Every transfer of operating authority from one person to 
another person must be reported by both the transferee and transferor 
using the URS online application, Form MCSA-1, (available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs) in accordance with Sec.  390.201(d)(5) of this 
subchapter.
    (b) The following information must be furnished:
    (1) Full name, address and USDOT Numbers of the transferee and 
transferor.
    (2) A copy of the operating authority being transferred.

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14. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  365.507 by revising 
paragraph (e)(2) to read as follows:


Sec.  365.507  FMCSA action on the application.

* * * * *
    (e) * * *
    (2) Electronically file, or have its process agent(s) 
electronically file, Form BOC-3--Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, 
Brokers and Freight Forwarders, as required by part 366 of this 
subchapter; and
* * * * *

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15. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  365.509 by revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  365.509  Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant 
information.

    (a) A motor carrier subject to this subpart must notify FMCSA of 
any changes or corrections to the information in parts I, IA, or II of 
Form OP-1(MX), or in Form BOC-3--Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, 
Brokers and Freight Forwarders, during the application process or after 
having been granted provisional operating authority. The carrier must 
notify FMCSA in writing within 30 days of the change or correction.
* * * * *

PART 366--DESIGNATION OF PROCESS AGENT

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16. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 366 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 502, 503, 13303, 13304 and 13908; and 49 
CFR 1.87.


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17. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.1 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  366.1  Applicability.

    The rules in this part, relating to the filing of designations of 
persons upon whom court or Agency process may be served, apply to for-
hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and, as of 
the moment of succession, their fiduciaries (as defined at 49 CFR 
387.319(a)).

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18. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.2 to read as 
follows:

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Sec.  366.2  Form of designation.

    (a) Designations shall be made on Form BOC-3--Designation of 
Agents--Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders. Only one 
completed current form may be on file. It must include all States for 
which agent designations are required. One copy must be retained by the 
carrier, broker or freight forwarder at its principal place of 
business.
    (b) All Motor Carriers, Brokers, and Freight Forwarders that are 
registered with FMCSA on September 30, 2016 must file their Form BOC-3 
designation by no later than December 31, 2016. All other Motor 
Carriers, Brokers, and Freight Forwarders must file the FORM BOC-3 
designation at the time of their application for registration. Failure 
to file a designation in accordance with this paragraph will result in 
deactivation of the carrier's USDOT Number.

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19. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.3 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  366.3  Eligible persons.

    All persons (as defined at 49 U.S.C. 13102(18)) designated as 
process agents must reside in or maintain an office in the State for 
which they are designated. If a State official is designated, evidence 
of his or her willingness to accept service of process must be 
furnished.

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20. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.4 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  366.4  Required States.

    (a) Motor carriers. Every motor carrier must designate process 
agents for all 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia, 
unless its operating authority registration is limited to fewer than 48 
States and DC. When a motor carrier's operating authority registration 
is limited to fewer than 48 States and DC, it must designate process 
agents for each State in which it is authorized to operate and for each 
State traversed during such operations. Every motor carrier operating 
in the United States in the course of transportation between points in 
a foreign country shall file a designation for each State traversed.
    (b) Brokers. Every broker shall make a designation for each State, 
including DC, in which its offices are located or in which contracts 
will be written.
    (c) Freight forwarders. Every freight forwarder shall make a 
designation for each State, including DC, in which its offices are 
located or in which contracts will be written.

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21. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.5 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  366.5  Blanket designations.

    Where an association or corporation has filed with the FMCSA a list 
of process agents for each State and DC (blanket agent), motor 
carriers, brokers and freight forwarders may make the required 
designations by using the following statement:
    I designate those persons named in the list of process agents on 
file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

by---------------------------------------------------------------------


(name of association or corporation)

and any subsequently filed revisions thereof, for the States in which 
this carrier is or may be authorized to operate (or arrange) as an 
entity of motor vehicle transportation, including States traversed 
during such operations, except those States for which individual 
designations are named.

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22. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  366.6 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  366.6  Cancellation or change.

    (a) A designation may be canceled or changed only by a new 
designation made by the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder, or 
by the process agent or company filing a blanket designation in 
accordance with Sec.  366.5. However, where a motor carrier, broker or 
freight forwarder's USDOT Number is inactive for at least 1 year, 
designation is no longer required and may be canceled without making 
another designation.
    (b) A change to a designation, such as name, address, or contact 
information, must be reported to FMCSA within 30 days of the change.
    (c) Whenever a motor carrier, broker or freight forwarder changes 
it name, address, or contact information, it must report the change to 
its process agents and/or the company making a blanket designation on 
its behalf in accordance with Sec.  366.5 within 30 days of the change.
    (d) Whenever a process agent and/or company making a blanket 
designation on behalf of a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder 
terminates its contract or relationship with the entity, it should 
report the termination to FMCSA within 30 days of the termination. If 
process agents and/or blanket agents do not keep their information up 
to date, FMCSA may withdraw its approval of their authority to make 
process agent designations with the Agency.

PART 368--APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO OPERATE 
IN MUNICIPALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ON THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO 
INTERNATIONAL BORDER OR WITHIN THE COMMERCIAL ZONES OF SUCH 
MUNICIPALITIES

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23. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 368 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 13301, 13902 and 13908; Pub. L. 106-159, 
113 Stat. 1748; and 49 CFR 1.87.


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24. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add Sec.  
368.T3 to read as follows:


Sec.  368.T3  Starting the application process: URS online application.

    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, new 
applicants as defined in paragraph (b) of this section must apply for a 
USDOT number and operating authority by electronically filing Form 
MCSA-1, the URS online application (available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs) to request authority pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902 
to provide interstate transportation in municipalities in the United 
States on the United States-Mexico international border or within the 
commercial zones of such municipalities as defined in 49 U.S.C. 
13902(c)(4)(A).
    (b) For purposes of this section, a ``new applicant'' is an citizen 
of Mexico or a motor carrier owned or controlled by a citizen of 
Mexico, applying for a USDOT number and operating authority who does 
not at the time of application have an active registration or USDOT, 
Motor Carrier (MC), Mexico owned or controlled (MX) or Freight 
Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active registration or 
USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number.
    (c) Form MCSA-1, is the URS online application, and both the 
application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site 
at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (d) This section is in effect from December 12, 2015 through 
September 29, 2016.

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25. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  368.3 by revising 
paragraphs (a), (b), and (f) to read as follows:


Sec.  368.3  Applying for a certificate of registration.

    (a) If you wish to obtain a certificate of registration under this 
part, you must electronically file an application that includes the 
following:
    (1) Form MCSA-1--URS online application.

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    (2) Form BOC-3--Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, Brokers and 
Freight Forwarders or indicate on the application that the applicant 
will use a process agent service that will submit the Form BOC-3 
electronically.
    (b) The FMCSA will only process your application for a Certificate 
of Registration if it meets the following conditions:
    (1) The application must be completed in English;
    (2) The information supplied must be accurate and complete in 
accordance with the instructions to Form MCSA-1, the URS online 
application, and Form BOC-3.
    (3) The application must include all the required supporting 
documents and applicable certifications set forth in the instructions 
to Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, and Form BOC-3.
* * * * *
    (f) Form MCSA-1 is the URS online application and is available, 
including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.

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26. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  368.4 by revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  368.4  Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant 
information.

    (a) You must notify FMCSA of any changes or corrections to the 
information in Section A of Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, or 
the Form BOC-3, Designation of Agents-Motor Carriers, Brokers and 
Freight Forwarders, during the application process or while you have a 
Certificate of Registration. You must notify FMCSA in writing within 30 
days of the change or correction.
* * * * *

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27. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  368.8 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  368.8  Appeals.

    An applicant has the right to appeal denial of the application. The 
appeal must be in writing and specify in detail why the Agency's 
decision to deny the application was wrong. The appeal must be filed 
with the FMCSA, Office of Registration and Safety Information within 20 
days of the date of the letter denying the application.

PART 385--SAFETY FITNESS PROCEDURES

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28. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 385 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 113, 504, 521(b), 5105(e), 5109, 5113, 
13901-13905, 13908, 31136, 31144, 31148, 31151, and 31502; Sec. 350 
of Pub. L. 107-87; and 49 CFR 1.87.


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29. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.301 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.301  What is a motor carrier required to do before beginning 
interstate operations?

    (a) Before a motor carrier of property or passengers begins 
interstate operations, it must register with FMCSA and receive a USDOT 
Number. In addition, for-hire motor carriers must obtain operating 
authority from FMCSA, unless exclusively providing transportation 
exempt from the commercial registration requirements in 49 U.S.C. 
chapter 139. Both the USDOT Number and operating authority are obtained 
by following registration procedures described in 49 CFR part 390, 
subpart E. Part 365 of this chapter provides detailed instructions for 
obtaining operating authority.
    (b) This subpart applies to motor carriers domiciled in the United 
States and Canada.
    (c) The regulations in this subpart do not apply to a Mexico-
domiciled motor carrier. A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier of property 
or passengers must register with FMCSA by following the registration 
procedures described in 49 CFR parts 365, 368 and 390. Parts 365 (for 
long-haul carriers) and 368 (for commercial zone carriers) of this 
chapter provide detailed information about how a Mexico-domiciled motor 
carrier may obtain operating authority.

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30. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.303 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.303  How does a motor carrier register with the FMCSA?

    A motor carrier registers with FMCSA by completing Form MCSA-1, the 
URS online application which is available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. Complete instructions for the Form MCSA-1 also are available at 
the same location.

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31. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.305 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.305  What happens after the FMCSA receives a request for new 
entrant registration?

    (a) The applicant for new entrant registration will be directed to 
the FMCSA Internet Web site (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov) to secure and/or 
complete the application package online.
    (b) The application package will include the following:
    (1) Educational and technical assistance material regarding the 
requirements of the FMCSRs and HMRs, if applicable.
    (2) Form MCSA-, the URS online application. This form is used to 
obtain both a USDOT Number and operating authority.
    (c) Upon completion of the application form, the new entrant will 
be issued an inactive USDOT Number. An applicant may not begin 
operations nor mark a commercial motor vehicle with the USDOT Number 
until after the date of the Agency's written notice that the USDOT 
Number has been activated. Violations of this section may be subject to 
the penalties under Sec.  392.9b(b) of this chapter.
    (d) Additional requirements for certain for-hire motor carriers. 
For-hire motor carriers, unless providing transportation exempt from 
the commercial registration requirements in 49 U.S.C. chapter 139, must 
obtain operating authority as prescribed under Sec.  390.201(b) and 
part 365 of this chapter before operating in interstate commerce.

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32. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.329 by revising 
paragraphs (b) introductory text, (b)(1), (c)(1) and (d) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.329  May a new entrant that has had its USDOT new entrant 
registration revoked and its operations placed out of service reapply?

* * * * *
    (b) If the USDOT new entrant registration was revoked because of a 
failed safety audit, the new entrant must do all of the following:
    (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
* * * * *
    (d) If the new entrant is a for-hire motor carrier subject to the 
registration provisions of 49 U.S.C. chapter 139 and also has had its 
operating authority revoked, it must re-apply for operating authority 
as set forth in Sec.  390.201(b) and part 365 of this chapter.

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33. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.405 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.405  How does a motor carrier apply for a safety permit?

    (a) Application form. (1) To apply for a new safety permit or 
renewal of the safety permit, a motor carrier must complete and submit 
Form MCSA-1, the URS online application and meet the requirements under 
49 CFR part 390, subpart E.
    (2) Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, will also satisfy the 
requirements for obtaining and renewing a USDOT Number.
    (b) Where to get forms and instructions. Form MCSA-1, the URS 
online application, is available,

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including complete instructions, at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (c) Signature and certification. An official of the motor carrier 
must sign and certify that the information is correct on each form the 
motor carrier submits.
    (d) Updating information. A motor carrier holding a safety permit 
must report to FMCSA any change in the information on its Form MCSA-1 
within 30 days of the change. The motor carrier must use Form MCSA-1, 
the URS online application, to report the new information.

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34. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.409 by revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  385.409  When may a temporary safety permit be issued to a motor 
carrier?

    (a) Temporary safety permit. If a motor carrier does not meet the 
criteria of Sec.  385.407(a), FMCSA may issue it a temporary safety 
permit. To obtain a temporary safety permit, a motor carrier must 
certify on Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, that it is 
operating in full compliance with the HMRs, with the FMCSRs, and/or 
comparable State regulations, whichever is applicable; and with the 
minimum financial responsibility requirements in part 387 of this 
subchapter or in State regulations, whichever is applicable.
* * * * *

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35. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.419 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.419  How long is a safety permit effective?

    Unless suspended or revoked, a safety permit (other than a 
temporary safety permit) is effective for two years, except that:
    (a) A safety permit will be subject to revocation if a motor 
carrier fails to submit a renewal application (Form MCSA-1, the URS 
online application) in accordance with the schedule set forth for 
filing Form MCSA-1 in part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter; and
    (b) An existing safety permit will remain in effect pending FMCSA's 
processing of an application for renewal if a motor carrier submits the 
required application (Form MCSA-1) in accordance with the schedule set 
forth in part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter.

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36. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.421 by revising 
paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) to read as follows:


Sec.  385.421  Under what circumstances will a safety permit be subject 
to revocation or suspension by FMCSA?

    (a) * * *
    (1) A motor carrier fails to submit a renewal application (Form 
MCSA-1) in accordance with the schedule set forth in part 390, subpart 
E, of this subchapter.
    (2) A motor carrier provides any false or misleading information on 
its application form (Form MCSA-1) or as part of updated information it 
is providing on Form MCSA-1 (see Sec.  385.405(d)).
* * * * *

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37. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  385.603 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  385.603  Application.

    (a) Each applicant applying under this subpart must submit an 
application that consists of:
    (1) Form MCSA-1, the URS online application; and
    (2) A notification of the means used to designate process agents, 
either by submission in the application package of Form BOC-3, 
Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, 
or a letter stating that the applicant will use a process agent service 
that will submit the Form BOC-3 electronically.
    (b) The FMCSA will process an application only if it meets the 
following conditions:
    (1) The application must be completed in English.
    (2) The information supplied must be accurate, complete, and 
include all required supporting documents and applicable certifications 
in accordance with the instructions to Form MCSA-1 and Form BOC-3.
    (3) The application must include the filing fee payable to the 
FMCSA in the amount set forth at 49 CFR 360.3(f)(1).
    (4) The application must be signed by the applicant.
    (c) An applicant must electronically file Form MCSA-1.
    (d) Form MCSA-1 is the URS online application and is available, 
including complete instructions, at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.

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38. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.607 by revising 
paragraph (e)(2) to read as follows:


Sec.  385.607  FMCSA action on the application.

* * * * *
    (e) * * *
    (2) File or have its process agent(s) electronically submit, Form 
BOC-3--Designation of Agents--Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight 
Forwarders, as required by part 366 of this subchapter.
* * * * *

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39. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.609 by revising 
paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows:


385.609  Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant 
information.

    (a) * * *
    (2) A motor carrier subject to this subpart must notify FMCSA of 
any changes or corrections to the information in Section A of Form 
MCSA-1 that occur during the application process or after the motor 
carrier has been granted new entrant registration. The motor carrier 
must report the changes or corrections within 30 days of the change. 
The motor carrier must use Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, to 
report the new information.
* * * * *

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40. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  385.713 by revising 
paragraphs (b) introductory text, (b)(1), (c) introductory text, 
(c)(1), and (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  385.713  Reapplying for new entrant registration.

* * * * *
    (b) If the provisional new entrant registration was revoked because 
the new entrant failed to receive a Satisfactory rating after 
undergoing a compliance review, the new entrant must do all of the 
following:
    (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application;
* * * * *
    (c) If the provisional new entrant registration was revoked because 
FMCSA found the new entrant failed to submit to a compliance review, 
the new entrant must do all of the following:
    (1) Submit an updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application;
* * * * *
    (d) If the new entrant is a for-hire carrier subject to the 
registration provisions under 49 U.S.C. 13901 and also has had its 
operating authority revoked, it must reapply for operating authority as 
set forth in Sec.  390.201(b) and part 365 of this subchapter.

PART 387--MINIMUM LEVELS OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MOTOR 
CARRIERS

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41. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 387 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 13101, 13301, 13906, 13908, 14701, 31138, 
and 31139; and 49 CFR 1.87.


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42. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.19 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.19  Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund agreements, 
certificates of insurance and cancellations.

    (a) Insurers of exempt for-hire motor carriers, as defined in Sec.  
390.5 of this

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subchapter, and private motor carriers that transport hazardous 
materials in interstate commerce that are registered with FMCSA on 
September 30, 2016, must file certificates of insurance, surety bonds, 
and other securities and agreements with FMCSA by December 31, 2016. 
Insurers of all other exempt for-hire motor carriers, as defined in 
Sec.  390.5 of this subchapter, and private motor carriers that 
transport hazardous materials in interstate commerce must file 
certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and other securities and 
agreements with FMCSA at the time of the application for registration. 
These filings must be made electronically in accordance with the 
requirements and procedures set forth at Sec.  387.323.
    (b) The requirements of this section do not apply to motor carriers 
excepted under Sec.  387.7(b)(3).

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43. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.33 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.33  Financial responsibility, minimum levels.

    (a) General limits. The minimum levels of financial responsibility 
referred to in Sec.  387.31 are prescribed as follows:

SCHEDULE OF LIMITS

Public Liability

    For-hire motor carriers of passengers operating in interstate or 
foreign commerce.

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                Vehicle seating capacity                  Minimum limits
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(1) Any vehicle with a seating capacity of 16 passengers      $5,000,000
 or more, including the driver \1\......................
(2) Any vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 passengers       1,500,000
 or less, including the driver \1\......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Except as provided in Sec.   387.27(b).

    (b) Limits applicable to transit service providers. Notwithstanding 
the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, the minimum level of 
financial responsibility for a motor vehicle used to provide 
transportation services within a transit service area located in more 
than one State under an agreement with a Federal, State, or local 
government funded, in whole or in part, with a grant under 49 U.S.C. 
5307, 5310 or 5311, including transportation designed and carried out 
to meet the special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with 
disabilities, will be the highest level required for any of the States 
in which it operates. This paragraph applies to transit service 
providers that operate in more than one State, as well as transit 
service providers that operate in only one State but interline with 
other motor carriers that provide interstate transportation within or 
outside the transit service area. Transit service providers conducting 
such operations must register as for-hire passenger carriers under part 
365, subpart A and part 390, subpart E, of this subchapter, identify 
the State(s) in which they operate under the applicable grants, and 
certify on their registration documents that they have in effect 
financial responsibility levels in an amount equal to or greater than 
the highest level required by any of the States in which they are 
operating under a qualifying grant.

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44. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.43 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.43  Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund agreements, 
certificates of insurance and cancellations.

    (a) Insurers of for-hire motor carriers of passengers that are 
registered with FMCSA on September 30, 2016, must file certificates of 
insurance, surety bonds, and other securities and agreements with FMCSA 
by December 31, 2016. Insurers of all other exempt for-hire motor 
carriers of passengers must file certificates of insurance, surety 
bonds, and other securities and agreements with FMCSA at the time of 
the application for registration. These filings must be made 
electronically in accordance with the requirements and procedures set 
forth at Sec.  387.323.
    (b) This section does not apply to motor carriers excepted under 
Sec.  387.31(b)(3).

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45. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  387.301 by revising 
paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  387.301  Surety bond, certificate of insurance, or other 
securities.

    (a) Public liability. (1) No for-hire motor carrier or foreign 
(Mexican) motor private carrier or foreign motor carrier transporting 
exempt commodities subject to Subtitle IV, part B, chapter 135 of title 
49, United States Code, shall engage in interstate or foreign commerce, 
and no certificate shall be issued to such a carrier or remain in force 
unless and until there shall have been filed with and accepted by the 
FMCSA surety bonds, certificates of insurance, proof of qualifications 
as self-insurer, or other securities or agreements, in the amounts 
prescribed in Sec.  387.303, conditioned to pay any final judgment 
recovered against such motor carrier for bodily injuries to or the 
death of any person resulting from the negligent operation, maintenance 
or use of motor vehicles in transportation subject to Subtitle IV, part 
B, chapter 135 of title 49, U.S.C., or for loss of or damage to 
property of others, or, in the case of motor carriers of property 
operating freight vehicles described in Sec.  387.303(b)(2), for 
environmental restoration.
* * * * *

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46. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  387.303 by revising 
paragraph (b)(1)(iii) to read as follows:


Sec.  387.303  Security for the protection of the public: Minimum 
limits.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (iii) Limits applicable to transit service providers. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (b)(1)(ii) of this section, 
the minimum level of financial responsibility for a motor vehicle used 
to provide transportation services within a transit service area under 
an agreement with a Federal, State, or local government funded, in 
whole or in part, with a grant under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310 or 5311, 
including transportation designed and carried out to meet the special 
needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities, will be 
the highest level required for any of the States in which it operates. 
This paragraph applies to transit service providers who operate in a 
transit service area located in more than one State, as well as transit 
service providers who operate in only one State but interline with 
other motor carriers that provide interstate transportation within or 
outside the transit service area. Transit service providers conducting 
such operations must register as for-hire passenger carriers under part 
365, subpart A and part 390, subpart E of this subchapter, identify the 
State(s) in which they operate under the applicable grants, and certify 
on their registration documents that they have in effect financial 
responsibility levels in an amount equal to or greater than the highest 
level required by any of the States in which they are operating under a 
qualifying grant.
* * * * *

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47. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  387.313 by revising 
paragraphs (b) and (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  387.313  Forms and procedures.

* * * * *
    (b) Filing and copies. Certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and 
notices of cancellation must be filed with the FMCSA at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
* * * * *
    (d) Cancellation notice. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of 
this section, surety bonds, certificates of insurance, and other 
securities or

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agreements shall not be cancelled or withdrawn until 30 days after 
written notice has been submitted to http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov on the 
prescribed form (Form BMC-35, Notice of Cancellation Motor Carrier 
Policies of Insurance under 49 U.S.C. 13906, and BMC-36, Notice of 
Cancellation Motor Carrier and Broker Surety Bonds, as appropriate) by 
the insurance company, surety or sureties, motor carrier, broker or 
other party thereto, as the case may be, which period of thirty (30) 
days shall commence to run from the date such notice on the prescribed 
form is filed with FMCSA at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
* * * * *

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48. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.323 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.323  Electronic filing of surety bonds, trust fund 
agreements, certificates of insurance and cancellations.

    (a) Insurers must electronically file forms BMC 34, BMC 35, BMC 36, 
BMC 82, BMC 83, BMC 84, BMC 85, BMC 91, and BMC 91X in accordance with 
the requirements and procedures set forth in paragraphs (b) through (d) 
of this section.
    (b) Each insurer must obtain authorization to file electronically 
by registering with the FMCSA. An individual account number and 
password for computer access will be issued to each registered insurer.
    (c) Filings must be transmitted online via the Internet at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
    (d) All registered insurers agree to furnish upon request to the 
FMCSA a copy of any policy (or policies) and all certificates of 
insurance, endorsements, surety bonds, trust fund agreements, proof of 
qualification to self-insure or other insurance filings.

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49. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.403 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.403  General requirements.

    (a) Cargo. A household goods freight forwarder may not operate 
until it has filed with FMCSA an appropriate surety bond, certificate 
of insurance, qualifications as a self-insurer, or other securities or 
agreements, in the amounts prescribed at Sec.  387.405, for loss of or 
damage to household goods.
    (b) Public liability. A freight forwarder may not perform transfer, 
collection, or delivery service until it has filed with the FMCSA an 
appropriate surety bond, certificate of insurance, qualifications as a 
self-insurer, or other securities or agreements, in the amounts 
prescribed at Sec.  387.405, conditioned to pay any final judgment 
recovered against such freight forwarder for bodily injury to or the 
death of any person, or loss of or damage to property (except cargo) of 
others, or, in the case of freight vehicles described at Sec.  
387.303(b)(2), for environmental restoration, resulting from the 
negligent operation, maintenance, or use of motor vehicles operated by 
or under its control in performing such service.
    (c) Surety bond or trust fund. A freight forwarder must have a 
surety bond or trust fund in effect. The FMCSA will not issue a freight 
forwarder license until a surety bond or trust fund for the full limit 
of liability prescribed in Sec.  387.405 is in effect. The freight 
forwarder license shall remain valid or effective only as long as a 
surety bond or trust fund remains in effect and ensures the financial 
responsibility of the freight forwarder. The requirements applicable to 
property broker surety bonds and trust funds in Sec.  387.307 shall 
apply to the surety bond or trust fund required by this paragraph.

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50. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  387.413 by revising 
paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  387.413  Forms and procedures.

* * * * *
    (b) Procedure. Certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and notices 
of cancellation must be electronically filed with the FMCSA.
* * * * *

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51. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  387.419 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  387.419  Electronic filing of surety bonds, certificates of 
insurance and cancellations.

    Insurers must electronically file certificates of insurance, surety 
bonds, and other securities and agreements and notices of cancellation 
in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth at Sec.  
387.323.

PART 390--FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL

0
52. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 390 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 504, 508, 13301, 13902, 13908, 31132, 
31133, 31136, 31144, 31151, 31502, 31504; sec. 114, Pub. L. 103-311, 
108 Stat. 1673, 1677; sec. 212, 217, Pub. L. 106-159, 113 Stat. 
1748, 1767, 1773; sec. 229 Pub. L. 106-159 (as transferred by sec. 
4114 and amended by secs. 4130-4132, Pub. L. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 
1726, 1743-44); sec. 32101(d) and 32934, Pub. L. 112-141, 126 Stat. 
405, 778, 830; sec. 2, Pub. L. 113-125, 128 Stat. 1388, and 49 CFR 
1.81, 1.81a, and 1.87.


Sec.  390.3  [Amended]

0
53. Effective October 21, 2015, amendatory instruction #1 from the 
correction to Sec.  390.3 published at 78 FR 63100 (October 23, 2013) 
is withdrawn.

0
54. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  390.3 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  390.3  General applicability.

    (a) The rules in subchapter B of this chapter are applicable to all 
employers, employees, and commercial motor vehicles that transport 
property or passengers in interstate commerce.
    (b) The rules in part 383 of this chapter, Commercial Driver's 
License Standards; Requirements and Penalties, are applicable to every 
person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Sec.  
383.5 of this subchapter, in interstate or intrastate commerce and to 
all employers of such persons.
    (c) The rules in part 387 of this chapter, Minimum Levels of 
Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, are applicable to motor 
carriers as provided in Sec. Sec.  387.3 or 387.27 of this chapter.
    (d) Additional requirements. Nothing in subchapter B of this 
chapter shall be construed to prohibit an employer from requiring and 
enforcing more stringent requirements relating to safety of operation 
and employee safety and health.
    (e) Knowledge of and compliance with the regulations. (1) Every 
employer shall be knowledgeable of and comply with all regulations 
contained in this subchapter that are applicable to that motor 
carrier's operations.
    (2) Every driver and employee involved in motor carrier operations 
shall be instructed regarding, and shall comply with, all applicable 
regulations contained in this subchapter.
    (3) All motor vehicle equipment and accessories required by this 
chapter shall be maintained in compliance with all applicable 
performance and design criteria set forth in this subchapter.
    (f) Exceptions. Unless otherwise specifically provided, the rules 
in this subchapter do not apply to--
    (1) All school bus operations as defined in Sec.  390.5 except for 
the provisions of Sec. Sec.  391.15(e) and (f), 392.80, and 392.82 of 
this chapter;
    (2) Transportation performed by the Federal government, a State, or 
any political subdivision of a State, or an agency established under a 
compact between States that has been approved by the Congress of the 
United States;
    (3) The occasional transportation of personal property by 
individuals not for compensation and not in the furtherance of a 
commercial enterprise;
    (4) The transportation of human corpses or sick and injured 
persons;

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    (5) The operation of fire trucks and rescue vehicles while involved 
in emergency and related operations;
    (6) The operation of commercial motor vehicles designed or used to 
transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), not for 
direct compensation, provided the vehicle does not otherwise meet the 
definition of a commercial motor vehicle, except for the provisions of 
Sec. Sec.  391.15(e) and (f), 392.80, and 392.82, and except that motor 
carriers operating such vehicles are required to comply with Sec. Sec.  
390.15, 390.21(a) and (b)(2), 390.201 and 390.205.
    (7) Either a driver of a commercial motor vehicle used primarily in 
the transportation of propane winter heating fuel or a driver of a 
motor vehicle used to respond to a pipeline emergency, if such 
regulations would prevent the driver from responding to an emergency 
condition requiring immediate response as defined in Sec.  390.5.
    (g) Motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in intrastate 
commerce. The rules in the following provisions of this subchapter 
apply to motor carriers that transport hazardous materials in 
intrastate commerce and to the motor vehicles that transport hazardous 
materials in intrastate commerce:
    (1) Part 385, subparts A and E, for carriers subject to the 
requirements of Sec.  385.403 of this subchapter.
    (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal 
Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials 
Proceedings, of this subchapter.
    (3) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor 
Carriers, to the extent provided in Sec.  387.3 of this subchapter.
    (4) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System, and Sec.  
390.21, Marking of CMVs, for carriers subject to the requirements of 
Sec.  385.403 of this subchapter. Intrastate motor carriers operating 
prior to January 1, 2005, are excepted from Sec.  390.201.
    (h) Intermodal equipment providers. The rules in the following 
provisions of this subchapter apply to intermodal equipment providers:
    (1) Subpart F, Intermodal Equipment Providers, of Part 385, Safety 
Fitness Procedures.
    (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal 
Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials 
Proceedings.
    (3) Part 390, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General, 
except Sec.  390.15(b) concerning accident registers.
    (4) Part 393, Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation.
    (5) Part 396, Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance.
    (i) Brokers. The rules in the following provisions of this 
subchapter apply to brokers that are required to register with the 
Agency pursuant to 49 U.S.C. chapter 139.
    (1) Part 371, Brokers of Property.
    (2) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal 
Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials 
Proceedings.
    (3) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor 
Carriers, to the extent provided in subpart C of that part.
    (4) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System.
    (j) Freight forwarders. The rules in the following provisions of 
this subchapter apply to freight forwarders that are required to 
register with the Agency pursuant to 49 U.S.C. chapter 139.
    (1) Part 386, Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal 
Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials 
Proceedings.
    (2) Part 387, Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor 
Carriers, to the extent provided in subpart D of that part.
    (3) Subpart E of this part, Unified Registration System.
    (k) Cargo tank facilities. The rules in subpart E of this part, 
Unified Registration System, apply to each cargo tank and cargo tank 
motor vehicle manufacturer, assembler, repairer, inspector, tester, and 
design certifying engineer that is subject to registration requirements 
under 49 CFR 107.502 and 49 U.S.C. 5108.

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55. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  390.5 by revising the 
definition of ``Exempt motor carrier'' to read as follows:


Sec.  390.5  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Exempt motor carrier means a person engaged in transportation 
exempt from economic regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration (FMCSA) under 49 U.S.C. chapter 135 but subject to the 
safety regulations set forth in this subchapter.
* * * * *

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56. Effective September 30, 2016, revise Sec.  390.19 to read as 
follows:


Sec.  390.19  Motor carrier identification reports for certain Mexico-
domiciled motor carriers.

    (a) Applicability. A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier requesting 
authority to provide transportation of property or passengers in 
interstate commerce between Mexico and points in the United States 
beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the United States-
Mexico international border must file Form MCS-150 with FMCSA as 
follows:
    (b) Filing schedule. Each motor carrier must file the appropriate 
form under paragraph (a) of this section at the following times:
    (1) Before it begins operations; and
    (2) Every 24 months, according to the following schedule:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
           USDOT No. ending in                Must file by last day of
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1........................................  January.
2........................................  February.
3........................................  March.
4........................................  April.
5........................................  May.
6........................................  June.
7........................................  July.
8........................................  August.
9........................................  September.
0........................................  October.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (3) If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor 
carrier shall file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If 
the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier 
shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year.
    (4) A person that fails to complete biennial updates to the 
information pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this section is subject to 
the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 U.S.C. 
14901(a), as appropriate, and deactivation of its USDOT Number.
    (c) Availability of forms. The Form MCS-150 and complete 
instructions are available from the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs; from all FMCSA Service Centers and Division 
offices nationwide; or by calling 1-800-832-5660.
    (d) Where to file. The Form MCS-150 must be filed with the FMCSA 
Office of Registration and Safety Information. The form may be filed 
electronically according to the instructions at the Agency's Web site, 
or it may be sent to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 
Office of Registration and Safety Information, MC-RS 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    (e) Special instructions. A motor carrier should submit the Form 
MCS-150 along with its application for operating authority (OP-1(MX)), 
to the appropriate address referenced on that form, or may submit it 
electronically or by mail separately to the address mentioned in 
paragraph (d) of this section.

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    (f) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier 
may be used on the Form MCS-150.
    (g)(1) A motor carrier that fails to file the Form MCS-150 or 
furnishes misleading information or makes false statements upon the 
form, is subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B).
    (2) A motor carrier that fails to update the Form MCS-150 as 
required in paragraph (b) will have its USDOT Number deactivated and 
will be prohibited from conducting transportation.
    (h)(1) Upon receipt and processing of the form described in 
paragraph (a) of this section, FMCSA will issue the motor carrier or 
intermodal equipment provider an identification number (USDOT Number).
    (2) A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier seeking to provide 
transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce between 
Mexico and points in the United States beyond the municipalities and 
commercial zones along the United States-Mexico international border 
must pass the pre-authorization safety audit under Sec.  365.507 of 
this subchapter. The Agency will not issue a USDOT Number until 
expiration of the protest period provided in Sec.  365.115 of this 
chapter or--if a protest is received-after FMCSA denies or rejects the 
protest.
    (3) The motor carrier must display the USDOT Number on each self-
propelled CMV, as defined in Sec.  390.5, along with the additional 
information required by Sec.  390.21.

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57. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  390.21 by revising 
paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows:


Sec.  390.21  Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (1) The legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier 
operating the self-propelled CMV, as listed on the Form MCSA-1, the URS 
online application, or the motor carrier identification report (Form 
MCS-150) and submitted in accordance with Sec.  390.201 or Sec.  
390.19, as appropriate.
* * * * *

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58. Effective September 30, 2016, amend Sec.  390.40 by revising 
paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  390.40  What responsibilities do intermodal equipment providers 
have under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 
350-399)?

* * * * *
    (a) Identify its operations to the FMCSA by filing the Form MCSA-1 
required by Sec.  390.201.
* * * * *

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59. Effective December 12, 2015 until September 29, 2016, add a new 
subpart E consisting of Sec.  390.T200 to read as follows:
Subpart E--URS Online Application
Sec.
390.T200 USDOT Registration.

Subpart E--URS Online Application


Sec.  390.T200  USDOT Registration.

    (a) Purpose. This section establishes who must register with FMCSA 
using the Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, beginning on 
December 12, 2015 and continuing through September 29, 2016.
    (b) Applicability. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this 
part or 49 CFR 385.305(b)(2), a new applicant private motor carrier or 
new applicant exempt for-hire motor carrier subject to the requirements 
of this subchapter must file Form MCSA-1 with FMCSA to identify its 
operations with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 
safety oversight. Form MCSA-1 is the URS online application, and both 
the application and its instructions are available from the FMCSA Web 
site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (c) Definition. For purposes of this section, a ``new applicant'' 
is an entity applying for operating authority registration and a USDOT 
number who does not at the time of application have an active 
registration or USDOT, Motor Carrier (MC), Mexican owned or controlled 
(MX), or Freight Forwarder (FF) number, and who has never had an active 
registration or USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number.
    (d) Effective period. This section is in effect from December 12, 
2015, through September 29, 2016.

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60. Effective September 30, 2016,, revise subpart E, as published 
August 23, 2013 (78 FR 52654) to read as follows:
Subpart E--Unified Registration System
Sec.
390.201 USDOT Registration.
390.203 PRISM State registration/biennial updates.
390.205 Special requirements for registration.
390.207 Other governing regulations.
390.209 Pre-authorization safety audit.

Subpart E--Unified Registration System


Sec.  390.201  USDOT Registration.

    (a) Purpose. This section establishes who must register with FMCSA 
under the Unified Registration System, the filing schedule, and general 
information pertaining to persons subject to the Unified Registration 
System registration requirements.
    (b) Applicability. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (g) of this 
section, each motor carrier (including a private motor carrier, an 
exempt for-hire motor carrier, a non-exempt for-hire motor carrier, and 
a motor carrier of passengers that participates in a through ticketing 
arrangement with one or more interstate for-hire motor carriers of 
passengers), intermodal equipment provider, broker and freight 
forwarder subject to the requirements of this subchapter must file Form 
MCSA-1, the URS online application, with FMCSA to:
    (i) Identify its operations with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration for safety oversight, as applicable;
    (ii) Obtain operating authority required under 49 U.S.C. chapter 
139, as applicable; and
    (iii) Obtain a hazardous materials safety permit as required under 
49 U.S.C. 5109, as applicable.
    (2) A cargo tank and cargo tank motor vehicle manufacturer, 
assembler, repairer, inspector, tester, and design certifying engineer 
that is subject to registration requirements under 49 CFR 107.502 and 
49 U.S.C. 5108 must satisfy those requirements by electronically filing 
Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, with FMCSA.
    (c) General. (1)(i) A person that fails to file Form MCSA-1, the 
URS online application, pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section is 
subject to the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 
U.S.C. 14901(a), as appropriate.
    (ii) A person that fails to complete biennial updates to the 
information pursuant to paragraph (d)(2) of this section is subject to 
the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) or 49 U.S.C. 
14901(a), as appropriate, and deactivation of its USDOT Number.
    (iii) A person that furnishes misleading information or makes false 
statements upon Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, is subject to 
the penalties prescribed in 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B), 49 U.S.C. 14901(a) 
or 49 U.S.C. 14907, as appropriate.
    (2) Upon receipt and processing of Form MCSA-1, the URS online 
application, FMCSA will issue the applicant an inactive identification 
number (USDOT Number). FMCSA will activate the USDOT Number after 
completion of applicable administrative filings pursuant to Sec.  
390.205(a), unless the applicant is subject to Sec.  390.205(b).

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An applicant may not begin operations nor mark a commercial motor 
vehicle with the USDOT Number until after the date of the Agency's 
written notice that the USDOT Number has been activated.
    (3) The motor carrier must display a valid USDOT Number on each 
self-propelled CMV, as defined in Sec.  390.5, along with the 
additional information required by Sec.  390.21.
    (d) Filing schedule. Each person listed under Sec.  390.201(b) must 
electronically file Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, at the 
following times:
    (1) Before it begins operations; and
    (2) Every 24 months as prescribed in paragraph (d)(3) of this 
section.
    (3)(i) Persons assigned a USDOT Number must file an updated Form 
MCSA-1, the URS online application, every 24 months, according to the 
following schedule:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           Must file by last day  of . .
        USDOT No. ending in . . .                        .
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1........................................  January.
2........................................  February.
3........................................  March.
4........................................  April.
5........................................  May.
6........................................  June.
7........................................  July.
8........................................  August.
9........................................  September.
0........................................  October.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (ii) If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the 
person must file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the 
next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the person must file 
its update in every even-numbered calendar year.
    (4) When there is a change in legal name, form of business, or 
address. A registered entity must notify the Agency of a change in 
legal name, form of business, or address within 30 days of the change 
by filing an updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, 
reflecting the revised information. Notification of a change in legal 
name, form of business, or address does not relieve a registered entity 
from the requirement to file an updated Form MCSA-1 every 24 months in 
accordance with paragraph (d)(3) of this section.
    (5) When there is a transfer of operating authority. (i) Both a 
person who obtains operating authority through a transfer, as defined 
in part 365, subpart D of this subchapter (transferee), and the person 
transferring its operating authority (transferor), must each notify the 
Agency of the transfer within 30 days of consummation of the transfer 
by filing:
    (A) An updated Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, for the 
transferor, and for the transferee, if the transferee had an existing 
USDOT Number at the time of the transfer; or
    (B) A new Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, if the 
transferee did not have an existing USDOT Number at the time of the 
transfer.
    (C) A copy of the operating authority that is being transferred.
    (ii) Notification of a transfer of operating authority does not 
relieve a registered entity from the requirement to file an updated 
Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, every 24 months in accordance 
with paragraph (d)(3) of this section.
    (e) Availability of form. Form MCSA-1, the URS online application 
is available, including complete instructions, from the FMCSA Web site 
at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (f) Where to file. Persons subject to the registration requirements 
under this subpart must electronically file Form MCSA-1, the URS online 
application, on the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs.
    (g) Exception. The rules in this subpart do not govern the 
application by a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier to provide 
transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce between 
Mexico and points in the United States beyond the municipalities and 
commercial zones along the United States-Mexico international border. 
The applicable procedures governing transportation by Mexico-domiciled 
motor carriers are provided in Sec.  390.19.


Sec.  390.203  PRISM State registration/biennial updates.

    (a) A motor carrier that registers its vehicles in a State that 
participates in the Performance and Registration Information Systems 
Management (PRISM) program (authorized under section 4004 of the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century [Public Law 105-178, 112 
Stat. 107]) alternatively may satisfy the requirements set forth in 
Sec.  390.201 by electronically filing all the required USDOT 
registration and biennial update information with the State according 
to its policies and procedures, provided the State has integrated the 
USDOT registration/update capability into its vehicle registration 
program.
    (b) If the State procedures do not allow a motor carrier to file 
the Form MCSA-1, the URS online application, or to submit updates 
within the period specified in Sec.  390.201(d)(2), a motor carrier 
must complete such filings directly with FMCSA.
    (c) A for-hire motor carrier, unless providing transportation 
exempt from the commercial registration requirements of 49 U.S.C. 
chapter 139, must obtain operating authority as prescribed under Sec.  
390.201(b) and part 365 of this subchapter before operating in 
interstate commerce.


Sec.  390.205  Special requirements for registration.

    (a)(1) General. A person applying to operate as a motor carrier, 
broker, or freight forwarder under this subpart must make the 
additional filings described in paragraphs (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this 
section as a condition for registration under this subpart within 90 
days of the date on which the application is filed:
    (2) Evidence of financial responsibility. (i) A person that 
registers to conduct operations in interstate commerce as a for-hire 
motor carrier, a broker, or a freight forwarder must file evidence of 
financial responsibility as required under part 387, subparts C and D 
of this subchapter.
    (ii) A person that registers to transport hazardous materials as 
defined in 49 CFR 171.8 (or any quantity of a material listed as a 
select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73) in interstate commerce must 
file evidence of financial responsibility as required under part 387, 
subpart C of this subchapter.
    (3) Designation of agent for service of process. All motor carriers 
(both private and for-hire), brokers and freight forwarders required to 
register under this subpart must designate an agent for service of 
process (a person upon whom court or Agency process may be served) 
following the rules in part 366 of this subchapter:
    (b) If an application is subject to a protest period, the Agency 
will not activate a USDOT Number until expiration of the protest period 
provided in Sec.  365.115 of this subchapter or--if a protest is 
received--after FMCSA denies or rejects the protest, as applicable.


Sec.  390.207  Other governing regulations.

    (a) Motor carriers. (1) A motor carrier granted registration under 
this part must successfully complete the applicable New Entrant Safety 
Assurance Program as described in paragraphs (a)(1)(i) through 
(a)(1)(iii) of this section as a condition for permanent registration:
    (i) A U.S.- or Canada-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the new 
entrant safety assurance program under part 385, subpart D, of this 
subchapter.
    (ii) A Mexico-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the safety 
monitoring program under part 385, subpart B of this subchapter.
    (iii) A Non-North America-domiciled motor carrier is subject to the 
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monitoring program under part 385, subpart I of this subchapter.
    (2) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier 
may be used on the Form MCSA-1, the URS online application.
    (b) Brokers, freight forwarders and non-exempt for-hire motor 
carriers. (1) A broker or freight forwarder must obtain operating 
authority pursuant to part 365 of this chapter as a condition for 
obtaining USDOT Registration.
    (2) A motor carrier registering to engage in transportation that is 
not exempt from economic regulation by FMCSA must obtain operating 
authority pursuant to part 365 of this subchapter as a condition for 
obtaining USDOT Registration.
    (c) Intermodal equipment providers. An intermodal equipment 
provider is subject to the requirements of subpart C of this part.
    (1) Only the legal name or a single trade name of the intermodal 
equipment provider may be used on the Form MCSA-1, the URS online 
application.
    (2) The intermodal equipment provider must identify each unit of 
interchanged intermodal equipment by its assigned USDOT Number.
    (d) Hazardous materials safety permit applicants. A person who 
applies for a hazardous materials safety permit is subject to the 
requirements of part 385, subpart E, of this subchapter.
    (e) Cargo tank facilities. A cargo tank facility is subject to the 
requirements of 49 CFR part 107, subpart F, 49 CFR part 172, subpart H, 
and 49 CFR part 180.


Sec.  390.209  Pre-authorization safety audit.

    A non-North America-domiciled motor carrier seeking to provide 
transportation of property or passengers in interstate commerce within 
the United States must pass the pre-authorization safety audit under 
Sec.  385.607(c) of this subchapter as a condition for receiving 
registration under this part.

PART 392--DRIVING OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES

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61. Effective September 30, 2016, the authority citation for part 392 
is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 504, 521, 13902, 13908, 31136, 31151, 
31502; Section 112 of Public Law 103-311, 108 Stat. 1673, 1676 
(1994), as amended by sec. 32509 of Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 
405, 805 (2012); and 49 CFR 1.87.

    Issued under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: October 14, 
2015.
T.F. Scott Darling III,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-26625 Filed 10-19-15; 4:15 pm]
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