Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration September 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Compliance with Interstate Motor Carrier Noise Emission Standards: Exhaust Systems
Document Number: 06-8156
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA requests public comment on the merits of a petition for rulemaking filed by the Truck Manufacturers Association. This trade association, whose members include all of the major North American manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty trucks, has petitioned FMCSA to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to eliminate turbochargers from the list of equipment considered to be noise dissipative devices. The Truck Manufacturers Association contends that virtually all trucks are now equipped with turbochargers. Hence, these trucks cannot be cited for failure to meet the visual exhaust system inspection requirements of FMCSA's safety regulations if they have no muffler.
Hours of Service of Drivers: Withdrawal of Application for Exemption; FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
Document Number: 06-8123
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces that it is withdrawing its notice of an application for exemption upon the request of the applicant, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (FedEx).
Solicitation of Applications for FY 2007 Border Enforcement Grant Funding
Document Number: 06-8121
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has published an opportunity to apply for FY2007 Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) funding on the grants.gov Web site. Section 4110 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users established the BEG program. The program is a discretionary grant program that provides funding for border commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety programs and related enforcement activities and projects. An entity or a State that shares a land border with another country is eligible to receive grant funding. To apply for funding, applicants must register online with the grants.gov Web site (http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get registered.jsp), and submit an application in accordance with instructions provided. Applications for grant funding must be submitted electronically to the FMCSA through the grants.gov Web site.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 06-8119
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 18 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Kershaw Fruit & Cold Storage Co., Inc. and Kershaw Sunnyside Ranches, Inc.
Document Number: E6-15224
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA requests public comment on an application for an exemption received from Kershaw Fruit & Cold Storage Co., Inc. and Kershaw Sunnyside Ranches, Inc. regarding the transportation of wooden fruit bins from fields to cold storage and packing facilities. These companies seek the exemption because they believe compliance with the general cargo securement requirements prevents them from using more efficient and effective cargo securement methods. Kershaw Fruit & Cold Storage Co., Inc. and Kershaw Sunnyside Ranches, Inc. believe the alternative cargo securement method that they have historically used would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-14998
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 42 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Exemption to Allow Werner Enterprises, Inc. To Use Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology To Monitor and Record Drivers' Hours of Service
Document Number: E6-14797
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The FMCSA announces its decision to renew Werner Enterprises, Inc.'s (Werner) exemption from the Agency's requirement that drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operating in interstate commerce prepare handwritten records of duty status (RODS). Werner has requested that its exemption be renewed so that it may continue its practice of monitoring the hours of service (HOS) of its drivers by means of GPS technology and complementary computer programs. Werner proposes in this application that the terms and conditions of the current exemption remain in place for a second two-year period. The FMCSA believes that with the terms and conditions in place, Werner will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the requirement for a written RODS.