Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration February 9, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; TowMate, LLC Application for an Exemption
Document Number: 2016-02511
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its decision to grant TowMate, LLC's (TowMate) application for a limited two-year exemption to allow motor carriers to operate rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn, and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), all required lamps, with the exception of battery-powered lamps used on projecting loads, must be powered by the electrical system of the motor vehicle. The Agency has determined that use of rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn, and tail lighting systems during temporary towing operations would not have an adverse impact on safety, and use of these systems under the terms and conditions of the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation. This decision is consistent with an August 2005 amendment to the FMCSRs to allow battery powered lamps on the rear of projecting loads.
Motor Carriers of Passengers That Serve Primarily Urban Areas With High Passenger Loads
Document Number: 2016-02510
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This request for comments is related to the implementation of a specific provision in section 32707 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that requires an annual safety fitness assessment of certain motor carriers of passengers that serve primarily urban areas with high passenger loads. FMCSA requests comments about an appropriate definition of a ``curbside bus operator'' that will be subject to this annual safety fitness assessment and will be consistent with Congressional intent.