Policy and Legislative Services


Proposed rulemaking

  • This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes to modify an existing categorical exclusion (CE) for emergency repair projects under 23 U.S.C. 125 to include emergency projects as described in section 1315 of MAP–21. This notice of proposed rulemaking also requests comments on whether additional activities ought to be expressly included in the CE, consistent
    with the principles underlying emergency projects and sound transportation asset management. The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration seek comments on the proposals contained in this notice.

    DATES: Comments must be received on or before Nov. 30, 2012.

Statutory provisions

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration alerts motor carriers and enforcement officials of two statutory exemptions included in the MAP–21 transportation reauthorization legislation that are applicable to certain motor carriers engaged in the transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies. Section 32101 of MAP–21 provides a statutory exemption from the hours-of-service regulations for certain carriers transporting agricultural commodities
    and farm supplies and section 32934 provides a statutory exemption from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the operation of covered farm vehicles by farm and ranch operators, their employees, and certain other specified individuals under certain specific circumstances. The statutory provisions are self-executing and take effect on Oct. 1, 2012. This notice is intended to ensure that enforcement officials and the motor carriers are aware of the statutory provisions. The Agency will, at a later date, conform the FMCSRs to the
    statutory provisions.

    DATES: The legislative provisions are effective Oct. 1, 2012.