FMCSA extends compliance date of bus leasing and interchange rule

Individuals impacted now have until January 1, 2018

Posted March 16, 2016

On May 27, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register a final rule to identify motor carriers transporting passengers in interstate commerce and correctly assign responsibility to these entities for regulatory violations during inspections, compliance investigations, and crash investigations. FMCSA is extending the compliance date of the final rule until January 1, 2018.

According to FMCSA, the final rule will also provide the general public with the means to identify the responsible motor carrier at the time transportation services are provided.

The National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) had recommended that FMCSA regulate the leasing of passenger carriers in much the same way as it regulates the leasing of for-hire property carriers.

The original compliance date as set forth in the final rule was January 1, 2017.

FMCSA says the one-year extension of the compliance date will allow sufficient opportunity to review and, where appropriate, make adjustments due to a number of petitions for reconsideration.


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