tourist bus

FMCSA withdraws proposed rule on passenger-carrying CMVs

May 3, 2017

Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ended its attempt to require states to set up yearly inspection programs for commercial motor vehicles that transport passengers.

The agency determined there was “not enough data and information available to support moving forward” with the proposed rule, according to a notice published in the May 1 Federal Register.

Input from various stakeholders was a major factor in the withdrawal, FMCSA stated. Among the feedback received was that current standards for yearly inspections, as recommended by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and other existing programs, already are adequate.

Commenters also said that FMCSA would need to consider the cost of the program and the need for nationwide training of inspectors to “eliminate inconsistencies in how inspection standards are applied.”

FMCSA stated that it “does not foresee the availability of federal funding to incentivize the states to adopt such programs.”