[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 53 (Tuesday, March 21, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 14476-14477]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05525]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Parts 380, 383, and 384

[FMCSA-2007-27748]
RIN 2126-AB66


Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor 
Vehicle Operators

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; further delay of effective date.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in 
the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President 
and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this 
action temporarily delays, until May 22, 2017, the effective date of 
the final rule titled ``Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,'' initially effective on February 
6, 2017.

DATES: As of March 21, 2017, the effective date of the final rule 
published on December 8, 2016 (81 FR 88732), delayed until March 21, 
2017 at 82 FR 8903 on February 1, 2017, is further delayed until May 
22, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, Driver and 
Carrier Operations (MC-PSD) Division, FMCSA, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., 
Washington, DC 20590-0001, by telephone at 202-366-4325, or by email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FMCSA bases this action on the Presidential 
directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the 
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory 
Freeze Pending Review'' (the January 20, 2017, memorandum). That 
memorandum directed the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to 
temporarily postpone for 60 days from the date of the memorandum the 
effective dates of certain regulations that had been published in the 
Federal Register, but had not yet taken effect. Because the original 
effective date of the final rule published on December 8, 2016, fell 
within that 60-day window, the effective date of the rule was extended 
to March 21, 2017, in a final rule published on February 1, 2017 (82 FR 
8903). Consistent with the memorandum of the Assistant to the President 
and Chief of Staff, and as stated in the February 1, 2017, final rule 
delaying the effective date, the Agency further delays the effective 
date of this regulation until May 22, 2017.
    The Agency's implementation of this action without opportunity for 
public comment is based on the good cause exceptions in 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3), in that seeking public comment is 
impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. The 
delay in the effective date until May 22, 2017, is necessary to provide 
the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new 
regulation, consistent with the January 20, 2017, memorandum. Given the 
imminence of the effective date of the ``Minimum Training Requirements 
for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators'' final rule, 
seeking prior public comment on this temporary delay would be 
impractical, as well as contrary to the public interest in the orderly 
promulgation and implementation of regulations.


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    Issued under the authority of delegation in 49 CFR 1.87 on: 
March 15, 2017.
Daphne Y. Jefferson,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-05525 Filed 3-20-17; 8:45 am]
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