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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                               
  
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary

14 CFR Chs. I-III

23 CFR Chs. I-III

33 CFR Chs. I and IV

46 CFR Chs. I-III

48 CFR Ch. 12

49 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I-VI

[OST Docket No. 59; Notice 98-18]

Department Regulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and 
completed actions of the Department. The agenda provides the public 
with information about the Department of Transportation's regulatory 
activity. It is expected that this information will enable the public 
to be more aware of and allow it to more effectively participate in the 
Department's regulatory activity. The public is also invited to submit 
comments on any aspect of this agenda.

ADDRESSES: The mailing address for the initiating offices of the 
Department that appear in the agenda is 400 7th Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20590; except for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is 
located at 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591, and the 
U.S. Coast Guard, which is located at 2100 2nd Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

    For further information on the agenda in general, contact: Neil 
R. Eisner, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and 
Enforcement, Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-4723.

Specific

    For further information about any particular item on the 
agenda, contact the individual listed in the column headed ``Agency 
Contact'' for that item.

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Table of Contents

Supplementary Information:

Background
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Economic Assessment/Evaluation
Definitions
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/Secretarial Review
Explanation of Information on the Agenda
Request for Comments
Purpose
Appendix A - Instructions for Obtaining

Copies of Regulatory Documents


Appendix B - General Rulemaking Contact Persons
Appendix C - Public Rulemaking Dockets
Appendix D - Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

Agenda

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Improvement of Government regulations is a prime goal of the 
Clinton Administration. There should be no more regulations than 
necessary, and those that are issued should be simpler, more 
comprehensible, and less burdensome. Regulations should not be 
issued without appropriate involvement of the public; once issued, 
they should be periodically reviewed and revised, as needed, to 
assure that they continue to meet the needs for which they 
originally were designed.

    To help the Department of Transportation (Department) achieve 
these goals and in accordance with Executive Order 12866 
``Regulatory Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735; October 4, 1993) 
and the Department's Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 
11034; February 26, 1979), the Department prepares a semiannual 
regulatory agenda for publication in the Federal Register. The 
agenda summarizes all current and projected rulemaking, reviews of 
existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department. 
These are matters on which action has begun or is projected during 
the succeeding 12 months or such longer period as may be 
anticipated or for which action has been completed since the last 
agenda.

    The agendas are based on reports submitted by the initiating 
offices and are reviewed by the Department Regulations Council. The 
Department's last agenda was published in the Federal Register on 
April 27, 1998 (63 FR 22286). The next one is scheduled for 
publication in the Federal Register in April 1999.

    For this edition of the Department's regulatory agenda, the 
most important significant regulatory actions are included in The 
Regulatory Plan, which appears in part II of this issue of the 
Federal Register. The Regulatory Plan entries are listed in the 
table of contents below and are denoted by a bracketed bold 
reference, which directs the reader to the appropriate sequence 
number in part II.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    In 1980, Congress passed the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 
Public Law 96-354, which requires the designation of those 
regulations for which a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis will be 
prepared; i.e., those regulations that would have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The RFA 
also requires that, each year, the Department publish a list of 
those regulations that are to be reviewed under the Act during the 
succeeding 12 months. The agenda includes those regulations to be 
reviewed under the RFA or those for which review has been concluded 
since the last agenda. The phrase (Section 610 Review) appears at 
the end of the title for any such review. However, it should be 
noted that, after further assessment of the regulations listed for 
RFA review, it may be found that the regulations, in fact, do not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. The Department has also added an Appendix D to this 
agenda, which contains the Department's 10-year plan for the review 
of its existing rules, including the reviews required by the RFA.

Economic Assessment/Evaluation

    DOT requires an economic analysis for all its rulemakings. A 
preliminary and final economic assessment is required for each 
proposed and final regulation, respectively, that is likely to be 
very costly. For other rulemakings, a regulatory evaluation is 
prepared.

Definitions

    The agenda covers all rules and regulations of the Department, 
including those that establish conditions for

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financial assistance. The following definitions are provided for 
ease in understanding the information in this document.

    Initiating office means an operating administration or other 
organizational element within the Department that formulates 
regulations.

    Significant rulemaking is now being referred to in this agenda 
as an agency priority. This means a rulemaking that is very costly, 
controversial, or of substantial public interest; would have a 
major impact on another Federal agency; would have a substantial 
effect on State and/or local or tribal governments; would have a 
substantial impact on a major transportation safety problem; would 
initiate a substantial regulatory program or change in policy; 
would be substantially different from international requirements or 
standards; would materially alter budgetary impacts; or otherwise 
involves important legal or policy issues.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/Secretarial Review

    Any rulemaking document OMB identifies as significant is 
subject to its review and will be classified as significant by DOT. 
A few rulemakings identified as agency priority by DOT, but not 
significant by OMB, and some rulemaking documents (e.g., extensions 
of compliance dates), although part of an otherwise significant 
rulemaking, are not subject to OMB review. All DOT agency priority 
rulemaking documents are subject to review by the Secretary of 
Transportation.

Explanation of Information on the Agenda

    The format for this agenda is required by Office of Management 
and Budget memorandum of July 8, 1998.

    First, the agenda is divided by initiating offices. Then, the 
agenda is divided into five categories: (1) Prerule stage, (2) 
proposed rule stage, (3) final rule stage, (4) long-term actions, 
and (5) completed actions. For each entry, the agenda provides the 
following information: (1) Its ``significance''; (2) a short 
descriptive title; (3) its legal basis; (4) the related regulatory 
citation in the Code of Federal Regulations; (5) any legal deadline 
and, if so, for what action (e.g., NPRM, final rule); (6) an 
abstract; (7) a timetable, including the earliest expected date for 
a decision on whether to take the action; (8) whether the 
rulemaking will affect small entities and/or levels of government 
and which categories of small entities or governments will be 
impacted; (9) whether a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is 
required; (10) a listing, where determined, of any analyses an 
initiating office will prepare or has prepared for the action; 
e.g., an Economic Assessment, an Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS), or a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis; (11) an agency contact 
office or official who can provide further information, including 
advice on how to obtain documents referenced in the agenda; (12) a 
Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) assigned to identify an 
individual rulemaking in the agenda and facilitate tracing further 
action on the issue in the Federal Register that may occur between 
agenda publications; (13) whether the item is part of the 
Reinventing Government effort and, if so, whether it would revise 
existing text in the Code of Federal Regulations or eliminate text; 
(14) whether the action is subject to the Unfunded Mandates Act; 
and (15) whether the action is major under the congressional review 
of rulemaking procedures established by the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. If there is information that 
does not fit in the other categories, it will be included under a 
separate heading entitled ``Additional Information.''

    For nonsignificant regulations issued routinely and frequently 
as a part of an established body of technical requirements (such as 
the Federal Aviation Administration's Airspace Rules), to keep 
those requirements operationally current, only the general category 
of the regulations, the identity of a contact office or official, 
and an indication of the expected number of regulations are 
included; individual regulations are not listed.

    If a regulatory docket number has already been established, it 
may be provided under the ``Additional Information'' heading. If a 
member of the public desires further information regarding a 
particular proposal or regulation, reference should be made to this 
docket number.

    In the ``Timetable'' column, abbreviations are used to indicate 
the particular documents being considered for issuance by that 
date. ANPRM stands for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, SNPRM 
for Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, NPRM for Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking, and FR for Final Rule. Listing a future date 
in this column is not an indication that a proposed or a final rule 
will be issued on that date; it is the earliest date on which a 
decision is expected to be made on whether to issue the document 
listed. Submittal of any proposed or final rule to the Office of 
Management and Budget for review under Executive Order 12866 must 
follow such a decision. If any document is issued, publication in 
the Federal Register would follow within a few days of completion 
of this review. In addition, these dates are based on current 
schedules. Information received subsequent to the issuance of this 
agenda could result in a decision not to take regulatory action or 
in changes to proposed publication dates. For example, the need for 
further evaluation could result in a later publication date; 
evidence of a greater need for the regulation could result in an 
earlier publication date.

    Finally, a dot () preceding an entry indicates that the 
entry appears in the agenda for the first time.

Request for Comments

General

    Our agenda is intended primarily for the use of the public. 
Since its inception, we have made modifications and refinements 
that we believe provide the public with more helpful information, 
as well as make the agenda easier to use. We would like you, the 
public, to make suggestions or comments on how the agenda could be 
further improved.

    In an effort to comply further with the spirit of Executive 
Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, DOT's regulatory 
policies and procedures, and the President's directive on plain 
language, we are also seeking suggestions on which existing 
regulations issued by an operating administration of the Department 
or the Office of the Secretary you believe need to be reviewed to 
determine whether they should be revised or revoked. We 
particularly draw your attention to the Department's review plan in 
Appendix D.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department is especially interested in obtaining 
information on requirements that have a ``significant economic 
impact on small entities'' and, therefore, must be reviewed under 
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Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have any suggested regulations, 
please send them, along with your explanation of why they should be 
reviewed, to the concerned operating administration or the Office 
of the Secretary.

    In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, comments are 
specifically invited on regulations that are targeted for review 
under section 610 of the RFA. Please see Appendix D for the 
Department's section 610 review plans and information. Those 
comments should be addressed to the contact person of the operating 
administration involved.

Plain Language

    The President's ``Plain Language in Government Writing'' 
memorandum of June 1, 1998, requires that by January 1, 1999, we 
must use plain language in all proposed and final rulemaking 
documents published in the Federal Register. The exception is if we 
proposed the rule before that date. We try to write clearly. 
However, we solicit your comments and suggestions for how to 
improve the clarity of our regulations and specific existing or 
proposed rules that need improvement.

Year 2000 Computer Problem

    We are requesting public comment to assist us in identifying 
rulemaking actions that would affect the private sector or 
governmental entities' ability to fix their year 2000 computer date 
problem. If we consider a requirement that would mandate business 
process changes and require modifications to computer systems 
between September 30, 1998, and July 1, 2000, as part of the 
development of the proposed and final rule, we will analyze the 
effect of our action and our discretion to consider other 
approaches. If we impose a requirement, a summary of the analysis 
will be included in the preamble that will clearly explain why we 
are imposing it, why there are no acceptable alternatives, and why 
it cannot be delayed. If you see actions identified in this agenda 
that you believe would impose such requirements, we encourage you 
to let us know.

Purpose

    The Department is publishing this regulatory agenda in the 
Federal Register to share with interested members of the public the 
Department's preliminary expectations regarding its future 
regulatory actions. This should enable the public to be more aware 
of the Department's regulatory activity and should result in more 
effective public participation. This publication in the Federal 
Register does not impose any binding obligation on the Department 
or any of the offices within the Department with regard to any 
specific item on the agenda. Regulatory action, in addition to the 
items listed, is not precluded. If further information is desired 
on any of the items listed in the agenda, the public is encouraged 
to contact the individual listed for the particular item. 
Additional information concerning the agenda in general or the 
Department's Regulatory Policies and Procedures may be obtained 
from Neil R. Eisner, whose address and telephone number appear 
above.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 8, 1998.

Rodney E. Slater,

Secretary of Transportation.

Appendix A - Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents

    Some Administrations within the Department differ in procedures 
or as to inclusion on a mailing list. For the offices listed below, 
persons desiring to obtain a copy of a specific regulatory document 
to be issued that is listed in this agenda should communicate, 
either by telephone or by letter, with the contact person listed 
with the regulation at the addresses below.

    United States Coast Guard (USCG)

    (Name of contact person), United States Coast Guard, 2100 2nd 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20593.

    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

    (Name of contact person), Federal Highway Administration, 400 
7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

    Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

    (Name of contact person), Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    (Name of contact person), National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

    Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

    (Name of contact person), Federal Transit Administration, 400 
7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

    Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

    (Name of contact person), Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
Corporation, 400 7th Street SW., Room 5424, Washington, DC 20590.

    Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)

    (Name of contact person), Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590.

    Maritime Administration (MARAD)

    Joel C. Richard, Secretary, Maritime Administration, 400 7th 
Street SW., Room 7210, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-5746.

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

    The FAA has a mailing list system for notices and advance 
notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs and ANPRMs). Persons 
interested in obtaining future copies of all of those documents to 
be issued by the FAA or only of those concerning certain parts of 
the Federal Aviation Regulations should request a copy of Advisory 
Circular No. 11-2, which describes the application procedure, by 
calling (202) 267-3484 or by writing to: Federal Aviation 
Administration, Office of Public Affairs, Attention: Public Inquiry 
Center, APA-230, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

    Office of the Secretary (OST)

    Persons desiring to receive future copies of the Department's 
regulatory agenda should submit their request to: Assistant General 
Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement, C-50, Office of the General 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 
366-4723.

    Persons who have an interest in specific regulatory documents 
to be issued by the Office of the Secretary should forward requests 
for copies of those documents to the same address. These requests 
should fully identify the document desired.

Appendix B - General Rulemaking Contact Persons

    The following is a list of persons who can be contacted within 
the Department for general information concerning the rulemaking 
process within the various operating administrations.

    USCG - Pam Pelcovits, Office of Chief Counsel, USCG 
Headquarters Building,

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Room 3406, 2100 2nd Street SW., Washington, DC 20593; telephone: 
(202) 267-1534.

    FAA - Donald Byrne, Office of Chief Counsel, Regulations and 
Enforcement Division, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Room 915A, 
Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-3073.

    FHWA - Thomas Holian, Office of Chief Counsel, 400 7th Street 
SW., Room 4223, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-1383.

    FRA - Colleen Brennan, Office of Chief Counsel, 400 7th Street 
SW., Room 8128, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 632-3169.

    NHTSA - Nicole H. Fradette, Office of Chief Counsel, 400 7th 
Street SW., Room 5219, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-
2992.

    FTA - Nancy Zaczek, Office of Chief Counsel, 400 7th Street 
SW., Room 9316, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-4011.

    SLSDC - Marc Owen, General Counsel's Office, 400 7th Street 
SW., Room 5424, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-0108.

    RSPA - Edward Bonekemper, Office of Chief Counsel, 400 7th 
Street SW., Room 8405, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-
4400.

    MARAD - Edmund T. Sommer, Jr., Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Maritime Administration, 400 7th Street SW., Room 7230, Washington, 
DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-5746.

    BTS - David Mednick, 400 7th Street SW., Room 3430, Washington, 
DC 20590; telephone: (202) 366-8871.

    OST - Neil Eisner, Office of Regulation and Enforcement, 400 
7th Street SW., Room 10424, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (202) 
366-4723.

Appendix C - Public Rulemaking Dockets

    The Department has a consolidated electronic rulemaking and 
adjudicatory dockets system. It is Internet accessible at the 
following address: http://dms.dot.gov. The dockets for the 
operating administrations are available through the central dockets 
facility with the exception of the FRA docket.

    The docket location where the public may review regulatory 
dockets and hand-deliver comments on proposed rulemakings:

    FRA - Docket Clerk, 400 7th Street SW., Mail Stop 10, 
Washington, DC 20590. Working Hours: 8:30-5:00.

    USDOT - Docket, 400 7th Street SW., Room PL 401, Washington, DC 
20590. Working Hours: 10:00-5:00.

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Appendix D - Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

 Part I - The Plan

General

    The Department of Transportation has long recognized the 
importance of regularly reviewing its existing regulations to 
determine whether they need to be revised or revoked. Our 1979 
Regulatory Policies and Procedures require such reviews. We also 
have responsibilities under E.O. 12866 (``Regulatory Planning and 
Review'') and section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act to 
conduct such reviews. Finally, on June 1, 1998, the President also 
directed agencies to use plain language in new rules and to 
consider rewriting existing rules when we have the opportunity and 
resources permit. The Department is currently conducting a number 
of reviews of existing rules and is engaged in rulemaking actions 
resulting from reviews.

Section 610 Review Plan

    Section 610 requires that we conduct reviews of rules that (1) 
have been published within the last ten years and (2) have a 
``significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities'' (SEIOSNOSE). It also requires that we publish in the 
Federal Register each year a list of any such rules that we will 
review during the next year. To better comply with section 610, the 
Department is updating its regulatory review plan published on June 
29, 1981, to accomplish a more systematic review of all of its 
regulations. The Office of the Secretary and each of the 
Department's Operating Administrations, except for the Federal 
Highway Administration (FHWA), developed a 10-year plan for the 
analysis and review of all their rules. The agencies with smaller 
regulatory programs expect to complete their reviews over a shorter 
period of time. These reviews will comply with section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. FHWA's approach to section 610 reviews 
is described in Part II to this Appendix.

Other Review Plans

    All elements of the Department, except for FHWA and the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA), have also elected to use this 10-
year plan process to comply with the review requirements of the 
Department's Regulatory Policies and Procedures, Executive Order 
12866, and the President's directive on plain language. FHWA and 
FAA are using different approaches, which are described in Part II 
to this Appendix.

Changes to the Review Plan

    Some reviews may be conducted earlier than scheduled. For 
example, to the extent resources permit, the plain language reviews 
will be conducted more quickly. Other events, such as accidents, 
may result in the need to conduct earlier reviews of some rules. 
Other factors may also result in the need to make changes; for 
example, we may make changes in response to public comment on this 
plan or in response to a Presidentially-mandated review. If there 
is any change to the review plan, we will note the change in the 
following Unified Agenda. For any section 610 review, we will 
provide the required notice prior to the review.

Part II - The Review Process

    Except as specifically noted for FHWA and FAA at the end of 
this part of the Appendix, each element of the DOT will use the 
following process to review its existing rules.

Year 1 - Analysis

    Generally, the agencies have divided their rules into 10 
different groups and plan to analyze one group each year. The 
analysis for group 1 will take place from fall 1998 to fall 1999, 
group 2 from fall 1999 to fall 2000, and so on. We request public 
comment on the timing of the reviews. For example, is there a 
reason for scheduling an analysis and review for a particular rule 
earlier than we have? Any comments concerning the plan or 
particular analyses can be submitted to the regulatory contacts 
listed in Appendix B, General Rulemaking Contact Persons.

Section 610

    The agency will analyze each of the rules in that year's group 
to determine whether any rule published in the last ten years has a 
SEIOSNOSE, which triggers the need for a review under section 610 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The level of analysis will, of 
course, depend on the nature of the rule and its applicability. We 
request that public comments be submitted to us early in the 
analysis year concerning the small entity impact of the rules to 
help us in making our determinations. In each October's Agenda, the 
agency will publish information on the results of the analyses that 
it has completed during the previous year. For rules that had a 
negative finding on SEIOSNOSE, we will give a short explanation 
(e.g., ``these rules only establish petition processes that have no 
cost impact'' or ``these rules do not apply to any small 
entities''). For parts, subparts or other discrete sections of 
rules that do have a SEIOSNOSE, we will indicate that during the 
next twelve months, we are going to do a section 610 review to 
determine whether we can lessen the impact. At this stage, we will 
add an entry to the Agenda in the prerulemaking section describing 
the review in more detail. We also will ask for public comment on 
how best to lessen the impact for specific rules and provide a name 
or docket to which public comments can be submitted. In some cases, 
the section 610 review may be part of another unrelated review of 
the rule. In such a case, we plan to clearly indicate which parts 
of the review are being conducted under section 610.

Other Reviews

    During this analysis year, the agency will also examine the 
specified rules to determine whether any other reasons exist for 
revising or revoking the rule or for rewriting the rule in plain 
language. In each October's Agenda, the agency will also publish 
information on the results of the examinations completed during the 
previous year.

Year 2 - Section 610 Review

    During this year we will conduct the review to determine 
whether to revise or revoke the rule to lessen the impact or 
whether we must keep the rule unchanged. At the end of the review 
year, we plan to publish the results of our review. If no changes 
are warranted, we will publish a short explanation. If we are going 
to make a change, we will explain that. In most cases, this will 
involve changing the review entry to the Unified Agenda noting that 
we now plan rulemaking action.

FHWA

    Because of its ongoing zero-based review of its safety rules 
and the need to review many of its financial assistance rules in 
response to the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century, 
FHWA has not developed a 10-year review plan. In Part IV, it 
describes its ongoing or planned reviews.

FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration, rather than review a 
portion of its rules

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each year, has established a process by which the public is asked 
for its comments on which rules need review the most. Any 
information that the FAA receives in connection with its annual 
section 610 analyses would, of course, also be reviewed in the 
spirit of E.O. 12866. In addition, in response to a recommendation 
of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the 
FAA has completed a review of all its existing regulations to 
identify those in need of rewriting as performance-based or plain 
language regulations. The agency also reviewed ongoing regulatory 
projects and proposals to identify additional candidates for 
revision. In all, the agency reviewed 68 parts of the CFR, 
containing 3,884 sections, appendices, and Special Federal Aviation 
Regulations. In addition to using plain language in its future 
regulations, the FAA intends to revise those regulations identified 
in its study when it has the opportunity and resources to do so.

Part III - List of Pending Section 610 Reviews

    The Agenda identifies the pending DOT section 610 reviews by 
inserting ``(Section 610 Review)'' after the title for the specific 
entry. Also, a Governmentwide list of section 610 reviews can be 
located in an Index at the end of the Agenda. For further 
information on the pending reviews, see the Agenda entries.

Part IV - The Schedules

                                             OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
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   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
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1           14 CFR parts 200 through 212............................................      1998          1999
2           14 CFR parts 213 through 232............................................      1999          2000
3           14 CFR parts 234 through 254............................................      2000          2001
4           14 CFR parts 255 through 298 and part 40................................      2001          2002
5           14 CFR parts 300 through 373............................................      2002          2003
6           14 CFR parts 374 through 398............................................      2003          2004
7           14 CFR part 399 and 49 CFR parts 1 through 11...........................      2004          2005
8           49 CFR parts 17 through 28..............................................      2005          2006
9           49 CFR parts 29 through 39 and parts 41 through 89......................      2006          2007
10          49 CFR parts 91 through 99, 48 CFR parts 1201 through 1253, and new
            parts and subparts......................................................      2007          2008
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Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
14 CFR part 200 - Definitions and instructions
14 CFR part 201 - Air carrier authority under subtitle VII of title 49 
USC
14 CFR part 203 - Waiver of Warsaw Convention liability limits and 
defenses
14 CFR part 204 - Data to support fitness determinations
14 CFR part 205 - Aircraft accident liability insurance
14 CFR part 206 - Certificates of public convenience and necessity: 
Special authorizations and exemptions
14 CFR part 211 - Applications for permits to foreign air carriers
14 CFR part 212 - Charter rules for U.S. and foreign air carriers

                                            UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
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                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
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1           33 CFR parts 1 through 124..............................................      1998          1999
2           33 CFR parts 125 through 199............................................      1999          2000
3           46 CFR parts 41 through 69..............................................      2000          2001
4           46 CFR parts 1 though 49................................................      2001          2002
5           46 CFR parts 70 through 89..............................................      2002          2003
6           46 CFR parts 90 through 139.............................................      2003          2004
7           46 CFR parts 140 through 155............................................      2004          2005
8           46 CFR parts 156 through 165............................................      2005          2006
9           46 CFR parts 166 through 199............................................      2006          2007
10          New parts and subparts..................................................      2007          2008
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Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
33 CFR part 1 - General Provisions
33 CFR part 2 - Jurisdiction
33 CFR part 3 - Coast Guard areas, districts, marine inspection zones, 
and captain of the port zones
33 CFR part 4 - OMB control numbers assigned pursuant to the Paperwork 
Reduction Act
33 CFR part 5 - Coast Guard Auxiliary
33 CFR part 6 - Protection and security of vessels, harbors, and 
waterfront facilities

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33 CFR part 8 - United States Coast Guard Reserve
33 CFR part 13 - Decorations, medals, ribbons, and similar devices
33 CFR part 17 - United States Coast Guard general gift fund
33 CFR part 19 - Waivers of navigation and vessel inspection laws and 
regulations
33 CFR part 20 - Class II Civil Penalties
33 CFR part 23 - Distinctive markings for Coast Guard vessels and 
aircraft
33 CFR part 25 - Claims
33 CFR part 26 - Vessel bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone regulations
33 CFR part 27 - Adjustment of civil monetary penalties for inflation
33 CFR part 40 - Cadets of the Coast Guard
33 CFR part 45 - Enlistment of personnel
33 CFR part 49 - Payment of amounts due mentally incompetent Coast 
Guard personnel
33 CFR part 50 - Coast Guard Retiring Review Board
33 CFR part 51 - Coast Guard Discharge Review Board
33 CFR part 52 - Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast 
Guard
33 CFR part 53 - Coast Guard whistleblower protection
33 CFR part 54 - Allotments from active duty pay for certain support 
obligations
33 CFR part 60 - [Reserved]
33 CFR part 62 - United States aids to navigation system
33 CFR part 64 - Marking of structures, sunken vessels, and other 
obstructions
33 CFR part 66 - Private aids to navigation
33 CFR part 67 - Aids to navigation on artificial islands and fixed 
structures
33 CFR part 70 - Interference with or damage to aids to navigation
33 CFR part 72 - Marine information
33 CFR part 74 - Charges for Coast Guard aids to navigation work
33 CFR part 76 - Sale and transfer of aids to navigation equipment
33 CFR part 80 - COLREGS demarcation lines
33 CFR part 81 - 72 COLREGS: Implementing rules
33 CFR part 82 - 72 COLREGS: Interpretative rules
33 CFR part 84 - Annex I: Positioning and technical details of lights 
and shapes
33 CFR part 85 - Annex II: Additional signals for fishing vessels 
fishing in close proximity
33 CFR part 86 - Annex III: Technical details of sound signal 
appliances
33 CFR part 87 - Annex IV: Distress signals
33 CFR part 88 - Annex V: Pilot Rules
33 CFR part 89 - Inland navigation rules: Implementing rules
33 CFR part 90 - Inland rules: Interpretative rules
33 CFR part 95 - Operating a vessel while intoxicated
33 CFR part 100 - Marine Events
33 CFR part 109 - General
33 CFR part 110 - Anchorage regulations
33 CFR part 114 - General
33 CFR part 115 - Bridge locations and clearances; administrative 
procedures
33 CFR part 116 - Alteration of unreasonably obstructive bridges
33 CFR part 117 - Drawbridge operation regulations
33 CFR part 118 - Bridge lighting and other signals
33 CFR part 120 - Security of passenger vessels

                                         FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
                                             SECTION 610 REVIEW PLAN
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           14 CFR parts 1 through 21...............................................      1998          1999
2           14 CFR parts 23 through 34..............................................      1999          2000
3           14 CFR parts 35 through 49..............................................      2000          2001
4*          14 CFR parts 61 through 77..............................................      2001          2002
5           14 CFR parts 91 through 10..............................................      2002          2003
6           14 CFR parts 107 through 133............................................      2003          2004
7           14 CFR parts 135 through 147............................................      2004          2005
8           14 CFR parts 150 through 169............................................      2005          2006
9           14 CFR parts 170 through 198............................................      2006          2007
10          14 CFR parts 400 through 415............................................      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
14 CFR part 1 - Definitions and abbreviations
14 CFR part 11 - General rulemaking procedures
14 CFR part 13 - Investigative and enforcement procedures
14 CFR part 14 - Rules implementing the Equal Access to Justice Act of 
1980
14 CFR part 15 - Administrative claims under Federal Tort Claims Act
14 CFR part 16 - Rules of practice for Federally-assisted airport 
enforcement proceedings
14 CFR part 21- Certification procedures for products and parts
*FAA will also review all other rules dealing with alcohol and drugs.

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS

I. Federal-Aid Highway Program

    The FHWA has adopted regulations in title 23 of the CFR, 
chapter I, related to the Federal-aid highway program. These 
regulations implement and carry out the provisions of Federal law 
relating to the administration of Federal aid for highways. The 
primary law authorizing Federal aid for highways is chapter 1 of 
title 23 of the USC. Section 145 of title 23 expressly provides 
that chapter 1 provides for a federally assisted State program. For 
this reason, the regulations adopted by the FHWA in title 23 of the 
CFR primarily relate to requirements that States must meet to 
receive Federal funds for the construction and other work related 
to highways.

    Because the regulations in title 23 primarily relate to States, 
which are not defined as small entities under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, the FHWA believes that its regulations in title 23 
do not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities, with limited exceptions discussed below. The 
FHWA solicits public comment on this preliminary conclusion.

    In title 23 of the CFR, part 450, ``Planning assistance and 
standards,'' and part 500, ``Management and monitoring systems,'' 
may impact small local governments. The FHWA intends to review 
parts 450 and 500 of title 23 during the next year as part of its 
efforts to implement the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
Century (Pub. L. 105-78, June 9, 1998, TEA-21), which reauthorizes 
Federal surface transportation programs. The FHWA solicits public 
comment on whether and how parts 450 and 500 may be amended to 
reduce or eliminate burdens on small entities, including small 
governments.

    Similarly, part 657, ``Certification of size and weight 
enforcement,'' Part 658, ``Truck size and weight, route 
designations - length, width and weight limitations,'' and part 
669, ``Enforcement of heavy vehicle use tax,'' of title 23 may have 
impacts on small governments or small businesses. The FHWA also 
intends to review these regulations in 1999, and public comment is 
solicited on whether and how these regulations may be revised to 
reduce burdens on small entities.

    Implementation of TEA-21 may offer further opportunities to 
reduce the burden of existing regulations on small entities, and 
comment on this possibility is requested.

II. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

    The FHWA has underway a comprehensive, multi-year project to 
develop modern, uniform safety regulations that are up-to-date, 
clear, concise, easier to understand, and more performance 
oriented. The FHWA has held 11 public outreach meetings, announced 
in the Federal Register, to solicit public involvement in this 
review; a total of 110 industry and government safety 
representatives participated in 14 one-day focus group sessions; 
over 2,000 comments have been received in the public docket so far.

    On November 23, 1994, the FHWA published a final rule removing 
obsolete and redundant regulations identified through this review. 
In addition, on June 18, 1998, the FHWA published another final 
rule (63 FR 33254) removing and amending additional provisions of 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations identified through the 
zero-base review.

    The FHWA is now developing a notice of proposed rulemaking that 
would propose a complete revision of the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations implementing the results of the FHWA's zero-base 
review of those regulations. The FHWA intends to propose a complete 
reorganization of the safety regulations and a rewrite of those 
regulations using plain language and a question and answer format 
to enhance the clarity and understandability of those regulations. 
In addition, the FHWA intends to better focus the regulations on 
safety while adopting a performance-based approach to the 
regulations and reducing the paperwork associated with compliance 
with the regulations. The FHWA believes that this effort will 
produce regulations which are simpler to understand and to comply 
with, especially for small motor carriers. Small entities will be 
specifically invited in this rulemaking to comment on the agency's 
proposal and to suggest additional ways in which the FHWA can 
reduce burdens on small entities through this or related 
rulemakings to revise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

                                 NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           49 CFR parts 501 through 526 and 571.213................................      1998          1999
2           49 CFR parts 571.131 and 571.220 through 571.222........................      1999          2000
3           49 CFR parts 591 through 594............................................      2000          2001
4           49 CFR parts 571.101 through 571.110 and 571.135........................      2001          2002

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5           49 CFR parts 529 through 579, except part 571...........................      2002          2003
6           49 CFR parts 571.111 through 571.129 and parts 580 through 590..........      2003          2004
7           49 CFR parts 571.201 through 571.212....................................      2004          2005
8           49 CFR parts 571.214 through 571.219....................................      2005          2006
9           49 CFR parts 571.223 through 571.304, part 500 and new parts and
            subparts under 49 CFR...................................................      2006          2007
10          23 CFR parts 1200's and 1300's and new parts and subparts under 23 CFR..      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
49 CFR part 501 - Organization and delegation of powers and duties
49 CFR part 509 - OMB control numbers for information collection 
requirements
49 CFR part 510 - Information gathering powers
49 CFR part 511 - Adjudicative procedures
49 CFR part 512 - Confidential business information
49 CFR part 520 - Procedures for considering environmental impacts
49 CFR part 523 - Vehicle Classification
49 CFR part 525 - Exemptions from average fuel economy standards
49 CFR part 526 - Petitions and plans for relief under the Automobile 
Fuel Efficiency Act of 1980

                                         FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           49 CFR parts 200 through 201............................................      1998          1999
2           49 CFR parts 207, 209, 211, 215, and 256................................      1999          2000
3           49 CFR parts 210, 212, 214, and 217.....................................      2000          2001
4           49 CFR part 219.........................................................      2001          2002
5           49 CFR parts 218 and 221................................................      2002          2003
6           49 CFR parts 216 and 228 through 229....................................      2003          2004
7           49 CFR parts 223 and 233................................................      2004          2005
8           49 CFR parts 225, 231, and 234..........................................      2005          2006
9           49 CFR parts 235 through 236, 250, 260, and 266.........................      2006          2007
10          49 CFR parts 213, 220, 230, 232, 239, 240, and 265......................      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
49 CFR part 200 - Informal rules of practice for passenger service
49 CFR part 201 - Formal rules of practice for passenger service

                                         FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           None....................................................................      1998          1999
2           None....................................................................      1999          2000
3           49 CFR part 661.........................................................      2000          2001
4           49 CFR parts 653 and 654................................................      2001          2002
5           49 CFR part 665.........................................................      2002          2003
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                  RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           49 CFR sections 171.15, 171.16 (incident reports) and parts 172, 173,
            178, and 180 (cylinders)................................................      1998          1999

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2           49 CFR parts 106 and 107 (hazardous materials safety procedures); 171
            (general hazmat requirements), and 190 (pipeline safety procedures).....      1999          2000
3           49 CFR parts 174, 177 (rail and highway carriage) and 191 (gas pipeline
            transportation reports).................................................      2000          2001
4           49 CFR parts 176 (vessel carriage) and 199 (pipeline employee drug and
            alcohol testing)........................................................      2001          2002
5           49 CFR parts 172 through 178 (radioactive materials) and 192 (gas
            pipeline transportation minimum safety standards).......................      2002          2003
6           49 CFR parts 172, 173, 174, 176, and 178 (explosives) and 193 (liquefied
            natural gas facilities).................................................      2003          2004
7           49 CFR parts 173 (shipper requirements) and 194 (onshore oil pipeline
            response plans).........................................................      2004          2005
8           49 CFR parts 178 (non-bulk packaging) and 195 (hazardous liquid pipeline
            transportation).........................................................      2005          2006
9           49 CFR parts 178 through 180 (bulk packaging) and 198 (State pipeline
            safety grants)..........................................................      2006          2007
10          49 CFR parts 172 (communications, emergency response, training and
            hazmat table) and 175 (air carriage)....................................      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
49 CFR sections 171.15 and 171.16 - Hazardous Materials Incident 
Reports
49 CFR parts 172, 173, 178, 180 - Requirements for Cylinders
A section 610 review was initiated in 1997, and publication of an NPRM 
is anticipated in 1998. See RIN 2137-AA92.

                                             MARITIME ADMINISTRATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           46 CFR parts 201 through 207............................................      1998          1999
2           46 CFR parts 221 through 232............................................      1999          2000
3           46 CFR parts 249 through 295............................................      2000          2001
4           46 CFR part 298.........................................................      2001          2002
5           46 CFR parts 307 through 310............................................      2002          2003
6           46 CFR parts 315 through 339............................................      2003          2004
7           46 CFR parts 340 and 347................................................      2004          2005
8           46 CFR parts 349 through 380............................................      2005          2006
9           46 CFR parts 381 through 387............................................      2006          2007
10          46 CFR parts 390 through 391............................................      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
46 CFR part 201 - Rules of practice and procedure
46 CFR part 202 - Procedures relating to review by DOT Secretary of 
actions by Maritime Subsidy Board
46 CFR part 203 - Procedures relating to conduct of certain hearings 
under the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended
46 CFR part 204 - Claims against the Maritime Administration under the 
Federal Tort Claims Act
46 CFR part 205 - Audit appeals; policy and procedure
46 CFR part 207 - Statistical data for use in operating-differential 
subsidy application hearings

                                       BUREAU OF TRANSPORTAION STATISTICS
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           14 CFR part 241, Form 41................................................      1998          1999
2           14 CFR part 241, Schedule T-100, and part 217...........................      1999          2000
3           14 CFR part 298, 49 CFR 1249............................................      2000          2001
4           14 CFR part 241, section 19-7...........................................      2001          2002
5           14 CFR part 291.........................................................      2002          2003
6           14 CFR part 234.........................................................      2003          2004
7           14 CFR part 249.........................................................      2004          2005
8           14 CFR part 248.........................................................      2005          2006
9           14 CFR part 250.........................................................      2006          2007

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10          14 CFR part 374a, ICAO..................................................      2007          2008
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
14 CFR part 241, Form 41 - Report of Financial and Operating Statistics 
for Large Certificated Air Carriers

                                  SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
                                          SECTION 610 AND OTHER REVIEWS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        Analysis
   Year                            Regulations to be Reviewed                             Year       Review Year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1           33 CFR parts 401 through 403............................................      1998          1999
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 1998) List of Rules that will be analyzed during the next 
year
33 CFR part 401 - Seaway regulations and rules
33 CFR part 402 - Tariff of Tolls
33 CFR part 403 - Rules of procedure of the Joint Tolls Review Board

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                                     Office of the Secretary--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2276        + Aviation Data Requirements Review and Modernization Program.........................   2105-AC71
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                  Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2277         Domestic Baggage Liability...........................................................    2105-AC07
2278         Fees and Charges for Special Services: Reinvention...................................    2105-AC47
2279        + Update of Drug and Alcohol Procedural Rules (Section 610 Review)....................    2105-AC49
2280        + Computer Reservations System Regulations Comprehensive Review (Section 610 Review)..    2105-AC65
2281         Amendment to Traffic Restrictions to North Korea.....................................   2105-AC70
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                    Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2282         Direct Air Carrier Responsibility for Returning Stranded Charter Passengers..........    2105-AA40
2283         Air Travelers: Age Discrimination....................................................    2105-AA45
2284         Direct Flights.......................................................................    2105-AA73
2285         Diversion of Flights Within a Metropolitan Area......................................    2105-AA78
2286         Simplified Aviation Exemption Procedures.............................................    2105-AA82
2287         Baggage Liability Notices in International Air Transportation........................    2105-AA84
2288         Simplified Airline Counter-Sign Notices..............................................    2105-AA88
2289        + Price Advertising...................................................................    2105-AB50
2290        + New Restrictions on Lobbying........................................................    2105-AB57
2291        + Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug-Testing Programs.......................    2105-AB71
2292        + Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Regulation; General Update..................    2105-AB92
2293         Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of
            Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations........................    2105-AC02
2294        + Disclosure of Code-Sharing Arrangements and Long-Term Wet Leases....................    2105-AC10
2295         Use of Direct Final Rulemaking.......................................................    2105-AC11
2296         Disclosure of Change-of-Gauge Services...............................................    2105-AC17
2297         Overbooking of Flights: Elimination of Airport Notice Signs..........................    2105-AC45
2298         Rules of Practice in Aviation Economic Proceedings: Reinvention......................    2105-AC48
2299         Amendments to Modal Alcohol Testing Rules: Pre-Employment Testing....................    2105-AC50
2300         Passenger Tariff-Filing Requirements Exemption.......................................    2105-AC61
2301         Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements: Common
            Rule..................................................................................   2105-AC66
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                   Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2302         Policy Statement on Airline Preemption...............................................    2105-AA46
2303        + Statement of Enforcement Policy on Rebating.........................................    2105-AB39
2304         Smoking Aboard Aircraft..............................................................    2105-AB58
2305        + Accessibility of Passenger Vessels to Individuals With Disabilities.................    2105-AB87
2306        + Transportation for Individuals With Disabilities (Accessibility Guidelines).........    2105-AC06
2307         Use of Oxygen by Air Carrier Passengers..............................................    2105-AC29
2308        + Domestic Passenger Manifest Information.............................................    2105-AC62
2309        + Enforcement Policy: Unfair Exclusionary Conduct in the Air Transportation Industry..    2105-AC72

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2310         Filing Periods for Responsive Pleadings; Rules of Practice in Aviation Economic
            Proceedings...........................................................................   2105-AC73
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                   Office of the Secretary--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2311         Aviation Charter Rules...............................................................    2105-AB91
2312        + Transportation for Individuals With Disabilities (Over the Road Buses)..............    2105-AC00
2313         Public Availability of Information: Electronic FOIA Amendment........................   2105-AC69
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                      U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2314         Vessel Identification System (CGD 89-050)............................................    2115-AD35
2315         Reporting Marine Casualties (CGD 91-216).............................................    2115-AD98
2316         Handling of Explosives or Other Dangerous Cargoes Within or Contiguous to Waterfront
            Facilities (CGD 92-026)...............................................................    2115-AE22
2317         Amendments to Hull Identification Number Regulations (CGD 92-065)....................    2115-AE37
2318        + Facility Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (CGD 94-048) (Reg Plan Seq. No. 83)    2115-AE87
2319        + Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (CGD 94-032) (Reg Plan Seq. No.
            84)...................................................................................    2115-AE88
2320         Numbering of Undocumented Barges (CGD 93-091)........................................    2115-AF13
2321         Limited Service Domestic Voyage Load Lines for River Barges on Lake Michigan (CGD 95-
            015)..................................................................................    2115-AF38
2322         Outer Continental Shelf Activities (CGD 96-068)......................................    2115-AF39
2323         Child Development Services (CGD 97-039)..............................................    2115-AF48
2324         User Fees for Marine Licensing, Certificates of Registry, and Merchant Mariner
            Documents (USCG-97-2799)..............................................................    2115-AF49
2325         Oil Pollution Prevention for Oceangoing Ships and Certain Vessels in Domestic Service
            (CGD 97-072)..........................................................................    2115-AF56
2326         Revise Fees to Number Undocumented Vessels in Alaska (USCG-98-3386)..................    2115-AF62
2327         Deep Water Ports (CGD 97-050) (Section 610 Review)...................................    2115-AF63
2328         Commercial Diving Operations (USCG-98-3786) (Section 610 Review).....................   2115-AF64
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2329         Tank Level or Pressure Monitoring Devices (CGD 90-071)...............................    2115-AD69
2330         Regattas and Marine Parades (CGD 95-054).............................................    2115-AF17
2331         Licensing and Manning for Officers of Towing Vessels (CGD 94-055)....................    2115-AF23
2332         Streamlined Inspection Program (CGD 96-055)..........................................    2115-AF37
2333         Coast Guard Vessel Inspection User Fees (CGD 96-067).................................    2115-AF40
2334         Traffic Separation Scheme in the Approaches to Delaware Bay (CGD 97-004).............    2115-AF42
2335         Carriage of Bulk Solid Materials Requiring Special Handling (CGD 97-037).............    2115-AF47
2336         Amendment of State Waters for Private Aids to Navigation in Wisconsin and Alabama
            (USCG-98-3604)........................................................................    2115-AF50
2337         Advance Notice of Arrivals, Vessels Bound for Ports or Places in the United States
            (CGD 97-067)..........................................................................    2115-AF54
2338         Implementation of the National Invasive Species Act of 1996 (CGD 97-068).............    2115-AF55
2339         Federal Pilotage for Vessels in Foreign Trade in North Carolina (USCG-98-3323).......    2115-AF57
2340         Maritime Training Course Approval Procedures (USCG-98-3824)..........................    2115-AF58
2341        + Emergency Control Measures for Tank Barges (USCG-98-4443)...........................    2115-AF65
2342        + Fire Protection Measures for Towing Vessels (USCG-98-4445)..........................   2115-AF66
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2343         Safety/Security Zone Regulations.....................................................    2115-AA97
2344         Special Anchorage Areas/Anchorage Grounds Regulations................................    2115-AA98
2345         Permits for the Transportation of Municipal and Commercial Wastes (CGD 89-014).......    2115-AD23
2346        + Discharge-Removal Equipment for Vessels Carrying Oil (CGD 90-068)...................    2115-AD66
2347         Claims Procedures Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (CGD 91-035)...................    2115-AD90
2348        + Escort Vessels for Certain Tankers (CGD 91-202).....................................    2115-AE10
2349        + State Access to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (CGD 92-014).....................    2115-AE19
2350         Regatta Regulations..................................................................    2115-AE46
2351         Drawbridge Regulations...............................................................    2115-AE47
2352        + Escort Vessels in Certain U.S. Waters (91-202a).....................................    2115-AE56
2353         Regulated Navigation Areas...........................................................    2115-AE84
2354        + Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards
            of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW) (CGD 95-062)...    2115-AF26
2355         Propeller Injury Prevention Aboard Rental Boats (CGD 95-041).........................    2115-AF28
2356        + Towing Vessel Safety (CGD 97-064)...................................................    2115-AF53
2357         Consolidation of Rules for Proceedings Against Merchant Mariners' Licenses,
            Certificates, and Documents (94-111)..................................................    2115-AF59
2358        + Salvage and Firefighting Equipment; Vessel Response Plans (USCG-98-3417)............    2115-AF60
2359        + Emergency Response Plans for Passenger Vessels (USCG-98-3473).......................   2115-AF61
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2360         Qualifications for Tankermen and for Persons in Charge of Transfers of Dangerous
            Liquids and Liquified Gases (CGD 79-116)..............................................    2115-AA03
2361         Lifesaving Equipment-Implementation of 1983 Amendments to SOLAS 1974 (CGD 84-069)....    2115-AB72
2362        + Implementation of the Commercial Fishing-Industry Vessel Safety Act (CGD 88-079)....    2115-AD12
2363        + Security for Passenger Vessels and Passenger Terminals (CGD 91-012).................    2115-AD75
2364         Notice of Hazardous Conditions (CGD 94-027)..........................................    2115-AE82
2365         Immediate Reporting of Casualties (CGD 94-030).......................................    2115-AE89
2366         Conformance of the Uniform State Waterway Marking System With the United States Aids
            to Navigation System (USCG-97-3112)...................................................   2115-AF45
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                              Federal Aviation Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2367         Review of Part 47, Aircraft Registration, and Part 49, Recording of Aircraft Titles
            and Security Documents................................................................    2120-AC17
2368        + Part 145 Review: Repair Stations....................................................    2120-AC38
2369        + Drug Enforcement Assistance.........................................................    2120-AD16
2370        + Aging Aircraft Safety...............................................................    2120-AE42
2371        + Corrosion Control Program...........................................................    2120-AE92
2372        + Flight Operational Quality Assurance Program........................................    2120-AF04
2373        + Air Tour Standards..................................................................    2120-AF07
2374         Revision of Certification Requirements: Mechanics and Repairmen......................    2120-AF22
2375        + Overflights of Units of the National Park System (Reg Plan Seq. No. 85).............    2120-AF46
2376        + Flight Crewmember Duty Period Limitations, Flight Time Limitations, and Rest
            Requirements (Reg Plan Seq. No. 86)...................................................    2120-AF63
2377        + Submission to Drug Tests............................................................    2120-AF64
2378        + Passenger Facility Charges..........................................................    2120-AF69
2379         Bird Ingestion Standards.............................................................    2120-AF84
2380         Revision of Certification Requirements: Aircraft Dispatchers.........................    2120-AG04

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2381        + Duration Between Examinations for First- and Second-Airman Medical Certificates.....    2120-AG06
2382         Fees for Aeromedical Education Training Services.....................................    2120-AG07
2383        + False and Misleading Statements Regarding Aircraft Parts............................    2120-AG08
2384        + Security Programs of Foreign Air Carriers and Foreign Operators of U.S. Registered
            Air Carriers Engaged in Common Carriage...............................................    2120-AG13
2385        + Licensing Operation of a Non-Federal Launch Site....................................    2120-AG15
2386         Procedures for Protests and Contract Disputes; Amendment of Equal Access to Justice
            Act Regulations.......................................................................    2120-AG19
2387        + Prohibition of the Transportation of Devices Designed as Chemical Generators as
            Cargo in Aircraft.....................................................................    2120-AG35
2388        + Protection of Voluntarily Submitted Information.....................................    2120-AG36
2389        + Licensing of Launch From Non-Federal Launch Site....................................    2120-AG37
2390        + Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) (Reg Plan Seq. No. 87)..................    2120-AG46
2391         Civil Penalties: Streamlined Enforcement Test and Evaluation Program; Security; Drug
            and Alcohol Abatement.................................................................    2120-AG49
2392        + High Density Airports; Allocation of Slots..........................................    2120-AG50
2393        + Screening of Checked Baggage on Flights Within the United States....................    2120-AG51
2394         Parachute Operations.................................................................    2120-AG52
2395         Flight Plan Requirements for Helicopter Operations Under Instrument Flight Rules.....    2120-AG53
2396        + Policy Regarding Airport Rates and Charges..........................................    2120-AG58
2397         Rotorcraft Load Combination Safety Requirements......................................    2120-AG59
2398         Harmonization of Critical Parts Rotorcraft Regulations...............................    2120-AG60
2399        + Transport Airplane Fleet Fuel Tank Ignition Source Review...........................    2120-AG62
2400         Use of Electronic Signatures.........................................................    2120-AG63
2401         Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 36, Development of Major Repair Data.........    2120-AG64
2402         Noise Certification Standards for Propeller-Driven Small Airplanes...................   2120-AG65
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                Federal Aviation Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2403         Objects Affecting Navigable Airspace.................................................    2120-AA09
2404         Miscellaneous Amendments.............................................................    2120-AA50
2405        + Improved Survival Equipment for Inadvertent Water Landings..........................    2120-AC72
2406        + Retrofit of Improved Seats in Air Carrier Transport Category Airplanes..............    2120-AC84
2407        + Sole Radio Navigation System; Minimum Standards for Certification...................    2120-AD26
2408        + Aircraft Ground De-Icing and Anti-Icing Program.....................................    2120-AE70
2409         Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System and Mode S Transponder Requirements in the
            National Airspace System..............................................................    2120-AE81
2410         Civil Penalty Assessment Procedures..................................................    2120-AE84
2411         Cincinnati, OH, Class B Airspace.....................................................    2120-AE97
2412         Flight Attendant English Language Proficiency........................................    2120-AE98
2413        + Revised Access to Type III Exits....................................................    2120-AF01
2414        + Training and Checking in Ground Icing Conditions....................................    2120-AF09
2415         Los Angeles, CA, Class B Airspace....................................................    2120-AF16
2416        + Suspension of Certain Aircraft Operations From the Transponder With Automatic
            Pressure Altitude Reporting Capability Requirement....................................    2120-AF30
2417         Normal Category Rotorcraft Maximum Weight and Passenger Seat Limitation..............    2120-AF33
2418         Type Certification Procedures for Changed Products...................................    2120-AF68
2419         Miscellaneous Cabin Safety Changes...................................................    2120-AF77
2420         Revision of Hydraulics Systems Airworthiness Standards To Harmonize With European
            Airworthiness Standards for Transport Category Airplanes..............................    2120-AF79
2421         Repair Assessment for Pressurized Fuselages..........................................    2120-AF81
2422         Revision of Gate Requirements for High-Lift Device Controls..........................    2120-AF82
2423        + Licensing Commercial Space Launch Activities........................................    2120-AF99
2424        + Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue.........................    2120-AG01
2425         Revised Precision Approach Landing Systems Policy....................................    2120-AG16
2426        + Fees for Air Traffic Services for Certain Flights Through U.S.-Controlled Airspace
            and for Aeronautical Studies..........................................................    2120-AG17
2427        + Employment History, Verification and Criminal History Records Check.................    2120-AG32

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2428        + Air Tour Operations in the State of Hawaii..........................................    2120-AG44
2429         Part 93 Subpart D - Anchorage, Alaska, Terminal Area.................................    2120-AG45
2430         Licensing and Training of Foreign Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors
            Outside the United States.............................................................   2120-AG66
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+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                               Federal Aviation Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2431        + Fuel System Vent Fire Protection....................................................    2120-AA49
2432         Airworthiness Standards; Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems................................    2120-AA57
2433         IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments..............................................    2120-AA63
2434         Airworthiness Directives:............................................................    2120-AA64
2435         Standard Instrument Approach Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments....................    2120-AA65
2436         Airspace Actions.....................................................................    2120-AA66
2437         Low Fuel Quantity Alerting System....................................................    2120-AB46
2438         Aircraft Engines: Fuel and Induction Systems.........................................    2120-AB76
2439         Installation of Crashworthy Fuselage Fuel Tanks and Fuel Lines.......................    2120-AC87
2440         Airplane Engine Cowling Retention....................................................    2120-AD34
2441         1-G Stalling Speed as a Basis for Compliance With Part 25 of the Federal Aviation
            Regulations...........................................................................    2120-AD40
2442        + Revision of Part 108, Airplane Operator Security....................................    2120-AD45
2443        + Revision of Part 107, Airport Security..............................................    2120-AD46
2444        + Cost of Services and Transfer of Fees to Part 187 From Parts 47, 49, 61, 63, 65, and
            143...................................................................................    2120-AD91
2445         Type Certificates for Some Surplus Aircraft of the Armed Forces......................    2120-AE41
2446        + Airport Noise Compatibility Planning................................................    2120-AE64
2447        + Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programs for Employees of Foreign Air
            Carriers Engaged in Specified Aviation Activities.....................................    2120-AE79
2448        + Revision of Emergency Evacuation Demonstration Procedures To Improve Participant
            Safety................................................................................    2120-AF21
2449        + Controlled Rest on the Flight Deck..................................................    2120-AF54
2450         Operational and Structural Difficulty Reports........................................    2120-AF71
2451         Bird Strike..........................................................................    2120-AF80
2452         Harmonization of Miscellaneous Rotorcraft Regulations................................    2120-AG23
2453        + Noise Limitations for Aircraft Operations in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National
            Park..................................................................................    2120-AG34
2454        + Revised Standards for Cargo or Baggage Compartments in Transport Category Airplanes.    2120-AG42
2455        + Child Restraint Systems.............................................................    2120-AG43
2456         Revision of Air Carrier Crewmember and Training Regulations..........................   2120-AG57
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                               Federal Aviation Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2457        + Improved Standards for Determining Rejected Takeoff and Landing Performance.........    2120-AB17
2458        + Airworthiness Standards; Occupant Protection Standards for Commuter Category
            Airplanes.............................................................................    2120-AD27
2459        + Fatigue Evaluation of Structure.....................................................    2120-AD42
2460         Visual Descent Points................................................................    2120-AE34
2461         Aviation Insurance...................................................................    2120-AF23
2462         Rain and Hail Ingestion Standards....................................................    2120-AF75
2463         Braked Roll Conditions...............................................................    2120-AF83
2464         Two Approach Charts..................................................................    2120-AF86
2465         Non-Federal Air Traffic Control Facilities...........................................    2120-AF91
2466         Criteria for an Explosive Detection System (EDS), Standards for Detonator Detection..    2120-AF95
2467         National Security Areas..............................................................    2120-AF97
2468        + Commercial Space Transportation: Financial Responsibility Requirements for Licensed
            Launch Activities.....................................................................    2120-AF98
2469         VFR/IFR Fuel Reserve Requirements: Island Destination Airports for Which No Alternate
            Airport Is Available..................................................................    2120-AG29

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2470         Certification of Security Screening Companies........................................    2120-AG31
2471        + Establishment of Corridors in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules
            Area..................................................................................    2120-AG38
2472         Commercial Passenger-Carrying Operations in Single Engine Aircraft Under Instrument
            Flight Rules..........................................................................    2120-AG55
2473        + Prohibition Against Certain Flights Within the Territory and Airspace of Afghanistan    2120-AG56
2474         Proposed Airspace and Flight Operations Requirements for the Kodak Albuquerque
            International Balloon Fiesta; Albuquerque, NM.........................................    2120-AG61
2475        + Prohibition Against Certain Flights Within the Territory and Airspace of Sudan......   2120-AG67
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                  Federal Highway Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2476        + Advanced Technology in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations (Section 610 Review).....    2125-AD65
2477        + Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle....    2125-AE22
2478         National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; MUTCD; Minimum Retroreflectivity
            Requirements for Traffic Signs........................................................    2125-AE39
2479        + General Requirements; Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance; Intermodal Container
            Chassis and Trailers..................................................................   2125-AE40
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                               Federal Highway Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2480         Acquisition of Real Property for Rights-of-Way.......................................    2125-AC17
2481         Periodic Inspection Requirements.....................................................    2125-AC47
2482         Commercial Learner Permits and CDL Effectiveness.....................................    2125-AC54
2483         Certification of Size and Weight Enforcement.........................................    2125-AC60
2484         Revision of Medical Examination Form and Procedures..................................    2125-AC63
2485        + Minimum Training Requirements for Operators and Training Instructors of Multiple
            Trailer Combination Vehicles..........................................................    2125-AC92
2486        + Training for Entry-Level Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles.......................    2125-AD05
2487        + Commercial Driver Physical Fitness as Part of the CDL Process.......................    2125-AD20
2488        + Department of Transportation (FHWA and FTA) NEPA and Related Procedures for
            Transportation Decisionmaking.........................................................    2125-AD32
2489         Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier Proceedings; Investigations; Disqualifications
            and Penalties.........................................................................    2125-AD64
2490         Safety Performance History of New Drivers............................................    2125-AD66
2491        + Railroad Grade Crossing Safety......................................................    2125-AD75
2492         Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Television Receivers and Data
            Display Units.........................................................................    2125-AD76
2493        + Hours of Service of Drivers (Section 610 Review) (Reg Plan Seq. No. 88).............    2125-AD93
2494         Electronic Filing of Surety Bonds, Trust Fund Agreements, Insurance Certificates;
            Cancellations.........................................................................    2125-AD94
2495        + Development of a North American Standard for Protection Against Shifting and Falling
            Cargo.................................................................................    2125-AE05
2496        + Qualifications of Motor Carriers to Self-Insure Their Operations and Fees To Support
            the Approval and Compliance Process...................................................    2125-AE06
2497        + Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Hours-of-Service and CDL Exemptions.......    2125-AE09
2498         Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Mexican Motor Carriers................    2125-AE14
2499        + Application of the National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP)
            Standards in ITS Projects.............................................................    2125-AE21
2500         Emergency Relief Program--$500,000 Disaster Eligibility Threshold....................    2125-AE27
2501         Commercial Driver Disqualification Provisions........................................    2125-AE28
2502         Work Zone Safety.....................................................................    2125-AE29
2503         Transportation of Household Goods; Consumer Protection Regulations...................    2125-AE30
2504        + Revision of Application Form for Mexican Motor Carriers: Commercial Zones...........    2125-AE31
2505        + Revision of Application Form for Mexican Motor Carriers: NAFTA......................    2125-AE32
2506        + Accelerated Safety Monitoring System and Compliance Initiative for Mexican Motor
            Carriers Operating in the United States...............................................    2125-AE33
2507         Out-of-Service Criteria..............................................................    2125-AE35
2508         Safety Fitness Procedures............................................................    2125-AE37

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2509         Revision of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Part II--Signs............   2125-AE38
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References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                Federal Highway Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2510        + Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Lighting Devices, Reflectors,
            and Electrical Equipment..............................................................    2125-AD27
2511        + Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General; Motor Vehicle Marking............    2125-AD49
2512         National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; Metric Conversion....................    2125-AD63
2513         Standards for Center Line and Edge Line Markings on Streets and Highways.............    2125-AD68
2514         Federal-Aid Highway Systems..........................................................    2125-AD74
2515         Mitigation of Impacts to Wetlands....................................................    2125-AD78
2516         Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Programs.................................    2125-AD79
2517         Railroad Highway Projects............................................................    2125-AD86
2518         Registration of For-Hire Motor Carriers, Property Brokers, and Freight Forwarders....    2125-AE01
2519        + Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Rear Impact Guards and Rear
            Impact Protection.....................................................................    2125-AE15
2520         Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection With Motor Carrier
            Licensing and Insurance...............................................................    2125-AE24
2521         Exemption of Commonly-Owned Motor Carriers From Equipment Identification and Receipt
            Requirements Applicable to Leased and Interchanged Vehicles...........................    2125-AE26
2522         Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Regulations for Federal
            and Federally Assisted Programs.......................................................    2125-AE34
2523         Truck Size and Weight; National Network; North Dakota................................   2125-AE36
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                Federal Highway Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2524        + Qualification of Drivers; Diabetes..................................................    2125-AB91
2525        + Commercial Driver's License Standards; Biometric Identifier.........................    2125-AC24
2526        + Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General; Periodic Registration
            Requirements for Motor Carriers.......................................................    2125-AC28
2527         Truck Length and Width Exclusive Devices.............................................    2125-AC30
2528        + Qualification of Drivers; Vision....................................................    2125-AC62
2529         Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Intermodal Cargo Containers......    2125-AC74
2530        + Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General Transportation of Hazardous
            Materials.............................................................................    2125-AC78
2531        + Qualifications of Drivers: Hearing Deficiencies.....................................    2125-AD22
2532         Highway Beautification...............................................................    2125-AD24
2533         Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Sleeper Berths on Motor Coaches..    2125-AD25
2534         Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Allocation Formula...................    2125-AD30
2535        + Hours of Service of Drivers; Supporting Document Recordkeeping......................    2125-AD52
2536         Advanced Construction of Federal Aid Projects........................................    2125-AD59
2537        + Transportation of Migrant Workers...................................................    2125-AD81
2538         Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance..................................................    2125-AD82
2539        + Motor Carrier Replacement Information/Registration System...........................    2125-AD91
2540         General Jurisdiction Over Freight Forwarder Service..................................    2125-AE00
2541         Traffic Control Devices, Markings, Signals, and Systems for Railroad-Highway Grade
            Crossings.............................................................................    2125-AE11
2542         English Language Requirement; Qualifications of Drivers..............................    2125-AE19
2543         Revision of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices; General Provisions and Traffic
            Control for School Areas..............................................................   2125-AE25
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


[[Page 62044]]


                                Federal Highway Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2544         Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Technical Amendments..........................    2125-AD00
2545         Antilock Brake Systems...............................................................    2125-AD42
2546         Zero-Base Review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations: Regulatory Removals
            and Substantive Amendments............................................................    2125-AD72
2547         National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; Pedestrian, Bicycle, and School
            Warning Signs.........................................................................    2125-AD89
2548         Federal Motor Carrier Regulations; Authority Corrections.............................    2125-AE41
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                          National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2549         Review: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment..........................    2127-AB76
2550         Review: Passenger-Car Back Seat Occupant Protection..................................    2127-AE95
2551         Review: Odometer Fraud...............................................................    2127-AF53
2552         Review: Theft Prevention--5-Year Report to Congress..................................    2127-AF55
2553         Add-On Seat Belt Devices.............................................................    2127-AG49
2554         Booster Seats for Older Children.....................................................    2127-AH14
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                       National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2555         Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts.....................................    2127-AB79
2556        + Rollover Protection (Reg Plan Seq. No. 89)..........................................    2127-AC64
2557        + Wheelchair Lifts....................................................................    2127-AD50
2558         Radiator Safety Cap..................................................................    2127-AE59
2559         Upgrade Performance Requirements.....................................................    2127-AF36
2560         Electric Vehicle Safety..............................................................    2127-AF43
2561         Alternative Geometric Visibility Requirements for Lamps..............................    2127-AF75
2562         Door Latch Exemption for Vehicles Equipped With Wheelchair Lifts and Ramps...........    2127-AG16
2563         Dealer Notification of Defect or Noncompliance Determination.........................    2127-AG27
2564         Modified Vehicles to Accommodate a Person's Disability...............................    2127-AG40
2565         Convex Cross View Mirrors............................................................    2127-AG41
2566         Upgrade Roof Crashworthiness.........................................................    2127-AG51
2567         Fifth Percentile Female Dummy........................................................    2127-AG66
2568        + Advanced Air Bags (Reg Plan Seq. No. 90)............................................    2127-AG70
2569         Advanced Air Bag Dummy Rule for Hybrid III Type 3-Year-Old Size......................    2127-AG77
2570         Advanced Air Bag Dummy Rule for CRABI 12-Month-Old Size..............................    2127-AG78
2571         Advanced Air Bag Dummy Rule for Hybrid III 95th Percentile Male......................    2127-AG79
2572         Administrative Rewrite for Headlamp Requirements.....................................    2127-AG87
2573         Signal Lamps Used With Light Emitting Diodes.........................................    2127-AG88
2574         State Issued Identification Documents................................................    2127-AG91
2575         Motorcycle Mounted Reflex Reflector Height...........................................    2127-AG92
2576         Uniform Tire Quality Grading Test Procedures.........................................    2127-AG96
2577        + Allocation of Fuel Economy Credits..................................................    2127-AG97
2578         Buy American Requirements............................................................    2127-AG99
2579         Political Subdivision Participation in State Highway Safety Programs and State
            Highway Safety Agency.................................................................    2127-AH00
2580         Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Programs.................................    2127-AH01
2581         Placement of Wheelchair Restraints on Buses..........................................    2127-AH03
2582         Incorporate the 1996 Revision of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)....    2127-AH08
2583         Harmonization of Head Restraints.....................................................    2127-AH09
2584         Tire Identification Symbols..........................................................    2127-AH10
2585         Truck Air Braking Requirements.......................................................    2127-AH11
2586         Motorcycle Braking Requirements......................................................    2127-AH15
2587         Heavy Vehicle Antilock Brake System (ABS) Performance Requirement....................    2127-AH16

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2588         Functional Equivalence of Headlamp Concealment With European Regulations.............    2127-AH18
2589         Functional Equivalence of Windshield Washing and Wiping Systems with European
            Regulations...........................................................................    2127-AH20
2590         Functional Equivalence of Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems with European
            Regulations...........................................................................    2127-AH22
2591         Definition of Community Transportation Vehicles......................................    2127-AH23
2592         Metric Conversion - Phase III........................................................    2127-AH27
2593         Public Participation in Activities Relating to the Agreement on Global Technical
            Regulations: Statement of Policy......................................................    2127-AH29
2594         Motor Vehicle Content Labeling Calculation...........................................    2127-AH33
2595         Upgrade Door Retention Performance...................................................    2127-AH34
2596         Theft Data for Calendar Year 1997....................................................    2127-AH35
2597         Administrative Rewrite of the Lighting Requirements Other Than Headlamps.............   2127-AH37
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                        National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2598        + School Bus Body Joint Strength......................................................    2127-AC19
2599         Brake Lining.........................................................................    2127-AC66
2600         Seating Systems Performance..........................................................    2127-AD08
2601         Seat Adjustment Position.............................................................    2127-AE22
2602         Driving Range Determination for Dual Fuel Electric Passenger Automobiles.............    2127-AF37
2603         Test Device Placement................................................................    2127-AF40
2604         Cylinder Requirements................................................................    2127-AF51
2605         Power-Operated Windows: Roof Panels..................................................    2127-AF83
2606         Automotive Fuel Economy Reports......................................................    2127-AG00
2607         Power Window Safety Switches.........................................................    2127-AG36
2608         Auxiliary Signal Lamps...............................................................    2127-AG38
2609         Hybrid III Dummy Specifications - Clothing...........................................    2127-AG39
2610         Pelvic Restraints....................................................................    2127-AG48
2611        + Uniform Child Anchorages............................................................    2127-AG50
2612         Utility Vehicle Label................................................................    2127-AG53
2613         Certification Labels for Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles and Light Duty Trucks.......    2127-AG65
2614         Consumer Information on Tire Grading.................................................    2127-AG67
2615         Transition Procedures From Current to New National Driver Register...................    2127-AG68
2616         Advanced Air Bag Dummy Rule for Hybrid III Type 6-Year-Old Size......................    2127-AG76
2617         Glare Reduction From Daytime Running Lamps...........................................    2127-AG86
2618         Extend Participation in the National Driver Register Program.........................    2127-AG90
2619        + Fuel Economy Calculations...........................................................    2127-AG95
2620         Insurer Reporting Requirements for October 1998......................................    2127-AH05
2621         Depowering of Air Bags: Technical Amendment..........................................    2127-AH24
2622         Warning Light Requirements for Air Bag On-Off Switch.................................    2127-AH25
2623         List of Nonconforming Vehicles Eligible for Importation..............................    2127-AH28
2624         Extension of Passenger Car Brake System Standard to Light Trucks and Vans (LTVs) With
            Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Between 3,500 and 4,536kg.................................    2127-AH30
2625         Thermal Test Procedure for Passenger Car Brake System Standard.......................    2127-AH31
2626         High-Theft Lines for Model Year 2000.................................................    2127-AH36
2627        + Safety Incentive Grants for Use of Seat Belts.......................................    2127-AH38
2628        + State Incentives to Prevent Operation of Motor Vehicles by Intoxicated Persons......    2127-AH39
2629         Occupant Protection Incentive Grants.................................................    2127-AH40
2630         Open Container Requirements..........................................................    2127-AH41
2631         Alcohol-Impaired Driving Countermeasures Incentive Grants............................    2127-AH42
2632         State Highway Safety Data Improvements Incentive Grants..............................    2127-AH43
2633         Importation of Vehicles and Equipment Suppliers - Technical Amendment................    2127-AH45
2634        + Uniform Criteria for State Observational Surveys of Seat Belt Use...................    2127-AH46
2635         Minimum Penalties for Repeat Offenders...............................................    2127-AH47

[[Page 62046]]

 
2636         Adjustment of Civil Penalties........................................................   2127-AH48
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                        National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2637        + Crashworthiness Ratings.............................................................    2127-AA03
2638        + Flammability of Interior Materials - School Buses...................................    2127-AA44
2639         Certification Requirements of Multistage Vehicles....................................    2127-AE27
2640        + Review: Side Impact Protection......................................................    2127-AF54
2641         Review: American Automobile Labeling Act.............................................    2127-AG18
2642         Review: Heavy Truck Conspicuity......................................................    2127-AG19
2643         Review: Child Safety Seat Registration...............................................    2127-AG93
2644         Review: Air Bag On-Off Switches......................................................    2127-AH12
2645         Review: Depowered Air Bags...........................................................    2127-AH13
2646         Nontraditional Transmission Control Levers...........................................   2127-AH21
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                        National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2647         Film Transmittance of Glazing Materials..............................................    2127-AC85
2648         Tires on New Trailers................................................................    2127-AF05
2649         Conversion of Vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas.....................................    2127-AF50
2650         Seat Belt Exemption for Law Enforcement Vehicles.....................................    2127-AF66
2651         Automatic Drain Valve for Air Reservoir Tanks........................................    2127-AF72
2652         Sealed Beam Headlamps................................................................    2127-AF89
2653         Voluntarily Installed Shoulder Belts.................................................    2127-AF91
2654         Heavy Duty Vehicle Brake Systems.....................................................    2127-AF96
2655         Exemption From Rearward Displacement Requirements....................................    2127-AG01
2656         Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Head Impact Protection.......................    2127-AG07
2657        + Upgraded Request for Aircraft-Certified Child Seats.................................    2127-AG12
2658         Dummy Containment During Compliance Testing..........................................    2127-AG17
2659         Plastic Spacer-Inserts for Test Dummies..............................................    2127-AG37
2660         Remove Obsolete Provisions to Occupant Crash Standard................................    2127-AG42
2661         Metric Conversion - Phase II.........................................................    2127-AG55
2662         Low-Speed Vehicles...................................................................    2127-AG58
2663         Determination of Functional Equivalency on Harmonization.............................    2127-AG62
2664         Manufacturing Incentives for Alternative Fuel Vehicles...............................    2127-AG63
2665        + Light Truck Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2000..............................    2127-AG72
2666         Anthropomorphic Test Dummy for Head Impact Protection................................    2127-AG74
2667         Compliance Test Dummy Measurements...................................................    2127-AG75
2668         Depower Exclusions From Requirements for Vehicles Certified to the Alternative Sled
            Test..................................................................................    2127-AG80
2669         Diodes Used on School Bus Stop Signal Arms...........................................    2127-AG81
2670         Air Bag Warning Label for Rear-Facing Child Seats....................................    2127-AG82
2671         Exemptions to Odometer Disclosure Requirements.......................................    2127-AG83
2672         Motorcycle Headlamp Location Requirement.............................................    2127-AG84
2673        + Use of Unbelted and Belted Test Dummies.............................................    2127-AG85
2674         Retarders and Stop Lights Operation..................................................    2127-AG89
2675         Head Impact Requirements Relating to Depowering......................................    2127-AG94
2676         Additional Wording for Warning Labels for Child Restraints...........................    2127-AH02
2677         Theft Data for Calendar Year 1996....................................................    2127-AH04
2678         High-Theft Lines for Model Year 1999.................................................    2127-AH06

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2679         Metric Conversion - Tires............................................................    2127-AH07
2680         Exemption of Motor-Driven Cycles.....................................................    2127-AH17
2681         Fast Illumination Stop Lamps.........................................................    2127-AH19
2682         Changes in Motor Vehicle Import Fees for FY99........................................    2127-AH26
2683         Replaceable Light Source Dimensional Information Docket..............................    2127-AH32
2684         Temporary Exemption From Motor Vehicle Safety Standards - Technical Amendment........   2127-AH44
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                 Federal Railroad Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2685        + Hours of Service Electronic Recordkeeping Project...................................   2130-AB04
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                              Federal Railroad Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2686        + Whistle Bans at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings........................................    2130-AA71
2687         Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers..............................    2130-AA74
2688        + Locomotive Cab Working Conditions...................................................    2130-AA89
2689        + Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (FRA, FTA, FHWA)........................    2130-AA93
2690        + Positive Train Control..............................................................    2130-AA94
2691         Reinvention of Steam Locomotive Inspection Regulations...............................    2130-AB07
2692        + Power Brake Regulations: Freight Power Brake Revisions..............................    2130-AB16
2693        + Locomotive Crashworthiness..........................................................    2130-AB23
2694        + Regulations on Safety Integration Plans Governing Railroad Consolidations, Mergers,
            Acquisitions of Control and Start-Up Operations (Reg Plan Seq. No. 91)................    2130-AB24
2695         Crane Safety Standards...............................................................    2130-AB27
2696         Roadway Maintenance Machine Safety...................................................   2130-AB28
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                Federal Railroad Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2697         Local Rail Freight Assistance to States..............................................    2130-AA60
2698        + Freight Car Safety Standards: Maintenance-of-Way Equipment..........................    2130-AA68
2699        + Passenger Equipment Safety Standards (Reg Plan Seq. No. 92).........................    2130-AA95
2700         Maintenance, Inspection, and Testing of Grade-Crossing Signal Systems................    2130-AA97
2701         Statement of Policy Regarding Safety of Railroad Bridges.............................    2130-AA99
2702         Reinvention of Regulations Addressing Discontinuance or Modification of Signal
            Systems...............................................................................    2130-AB05
2703         Reinvention of Signal System Reporting Requirements..................................    2130-AB06
2704         Florida Overland Express High Speed Rail Rule of Particular Applicability............    2130-AB14
2705         Small Railroads; Policy Statement on Enforcement Program.............................    2130-AB15
2706         Use of Remotely Controlled Locomotives in Rail Operations............................    2130-AB17
2707         Use of One-Person Crews in Rail Operations...........................................    2130-AB18
2708         Bridge Worker Safety Standards.......................................................    2130-AB25
2709         Amendment of Regulations Governing Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing.    2130-AB26
2710         Planning Activities Under the Magnetic Levitation Transportation Technology
            Deployment Program....................................................................   2130-AB29
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.

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+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                               Federal Railroad Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2711         AMTRAK Waste Disposal................................................................    2130-AA84
2712         Protection of Utility Employees......................................................    2130-AA90
2713         Tourist and Historic Working Group Regulatory Review.................................    2130-AB12
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                               Federal Railroad Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2714        + Track Safety Standards..............................................................    2130-AA75
2715        + Rail Passenger Service: Emergency Preparedness......................................    2130-AA96
2716         Reinvention of Regulations Addressing Railroad User Fees.............................    2130-AB09
2717         Railroad Communications..............................................................    2130-AB19
2718         Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System; Northeast Corridor Railroads................    2130-AB20
2719         Two-Way End-of-Train Telemetry Devices and Certain Passenger Train Operations........   2130-AB22
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                  Federal Transit Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2720         Proposed Expanded Reporting of Safety and Security Portion of the National Transit
            Database..............................................................................    2132-AA60
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                               Federal Transit Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2721        + Department of Transportation (FTA, FHWA, FRA, and USCG) and Related Procedures for
            Transportation Decisionmaking.........................................................    2132-AA43
2722         Buy America Requirements; Amendment to Rolling Stock and Certification Procedures....    2132-AA62
2723        + Major Capital Investment Projects...................................................    2132-AA63
2724         Planning.............................................................................    2132-AA66
2725         School Bus Operations................................................................   2132-AA67
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                                Federal Transit Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2726        + Bus Testing.........................................................................    2132-AA30
2727         Prevention of Alcohol Misuse in Transit Operations; Prevention of Prohibited Drug Use
            in Transit Operations.................................................................    2132-AA56
2728         Charter Services Demonstration Program...............................................    2132-AA58
2729         ``Maintenance'' Under Definition of Safety-Sensitive Functions in Drug and Alcohol
            Rules.................................................................................    2132-AA61
2730         Clean Fuels Formula Grant Program....................................................    2132-AA64
2731         Capital Leases.......................................................................   2132-AA65
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


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                           Research and Special Programs Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2732         Hazardous Materials: Revision of Requirements for Carriage by Aircraft...............    2137-AD18
2733         Hazardous Materials: Revisions to the Incident Reporting Regulations and Incident
            Report Form 5800.1....................................................................    2137-AD21
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Research and Special Programs Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2734        + Requirements for Cylinders (Section 610 Review) (Reg Plan Seq. No. 93)..............    2137-AA92
2735         Gas Gathering Line Definition........................................................    2137-AB15
2736        + Qualification of Pipeline Personnel.................................................    2137-AB38
2737         DOT 3AL Aluminum Cylinders; Safety Problems..........................................    2137-AB51
2738         Underwater Abandoned Pipeline Facilities.............................................    2137-AC33
2739         Areas Unusually Sensitive to Environmental Damage (USAs).............................    2137-AC34
2740         Hazardous Materials: Labeling Requirements for Poisonous Materials...................    2137-AC47
2741         Regulated Gas and Hazardous Liquid Gathering Lines...................................    2137-AC53
2742         Periodic Underwater Inspections......................................................    2137-AC54
2743         Hazardous Materials: Requirements for Cargo Tanks....................................    2137-AC90
2744        + Hazardous Materials: Safety Standards for Unloading Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles in
            Liquefied Compressed Gas Service (Reg Plan Seq. No. 94)...............................    2137-AD07
2745         Pipeline Safety: Adoption of Industry Standards for Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities.    2137-AD11
2746         Hazardous Materials: Infectious Substances...........................................    2137-AD13
2747         Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments......................    2137-AD16
2748        + Hazardous Materials Transportation: Registration and Fee Assessment Program.........    2137-AD17
2749         Hazardous Materials: Revision and Consolidation of Requirements for Carriage by Rail
            Car and Motor Vehicle.................................................................    2137-AD19
2750         Hazardous Materials: Revised and Clarified Hazardous Materials Safety Rulemaking and
            Program Procedures....................................................................    2137-AD20
2751         Pipeline Safety: Enforcement Procedures..............................................    2137-AD22
2752         Pipeline Safety: Periodic Updates to Pipeline Safety Regulations (1998)..............    2137-AD23
2753         Pipeline Safety: Corrosion Control on Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines.............    2137-AD24
2754         Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Repair.................................................    2137-AD25
2755         Pipeline Safety: Pressure Testing Older Pipelines in Terminals.......................   2137-AD26
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
References in boldface appear in the Regulatory Plan in Part II of this issue of the Federal Register.
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                         Research and Special Programs Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2756         Quantity Limitations Aboard Aircraft.................................................    2137-AA85
2757         Determining the Extent of Corrosion on Exposed Gas Pipelines.........................    2137-AB50
2758         Passage of Internal Inspection Devices...............................................    2137-AB71
2759         Pipeline Safety: Adoption of Industry Standards for Breakout Tanks...................    2137-AC11
2760         Tank Cars and Cargo Tank Motor Vehicles: Attendance Requirements.....................    2137-AC24
2761        + Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines............................................    2137-AC30
2762        + Risk-based Alternative to Pressure Testing Rule.....................................    2137-AC78
2763         Filling of Propane Cylinders.........................................................    2137-AC86
2764         Pipeline Safety: Periodic Updates to Pipeline Safety Regulations (1997)..............    2137-AD03
2765         Hazardous Materials: Editorial Corrections and Clarifications........................   2137-AD27
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                         Research and Special Programs Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2766        + Maps and Records of Pipeline Locations and Characteristics; Notification of State
            Agencies; Pipe Inventory..............................................................    2137-AB48

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2767        + Safeguarding Food From Contamination During Transportation..........................    2137-AC00
2768        + Increased Inspection Requirements...................................................    2137-AC38
2769        + Emergency Flow Restricting Devices..................................................    2137-AC39
2770         Retention of Shipping Papers.........................................................    2137-AC64
2771         Applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations.................................    2137-AC68
2772        + Prohibition of Oxidizers Aboard Aircraft............................................    2137-AC92
2773         Further Regulatory Review; Gas Pipeline Safety Standards.............................    2137-AD01
2774        + Pipeline Safety: Recommendations to Change Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety
            Standards.............................................................................    2137-AD10
2775         1998 Harmonization of Hazardous Materials Regulations with International Standards...   2137-AD15
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                         Research and Special Programs Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2776         Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments and Corrections........................    2137-AC41
2777         Control of Foreign Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse in Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas,
            and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operations..............................................    2137-AC67
2778         Drug and Alcohol Testing: Substance Abuse Professional Evaluation for Drug Use.......    2137-AC84
2779         Low-Stress Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Serving Plants and Terminals...................    2137-AC87
2780         Metrication of Pipeline Safety Standards.............................................    2137-AC98
2781         Regulations Implementing Memorandum of Understanding With the Department of the
            Interior..............................................................................    2137-AC99
2782         Pipeline Safety: Incorporation by Reference of Industry Standard on Leak Detection...    2137-AD06
2783         Pipeline Safety: Change in Response Plan Review Cycle................................    2137-AD12
2784         Hazardous Materials: Radiation Protection Program Requirement........................    2137-AD14
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                     Maritime Administration--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2785         Approval of Underwriters for Marine Hull Insurance...................................    2133-AB36
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                  Maritime Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2786         Approval of Certain Transactions Before Vessel Documentation.........................    2133-AB30
2787         Putting Customers First in the Title XI Program: Ship Financing Guarantees...........    2133-AB32
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                    Maritime Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2788         Use of Brokerage Firms as Depositories Under the Capital Construction Fund Program...    2133-AB35
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                   Maritime Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2789         Transfer of Marine Equipment To Ship Operators and Shipyards: Removal................    2133-AB34
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                               Bureau of Transportation Statistics--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2790         Modernizing the Passenger Origin-Destination Survey..................................    2139-AA01
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            Bureau of Transportation Statistics--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2791         Modernizing the Motor Carriers of Property Financial Data Collections................    2139-AA05
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                              Bureau of Transportation Statistics--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2792        + Amendments to the On-Time Disclosure Rule...........................................   2139-AA00
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation.


                             Bureau of Transportation Statistics--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2793         Motor Carrier Transportation; Redesignation of Regulations...........................    2139-AA06
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OST)
_______________________________________________________________________

2276. +AVIATION DATA REQUIREMENTS REVIEW AND MODERNIZATION PROGRAM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 40101; 49 USC 41101; 49 USC 41708; 49 USC 
41709; 49 USC 41301; 49 USC 41501; 49 USC 41701

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 234; 14 CFR 241; 14 CFR 250; 14 CFR 298; 14 CFR 
374a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is instituting an aviation data requirements 
review and modernization program. The review is designed to harmonize 
the Department's aviation data systems with current regulatory and 
statutory needs; improve the quality of the Department's aviation 
databases; and eliminate obsolete data reporting and processing 
systems. This is the first step in an outreach program to review 
aviation data collected by the Department and the measures that should 
be taken to modernize and improve aviation data reporting and 
processing systems. The Department is soliciting public comments from 
aviation data users on the nature, scope, source, and means for 
collecting, processing, and distributing airline traffic, fare, and 
financial data. Specifically, the Department is inviting comments to 
determine whether existing aviation data should be amended, 
supplemented, or replaced; whether selected forms and reports should be 
retained, modified, or eliminated; whether the Department should 
require all aviation data to be filed electronically; and how the 
aviation data system should be reengineered to enhance efficiency and 
to reduce costs for both the Department and airline industry. This 
action is significant due to substantial public and industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/15/98                    63 FR 38128
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/14/98

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Reply Comment Period End        10/13/98
NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Regis P. Milan, Chief, Economic and Financial Analysis 
Division, X-55, Office of Aviation Analysis, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2344
Fax: 202 366-7638

RIN: 2105-AC71
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OST)
_______________________________________________________________________

2277. DOMESTIC BAGGAGE LIABILITY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 40101 et seq

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 254.4; 14 CFR 254.5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is proposing to amend its rule governing the 
amount by which certain U.S. air carriers may limit their liability to 
passengers for lost, damaged, and delayed baggage. This action is in 
response to a petition by Public Citizen and Aviation Consumer Action 
Project to increase the minimum liability limit from $1,250 to $1,850 
per passenger. The Department is also requesting comment on two 
alternate proposals: (1) to raise the limit to $1,850 with a mechanism 
that automatically provides for periodic future increases, or (2) to 
raise the minimum liability limit to $2,000. On May 1, 1998, the 
Aviation Consumer Action Project filed a supplemental petition for a 
higher limitation that would be periodically updated for inflation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/30/94                    59 FR 49867
NPRM Comment Period End         11/29/94
Comment Period Extended         11/29/94                    59 FR 60926
Notice Summarizing Aggregated 
Data                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Carrier data was due 11/29/94. The comment 
period would end 30 days after the data has been aggregated and placed 
in the docket.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC07
_______________________________________________________________________

2278. FEES AND CHARGES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES: REINVENTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  31 USC 9701; 49 USC 40101; 49 USC 46101

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 389

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would remove or update obsolete provisions and 
organizational references, and adjust the fee schedule for certain 
special services related to aviation economic proceedings that the 
Department makes available to the public. The regulation has not been 
comprehensively updated since 1985 and the revisions will take the form 
of a complete reissuance of part 389.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/00/99

Agency Contact: John Miller, Analyst, Planning and Special Projects 
Office, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4868

RIN: 2105-AC47
_______________________________________________________________________

2279. +UPDATE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROCEDURAL RULES (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 102; 49 USC 301; 49 USC 5331; 49 USC 20140; 49 
USC 31306; 49 USC 45101; 49 USC 45106

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 40

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is reviewing its procedural rules for drug and 
alcohol testing. This review is intended to lead to a notice of 
proposed rulemaking that will not include major substantive changes to 
how we test but rather to update and clarify provisions of the rules. 
This ANPRM asked for suggestions for possible changes to the regulation 
and the focus is expected to be on drug testing. As part of this 
action, a small entities review under 5 USC section 610 will be 
included.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/29/96                    61 FR 18713
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/29/96
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

[[Page 62053]]

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal, Federal

Additional Information: This change would apply to regulated parties 
through each of the six DOT operating administrations' rules (FAA, 
FHWA, FTA, FRA, USCG, and RSPA). It is expected that the NPRM to be 
issued in this action will withdraw an NPRM in a related action, RIN 
2105-AB71, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug-Testing 
Programs.

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC49
_______________________________________________________________________

2280. +COMPUTER RESERVATIONS SYSTEM REGULATIONS COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW 
(SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 41712; 49 USC 40101(a); 49 USC 40113(a); 49 
USC 40105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 255

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 31, 1997, current regulation expires.

Abstract: The Department regulates computer reservations systems owned 
by airlines or airline affiliates that are used by travel agencies. The 
current rules are designed to prevent the systems from unreasonably 
prejudicing the competitive position of other airlines and to ensure 
that travel agencies can provide accurate and unbiased information to 
the public. The Department is reexamining its rules to see whether they 
should be readopted and, if so, whether they should be changed. As part 
of this action, a small entities review under 5 USC section 610 will be 
included.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/10/97                    62 FR 47606
Notice Extending Comment Period 10/30/97                    62 FR 58700
Request for Comments            11/07/97                    62 FR 60195
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/10/97
Extended Comment Period End     12/09/97
ANPRM Comment Period Extended   01/23/98                     63 FR 3491
Notice Extending Reply Comment 
Period                          01/23/98                     63 FR 3491
Extended Reply Comment Period 
End                             02/02/98
Extended Comment Period End     02/03/98
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas Ray, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4731
Fax: 202 366-7152

RIN: 2105-AC65
_______________________________________________________________________

2281. AMENDMENT TO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS TO NORTH KOREA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 1653; 50 USC app 2154; 50 USC app 
2071; EO 12919

CFR Citation:  44 CFR 403; 49 CFR 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Departments of Commerce and Transportation are proposing 
to amend their restrictions on shipping to North Korea. Currently, 
United States ships and aircraft are prohibited from traveling to or 
transporting goods to, or destined for, North Korea. In view of the 
U.S. policy to facilitate the gradual improvement of relations with 
North Korea, the two departments are proposing to provide for waivers 
under narrowly defined circumstances such as shipments for humanitarian 
relief. Shipments such as routine commercial trade would remain 
prohibited. This action includes a delegation of authority from the 
Secretary of Transportation to the Assistant Secretary of 
Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs to grant waivers 
of these restrictions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Christopher T. Tourtellot, Office of the General 
Counsel for International Law, Department of Transportation, Office of 
the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 101 366-9183

RIN: 2105-AC70
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OST)
_______________________________________________________________________

2282. DIRECT AIR CARRIER RESPONSIBILITY FOR RETURNING STRANDED CHARTER 
PASSENGERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1324; 49 USC 1371

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 207; 14 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposed to make direct air carriers responsible 
for returning charter passengers stranded by strikes or other service 
interruptions, by eliminating the force majeure clause from charter 
contracts. However, the CAB subsequently issued an interpretive rule 
(ER-1387, 49 FR 33436) which was affirmed in court. (Arrow Air, Inc. v. 
Dole, 784 F2d 1118 (1986)) Therefore, this action is now moot; the NPRM 
will be withdrawn.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/11/80                    45 FR 46812
NPRM Comment Period End         09/25/80

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Reply Comment Period End        10/10/80
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: EDR 405, Docket 37169.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA40
_______________________________________________________________________

2283. AIR TRAVELERS: AGE DISCRIMINATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 6102

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 376

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking action was initiated by the Civil Aeronautics 
Board to implement the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. A draft final 
rule was submitted to HHS, as required by that Act, and was approved. 
However, in view of current airline practices with respect to travel by 
the elderly, and the absence of complaints of discrimination based on 
age, there no longer appears to be a need for further rulemaking 
action, and the NPRM will be withdrawn.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/26/79                    44 FR 55383
Final Action Adopted by the 
Board                           04/10/80
HHS Approved Final Rule With 
Changes                         07/13/84
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: SPDR-74, Docket 36639.

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA45
_______________________________________________________________________

2284. DIRECT FLIGHTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1381

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 399

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Donald L. Pevsner petitioned the CAB to institute a 
rulemaking proceeding to ban use of the term ``direct flight'' because 
it is deceptive, and to declare use of the term to be a prima facie 
violation of section 411 of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. The 
Department is now considering what action to take in response to the 
petition.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The petition is filed in Docket 41217.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA73
_______________________________________________________________________

2285. DIVERSION OF FLIGHTS WITHIN A METROPOLITAN AREA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1301; 49 USC 1302; 49 USC 1305; 49 USC 1324; 
49 USC 1371; 49 USC 1375; 49 USC 1377 to 1379; 49 USC 1381; 49 USC 
1382; 49 USC 1386; 49 USC 1461; 49 USC 1481; 49 USC 1482; 49 USC 1502; 
49 USC 1504

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 253; 14 CFR 399

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The CAB proposed to amend its rules requiring notice of 
contract terms for domestic travel to require that actual notice be 
given to passengers of terms absolving carriers from any responsibility 
to transport a passenger to the destination named on the ticket, or to 
reimburse the passenger for expenses in reaching the airport noted on 
the ticket when a flight is diverted to another airport in the same 
metropolitan area. Alternatively, the Board proposed to declare it to 
be an unfair and deceptive practice to divert a passenger without 
arranging and paying for alternate transportation to the destination 
airport named on the passenger's ticket. The Board considered a final 
rule but did not decide what action to take. DOT is withdrawing the 
NPRM as unnecessary since it appears that carriers no longer have the 
policies that promoted the CAB's concern.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/23/83                    48 FR 43343
NPRM Comment Period End         11/07/83
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: ADDITIONAL LEGAL AUTHORITIES: PL 96-354; 5 USC 
601. Docket 41683, EDR 468/PSDR-81.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA78
_______________________________________________________________________

2286. SIMPLIFIED AVIATION EXEMPTION PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1371; 49 USC 1372; 49 USC 1386

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 302; 14 CFR 389; 14 CFR 399

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: A Civil Aeronautics Board rulemaking proposed to revise and 
simplify the requirements and procedures for applying for exemptions 
under section 416(b) of the Federal Aviation Act. This action has 
become unnecessary since the Department included most of its provisions 
in its rule transferring the CAB's rules to DOT. Therefore, the NPRM 
will be withdrawn.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/05/84                    49 FR 39337
NPRM Comment Period End         12/04/84
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: PDR-88/ODR-27/PSDR-83.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA82
_______________________________________________________________________

2287. BAGGAGE LIABILITY NOTICES IN INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1302; 49 USC 1324; 49 USC 1371 to 1374; 49 USC 
1381; 49 USC 1386; 49 USC 1481 to 1482

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 221

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition by Mr. Howard Boros, the CAB 
proposed to amend the baggage liability notices provided to passengers 
in foreign air travel. The NPRM proposed to eliminate the disclaimer of 
liability for fragile and perishable items because that notice is false 
and misleading. Because of the amount of time that has elapsed since 
the proposal was issued, the Department is withdrawing it.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/18/84                    49 FR 49111
NPRM Comment Period End         03/19/85
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket 41690; EDR-477.

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA84
_______________________________________________________________________

2288. SIMPLIFIED AIRLINE COUNTER-SIGN NOTICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1301; 49 USC 1302; 49 USC 1324; 49 USC 1371 to 
1374; 49 USC 1381; 49 USC 1386; 49 USC 1481; 49 USC 1482

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 221; 14 CFR 250; 14 CFR 256

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The American Association of Airport Executives, the Airport 
Operators Council International, and the Air Transport Association of 
America petitioned the CAB to simplify its counter-sign requirements. 
Presently, airlines are required to display four different consumer 
protection notices on their ticket counters. The petitioners alleged 
that the current notices are hard to read and, therefore, do not 
provide much notice to passengers. They proposed replacing the four 
notices with one simplified counter sign. A CAB NPRM proposed a number 
of alternatives, such as a long and/or short notice, where the notices 
would be required to be posted, and whether a smoking notice should be 
included. DOT decided not to act on these ``counter signs'' separately, 
but rather to consider whether there should be a comprehensive re-
examination of all forms of notice to passengers, including notices on 
tickets. This NPRM will be withdrawn.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/01/84                    49 FR 30742
NPRM Comment Period End         09/17/84
Reply Comment Period End        10/02/84
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket 41971; EDR-474

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AA88
_______________________________________________________________________

2289. +PRICE ADVERTISING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1371; 49 USC 1381

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 380; 14 CFR 399

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department proposed in 1989 to amend its rule and policy 
statement with respect to air transportation price advertising. This 
rulemaking is significant because of substantial public interest. 
Because of the amount of time that has elapsed since the proposal was 
issued, the Department is withdrawing it.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/26/89                    54 FR 31052
Extended Comment Period End 9/
25/89                           08/23/89                    54 FR 35005
NPRM Comment Period End         08/25/89
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/26/89, 54 FR 31052

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AB50
_______________________________________________________________________

2290. +NEW RESTRICTIONS ON LOBBYING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322(a); 31 USC 1352

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 20

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, March 22, 1990.

Abstract: This regulation will implement the provisions of a new 
section 1352 to title 31, United States Code, that prohibits the use of

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appropriated funds to influence certain Federal contracting and 
financial transactions. Organizations that use their own funds to pay 
for lobbying activities are required to disclose such activity. 
Guidance was issued by the Office of Management and Budget 12/20/89 (54 
FR 52305). Additional OMB guidance based on changes to section 1352 in 
the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 was published 1/19/96 (61 FR 1412). 
This action is considered significant because it involves agencies or 
departments governmentwide.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/26/90                     55 FR 6736
Comment Period End              04/27/90
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Procurement: This is a procurement-related action for which there is a 
statutory requirement. There is a paperwork burden associated with this 
action.
Additional Information: OMB has control of development of the final 
rule.

Agency Contact: Robert G. Taylor, Chief, Grants Management Division, M-
62, Office of Acquisition and Grant Management, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4289

RIN: 2105-AB57
_______________________________________________________________________

2291. +PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG-TESTING PROGRAMS

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 101; 49 USC 102; 49 USC 301; 49 USC 302; 49 
USC 322

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 40

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The NPRM in 1990 concerned the question of to whom reports of 
negative drug test results may be sent. It will be formally withdrawn 
when the Department issues an NPRM under RIN 2105-AC49, Update of Drug 
and Alcohol Procedural Rules. This action is significant because of 
substantial public and congressional interest, and multimodal impact.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/13/90                    55 FR 28782
NPRM Comment Period End         08/13/90
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: A small entities review under section 5 USC 610 
will be conducted as part of the action being taken under a similar 
rulemaking title, RIN 2105-AC49, for which an ANPRM was published 4/29/
96 (61 FR 18713).
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/13/90, 55 FR 28782

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AB71
_______________________________________________________________________

2292. +DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) REGULATION; GENERAL 
UPDATE

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act; PL 
102-240; 49 USC 47017(e); 49 USC 47113

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 23

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would revise the Department's regulations for the 
disadvantaged business enterprise program to clarify regulatory 
provisions and revise program elements in light of experience in 
administering the program since 1980 and the Administration's review of 
affirmative action programs. The SNPRM also includes proposed 
amendments to the airport concession portion of the DBE program on 
which a separate NPRM was issued 10/6/93 under RIN 2105-AB99, 
Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Airport 
Concessions, (58 FR 52050). This action is significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/09/92                    57 FR 58288
Extended NPRM Comment Period End 
4/8/93                          03/03/93                    58 FR 12207
NPRM Comment Period End         03/09/93
SNPRM                           05/30/97                    62 FR 29548
SNPRM Comment Period Extended   07/18/97                    62 FR 38952
Extended SNPRM Comment Period 
End                             09/29/97
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: This action addresses the requirements of the 
Supreme Court's Adarand V. Pena decision. A related RIN 2105-AB99, had 
a statutory deadline of 4/30/93 for a final rule. Its legal authority 
came from PL 102-581 and PL 97-248. It was combined with this action in 
the October 29, 1997 Agenda.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/09/92, 57 FR 58288

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AB92

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_______________________________________________________________________

2293. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH 
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, HOSPITALS, AND OTHER NONPROFIT 
ORGANIZATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322(a)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 19

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action implements OMB Circular A-110, providing uniform 
guidance for administering grants to institutions of higher education, 
hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations. The regulation is 
essentially a word-for-word issuance of the requirements in OMB 
Circular A-110. An interim final rule was issued because of the limited 
ability to change the requirements from those in the Circular.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/04/94                    59 FR 15637
Comment Period End              06/03/94
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Robert G. Taylor, Chief, Grants Management Division, M-
62, Office of Acquisition and Grant Management, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4289

RIN: 2105-AC02
_______________________________________________________________________

2294. +DISCLOSURE OF CODE-SHARING ARRANGEMENTS AND LONG-TERM WET LEASES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 40113; 49 USC 41712

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 257

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The action would strengthen the Department's current rules 
requiring airlines to notify passengers of a code-sharing arrangement 
or long-term wet lease. In these operations, the operator of the 
aircraft differs from the airline in whose name the transportation was 
sold. The Department would require that the name of the transporting 
carrier be disclosed. This action is being undertaken to ensure that 
consumers have pertinent information about airline code-sharing 
arrangements on domestic and international flights. This is significant 
because of congressional and industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/10/94                    59 FR 40836
NPRM Comment Period End         10/11/94
SNPRM                           01/17/95                     60 FR 3359
SNPRM Comment Period End        02/16/95
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: See related action, Disclosure of Change-of-
Gauge Services, RIN 2105-AC17.

Agency Contact: Laura Trejo, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9183

RIN: 2105-AC10
_______________________________________________________________________

2295. USE OF DIRECT FINAL RULEMAKING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1657

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 5.21; 49 CFR 5.35

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is considering a new rulemaking procedure to 
expedite the processing of noncontroversial changes to its regulations. 
Rules that the Secretary judges to be unlikely to result in public 
comment would be published as ``direct final'' rules. Such direct final 
rules would advise the public that no adverse comment is anticipated 
and that, unless written adverse comment or notice of intent to submit 
such comment is received within a specified number of days, the rule 
will become effective 60 days from the date of publication in the 
Federal Register.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/04/95                    60 FR 39919
NPRM Comment Period End         10/03/95
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Neil Eisner, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation 
and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 
400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC11
_______________________________________________________________________

2296. DISCLOSURE OF CHANGE-OF-GAUGE SERVICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 41712

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 257

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: To ensure that consumers are given pertinent information on 
the nature of change-of-gauge services, the Department is proposing to 
codify and augment its current disclosure requirements for itineraries 
with one flight number that involve a change of aircraft. The 
Department requested comments on the following three proposed 
requirements, which would apply to U.S. air carriers, foreign air 
carriers, and, where appropriate, ticket agents (including travel 
agents) doing business in the United States: (1) that transporting 
carriers include notice of aircraft changes in their written or 
electronic schedule information provided to the public, in the Official 
Airline Guide, and in computer reservation systems; (2) that consumers 
be given reasonable and timely notice before they book transportation 
that a particular service with a single flight number entails a change 
of aircraft en route; and (3) that written notice of the aircraft 
change be provided on or with each ticket for such service. This 
proposal, in part, responds to the petition of American Airlines in 
Docket

[[Page 62058]]

47546 to ban the practice of ``funnel flights.''

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/19/95                     60 FR 3778
NPRM Comment Period End         03/20/95
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Further action on this rule will be taken at 
the same time as action on a related code share issue in RIN 2105-AC10.

Agency Contact: Betsy L. Wolf, Senior Trial Attorney, Office of General 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9356

RIN: 2105-AC17
_______________________________________________________________________

2297. OVERBOOKING OF FLIGHTS: ELIMINATION OF AIRPORT NOTICE SIGNS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will eliminate existing text in the CFR.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 401; 49 USC 411; 49 USC 413; 49 USC 417

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 250

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would eliminate a consumer notice about airline 
overbooking of flights that is required to appear on signs at airports, 
city ticket offices, and travel agencies. However, that information 
would be available to consumers because it must accompany every ticket.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/03/96                    61 FR 27818
NPRM Comment Period End         07/18/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Other rulemakings: RIN 2105-AA88, Simplified 
Airline Counter-Sign Notices, and RIN 2105-AC36, Ticketless Travel: 
Passenger Notices.

Agency Contact: Tim Kelly, Aviation Consumer Protection Division, 
Office of the General Counsel, C-75, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5952

RIN: 2105-AC45
_______________________________________________________________________

2298. RULES OF PRACTICE IN AVIATION ECONOMIC PROCEEDINGS: REINVENTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  5 USC 511; 39 USC 5402; 42 USC 4321; 49 USC 40101; 49 
USC 41101; 49 USC 41301; 49 USC 41501; 49 USC 41701; 49 USC 41901; 49 
USC 46101; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 302

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would reorganize in a more logical fashion, 
regulations that govern the conduct of all aviation economic 
proceedings before the Department. It would also streamline the 
regulation to remove redundancies. Procedures relating only to oral 
evidentiary hearings are being grouped together separate from 
procedures pertaining only to non-hearing cases. Updates to terminology 
will be made to reflect the revision and recodification of the Federal 
Aviation Act. This rule has not been comprehensively updated since 1985 
and the revisions will take the form of a complete reissuance of part 
302. In response to the NPRM, comments were received. They seek changes 
in the filing periods for responsive pleadings to various types of 
applications. Since these were outside the scope of the original 
notice, a supplemental notice will be issued. See RIN 2105-AC73.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/03/97                     62 FR 5094
NPRM Comment Period End         04/04/97
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Carol A. Woods, Analyst, Air Carrier Fitness Division, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2340

RIN: 2105-AC48
_______________________________________________________________________

2299. AMENDMENTS TO MODAL ALCOHOL TESTING RULES: PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 102; 49 USC 301; 49 USC 5331; 49 USC 20140; 49 
USC 31306; 49 USC 45101; 49 USC 45106

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 121; 49 CFR 219; 49 CFR 382; 49 CFR 653; 49 CFR 
654

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would implement a recent statutory change required 
by the National Highway Systems Act of 1995, section 342, to the 
existing pre-employment alcohol testing provisions. It would make pre-
employment testing voluntary for employers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/09/96                    61 FR 21149
NPRM Comment Period End         07/08/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This action involves four operating 
administrations: FAA, FHWA, FTA, and FRA. On May 10, 1995 (60 FR 
24765), DOT suspended its pre-employment alcohol testing requirements 
after a court decision vacated the requirements of the FHWA alcohol 
testing rule.

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement,

[[Page 62059]]

Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC50
_______________________________________________________________________

2300. PASSENGER TARIFF-FILING REQUIREMENTS EXEMPTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 40101; 49 USC 40105; 49 USC 40109; 49 USC 
40113 to 40114; 49 USC 41504; 49 USC 41701; 49 USC 41707 to 41709; 49 
USC 41712; 49 USC 46101

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 221; 14 CFR 156(j)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would exempt U.S. and foreign air carriers from 
the statutory and regulatory duty to file with DOT international 
passenger tariffs in certain instances subject to the reimposition of 
the duty in specific cases when consistent with the public interest. In 
addition, the Department proposes to reissue a new version of part 221 
that eliminates most of the traditional paper format and filing 
procedures set forth in the present version.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Direct Final Rule               03/10/98                    63 FR 10758
Direct Final Rule Comment Period 
End                             05/01/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/10/97, 62 FR 10758

Agency Contact: John H. Kiser, Chief, Pricing and Multilateral Affairs 
Division, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2435

RIN: 2105-AC61
_______________________________________________________________________

2301. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND COOPERATIVE 
AGREEMENTS: COMMON RULE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  31 USC 7501 to 7507

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 18.26; 49 CFR 19.26; 49 CFR 322(a)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is participating in a voluntary Governmentwide 
common regulatory effort to amend its regulations because OMB amended 
its circular A-133 regarding audits of States, local governments, and 
non-profit organizations, and also rescinded its circular A-128. OMB 
made these changes to comply with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 
1996.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/29/97                    62 FR 45937
Comment Period End              10/28/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The interim final rule was required to be 
published not later than 60 days from June 30, 1997, the date of 
publication of OMB's notice of revision of OMB circular A-133 and 
rescission of circular A-128.

Agency Contact: Robert G. Taylor, Chief, Grants Management Division, M-
62, Office of Acquisition and Grant Management, Department of 
Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4289

RIN: 2105-AC66
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
Office of the Secretary (OST)
_______________________________________________________________________

2302. POLICY STATEMENT ON AIRLINE PREEMPTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 41713

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 399

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Civil Aeronautics Board in 1979 issued an interim Policy 
Statement on preemption. It discusses the policy of the Department with 
respect to three areas in which State law has been preempted by the 
Airline Deregulation Act of 1978: regulation of commuter air carriers 
and air taxis, the rights of airport proprietors, and general State 
authority as it directly or indirectly affects air transportation 
competition. The Supreme Court subsequently ruled that section 105 of 
the ADA preempts even indirect State regulation that ``has a connection 
with or reference to'' airline rates, routes, or services. Recently the 
Supreme Court issued another decision on this provision of the law, 
ruling that it does not preempt State contract law with respect to 
interpretation and enforcement of agreements voluntarily entered into 
by air carriers. The Department is considering the effect of these two 
holdings on the future course and content of the Policy Statement and 
whether there is a need for such a policy statement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/15/79                     44 FR 9948
Request for Comments on Interim 
Rule                            02/15/79                     44 FR 9953
Comment Period End              04/16/79


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Additional Information: PSDR-56, Docket 34684 The 1995 decision issued 
by the Supreme Court is American Airlines v. Wolens (S. Ct. No. 93-
1286).

Agency Contact: Paul Smith, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of

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the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9285

RIN: 2105-AA46
_______________________________________________________________________

2303. +STATEMENT OF ENFORCEMENT POLICY ON REBATING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 601; 49 USC 1301 to 1302; 49 USC 1305; 49 USC 
1324(a); 49 USC 1371 to 1379; 49 USC 1381 to 1382; 49 USC 1384; 49 USC 
1386; 49 USC 1461; 49 USC 1481 to 1482; 49 USC 1502; 49 USC 1504

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 399.80; 14 CFR 399.85

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is proposing to provide formal notice to the 
public of its enforcement policy concerning the rebating of 
international air fares by adopting that policy as a Policy Statement 
in the regulations. No change in the substance of that policy is 
intended. The Department also proposes to revoke an existing Policy 
Statement on the advertising of rebates that is contrary to DOT's 
current enforcement policy. The proposal responds to a request for such 
action by the American Society of Travel Agents. The proposed 
regulation is significant because it involves important departmental 
policies and substantial industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/21/88                    53 FR 41353
NPRM Comment Period End         12/20/88
Extended Comment Period End 2/
21/89                           02/03/89                     54 FR 5497
Correction                      02/10/89                     54 FR 6475


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/21/88, 53 FR 41353

Agency Contact: Betsy Wolf, Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the 
General Counsel, Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 
400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9349

RIN: 2105-AB39
_______________________________________________________________________

2304. SMOKING ABOARD AIRCRAFT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1324; 49 USC 1374; 49 USC 1377; 49 USC 1386; 
PL 101-164

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 252

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends the rules governing smoking 
aboard aircraft to incorporate a statutory ban on smoking aboard most 
U.S. flight segments. The statutory ban applies to both U.S. and 
foreign air carriers. This rulemaking proposed to clarify the current 
rule and make other minor changes. The interim final rule was 
significant because of substantial public interest. The present action 
would merely finalize that already taken and is, therefore, not 
considered significant.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/13/90                     55 FR 4991


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The interim final rule was effective 02/25/90; 
the comments were due by 04/16/90.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/13/90, 55 FR 4991

Agency Contact: Joanne Petrie, Attorney, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AB58
_______________________________________________________________________

2305. +ACCESSIBILITY OF PASSENGER VESSELS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH 
DISABILITIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 12101 et seq; PL 101-336, Americans with 
Disabilities Act

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 37

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) final 
rule, published September 6, 1991 (56 FR 45584), reserved portions of 
the rule concerning passenger vessels. The ADA covers passenger 
vessels, but issuing accessibility requirements for vessels involves 
complex issues unlike those affecting land transportation. This action 
will address these issues and propose feasible requirements to make 
passenger vessels accessible to, and usable by, individuals with 
disabilities. This rulemaking is considered significant because of 
substantial public and congressional interest.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AB87
_______________________________________________________________________

2306. +TRANSPORTATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES (ACCESSIBILITY 
GUIDELINES)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 552a

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 27; 49 CFR 37

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the rules implementing the Americans 
with Disabilities Act by adopting the revised accessibility guidelines 
issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance 
Board, published June 20, 1994 (59 FR 31676) as interim final rules. 
The proposed rule would also conform the Department's rule implementing 
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Further DOT action is 
pending ATBCB/Justice Department action. This action is significant 
because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/20/94                    59 FR 31818
NPRM Comment Period End         08/19/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

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Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC06
_______________________________________________________________________

2307. USE OF OXYGEN BY AIR CARRIER PASSENGERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 41705

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 382

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is considering the use of regulatory 
negotiation to seek consensus among air carriers, consumers, airports, 
equipment manufacturers, oxygen suppliers, and safety regulators 
concerning the use of oxygen by passengers on air carriers when 
individuals need special private supplies. The need for action stems 
from a current situation where all carriers do not allow passengers to 
bring their own oxygen aboard. Issues involve conformance with RSPA and 
FAA hazardous materials rules and the question of providing oxygen 
during long layovers. The Department is considering whether to begin a 
regulatory negotiation.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306

RIN: 2105-AC29
_______________________________________________________________________

2308. +DOMESTIC PASSENGER MANIFEST INFORMATION

Priority:  Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 40101; 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 41702; 49 
USC 41708 to 41709; 49 USC 41711; 49 USC 46301; 49 USC 46310; 49 USC 
46316

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 243

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice requested comments concerning operational and 
cost issues related to U.S. air carriers collecting information such as 
full name, date of birth and/or social security number, emergency 
contact and telephone number from passengers traveling on flights 
within the United States. This notice was issued on the Department's 
initiative in response to difficulties with notification in the 
aftermath of domestic aviation disasters and to comply with a 
recommendation contained in the initial report of the White House 
Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (1996) that urged the 
Department to explore immediately the costs and effects of a 
comprehensive passenger manifest requirement on the domestic aviation 
system. DOT will review the implementation of the international 
passenger manifest requirements (RIN 2105-AC78, 2/18/98, 63 FR 8258) as 
it determines how to proceed with this rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/13/97                    62 FR 11789
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/12/97
Comment Period Reopened         05/30/97                    62 FR 29313
Comment Period End              06/20/97


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bernard Gaillard, Director, Office of International 
Transportation and Trade, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4368

RIN: 2105-AC62
_______________________________________________________________________

2309.  +ENFORCEMENT POLICY: UNFAIR EXCLUSIONARY CONDUCT IN THE 
AIR TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed statement was developed in consultation with 
the Department of Justice and sets forth tentative findings and 
guidelines for use by DOT in evaluating whether major air carriers' 
competitive responses to new entry warrant enforcement action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            04/10/98                    63 FR 17919
Comment Period Extended         05/21/98                    63 FR 28021
Comment Period End              06/09/98
Extended Comment Period End     07/24/98
Reply Comment Period End        09/08/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Jim Craun, Director, Office of the Assistant Secretary 
for Aviation and International Affairs, Department of Transportation, 
Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2032

RIN: 2105-AC72
_______________________________________________________________________

2310.  FILING PERIODS FOR RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS; RULES OF 
PRACTICE IN AVIATION ECONOMIC PROCEEDINGS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 5111; 39 USC 5402; 42 USC 4321; 49 USC 40101; 
49 USC 41101; 49 USC 41301; 49 USC 41501; 49 USC 41701; 49 USC 41901; 
49 USC 46101; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 302

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action stems from an NPRM to revise rules of practice in 
aviation economic proceedings published 2/3/97 (63 FR 5094) RIN 2105-
AC48. The Department received a number of comments seeking changes in 
filing periods for responsive pleadings to various types of 
applications. Based on comments there will be a reevaluation of the 
time periods for filing documents. Since changes in the time periods 
were

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outside the scope of the original notice, a supplemental notice will be 
published on this narrow question.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

SNPRM                           10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Carol A. Woods, Analyst, Air Carrier Fitness Division, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2340

RIN: 2105-AC73
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
Office of the Secretary (OST)
_______________________________________________________________________

2311. AVIATION CHARTER RULES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  PL 85-726, as amended

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 207 to 208; 14 CFR 212; 14 CFR 294; 14 CFR 298; 
14 CFR 380; 14 CFR 389

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule governs the activities of public charter operators, 
a type of indirect air carrier that sells charter air transportation to 
consumers, and airlines that perform the direct air transportation. DOT 
is revising and updating the rules to recognize: (1) current usage of 
credit cards for payment to charter operators, and (2) certain changes 
in procedural practices.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/16/92                    57 FR 42864
NPRM Comment Period End         10/16/92
Extended Comment Period End 11/
16/92                           10/22/92                    57 FR 48193
Final Action                    05/22/98                    63 FR 28225
Final Action Effective          06/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/16/92, 57 FR 42864

Agency Contact: C. W. McGuire, Chief, Regulatory Affairs Division, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1037

RIN: 2105-AB91
_______________________________________________________________________

2312. +TRANSPORTATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES (OVER THE ROAD 
BUSES)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; PL 101-336, Americans with Disabilities 
Act (ADA)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 27

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, May 16, 1994.

Abstract: This action requires the accessibility of new over the road 
buses (OTRBs) and also requires accessible service. It applies to both 
intercity and other fixed-route bus operators and to charter and tour 
operators. This project is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/12/93                    58 FR 52735
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/26/93
NPRM                            03/25/98                    63 FR 14560
NPRM Comment Period End         05/26/98
Final Action                    09/28/98                    63 FR 51670
Final Action Effective          10/28/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: A related joint NPRM on accessibility 
guidelines was published 3/25/98, 63 FR 14570, RIN 3014-AA23, and a 
joint final rule with the Architectural and Transportation Barriers 
Compliance Board was issued on the same day as the DOT final rule 
above. See 63 FR 51694.

Agency Contact: Robert C. Ashby, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for 
Regulation and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Office of the 
Secretary, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9306
TDD: 202 755-7687

RIN: 2105-AC00
_______________________________________________________________________

2313. PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION: ELECTRONIC FOIA AMENDMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 552; 31 USC 9701; 49 USC 322; EO 21600

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 7

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action revises regulations implementing the Freedom of 
Information Act to conform to the requirements of the Electronic 
Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, PL 104-231. New 
provisions concern electronic reading room requirements, deletion 
markings and volume estimation, timing of responses, multi-track and 
expedited processing, and unusual circumstances. This action also 
provides changes to the Department's fee schedule. The Department will 
charge fees at rates based on an average of hourly rates for three pay 
scale levels.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/16/98                    63 FR 18855
NPRM Comment Period End         06/15/98
Final Action                    07/16/98                    63 FR 38331
Final Action Effective          08/17/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert I. Ross, Office of General Counsel, C-10, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9156
Fax: 202 366-9170

RIN: 2105-AC69

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

2314. VESSEL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (CGD 89-050)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 2103; 46 USC 12501

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 187

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: 46 U.S.C. 12501 requires the Secretary of Transportation to 
establish a Vessel Identification System (VIS). This rulemaking 
prescribes the manner and form for participating States to make 
information available for VIS; to establish guidelines for State vessel 
titling systems; and to establish procedures for certifying compliance 
with those guidelines. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of mobility of commercial and recreational vessels.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/15/89                    54 FR 38358
Comment Period End              12/14/89
NPRM                            10/05/93                    58 FR 51920
Correction                      10/15/93                    58 FR 53624
Comment Period End              01/03/94
Reopening of Comment Period     02/24/94                     59 FR 8881
Comment Period End              03/28/94
Interim Rule                    04/25/95                    60 FR 20310
Comment Period End              07/24/95
Reopening of Comment Period     10/17/95                    60 FR 53727
Comment Period End              12/31/95
Interim Rule Change in Effective 
Date                            02/23/96                     61 FR 6943
Interim Rule Re-Opening of 
Comment Period                  10/20/97                    62 FR 54385
Interim Rule Change in Effective 
Date                            04/21/98                    63 FR 19657
SNPRM                           10/00/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The effective date of April 24, 1996, applies 
to all provisions in this interim final rule other than 33 CFR part 
187, subpart D, which is suspended through April 23, 1998. The change 
in effective date of the interim final rule was published February, 23, 
1996, 61 FR 6943.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/05/93, 58 FR 51920

Agency Contact: ENS Brian Ly, Project Manager, G-MRI-3, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0452

RIN: 2115-AD35
_______________________________________________________________________

2315. REPORTING MARINE CASUALTIES (CGD 91-216)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 6101; 33 USC 1901 et seq

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 151; 46 CFR 4

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would add to the definition of a reportable 
marine casualty ``significant harm to the environment.'' Some casualty 
reporting requirements are extended to include foreign tank vessels 
operating in U.S. waters, including the exclusive economic zone. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the consequence of pollution 
incidents and further supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Meeting Request for 
Comments                        12/20/94                    59 FR 65522
Comment Period End              02/20/95
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: ENS Ellis Moose, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1100

RIN: 2115-AD98
_______________________________________________________________________

2316. HANDLING OF EXPLOSIVES OR OTHER DANGEROUS CARGOES WITHIN OR 
CONTIGUOUS TO WATERFRONT FACILITIES (CGD 92-026)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1231

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 126

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is intended to revise existing regulations 
covering waterfront facilities handling dangerous cargoes. The present 
regulations are outdated and do not reflect improved safety procedures 
and modern transportation methods, such as the use of containers. Where 
appropriate, the regulations would incorporate industry standards 
regarding the handling of hazardous materials at waterfront facilities. 
This project also supports the Vice Commandant's workload reduction 
initiative, and also supports Coast Guard strategic goals by reducing 
deaths and injuries in the maritime industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/13/93                     58 FR 4127
Comment Period End              04/13/93
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Independent study has been completed and 
incorporated with comments from the public in the preparation of the 
proposed rulemaking.

Agency Contact: LCDR John Farthing, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, 
Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2498

RIN: 2115-AE22
_______________________________________________________________________

2317. AMENDMENTS TO HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER REGULATIONS (CGD 92-065)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 4302; 46 USC 12501

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 181

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would expand the existing 12 character Hull 
Identification Number (HIN) applicable to manufacturers of recreational 
boats by at least two characters to indicate the country of origin (to 
align to the HIN format with the newly adopted International 
Organization for Standards format). Several minor amendments to the HIN 
regulations are also proposed. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/06/94                    59 FR 23651
Comment Period End              09/06/94
Notice of Workshop              11/09/94                    59 FR 55823
Reopening of Comment Period     11/09/94                    59 FR 55823
Comment Period End              01/09/95
SNPRM                           02/21/97                     62 FR 7971
Comment Period End              05/22/97
SNPRM                           01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/21/97, 62 FR 7975

Agency Contact: Alston Colihan, Project Manager, G-OPB-3, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0984

RIN: 2115-AE37
_______________________________________________________________________

2318. +FACILITY RESPONSE PLANS FOR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES (CGD 94-048)

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 83 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2115-AE87
_______________________________________________________________________

2319. +TANK VESSEL RESPONSE PLANS FOR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES (CGD 94-032)

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 84 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2115-AE88
_______________________________________________________________________

2320. NUMBERING OF UNDOCUMENTED BARGES (CGD 93-091)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 12301

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 189

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act 
of 1992, requires all undocumented barges more than 100 gross tons 
operating on the navigable waters of the United States be numbered. 
This rulemaking would establish a numbering system for these barges. 
The numbering of undocumented barges will allow identification of 
owners of barges found abandoned and help prevent future marine 
pollution. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protection of the marine environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            10/18/94                    59 FR 52646
Comment Period End              01/17/95
ANPRM                           07/06/98                    63 FR 36384
NPRM                            09/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas Willis, Project Manager, National Vessel 
Documentation Center, Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 
2039 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419-9502
Phone: 304 271-2506

RIN: 2115-AF13
_______________________________________________________________________

2321. LIMITED SERVICE DOMESTIC VOYAGE LOAD LINES FOR RIVER BARGES ON 
LAKE MICHIGAN (CGD 95-015)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 51

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 45

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulatory project will allow certain unmanned dry cargo 
river barges operating on Lake Michigan to be exempted from the normal 
Great Lakes load line requirements provided instead that they obtain a 
limited domestic service load line for two specific routes (Chicago to 
Milwaukee, and Chicago to Muskegon). This will allow certain non-
hazardous cargoes originating at inland river ports to be transported 
as far as Milwaukee and Muskegon by river barge, thereby benefiting 
from the relatively low cost per ton-mile of river barge 
transportation. Compliance is not mandatory other than for those river 
barge operators who voluntarily seek this special load line for their 
barges. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas Jordan, Project Manager, G-MSE-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2988

RIN: 2115-AF38
_______________________________________________________________________

2322. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ACTIVITIES (CGD 96-068)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  43 USC 1333(d)(1); 43 USC 1348(c); 43 USC 1356

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 140 to 147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would revise the regulations on Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS) activities to: add new requirements for 
lifesaving, fire protection, training, hazardous materials used as 
stores on fixed OCS facilities, and accommodation spaces; require 
foreign vessels engaged in OCS activities to comply with requirements 
similar to those imposed on U.S. vessels similarly engaged; and allow 
all mobile inland drilling units (MIDUs) to operate on the OCS out to a 
defined boundary line, if they meet requirements for lifesaving, 
firefighting, operations similar to those for fixed OCS facilities. 
This project would affect the owners and operators of facilities and 
vessels engaged in offshore activities associated with the exploration 
for, or development or production of, the resources of the OCS. The 
preliminary estimate of costs imposed by these amendments would vary 
according to the unit. The Coast Guard is consulting with the Minerals 
Management Service, part of the Department of the Interior. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal of reducing deaths and injuries and the 
amount of oil discharged into the marine environment. It also supports 
the Coast Guard's strategic goal of safety.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/27/95                    60 FR 33185
Comment Period End              09/25/95
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Notice of Request for Comments published 27 
June 1995, was assigned Coast Guard docket number 95-016. Following the 
request for comments this docket was terminated. This project continues 
under docket CGD 96-068, and RIN number 2115-AF39.

Agency Contact: James Magill, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1082

RIN: 2115-AF39
_______________________________________________________________________

2323. CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CGD 97-039)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  14 USC 515

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 55

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will establish a fee subsidy that will result in 
lower fees for child care provided by Coast Guard Child Development 
Centers and Coast Guard certified Family Child Care Providers. This 
project is mandated by 14 U.S.C. 515, which requires development of 
regulations that establish fees for child care, which take into account 
total family income. The rulemaking will make child care more 
affordable for Coast Guard members and civilian employees.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: It is necessary to establish the Child 
Development Services program immediately because funds are currently 
available, and eligible members and employees can take advantage of the 
program at the earliest possible date.

Agency Contact: Elaine Sweetland, Project Manager, G-WPW-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6727

RIN: 2115-AF48
_______________________________________________________________________

2324. USER FEES FOR MARINE LICENSING, CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRY, AND 
MERCHANT MARINER DOCUMENTS (USCG-97-2799)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 2110; 14 USC 664; 31 USC 9701

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 10; 46 CFR 12; 49 CFR 1.46

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would revise user fees for Coast Guard services 
relating to the issuance of merchant mariner licenses, certificates of 
registry and MMDs. This rulemaking was ordered by the District Court 
for the D.C. Circuit. The litigation was settled on 9/17/97, but the 
terms of the settlement require the Coast Guard to complete the 
rulemaking. The user fees are based on direct and indirect personnel 
costs and overhead costs associated with specific services, and will 
affect all mariners obtaining or renewing marine licenses, certificates 
of registry and Merchant Mariner Documents.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/01/98                    63 FR 16024
NPRM Comment Period End         10/01/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: The previous docket number for this rulemaking 
was CGD 97-049. Annual compliance costs to the public are $9.2 million. 
Related Dockets are CGD 96-053 and USCG-97-2798.

Agency Contact: CDR Mark McEwen, Project Manager, G-MRP-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1409

RIN: 2115-AF49
_______________________________________________________________________

2325. OIL POLLUTION PREVENTION FOR OCEANGOING SHIPS AND CERTAIN VESSELS 
IN DOMESTIC SERVICE (CGD 97-072)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 2103; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3703; 33 USC 1231; 
33 USC 1321(j); 33 USC 1903

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 151; 33 CFR 155; 33 CFR 157; 46 CFR 170; 46 CFR 
172

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking concerns oil pollution prevention and the 
operational discharge of oil from vessels. It will align existing 
regulations on oil-water separators, operational discharge, damage and 
intact stability, and term of validity of International Oil Pollution 
Prevention Certificates with recent amendments under the International 
Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL). 
It will affect U.S.-flagged tank ships of 150 gross tons or more and 
other U.S.-flagged ships of four hundred gross tons or more. It will 
eliminate or reduce requirements for shore connections on certain 
vessels of one hundred gross tons or more. This project supports the 
Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program's goal 
to reduce the amount of oil discharged into United States waters from 
maritime sources by 20 percent, and the Coast Guard's strategic goals 
of marine safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LT Diane Kalina, Project Manager, G-M, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0226

RIN: 2115-AF56

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2326. REVISE FEES TO NUMBER UNDOCUMENTED VESSELS IN ALASKA (USCG-98-
3386)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 12307

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 173

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would revise the current fees the Coast Guard 
charges for numbering undocumented vessels in Alaska. The fees were 
promulgated in 1972 and do not reflect the costs that the Coast Guard 
incurs to issue the vessel numbers. All fees collected go to the 
Treasury's General Fund. The rule should result in an increased fee 
that reflects the current costs for the Coast Guard to issue the vessel 
numbers in Alaska. This rulemaking is required by the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-324).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Janice Giles, Project Manager, G-OPB, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0911

RIN: 2115-AF62
_______________________________________________________________________

2327. DEEP WATER PORTS (CGD 97-050) (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1503

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 148 to 150

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The purpose of this rulemaking is to update the Deepwater 
Port Regulations. Section 502 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 
1996 prescribes changes to the regulations found in 33 CFR parts 148-
150 developed in accordance with the Deepwater Port Act of 1974. These 
regulations were developed in the 1970's when there were no deepwater 
ports in the United States. The Coast Guard will be revising the 
regulations to: remove from the regulations, and place in the license 
conditions, those requirements which belong in the license conditions; 
and remove from the regulations those things which can be addressed in 
an operations manual. The Coast Guard may also consider revising the 
regulations to address technological advancements and operational 
experience gained over the last twenty years. In accordance with 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Coast Guard is also 
reviewing these regulations for their impacts on small businesses and 
the potential to reduce any such impacts. Public comment on small 
business impacts is specifically requested. This project supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety. This rulemaking will 
encompass a complete review of the Deepwater Port Regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/29/97                    62 FR 45774
Comment Period End              10/13/97
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: LT Diane Kalina, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1181

RIN: 2115-AF63
_______________________________________________________________________

2328.  COMMERCIAL DIVING OPERATIONS (USCG-98-3786) (SECTION 610 
REVIEW)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1509; 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3703; 
46 USC 6101

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 197; 49 CFR 1.46

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project involves reviewing and updating the commercial 
diving regulations in 46 CFR 197, subpart B, which are over 20 years 
old. A review of the commercial diving regulations needs to be done to 
determine what parts should be updated or changed based on the current 
standards of safety, technology, and industry practices and, in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 610, to evaluate and minimize any significant 
economic impact of the rules upon a substantial number of small 
entities. The project supports the Coast Guard Marine Safety and 
Environmental Protection Program's goal to reduce deaths and injuries 
on U.S. commercial vessels and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/26/98                    63 FR 34840
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/24/98
NPRM                            01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LT Diane Kalina, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1181

RIN: 2115-AF64
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

2329. TANK LEVEL OR PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICES (CGD 90-071)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3703

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 32

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 1, 1991.

Abstract: The Coast Guard established minimum performance standards for 
tank level or pressure monitoring devices for single-hull tank vessels 
that carry oil in bulk as cargo. These

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standards are effective until April 28, 1999. These devices reduce the 
size and impact of an oil spill by alerting the tank vessel operator 
that a level or pressure change has occurred in a cargo tank. The Coast 
Guard will evaluate the performance and cost effectiveness of any 
device which meets the standards set in this rule, if that device is 
submitted to the Coast Guard during the effective period of this rule. 
This project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into 
the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/07/91                    56 FR 21116
Comment Period End              10/04/91
Notice of Availability Technical 
Feasibility Study               02/05/93                     58 FR 2292
Notice of Public Meeting        11/15/94                    59 FR 58810
NPRM                            08/21/95                    60 FR 43427
Comment Period End              11/20/95
Temporary Rule                  03/28/97                    62 FR 14828
Temporary Rule Effective        04/28/97
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Formerly titled Overfill and Tank Level or 
Pressure Monitoring Devices.

Agency Contact: Laura Hamman, Project Manager, G-MSE-3, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0658

RIN: 2115-AD69
_______________________________________________________________________

2330. REGATTAS AND MARINE PARADES (CGD 95-054)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1233

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 100

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In keeping with the National Performance Review and the 
President's Regulatory Reinvention Initiative, the Coast Guard reviewed 
its regatta and marine parade permitting regulations and determined 
that certain revisions are needed to eliminate overly burdensome, 
unnecessary, and obsolete requirements. The rule establishes various 
categories of events: those which do not require any notice or a permit 
because they clearly pose no extra or unusual hazard to safety of life; 
those which require written notice because they may pose such a hazard; 
and those which require a permit because they clearly pose such a 
hazard. This rule eliminates the need for permits, and associated 
paperwork burden on the public, unless they are necessary to advance 
the statutory purpose of promoting safety of life during marine events. 
The effective date has been delayed until the Coast Guard completes the 
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety 
and mobility of commercial and recreational vessels.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/26/95                    60 FR 67345
Comment Period End              02/09/96
NPRM                            04/17/96                    61 FR 16732
Comment Period End              05/17/96
Interim Rule                    06/28/96                    61 FR 33027
Comment Period End              08/27/96
Interim Rule Delay Effective 
Date to 01/01/98                11/26/96                    61 FR 60027
Interim Rule Delay Effective 
Date to 01/01/99                12/30/97                    62 FR 67570
Final Rule                      10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking will benefit small entities, 
and state and local governments by reducing the number of submitted 
permits. The rulemaking should reduce the information which is required 
to be submitted from 3,100 permits to 1,500 notifications, 20 of which 
may require additional information.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/26/96, 61 FR 33031

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 2115-AF17
_______________________________________________________________________

2331. LICENSING AND MANNING FOR OFFICERS OF TOWING VESSELS (CGD 94-055)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  14 USC 633; 31 USC 9701; 44 USC 3507; 46 USC 2103; 46 
USC 7101; 46 USC 7106; 46 USC 7107; 46 USC 7701

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 10; 46 CFR 15

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is necessary as part of an overall initiative 
by the Coast Guard to improve navigational safety for towing vessels. 
It will help ensure that the mariner piloting a towing vessel has the 
proper training and qualifications to handle the tug and tow. It will 
introduce an additional level of license where there has been only two 
licenses. Each level will require greater experience and proficiency. 
This will prevent a new operator with minimal experience from 
commanding the largest flotillas; it will prevent any operator with any 
experience from commanding the large flotillas until he or she has 
gained, and shown, the necessary competence. This rulemaking also 
introduces a requirement for demonstration of proficiency as a 
prerequisite to being issued a license. This will be in addition to the 
current requirements for sea service physical examination, drug 
testing, and successful testing. This project supports the Coast 
Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program's goal to 
reduce the number of casualties, and the Coast Guard's strategic goal 
of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/19/96                    61 FR 31332
Correction                      07/11/96                    61 FR 36608
Correction                      08/07/96                    61 FR 41208
Notice of Meeting               08/26/96                    61 FR 43720
Comment Period End              10/17/96
Notice of Intent                12/18/96                    61 FR 66642
SNPRM                           10/27/97                    62 FR 55548

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Notice of Public Meeting Boston 
02/18/98                        01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Notice of Public Meeting Houston 
02/13/98                        01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Notice of Public Meeting Memphis 
02/11/98                        01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Notice of Public Meeting Seattle 
02/24/98                        01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Comment Period End              02/24/98
Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LCDR Don Darcy, Project Manager, G-MSO-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0221

RIN: 2115-AF23
_______________________________________________________________________

2332. STREAMLINED INSPECTION PROGRAM (CGD 96-055)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3703

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 8

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will establish a Streamlined Inspection Program 
(SIP). The SIP would allow owners or operators of inspected vessels to 
have their own personnel perform many of the tests and requirements 
currently done by Coast Guard marine inspectors. Owners and operators 
of inspected vessels would work with the Coast Guard to develop written 
inspection procedures for each of their vessels enrolled in the 
program. The SIP would be conducted with Coast Guard oversight, and 
while Coast Guard marine inspectors would still conduct required 
inspections, their time on board the vessel would be substantially 
reduced. The SIP will raise the overall level of safety of a vessel by 
allowing vessels to meet inspection requirements through a combination 
of: increased participation of the vessel's crew in continuous vessel 
maintenance; trained and qualified company personnel conducting 
specific pre-inspection tasks throughout the vessel inspection cycle; 
and scheduled inspections conducted on board by Coast Guard marine 
inspectors. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety 
and Environmental goals of increased level of vessel and operational 
safety and reduced costs of regulatory compliance; and the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/08/97                    62 FR 17008
Comment Period End              07/07/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: LT Paul Arnett, Project Manager, G-MOC-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0498

RIN: 2115-AF37
_______________________________________________________________________

2333. COAST GUARD VESSEL INSPECTION USER FEES (CGD 96-067)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 2110; 46 USC 3317; 14 USC 664; 31 USC 9701

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project implements the Congressional mandate, contained 
in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-324) to cap 
fees that may be charged for the inspection or examination of small 
passenger vessels, and to exempt publicly-owned ferries from vessel 
inspection user fees. The Act limits annual fees for small passenger 
vessels less than 65 feet in length to not more than $300, and for 
small passenger vessels 65 feet or over in length to not more than 
$600. Fees for vessels in these categories currently range from $450 to 
$2,585 depending on the length and capacity of the vessel. This rule 
reduces published fees to the levels established under the caps imposed 
by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996. This rule also exempts 
publicly-owned ferries from vessel inspection user fees. Additional 
revisions to the exemption criteria will expand exemptions in certain 
instances where it is clearly within the public interest to do so, but 
which are not included under current regulation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    04/21/97                    62 FR 19229
Interim Rule Effective          04/21/97
Comment Period End              08/19/97
Final Action                    07/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: CDR Mark McEwen, Project Manager, G-MRP-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1409

RIN: 2115-AF40
_______________________________________________________________________

2334. TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME IN THE APPROACHES TO DELAWARE BAY (CGD 
97-004)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1223

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 167

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the Traffic Separation Scheme in approaches 
to Delaware Bay by shifting eastern approach lanes southward; 
establishing a two-way route for use by tug and tow traffic; and 
reconfiguring the precautionary area to exclude shoal areas too shallow 
for deep draft vessels. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's 
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection goal of reducing the number 
of collisions, allisions, and groundings, and the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of marine safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/09/97                    62 FR 25576
Comment Period End              08/07/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Diane Schneider, Project Manager, G-MOV-2, Department

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of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0352

RIN: 2115-AF42
_______________________________________________________________________

2335. CARRIAGE OF BULK SOLID MATERIALS REQUIRING SPECIAL HANDLING (CGD 
97-037)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1321; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3703; 46 USC 5111; 
46 USC 6101; 49 USC 1804; EO 11735; EO 12234

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 90; 46 CFR 97; 46 CFR 148

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will add materials carried with Special Permits 
issued under Coast Guard regulations and other materials contained in 
the International Maritime Organization Code of Safe Practice for Solid 
Bulk Cargoes (IMO Bulk Solids Code, or ``BC Code''), including coal, to 
the list of materials permitted under the regulations. The special 
handling procedures associated with these materials are also included 
in the new rules. The revisions will harmonize U.S. regulations with 
recommended international practice, and eliminate the need to apply for 
Special Permits, except for newly classified hazardous materials. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of safety and 
improved service to the United States shipping industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Direct Final Rule               03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Public Compliance Cost: Initial Cost: $168,000; Yearly Recurring Cost: 
$400,000; Base Year for Dollar Estimates: 0000

Additional Information: This project was initiated with an ANPRM (28 
April 1989), and further developed in an NPRM (12 April 1994). In 
prioritizing resources, it was terminated on April 13, 1995. With 
resources available, it can now be completed as a direct final rule. 
Based on comments to the docket (previously CGD 87-069), this is a non-
controversial and welcome amendment to existing regulations.

Agency Contact: Brian Robinson, Project Manager, G-MSO-3, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0018

RIN: 2115-AF47
_______________________________________________________________________

2336. AMENDMENT OF STATE WATERS FOR PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION IN 
WISCONSIN AND ALABAMA (USCG-98-3604)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  14 USC 83; 14 USC 1333

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 66

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to reestablish Federal jurisdiction 
over certain waterways in the States of Alabama and Wisconsin for the 
purposes of private aids to navigation. This action is being taken to 
implement a request from the State of Alabama and an agreement between 
the State of Wisconsin and the Coast Guard, and to ensure safe 
navigation on the affected waterways. This rulemaking supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety, and mobility of 
commercial and recreational vessel traffic.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/15/98                    63 FR 18349
NPRM Comment Period End         06/15/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Dan Andrusiak, Project Manager, G-OPN-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0327

RIN: 2115-AF50
_______________________________________________________________________

2337. ADVANCE NOTICE OF ARRIVALS, VESSELS BOUND FOR PORTS OR PLACES IN 
THE UNITED STATES (CGD 97-067)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1223

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 160.207

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard amended its advance notice of arrival 
requirements to require vessels subject to the International Safety 
Management (ISM) Code to provide notice of their compliance with the 
ISM Code when they enter U.S. waters. This rule was promulgated because 
certain vessels are required to comply with the ISM Code by July 1, 
1998, and the Coast Guard is required by statute to deny vessels entry 
into U.S. ports if they do not comply with the ISM Code. This rule 
affects passenger vessels that transport more than 12 passengers 
internationally, and tank vessels, bulk freight vessels or high speed 
freight vessels of 500 gross tons or more on foreign voyages. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to eliminate substandard vessels from United 
States waters, and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    12/11/97                    62 FR 65203
Comment Period End              01/10/98
Interim Rule Effective          01/25/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Coast Guard issued an interim rule in order 
to begin collecting ISM Code information from the affected vessels well 
in advance of the ISM Code implementation date of July 1, 1998, for 
international, safety, and port management concerns. The interim rule 
provided a 30-day comment period before the rule took effect, to 
balance the need for public participation with the Coast Guard's need 
to document compliance with the ISM Code.

Agency Contact: Robert Gauvin, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard,

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2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1053

RIN: 2115-AF54
_______________________________________________________________________

2338. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES ACT OF 1996 (CGD 
97-068)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  16 USC 4701; 16 USC 4702; 16 USC 4711 to 4714; 16 USC 
4721 to 4728; 16 USC 4741; 16 USC 4751

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 151

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, October 26, 1997.

Abstract: This project will establish regulations and guidelines to 
prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into waters of the 
United States. Ballast water has been identified as a major pathway for 
the introduction and spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS). This 
rulemaking will establish voluntary ballast water exchange guidelines 
applicable to all vessels entering U.S. waters, as well as reporting 
and sampling procedures to monitor compliance. This project supports 
the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program's 
goal to reduce the volume of untreated ballast water discharged into 
United States waters, and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/10/98                    63 FR 17782
NPRM Comment Period End         06/09/98
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: LT Larry Greene, Project Manager, G-MOR, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0500

RIN: 2115-AF55
_______________________________________________________________________

2339. FEDERAL PILOTAGE FOR VESSELS IN FOREIGN TRADE IN NORTH CAROLINA 
(USCG-98-3323)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 8503

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 15

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would add a new section to subpart I of 46 CFR part 
15. The new section would require foreign-trade vessels to be under the 
direction and control of federally licensed pilots in designated waters 
of the Cape Fear River and North Cape Fear River, North Carolina, 
unless under the direction and control of state-licensed pilots. This 
would ensure that vessels are navigated by competent qualified persons, 
knowledgeable in the local area and accountable to either the state or 
the Coast Guard. This project supports two goals: the strategic goal of 
the Coast Guard to promote safety, and the goal of its program in 
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection to reduce the numbers of 
collisions, allisions, and groundings on the waters of the United 
States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/20/98                     63 FR 2939
Comment Period End              02/19/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The previous docket number for this rulemaking 
was CGD 97-073.

Agency Contact: Anthony Murray, Project Manager, National Maritime 
Center, Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson 
Blvd., Suite 510, Arlington, VA 22203-1801
Phone: 703 235-1729

RIN: 2115-AF57
_______________________________________________________________________

2340. MARITIME TRAINING COURSE APPROVAL PROCEDURES (USCG-98-3824)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  31 USC 9701; 46 USC 2101; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 2110; 
46 USC 7101 et seq; 46 USC 7502; 46 USC 7505; 46 USC 7701

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 10; 49 CFR 1.45; 49 CFR 1.46

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will permit the Coast Guard to suspend or 
revoke its approvals of courses for merchant mariners. Current 
regulations do not contain provisions to suspend or revoke course 
approvals. This rulemaking will affect training schools which offer 
Coast Guard approved courses, when those schools fail to comply with 
the terms of course approval. By ensuring that schools maintain 
uniformly high standards, this rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's 
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program's goal of reducing 
injuries and deaths aboard commercial vessels, and reducing the amount 
of pollution being discharged into the marine environment, and the 
Coast Guard's strategic goal of protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/13/98                    63 FR 26566
NPRM Comment Period End         07/13/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: James Cavo, Project Manager, National Maritime Center, 
Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 
510, Arlington, VA 22203-1801
Phone: 703 235-0011

RIN: 2115-AF58
_______________________________________________________________________

2341.  +EMERGENCY CONTROL MEASURES FOR TANK BARGES (USCG-98-
4443)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3719

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 155; 46 CFR 32

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, October 1, 1997.

Abstract: This rulemaking will require anchor systems and retrieval 
systems or measures for all single-hull tank barges operating on the 
waters listed in the rule (primarily offshore). The purpose of this 
rulemaking is to reduce oil spills from single-hull, non-self-propelled 
tank vessels. Drifting oil barges have run aground and spilled their 
cargoes, causing considerable damage to marine life and the 
environment. This

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rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety 
and protection of the marine environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM (RIN 2115-AF53)            10/06/97                    62 FR 52057
NPRM Comment Period End         01/05/98
Interim Final Rule              11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking was one component of the 
proposed regulations for Towing Vessel Safety (CGD 97-064) (RIN 2115-
AF53) concerning tank barges. To expedite the publication of 
regulations mandated by statute, two of the components for the Towing 
Vessel Safety rulemaking separated into additional rulemakings. The 
other former component of the Towing Vessel Safety rulemaking is Fire 
Protection Measures for Towing Vessels (USCG-98-4443) (RIN 2115-AF66).

Agency Contact: Robert Spears, Project Manager, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1099

RIN: 2115-AF65
_______________________________________________________________________

2342.  +FIRE PROTECTION MEASURES FOR TOWING VESSELS (USCG-98-
4445)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 4102

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 25; 46 CFR 27

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, October 1, 1997.

Abstract: This rulemaking will require fire protection measures such as 
fire detectors, alarms, portable extinguishers, and periodic crew 
training on towing vessels. The purpose of this rulemaking is to reduce 
oil spills from single-hull, non-self-propelled tank vessels. Drifting 
oil barges have run aground and spilled their cargoes, causing 
considerable damage to marine life and the environment. This rulemaking 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and 
protection of the marine environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM (RIN 2115-AF53)            10/06/97                    62 FR 52057
NPRM Comment Period End         01/05/98
Interim Final Rule              01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking was one component of the 
proposed regulations for Towing Vessel Safety (CGD 97-064) (RIN 2115-
AF53) concerning tank barges. To expedite the publication of 
regulations mandated by statute, two of the components for the Towing 
Vessel Safety rulemaking separated into additional rulemakings. The 
other former component of the Towing Vessel Safety rulemaking is 
Emergency Control Measures for Tank Barges (USCG-98-4443) (RIN 2115-
AF65).

Agency Contact: Robert Spears, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1099

RIN: 2115-AF66
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

2343. SAFETY/SECURITY ZONE REGULATIONS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1233; 33 USC 1225

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 100; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations establish limited 
access zones in which the Coast Guard exercises control of all vessels 
to ensure the safety or security of events, vessels or individuals. 
They are usually of short duration, ranging from a few hours to a few 
days. Safety zones are established for events such as fireworks 
displays, high speed races, or the transit of dangerous cargoes such as 
explosives or liquefied petroleum gas. Security zones are established 
for presidential or vice presidential visits, high profile events such 
as the Olympics, or controversial events such as transport of spent 
nuclear fuel. Safety and security zones are promulgated by Captains of 
the Port or District Commanders in response to requests or 
notifications from appropriate officials. These routine and frequent 
rulemakings support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of waterways 
management and marine safety. Total actions expected 10/01/98 to 10/01/
99: 250.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This is an open docket for routine field 
regulations.

Agency Contact: Margie Hegy, Project Manager, G-MOV-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0415

RIN: 2115-AA97
_______________________________________________________________________

2344. SPECIAL ANCHORAGE AREAS/ANCHORAGE GROUNDS REGULATIONS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  33 USC 471; 33 USC 2030; 33 USC 2035; 33 USC 2071

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 110

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations are established where 
maritime and commercial interests require them for safety of 
navigation. Special anchorage areas are areas in

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which vessels of not more than 65 feet may anchor without displaying 
the required lights or sound signals. These special anchorage areas are 
limited geographically, and depending upon the purpose, establish both 
long and short-term anchorages. Anchorage grounds are limited 
geographically, delineate the types and size of vessel which may use 
the anchorage, and may place time and other restrictions on its use. 
Special anchorage areas and anchorage grounds are promulgated by 
District Commanders in response to requests from appropriate officials. 
These routine and frequent rulemakings support the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of waterways management and marine safety. Total actions 
expected 10/01/98 to 10/01/99: 10.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This is an open docket for routine field 
regulations.

Agency Contact: Margie Hegy, Project Manager, G-MOV-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0415

RIN: 2115-AA98
_______________________________________________________________________

2345. PERMITS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF MUNICIPAL AND COMMERCIAL WASTES 
(CGD 89-014)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 2602

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 151

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, June 15, 1989, See discussion in the Abstract.

Abstract: In May 1989, the Coast Guard began a rulemaking to 
incorporate into regulation certain elements of the Shore Protection 
Act. Its objective was to help prevent trash, medical debris, and other 
unsightly and potentially harmful materials from being deposited into 
the coastal waters of the United States as a result of sloppy waste-
handling procedures. This project supported the Coast Guard's Marine 
Safety and Environmental Protection program goal of reducing discharge 
of plastics/garbage into the marine environment and the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    05/24/89                    54 FR 22546
Correction                      06/05/89                    54 FR 24078
Comment Period End              08/24/89                    54 FR 22546
Notice                          12/13/95                    60 FR 64001
Final Action                    06/00/00

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This project was formerly known as 
Implementation of the Shore Protection Act of 1988.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/24/89, 54 FR 22546

Agency Contact: LCDR John Farthing, Project Manager, G-MSO, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6451

RIN: 2115-AD23
_______________________________________________________________________

2346. +DISCHARGE-REMOVAL EQUIPMENT FOR VESSELS CARRYING OIL (CGD 90-068)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 4202

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 165

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, August 18, 1992.

Abstract: The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 directed the President by 
August 18, 1992, to: require periodic inspection of discharge-removal 
equipment to ensure that it is available in an emergency, and to 
require carriage of discharge-removal equipment by vessels operating in 
the navigable waters of the U.S. and carrying oil or hazardous 
substances. This action implemented those provisions. This project 
supported the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection 
goal to reduce the consequence of pollution incidents and the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of protection of natural resources. This project 
is considered significant because of expected costs and substantial 
public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/30/91                    56 FR 43534
Comment Period End              10/16/91
NPRM                            09/29/92                    57 FR 44912
Extension of Comment Period     10/26/92                    57 FR 48489
Comment Period End              10/29/92
Comment Period End              11/16/92
Interim Rule                    12/22/93                    58 FR 67988
Interim Rule Effective          01/22/94
Correction                      01/26/94                     59 FR 3749
Comment Period End              02/22/94
Final Action                    06/00/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/22/93, 58 FR 67988

Agency Contact: David DuPont, Project Manager, G-MSR-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0971

RIN: 2115-AD66
_______________________________________________________________________

2347. CLAIMS PROCEDURES UNDER THE OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990 (CGD 91-035)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 2713; 33 USC 2714

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 136

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking implements section 1013 (Claims Procedures) 
and section 1014 (Designation of Source and Advertisement) of the Oil 
Pollution Act of 1990. This rulemaking was designated significant 
because of anticipated public interest. The interim rule provides the 
requirements for the filing of claims for uncompensated removal costs 
or damages resulting from the discharge of oil, for the designation of 
the sources of the discharge, and for the advertisement of where claims 
are to be filed. The interim rule also included the processing of 
natural resource damage (NRD) claims. The NRD claims, however, were not 
processed until September 25, 1997, when the Department of Justice 
issued an opinion that the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSTLF) is 
available without further appropriation to pay trustee NRD

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claims under the general claims provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 
1990, 33 U.S.C. 2712(a)(4). Release of the final rule will be delayed 
until additional experience is gained on the adjudication of these NRD 
claims. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
the protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    08/12/92                    57 FR 36314
Correction Correction           09/09/92                    57 FR 41104
Comment Period End              12/10/92


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/12/92, 57 FR 36314

Agency Contact: Don Calkin, Project Manager, National Pollution Fund 
Center, Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson 
Blvd, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Phone: 703 235-4761

RIN: 2115-AD90
_______________________________________________________________________

2348. +ESCORT VESSELS FOR CERTAIN TANKERS (CGD 91-202)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3703

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 168

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking developed standards which implement section 
4116(c) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. It addressed the areas of 
Prince William and Puget Sounds and requires a two-vessel escort for 
single-hull tankers greater than 5,000 gross tons. On November 1, 1994, 
the crash stop criteria were suspended because of industry concerns 
about meeting the criteria. On February 1, 1995, a notice of 
availability of a two part study assessing the capability of escort 
tugs to control disabled tankers in Prince William Sound was published. 
This project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into 
the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protecting natural resources. This project is considered significant 
because of substantial public and State government interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/07/92                    57 FR 30058
Comment Period End              09/08/92
Reopening of Comment Period     03/26/93                    58 FR 16391
ANPRM                           04/27/93                    58 FR 25766
Notice of Public Hearings       04/29/93                    58 FR 25959
Notice of Public Hearings 
Correction                      05/19/93                    58 FR 29157
Comment Period End ANPRM        06/28/93
Comment Period End NPRM         07/24/93
Notice of Availability Part 1 of 
Study                           01/10/94                     59 FR 1411
Final Action                    08/19/94                    59 FR 42962
Final Action Partial Suspension 
Crash Stop Criteria             11/01/94                    59 FR 54519
Final Action Effective Partial 
Suspension                      11/17/94
Notice of Availability Part II 
of Study                        02/01/95                     60 FR 6345


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the Prince 
William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, PWS Tanker 
Association, and Alaska Pipeline, conducted a disabled-tanker towing 
study. The result of the study was incorporated into this rulemaking. 
Tug escort requirements in areas other than Prince William Sound and 
Puget Sound are addressed in the project listed under RIN 2115-AE56.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/19/94, 59 FR 42962

Agency Contact: LT Michael Roldan, Project Manager, G-MSR-1, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0756

RIN: 2115-AE10
_______________________________________________________________________

2349. +STATE ACCESS TO THE OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND (CGD 92-014)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 2712

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 133

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, February 18, 1991.

Abstract: Pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), this 
action specifies how the authority to obligate the pollution trust fund 
for oil spill response and cleanup efforts and to enter into agreements 
with the States will be exercised. The Coast Guard is evaluating the 
performance of the interim rule and expects to publish a final rule by 
December, 1999. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic 
goal of the protection of natural resources. This rulemaking is 
considered significant because of substantial State interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    11/13/92                    57 FR 53968
Comment Period End              02/11/93
Final Action                    12/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/13/92, 57 FR 53968

Agency Contact: Al Thuring, Project Manager, National Pollution Fund 
Center, Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson 
Blvd, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Phone: 703 235-4746

RIN: 2115-AE19
_______________________________________________________________________

2350. REGATTA REGULATIONS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1233

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 100

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent special local regulations ensure 
the safety of participants and spectators in regattas and marine 
parades. They specify such things as separate participant and spectator 
areas, separation schemes for water craft in the area of the event, and 
temporary restrictions on waterways to accommodate the event. These 
rules are short-term, usually applying to a single event not exceeding 
8 hours in duration, and usually encompassing only a small portion of a 
navigable waterway. These rules are promulgated by District Commanders 
in response to

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a request from a sponsoring organization. These routine and frequent 
rulemakings support the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety, 
and mobility of commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Total 
actions expected 10/01/98 to 10/01/99: 75.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This is an open docket for routine field 
regulations.

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 2115-AE46
_______________________________________________________________________

2351. DRAWBRIDGE REGULATIONS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  33 USC 499

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 117

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations establish operating 
schedules, and notice requirements, for drawbridges across navigable 
waterways. Drawbridge regulations establish the permanent draw 
operation schedules for bridges and specify what notice mariners must 
give to request an opening. Short-term deviations from the permanent 
schedule may be issued for bridge repairs or to test the effectiveness 
of a proposed new opening schedule. Drawbridge regulations are 
promulgated by District Commanders usually at the request of the bridge 
owner or operator, or of local officials or local Coast Guard bridge 
administration officials. These routine and frequent rulemakings 
support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of waterways management, 
marine safety, and mobility of commercial and recreational vessel 
traffic. Total actions expected 10/01/98 to 10/01/99: 40.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This is an open docket for routine field 
regulations.

Agency Contact: Alesia Steinberger, Project Manager, G-OPT-1, 
Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6215

RIN: 2115-AE47
_______________________________________________________________________

2352. +ESCORT VESSELS IN CERTAIN U.S. WATERS (91-202A)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3703

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 168

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation would designate those U.S. waters, other than 
Prince William Sound and Puget Sound, where tankers and other vessels 
must be escorted by a towing vessel or other appropriate vessel. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into 
the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protecting natural resources. This action is considered significant 
because of substantial public and State government interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/27/93                    58 FR 25766
Comment Period End              06/28/93
Notice of Meeting Request for 
Comments                        12/21/94                    59 FR 65741
Comment Period End              02/13/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking is a companion to 2115-AE10, 
which concerns Prince William Sound and Puget Sound.

Agency Contact: LT John White, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6885

RIN: 2115-AE56
_______________________________________________________________________

2353. REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1233; 50 USC 191

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations establish operating 
requirements for vessels within specified geographic areas to ensure 
safety on the navigable waters where some special or unusual 
circumstance exists. Regulated navigation areas are limited areas in 
which the Coast Guard specifies operational or vessel restrictions such 
as vessel entry, movement or departure; and vessel size, speed, 
horsepower, or draft limitations. Regulated navigation areas are 
promulgated by District Commanders, usually at the request of Coast 
Guard marine safety or local maritime safety officials. These routine 
and frequent rulemakings support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of 
waterways management, marine safety, and mobility of commercial and 
recreational vessel traffic. Total actions expected 10/01/98 to 10/01/
99: 10.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This is an open docket for routine field 
regulations.

Agency Contact: Margie Hegy, Project Manager, G-MOV-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0415

RIN: 2115-AE84

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_______________________________________________________________________

2354. +IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL 
CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR 
SEAFARERS, 1978 (STCW) (CGD 95-062)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  31 USC 9701; 44 USC 3507; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 7101; 
46 USC 7107

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 10; 46 CFR 12; 46 CFR 15

Legal Deadline:
Other, Statutory, February 1, 1997, International Convention deadline.

Abstract: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) comprehensively 
amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, 
Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), in 1995. The 
amendments came into force on February 1, 1997. This project is 
intended to implement them by revising 46 CFR Parts 10, 12, and 15 to 
ensure that the United States complies with their requirements on: the 
training of merchant mariners, the documenting of their qualifications, 
and watch-standing and other arrangements aboard seagoing merchant 
ships of the United States. This rulemaking is considered significant 
due to potential impact on industry and potential effect on 
international interests. This project supports the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of safety, and the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and 
Environmental Protection program's goal of reducing deaths and injuries 
of crewmembers on domestic merchant vessels and eliminating substandard 
vessels from the navigable waters of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Meeting               08/02/95                    60 FR 39306
Comment Period End              09/29/95
Notice of Inquiry               11/13/95                    60 FR 56970
Comment Period End              01/12/96
NPRM                            03/26/96                    61 FR 13284
Notice of Public Meetings       04/08/96                    61 FR 15438
Comment Period End              07/24/96
Notice of Intent                02/04/97                     62 FR 5197
Interim Rule                    06/26/97                    62 FR 34505
Interim Rule Effective          07/28/97
Final Action                    12/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Christopher Young, Project Manager, G-MSO, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0216

RIN: 2115-AF26
_______________________________________________________________________

2355. PROPELLER INJURY PREVENTION ABOARD RENTAL BOATS (CGD 95-041)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 4302

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 173; 33 CFR 174; 33 CFR 175; 33 CFR 177; 33 CFR 
179; 33 CFR 181; 33 CFR 183; 33 CFR 187

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard published a notice of inquiry on this subject 
on May 11, 1995. It received 1983 comments, most of which were very 
general. It is clear that two boating accidents involving fatalities 
caused by propeller strikes on rented houseboats on lake Shasta, Lake 
Havasu and several instances of crippling injuries in the last several 
years have generated a great deal of concern. This rulemaking would 
examine the number and nature of injuries sustained from vessel 
propellers and help the Coast Guard to determine the need for Federal 
or State regulation of these vessels, the livery companies leasing 
these vessels, or the operators of these vessels. Any regulation issued 
would be implemented to reduce future injuries and fatalities involving 
rented boats. Future action is partially dependent upon results of a 
Technology Comparison and testing of propellers, propeller guards, etc. 
conducted under a Coast Guard grant. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            05/11/95                    60 FR 25191
Comment Period End              07/10/95
Reopening of Comment Period     08/09/95                    60 FR 40545
Comment Period End              11/07/95
ANPRM                           03/26/96                    61 FR 13123
Comment Period End              09/01/96
Request for Comments            04/28/97                    62 FR 22991
Comment Period End              07/28/97


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Randolph Doubt, Project Manager, G-OPB-3, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 266-6810

RIN: 2115-AF28
_______________________________________________________________________

2356. +TOWING VESSEL SAFETY (CGD 97-064)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3719; 46 USC 4102

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 155; 46 CFR 25; 46 CFR 32

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, October 1, 1997.

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes requirements for total flooding or 
other installed systems for suppressing fires on towing vessels and 
voyage planning. The purpose of this rulemaking is to reduce oil spills 
from single-hull, non-self-propelled barges. Drifting oil barges have 
run aground and spilled their cargoes, causing considerable damage to 
marine life and the environment. This project was developed in 
cooperation with the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. This project 
supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection 
program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into the marine 
environment, and the Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and 
protection of the marine environment. This project is significant due 
to congressional interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/06/97                    62 FR 52057
Comment Period End              01/05/98
Notice of Public Meeting        02/27/98                     63 FR 9980
Reopening of Comment Period     02/27/98                     63 FR 9980
Comment Period End              05/11/98
SNPRM                           10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking originally proposed

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requirements for three sets of towing vessel safety issues: Fire 
suppression systems and other measures, Control measures for tank 
barges, and Fire protection measures for towing vessels. The latter two 
components have developed into separate rulemakings: Emergency Control 
Measures for Tank Barges (USCG-98-4443) (RIN 2115-AF65) and Fire 
Protection Measures for Towing Vessels (USCG-98-4445) (RIN 2115-AF66).

Agency Contact: Robert Spears, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1099

RIN: 2115-AF53
_______________________________________________________________________

2357. CONSOLIDATION OF RULES FOR PROCEEDINGS AGAINST MERCHANT MARINERS' 
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, AND DOCUMENTS (94-111)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 7701; 46 USC 7702; 33 USC 1321; 42 USC 9609

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 20; 46 CFR 5; 46 CFR 4

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard maintains two separate sets of procedural 
rules for administrative adjudications against merchant mariners' 
license, certificates, and documents, and the adjudication of class II 
civil penalties. The rules for suspension and revocation, contained in 
part 5 of title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), date from 
1948 and are based on criminal procedure. The rules for class II civil 
penalties, contained in part 20 of title 33 of the CFR, date from 1994 
and are based on the Model Rules of Administrative Procedure and on 
other modern rules for civil procedure. Neither set implements the 
authority of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90): which provides for 
the temporary suspension of a license, certificate, or document for up 
to 45 days without a hearing, in certain circumstances, and a hearing 
within 30 days of any such suspension. This rulemaking would 
consolidate all procedural rules for administrative adjudications for 
class II civil penalties, and allow the Coast Guard to implement the 
OPA 90 authority. This project supports two goals: the strategic goal 
of the Coast Guard to promote safety, and the goal of its program in 
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection to reduce injuries and 
deaths of crewmembers aboard commercial vessels of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/06/98                    63 FR 16731
NPRM Comment Period End         05/06/98
Reopening of Comment Period     05/20/98                    63 FR 27700
Reopened Comment Period End     06/19/98
Final Action                    12/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking revises in part the previous 
docket of CGD 94-101 (RIN 2115-AD94), which was terminated on December 
20, 1995.

Agency Contact: George Jordan, Project Manager, G-CJ, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2940

RIN: 2115-AF59
_______________________________________________________________________

2358. +SALVAGE AND FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT; VESSEL RESPONSE PLANS (USCG-
98-3417)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1321

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 155

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Current vessel response plan regulations require that the 
owners or operators of vessels carrying groups I through V petroleum 
oil as a primary cargo identify in their response plans a salvage 
company with expertise and equipment, and a company with firefighting 
capability that can be deployed to a port nearest to the vessel's 
operating area within 24 hours of notification (groups I-IV) or a 
discovery of a discharge (group V). Numerous requests for clarification 
revealed widespread misunderstanding and confusion regarding the 
regulatory language, which will make the implementation of this 
requirement difficult. Based on comments received after the vessel 
response plan final rule publication (61 FR 1052; January 12, 1996) and 
during a Coast Guard hosted workshop, the Coast Guard intends to better 
define the terms ``salvage expertise and equipment'' and ``vessel 
firefighting capability'' requirements and will reconsider the 24-hour 
deployment requirement which was scheduled to go into effect on 
February 18, 1998. Therefore, the Coast Guard suspended the effective 
dates of the deployment requirements as published in the final rule. 
The Coast Guard will continue with this project to better define the 
requirements. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic 
goals of marine safety and protection of the marine environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule: Partial Suspension  02/12/98                     63 FR 7069


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Partial suspension of regulations created 
through the vessel response plan final rule, docket No. 91-034, RIN 
2115-AD81

Agency Contact: LCDR Roger Laferriere, Project Manager, G-MOR-3, 
Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0448

RIN: 2115-AF60
_______________________________________________________________________

2359. +EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS FOR PASSENGER VESSELS (USCG-98-3473)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  14 USC 633; 33 USC 1221; 33 USC 1223; 33 USC 1224; 33 
USC 1231; 33 USC 1232; 46 USC 3306

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 1; 46 CFR 7 to 10; 46 CFR 199

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would require vessel owners or operators 
operating small passenger vessels and passenger vessels in domestic 
service to develop, maintain, and exercise emergency response plans. 
The first step in this process is to publish an advance notice of 
proposed rulemaking to seek feedback from vessel owners

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and operators. Emergency response plans would establish a process that 
initiates and maintains actions to prevent injury and loss of life 
during collisions, allisions, groundings, fires, and other emergencies. 
The plans would address issues such as passenger egress, crew training, 
and available emergency resources both on a vessel and in a vessel's 
operating area. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic 
goal of national security. This rulemaking is significant due to 
important Department of Transportation policy and public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           02/26/98                     63 FR 9916
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/28/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: LT John White, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6885

RIN: 2115-AF61
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

2360. QUALIFICATIONS FOR TANKERMEN AND FOR PERSONS IN CHARGE OF 
TRANSFERS OF DANGEROUS LIQUIDS AND LIQUIFIED GASES (CGD 79-116)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3703; 46 USC 7317; 46 USC 8703; 46 USC 9101; 
46 USC 9102

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 154; 33 CFR 155; 46 CFR 7; 46 CFR 12; 46 CFR 13; 
46 CFR 30; 46 CFR 31; 46 CFR 35; 46 CFR 78; 46 CFR 90; 46 CFR 97; 46 
CFR 98; 46 CFR 105; 46 CFR 151; 46 CFR 153

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the Port and Waterways Safety Act of 1978, and 
to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification 
and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995, this 
rulemaking established more stringent qualifying criteria for mariners 
transporting and transferring various oils and other cargoes. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/18/80                    45 FR 83268
Comment Period End              03/18/81
SNPRM                           10/17/89                    54 FR 42624
Comment Period End              01/16/90
Interim Rule                    04/04/95                    60 FR 17134
Comment Period End              06/30/95
Reopening of Comment Period     03/26/96                    61 FR 13098
Comment Period End              05/18/96
Final Action                    05/08/97                    62 FR 25115
Partial Suspension Delay of 
Effective Date                  07/11/97                    62 FR 37134
Request for Comments Delay of 
Effective Date                  09/17/97                    62 FR 48769
Comment Period End              11/17/97
Final Action                    07/01/98                    63 FR 35822

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Former title: Qualifications of the Person in 
Charge of Oil Transfer Operations: Tankerman Requirements (79-116). 
Public meetings were held during January and February of 1981. Docket 
79-116a (RIN 2115-AD18) has been included in this project and will no 
longer be listed as a separate Regulatory Agenda item.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/18/80, 45 FR 83268

Agency Contact: Mark Gould, Project Manager, G-MSO-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6890

RIN: 2115-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

2361. LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT-IMPLEMENTATION OF 1983 AMENDMENTS TO SOLAS 
1974 (CGD 84-069)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will eliminate existing text in the CFR.

Legal Authority:  46 USC 3306

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 31; 46 CFR 33; 46 CFR 35; 46 CFR 70; 46 CFR 71; 
46 CFR 75; 46 CFR 78; 46 CFR 91; 46 CFR 94; 46 CFR 97; 46 CFR 107 to 
109; 46 CFR 154; 46 CFR 160

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: As part of the President's Regulatory Review Initiative to 
remove or revise unnecessary government regulations, this rule removes 
numerous obsolete sections from the Code of Federal Regulations and 
eliminates duplication of other provisions by consolidating the 
lifesaving requirements for most U.S. inspected vessels making them 
consistent with the substantive provisions of the Safety of Life at Sea 
(SOLAS) Convention of 1974, to the maximum extent practicable. It not 
only implements the provisions of chapter III of SOLAS, as amended, but 
also revises lifesaving regulations for Great Lakes vessels and certain 
vessels in domestic trade, which are not covered by SOLAS. The rule 
also replaces many prescriptive regulations with performance-based 
alternatives. This rule also supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety 
and Environmental Protection program's goal to reduce crew member 
deaths and injuries on U.S. commercial vessels and the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/31/84                    49 FR 50745
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/01/85
NPRM                            04/21/89                    54 FR 16198
NPRM Comment Period End         08/21/89
Notice of Public Hearing Seattle 
10/17/89                        10/05/89                    54 FR 41124

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Reopening of Comment Period     10/05/89                    54 FR 41124
Comment Period End              01/30/90
Interim Rule                    05/20/96                    61 FR 25272
Comment Period End              07/31/96
Notice of Meeting               08/26/96                    61 FR 43685
Interim Rule Effective          10/01/96
Comment Period End              10/31/96
Interim Rule Partial Suspension 02/19/97                     62 FR 7360
Interim Rule Partial Suspension 
Effective                       02/19/97
Comment Period End              04/21/97
Final Action                    10/01/98                    63 FR 52801
Final Action Effective          11/02/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: CFR CITATION CONT: 46 CFR 30; 46 CFR 90; 46 CFR 
112; 46 CFR 125; 46 CFR 133; 46 CFR 161; 46 CFR 167; 46 CFR 168; 46 CFR 
188; 46 CFR 192; 46 CFR 196; 46 CFR 199.
To prevent any economic expenditures based on the Interim rule which 
might not be necessary under the Final rule, the Coast Guard suspended 
the implementation requirements for certain provisions in the Interim 
rule. Suspension of section 199.10(i)(1)(i), (ii) and (iii) was 
effective February 19, 1997.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/21/89, 54 FR 16198

Agency Contact: Bob Markle, Project Manager, G-MSE-4, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1444

RIN: 2115-AB72
_______________________________________________________________________

2362. +IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMERCIAL FISHING-INDUSTRY VESSEL SAFETY 
ACT (CGD 88-079)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  46 USC 4502; 46 USC 4506; 46 USC 6104(c); 46 USC 
10603(b)

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 28

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, January 1, 1993.

Abstract: The Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988 
requires the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe regulations for 
certain safety equipment and vessel operating procedures. A final rule 
establishing requirements for navigation, radio, firefighting and 
lifesaving equipment, fuel, ventilation, and electrical systems was 
published in August, 1991. In August, 1992, an interim rule established 
immersion suit requirements. In May, 1993, regulations for immersion 
suits on vessels operating on seasonally cold waters were also 
proposed. Lifesaving equipment and instructor qualifications were 
addressed in a separate rule under RIN 2115-AF35. This project supports 
the Coast Guard's strategic goal of safety. The issues which remain 
concern damage stability and immersion suits. The Coast Guard has 
terminated this docket, and intends to create a new docket to resolve 
the remaining issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM Consolidated RIN 2115-AC3407/09/87                    52 FR 25890
ANPRM Correction of Consolidated 
RIN 2115-AC34                   08/10/87                    52 FR 29556
ANPRM                           12/29/88                    53 FR 52735
Comment Period End              02/27/89
Extension of Comment Period     03/02/89                     54 FR 8765
NPRM                            04/19/90                    55 FR 14924
Comment Period End              08/20/90
Notice of Intent to Publish 
SNPRM                           08/31/90                    55 FR 35694
Final Action Except SNPRM Issues08/14/91                    56 FR 40364
Final Action Effective          09/15/91
Correction                      09/20/91                    56 FR 47679
Notice of Correcting Amendments 01/06/92                      57 FR 363
Interim Rule Immersion Suits    08/03/92                    57 FR 34188
SNPRM Stability and Other Small 
Fishing Vessel Issues           10/27/92                    57 FR 48670
Correction                      12/03/92                    57 FR 57129
Extension of Comment Period     12/18/92                    57 FR 60158
Correction                      01/06/93                      58 FR 630
Comment Period End              02/28/93
NPRM Seasonally Cold Waters     05/20/93                    58 FR 29502
Terminated                      07/15/98                    63 FR 38141

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The final rule published 08/14/91 addressed 
most issues raised in the NPRM. A final rule implementing provisions of 
the Aleutian Trade Act was handled under RIN 2115-AE77. Coast Guard 
docket 86-024, Uninspected Fish Processing Vessels (RIN 2115-AC34), was 
incorporated into this project in 1987. A final rule establishing 
requirements for exemptions, terminations, lifesaving equipment, and 
training was addressed separately under RIN 2115-AF35.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/27/92, 57 FR 48670

Agency Contact: LCDR Randy Clark, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0386

RIN: 2115-AD12
_______________________________________________________________________

2363. +SECURITY FOR PASSENGER VESSELS AND PASSENGER TERMINALS (CGD 91-
012)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1226

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 120; 33 CFR 128

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The purpose of this action is to improve security measures on 
passenger vessels engaged in international voyages of 24 hours or more, 
and on the port facilities serving these vessels. This rule requires 
all applicable passenger vessels and passenger terminals to develop 
security plans for planning and performance standards at three security 
levels. The plans address normal security (Level I), security when a 
vessel or terminal may be a terrorist target (Level II), and security 
when a vessel or terminal is determined to be a terrorist target (Level 
III). The security plans will be examined by the Coast Guard to ensure 
they meet the requirements of the regulations and conform to 
internationally recognized standards. This rulemaking supports the 
Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program's goal 
to reduce the risk of terrorism and of loss of life aboard passenger 
vessels. This rulemaking also supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal 
of marine safety. This rulemaking is significant because of substantial 
public interest and safety implications.

[[Page 62079]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/25/94                    59 FR 14290
Comment Period End              06/23/94
Notice of Public Hearings       09/07/94                    59 FR 46211
Reopening of Comment Period     09/07/94                    59 FR 46211
Comment Period End              11/30/94
Interim Rule                    07/18/96                    61 FR 37648
Comment Period End              09/16/96
Notice of Policy Clarification  10/03/96                    61 FR 51597
Interim Rule Effective          10/16/96
Final Action                    10/06/98                    63 FR 53587
Final Action Effective          11/13/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Public Compliance Cost: Initial Cost: $546,368; Yearly Recurring Cost: 
$28,000; Base Year for Dollar Estimates: 1996

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/25/94, 59 FR 14290

Agency Contact: LCDR John Farthing, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, 
Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6451

RIN: 2115-AD75
_______________________________________________________________________

2364. NOTICE OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS (CGD 94-027)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1231

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 160

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard requires the reporting of hazardous 
conditions by vessel owners, masters, agents, or persons in charge. 
This project added the term operator to the list of those required to 
report. This project also revised the notification requirement to 
include hazardous conditions caused by a vessel's operation even when 
the vessel itself is not effected. This project eliminated the 
confusion that may exist in determining whether a particular incident 
is reportable and, if so, by whom. This project supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and protection of natural 
resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    08/03/94                    59 FR 39458
Interim Rule Effective          08/03/94
Comment Period End              12/01/94
Final Action                    04/17/98                    63 FR 19190
Final Action Effective          05/18/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/03/94, 59 FR 39458

Agency Contact: Kenneth Olson, Project Manager, G-MOA-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1417

RIN: 2115-AE82
_______________________________________________________________________

2365. IMMEDIATE REPORTING OF CASUALTIES (CGD 94-030)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1231; 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 2306; 
46 USC 6101; 46 USC 6301; 46 USC 6305; 50 USC 198

CFR Citation:  46 CFR 4

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project clarified those marine casualties that require 
immediate notification to the Coast Guard. It specifies when immediate 
notification was required, who was responsible for providing notice, 
and to whom notification must was required so that prompt emergency 
action can be taken as necessary. This rulemaking affects the owners, 
agents, master, operator, or person in charge of the vessel. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal of reducing the number of collisions, 
allisions, and groundings; and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
marine safety and protection of the marine environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    08/03/94                    59 FR 39469
Interim Rule Effective          08/03/94
Comment Period End              11/01/94
Final Action                    04/17/98                    63 FR 19190
Final Action Effective          05/18/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kenneth Olson, Project Manager, G-MOA-1, Department of 
Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1417

RIN: 2115-AE89
_______________________________________________________________________

2366. CONFORMANCE OF THE UNIFORM STATE WATERWAY MARKING SYSTEM WITH THE 
UNITED STATES AIDS TO NAVIGATION SYSTEM (USCG-97-3112)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  14 USC 83; 14 USC 85; 33 USC 1233; 43 USC 1333

CFR Citation:  33 CFR 62; 33 CFR 66

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking consolidated the Uniform State Waterway 
Marking System (USWMS) with the US Aids to Navigation System (USATONS). 
The consolidation eliminates three differences between the two systems 
by adopting the markers of the USATONS. There should be no impact on 
government entities because implementation costs will be linked to 
replacement cycles for the aids to navigation. This rulemaking supports 
the Coast Guard's strategic goals of commercial and recreational vessel 
mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/23/97                    62 FR 67031
Comment Period End              02/23/98
Final Action                    06/19/98                    63 FR 33570
Final Action Effective          07/20/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: This rulemaking is also identified as CGD 97-
018

Agency Contact: Daniel Andrusiak, Project Manager, G-OPN-2, Department 
of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0327

RIN: 2115-AF45

[[Page 62080]]

_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2367. REVIEW OF PART 47, AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION, AND PART 49, RECORDING 
OF AIRCRAFT TITLES AND SECURITY DOCUMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44101 to 
44108; 49 USC 44110 to 44111; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 45302; 49 USC 46104; 
49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 47; 14 CFR 49

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice would propose to update parts 47 and 49 of the 
Federal Aviation Regulations to reflect changes in the law, legal 
interpretations, other recent rulemaking actions, and the FAA's current 
aircraft registry practices. The intent of these proposed changes is to 
articulate, modernize, and simplify the existing regulations rather 
than alter established procedures.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-89-201R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Sharon Ashford, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney 
Aeronautical Center, 6500 South MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma 73125
Phone: 405 954-7038

RIN: 2120-AC17
_______________________________________________________________________

2368. +PART 145 REVIEW: REPAIR STATIONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 
44702; 49 USC 44703; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44710; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 45102 to 45103; 
49 USC 45301 to 45302

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 43; 14 CFR 65; 14 CFR 145

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA proposes to update and revise the regulations for 
repair stations. This action is necessary because many portions of the 
current repair station regulations do not reflect technical advances in 
aircraft maintenance practices or aircraft technology. The revisions 
would reorganize the repair station rules to reduce duplication of 
regulatory language and eliminate obsolete information. The proposal 
also would establish new requirements that relate to repair station 
ratings and classes, manual requirements, recordkeeping, and personnel. 
This rulemaking is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Public Meetings       07/24/89                    54 FR 30866
Notice Correction               08/08/89                    54 FR 32563
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-87-045R. This project was 
formerly entitled Review and Revision of Repair Station Requirements, 
and Repair Station and Repairmen Certification Rules.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Richard Nowak, Aircraft Maintenance Division, Flight 
Standards Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7228

RIN: 2120-AC38
_______________________________________________________________________

2369. +DRUG ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5121 to 5124; 49 USC 40113 to 
40114; 49 USC 44101 to 44108; 49 USC 44110 to 44111; 49 USC 44702 to 
44703; 49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44709 to 44710; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 46101 
to 46110; 49 USC 46301 to 46316; 49 USC 46501 to 46502; 49 USC 46504 to 
46507; 49 USC 47106; 49 USC 47111

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 13; 14 CFR 47

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, September 18, 1989, FAA Drug Enforcement Assistance 
Act of 1988.

Abstract: This action would revise certain requirements concerning 
registration of aircraft, certification of pilots, and penalties 
associated with registration and certification violations. This notice 
also announced new procedures for processing major repair and 
alteration forms which pertain to fuel system modifications. Actions 
announced in this notice respond to the FAA Drug Enforcement Assistance 
Act. The requirements and adopted procedures are intended to assist law 
enforcement agencies in their efforts to stop drug trafficking in 
general aviation aircraft. This rulemaking is significant because of 
substantial and public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/12/90                     55 FR 9270
NPRM Comment Period End         05/11/90
Extended NPRM Comment Period End 
Comment Period End 7/11/90      05/16/90                    55 FR 20394
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project No. AFS-89-035R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/12/90, 55 FR 9270

Agency Contact: Sharon Ashford, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney 
Aeronautical Center, 6500 MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
73125
Phone: 405 954-7038

RIN: 2120-AD16
_______________________________________________________________________

2370. +AGING AIRCRAFT SAFETY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40113;

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49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 
44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715 to 44717; 49 
USC 44722; 49 USC 44901 to 44904; 49 USC 44906

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 129; 14 CFR 135; 14 CFR 
183

Legal Deadline:  Other, Statutory, April 24, 1992.
Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1991: action must be initiated by 4/24/92.

Abstract: On October 5, 1993, the FAA published an NPRM that proposed 
to require air carriers of certain aircraft used in air transportation 
to demonstrate that the aircraft's maintenance has been adequate to 
ensure the highest degree of safety. After further review, and taking 
into consideration public comments to the NPRM, the FAA considers it 
appropriate to withdraw that NPRM. The FAA is developing a new NPRM 
that would ensure the continuing airworthiness of the most significant 
aging airplanes operating in air transportation by mandating aging 
aircraft records reviews and inspections for certain air carriers and 
certain aircraft and also by applying modern damage-tolerance analyses 
and inspection techniques to older airplane structures that were 
certificated before such techniques were available. This rulemaking is 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/05/93                    58 FR 51944
NPRM Comment Period End         02/02/94
Extended NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 3/4/94       02/08/94                     59 FR 5741
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number AFS-92-029R.

Agency Contact: Frederick Sobeck, Aircraft Maintenance Division, Flight 
Standards Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7355

RIN: 2120-AE42
_______________________________________________________________________

2371. +CORROSION CONTROL PROGRAM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40113; 
49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 
44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 
to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44902

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 129; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would ensure that airplanes used or not used in 
common carriage in air transportation have a comprehensive corrosion 
prevention program within their maintenance or inspection programs. In 
April 1988, a commercial transport airplane experienced an in-flight 
decompression and separation of approximately 18 feet of the fuselage 
skin and structure at the top of the airplane. The airplane had been in 
service for 19 years and had flown almost 90,000 flights. The National 
Transportation Safety Board concluded that the failure of the airline 
to detect skin disbonding resulted in corrosion and metal fatigue 
leading to separation of the airplane's skin structure. This rulemaking 
is considered significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-93-382R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/00/99

Agency Contact: Frederick Sobeck, Aircraft Maintenance Division, Flight 
Standards Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7355

RIN: 2120-AE92
_______________________________________________________________________

2372. +FLIGHT OPERATIONAL QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would codify the Federal Aviation 
Administration's policy not to use information from voluntary Flight 
Operational Quality Assurance programs in any enforcement actions taken 
against operators or pilots. The proposed amendment responds to 
industry groups that have been reluctant to participate. These programs 
benefit aviation safety by providing information that can lead to 
improvements in training and operations. In 1995 the FAA initiated a 
two-year concept demonstration study in partnership with industry. 
Based on the study, the FAA will issue an Advisory Circular. The FAA 
will use the information from the study to determine if it is 
appropriate to codify in the rules the immunity provisions. This 
rulemaking is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-93-154R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Dan Meier, Flight Standards Service, Regulations 
Branch, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3789

RIN: 2120-AF04

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2373. +AIR TOUR STANDARDS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 
44705; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 
44715; 49 USC 44716

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FAA will propose new regulations for air tour and sightseeing 
operations that are currently allowed to operate under less stringent 
regulations than those applied to other types of commercial operations. 
Over the past decade the number of these operations and the number of 
accidents and incidents associated with these operations have 
increased. Hot air balloons and gliders would not be included in this 
amendment. This rulemaking is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-91-012R. RIN 2120-AF61 
which was proposed as a new item for this agenda was a duplicate of 
this rulemaking and has been terminated. This rulemaking was previously 
titled ``Sightseeing Operations.''
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Dave Metzbower, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3724

RIN: 2120-AF07
_______________________________________________________________________

2374. REVISION OF CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: MECHANICS AND REPAIRMEN

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 
49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 45102 to 45103; 49 USC 45301 to 45303

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 65; 14 CFR 66

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would revise the Federal Aviation Regulations 
that prescribe the certification and training requirements for 
mechanics and repairmen. Current regulations prescribing these 
certification requirements do not reflect the significant technological 
advances that have occurred in the aviation industry and the 
enhancements in training and instructional methods that have affected 
all aviation maintenance personnel. The proposed rule would consolidate 
and clarify 11 certification, training, experience, and currency 
requirements for aviation maintenance personnel in a newly established 
part 66. The proposal would enhance aviation safety by establishing new 
training programs for aviation maintenance personnel and would decrease 
the regulatory burden on these personnel by providing alternatives for 
meeting experience and currency requirements. This is an ARAC project 
that has 2 phases; phase l was addressed in the first NPRM and phase 2 
will be addressed in the second NPRM as well as addressing comments 
received from the first NPRM.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/17/94                    59 FR 42430
NPRM Comment Period End         10/17/94
NPRM                            07/09/98                    63 FR 37172
Withdrawal of 8/17/94 NPRM      07/09/98                    63 FR 37210
NPRM Comment Period End         11/06/98
Final Action                    01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-96-492A. This rulemaking is 
a recommendation from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/17/94, 59 FR 42430

Agency Contact: Leslie Vipond, Aircraft Maintenance Service, Flight 
Standards Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3269

RIN: 2120-AF22
_______________________________________________________________________

2375. +OVERFLIGHTS OF UNITS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 85 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2120-AF46
_______________________________________________________________________

2376. +FLIGHT CREWMEMBER DUTY PERIOD LIMITATIONS, FLIGHT TIME 
LIMITATIONS, AND REST REQUIREMENTS

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 86 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2120-AF63
_______________________________________________________________________

2377. +SUBMISSION TO DRUG TESTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 49 USC 44707; 
49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 
44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 45102 to 45103

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 61; 14 CFR 63; 14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would propose amendments to require aircraft 
crewmembers to submit to tests that show the presence of alcohol, 
drugs, or drug metabolites when requested by Federal, State, or local 
law enforcement officers investigating violations of Federal, State, or 
local law. The proposed amendments are intended to reduce aircraft 
accidents and incidents attributed to the use of drugs by crewmembers. 
This rulemaking is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

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Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-90-082
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Thomas K. Glista, Flight Standards Service, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8150

RIN: 2120-AF64
_______________________________________________________________________

2378. +PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40116 to 40117; 49 USC 47111; 
49 USC 47114 to 47116

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 158

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to increase the amount of compensation 
that a carrier may earn for collecting and remitting a passenger 
facility charge from eight cents to ten cents. In addition, the NPRM 
proposes to clarify that monthly remittances must be received by 
airport public agencies collecting PFCs on the last day of each month. 
The NPRM also proposes to amend the regulation to reflect the statutory 
prohibition on collection of PFCs from passengers using frequent flyer 
bonus awards. This rulemaking is significant because of substantial 
public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/16/96                    61 FR 16678
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/16/96
Extended Comment Period End 8/
16/96                           05/21/96                    61 FR 25420
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: APP-94-568P.

Agency Contact: Sheryl Scarborough, Airport Financial Assistance 
Division, Office of Airports Planning and Programming, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8825

RIN: 2120-AF69
_______________________________________________________________________

2379. BIRD INGESTION STANDARDS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 33

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes changes to amend the type certification 
standards for aircraft turbine engines that concern bird ingestion. 
This proposal updates the current bird ingestion standards to reflect 
recent analysis defining the actual bird threat encountered by turbine 
engines. This proposal also harmonizes the FAA's type certification 
standards on this issue with requirements being drafted by the Joint 
Aviation Authorities (JAA). The proposed changes, if adopted, would 
establish one set of common requirements, and thereby reduce the 
regulatory hardship on the aviation industry by eliminating the need 
for manufacturers to comply with different sets of standards when 
seeking type certification from the FAA and validation from the JAA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANE-93-733A. This is an 
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee project.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: John Golinski, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New 
England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299
Phone: 781 238-7119

RIN: 2120-AF84
_______________________________________________________________________

2380. REVISION OF CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: AIRCRAFT DISPATCHERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 
49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 45102 to 45103; 49 USC 
45301 to 45302

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 65

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend the regulations that prescribe 
the certification and training requirements for aircraft dispatchers. 
Current regulations prescribing these certification requirements do not 
reflect the significant technological advances that have occurred in 
the aviation industry and the enhancements in training and 
instructional methods that have affected all aircraft dispatchers. The 
proposal would consolidate and clarify all certification, training, and 
experience requirements for aircraft dispatchers in newly revised part 
65, subpart C, and appendix A of part 65.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-94-171A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Tom Toula, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8166

RIN: 2120-AG04
_______________________________________________________________________

2381. +DURATION BETWEEN EXAMINATIONS FOR FIRST- AND SECOND-AIRMAN 
MEDICAL CERTIFICATES

Priority:  Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 
49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 45102 to 45103; 49 USC 
45301 to 45302

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CFR Citation:  14 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed action would reduce the required frequency of 
medical examinations for many holders of first- and second-class airman 
medical certifications, based on the age of the airman. This rulemaking 
is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AAM-95-065R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Dennis McEachen, Office of Aviation Medicine, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 493-4075

RIN: 2120-AG06
_______________________________________________________________________

2382. FEES FOR AEROMEDICAL EDUCATION TRAINING SERVICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  31 USC 9701; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104; 49 USC 
40105; 49 USC 40109; 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 45301 
to 45303

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 187

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would establish (1) a schedule of fees for all 
aeromedical education training services, (2) the methodology for 
computing user fees, and (3) a timetable for periodic updates of 
established fees. The proposal is necessary to permit the FAA to 
recover the costs incurred in sponsoring aeromedical education training 
services.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AAM-95-065R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: B. J. Hudson, Aeromedical Standards Branch, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 493-4077

RIN: 2120-AG07
_______________________________________________________________________

2383. +FALSE AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS REGARDING AIRCRAFT PARTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 44913

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes additional rules that would prohibit 
certain false or misleading statements regarding civil aircraft, 
airframes, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, component parts, 
and materials, including standard parts, that are used, or may be used, 
on civil aircraft. The proposals would also permit increased inspection 
by the FAA of records regarding the quality of aircraft parts. The 
additional rules are needed to help prevent persons from representing 
parts as suitable for use on civil aircraft when in fact they may not 
be. The proposals are intended to provide assurance that aircraft 
owners and operators, and persons who maintain aircraft, have truthful 
information on which to determine whether a part may be used in a given 
civil aircraft application. This action is significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AGC-94-549R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Mardi Ruth Thompson, Regulations Division, Office of 
the Chief Counsel, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3073

RIN: 2120-AG08
_______________________________________________________________________

2384. +SECURITY PROGRAMS OF FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS AND FOREIGN OPERATORS 
OF U.S. REGISTERED AIR CARRIERS ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40113; 
49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44716 to 
44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901 to 44904; 49 USC 44906

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 129

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: As an action intended to implement the Antiterrorism and 
Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (PL 104-132, 4/14/96), the FAA is 
proposing to amend existing airplane operator security rules for 
foreign air carriers and foreign operators of U.S. registered aircraft. 
The proposed amendment would require the Administrator to accept a 
foreign air carrier's program only if the Administrator finds that the 
security program provides for identical security measures to those 
provided by U.S. air carriers serving the same airport. The proposed 
rule will establish the obligation to use identical security measures. 
The actual measures to be used will be identified through changes to 
the nonpublic security program of the foreign air carriers. This rule 
is considered significant due to substantial public interest and 
concern of foreign governments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACP-96-363R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Moira Lozada, Civil Aviation Security Division, Office 
of

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Civil Aviation Security Policy and Planning, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3373

RIN: 2120-AG13
_______________________________________________________________________

2385. +LICENSING OPERATION OF A NON-FEDERAL LAUNCH SITE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 70101 to 70119

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 415; 14 CFR 417

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would establish requirements for licensing the 
operation of a launch site. The law requires anyone who proposes to 
operate a launch site within the U.S., or a U.S. citizen proposing to 
operate a launch site outside the U.S., to obtain a license from DOT. 
This action would govern obtaining a license to operate such a launch 
site. Currently, commercial rocket launches take place from Federal 
government installations operated by the Department of Defense and 
NASA. Licensing requirements for those launches are being developed in 
a related rulemaking (RIN 2120-AF99). In this action, DOT proposes to 
implement rules regarding obtaining a license to operate a launch site. 
This rulemaking is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AST-96-341R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Randy Repcheck, Licensing and Safety Division, AST-200, 
Office of Commercial Space, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591
Phone: 202 267-8379

RIN: 2120-AG15
_______________________________________________________________________

2386. PROCEDURES FOR PROTESTS AND CONTRACT DISPUTES; AMENDMENT OF EQUAL 
ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(f)

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 17

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would formally establish procedures the FAA 
will use to settle contract disputes and protests.
The FAA Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) was established as an 
organization that has broad discretion to resolve protests and contract 
disputes, utilize administrative or alternative dispute resolution 
techniques and provide fair and impartial decisions or recommendations, 
supported by the facts and law. In order for this office to carry out 
its function, while providing for appropriate due process, it is 
necessary that certain of its procedures uniformly have the force and 
effect of law. This would include matters such as the establishment of 
filing deadlines; the power to issue subpoenas and protective orders; 
the power to levy sanctions; and the discretion to establish schedules, 
and to limit discovery, length of presentations, numbers of exhibits, 
and other similar matters.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/25/98                    63 FR 45372
NPRM Comment Period End         10/26/98
FInal Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Project Number: AGC-96-353R. This entry was 
formerly titled, ``Dispute Resolution Regulations.''
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/25/98, 63 FR 45372

Agency Contact: Marie Collins, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-6400

RIN: 2120-AG19
_______________________________________________________________________

2387. +PROHIBITION OF THE TRANSPORTATION OF DEVICES DESIGNED AS CHEMICAL 
GENERATORS AS CARGO IN AIRCRAFT

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44713; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to ban the transportation of devices 
designed to chemically generate oxygen in certain aircraft, with 
limited exceptions. This proposed ban applies to newly-manufactured 
chemical oxygen generators that have never been filled with chemicals. 
It would also apply to devices designated as chemical oxygen generators 
that have been discharged (spent) or that are past their expiration 
dates. The FAA believes that newly-manufactured chemical oxygen 
generators might be manufactured in one location and transported to 
another location to be filled. This could lead to human factors errors 
in determining whether the device designed as a chemical oxygen 
generator is actually empty.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) proposed a ban 
that applies to ``spent'' chemical oxygen generators to the extent that 
such generators have residue chemicals in the canisters. (See RIN 2137-
AC92)
This rulemaking is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/27/98                    63 FR 45912
Correction                      09/24/98                    63 FR 51048
NPRM Comment Period End         10/26/98
Final Action                    01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-97-065R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/27/98, 63 FR 45912

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Agency Contact: Gary Davis, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3747

RIN: 2120-AG35
_______________________________________________________________________

2388. +PROTECTION OF VOLUNTARILY SUBMITTED INFORMATION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Administrator has been tasked, under the Federal Aviation 
Reauthorization Act of 1996, to develop regulations to protect safety 
and security related information voluntarily disclosed by industry. The 
FAA is in the process of determining what voluntarily submitted 
information should be given protection under the statute. This 
rulemaking is significant because of substantial industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: ARM-97-040.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Mardi Thompson, Regulations Division, Office of the 
Chief Counsel, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3073

RIN: 2120-AG36
_______________________________________________________________________

2389. +LICENSING OF LAUNCH FROM NON-FEDERAL LAUNCH SITE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 70101 to 70119

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 415; 14 CFR 417

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would establish requirements for licensing the 
conduct of a launch from a non-Federal launch site. The law requires 
anyone who proposes to conduct a launch within the U.S., or a U.S. 
citizen proposing to conduct a launch site outside the U.S., to obtain 
a license from DOT. This action would govern obtaining a license to 
conduct such a launch. Currently, commercial rocket launches take place 
from Federal Government installations operated by the Department of 
Defense and NASA. Licensing requirements for those launches are being 
developed in a related licensing rulemaking (RIN 2120-AF99). In this 
action, DOT proposes to implement rules regarding obtaining a license 
to conduct a launch from a commercial launch site, where DOT, rather 
than NASA or the military has primary responsibility. This rulemaking 
is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: AST-97-088R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Michael Dook, Licensing and Safety Division, Office of 
Commercial Space, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9305

RIN: 2120-AG37
_______________________________________________________________________

2390. +TERRAIN AWARENESS AND WARNING SYSTEM (TAWS)

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 87 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2120-AG46
_______________________________________________________________________

2391. CIVIL PENALTIES: STREAMLINED ENFORCEMENT TEST AND EVALUATION 
PROGRAM; SECURITY; DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABATEMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  18 USC 6002; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5121 to 5124; 49 
USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44103 to 44106; 49 USC 44702 to 44703; 49 
USC 44709 to 44710; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 46101 to 46110; 49 USC 46301 
to 46316; 49 USC 46501 to 46502; 49 USC 46504 to 46507; 49 USC 47106; 
49 USC 47111; 49 USC 47122; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 13

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to establish a two-year test and 
evaluation program designed to streamline the procedures used to 
process certain civil penalty enforcement actions. This program was 
recommended as a result of the Deputy Administrator's 90-day system 
safety review.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Brian Reed, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7158

RIN: 2120-AG49
_______________________________________________________________________

2392. +HIGH DENSITY AIRPORTS; ALLOCATION OF SLOTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40109; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 93

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to codify the provision of the U.S./
Canadian Bilateral Agreement, which was signed on February 24, 1995, 
with the current provisions of the High Density Rule. The agreement 
allows for a three-year phase-in period to ``Open Skies'' between the 
two countries. Service between the two countries would convert from 
international service to domestic service. To achieve the mandate, 
Canadian carriers have been allocated additional slots that would be 
subject

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to the restrictions currently mandated for domestic operations of U.S. 
carriers. This rulemaking is significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AGC-97-474R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Lorelei Peter, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3134

RIN: 2120-AG50
_______________________________________________________________________

2393. +SCREENING OF CHECKED BAGGAGE ON FLIGHTS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 
49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is proposing the screening or bag matching of 
passenger checked baggage on domestic flights by utilizing an FAA-
approved Computer Assisted Passenger Screening (CAPS) system. This is 
in response to a recommendation from the White House Commission on 
Aviation Safety and Security (The Commission) ``Final Report to 
President Clinton.'' The Commission recommended that one of the steps 
that should be taken to improve airline passenger security is the 
implementation by the FAA of a computerized system for profiling 
airline passengers flying out of airports located in the United States. 
This rulemaking is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Lon M. Siro, Civil Aviation Security Office of Policy 
and Planning, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3414

RIN: 2120-AG51
_______________________________________________________________________

2394. PARACHUTE OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44701 to 
44702; 49 USC 44721

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 105

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to clarify and update the Federal 
Aviation Regulations by defining terms applicable to parachute 
operations and issues concerning coordinating parachute operations with 
air traffic control, tandem parachute operations, and packing and 
equipment requirements for foreign parachutists when parachuting in the 
United States. Also, this proposed action is necessary to reflect 
recent airspace reclassification and parachuting equipment 
applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: ATA-91-202R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Ellen Crum, Air Traffic Airspace Management Program, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8194

RIN: 2120-AG52
_______________________________________________________________________

2395. FLIGHT PLAN REQUIREMENTS FOR HELICOPTER OPERATIONS UNDER 
INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 46306; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is needed because current rules discourage 
helicopter operations under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in marginal 
weather conditions. This rulemaking would increase safety by allowing 
helicopter operators access into the IFR system commensurate with the 
unique flight characteristics of helicopters. This rulemaking project 
is a recommendation of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, 
forwarded to the FAA on November 18, 1997.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/02/98                    63 FR 46834
NPRM Comment Period End         10/02/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/02/98, 63 FR 46834

Agency Contact: William H. Wallace, Flight Standards Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3771

RIN: 2120-AG53
_______________________________________________________________________

2396. +POLICY REGARDING AIRPORT RATES AND CHARGES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: A statement of policy, Policy Regarding Airport Rates and 
Charges (Policy Statement), which was required

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by Congress as part of the DOT Authorization Act of 1994, was published 
in the Federal Register (61 FR 31994) on June 21, 1996. That Policy 
Statement announced DOT and FAA policy on the fees charged by federally 
assisted airports to air carriers and other aeronautical users. This 
proposed action requests comments on replacement provisions for the 
portions of the Policy Statement vacated by the United States Court of 
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Court disallowed a 
portion of the policy that had to do with historic cost valuation of 
airport property. DOT and FAA are beginning this proceeding in order to 
carry out its responsibility to establish reasonableness guidelines for 
airport fees. This policy is significant due to substantial industry 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Advanced Notice of Proposed 
Policy                          08/12/98                    63 FR 43228
Comment Period End              10/13/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Cite per reference in Abstract paragraph, 
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 
Air Transport Association of America v. Department of Transportation, 
119 F.3d 38 (D.C. Cir. 1997), as modified on rehearing, Order of Oct. 
15, 1997. Previous RIN for the Policy Statement published in the 
Federal Register is 2120-AF90.

Agency Contact: Barry Molar, Office of Airport Safety and Standards, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3053

RIN: 2120-AG58
_______________________________________________________________________

2397.  ROTORCRAFT LOAD COMBINATION SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 27; 14 CFR 29

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA proposes to amend the airworthiness standards for 
rotorcraft load combination (RLC) certification. This proposal would 
revise the safety requirements for RLC to address advances in 
technology and to provide an increased improvement in the safety 
standards for RLC certification and lead to a harmonized international 
standard.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/13/98                    63 FR 37746
NPRM Comment Period End         10/13/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ASW-98-198A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Mike Mathias, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0111
Phone: 817 222-5123

RIN: 2120-AG59
_______________________________________________________________________

2398.  HARMONIZATION OF CRITICAL PARTS ROTORCRAFT REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 27; 14 CFR 29

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend the airworthiness standards to 
define critical parts and to require a critical parts plan. The 
critical parts plan would establish procedures that would allow for the 
control of the design, substantiation, manufacture, maintenance, and 
modification of critical parts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ASW-98-202A
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Carroll Wright, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0111
Phone: 817 222-5120

RIN: 2120-AG60
_______________________________________________________________________

2399.  +TRANSPORT AIRPLANE FLEET FUEL TANK IGNITION SOURCE 
REVIEW

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 7572; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40105; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 
49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 45303

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 21

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action will develop a Special Federal Aviation 
Regulation (SFAR) to require type certificate holders of certain 
turbojet and turbofan-powered transport category airplanes to conduct a 
design review of fuel tank systems and develop fuel system inspection 
and maintenance instructions. It will also allow a certificate holder 
to submit documentation that the type design of the fuel system of a 
previously certificated airplane precludes existence of ignition 
sources within the airplane's fuel tanks. This action is significant 
because of substantial public interest in the prevention of fire and 
explosion in airplane fuel tanks.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-98-158R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Mike Dostert, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft

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Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2132

RIN: 2120-AG62
_______________________________________________________________________

2400.  USE OF ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 7572; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40101 to 40103; 49 
USC 40105; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44105 to 
44106; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 
49 USC 44903; 49 USC 44904; 49 USC 44906; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 21; 14 CFR 43; 14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 119

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend the regulations to permit the 
use of electronic signatures to satisfy maintenance, operational, and 
type certification record preparation and retention requirements. 
Although this action will encourage the use of electronic recordkeeping 
systems, it will not discourage the use of paper documents and records 
to satisfy regulatory requirements. The proposed rule will provide cost 
savings and regulatory relief to owners, manufacturers, operators and 
repair stations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-98-226A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Wayne Nutsch, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 493-4291

RIN: 2120-AG63
_______________________________________________________________________

2401.  SPECIAL FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION NO. 36, DEVELOPMENT 
OF MAJOR REPAIR DATA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 
44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposal will amend and extend Special Federal Aviation 
Regulation (SFAR) No. 36, which expires January 23, 1999. The SFAR 
allows certificated domestic repair stations, air carriers, air taxi 
operators of large aircraft, and commercial operators of large aircraft 
that have the authority to return products to service to accomplish 
major repairs using self-developed repair data that have not been 
specially approved by the FAA. These amendments clarify conditions 
under which the SFAR authorization can be used. Extension of the 
regulation continues to provide, for those who qualify, an alternative 
from the requirement to obtain additional time for the FAA to 
incorporate the SFAR provisions into the regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AIR-98-347R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Carol Martineau, Office of Aircraft Certification 
Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washongton, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9568

RIN: 2120-AG64
_______________________________________________________________________

2402.  NOISE CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR PROPELLER-DRIVEN SMALL 
AIRPLANES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 4321; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44715

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 36

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is proposing changes to the noise certification 
standards for propeller-driven small airplanes. These proposals are 
based on the joint effort of the FAA, the European Joint Aviation 
Authorities (JAA), and Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), 
to harmonize the US noise and certification regulations and the JAR for 
propeller-driven small airplanes. The proposed changes would provide 
nearly uniform noise certification standards for airplanes certificated 
in the US and in the JAA countries. The harmonization of the noise 
certification standards would simplify airworthiness approvals for 
import and export purposes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AEE-94-366A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Mehmet Marsan, Office of Environment and Energy, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7703

RIN: 2120-AG65

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2403. OBJECTS AFFECTING NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 
49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44718; 49 USC 46101 to 46102; 49 USC 
46104

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 77

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the standards, aeronautical studies, 
scope, and notice provisions concerning objects affecting navigable 
airspace. The notice consisted primarily of changes required by recent 
legislation or recommended by a government/industry task group of the 
National Airspace Review Advisory Committee. This action would also 
cover electromagnetic interference phenomenon that could create a 
hazard to air navigation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Review                06/19/78                    43 FR 26322
Review Conference               12/08/80
National Airspace Review Begins 07/09/84
NPRM                            08/03/90                    55 FR 31722
NPRM Correction                 08/13/90                    55 FR 32999
NPRM Correction                 08/16/90                    55 FR 33577
NPRM Correction                 08/28/90                    55 FR 35152
NPRM Correction                 09/10/90                    55 FR 37287
NPRM Comment Period End         12/31/90
SNPRM                           10/16/95                    60 FR 53680
SNPRM Comment Period End        11/30/95
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATO-85-015R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/03/90, 55 FR 31722

Agency Contact: Ellen Crum, Air Traffic Rules Procedures Branch, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8783

RIN: 2120-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

2404. MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 7572; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 
40105; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44706; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44710; 
49 USC 44711; 49 USC 44712

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 21; 14 CFR 65; 14 CFR 107; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 
135; 14 CFR 145

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is withdrawing a previously published Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed to amend various sections of 
the regulations. The proposal was to clarify language, correct improper 
or obsolete references, and to relax certain existing requirements. 
Since publication of the NPRM, many other completed, in-process, or 
planned actions have addressed or will address many of the issues 
involved. The FAA has determined that all unresolved issues should be 
included in more recent actions dealing with the specific sections of 
the regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/03/83                    48 FR 45214
NPRM Comment Period End         12/02/83
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. 23781. Project Number: ARM-81-128R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/03/83, 48 FR 45214

Agency Contact: Jean Casciano, Office of Rulemaking, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9683

RIN: 2120-AA50
_______________________________________________________________________

2405. +IMPROVED SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT FOR INADVERTENT WATER LANDINGS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would add new requirements for water survival 
equipment carried aboard airplanes and rotorcraft. The requirements 
would apply, after specified dates, to U.S.-certificate holders that 
conduct common-carriage operations with airplanes and rotorcraft. This 
action is in response to the Airport and Airway Safety and Capacity 
Enhancement Act of 1987 (PL 100-223) and relates to safety 
recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board. The 
requirements are intended to increase the likelihood of aircraft 
passengers surviving a crash landing in water and, thus, this 
rulemaking is significant because of the safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/30/88                    53 FR 24890
NPRM Comment Period End         11/28/88
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AIR-85-265R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/30/88, 53 FR 24890

Agency Contact: John Petrakis, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9574

RIN: 2120-AC72
_______________________________________________________________________

2406. +RETROFIT OF IMPROVED SEATS IN AIR CARRIER TRANSPORT CATEGORY 
AIRPLANES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715;

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49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 
44904; 49 USC 44912; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, April 28, 1988, PL 100-223 Sec 303.

Abstract: This action would require that all seats of transport 
category airplanes used in air carrier operations and transport 
category airplanes used in scheduled intrastate service comply with 
improved crashworthiness standards. The Airport and Airways Safety and 
Capacity Expansion Act of 1987 directs the Secretary of Transportation 
to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider requiring all seats 
onboard all air carrier aircraft to meet improved crashworthiness 
standards based upon the best available testing standards. The intended 
effect of this action is to increase passenger protection and 
survivability in survivable impact accidents. This rulemaking is 
considered significant because of its safety implications and statutory 
requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/17/88                    53 FR 17650
NPRM Comment Period End         10/14/88
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket 25611. Project Number: AIR-88-136R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/17/88, 53 FR 17650

Agency Contact: John Petrakis, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9274

RIN: 2120-AC84
_______________________________________________________________________

2407. +SOLE RADIO NAVIGATION SYSTEM; MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CERTIFICATION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 46306

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, September 30, 1989, Airway Safety and Capacity 
Expansion Act of 1987 (PL 100-223).

Abstract: The FAA is withdrawing a previously published Advance Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that proposed to establish minimum 
standards under which a radio navigation system may be certified as the 
sole radio navigation system required in an aircraft conducting 
Instrument Flight Rules en route and terminal area operations, 
including nonprecision approach, in controlled airspace of the United 
States. This rulemaking was considered to be significant because of a 
congressional mandate. However, the provision was repealed in 1994 as 
part of the recodification of Title 49. The provision was originally 
enacted as section 310(c) in FAA's 1987 Reauthorization bill, Pub. L. 
No. 100-123.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/22/90                     55 FR 2206
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/22/90
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-89-215R. This project was 
formerly entitled Sole Means Radio Navigation System.

Agency Contact: James Crowling, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-5215

RIN: 2120-AD26
_______________________________________________________________________

2408. +AIRCRAFT GROUND DE-ICING AND ANTI-ICING PROGRAM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 
44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes a requirement for part 121 
certificate holders to develop an FAA-approved ground deicing/anti-
icing program and to comply with that program any time conditions are 
such that frost, ice, or snow could adhere to the aircraft's wings, 
control surfaces, or propellers. This action is necessary because 
several accidents and the recent International Conference on Airplane 
Ground Deicing indicate that, under present procedures, the pilot in 
command may be unable to effectively determine whether critical 
airplane components are free of all frost, ice, or snow prior to 
attempting a takeoff. The action provides an added level of safety to 
flight operations in adverse weather conditions, and is considered 
significant because of its safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/23/92                    57 FR 32846
NPRM Comment Period End         08/07/92
Interim Final Rule              09/29/92                    57 FR 44924
Interim Final Rule Effective    11/01/92
Interim Final Rule Correction   11/09/92                    57 FR 53385
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/15/93
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-92-280-R.
A proposed advisory circular providing guidance on the program elements 
that should be included in an air carrier's approved ground deicing and 
anti-icing program was published September 29, 1992, requesting 
comments (57 FR 44944).
Various documents of this proceeding were erroneously published under 
RIN 2120-AE51.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/29/92, 57 FR 44924

Agency Contact: James Gardner, Regulations Branch, Flight Standards

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Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9579

RIN: 2120-AE70
_______________________________________________________________________

2409. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL RADAR BEACON SYSTEM AND MODE S TRANSPONDER 
REQUIREMENTS IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would revise the Mode S transponder requirement 
for all aircraft operating under part 135 and certain aircraft 
operating under part 121 based on the expected availability of 
operational capabilities of Mode S ground sensors. For part 121 
operators, the action would affect only those aircraft not required to 
have Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II. An aviation 
rulemaking advisory committee has recommended that the FAA conduct a 
study of the installed Mode S ground sensor to determine the extent of 
the benefits derived and the costs involved in equipage. This action is 
a relieving action made necessary by the fact that ground sensors are 
not in place to support the requirement. Further, FAA is studying the 
need for Mode S transponders in part 135 and certain part 121 
operations in light of the fact that transponders may not substantially 
increase ATC ability to view air traffic.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/23/96                    61 FR 26036
NPRM Correction                 06/17/96                    61 FR 30551
NPRM Comment Period End         07/22/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-92-297R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/23/96, 61 FR 26036

Agency Contact: Daniel V. Meier, Jr., Flight Standards Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3749

RIN: 2120-AE81
_______________________________________________________________________

2410. CIVIL PENALTY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  18 USC 6002; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5121 to 5124; 49 
USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44103 to 44106; 49 USC 44702 to 44703; 49 
USC 44709 to 44710; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 46101 to 46110; 49 USC 46301 
to 46316; 49 USC 46501 to 46502; 49 USC 46504 to 46507; 49 USC 47106; 
49 USC 47111; 49 USC 47122

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 13

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would revise the procedures for the assessment of 
civil penalties for violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations and 
other provisions. The procedures proposed would implement the 
requirements of the FAA Civil Penalty Administrative Assessment Act of 
1992, as they modify the procedures for adjudicating a civil penalty 
against a person acting in the capacity of a pilot, flight engineer, 
mechanic, or repairman.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/05/94                    59 FR 40192
NPRM Comment Period End         10/04/94
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AGC-93-076R. This rulemaking 
was considered significant; however, after receiving only two comments 
on the NPRM issued in 8/94, and the lack of controversy regarding this 
rule, the FAA does not consider this a significant rulemaking.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/05/94, 59 FR 40192

Agency Contact: Joyce Redos, Regulations Division, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7158

RIN: 2120-AE84
_______________________________________________________________________

2411. CINCINNATI, OH, CLASS B AIRSPACE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40101; 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 
40105; 49 USC 40109; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44110; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 
44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 46102

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 11

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would alter the Cincinnati, OH, Terminal Control 
Area (TCA) to redefine the airspace around the Cincinnati/Northern 
Kentucky International Airport. The objective of this proposal is to 
substantially increase safety while accommodating the legitimate 
concerns of airspace users.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/10/98                     63 FR 6818
NPRM Comment Period End         04/13/98
Reopening of NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 7/14/98      05/15/98                    63 FR 27160
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATP-93-476T
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Patricia Crawford, Airspace and Obstruction Evaluation 
Branch, Airspace Rules & Aeronautical Info Division, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591

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Phone: 202 267-9255

RIN: 2120-AE97
_______________________________________________________________________

2412. FLIGHT ATTENDANT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 
44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA has reviewed the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory 
Committee recommendation to proceed with this rulemaking. The FAA has 
determined that it would be most appropriate to address the flight 
attendant English language issue in the overall context of crew 
training. Therefore, because the FAA will incorporate the flight 
attendant English language issue into the proposed revision of part 121 
subpart N and O notice of proposed rulemaking, this rulemaking entry 
will be withdrawn.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/18/94                    59 FR 18456
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/18/94
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-93-745A

Agency Contact: Donell Pollard, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3735

RIN: 2120-AE98
_______________________________________________________________________

2413. +REVISED ACCESS TO TYPE III EXITS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 
44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would adjust recently adopted requirements for 
access to type III emergency exits in transport category airplanes with 
60 or more passenger seats. The adjustments would reflect new data from 
tests conducted at the FAA's Civil Aeromedical Institute and are 
intended to improve the ability of occupants to evacuate an airplane 
under emergency conditions. This rulemaking is considered significant 
because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/30/95                     60 FR 5794
NPRM Comment Period End         05/01/95
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-93-005R

Agency Contact: Gary Killion, Regulations Branch, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2114

RIN: 2120-AF01
_______________________________________________________________________

2414. +TRAINING AND CHECKING IN GROUND ICING CONDITIONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44710 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 
44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This amendment requires parts 125 and 135 certificate holders 
to provide pilot training or testing in ground deicing/anti-icing 
procedures and to check the airplane for contamination by frost, ice, 
or snow during ground icing conditions. The proposal is intended to 
provide an added level of safety to flight operations in adverse 
weather conditions under parts 125 and 135. This rulemaking is 
significant because it affects a substantial portion of the aviation 
industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/21/93                    58 FR 49164
NPRM Comment Period End         10/06/93
Interim Final Rule              12/30/93                    58 FR 69620
Advisory Circular Published     12/30/93                    58 FR 69631
Interim Final Rule Effective    01/31/94                    58 FR 69620
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/15/94
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-93-459R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/30/93, 58 FR 69620

Agency Contact: James Gardner, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9579

RIN: 2120-AF09
_______________________________________________________________________

2415. LOS ANGELES, CA, CLASS B AIRSPACE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; EO 10854

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 71

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is withdrawing a previously published Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed to alter the Los Angeles, CA, 
Class B airspace area. The proposal would have lowered certain ceilings 
while raising others to provide more visual flight rules altitudes to 
circumnavigate the Los Angeles Class B airspace and to provide for 
better containment of arriving turbojets. This action will be handled 
as a routine airspace action.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/22/94                    59 FR 60244
NPRM Comment Period End         01/23/95
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATP-94-035T RIN number 2120-
AF38 was inadvertently used when this rulemaking was published in the 
Federal Register on November 22, 1994. The correct RIN number is 2120-
AF16.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/22/94, 59 FR 60244

Agency Contact: William Nelson, Airspace and Obstruction Evaluation 
Branch, Air Traffic Rules and Procedures Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9295

RIN: 2120-AF16
_______________________________________________________________________

2416. +SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS FROM THE TRANSPONDER 
WITH AUTOMATIC PRESSURE ALTITUDE REPORTING CAPABILITY REQUIREMENT

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 46306

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would extend and modify SFAR 62, issued December 
5, 1990, which suspends the Mode C transponder requirement for 
operations to and from certain specific airports located within 30 
miles of a Class B airspace primary airport. The operations and 
routings approved under SFAR 62 include routes within 2 nautical miles 
of the specified airports and at altitudes that were not excluded from 
the Mode C transponder requirement. Airports that are served primarily 
by aircraft required to install Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance 
Systems are not included in this exception. This rulemaking was 
accomplished in 1990 because the scheduled radar system upgrades, 
required to provide Mode C transponder coverage, have not been placed 
into full service in all Class B sites. The present action would extend 
the current exclusions to those airports that have not received the 
improved radar coverage, and amend the exclusions provided airports 
that have received improved radar coverage through operational 
verification of the new radar systems. This rulemaking is significant 
because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/25/94                    59 FR 43994
NPRM Correction                 09/14/94                    59 FR 47210
Extended NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 11/25/94     09/28/94                    59 FR 49360
NPRM Comment Period End         10/11/94
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATP-93-474R. As this action 
merely involves extension of a suspension of a requirement, it is not a 
rulemaking requiring OMB review in the context of EO 12866. However, it 
is significant under DOT's regulatory policies and procedures.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/25/94, 59 FR 43994

Agency Contact: Janet Apple, Air Traffic Branch, Airspace Rules and 
Aeronautical Info. Div., Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7698

RIN: 2120-AF30
_______________________________________________________________________

2417. NORMAL CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT MAXIMUM WEIGHT AND PASSENGER SEAT 
LIMITATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 27; 14 CFR 29

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to amend the airworthiness standards 
for normal category rotorcraft by increasing the maximum weight limit 
from 6,000 to 7,000 pounds and add a passenger seat limitation of nine. 
The increase in maximum weight is proposed to compensate for the 
increased weight resulting from additional regulatory requirements, 
particularly recent requirements intended to improve occupant 
survivability in the event of a crash.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Public Meeting        02/05/94                      59 FR 554
NPRM                            06/25/98                    63 FR 34610
NPRM Comment Period End         09/23/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ASW-95-218A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/25/98, 63 FR 34610

Agency Contact: Lance Gant, Rotorcraft Standards Staff, Rotorcraft 
Directorate, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, ASW-110, FAA, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0110
Phone: 817 222-5114

RIN: 2120-AF33
_______________________________________________________________________

2418. TYPE CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR CHANGED PRODUCTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  42 USC 7572; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40101; 49 USC 
40103; 49 USC 40105; 49 USC 40109; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44110; 49 USC 
44502; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 
49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 11; 14 CFR 21; 14 CFR 25

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Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the procedural regulations for the 
certification of changes to type certificated products. The amendments 
are needed to accommodate the trend toward fewer products that are of 
completely new design and more products with repeated changes of 
previously approved designs.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/02/97                    62 FR 24288
NPRM Comment Period End         09/02/97
Final Action                    01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AIR-95-053A. This action is the 
result of an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recommendation.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/02/97, 62 FR 24288

Agency Contact: Randall Peterson, Office of Aircraft Certification 
Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9583

RIN: 2120-AF68
_______________________________________________________________________

2419. MISCELLANEOUS CABIN SAFETY CHANGES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 
44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to revise the airworthiness standards 
for transport category airplanes relating to flight attendant assist 
space, flight attendant assist handles, door hold open features, 
outside viewing means, interior compartment doors and portable oxygen 
equipment. With one exception, these proposals are not the result of 
any specific incident or recommendation, but are part of the FAA's 
continuing effort to upgrade the regulations to improve the overall 
level of safety in areas where the state-of-the-art and good design 
practice have indicated that such upgrades are warranted. These 
proposals would result in both new type design regulations as well as 
requirements applicable to existing designs implemented via the 
operating rules.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/24/96                    61 FR 38552
NPRM Comment Period End         11/21/96
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-90-016R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/24/96, 61 FR 38552

Agency Contact: Jeff Gardlin, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2136

RIN: 2120-AF77
_______________________________________________________________________

2420. REVISION OF HYDRAULICS SYSTEMS AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS TO 
HARMONIZE WITH EUROPEAN AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS FOR TRANSPORT CATEGORY 
AIRPLANES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice proposes to amend the airworthiness standards for 
transport category airplanes to harmonize hydraulic systems design and 
test requirements with standards proposed for the European Joint 
Aviation Requirements. These proposals were developed in cooperation 
with the Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe and the US and European 
aviation industries through the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee 
(ARAC). These changes are intended to benefit the public interest by 
standardizing certain requirements, concepts, and procedures contained 
in the airworthiness standards without reducing and potentially 
enhancing the current level of safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/03/96                    61 FR 35056
Correction                      07/29/96                    61 FR 39515
Correction                      08/12/96                    61 FR 41924
NPRM Comment Period End         10/01/96
Final Action                    02/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-96-105A. This action is in 
response to an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recommendation.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/03/96, 61 FR 35056

Agency Contact: Manhidner Wahi, Transport Airplane Directorate, 
Aircraft Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2142
Fax: 206 227-1320

RIN: 2120-AF79
_______________________________________________________________________

2421. REPAIR ASSESSMENT FOR PRESSURIZED FUSELAGES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 40711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 
44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 129

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would require incorporation of repair 
assessment guidelines for external fuselage pressure boundary into the 
FAA-approved maintenance programs of each operator of certain transport 
category airplane models. The purpose of the repair assessment 
guidelines is to establish a damage-tolerance based

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supplemental inspection program for repairs to detect damage, which may 
develop in a repaired area, before that damage degrades the load 
carrying capability of the structure below the levels required by the 
applicable airworthiness standards.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/02/98                      63 FR 126
NPRM Comment Period End         04/02/98
Extended NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 7/2/98       04/03/98                    63 FR 16452
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-93-722A. This is an 
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee project.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/02/98, 63 FR 126

Agency Contact: Dorenda Baker, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2109

RIN: 2120-AF81
_______________________________________________________________________

2422. REVISION OF GATE REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH-LIFT DEVICE CONTROLS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking revises the requirements concerning gated 
positions on the control used by the pilot to select the position of an 
airplane's high-lift devices. It would update the current standards to 
take into account the multiple configurations of the high-lift devices 
provided on current airplanes to perform landings and go-around 
maneuvers. This rulemaking also harmonizes these standards with those 
being proposed for the European Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/09/97                    62 FR 31482
Correction                      07/10/97                    62 FR 37124
NPRM Comment Period End         09/08/97
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-96-284A. This action is in 
response to an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recommendation.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/09/97, 62 FR 31482

Agency Contact: Don Stimson, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-1129

RIN: 2120-AF82
_______________________________________________________________________

2423. +LICENSING COMMERCIAL SPACE LAUNCH ACTIVITIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 70101 to 70119

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 400 to 415

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984, as amended, grants 
the Department of Transportation authority to license and otherwise 
regulate commercial launches and the commercial operation of launch 
sites. In accordance with this authority, delegated to the FAA, the 
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) must 
ensure that commercial space launch activities are conducted in a 
manner that does not jeopardize public health and safety and the safety 
of property, without imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens on the 
commercial launch industry. The industry has grown in size and 
complexity since the original regulations were published in 1988, and 
AST's licensing program continues to evolve to reflect these changes. 
This rulemaking modifies the current regulations to reflect a 
streamlined and more mature licensing regime developed over the past 
few years. Such changes would benefit the industry by reducing 
regulatory burdens, thus reducing costs. This rulemaking is significant 
because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Public Meeting Notice and 
Request for Comments            10/13/94                    59 FR 52020
Extended Comment Period Comment 
Period End 12/16/94             12/05/94                    59 FR 62359
NPRM                            03/19/97                    62 FR 13216
NPRM Comment Period End         05/19/97
Correction                      05/23/97                    62 FR 28391
Reopening of NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 8/4/97       07/03/97                    62 FR 36027
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: This action first appeared in the Agenda under 
RIN 2105-AB85. However, it was transferred from the Office of the 
Secretary, Department of Transportation, to the Federal Aviation 
Administration due to Transfer of Delegations. See 60 FR 62762, 
December 7, 1995, for information of the delegation.
Project Number: AST-96-142R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/19/97, 62 FR 13216

Agency Contact: Laura Montgomery, Regulations Division, Office of the 
Chief Counsel, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3073

RIN: 2120-AF99
_______________________________________________________________________

2424. +POLICY AND PROCEDURES CONCERNING THE USE OF AIRPORT REVENUE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

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Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This document proposes a statement of policy and procedures 
concerning the use of airport revenue. This statement of policy 
discusses in detail the requirement that revenue at public airports 
that have received Federal grants generally be used only for airport 
purposes. A statement of policy is required by the Federal Aviation 
Administration Authorization Act of 1994. The FAA is issuing a proposed 
policy and requesting public comment because of substantial public and 
industry interest in the subject matter.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Proposed Policy: 
Comment Period End 04/26/96     02/26/96                     61 FR 7134
Final Policy                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barry Molar, Manager, Airport Compliance Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3446

RIN: 2120-AG01
_______________________________________________________________________

2425. REVISED PRECISION APPROACH LANDING SYSTEMS POLICY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This statement announces the FAA's proposed policy for 
acquisition, installation, maintenance, and decommissioning of the 
instrument landing system (ILS) and the microwave landing system (MLS) 
during the transition to the global positioning system (GPS). The 
policy statement of December 1989 announced the transition from the ILS 
to the MLS for precision approach service in the National Airspace 
System. Since that time, advancement of GPS-based landing system 
technology has provided a more economical means of providing approach 
services.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Policy Statement                12/27/89                    54 FR 53231
Policy Statement                10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael Wedge, Airway Facilities Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7848

RIN: 2120-AG16
_______________________________________________________________________

2426. +FEES FOR AIR TRAFFIC SERVICES FOR CERTAIN FLIGHTS THROUGH U.S.-
CONTROLLED AIRSPACE AND FOR AERONAUTICAL STUDIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 9701; 49 USC 106 (g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 
40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40109; 49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44502; 49 
USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 44718; 49 USC 45301 to 45303; 49 USC 
46101 to 46102; 49 USC 46104

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 77; 14 CFR 187

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is amending the regulations to remove the interim 
rule that established fees and collection procedures for FAA air 
traffic and related services provided to certain aircraft that transit 
U.S.-controlled airspace but neither take off from, nor land in, the 
United States. On January 30, 1998, the United States Court of Appeals 
for the District of Columbia vacated the FAA's interim final rule and 
remanded the rule to the FAA for disposition. The FAA intends to comply 
with its statutory mandate and issue a new rule. This action is 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/20/97                    62 FR 13496
Correction                      04/29/97                    62 FR 23295
Correction and Technical 
Amendment                       05/02/97                    62 FR 24286
Correction                      05/05/97                    62 FR 24552
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/19/97
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/18/97
Interim Final Rule              10/02/97                    62 FR 51736
Interim Final Rule Effective    10/02/97
FInal Rule Effective            07/21/98
FInal Rule                      07/24/98                    63 FR 40000
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: APO-96-172R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/20/97, 62 FR 13496

Agency Contact: Tim Lawler, Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7052

RIN: 2120-AG17
_______________________________________________________________________

2427. +EMPLOYMENT HISTORY, VERIFICATION AND CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS 
CHECK

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 
44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 107; 14 CFR 108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would require an employment background 
investigation for persons who screen passengers and cargo in airports. 
The employment background investigation would include a fingerprint-
based criminal history record check in certain cases, for unescorted 
access privileges to security areas at airports. The purpose of this 
rule is to help ensure the integrity and safety of the airport 
environment. This rulemaking is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/19/97                    62 FR 13262
Correction                      04/08/97                    62 FR 16892

[[Page 62098]]

NPRM Comment Period End         05/19/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACP-96-557R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/19/97, 62 FR 13262

Agency Contact: Linda Valencia, Office of Civil Aviation Security 
Policy and Planning, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-7158

RIN: 2120-AG32
_______________________________________________________________________

2428. +AIR TOUR OPERATIONS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 
44709; 49 USC 44711 to 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 
49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46306

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking disposes of comments received in response to 
the final rule published on September 26, 1994 (59 FR 49138), for 
certain procedural, operational, and equipment requirements for air 
tour operations in the State of Hawaii, codified as Special Federal 
Aviation Regulation (SFAR 71). It also extends SFAR 71 until the FAA 
publishes a final rule regulating all air tour operations. This 
rulemaking is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    10/26/97
Interim Final Rule              10/30/97                    62 FR 58854
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-94-453R

Agency Contact: David Metzbower, Flight Standards Service, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3724

RIN: 2120-AG44
_______________________________________________________________________

2429. PART 93 SUBPART D - ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, TERMINAL AREA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40109; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 
44719; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 93

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend regulations regarding the 
Anchorage, Alaska, Terminal Area by revising the description of the 
Anchorage, Alaska, Terminal Area and the communication requirements for 
operating in the area. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance 
safety and simplify aircraft operating procedures in the Anchorage, 
Alaska, Terminal Area.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/01/97                    62 FR 51564
NPRM Comment Period End         11/17/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: Joseph White, Office of Air Traffic Airspace 
Management, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9246

RIN: 2120-AG45
_______________________________________________________________________

2430.  LICENSING AND TRAINING OF FOREIGN PILOTS, FLIGHT 
INSTRUCTORS, AND GROUND INSTRUCTORS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44703; 
49 USC 44707 to 44711; 49 USC 45102 to 45104; 49 USC 45301 to 45303

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 61; 14 CFR 141; 14 CFR 142

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA is going to issue a final rule versus an NPRM because 
the FAA does not believe there is any interest by the public and any 
delay could be detrimental to U.S. Pilot Schools and Training Centers. 
This rulemaking is needed to remove language restricting licensing for 
persons outside the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens and remove language 
restricting the operation of airmen training institutions outside the 
U.S. Efforts between the FAA, Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), and 
European Civil Aviation Commission have identified these subject areas 
as obstructionist to harmonization efforts and detrimental to U.S. 
pilot schools, which seek to continue to train students from the JAA 
member states. The harmonization working groups, set up by the above 
organizations, are expected to recommend that the JAA remove similarly 
restrictive language from its Joint Aviation Regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      10/05/98                    63 FR 53532
Final Rule Effective            10/05/98
Final Rule Comment Period End   11/04/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-98-338R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/00/98

Agency Contact: John Lynch, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3844

RIN: 2120-AG66

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2431. +FUEL SYSTEM VENT FIRE PROTECTION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 
to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 
44717; 49 USC 44721; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the airworthiness standards for 
transport category airplanes to require fuel vent system protection 
during post-crash ground fires. This proposed rule would apply to air 
carriers, air taxi operators, and commercial operators of transport 
category airplanes, as well as the manufacturers of such airplanes. 
This action is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest and the safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/26/84                    49 FR 38078
ANPRM Comment Period End        01/25/85
NPRM                            02/02/95                     60 FR 6632
NPRM Comment Period End         06/02/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket 24251. Formerly entitled Implementation 
of SAFER Propulsion System Recommendations. Project Number: ANM-82-
050R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/02/95, 60 FR 6632

Agency Contact: Mike McRae, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2116

RIN: 2120-AA49
_______________________________________________________________________

2432. AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS; CRASH-RESISTANT FUEL SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 40 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 23

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes changes to the airworthiness standards 
to improve the crash resistance of fuel systems on normal, utility, 
acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes. The FAA has determined that 
improved crash resistance of these fuel systems is necessary to prevent 
deaths and injuries due to fire in survivable crashes. The proposed 
design changes would limit fuel spillage near ignition sources and 
would provide additional time for the survivors to evacuate the 
airplane.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/05/85                     50 FR 8948
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/03/85
NPRM                            02/28/90                     55 FR 7280
NPRM Comment Period End         06/28/90


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Formerly titled ``Amend part 23 To Include 
Requirements for Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems.'' Project Number: ACE-
82-005R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/28/90, 55 FR 7280

Agency Contact: Norman Vetter, Standards Office, Aircraft Certification 
Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 
601 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816 426-5688

RIN: 2120-AA57
_______________________________________________________________________

2433. IFR ALTITUDES; MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 40114; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 
44719; 49 USC 44721

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 95

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This is a nonsignificant body of regulations which prescribes 
altitudes for the operation of aircraft under instrument flight rules 
(IFR) on Federal airways, jet routes, area navigation low or high 
routes, or other direct routes for which a minimum en route IFR 
altitude is designated in 14 CFR part 95. In addition, mountainous 
areas and changeover points are designated. These regulations are an 
established body of technical requirements that are issued routinely 
and frequently to maintain operational efficiency. Total actions 
expected--400. 10/00/98 - 10/00/99.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Louis C. Cusimano, General Aviation and Commercial 
Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8212

RIN: 2120-AA63
_______________________________________________________________________

2434. AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 39

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA issues type certificates for ``products,'' which are 
aircraft, engines, propellers, and some appliances. The FAA issues a 
regulation called an ``Airworthiness Directive'' (AD) to address an 
unsafe condition in a type certificated product, if that unsafe 
condition is likely to exist or develop in products of the same type 
design. Part 39 of title 14 requires each operator of a product 
affected by an AD to comply with the terms of the AD, in order to 
operate that product; the AD may mandate operational limitations, 
maintenance, or alterations for the affected product. The vast majority 
of routine and frequent

[[Page 62100]]

Airworthiness Directives are nonsignificant. Total actions expected--
700. 10/00/98 to 10/00/99.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jack McGrath, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9580

RIN: 2120-AA64
_______________________________________________________________________

2435. STANDARD INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURES; MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40113 to 40114; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 44701; 
49 USC 44719; 49 USC 44721 to 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 97

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) provide for 
instrument letdown to airports in the United States. They are a 
nonsignificant body of regulations that are complex and technical in 
nature and require routine and frequent rulemaking to maintain 
efficiency. The FAA issues, revises, and cancels SIAPs by adopting 
amendments that are incorporated into 14 CFR part 97. Contemporaneously 
with publication in the Federal Register, the SIAPs are made available 
to the Aeronautical Charting and Cartography Office in the Department 
of Commerce, and other publishers of aeronautical charts where they are 
published as approach procedure charts or ``approach plates''. These 
charts are made available to the members of the aviation community for 
use by pilots in making instrument approaches. Total actions expected--
2,200. 10/00/98 - 10/00/99.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Louis C. Cusimano, General Aviation and Commercial 
Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8212

RIN: 2120-AA65
_______________________________________________________________________

2436. AIRSPACE ACTIONS

Priority:  Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; EO 10854

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 71; 14 CFR 73; 14 CFR 75

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This is a nonsignificant body of regulations which designates 
airspace areas, airways, routes, and reporting points to facilitate 
safe navigation. These regulations are technical in nature and are 
issued routinely and frequently to maintain operational efficiency. 
Total actions expected--330. 10/00/98 through 10/00/99.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Pat Crawford, Manager, Airspace Branch, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9255

RIN: 2120-AA66
_______________________________________________________________________

2437. LOW FUEL QUANTITY ALERTING SYSTEM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the airworthiness standards for 
transport category airplanes to require a means to alert the flight 
crew of potentially unsafe low fuel quantities. There have been several 
fuel depletion incidents involving loss of power or thrust on all 
engines that could have resulted in forced landings and injury or loss 
of life. Most of these incidents resulted from improper fuel management 
techniques. This proposed amendment would require new transport 
category airplane designs to incorporate a low fuel quantity alert 
system that would allow for correction of certain fuel management 
errors or provide the flightcrew the opportunity to make a safe landing 
prior to engine fuel starvation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/12/87                    52 FR 17890
NPRM Comment Period End         09/09/87


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. 25213. Project Number: ANM-83-039R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/12/87, 52 FR 17890

Agency Contact: Neil Schalekamp, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2112

RIN: 2120-AB46
_______________________________________________________________________

2438. AIRCRAFT ENGINES: FUEL AND INDUCTION SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 33

[[Page 62101]]

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would add a new section 33.35(f) to the Federal 
Aviation Regulations which would incorporate a requirement for the fuel 
mixture and throttle controls to automatically move to a position 
allowing continued safe flight if either control becomes disconnected.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           02/28/86                     51 FR 7224
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/29/86
NPRM                            10/20/92                    57 FR 47934
NPRM Comment Period End         02/17/93


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANE-85-002R. Former title: 
Engine Fuel and Induction Systems.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/20/92, 57 FR 47934

Agency Contact: Locke Easton, Engine and Propeller Standards Staff, 
Aircraft Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, New England Region, 12 New England Executive 
Park, Burlington, MA 01803
Phone: 617 273-7088

RIN: 2120-AB76
_______________________________________________________________________

2439. INSTALLATION OF CRASHWORTHY FUSELAGE FUEL TANKS AND FUEL LINES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, February 3, 1989, Public Law 100-591 Aviation Safety 
Research Act of 1988.

Abstract: This preliminary action was initiated to determine the 
feasibility of installing, in all air carrier aircraft, crashworthy 
fuselage fuel tanks and fuselage fuel lines which are rupture resistant 
and which disconnect and seal in the event of an accident. This notice 
solicited public participation in identifying and selecting a 
regulatory course of action by inviting interested persons to submit 
specific comments and arguments concerning this proposed regulatory 
action. Originally this rulemaking was considered significant. However, 
because there is no substantial public interest, this rulemaking is no 
longer significant.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/02/89                    54 FR 18824
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/30/89


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-89-005R.

Agency Contact: Mike Dostert, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2132

RIN: 2120-AC87
_______________________________________________________________________

2440. AIRPLANE ENGINE COWLING RETENTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the airworthiness standards for 
transport category airplanes to require improved cowling retention 
devices. A review of a number of inflight incidents where engine 
cowlings were lost revealed that the largest single cause of such 
losses was improper latching of the cowlings. If adopted, this proposal 
would provide additional design standards to detect improperly latched 
cowlings and ensure the integrity of the latching system.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/19/89                    54 FR 38610
NPRM Comment Period End         03/19/90


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-87-004R.

Agency Contact: Mike McRae, Airframe and Propulsion Branch, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2133

RIN: 2120-AD34
_______________________________________________________________________

2441. 1-G STALLING SPEED AS A BASIS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH PART 25 OF THE 
FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 4321; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44715

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 14 CFR 36

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the Federal Aviation Regulations to 
redefine the airplane reference stalling speed as the 1-g stalling 
speed in lieu of the minimum stalling speed. It would: (1) provide for 
a consistent, repeatable reference stalling speed; (2) ensure 
consistent and dependable maneuvering margins; (3) clarify the 
requirement for the use of 1-g stalling speeds in determining 
structural design speeds; (4) increase the head-on gust structural 
design requirement; and (5) provide for adjusted multiplying factors to 
maintain essentially equivalent requirements in areas where the use of 
minimum stalling speed has proven adequate. These changes are needed 
since the stalling characteristics of modern jet transports as 
determined by current methods can result in inconsistent reference 
stalling speeds. These changes may result in a higher level of safety 
where current methods have resulted in artificially low reference 
stalling speeds.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/18/96                     61 FR 1260
Correction                      02/26/96                     61 FR 7157
NPRM Comment Period End         05/17/96


Next Action Undetermined

[[Page 62102]]

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-86-041R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/18/96, 61 FR 1260

Agency Contact: Don Stimson, Flight Test and Systems Branch, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-1320

RIN: 2120-AD40
_______________________________________________________________________

2442. +REVISION OF PART 108, AIRPLANE OPERATOR SECURITY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  40 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 
49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend part 108 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations to incorporate new requirements in response to worldwide 
terrorist activity. This rulemaking is considered significant because 
of its safety implications and substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/01/97                    62 FR 41730
Notice of Public Meeting        09/15/97                    62 FR 48190
NPRM Comment Period End         12/01/97
Notice of Public Meeting        04/21/98                    63 FR 19691
Reopening of NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 6/26/98      04/21/98                    63 FR 19691
Final Action                    10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACS-87-107R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/01/97, 62 FR 41730

Agency Contact: Rhoda Hatmaker, Office of Civil Aviation Security, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3946

RIN: 2120-AD45
_______________________________________________________________________

2443. +REVISION OF PART 107, AIRPORT SECURITY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44706; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 
49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 107

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend part 107 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations to incorporate new requirements in response to the 
worldwide terrorist activity. This rulemaking is considered significant 
because of its safety implications and substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/01/97                    62 FR 41760
Notice of Public Meeting        09/15/97                    62 FR 48190
NPRM Comment Period End         12/01/97
Notice of Public Meeting        04/21/98                    63 FR 19691
Reopening of Comment Period 
Comment Period End 6/26/98      04/21/98                    63 FR 19691
Final Action                    10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACS-87-106R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/01/97, 62 FR 41760

Agency Contact: Bob Comonaroto, Office of Civil Aviation Security, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8553

RIN: 2120-AD46
_______________________________________________________________________

2444. +COST OF SERVICES AND TRANSFER OF FEES TO PART 187 FROM PARTS 47, 
49, 61, 63, 65, AND 143

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40109; 
49 USC 40113 to 40114; 49 USC 44101 to 44108; 49 USC 44110 to 44111; 49 
USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 44703 to 44704; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 
44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 45102 to 45103; 49 USC 45106; 49 
USC 45301; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 47; 14 CFR 49; 14 CFR 61; 14 CFR 63; 14 CFR 65; 
14 CFR 143; 14 CFR 187

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would assess reasonable charges for certain 
services provided by the FAA. The charges would be set at a level 
approximating the cost to the Government to provide these services and 
would be adjusted periodically as the cost of these services change or 
as prescribed in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. The cost of providing 
services for aircraft registration and recording and replacement of 
airmen certificates is not being fully recouped in accordance with the 
changes reflected in the Consumer Price Index of All Urban Consumers, 
which was published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department 
of Labor, or as set by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. This rulemaking 
would also consolidate all service fees by placing them in part 187 of 
the Federal Aviation Regulations. This rulemaking is considered 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-90-347R.

Agency Contact: Sharon Ashford, Registry Modernization Staff, Mike 
Monroney Aeronautical Center, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 6500 South MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma 73125-4939

[[Page 62103]]

Phone: 405 954-7038

RIN: 2120-AD91
_______________________________________________________________________

2445. TYPE CERTIFICATES FOR SOME SURPLUS AIRCRAFT OF THE ARMED FORCES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 7572; 49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40105; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 
49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 45303

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 21

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Following World War II, a substantial number of surplus 
military airplanes were offered for sale to the public in order to meet 
an increased demand for civilian-use aircraft not being met by the 
civil aircraft industry. The current regulation permits both type and 
airworthiness certification for surplus military aircraft based on the 
particular aircraft's safety record and condition. As military aircraft 
have become increasingly complex and sophisticated, that practice is no 
longer acceptable. This action would remove the regulations for issuing 
type certificates for these surplus aircraft and eliminate references 
to obsolete standards. Surplus military aircraft would still be 
certificated in the normal, utility, acrobatic, commuter, transport, 
and restricted categories upon compliance with the applicable 
regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/21/94                    59 FR 19114
NPRM Comment Period End         06/20/94
Reopening of Comment Period 
Comment Period End 08/26/94     07/07/94                    59 FR 34779


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AIR-91-354R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/21/94, 59 FR 19114

Agency Contact: Brian Yanez, Policy and Procedures Branch, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-6561

RIN: 2120-AE41
_______________________________________________________________________

2446. +AIRPORT NOISE COMPATIBILITY PLANNING

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 
471-1; 49 USC 47501 to 47504

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 150

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would revise the requirements for developing 
noise exposure maps and noise compatibility programs and submitting 
them for FAA approval. The revisions are intended to expedite and 
simplify the part 150 process. Under the revised process, the mandatory 
set of noise abatement measures which are presently required to be 
considered by each airport sponsor would be limited in scope depending 
on the characteristics of each airport and its surrounding community. 
The new process would be supported by appropriate guidance, training, 
review, standardization, and consultation requirements. This project is 
considered significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AEE-90-410R.

Agency Contact: Alan V. Trickey, Policy and Regulations Division, 
Office of Environment and Energy, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591
Phone: 202 267-3496

RIN: 2120-AE64
_______________________________________________________________________

2447. +ANTI-DRUG AND ALCOHOL MISUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYEES OF 
FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS ENGAGED IN SPECIFIED AVIATION ACTIVITIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40104 to 40105; 49 USC 40113; 
49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 
44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 
USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44902; 49 USC 44903

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 129

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, October 28, 1992.

Abstract: The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 
directs the FAA Administrator to prescribe regulations that require 
foreign air carriers to establish drug and alcohol testing programs for 
employees performing safety-sensitive aviation functions. These 
regulations must be consistent with the international obligations of 
the United States and take into consideration any applicable laws and 
regulations of foreign countries. Comments were invited on a variety of 
issues related to the application of drug and alcohol testing 
requirements to employees of foreign air carriers operating within the 
territory of the United States. This action was taken in lieu of a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to seek the public's view on a variety of 
issues and to obtain responses to questions that may arise in 
addressing drug and alcohol testing by foreign air carriers. This 
action is considered significant because of substantial public and 
congressional interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/15/92                    57 FR 59473
ANPRM Comment Period End        02/16/93
Extended ANPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 4/1/93       02/18/93                     58 FR 8917


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: AAM-93-173R

[[Page 62104]]

Agency Contact: Patrice M. Kelly, Drug Abatement Division, Office of 
Aviation Medicine, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8442

RIN: 2120-AE79
_______________________________________________________________________

2448. +REVISION OF EMERGENCY EVACUATION DEMONSTRATION PROCEDURES TO 
IMPROVE PARTICIPANT SAFETY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 49 CFR 1.47

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend part 25 of the FAR by revising 
Appendix J, Emergency Evacuation, to allow certain alternative 
procedures in conducting full-scale emergency evacuation demonstrations 
for transport category airplanes. This is in response to 
recommendations from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The 
changes, which are intended to make full-scale emergency evacuation 
demonstrations safer for participants and to codify existing practices, 
would also affect manufacturers and operators of transport category 
airplanes. This action is considered significant because of substantial 
public interest and safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/18/95                    60 FR 36932
Correction                      08/25/95                    60 FR 44387
NPRM Comment Period End         10/16/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-94-124A
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/18/95, 60 FR 36932

Agency Contact: Franklin Tiangsing, Regulations Branch, ANM-114, 
Aircraft Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2121

RIN: 2120-AF21
_______________________________________________________________________

2449. +CONTROLLED REST ON THE FLIGHT DECK

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 
44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposal would allow part 121 certificate holders who 
operate aircraft that require three flight crewmembers, two pilots and 
a flight engineer, to implement a controlled rest on the flight deck 
program. Under the program, when cockpit workload permits, one flight 
crewmember at a time would be given the opportunity to sleep for a 
brief period of time at his or her duty station during the cruise 
portion of a flight. Before using the controlled rest concept, however, 
the certificate holder would have to obtain approval for its program 
from the FAA. This proposal originated as a recommendation from the 
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee and responds to industry 
interest in developing a controlled rest program that is approved by 
the FAA. This rulemaking is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-92-764A

Agency Contact: James Gardner, Air Transportation Division, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9579

RIN: 2120-AF54
_______________________________________________________________________

2450. OPERATIONAL AND STRUCTURAL DIFFICULTY REPORTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44707; 49 USC 44709 
to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 
44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135; 14 CFR 145

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the reporting requirements for air 
carrier certificate holders and certificated domestic and foreign 
repair stations concerning failures, malfunctions, and defects of 
aircraft, aircraft engines, systems, and components. The proposed rule 
would clarify and standardize the reporting requirements for the type 
of information submitted to the FAA, allowing the FAA to identify 
trends that may affect aviation safety. This action was prompted by an 
internal FAA review of industry concern over the quality of the data 
being reported by air carriers. The objective of the proposed rule is 
to update and improve the reporting system to effectively collect and 
disseminate clear and concise information, particularly with regard to 
aging aircraft, to the aviation industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/14/95                    60 FR 41992
NPRM Comment Period End         11/13/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-95-237A. This is a 
recommendation from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/14/95, 60 FR 41992

Agency Contact: Robert Corcoran, Flight Standards Service, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 25082, 
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Phone: 405 954-6508

RIN: 2120-AF71

[[Page 62105]]

_______________________________________________________________________

2451. BIRD STRIKE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to revise the bird strike requirements 
of part 25 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. These changes are 
intended to harmonize the bird strike requirement of the FAR and the 
Joint Aviation Requirements. The proposed changes would revise sections 
25.631, 25.571(e), and 25.775(b).

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-93-762A. This is an 
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee project.

Agency Contact: Bill Perrella, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2116

RIN: 2120-AF80
_______________________________________________________________________

2452. HARMONIZATION OF MISCELLANEOUS ROTORCRAFT REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 27; 14 CFR 29

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rule makes changes to the type certification requirements 
for both normal and transport category rotorcraft to increase the 
regulatory safety level and standardize terminology. These changes to 
14 CFR parts 27 and 29 are harmonized with the European Joint Aviation 
Requirements (JAR).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/09/97                    62 FR 31476
Correction                      06/30/97                    62 FR 35247
NPRM Comment Period End         09/08/97
Final Action                    08/12/98                    63 FR 43282
Final Action Effective          09/11/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ASW-97-031A.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/09/97, 62 FR 31476, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 08/12/98, 63 FR 43282

Agency Contact: Carroll Wright, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 
Meacham Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
Phone: 817 222-5120

RIN: 2120-AG23
_______________________________________________________________________

2453. +NOISE LIMITATIONS FOR AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF 
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40109; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 
44719; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 93

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will establish noise limitations for certain 
aircraft operated in the vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park. This 
action is one part of an overall strategy to reduce further the impact 
of aircraft noise on the park environment and to assist the National 
Park Service (NPS) in achieving its statutory mandate imposed by Public 
Law 100-91 to provide for the substantial restoration of natural quiet 
and experience in Grand Canyon National Park. The supplemental 
amendment removes two sections from the December 31, 1996, notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed to establish a corridor 
through the National Canyon area as an incentive route for quiet 
technology aircraft. The FAA and NPS have determined not to proceed 
with an air tour route in the vicinity of National Canyon and are 
presently considering alternatives to this route. This rulemaking is 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/31/96                    61 FR 69334
NPRM Comment Period End         03/31/97
Supplemental Amendment          07/15/98                    63 FR 38232


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: A final rule, which was published on 12/31/96 
(61 FR 69302), establishes new operating restrictions at Grand Canyon 
National Park. See RIN 2120-AF93 published elsewhere in this Agenda.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/31/96, 61 FR 69334

Agency Contact: Thomas L. Connor, Office of Environmental and Energy, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8933

RIN: 2120-AG34
_______________________________________________________________________

2454. +REVISED STANDARDS FOR CARGO OR BAGGAGE COMPARTMENTS IN TRANSPORT 
CATEGORY AIRPLANES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44711 to 44713; 49 USC 44715 to 
44717

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action upgrades the fire safety standards for cargo or 
baggage compartments in certain transport category airplanes by 
eliminating Class D compartments altogether. Compartments that could no 
longer be designated as Class D would have to meet the standards for 
Class C or Class E compartments, as applicable. Certain other transport 
category airplanes that would not have to meet these new standards for 
type certification would have to meet them for use in air carrier, 
commuter, on-demand, or commercial

[[Page 62106]]

service. These improved standards are needed to increase protection 
from possible in-flight fires. This rulemaking is considered 
significant because of the safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/13/97                    62 FR 32412
NPRM Comment Period End         09/11/97
Final Rule Request for Comments 02/17/98                     63 FR 8032
Final Rule Effective            03/19/98
Final Rule Comment Period End   06/17/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-97-009R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/13/97, 62 FR 32412, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 02/17/98, 63 FR 8032

Agency Contact: Gary L. Killion, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 
Lind Avenue, Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 206 227-2117

RIN: 2120-AG42
_______________________________________________________________________

2455. +CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715 to 44718; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46306; 
49 USC 46315; 49 USC 46502; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 125; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action sought public comment on issues relating to the 
use of child restraint systems in aircraft during all phases of flight 
(i.e., taxi, takeoff, landing, or any other time the seat belt sign is 
illuminated). Specifically, the agency sought information about 
existing child restraint systems, the development of new and improved 
child restraint systems, the ease with which existing or new child 
restraint systems can be used, and the effectiveness of changing the 
current child restraint system regulations. The advance notice gathered 
information in response to a recommendation made by the White House 
Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (Gore Commission). 
Approximately 130 comments were received on the ANPRM. This information 
is needed so that the FAA can determine the best way to ensure the 
safety of children while on board aircraft. After such a determination 
is made, the FAA may issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with 
specific regulatory proposals that respond to the Commission's 
recommendations regarding the use of child restraint systems. This 
action is considered significant because of safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           02/18/98                     63 FR 8324
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/18/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-97-261R

Agency Contact: Donell Pollard, Air Transportation Division, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3735

RIN: 2120-AG43
_______________________________________________________________________

2456. REVISION OF AIR CARRIER CREWMEMBER AND TRAINING REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 
49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 
44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 60; 14 CFR 121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to revise title 14 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations part 121 subparts N, O, P, and create part 60. The 
proposed revision and creation will address Advanced Qualification 
Programs and additional training programs. The rulemaking is needed to 
enhance crew resource management training, to permit rapid changes to 
training and checking requirements for emerging technologies, to 
improve safety, and to respond to numerous recommendations from various 
sources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-97-335R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/00/99

Agency Contact: Jan Demuth, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8922

RIN: 2120-AG57

[[Page 62107]]

_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2457. +IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING REJECTED TAKEOFF AND LANDING 
PERFORMANCE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 
44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135; 14 CFR 1; 14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action amends parts 25, 121, and 135 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations and adds new standards for transport category 
airplanes which would provide for approval of a reduced takeoff 
decision speed (V1) methodology for takeoff on wet and contaminated 
runways. As a result of extensive review and due to the increasing 
emphasis on harmonizing certification standards with the Joint Aviation 
Authorities (JAA) of Europe, the NPRM of 11/30/87 was withdrawn and a 
revised one published. This rulemaking is significant because of 
substantial public interest in both the United States and Europe.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/30/87                    52 FR 45578
NPRM Comment Period End         03/30/88
NPRM Withdrawn                  07/02/93                    58 FR 36116
Second NPRM                     07/08/93                    58 FR 36738
Second NPRM Comment Period End  11/05/93
Final Action                    02/18/98                     63 FR 8298
Final Action Effective          03/20/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This project was formerly entitled ``Standards 
for Approval of a Wet Runway Reduced V1 Methodology and Improved 
Takeoff and Landing Braking Performance.'' Project Number: ANM-83-030R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/08/93, 58 FR 36738, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 02/18/98, 63 FR 8298

Agency Contact: Don Stimson, Airframe and Flightcrew Interface Branch, 
Aircraft Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-1129

RIN: 2120-AB17
_______________________________________________________________________

2458. +AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS; OCCUPANT PROTECTION STANDARDS FOR 
COMMUTER CATEGORY AIRPLANES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 23

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In consideration of the comments received regarding the cost 
benefit analysis and the effect of amendment 2121-151, the FAA has 
decided to withdraw this rulemaking. This action would have amended the 
airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter 
category airplanes by upgrading the requirements for both seat/
restraint systems and for flammability standards for seat cushions used 
in commuter category airplanes. This rulemaking is considered 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/14/93                    58 FR 38028
NPRM Correction                 07/28/93                    58 FR 40389
NPRM Comment Period End         11/12/93
Reopening of Comment Period     11/04/94                    59 FR 55225
Action Withdrawn                06/30/98                    63 FR 35648

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACE-87-014R. This project was 
formerly entitled ``Improved Seat Safety Standards for Commuter 
Category Airplanes.''
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/14/93, 58 FR 38028

Agency Contact: Michael Downs, Standards Office, Small Airplane 
Directorate, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816 426-5688

RIN: 2120-AD27
_______________________________________________________________________

2459. +FATIGUE EVALUATION OF STRUCTURE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking revises the fatigue requirements for damage-
tolerant structures on transport category airplanes to require full-
scale fatigue testing and to require that the thresholds for 
inspections be based on crack growth from initial flaws in the 
structure. These changes are based on the service history of airplanes 
evaluated to the current damage tolerance requirements and are intended 
to ensure that, should serious fatigue damage occur within the 
operational life of the airplane, the remaining structure can withstand 
reasonable loads without failure until the damage is detected. This 
rulemaking is considered significant because of its safety implications 
and substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/19/93                    58 FR 38642
Notice: Additional Compliance 
Guidance                        10/19/93                    58 FR 53987
NPRM Comment Period End         11/16/93
Final Action                    03/31/98                    63 FR 15708
Correction                      04/28/98                    63 FR 23338
Final Action Effective          04/30/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-88-013R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/19/93, 58 FR 38642, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 03/31/98, 63 FR 15708

Agency Contact: Rich Yarges, Airframe and Airworthiness Branch, 
Aircraft Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region, 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056

[[Page 62108]]

Phone: 425 227-2143

RIN: 2120-AD42
_______________________________________________________________________

2460. VISUAL DESCENT POINTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice would have proposed to incorporate visual descent 
point (VDP) requirements into part 135 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations (FAR). In addition, this notice would have amended the VDP 
requirements in part 121 of the FAR to be consistent with the VDP 
requirements in part 135 of the FAR. The FAA is terminating this 
rulemaking because resources are currently being expended for higher-
priority projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Terminated               07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-91-206R.

Agency Contact: Alberta Brown, Regulations Branch, Air Transportation 
Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8321

RIN: 2120-AE34
_______________________________________________________________________

2461. AVIATION INSURANCE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44301 to 44310

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 198

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule revises and updates the aviation insurance 
requirements. This action is being taken to reflect current legislative 
language, to be current with industry practices, to reflect industry 
concerns, and to recapture administrative expenses incurred. This 
action clarifies the language and makes it conform with the current 
legislative language and intent.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/17/97                    62 FR 19008
NPRM Comment Period End         06/02/97
Final Action                    03/20/98                    63 FR 13734
Final Action Effective          04/20/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: APO-93-512R
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/17/97, 62 FR 19008, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 03/20/98, 63 FR 13734

Agency Contact: Ellie Eilenberg, Office of Policy, Plans, and 
Management Analysis, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3090

RIN: 2120-AF23
_______________________________________________________________________

2462. RAIN AND HAIL INGESTION STANDARDS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 33

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action makes changes to the water and hail ingestion 
standards for aircraft turbine engines. This rulemaking addresses an 
engine power-loss instability phenomena attributed to operation in 
extreme rain or hail that is not adequately addressed by current 
requirements. This rule also harmonizes with requirements being drafted 
by the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA). These changes will establish 
one set of common requirements, thereby reducing the hardship on the 
United States and worldwide aviation industry, by eliminating the need 
for manufacturers to comply with different sets of standards when 
seeking validation from the FAA and JAA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/09/96                    61 FR 41688
NPRM Comment Period End         11/07/96
Final Action                    03/26/98                    63 FR 14794
Final Action Effective          04/30/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANE-93-734A. This action is in 
response to an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recommendation.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/09/96, 61 FR 41688, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 03/26/98, 63 FR 14794

Agency Contact: Thomas Boudreau, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New 
England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299
Phone: 617 238-7117

RIN: 2120-AF75
_______________________________________________________________________

2463. BRAKED ROLL CONDITIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44704

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 25

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking amends the requirements for landing gear 
braking on transport category airplanes to require that the airplane be 
designed to withstand main landing gear maximum braking forces during 
ground operations. This rule ensures that the landing gear and fuselage 
are capable of withstanding the dynamic loads associated with the 
maximum dynamic braking condition, and also relieves a

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burden on industry by eliminating differences between the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (FAR) and European Joint Aviation Requirements 
(JAR).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/05/96                    61 FR 40710
NPRM Comment Period End         11/04/96
Final Action                    05/27/98                    63 FR 29070
Final Action Effective          06/26/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ANM-94-462A. This action is in 
response to an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recommendation.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/05/96, 61 FR 40710, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 05/27/98, 63 FR 29070

Agency Contact: Jim Haynes, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056
Phone: 425 227-2131

RIN: 2120-AF83
_______________________________________________________________________

2464. TWO APPROACH CHARTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 
44101; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709 to 44711; 49 
USC 44712; 49 USC 44713; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716 to 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44903 to 44904; 49 USC 44912

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposed to establish a requirement for two sets 
of approach charts to be available and used by the flight crewmembers 
during commercial operations under instrument flight rules (IFR). It 
responds to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finding (A-
93-35) recommending that all pilots operating aircraft under 14 CFR 
parts 135 and 121 have access to their own set of instrument approach 
charts and use them during the approach and landing segment of the 
flight. This notice would have also standardize the requirement and 
rule language for both parts 121 and 135. The FAA is terminating this 
rulemaking because resources are currently being expended for higher 
priority projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Terminated               07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-95-390R.

Agency Contact: Bernie Busby, Commuter and Air Taxi Branch, Flight 
Standards Service, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8086

RIN: 2120-AF86
_______________________________________________________________________

2465. NON-FEDERAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  Not yet determined

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA was proposing to establish rules governing the 
minimum operational requirements for those air traffic control 
facilities not operated by the United States (non-Federal). The FAA was 
taking this action to ensure that these entities operate at a level 
equivalent to those facilities presently being operated by the Federal 
Government. The FAA is terminating this rulemaking because resources 
are currently being expended for higher priority projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Terminated               07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATP-95-021R.

Agency Contact: Joseph C. White, Air Traffic Rules Branch, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-9246

RIN: 2120-AF91
_______________________________________________________________________

2466. CRITERIA FOR AN EXPLOSIVE DETECTION SYSTEM (EDS), STANDARDS FOR 
DETONATOR DETECTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 
49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  None

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final criteria issues a performance standard for the 
certification of equipment, designed to locate improvised explosive 
devices through automatic detection of detonators, as an Explosive 
Detection System (EDS). Establishment of minimum performance 
requirements is a prerequisite to the testing and ultimate deployment 
of EDS equipment. This action will include portions of the criteria 
that do not contain sensitive security information. The final criteria 
deal only with the standards for the certification of the equipment and 
any ultimate deployment decision would be the basis for separate 
rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Proposed Amendment    08/30/96                    61 FR 46011
Comment Period End              10/29/96
Final Action                    04/13/98                    63 FR 18104
Final Action Effective          05/13/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACP-95-537R.

Agency Contact: Quint Johnson, Office of Civil Aviation Security, 
Policy and Planning, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8058

RIN: 2120-AF95

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_______________________________________________________________________

2467. NATIONAL SECURITY AREAS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 
44709; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 
44717; 49 USC 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would have proposed to add a new section to part 
91 of the Code of Federal Regulations that would address National 
Security Areas and the associated NOTAM (notice to airmen)-
responsibility of the FAA Administrator in issuing temporary flight 
restrictions governing the operational responsibilities of pilots 
operating aircraft near national security areas. The FAA is terminating 
this rulemaking because resources are currently being expended for 
higher priority projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Terminated               07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATA-94-622R.

Agency Contact: Joseph C. White, Air Traffic Rules Branch, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8783

RIN: 2120-AF97
_______________________________________________________________________

2468. +COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION: FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 
REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED LAUNCH ACTIVITIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 70101 to 70119

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 440

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Persons authorized to conduct commercial launch activities by 
a license issued by the Office of Commercial Space Transportation 
(OCST) are required to obtain insurance or demonstrate financial 
responsibility, in amounts and on terms prescribed by OCST, to protect 
against third-party or government property damage claims resulting from 
the licensed activities. Licensees and other launch participants are 
also required to enter into reciprocal waivers of claims arising out of 
licensed activities. In addition, persons engaged in commercial launch 
operations must provide proof of financial responsibility, or offer 
other assurances, adequate to protect the Government when its property 
or personnel are involved in such operations. This rulemaking codifies 
the procedures by which OCST sets appropriate levels and terms of 
insurance and financial responsibility required to be carried by 
persons subject to its authority. This action is significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/07/85                    50 FR 19280
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/08/85
Public Meeting Notice and 
Request for Comments            10/13/94                    59 FR 52020
Extended ANPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 12/16/94     12/05/94                    59 FR 62359
NPRM                            07/25/96                    61 FR 38992
NPRM Comment Period End         09/23/96
Reopening of NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 12/2/96      10/02/96                    61 FR 51395
NPRM Correction                 10/26/96                    61 FR 43814
Reopening of NPRM Comment Period 
Comment Period End 8/4/97       07/03/97                    62 FR 36028
Final Action                    08/26/98                    63 FR 45592
Final Action Effective          10/26/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: The rulemaking entitled Commercial Space 
Transportation: Reciprocal Waiver of Claims, RIN 2105-AB76, has been 
consolidated into this rulemaking.
This rule was transferred from the Office of the Secretary, Department 
of Transportation, to the Federal Aviation Administration due to 
Transfer of Delegations. See 60 FR 62762, December 7, 1995, for 
information of the delegation.
Project Number: AST-96-142R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/26/98, 63 FR 45592

Agency Contact: Esta Rosenberg, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9305

RIN: 2120-AF98
_______________________________________________________________________

2469. VFR/IFR FUEL RESERVE REQUIREMENTS: ISLAND DESTINATION AIRPORTS FOR 
WHICH NO ALTERNATE AIRPORT IS AVAILABLE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711 to 44713; 49 USC 44715 to 
44717; 49 USC 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule would have established both visual flight 
rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) minimum fuel reserve 
requirements for airplanes upon arrival at any destination airport 
located on an island, if no alternate airport is specified. These 
minimum fuel requirements were not previously mandated in part 135 
because they were not envisioned when the current part 135 was issued. 
This rule was being proposed because of the initiation of this type of 
operation to such an airport. The FAA is terminating this rulemaking 
because resources are currently being expended for higher priority 
projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Terminated               07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-97-036R

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Agency Contact: Mike Coffey, Flight Standards Service, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3750

RIN: 2120-AG29
_______________________________________________________________________

2470. CERTIFICATION OF SECURITY SCREENING COMPANIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40119; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44901 to 44905; 49 
USC 44907; 49 USC 44913 to 44914; 49 USC 44932; 49 USC 44935 to 44936; 
49 USC 46105

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FAA sought public comment on proposals to certificate 
screening companies (other than air carriers) by the FAA, and otherwise 
enhance the screening by air carriers of passengers and property that 
will be carried in the cabin of an aircraft, and of checked baggage. 
This advance notice responded to a recommendation made by the White 
House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, and to a requirement 
in the Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996. It is intended to 
improve the screening of passengers, property, and baggage. The FAA is 
currently developing, field testing, and evaluating an automated 
screener testing system which will provide uniform data regarding 
screener performance. Therefore, the FAA has withdrawn the ANPRM to 
allow this automated system to be adequately field tested and evaluated 
before proceeding with rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/17/97                    62 FR 12724
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/01/97
Action Withdrawn                05/13/98                    63 FR 26706

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ACS-97-029R.

Agency Contact: Penny Anderson, ACP-100, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-5183

RIN: 2120-AG31
_______________________________________________________________________

2471. +ESTABLISHMENT OF CORRIDORS IN THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK 
SPECIAL FLIGHT RULES AREA

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40106; 49 USC 
40109; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44502; 49 USC 44514; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 
44719; 49 USC 46301

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 93

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposed to amend two of the Flight-Free Zones 
within the Grand Canyon National Park by establishing two corridors: 
the Bright Angel route would be a route for quiet technology only; the 
National Canyon route would create a viable air tour route while 
addressing concerns expressed by Native Americans. The FAA, in 
consultation with the National Park Service, is withdrawing the May 
1997 NPRM because the agencies have determined not to proceed with an 
air tour route in the vicinity of National Canyon and are presently 
considering alternatives to this route. The FAA will address all 
substantive comments filed in response to the NRM in the near future. 
This action is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/15/97                    62 FR 26902
NPRM Comment Period End         06/16/97
Withdrawn                       07/15/98                    63 FR 38233

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Metzbower, Flight Standards Service, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3724

RIN: 2120-AG38
_______________________________________________________________________

2472. COMMERCIAL PASSENGER-CARRYING OPERATIONS IN SINGLE ENGINE AIRCRAFT 
UNDER INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44701 to 44702; 
49 USC 44705; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711 to 44713; 49 USC 44715 to 
44717; 49 USC 44722

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule revises and clarifies certain conditions and 
limitations in part 135 for instrument flight rules (IFR), passenger-
carrying operations in single-engine aircraft. The clarification was 
necessary to resolve ambiguity in the current rule over the requirement 
for redundant power for gyroscopic instrumentation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/10/98                     63 FR 6826
NPRM Comment Period End         03/12/98
Final Action Effective          05/04/98
Final Action                    05/08/98                    63 FR 25572

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AFS-98-046R.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/10/98, 63 FR 6826, Regulatory 
Evaluation, 05/04/98, 63 FR 25572

Agency Contact: Kathy Hakala, Air Transportation Division, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8166

RIN: 2120-AG55
_______________________________________________________________________

2473. +PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS WITHIN THE TERRITORY AND 
AIRSPACE OF AFGHANISTAN

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 
44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46306; 49 USC 
46315; 49 USC 46502; ...

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CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: A current Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 67) was 
issued on May 13, 1994. This action amends SFAR 67 to extend the 
prohibition on flight operations within the territory and airspace of 
Afghanistan until May 10, 2000. This action is taken to prevent an 
undue hazard to persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations 
as a result of the ongoing civil war in Afghanistan. This rulemaking is 
considered significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/01/98                    63 FR 16078
NPRM Comment Period End         04/16/98
Final Rule Effective            05/07/98
Final Rule                      05/13/98                    63 FR 26684
Final Action Effective          08/21/98                    63 FR 45658
Final Action                    08/26/98                    63 FR 45658

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: AGC-98-123R.

Agency Contact: Mark W. Bury, International Affairs and Legal Policy 
Staff, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-3515

RIN: 2120-AG56
_______________________________________________________________________

2474.  PROPOSED AIRSPACE AND FLIGHT OPERATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR 
THE KODAK ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA; ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 1155; 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 40120; 49 USC 44111; 49 USC 44701; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 
44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 44715; 49 USC 44716; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 
44722; 49 USC 46306; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes a Special Federal Aviation Regulation 
(SFAR) applicable for the period of October 3 through October 11, 1998, 
to establish a temporary flight restriction area for the upcoming Kodak 
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The FAA is proposing this 
action to provide for the management of aircraft operating in the 
vicinity of the Balloon Fiesta and to prevent any unsafe congestion of 
sightseeing and other aircraft over and around the Balloon Fiesta 
launch site.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/15/98                    63 FR 38236
NPRM Comment Period End         08/31/98
Final Action                    09/28/98                    63 FR 51768
Final Action Effective          10/03/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Project Number: ATA-98-337R.

Agency Contact: Terry Brown, Airspace and Rules Division, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8783

RIN: 2120-AG61
_______________________________________________________________________

2475.  +PROHIBITION AGAINST CERTAIN FLIGHTS WITHIN THE TERRITORY 
AND AIRSPACE OF SUDAN

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 106(g); 49 USC 40103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 
40120; 49 USC 44101; 49 USC 44709; 49 USC 44711; 49 USC 44712; 49 USC 
44715; 49 USC 44717; 49 USC 44722; 49 USC 46206; 49 USC 46315; 49 USC 
46316; 49 USC 46502; ...

CFR Citation:  14 CFR 91

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action prohibits flight operations within the territory 
and airspace of Sudan by any United States air carrier and commercial 
operator, by any person exercising the privileges of an airman 
certificate issued by the FAA, or by an operator using an aircraft 
registered in the United States unless the operator of such aircraft is 
a foreign air carrier. This action is necessary to prevent an undue 
hazard to persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations as a 
result of increased tensions in Sudan. This action is significant 
because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    08/26/98                    63 FR 45654

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Catey, Air Transportation Division, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591
Phone: 202 267-8166

RIN: 2120-AG67

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2476. +ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IN COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATIONS 
(SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 395

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations limit the 
hours of service of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in order to 
reduce fatigue-related accidents. These regulations include substantial 
recordkeeping requirements to monitor drivers' hours of service. The 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering ways to reduce the 
recordkeeping burden while maintaining or improving safety. The FHWA 
will focus on ways to reduce burdens on small entities. As part of this 
action, a small entities review under 5 USC section 610 will be 
included. This rulemaking is significant because of the broad industry 
impacts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice: Request for Information 09/07/95                    60 FR 46682
Comment Period End              11/06/95
Study To Be Completed           01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Neill L. Thomas, Chief, Vehicle and Operations, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AD65
_______________________________________________________________________

2477. +FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; DEFINITION OF 
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31132; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502; PL 104-88, 
sec 104(f)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 390; 49 CFR 391; 49 CFR 392; 49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 
395; 49 CFR 396; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is initiating this action to consider whether to 
amend the definition of commercial motor vehicle in the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations to make those safety regulations applicable 
to vehicles designed to transport less than 18 passengers including the 
driver. The Congress granted the authority to regulate such vehicles in 
the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995, but did not 
require the agency to exercise this authority.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/05/98                    63 FR 41766
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/05/98
NPRM                            03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Lehrman, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0994

RIN: 2125-AE22
_______________________________________________________________________

2478.  NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES; MUTCD; 
MINIMUM RETROREFLECTIVITY REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAFFIC SIGNS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 101; 23 USC 104; 23 USC 105; 23 USC 109(d); 23 
USC 114(a); 23 USC 135; 23 USC 217; 23 USC 307; 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a); PL 102-388

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1.32; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Revisions to the MUTCD are being done in phases due to the 
voluminous amount of text. This notice of proposed amendment is 
intended to revise the MUTCD to include a standard for a minimum level 
of retroreflectivity that must be maintained for traffic signs. This 
minimum level is to ensure that highway users can detect and read the 
sign during nighttime conditions. Although the MUTCD states that 
regulatory and warning signs, and some guide signs, need to 
reflectorized, no level of retroreflectivity is specified. In 
recognition of this situation, the United States Congress directed the 
U.S. Department of Transportation, through the 1993 Department of 
Transportation Appropriations Act, to revise the MUTCD to include a 
standard for minimum levels of retroreflectivity that must be 
maintained.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Ernest D.L. Huckaby, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-9064

RIN: 2125-AE39
_______________________________________________________________________

2479.  +GENERAL REQUIREMENTS; INSPECTION, REPAIR, AND 
MAINTENANCE; INTERMODAL CONTAINER CHASSIS AND TRAILERS

Priority:  Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  49 USC 504; 49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 390; 49 CFR 396

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking filed by the 
American Trucking Association, Inc. (ATA) and the ATA Intermodal 
Conference (the petitioners), the FHWA agreed to consider revisions to 
the requirements in parts 390 and 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety regulations (FMCSRs) that place upon motor carriers the 
responsibility for maintaining intermodal container chassis and 
trailers. These regulations provide the requirements for the 
inspection, repair and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles. This 
action is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Richard H. Singer, Mechanical Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE40
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2480. ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY FOR RIGHTS-OF-WAY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 315; PL 100-17, sec 126; PL 100-17, sec 146; 
42 USC 4601 et seq

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 172; 23 CFR 710; 23 CFR 712; 23 CFR 713; 23 CFR 
720; 23 CFR 740; 23 CFR 620; 23 CFR 635; 23 CFR 645

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to 
revise and consolidate several right-of-way regulations to improve the 
organization of the subject matter and update the content. This action 
will also implement the Right-of-Way portions of Sections 1301 and 1303 
of TEA-21.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/06/95                    60 FR 56004
ANPRM Comment Period End        01/05/96
Interim Final Rule              04/25/96                    61 FR 18246
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/28/96
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Two related rulemaking actions are: (1) a 
proposed rule entitled ``Right-of-Way'' which appeared in a prior 
Agenda under RIN 2125-AB58 and (2) a proposed rule entitled ``Property 
Management; Disposals and Airspace'' which appeared in a prior Agenda 
under RIN 2125-AB60. Those entries have been consolidated into this 
rulemaking. The FHWA has determined that several right-of-way 
regulations are duplicated or otherwise covered elsewhere in DOT 
regulations. Accordingly, the FHWA has decided to remove these 
provisions from its regulations. RIN 2125-AD87 was completed and 
changes contemplated in that rulemaking were consolidated into the 
interim final rule published under this RIN.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: James E. Ware, Realty Specialist, Office of Real Estate 
Services, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 
400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2019

RIN: 2125-AC17
_______________________________________________________________________

2481. PERIODIC INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31131; 49 USC 31137; 49 USC 31142

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 396

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to amend its periodic inspection 
requirements for commercial motor vehicles operated in interstate 
commerce. The periodic inspection final rule was published on December 
7, 1988, at 53 FR 49402, and amended on December 8, 1989, at 54 FR 
50722. The December 8, 1989, amendment included a request for comments. 
In response to the comments received and requests for interpretations 
from the States and industry, the FHWA has determined that the rule 
should be amended to clarify the requirements for periodic inspection 
decals; evidence of the inspector's qualifications; the response time 
for a motor carrier to transmit a copy of a self-inspection report to 
an authorized Federal, State or local enforcement official; identity of 
the motor carrier or other entity offering a vehicle for inspection; 
and documentation of a State periodic inspection, including proof of 
inspection on vehicles. The FHWA is also proposing amendments 
concerning the inspection criteria for brake readjustment limits, brake 
lining thickness, coupling devices, steering mechanism, tires marked 
``Not for Highway Use'', and regrooved tires on steering axles.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice: Request for Comments    03/16/89                    54 FR 11020
Final Rule: Delay in Compliance 
Date                            12/08/89                    54 FR 50722
Notice: State Inspection 
Programs                        12/08/89                    54 FR 50726
Petition: Comment Period End 07/
02/90                           05/02/90                    55 FR 18355
Notice: State Inspection 
Programs                        09/23/91                    56 FR 47982
Denial of Petition              07/02/92                    57 FR 29457
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2981

RIN: 2125-AC47

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_______________________________________________________________________

2482. COMMERCIAL LEARNER PERMITS AND CDL EFFECTIVENESS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 99-570; 49 USC 3102; 49 USC 31136

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383; 49 CFR 384; 49 CFR 386; 49 CFR 395; 49 CFR 
1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA has reviewed the effectiveness and efficiency of the 
requirements in the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program. Areas 
that may be addressed further include: (a) minimum licensing and 
information system standards for drivers learning to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle; and (b) increased flexibility in locations 
where drivers may obtain training and the final CDL. Other general 
issues under review include treatment of various types of violations 
(i.e. railroad grade crossings, serious traffic offenses, etc.) , 
defining terms, responsibilities when hiring new drivers, and 
processing information related to CDL convictions. Finally, there are 
issues specifically pertaining to the States under review, such as: (a) 
flexibility in States sharing test results to assist new drivers in the 
licensing process; (b) requirements for notification of the licensing 
State when a driver is convicted; (c) appropriate measures to be taken 
when a driver is found to be unqualified or disqualified according to 
Federal standards; and (d) adding a provision for enforcement of 
violations of an out-of-service order to State responsibilities in 49 
CFR 384.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/22/90                    55 FR 34478
NPRM Comment Period End         10/22/90
NPRM Comment Period Extended to 
11/30/90                        10/23/90                    55 FR 42741
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Because other regulatory changes have been made 
since the NPRM was published in 1990, the FHWA intends to issue a 
supplemental NPRM to solicit comments on including additional 
requirements consistent with changes in the CDL program.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/22/90, 55 FR 34478

Agency Contact: David Goettee, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4001

RIN: 2125-AC54
_______________________________________________________________________

2483. CERTIFICATION OF SIZE AND WEIGHT ENFORCEMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 127; 23 USC 141; 23 USC 315

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 657

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA has resumed consideration of changes in the guidance 
provided to state agencies for preparing the annual size and weight 
enforcement plans and certifications. Previous efforts in this area 
were suspended by the agency in 1994 as a result of a commitment by the 
Federal Highway Administrator to Congress in June 1994 to conduct a 
comprehensive study of all aspects of the truck size and weight issue. 
That study is nearly completed. Accordingly, public comment is again 
requested on the type of information and data that should be submitted 
by the states in support of their annual certification of enforcement, 
and how the FHWA should use the information.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/16/93                    58 FR 65830
ANPRM Comment Period Extended to 
05/18/94                        03/15/94                    59 FR 11956
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/16/94
Supplemental ANPRM              11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Kathy Busby, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2976

RIN: 2125-AC60
_______________________________________________________________________

2484. REVISION OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION FORM AND PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 2505; 49 USC 3102

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Substantial changes in medical technology and the technology, 
operating practices, and economics of the motor carrier industry have 
affected the physical and mental demands on commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers and in turn, have rendered portions of the current 
medical examination form used to assess drivers' physical 
qualifications outdated, difficult to use, or irrelevant. This 
rulemaking action proposes to redesign the existing medical examination 
form and to amend the examination procedures to reflect the latest 
medical and technological advances.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/05/98                    63 FR 41769
NPRM Comment Period End         11/03/98
Final Action                    03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Additional Information: This action was formerly titled ``Qualification 
of Drivers; Medical Examination Form.''

Agency Contact: Sandra L. Zywokarte, Health and Welfare Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2981

RIN: 2125-AC63
_______________________________________________________________________

2485. +MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATORS AND TRAINING 
INSTRUCTORS OF MULTIPLE TRAILER COMBINATION VEHICLES

Priority:  Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

[[Page 62116]]

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240, sec 4007(b)(2); Intermodal Surface 
Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 18, 1993.

Abstract: This action will establish minimum training requirements for 
operators of multiple trailer combination vehicles and the instructors 
who train these operators. The training would include certification of 
an operator's proficiency by an instructor who has met the requirements 
established by the Secretary of Transportation. This action is 
significant due to public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/15/93                     58 FR 4638
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/16/93
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Robert Redmond, Transportation Specialist, Office of 
Motor Carrier Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5014

RIN: 2125-AC92
_______________________________________________________________________

2486. +TRAINING FOR ENTRY-LEVEL DRIVERS OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240, sec 4007

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, December 18, 1992.
Final, Statutory, December 18, 1993.
Other, Statutory, January 18, 1994, Other deadline is for a report to 
Congress.

Abstract: This action is in response to section 4007 of the Motor 
Carrier Act of 1991 (title IV of the Intermodal Surface Transportation 
Efficiency Act of 1991). The Department has initiated a rulemaking on 
the need to require training of all entry-level drivers of commercial 
motor vehicles. The agency has submitted a report to Congress (02/05/
96) on the effectiveness of private sector efforts to ensure adequate 
training of all entry-level drivers. This report included a cost-
benefit study of requiring training of entry-level drivers. Public 
comments have been solicited on the report. This rulemaking action is 
considered significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/21/93                    58 FR 33874
ANPRM Comment Period End        08/20/93
Report to Congress              02/05/96
Notice of Availability          04/25/96                    61 FR 18355
NPRM                            01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The report is available through the National 
Technical Information Service (Order PB96-141536). For further 
information, please call 703-487-4650.

Agency Contact: Ron Finn, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0647

RIN: 2125-AD05
_______________________________________________________________________

2487. +COMMERCIAL DRIVER PHYSICAL FITNESS AS PART OF THE CDL PROCESS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 2704(a); 49 USC 2505; 49 USC 3102

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391; 49 CFR 383; 49 CFR 1.48; 49 CFR 391.11; 49 
CFR 391.45

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to include the certification of fitness 
to operate a CMV in the commercial driver's license (CDL) process. 
Incorporating the commercial driver fitness determination into State--
administered CDL procedures could allow elimination of the requirement 
that CMV drivers carry a separate medical certificate. The CDL would be 
evidence that the CMV driver is physically fit as well as operationally 
qualified to operate CMVs safely. This action addresses the driver's 
physical qualifications as they relate to the CDL process; it does not 
address whether those standards are correct or should be changed. The 
FHWA has determined that the negotiated rulemaking process will be used 
to develop regulations governing the proposed merger of the State-
administered CDL procedures and the driver physical qualifications 
requirements. This action is significant due to anticipated substantial 
public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/15/94                    59 FR 36338
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/14/94
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Please note the following notice publications 
with respect to the advisory committee: 04/29/96 at 61 FR 18713; 07/26/
96 at 61 FR 38133; 08/26/96 at 61 FR 43725; 10/07/96 at 61 FR 52401; 
11/05/96 at 61 FR 56936; 12/17/96 at 61 FR 66250; and 02/13/97 at 62 FR 
6753.

Agency Contact: Teresa Doggett, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4001

RIN: 2125-AD20
_______________________________________________________________________

2488. +DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FHWA AND FTA) NEPA AND RELATED 
PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION DECISIONMAKING

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  42 USC 4321; 23 USC 109; 23 USC 128; 23 USC 138; 23 
USC 315; PL 102-240; 49 USC 303(c); 49 USC 1602(d); 49 USC 1604(h); 49 
USC 1604(i); 49 USC 1610; 33 USC 401; 33 USC 491 et seq; 33 USC 511 et 
seq; 33 USC 525 et seq

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 771; 49 CFR 622; 40 CFR 1500 to 1508; 49 CFR 
1.48(b); 49 CFR 1.51; 33 CFR 114.05

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit 
Administration have a joint

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environmental regulation at 23 CFR 771, ``Environmental Impact and 
Related Procedures.'' Nevertheless, each agency's guidance for 
implementing those regulations is procedurally different. This causes 
difficulties and inconsistencies for sponsors of transportation 
projects, particularly where joint FHWA and FTA funds are involved. In 
the ISTEA, the Congress recognized the importance of providing 
uniformity and consistency between FHWA and FTA environmental 
procedures. This is needed to accommodate the increased funding 
flexibility for surface transportation provided by ISTEA. Because of an 
increased emphasis on intermodal planning and proposals to advance a 
high speed rail program, the proposed, new joint regulations will 
include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the United States 
Coast Guard (USCG) bridge permit program. Section 134(h)(4) of title 
23, United States Code and section 8(h)(4) of the Federal Transit Act, 
as amended, direct the Secretary of Transportation to initiate a 
rulemaking proceeding to conform review requirements for transit 
projects under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to 
comparable requirements for highway projects. This action is considered 
significant because of potential public, congressional and 
environmental concerns and because it involves several interested 
departmental modes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State

Additional Information: Related actions are FTA RIN 2132-AA43 and FRA 
RIN 2130-AA93.

Agency Contact: Fred Skaer, Office of Environment and Planning, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2058

RIN: 2125-AD32
_______________________________________________________________________

2489. RULES OF PRACTICE FOR MOTOR CARRIER PROCEEDINGS; INVESTIGATIONS; 
DISQUALIFICATIONS AND PENALTIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 104; 49 USC 307

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 301; 49 CFR 302; 49 CFR 303; 49 CFR 304; 49 CFR 
385; 49 CFR 386

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA proposes to amend its rules of practice for motor 
carrier safety, hazardous materials, and other enforcement proceedings, 
motor carrier safety ratings, driver qualification proceedings and its 
schedule of penalties for violations of the FMCSRs and the Hazardous 
Materials Regulations. The FHWA further proposes to add provisions on 
investigative authority and procedures and general motor carrier 
responsibilities. These rules would increase the efficiency of the 
procedures, enhance due process and the awareness of the public and 
regulated community, and accommodate recent programmatic changes. The 
rules would apply to all motor carriers, other business entities and 
individuals involved in motor carrier safety and hazardous materials 
administrative actions on the effective date of the final rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/29/96                    61 FR 18866
NPRM Comment Period End         07/29/96
Extended Comment Period End 9/
13/96                           08/06/96                    61 FR 40781
SNPRM                           10/21/96                    61 FR 54601
SNPRM Comment Period End        11/20/96
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: A final rule published on November 6, 1997, 
(RIN 2125-AC71), incorporated the proposed provision designated as 
section 362.107 in the April 29 NPRM. This section with minor changes 
was incorporated as section 385.17. A final rule regarding adjustments 
to civil penalties due to inflation is being published under a separate 
rulemaking action (RIN 2105-AC63).

Agency Contact: Paul Brennan, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0834

RIN: 2125-AD64
_______________________________________________________________________

2490. SAFETY PERFORMANCE HISTORY OF NEW DRIVERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31301 et seq; 49 
USC 31502; PL 103-311

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 382; 49 CFR 383; 49 CFR 390; 49 CFR 391; 49 CFR 
1.48

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, February 1996.

Abstract: This action proposes amending FHWA regulations to specify 
minimum safety information that new or prospective employers must seek 
from former employers during the investigation of a driver's employment 
record. This action also proposes to increase the period of time for 
which carriers must record accident information in the accident 
register from one to three years. This proposal was mandated by section 
114 of the Hazardous Materials Reauthorization Act of 1994.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/14/96                    61 FR 10548
NPRM Comment Period End         05/13/96
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Valerie Height, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1790

RIN: 2125-AD66
_______________________________________________________________________

2491. +RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING SAFETY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240; PL 103-311; 49 USC 5101; 49 USC 31136; 49 
USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 392; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline:

[[Page 62118]]

Final, Statutory, February 26, 1995, See P.L. 103-311; sec. 112.

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to prohibit operators of commercial 
motor vehicles from driving onto a railroad grade crossing unless there 
is sufficient space to drive completely through the crossing without 
stopping. The intent of this action is to reduce the incidence of 
collisions between trains and CMVs. This action is required by the 
Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994 (PL 103-
311; sec. 112). This action is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/30/98                    63 FR 40691
NPRM Comment Period End         11/27/98
Final Action                    03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Lehrman, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0994

RIN: 2125-AD75
_______________________________________________________________________

2492. PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION; TELEVISION 
RECEIVERS AND DATA DISPLAY UNITS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA proposed to amend the provision of the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) concerning television viewers or 
screens in commercial motor vehicles. The FHWA is concerned that the 
current restrictions on the locations of such devices may have the 
unintended effect of discouraging the use of certain Intelligent 
Transportation System (ITS) technologies such as collision avoidance 
and traveler information systems which could improve the safety and 
efficiency of commercial vehicle operations. In response to comments to 
the April 3, 1993, notice of proposed rulemaking (61 FR 14733) to 
rescind the regulation concerning television viewers or screens, the 
FHWA is considering an SNPRM to propose retaining an explicit 
prohibition against television viewers or screens but revising the 
regulation to ensure that it does not impede the development and use of 
ITS-related technologies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/03/96                    61 FR 14733
NPRM Comment Period End         06/03/96
SNPRM                           12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AD76
_______________________________________________________________________

2493. +HOURS OF SERVICE OF DRIVERS (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 88 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2125-AD93
_______________________________________________________________________

2494. ELECTRONIC FILING OF SURETY BONDS, TRUST FUND AGREEMENTS, 
INSURANCE CERTIFICATES; CANCELLATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 104-88

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 387

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes requiring all filings of surety bonds, 
trust fund agreements, insurance certificates and cancellations of 
these instruments to be accomplished electronically. Optional 
electronic filing has proven economical and efficient for both the FHWA 
and for electronic filers. Given this success, cost of processing paper 
filings can no longer be justified. Mandatory electronic filings should 
not impose any significant costs or burdens on either the FHWA or the 
filers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia A. Burke, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 358-7041

RIN: 2125-AD94
_______________________________________________________________________

2495. +DEVELOPMENT OF A NORTH AMERICAN STANDARD FOR PROTECTION AGAINST 
SHIFTING AND FALLING CARGO

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is considering proposing amendments to its 
regulations concerning cargo securement requirements for commercial 
motor vehicles engaged in interstate commerce. The FHWA intends to 
consider adopting new cargo securement guidelines that will be based 
upon the results of a multi-year comprehensive research program to 
evaluate current regulations and industry practices. The FHWA is also 
requesting comments on the process to be used in developing these 
preliminary cargo securement guidelines. The FHWA recently completed 
work on this research program with the Canadian Council of Motor 
Transport Administrators (CCMTA), State and Provincial agencies 
responsible for motor carrier safety activities, the Commercial Vehicle 
Safety Alliance (CVSA), and U.S. and Canadian industry groups.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/17/96                    61 FR 54142
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/16/96
Notice of Meeting               04/21/97                    62 FR 19252
NPRM                            03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor

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Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE05
_______________________________________________________________________

2496. +QUALIFICATIONS OF MOTOR CARRIERS TO SELF-INSURE THEIR OPERATIONS 
AND FEES TO SUPPORT THE APPROVAL AND COMPLIANCE PROCESS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31138; 49 USC 31139; 49 USC 13906

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 1043; 49 CFR 387; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend the regulations governing 
qualifications for motor carriers that seek authorization to self-
insure their transportation operations. Also, the FHWA is proposing 
technical amendments necessitated by the ICC Termination Act of 1995 
(Pub. L. 104-88), which transferred the ICC's authority to qualify 
motor carriers as self-insurers to DOT. The agency is also requesting 
comments regarding the need for additional backup collateral or 
security to protect the public against uncompensated losses. The FHWA 
believes that this will be a significant regulatory action because of 
substantial congressional and public interest in the insurance 
requirements for motor carriers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/23/97                    62 FR 49654
Correction                      09/29/97                    62 FR 50892
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/24/97
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley M. Braverman, Attorney, Suite 600, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 VA Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202 358-7035

RIN: 2125-AE06
_______________________________________________________________________

2497. +FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; HOURS-OF-SERVICE AND 
CDL EXEMPTIONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 104-59, sec 345

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 382; 49 CFR 395

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this action, the FHWA is proposing to clarify its rule 
incorporating certain exemptions from the hours-of-service and 
commercial driver's license requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations, created by section 345 of the National Highway 
System Designation Act of 1995.
The FHWA is also proposing a monitoring program to measure the safety 
impact of the exemptions. The FHWA would use information obtained from 
the monitoring program to determine whether the exemptions granted in 
the NHS Act should be modified or revoked under the standard provided 
in the authorizing legislation. The FHWA requests comment on the public 
interest and safety impacts of the exemptions, as well as in the 
proposed monitoring program.
The final rule that incorporated the exemptions created by section 345 
of the NHS Act was issued under RIN 2125-AD83, 4/3/96 (61 FR 14677).
This action is significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Paul Brennan, Director, Office of Motor Carrier 
Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1790

RIN: 2125-AE09
_______________________________________________________________________

2498. MINIMUM LEVELS OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MEXICAN MOTOR 
CARRIERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31138; 49 USC 31139

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 387; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to amend part 387, Minimum Levels of 
Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers to clarify and amend the 
financial responsibility requirement for Mexican motor carriers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Peter Chandler, Transportation Specialist, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5763

RIN: 2125-AE14
_______________________________________________________________________

2499. +APPLICATION OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS FOR ITS 
PROTOCOL (NTCIP) STANDARDS IN ITS PROJECTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109; 23 USC 315; 23 USC 402; PL 102-240

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 625; 23 CFR 655; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action is proposing to amend FHWA regulations to require 
application of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Standards for 
ITS projects using Federal-aid highway funds. In the ISTEA of 1991, 
Congress directed the Department to develop and implement standards and 
protocols to promote widespread use of ITS. The proposed regulations 
will apply ITS standards to ITS systems, subsystems, devices, equipment 
and software to be acquired with Federal-aid highway funds, including 
ITS funds. This action is significant because it represents new and 
changed policy under DOT Order 2100.5.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

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Agency Contact: William S. Jones, ITS Joint Program Office, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2128

RIN: 2125-AE21
_______________________________________________________________________

2500. EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM--$500,000 DISASTER ELIGIBILITY THRESHOLD

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 101; 23 USC 120(e); 23 USC 125; 23 USC 315

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 668; 49 CFR 1.48(b)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA has initiated this rulemaking to evaluate the need 
to revise the FHWA's regulation pertaining to the $500,000 threshold 
established to distinguish between heavy maintenance or routine 
emergency repair and serious damage, which is used as one of the 
criteria to qualify a disaster under the FHWA emergency relief program 
for repair of Federal-aid highways. The FHWA has published an ANPRM 
with the intention of generating discussion and comments on the 
appropriateness of the current threshold value as well as any 
additional options regarding establishment of a disaster eligibility 
threshold. An NPRM is scheduled to be published proposing to increase 
the threshold to $700,000.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           02/19/98                     63 FR 8377
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/20/98
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mohan Pillay, Office of Engineering, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4655

RIN: 2125-AE27
_______________________________________________________________________

2501. COMMERCIAL DRIVER DISQUALIFICATION PROVISIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31301; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, December 29, 1996.

Abstract: Section 403 of the ICC Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA) 
requires the FHWA to issue regulations specifying that commercial motor 
vehicle drivers who are convicted of violating railroad-highway grade 
crossing laws or regulations must be disqualified from operating a CMV. 
The ICCTA also requires that penalties be assessed against employers 
found to have knowingly allowed, permitted, authorized, or required an 
employee to operate a CMV in violation of a law or regulation 
pertaining to railroad-highway grade crossings. This rulemaking 
proposes disincentives for drivers and motor carriers from engaging in 
such dangerous operating practices. Such disincentives would include 
long periods (60 to 120 days) of disqualification from operating CMVs 
for drivers and monetary fines for employers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/02/98                    63 FR 10180
NPRM Comment Period End         05/04/98
NPRM Reopening of the Comment 
Period                          10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Goettee, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4001

RIN: 2125-AE28
_______________________________________________________________________

2502. WORK ZONE SAFETY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 105; 23 USC 106; 23 USC 109; 23 USC 110; 23 
USC 115; 23 USC 315; 23 USC 320; PL 102-240, sec 1051; PL 104-59, sec 
358

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 630; 23 CFR 636; 23 CFR 1.32; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to amend its regulations on traffic 
safety in highway and street work zones. Section 1051 of the Intermodal 
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) requires the 
Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to develop and implement a 
highway work zone safety program which would improve work zone safety 
at highway construction sites. This action is necessary to update the 
existing regulation, clarify the current policy, and emphasize 
important issues affecting the safety of highway workers and highway 
users. This action proposes to transfer and redesignate the regulations 
currently found in 23 CFR part 630, subpart J, to a new part 636.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charlie L. Sears, Office of Engineering, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2981

RIN: 2125-AE29
_______________________________________________________________________

2503. TRANSPORTATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS; CONSUMER PROTECTION REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 553; 49 USC 13301; 49 USC 14104

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 375; 49 CFR 377

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to amend the regulations governing the 
transportation of household goods. These regulations protect consumers 
who ship household goods by motor vehicle. This action is necessary to 
implement the ICC Termination Act of 1995, (ICCTA), Pub. L. 104-88, 109 
Stat. 803, and to update the regulations. The intended effect of this 
proposal is to make the regulations easier to read and understand, 
remove an outdated report, address hostage freight problems (situations 
where non-binding estimates are lower than actual charges and the 
carrier refuses to deliver freight even after 110 percent of the 
estimate is paid

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at the time of delivery), modify a consumer protection publication, 
consider industry requests to change the rules, and propose conforming 
and technical amendments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/15/98                    63 FR 27126
NPRM Comment Period End         07/14/98
NPRM Extension and Reopening of 
Comment Period                  08/12/98                    63 FR 43128
NPRM Comment Period End         10/13/98
Final Action                    05/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Miller, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1790

RIN: 2125-AE30
_______________________________________________________________________

2504. +REVISION OF APPLICATION FORM FOR MEXICAN MOTOR CARRIERS: 
COMMERCIAL ZONES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 13907

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 368

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes collection of some new information and 
also proposes revisions to the registration application form filed by 
one of the two classes of Mexican motor carriers that operate in the 
U.S. This class of carriers operates in the U.S.-Mexico border 
commercial zones which existed prior to NAFTA. This action is intended 
to increase the information available concerning these Mexican property 
carriers' safety profiles. This action is significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley M. Braverman, Office of the Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 358-7035

RIN: 2125-AE31
_______________________________________________________________________

2505. +REVISION OF APPLICATION FORM FOR MEXICAN MOTOR CARRIERS: NAFTA

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 553; 5 USC 559; 16 USC 1456; 49 USC 13101; 49 
USC 13301; 49 USC 13901 et seq; 49 USC 31138; 49 USC 31144

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 365; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes collection of some new information and 
also proposes revisions to the registration application form filed by 
one of the two classes of Mexican carriers that operate in the U.S. 
This class of carriers has operations that go beyond the established 
border commercial zones. This proposed unified application form would 
be used by both Mexican property and passenger carriers who provide 
services pursuant to provisions of NAFTA. This action is intended to 
increase the information available concerning these Mexican carriers' 
safety profiles. This action is significant because of substantial 
public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley M. Braverman, Office of the Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington DC 20590
Phone: 202 358-7035

RIN: 2125-AE32
_______________________________________________________________________

2506. +ACCELERATED SAFETY MONITORING SYSTEM AND COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE 
FOR MEXICAN MOTOR CARRIERS OPERATING IN THE UNITED STATES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 104; 49 USC 504; 49 USC 521(b)(5)(A); 49 USC 
5113; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31144; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 385

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would implement an accelerated safety fitness 
screen as part of the Motor Carrier Management Information System 
(MCMIS). A new screening program is being targeted to collect more 
information on Mexican carriers. The data will be collected and stored 
using the existing systems and information gathering structures that 
are used for domestic carriers. The data collected will be used to 
oversee operations of both classes of Mexican motor carriers, those 
operating in the U.S.-Mexico border commercial zones and those 
operating in the U.S. pursuant to the various entry provisions of 
NAFTA. This action is significant due to anticipated public interest 
and safety-related issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley M. Braverman, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 358-7035

RIN: 2125-AE33
_______________________________________________________________________

2507.  OUT-OF-SERVICE CRITERIA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31310; 49 USC 
31502; PL 104-59

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 395; 49 CFR 396; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action seeks public comment on the ``North American 
Uniform Out-of-Service Criteria'' (OOS Criteria). During roadside 
inspections, Federal, State, and local safety inspectors use the OOS 
Criteria as a guide in determining whether to place commercial motor 
vehicles (CMVs), or their drivers, ``out of service.'' Such a status 
means that the CMVs or drivers are so unsafe that corrections must be 
undertaken before operations can resume. The FHWA is seeking public 
comment on the future scope and effect

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of the OOS Criteria, which are not part of the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In addition, the FHWA is seeking 
information regarding whether it needs to formalize these guidelines 
pursuant to a notice and comment rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/20/98                    63 FR 38791
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/18/98
NPRM                            01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Robert F. Schultz, Jr., Department of Transportation, 
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE35
_______________________________________________________________________

2508.  SAFETY FITNESS PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 3144

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 385

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA published a final rule of RIN 2125-AC71 at 62 FR 
60035 on November 6, 1997, which incorporated the safety fitness rating 
methodology (SFRM) into 49 CFR 385 as appendix B. In that document the 
FHWA identified its ultimate goal as creating a more performance-based 
means of determining the fitness of carriers to conduct commercial 
motor vehicle (CMV) operations in interstate commerce. The Final Rule 
announced that the FHWA would publish an ANPRM shortly which would 
request comments on the future of a rating system that could be used 
both in making safety fitness determinations and meeting the demands of 
shippers, insurers and other present and potential users interested in 
evaluating motor carrier performance. Accordingly, at this time, the 
FHWA is seeking comments in this action and supporting data on the 
future of a rating system.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/20/98                    63 FR 38788
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/18/98
NPRM                            01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Willliam Hill, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE37
_______________________________________________________________________

2509.  REVISION OF THE MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL 
DEVICES; PART II--SIGNS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109(d); 23 USC 114 (a); 23 USC 315; 23 USC 402

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655; 23 CFR 1.32; 23 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Revision of the MUTCD is being done in phases due to the 
voluminous amount of text. This notice of proposed amendment represents 
the third phase of the rewrite effort and embraces proposed changes for 
part II -- signs. This action is intended to rewrite and reformat the 
text for clarity of intended meanings; to include metric dimensions and 
values for the design and installation of traffic control devices; to 
improve the overall organization and discussion; and to propose changes 
that will enhance the mobility of all road users, promote uniformity, 
improve traffic safety by reducing the potential for run-off-road 
incidents, and incorporate technology advances in traffic control 
device application.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/11/98                    63 FR 31950
Comment Period End              03/11/99
Final Action                    09/00/00

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Linda Brown, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2192

RIN: 2125-AE38
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2510. +PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION; LIGHTING 
DEVICES, REFLECTORS, AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Priority:  Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing measures for reducing the incidence and 
severity of collisions with large trailers during conditions of 
darkness or reduced visibility. Specifically, the agency is proposing 
requirements for the use of retroreflective sheeting or reflex 
reflectors for certain trailers manufactured prior to December 1, 1993, 
the effective date of the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration's final rule on conspicuity for newly manufactured 
trailers. This action is considered significant due to substantial 
public and congressional interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/19/94                     59 FR 2811
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/21/94
Notice of Intent To Issue NPRM  08/06/96                    61 FR 40781
NPRM                            06/19/98                    63 FR 33611

[[Page 62123]]

NPRM Comment Period End         09/17/98
Final Action                    06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The FHWA intends to consider carefully the 
costs and benefits associated with various alternative requirements, 
including the economic impacts of potential changes on small entities.

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AD27
_______________________________________________________________________

2511. +FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL; MOTOR VEHICLE 
MARKING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 104; 49 USC 504; 49 USC 521(b)(5)(A); 49 USC 
31502; 49 USC 5113; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31144; 49 USC 5113

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 390

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to revise its regulations dealing with 
the identification and marking of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). 
Five changes are being proposed which would: (1) Apply the marking 
requirements to all CMVs operated in interstate commerce, including 
those common and contract motor carriers of property or passengers 
formerly authorized by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC); (2) 
require motor carriers to mark both sides of each CMV with a specific 
legal name or name under which it does business (DBA name); (3) require 
motor carriers to mark each CMV with the city and State of its 
principal place of business; (4) require all new motor carriers to file 
Form MCS-150 before beginning operations; and (5) move sec. 385.23 and 
the appendix to part 385 to a new section in part 390. The States would 
also be allowed and encouraged to use United States Department of 
Transportation (USDOT) identification numbers to identify intrastate 
motor carriers. The proposed changes would improve the identification 
of motor carriers and CMVs, aid enforcement, and enhance data 
collection and analysis.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/16/98                    63 FR 32801
NPRM Comment Period End         08/17/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Phillip J. Forjan, Transportation Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-6817

RIN: 2125-AD49
_______________________________________________________________________

2512. NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES; METRIC CONVERSION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 101(a); 23 USC 104; 23 USC 105; 23 USC 109(d); 
23 USC 114(a); 23 USC 135; 23 USC 217; 23 USC 307; 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a)

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655; 23 CFR 1.32; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Based on the National Highway System (NHS) Designation Act of 
1995, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) no longer requires 
metric legends on highway signs. After FY 1996, if a State desires to 
install metric legend signs, the FHWA will not restrict the use of 
Federal-aid funds. The NHS Designation Act also revises the Metric 
Conversion Policy to extend the compliance date to September 30, 2000, 
for having plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&Es) in metric units 
(prior to September 30, 1996). It is the intent of this rulemaking 
action to assure that those States and other FHWA partners desiring to 
convert to metric units will have available a source for formulating 
their plans in a consistent manner. Therefore, the FHWA is adopting the 
following two American Association of State Highway and Transportation 
Officials (AASHTO) publications as its policy for metric conversion: 
``Guide to Metric Conversion'' and ``Traffic Engineering Metric 
Conversion Factors.'' The FHWA has determined that the interim metric 
values selected by the AASHTO documents are functionally equivalent to 
English system measurements previously adopted by notice and comment 
rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/11/96                    61 FR 29624
Comment Period End              08/11/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The FHWA initiated a phased five-year plan to 
convert its activities and business operations to the metric system of 
weights and measures as required by the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 
(Pub. L. 94-168, 89 Stat. 1007), as amended by sec. 5164 of the Omnibus 
Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-418, 102 Stat. 1107, 
1451).

Agency Contact: Ernest Huckaby, Office of Highway Safety, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9064

RIN: 2125-AD63
_______________________________________________________________________

2513. STANDARDS FOR CENTER LINE AND EDGE LINE MARKINGS ON STREETS AND 
HIGHWAYS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109(d); 23 USC 114(a); 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a); PL 102-388

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is 
incorporated by reference in 23 CFR part 655, subpart F, and recognized 
as the national standard for traffic control on all public roads. The 
DOT and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1992, Pub. L. 102-388, 
sec. 406, requires that the MUTCD include a national standard to define 
the roads that must have center line or edge line markings or both. The 
MUTCD amendments proposed in this action

[[Page 62124]]

are intended to improve traffic operations and safety, providing 
national standards and guidance to establish uniform application and 
use of center line and edge line markings on streets and highways.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/02/96                    61 FR 40484
NPRM Comment Period End         05/02/97
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ernest D. L. Huckaby, Office of Highway Safety, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9064

RIN: 2125-AD68
_______________________________________________________________________

2514. FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 103(b); 23 USC 103(c); 23 USC 315

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 470

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulatory action amends 23 CFR 470 in accordance with 
legislation enacted in 1991 and 1995. The Intermodal Surface 
Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) rescinded the Federal-aid 
Primary and Secondary and Urban Systems; established an interim 
National Highway System (NHS); and defined Federal-aid highways. The 
NHS Designation Act of 1995 (NHS Act) authorized the initial National 
Highway System and also authorized the Secretary to approve 
modifications. The action also consolidates in appendices all 
nonregulatory guidance material issued previously by the FHWA on 
Federal-aid highway systems.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/19/97                    62 FR 33351
Interim Final Rule Effective    07/21/97
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The FHWA issued an interim final rule with an 
opportunity for public comment. The FHWA believes that prior notice and 
opportunity for comment were unnecessary within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B) because this rule amends existing regulations in 
accordance with the requirements of the ISTEA and the NHS Act and will 
simplify administrative procedures, minimize regulatory burdens, and 
provide flexibility for accomplishing required system actions. This 
rule amends regulations that the states comply with as part of the 
Federal-aid highway program. The FHWA has worked closely with the 
States, and the States have operated under the basic policies covered 
by this regulation for many years. A number of technical revisions may 
be required as a result of the recodification of 23 U.S.C. 103 in the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.

Agency Contact: George E. Schoener, Chief, Intermodal and Statewide 
Programs Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0233
Fax: 202 493-2198

RIN: 2125-AD74
_______________________________________________________________________

2515. MITIGATION OF IMPACTS TO WETLANDS

Priority:  Info./Admin./Other

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  42 USC 4321; 23 USC 109(h); 23 USC 138; 23 USC 
315(i); 23 USC 133(b); EO 11990

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 777; 49 CFR 1.48(b)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Revision to the existing rule will bring FHWA's wetland 
mitigation policies and requirements into full agreement with the 
provisions of ISTEA section 1007(b)(11) and section 1006(1)(13). In 
addition, the revised rule will reflect recent policy issued by the 
Corps of Engineers and EPA on wetland mitigation banking. FHWA internal 
policy development on wetland mitigation is also indicated by the 
proposed revision.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/17/96                    61 FR 30553
NPRM Comment Period End         08/16/96
SNPRM                           06/18/97                    62 FR 33047
SNPRM Comment Period End        08/18/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Additional authority DOT Order 5660.1A

Agency Contact: Paul Garrett, Natural and Cultural Resources Team, HEP-
40, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2067
Fax: 202 366-3409
Email: pgarrett@intergate.dot.gov

RIN: 2125-AD78
_______________________________________________________________________

2516. UNIFORM PROCEDURES FOR STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 402

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1200

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this action, the FHWA proposes to streamline the Sec. 402 
grant approval process. In a separate notice (60 FR 47418) the FHWA 
announced the creation of a pilot highway safety program for FY 1996 
State highway programs under 23 USC 402 and the waiver of certain 
procedures for States that have elected to participate in the pilot 
program.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/26/97                    62 FR 34397
Interim Final Effective         06/26/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mila Plosky, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-6902

RIN: 2125-AD79
_______________________________________________________________________

2517. RAILROAD HIGHWAY PROJECTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 315; 23 USC 109(e); 23 USC 120(c); 23 USC 130

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 140; 23 CFR 646

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA proposes to amend its regulations on railroad 
highway projects. The proposed amendments would require railroads to 
submit final billings within one year following completion of work, 
delete the requirements of a State's certification that work was 
completed, increase the ceiling for lump sum agreements from $25,000 to 
$100,000 and incorporate changes brought about by ISTEA. The FHWA 
proposes these changes to conform railroad/highway regulations to more 
recent laws or regulations, and provide State highway agencies 
clarification and more flexibility in implementing them.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/27/97                    62 FR 45326
Comment Period End              10/27/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: The FHWA intends to dispense with prior notice 
and opportunity for comment and to publish an interim final rule. The 
FHWA believes that prior notice and opportunity for comments are 
unnecessary because the changes it is making to existing regulations 
deal with billing procedures to be followed by the States and provide 
States greater flexibility with respect to an option already available 
to them to use lump sum agreements. The FHWA does not expect to receive 
useful comment on these changes. Nevertheless, in issuing an interim 
final rule, the FHWA is affording interested persons an opportunity to 
comment on these changes, and the FHWA will carefully consider any 
comments it receives before making this regulation final.

Agency Contact: Robert Winans, Federal-aid and Design Division, HNG-10, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4656

RIN: 2125-AD86
_______________________________________________________________________

2518. REGISTRATION OF FOR-HIRE MOTOR CARRIERS, PROPERTY BROKERS, AND 
FREIGHT FORWARDERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 553; 5 USC 559; 16 USC 1456; 49 USC 13101; 49 
USC 13301; 49 USC 13901 to 13905; 49 USC 14708; 49 USC 31138; 49 USC 
31144

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 365; 49 CFR 385

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action governs registration of for-hire motor property 
and passenger carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders. This 
action is required by 49 USC 13901 to 13905, which mandates that a 
registration system be administered by the Secretary of Transportation 
to replace the former Interstate Commerce Commission's licensing system 
for motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders. The 
registration system prescribed in 49 USC 13901 to 13905 is intended to 
be a temporary and stand-alone procedure while the FHWA undertakes to 
design and implement the revised system through the 49 USC 13908 
rulemaking mandated by Congress to be completed by January 1, 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/13/98                     63 FR 7362
NPRM Comment Period End         04/14/98
Final Action                    01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Patricia Burke, Office of Motor Carrier Research and 
Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 358-7041

RIN: 2125-AE01
_______________________________________________________________________

2519. +PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION; REAR IMPACT 
GUARDS AND REAR IMPACT PROTECTION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240, sec 1041(b); 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this action, the FHWA proposes to amend the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require that certain trailers 
and semitrailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 
10,000 pounds and manufactured on or after January 26, 1998, be 
equipped with rear impact guards and meet the requirements of Federal 
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 223. This action is intended 
to ensure that the rear impact protection requirements of the FMCSRs 
are consistent with the FMVSSs and to improve the safety of operation 
of commercial motor vehicles by reducing the incidence of underride 
accidents in which the rear end of the trailer strikes and enters the 
passenger compartment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/14/98                    63 FR 26759
NPRM Comment Period End         07/13/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 62126]]

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rule is not considered to be significant 
under Executive Order, but is significant under DOT Order because the 
FHWA expects that there will be significant public interest in the 
prevention of rear-underride accidents involving commercial motor 
vehicles.

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE15
_______________________________________________________________________

2520. REGULATIONS GOVERNING FEES FOR SERVICES PERFORMED IN CONNECTION 
WITH MOTOR CARRIER LICENSING AND INSURANCE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  31 USC 9701; 49 USC 13908(c)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 360; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule adopts filing fees and fee collection 
regulations for the motor carrier registration and insurance functions 
transferred to the FHWA as a result of the enactment of the ICC 
Termination Act of 1995. The FHWA believes that prior notice and 
opportunity for comment are unnecessary under 5 USC 553(b)(3)(B). The 
FHWA is not exercising discretion in a way that could be meaningfully 
affected by public comments. In this action, the ICC's filing fee 
regulations related to the motor carrier functions transferred to the 
FHWA are being recodified as FHWA regulations. The FHWA has concluded 
that it is in the public interest to implement the transfer of the fee 
regulations as expeditiously as possible to ensure that there is no 
disruption of the involved motor carrier activities. The effect of this 
rule is to make these fees and regulations applicable to registration 
and insurance filings made with the FHWA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    05/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas T. Vining, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 358-7028

RIN: 2125-AE24
_______________________________________________________________________

2521. EXEMPTION OF COMMONLY-OWNED MOTOR CARRIERS FROM EQUIPMENT 
IDENTIFICATION AND RECEIPT REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO LEASED AND 
INTERCHANGED VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 13301; 49 USC 14102

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 376; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this action, the FHWA is proposing to modify its 
regulations governing the lease and interchange of motor vehicle 
equipment by exempting commonly-owned and controlled motor carriers 
from the vehicle identification and exchange of receipt requirements of 
and the identification of equipment requirement. The FHWA routinely 
grants waivers from these requirements on an individual basis. The 
proposed action would eliminate the need for carriers to obtain 
individual waivers from the FHWA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/30/97                    62 FR 67821
NPRM Comment Period End         03/02/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael J. Falk, Motor Carrier Law Division, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1384

RIN: 2125-AE26
_______________________________________________________________________

2522.  UNIFORM RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AND REAL PROPERTY 
ACQUISITION REGULATIONS FOR FEDERAL AND FEDERALLY ASSISTED PROGRAMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-117

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 24

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, November 21, 1998.

Abstract: This action would implement several amendments to the Uniform 
Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act that 
were made by P.L. 105-117 enacted on November 21, 1997. These 
amendments provide that an alien not lawfully present in the United 
States shall not be eligible to receive relocation payments or other 
assistance unless such ineligibility would result in exceptional and 
extremely unusual hardship to the alien's spouse, parent, or child and 
such spouse , parent, or child is a citizen or an alien admitted for 
permanent residence. The amendments direct DOT to promulgate 
implementing regulations within one year of their enactment. The 
Department has delegated this responsibility to the FHWA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/12/98                    63 FR 32175
NPRM Comment Period End         08/11/98
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Agency Contact: Marshall Schy, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2035

RIN: 2125-AE34
_______________________________________________________________________

2523.  TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT; NATIONAL NETWORK; NORTH DAKOTA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 127; 23 USC 315; 49 USC 31111 to 31115

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 658; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA proposes to modify the National Network for 
commercial motor vehicles by adding a route in North Dakota. The 
National Network was established by a final rule on truck size and 
weight published on June 5, 1984, as since modified. This rulemaking 
proposes to add one

[[Page 62127]]

segment to the National Network as requested by the State of North 
Dakota.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/18/98                    63 FR 27228
NPRM Comment Period End         07/17/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Thomas Klimek, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2212

RIN: 2125-AE36
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2524. +QUALIFICATION OF DRIVERS; DIABETES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 3102; 49 USC 2505; 23 USC 315

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391.41(b)(3)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is considering revising the driver qualification 
requirements to allow certain insulin-using diabetics to operate 
commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The FHWA issued a 
final disposition accepting waiver applications under certain 
conditions. The deadline for submitting applications was April 30, 
1994. The waiver program ended March 31, 1996. It was instituted to 
permit the FHWA to observe and collect data on the driving experience 
of a group of insulin-using drivers. This action is considered 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/25/87                    52 FR 45204
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/28/87
ANPRM Comment Period Extended to 
02/01/88                        01/04/88                       53 FR 42
NPRM                            10/05/90                    55 FR 41028
NPRM Comment Period Extended to 
01/03/91                        11/01/90                    55 FR 46080
NPRM Comment Period End         12/04/90
Notice of Intent To Issue 
Waivers: Comment Request        10/21/92                    57 FR 48011
Final Action To Accept Waivers  07/29/93                    58 FR 40690


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Under RIN 2125-AD73, the FHWA adopted a final 
rule to allow drivers holding valid waivers from both the vision and 
diabetes standards to continue to operate in interstate commerce after 
March 31, 1996. See 61 FR 606 (Jan. 8, 1996) (notice of proposed 
rulemaking); 61 FR 13338 (March 26, 1996) (final rule); 61 FR 17253 
(April 19, 1996) (final rule; technical correction). With the closing 
of the diabetes waiver study (03-31-96), no definitive empirical 
results were produced. Therefore, the FHWA initiated a retrospective 
case-referent study to assess the level of risk associated with the 
operation of commercial motor vehicles by insulin-using diabetic 
drivers. This is not a waiver study. Further rulemaking on diabetes is 
deferred until the completion of the retrospective case-referent study 
(12-31-98).
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/05/90, 55 FR 41028

Agency Contact: Sandra L. Zywokarte, Health and Welfare Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2981

RIN: 2125-AB91
_______________________________________________________________________

2525. +COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE STANDARDS; BIOMETRIC IDENTIFIER

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 100-690, sec 9105

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 31, 1990.

Abstract: This action was initiated to improve identification systems 
for truck and bus drivers as identified by the Congress in the Truck 
and Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1988. Alternatives that were 
considered included retinal eye scans and advanced fingerprint 
technologies. After (1) further review, (2) a careful analysis of 
public comments submitted to the ANPRM, and (3) a review of 
demonstration project results, the FHWA has determined that current 
technology has not progressed to the point where an identification 
system could be established nationwide in a cost-effective manner and 
still provide the benefits for which a system was intended. Therefore, 
the FHWA has published an informational notice to summarize the results 
of the pilot study and the comments to the ANPRM to demonstrate how the 
technologies studied fall short of the demands in a commercial 
licensing environment. Additional studies are being conducted to assess 
the current state of the art of technology in biometric identification 
systems. The public docket will remain open while this research is 
being conducted. This project is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/15/89                    54 FR 20875
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/14/89
Information Notice              03/08/91                     56 FR 9925


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Phil Forjan, Transportation Specialist, Office of Motor 
Carrier Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AC24

[[Page 62128]]

_______________________________________________________________________

2526. +FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL; PERIODIC 
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31502; 49 USC 31103; 49 USC 31136

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 390

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is proposing to require all motor carriers subject 
to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to 
periodically update certain company information maintained by the 
agency in a national interstate motor carrier census file. This 
proposal delineates the information which motor carriers may be 
required to update every 2 years, as well as the methods motor carriers 
may have available to them to provide such information.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/17/89                    54 FR 29912
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/15/89


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Please note that this action (2125-AC28) was 
previously titled ``Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; General; 
Motor Vehicle Marking.'' A new RIN has been assigned for this subject. 
See 2125-AD49 for further information about motor vehicle marking 1992 
Agenda.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Neill L. Thomas, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5884

RIN: 2125-AC28
_______________________________________________________________________

2527. TRUCK LENGTH AND WIDTH EXCLUSIVE DEVICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 315; PL 97-424, sec 411; PL 97-424, sec 416

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 658

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA requested public comment on how, under section 
411(h) and 416(b) of the Surface Transportation Act of 1982 (STA) (PL 
97-424, 96 Stat. 2097), the Secretary may determine which safety or 
efficiency-enhancing devices are to be excluded when measuring the 
length and width of vehicles for compliance with federally mandated 
dimensions. The present system of employing rulemaking proceedings is 
too time-consuming and cumbersome to meet the needs of industry and is 
needlessly burdensome for FHWA. Therefore, a new approach will be 
proposed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/26/89                    54 FR 52951
ANPRM Comment Period Extended to 
06/01/90                        03/21/90                    55 FR 10468
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/26/90
ANPRM Docket Reopened; Comment 
Period Extended to 08/21/90     06/22/90                    55 FR 25673


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Max Pieper, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4029

RIN: 2125-AC30
_______________________________________________________________________

2528. +QUALIFICATION OF DRIVERS; VISION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 2505; 49 USC 3102

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: As part of a review of the medical qualification standards 
applicable to interstate CMV drivers, the FHWA requested comments on 
the need, if any, to amend its driver qualification requirements 
relating to the vision standard. A temporary waiver program was 
initiated and was concluded on March 31, 1996, to permit the FHWA to 
observe and collect data on the driving experience of a group of 
vision--deficient drivers who meet certain preconditions. Additionally, 
the FHWA considered further research to develop comprehensive 
performance-based visual standards for all commercial drivers. 
Information about the proposed research plan and public hearing on the 
subject was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 1996, at 61 FR 
28547. The FHWA has awarded a contract with a medical center to develop 
medically-based recommendations for amending the current Federal vision 
requirements. Recommendations are to be delivered by September, 1998. 
These recommendations will be evaluated and considered in deciding 
what, if any, further proposals should be made concerning the vision 
standard.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           02/28/92                     57 FR 6793
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/28/92
Notice Request for Comments     06/05/96                    61 FR 28547


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Under RIN 2125-AD73, the FHWA adopted a final 
rule to allow drivers holding valid waivers from both the vision and 
diabetes standards to continue to operate in interstate commerce after 
March 31, 1996. See 61 FR 606 (Jan. 8, 1996) (notice of proposed 
rulemaking); 61 FR 13338 (March 26, 1996) (final rule) 61 FR 17253 
(April 19, 1996) (final rule; technical correction). (See notices 
published at 57 FR 6793, February 28, 1992; 57 FR 10295, March 25, 
1992; 57 FR 22370, June 3, 1992; 59 FR 50887, October 6, 1994; 59 FR 
59386, November 17, 1994.

Agency Contact: Sandra L. Zywokarte, Health and Welfare Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2981

RIN: 2125-AC62
_______________________________________________________________________

2529. PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION: INTERMODAL 
CARGO CONTAINERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

[[Page 62129]]

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking action addresses the requirements of the 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for securing intermodal cargo 
containers to trailers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/23/93                    58 FR 44485
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/22/93


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4012

RIN: 2125-AC74
_______________________________________________________________________

2530. +FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS; GENERAL TRANSPORTATION 
OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5105; 49 USC 5109

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 390.3; 49 CFR 397; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, November 15, 1991.

Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the statutory requirements of 
49 USC 5109 and 49 USC 5105. Section 5109 addresses the establishment 
of motor carrier safety permit regulations for motor carriers 
transporting Class A or B explosives, liquefied natural gases, 
hazardous materials designated as extremely toxic by inhalation, or 
highway route controlled quantity radioactive materials. Section 5105 
requires inspection of vehicles transporting those radioactive 
materials before each trip. The proposed rule will incorporate those 
provisions into the safety permit regulations. This action is 
considered significant because of substantial public and congressional 
interest and safety implications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/17/93                    58 FR 33418
NPRM Comment Period End         08/16/93


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/17/93, 58 FR 33418

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AC78
_______________________________________________________________________

2531. +QUALIFICATIONS OF DRIVERS: HEARING DEFICIENCIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 3102; 49 USC 2505

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FHWA is considering amending its driver qualification 
requirements relating to the hearing standard found at 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(11). FHWA believes that a review of the standard is necessary 
to assess the effect advances in medical science and technology may 
have on the standard. Such advances may lead to amending the current 
standard. The FHWA published an ANPRM (FHWA Docket No. MC-93-30) 
seeking comment on the hearing standard. This action is considered 
significant because of substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/15/93                    58 FR 65634
ANPRM Comment Period Extended to 
04/05/94                        02/04/94                     59 FR 5376
ANPRM Comment Period End        02/14/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: A related notice regarding possible waivers was 
published at 58 FR 65638 (Dec. 15, 1993). The FHWA has decided not to 
issue waivers in light of the recent decision of the U.S. Court of 
Appeals for the DC Circuit in Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety v. 
the Federal Highway Administration, No. 92-1411, August 2, 1994. In 
that case, the FHWA rule allowing commercial drivers with impaired 
vision in one eye to apply for waivers from the Federal vision standard 
was struck down because the Court of Appeals held that the agency 
lacked the data necessary to support its determination that the vision 
waiver program ``is consistent with the safe operation of commercial 
motor vehicles.'' The FHWA initiated research in FY 1995 to determine 
if the hearing requirement is necessary and if so, what criteria it 
should encompass in relationship to driving tasks. The research was 
completed in August 1997 and the FHWA is not amending the current 
hearing standard at this time.

Agency Contact: Albert Alvarez, Transportation Specialist, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4706

RIN: 2125-AD22
_______________________________________________________________________

2532. HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 131; 23 USC 315; 49 USC 1651

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 750

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The revision of these subparts will reduce their complexity, 
recognize the existence of State laws, regulations, and organizations 
implementing 23 USC 131, and emphasize the position of the State as the 
initial, primary, and principal focal point regarding the requirement 
of effective control. Potential costs should be reduced, albeit 
minimally. The principal benefit will be to give the States greater 
ability, in the context of the broad requirements of 23 USC 131, to 
respond to concepts and issues relevant to the States. We have been 
reviewing these regulations with the intent to focus on changes 
necessitated by ISTEA. We are continuing this review in order to be 
able to accommodate additions or changes effected by reauthorization of 
ISTEA.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

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Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: FHWA intends to continue review and analysis of 
all aspects of the HBA under RIN 2125-AD24 to propose changes to reduce 
the complexity of the highway beautification regulations and to 
emphasize the role of the State in its implementation. Intended changes 
which appeared in a prior Agenda under RIN 2125-AD88 related to the 
Dire Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1992 have been 
suspended and consolidated under this rulemaking.

Agency Contact: Robert A. Johnson, Chief, Program Services Division, 
Office of Real Estate Services, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2020

RIN: 2125-AD24
_______________________________________________________________________

2533. PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION; SLEEPER BERTHS 
ON MOTOR COACHES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Comments have been sought on the suitability of existing 
driver sleeper berth regulations for motor coaches and possible 
amendment to account for design differences between trucks and motor 
coaches.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/12/94                     59 FR 1706
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/14/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AD25
_______________________________________________________________________

2534. MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MCSAP) ALLOCATION FORMULA

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240, sec 4002

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 350

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would modify the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance 
Program (MCSAP) distribution formula to allow States with incompatible 
intrastate regulations limited participation in the basic grant program 
beyond October 1, 1994. It does not change the distribution formula 
pertaining to those States that have achieved compatibility with 
respect to both interstate and intrastate transportation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/03/94                     59 FR 5262
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/07/94
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/04/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda Taylor, Office of Motor Carrier Field Operations, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-6308

RIN: 2125-AD30
_______________________________________________________________________

2535. +HOURS OF SERVICE OF DRIVERS; SUPPORTING DOCUMENT RECORDKEEPING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 103-311

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 395.8

Legal Deadline:  NPRM, Statutory, November 5, 1997. Final, Statutory, 
November 6, 1999.
NPRM, Statutory, August 1995.
Final, Statutory, February 1996.

Abstract: A record of duty status (49 CFR 395.8) is required to be 
prepared for each day a driver operates a commercial motor vehicle in 
interstate commerce. All motor carriers are required to maintain the 
record of duty status for at least 6 months along with all documents 
that support the accuracy of the record of duty status (sec. 395.8(k)). 
The Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994 (Pub. 
L. 103-311) mandates the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to 
specify what documents must be maintained to support the accuracy of 
the record of duty status. This rule will implement the statutory 
mandate that requires the agency to describe the type of supporting 
documents to be generated and maintained, as well as specify the 
quantity and length of time to maintain the supporting documents.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/20/98                    63 FR 19457
NPRM Comment Period End         06/19/98
Final Action                    01/00/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Miller, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1790

RIN: 2125-AD52
_______________________________________________________________________

2536. ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION OF FEDERAL AID PROJECTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 101(a); 23 USC 104 to 106; 23 USC 109; 23 USC 
110; 23 USC 113; 23 USC 115; 23 USC 118; 23 USC 120(e); 23 USC 121(c); 
23 USC 125; 23 USC 134; 23 USC 315; 23 USC 320

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 630; 23 CFR 1.32; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is amending its regulation on advance construction 
of Federal-aid highway projects to incorporate changes made by the Dire 
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1992, Pub. L. 102-302, 106 
Stat. 248, and to provide more flexible funding arrangements for the 
States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/19/95                    60 FR 36991

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Comment Period End              09/18/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Max Inman, Office of Budget and Finance, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2853

RIN: 2125-AD59
_______________________________________________________________________

2537. +TRANSPORTATION OF MIGRANT WORKERS

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5901 to 5907; 49 USC 31132; 49 USC 31133; 49 
USC 31136; 49 USC 31502; 49 USC 31504

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 390; 49 CFR 392; 49 CFR 398; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA is considering the continued need, if any, for its 
specific regulations on the transportation of migrant workers under 49 
CFR 398. This action also proposes transferring certain definitions and 
driving requirements from part 398 to parts 390 and 392. These changes 
would eliminate redundant regulations in part 398 and enhance the 
safety of migrant workers transported in interstate commerce. This 
action is considered significant due to substantial public interest.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Miller, Transportation Specialist, Room 3107, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1790

RIN: 2125-AD81
_______________________________________________________________________

2538. INSPECTION, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 396

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action involves the use of technology to reduce 
recordkeeping. The FHWA issued a notice (60 FR 46682) requesting 
comments from motor carriers, vehicle and component manufacturers, 
technology vendors and the public on the use of advanced driver, 
vehicle and inspection technology. The FHWA plans to evaluate existing 
technologies to determine if they could be used to simplify or automate 
compliance with any of the FMCSRs without compromising public safety.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4012

RIN: 2125-AD82
_______________________________________________________________________

2539. +MOTOR CARRIER REPLACEMENT INFORMATION/REGISTRATION SYSTEM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 13908

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 36

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, January 1, 1998, See 49 U.S.C. 13908 for more 
detailed information.

Abstract: This action is in response to the requirements of section 103 
of the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995, which 
added 49 USC 13908. This section requires the Secretary to initiate a 
rulemaking proceeding to replace the current DOT identification number 
system, single State registration system, the registration/licensing 
system, and the financial responsibility system, with a single, on-line 
Federal system. This action is considered significant due to 
substantial public interest. Statutory deadline not met due to range 
and depth of issues involved.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/26/96                    61 FR 43816
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/25/96


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Dixie E. Horton, Office of Motor Carrier Planning and 
Customer Liaison, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4340

RIN: 2125-AD91
_______________________________________________________________________

2540. GENERAL JURISDICTION OVER FREIGHT FORWARDER SERVICE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 13701; 49 USC 13709; 49 USC 13906; 49 USC 
14101; 49 USC 14706

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 373

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action gives notice of the FHWA's general jurisdiction 
over all segments of the freight forwarding industry (not just 
household good freight forwarders), in accordance with the ICC 
Termination Act of 1995, proposes changes to existing regulations to 
comport with those mandated by Congress, and clarifies the FHWA's 
jurisdiction over freight forwarders in other areas.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/28/97                     62 FR 4096
NPRM Comment Period End         03/31/97


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor

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Carrier Research & Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4012

RIN: 2125-AE00
_______________________________________________________________________

2541. TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, MARKINGS, SIGNALS, AND SYSTEMS FOR 
RAILROAD-HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109(d); 23 USC 114(a); 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a)

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This document proposes new text for the Manual on Uniform 
Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in part III, markings; in part IV, 
signals; and in part VIII, traffic control systems for railroad-highway 
grade crossings. The purpose of these amendments is to include metric 
dimensions and values for the design and installation of traffic 
control devices and to improve the organization and discussion of the 
contents of the MUTCD.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Proposed Amendments   01/06/97                      62 FR 691
Comment Period End              08/30/97
Final Action                    09/00/00

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda L. Brown, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2192

RIN: 2125-AE11
_______________________________________________________________________

2542. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT; QUALIFICATIONS OF DRIVERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 504; 49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 391; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The current regulation is little changed from the original 
rule adopted in 1936. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has 
written to the Department asserting that the regulation, as written, is 
overly broad and subject to arbitrary enforcement, causing potential 
interference with constitutional guarantees of due process and equal 
protection. The ACLU requested an opportunity to submit a comprehensive 
analysis of this issue. This ANPRM is intended to provide the ACLU with 
such an opportunity and to open this issue for public comment. The FHWA 
seeks to modify its current regulation to require drivers to possess 
the basic functional communication/comprehension ability necessary to 
ensure safety, consistent with applicable law.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/26/97                    62 FR 45200
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/27/97


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Richard H. Singer, Transportation Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AE19
_______________________________________________________________________

2543. REVISION OF MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES; GENERAL 
PROVISIONS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR SCHOOL AREAS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109(d); 23 USC 114(a); 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a)

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655; 23 CFR 1.32; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this action, new text for the MUTCD, part 1, General 
Provisions and part 7, Traffic Control for School Areas, is proposed. 
The purpose of such revision is to reformat the text for clarity of 
intended meanings, to include metric dimensions and values for the 
design and installation of traffic control devices, and to improve the 
overall organization and discussion of the contents in the MUTCD. The 
proposed changes in this action are intended to expedite traffic, 
promote uniformity, improve safety, and incorporate technology advances 
in traffic control device applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Proposed Amendments   12/05/97                    62 FR 64324
Comment Period End              09/08/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Linda Brown, Office of Highway Safety, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2192

RIN: 2125-AE25
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2544. TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 1801 et seq; PL 101-615

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 397; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, May 16, 1992.

Abstract: This action revises the FHWA's transportation of hazardous 
materials regulations to update cross-references to the definitions of 
class 7 (radioactive) materials in the Federal Hazardous Materials 
Regulations (HMRs) to provide a current publication for routing of non-
radioactive hazardous materials (NRHM) in the Federal standards, to 
update the address to which States and Indian tribes must provide 
information for routing designations, and to remove obsolete dates, to 
correct erroneous

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references, and to clarify the definition of a preferred route. The 
amendments are necessary to correct minor errors in citations for 
sections 397.101(b)(1), (b)(2), (d) and (g).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/24/92                    57 FR 44129
Final Action                    05/07/96                    61 FR 20496
Final Action Effective          05/07/96

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b), requirements for 
notice and public comment are not applicable since this action involves 
a matter of agency practice and procedure. Originally, this action 
contained language incorporating (without substantive change) the 
RSPA's regulation at 49 CFR 397, subpart E. However, it was determined 
that this incorporation should be a part of RIN 2125-AC80, 
``Transportation of Hazardous Materials; Highway Routing.'' The final 
rule for RIN 2125-AC80 was published on October 12, 1994, at 59 FR 
51824.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/24/92, 57 FR 44129

Agency Contact: Nathan Root, Office of Motor Carriers, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8759

RIN: 2125-AD00
_______________________________________________________________________

2545. ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31136; 49 USC 31502

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 393; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 
(FMCSRs) to require that air-braked truck tractors manufactured on or 
after March 1, 1997, and air-braked single-unit trucks, buses, 
trailers, and converter dollies manufactured on or after March 1, 1998, 
be equipped with antilock brake systems (ABSs) that meet the 
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 121. 
The FHWA also required that hydraulic braked trucks and buses 
manufactured on or after March 1, 1999, be equipped with ABSs that meet 
the requirements of FMVSS No. 105. This rulemaking ensures that the in-
service brake standards of the FMCSRs are consistent with the FMVSSs 
and to improve the safety of operation of commercial motor vehicles 
(CMVs) by reducing the incidence of accidents caused by jackknifing and 
other losses of directional stability and control during braking. With 
regard to CMVs manufactured prior to the dates previously mentioned, 
the FHWA is not requiring that motor carriers be required to retrofit 
such vehicles with ABSs.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Intent                03/10/95                    60 FR 13306
NPRM                            07/12/96                    61 FR 36691
NPRM Comment Period End         09/10/96
Final Action                    05/04/98                    63 FR 24454
Final Action Effective          06/03/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Larry W. Minor, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Motor 
Carrier Research and Standards, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4009

RIN: 2125-AD42
_______________________________________________________________________

2546. ZERO-BASE REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS: 
REGULATORY REMOVALS AND SUBSTANTIVE AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 31502; 49 USC 31101 et seq; 49 USC 31136; 49 
USC 322; 49 USC 504; 49 USC 31133; 49 USC 31138; 49 USC 31139; 49 USC 
31502; 49 USC 31504

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 383; 49 CFR 387; 49 CFR 390 to 392; 49 CFR 395 to 
397

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FHWA requested comments on whether to remove, amend, and 
redesignate certain regulations on a variety of subjects. (For example: 
financial responsibility; general applicability and definitions; 
accident recordkeeping requirements; qualifications of drivers; driving 
of commercial motor vehicles; hours of service of drivers; and the 
transportation of hazardous materials.) This action was in response to 
the FHWA's Zero Base Regulatory Review.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/27/97                     62 FR 3855
NPRM Comment Period Extended    03/27/97                    62 FR 14662
NPRM Comment Period End         03/28/97
Extended NPRM Comment Period End05/12/97
Final Action                    06/18/98                    63 FR 33254
Final Action Effective          07/20/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Deborah M. Freund, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5541

RIN: 2125-AD72
_______________________________________________________________________

2547. NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES; PEDESTRIAN, 
BICYCLE, AND SCHOOL WARNING SIGNS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 109(d); 23 USC 114(a); 23 USC 315; 23 USC 
402(a)

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 655

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This amendment expedites traffic, improves safety, and 
provides a more uniform application of highway signs, signals, and 
markings. Pedestrian-motor vehicle and bicycle-motor vehicle crashes 
are serious problems in the United States. A total of 5,412 pedestrians 
were reported killed and another 82,000 were injured in motor vehicle 
crashes in 1996. An estimated 761 bicyclists were killed and another 
59,000 were injured in

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motor vehicle crashes in 1996. The DOT Secretarial Initiative for 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety is a new effort to promote walking and 
bicycling as safe, healthy, and efficient ways to travel. The 
Secretarial Initiative will attempt, among other things, to reduce by 
10 percent, by the year 2000, the number of injuries and fatalities 
occurring to pedestrians and bicyclists.
After consideration of all the comments received in response to its 
notice of proposed amendment, the FHWA believes that the permissive use 
of fluorescent yellow green color will promote safety while providing 
to State and local governments the flexibility necessary to enable them 
to adequately address their own situations. This rulemaking will permit 
States and local governments to use, as an option, the new color, 
fluorescent yellow green, that appears to improve the visibility of 
important warning signs and to improve safety at locations where they 
are used.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Proposed Amendments   06/07/96                    61 FR 29234
Comment Period Extended         10/17/96                    61 FR 54111
Extended Comment Period End     02/15/97
Final Action                    06/19/98                    63 FR 33546
Final Action Effective          06/19/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Ernest Huckaby, Office of Highway Safety, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9064

RIN: 2125-AD89
_______________________________________________________________________

2548.  FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER REGULATIONS; AUTHORITY CORRECTIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 13101; 49 USC 13301; 49 USC 13701 to 13702; 49 
USC 13706 to 13707; 49 USC 14101

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 365; 49 CFR 372; 49 CFR 373; 49 CFR 374; 49 CFR 
377; 49 CFR 1.48

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This document makes technical amendments to the authority 
statements for various FHWA motor carrier regulations in order to 
remove the obsolete authority citations provided in the subparts. This 
correction is necessary due to changes required by the ICC Termination 
Act of 1995 (ICCTA) and the transfer of certain regulatory functions to 
the FHWA from the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The 
effect of these amendments is to remove the outdated authority 
citations listed in the subparts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    05/22/98                    63 FR 28286

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Michael J. Falk, Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1384

RIN: 2125-AE41
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2549. REVIEW: LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Standard 108 requires passenger cars sold after October 1, 
1985, to be equipped with center high-mounted stop lamps (CHMSLs). 
NHTSA undertook a staff evaluation of the safety effectiveness, 
benefits, and cost of CHMSLs. A preliminary report was published in 
March 1987, an interim report in August 1989, and a final report in 
April 1998. NHTSA plans to issue a summary of the comments it received 
on the final report in October 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Preliminary Evaluation Report 
Published                       03/20/87                     52 FR 9609
Interim Evaluation Report 
Published                       08/04/89                    54 FR 32153
Interim Evaluation Report 
Comments Reviewed and Docketed  02/21/90
Final Evaluation Report         04/07/98                    63 FR 17043
Reopen Comment Period End       08/05/98
Complete Review                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The final evaluation report indicated that cars 
and light trucks equipped with center high-mounted stop lamps were 4.3 
percent less likely to be struck in the rear while braking than cars 
and light trucks without the lamps.

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AB76
_______________________________________________________________________

2550. REVIEW: PASSENGER-CAR BACK SEAT OCCUPANT PROTECTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 requires 
passenger cars manufactured after December 11, 1989, to have Type 2 
(lap-and-shoulder)

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belts at the rear outboard seats. The agency will analyze the actual 
on-the-road experience of vehicles equipped with lap-and-shoulder belts 
in the rear seats to measure the reduction of fatalities and injuries 
relative to cars equipped only with lap belts. The regulation was 
selected for review because of public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    07/01/93
Complete Review                 08/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AE95
_______________________________________________________________________

2551. REVIEW: ODOMETER FRAUD

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 580

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This review involves analysis of the incident rates and costs 
of odometer fraud and an assessment of State and Federal efforts to 
combat odometer fraud. To complete this review, the agency has 
requested permission to collect a sample of odometer readings of 
registered passenger cars that are less than 10 years old from vehicle 
dealers, distributors, vehicle title files, and State Department of 
Motor Vehicle agencies. Congress has directed the agency to conduct 
this review.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    10/01/95
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  09/23/96                    61 FR 49809
Comment Period End              11/11/96
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  06/06/97                    62 FR 31186
Comment Period End              07/07/97
Complete Review                 08/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AF53
_______________________________________________________________________

2552. REVIEW: THEFT PREVENTION--5-YEAR REPORT TO CONGRESS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33112; 49 USC 33113(b)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 541

Legal Deadline:
Other, Statutory, October 25, 1997, The Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 was 
enacted on October 25 1992.

Abstract: The standard requires certain passenger motor vehicles to 
have identifying numbers or symbols to be placed on major parts to 
reduce the incidence of motor vehicle thefts by facilitating the 
tracking and recovering of parts from stolen vehicles. Five years after 
enactment of the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992, the Secretary of 
Transportation shall submit to Congress a report on the effects of the 
standard on motor vehicle thefts and recoveries. The agency seeks 
public review and comment on this preliminary report prior to its 
submission to Congress. The report does not contain recommendations at 
this time. The department will develop recommendations after a review 
of public comments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Preliminary Evaluation Report   06/26/97                    62 FR 34494
Comment Period End              08/11/97
Complete Review                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The preliminary report indicated that theft 
rates, which increased during the 1980's, leveled off or even began to 
decline after 1989-90. Recovery rates changed little during 1984-95. 
Preliminary indications are that parts marking and anti-theft devices 
have had beneficial effects on auto thefts and/or recoveries. The 
provisions of the 1984 and 1992 Theft Acts along with parts marking and 
anti-theft devices have given law enforcement tools to deter thefts, 
trace stolen vehicles and parts, and apprehend and convict thieves.

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AF55
_______________________________________________________________________

2553. ADD-ON SEAT BELT DEVICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
requesting comments to determine whether it should regulate seat belt 
positioning devices, such as by a labeling requirement warning 
consumers regarding the suitability of these devices for a particular 
height/weight/age of child.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG49

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_______________________________________________________________________

2554. BOOSTER SEATS FOR OLDER CHILDREN

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is requesting comments on whether a petition for 
rulemaking to amend the child restraint standard should be granted. The 
petition requests an amendment to facilitate the production of lap 
belt-installed booster seats for children weighing between 18 and 23 
kilograms, such as by allowing use of a tether in some of the 
compliance tests.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comment             10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH14
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2555. PROCEDURES FOR CONSIDERING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  42 USC 4321 et seq (National Environmental Policy 
Act-NEPA)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 520

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: NHTSA's regulation will be reviewed and reissued, as 
necessary, where it conflicts with or is duplicative of the regulations 
of Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, and 
with DOT Order 5610.1C, each of which implements the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 USC 4321, et seq.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Paul Atelsek, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2992

RIN: 2127-AB79
_______________________________________________________________________

2556. +ROLLOVER PROTECTION

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 89 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2127-AC64
_______________________________________________________________________

2557. +WHEELCHAIR LIFTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: With a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), 
the agency proposes to establish two new safety standards specifying 
requirements for platform lifts and for buses and multipurpose 
passenger vehicles equipped with such lifts. The equipment standard 
would set minimum platform dimensions and would limit the size of 
platform protrusions and gaps between the platform and either the 
vehicle floor or the ground. The standard would also require handrails, 
warning signals and retaining barriers. The proposed vehicle standard 
would require vehicle manufacturers to install lifts in accordance with 
the lift manufacturer's instructions and ensure that specific 
information is made available to lift users. The standards are intended 
to prevent injuries and fatalities during lift operation and to promote 
uniformity of Federal standards and guidelines for platform lifts. This 
action is considered significant due to substantial public interest in 
transportation of individuals with disabilities.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/26/93                    58 FR 11562
NPRM Comment Period End         04/27/93
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/26/93, 58 FR 11562

Agency Contact: Gayle Dalrymple, Safety Standards Engineer, Office of 
Crash Avoidance, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-6559
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AD50
_______________________________________________________________________

2558. RADIATOR SAFETY CAP

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency has 
requested comments on the feasibility of and necessity for rulemaking 
to require the installation of thermal locking radiator caps or other 
devices on motor vehicles with water-cooled engines to prevent scalding 
injuries. Although the notice referred only to thermal locking radiator 
caps, comments were solicited on any device or technology designed to 
prevent such scalding injuries. Petition was granted.

[[Page 62137]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/10/93                    58 FR 32503
Comment Period End              08/09/93
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AE59
_______________________________________________________________________

2559. UPGRADE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.301

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action announces the agency's plan to consider upgrading 
the standard by making the current crash requirements more stringent 
and by broadening the standard's focus to include mitigation concepts 
related to fuel system components and environmental and aging tests 
related to components. This action also requests comments on the 
agency's plan to explore a three-phase approach to upgrading the 
standard, data, methods, and strategies which may assist in the 
agency's regulatory decisions in defining specific requirements and 
test procedures for upgrading the standard.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            12/14/92                    57 FR 59041
Comment Period End              02/12/93
ANPRM                           04/12/95                    60 FR 18566
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/12/95
NPRM                            02/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This action will respond to RIN 2127-AE83.

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF36
_______________________________________________________________________

2560. ELECTRIC VEHICLE SAFETY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 1.50; 49 CFR 501.8

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to regulate electric vehicles (EVs) 
with respect to battery electrolyte spillage in a crash or rollover, 
and electric shock hazard in a crash or rollover, and during repair and 
maintenance.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            09/30/94                    59 FR 49901
Comment Period End              11/29/94
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF43
_______________________________________________________________________

2561. ALTERNATIVE GEOMETRIC VISIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to harmonize the lighting standard's geometric visibility 
requirements for signal lamps and rear side marker color with those of 
the ECE. Harmonization of the standard worldwide, without reducing 
safety, would allow manufacturers to reduce costs by producing to a 
single world vehicle standard rather than several, thus reducing costs 
and improving the flow of trade.The agency is issuing additional/
alternative proposals.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/26/95                    60 FR 54833
NPRM Comment Period End         12/26/95
Comment Period Extended to 05/
16/96                           12/27/95                    60 FR 66953
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: On February 27, 1997 (62 FR 8883), the agency 
terminated rulemaking in which the agency had asked for comments on 
whether the performance and installation of front and rear fog lamps 
should be regulated. In response to these comments, the SAE has 
established a Fog Lamp Task Force to develop an internationally-
acceptable fog lamp standard, on which a Federal standard could be 
based. The agency is continuing to review comments on the other issues 
stated in the October 26, 1995, notice.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 10/26/95, 60 FR 54833

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF75
_______________________________________________________________________

2562. DOOR LATCH EXEMPTION FOR VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH WHEELCHAIR LIFTS 
AND RAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or

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duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to modify the ``Door Locks and Door Retention Components'' 
requirements by exempting vehicles with wheelchair ramps and to 
establish uniform requirements for vehicles with wheelchair lifts and 
ramps. These modifications are necessary because of changes in the 
types of vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts/ramps and changes in 
lift/ramp structural designs which have come to pass in recent years. 
Petition was granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: On 05/31/96 (61 FR 27325), the agency published 
a grant notice. The agency believes that the suggested changes made by 
the petitioner merit additional study and research. The agency is 
currently conducting research to determine if door latch exemptions are 
still necessary. Simultaneously, the agency is developing a door latch 
procedure for sliding doors.

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division, Light Duty Vehicle Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG16
_______________________________________________________________________

2563. DEALER NOTIFICATION OF DEFECT OR NONCOMPLIANCE DETERMINATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30102; 49 USC 30103; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 
30112; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30116; 49 USC 30118; 49 USC 30119; 49 USC 
30120; 49 USC 30163; 49 USC 30165; 49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 577

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The proposed rule would implement an amendment to 49 USC 
Chapter 301 which prohibits dealers from selling motor vehicles or 
motor vehicle equipment that have been determined to contain a safety-
related defect or noncompliance with a Federal motor vehicle safety 
standard until the defect or noncompliance is remedied. It would set 
forth criteria to govern the timing and content of notifications of 
defects and noncompliances that manufacturers must send to their 
dealers. Given the length of time that has passed since issuance of the 
NPRM (9/27/93), the agency is issuing a supplemental notice of proposed 
rulemaking to provide an opportunity for additional public comment on 
the most appropriate regulatory scheme for notifying dealers of safety-
related defects and noncompliances with Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/27/93                    58 FR 50314
NPRM Comment Period End         10/27/93
SNPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jonathan D. White, Defects Investigator, Office of 
Defects Investigation, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5227

RIN: 2127-AG27
_______________________________________________________________________

2564. MODIFIED VEHICLES TO ACCOMMODATE A PERSON'S DISABILITY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30122(c)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 595

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to establish new conditions under 
which a vehicle may be modified to accommodate a person's disability so 
that the modifier will not be subjected to the statutory prohibition 
against the ``making inoperative'' requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/28/98                    63 FR 51547
NPRM Comment Period End         12/28/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Gayle Dalrymple, Safety Engineer, Rollover and Adapted 
Vehicle Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5559
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG40
_______________________________________________________________________

2565. CONVEX CROSS VIEW MIRRORS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.111

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
requesting comments on the issue of rear mounted cross view mirrors on 
light and medium duty trucks for the purpose of eliminating the blind 
spot directly behind the vehicle. The petitioner requested that these 
mirrors be mandated to eliminate backing accidents where children could 
be seriously injured or killed. Petition was granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/17/96                    61 FR 30586
Comment Period End              10/15/96
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG41

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_______________________________________________________________________

2566. UPGRADE ROOF CRASHWORTHINESS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.216

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering whether to upgrade the roof crashworthiness particularly 
since a larger percentage of American vehicles consist of light duty 
and utility vehicles, a class of vehicles more prone to rollover 
accidents. Petition was granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG51
_______________________________________________________________________

2567. FIFTH PERCENTILE FEMALE DUMMY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to adopt the Hybrid III small female 
size dummy. The notice will specify instrumentation, calibration test 
procedures, and calibration performance criteria for the Hybrid III 
small female.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/03/98                    63 FR 46981
NPRM Comment Period End         12/02/98
Final Action                    06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking action is an additional part of 
the Adverse Side Effects of Air Bags (RIN 2127-AG14).

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG66
_______________________________________________________________________

2568. +ADVANCED AIR BAGS

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 90 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2127-AG70
_______________________________________________________________________

2569. ADVANCED AIR BAG DUMMY RULE FOR HYBRID III TYPE 3-YEAR-OLD SIZE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572; 49 CFR 571.208; 49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing specifications for a new Hybrid III 
type 3-year-old size test dummy for possible use in test procedures 
being proposed in amendments to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 
Nos. 208 and 213. The new test dummy and procedures are being proposed 
to facilitate the development and introduction of new advanced air bags 
and other types of advanced restraints technologies for crash 
protection of smaller size children in a variety of automobile crash 
impacts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG77
_______________________________________________________________________

2570. ADVANCED AIR BAG DUMMY RULE FOR CRABI 12-MONTH-OLD SIZE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572; 49 CFR 571.208; 49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing specifications for a new CRABI 12-
month-old size test dummy for possible use in test procedures being 
proposed in amendments to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Nos. 
208 and 213. The new test dummy and procedures are being proposed to 
facilitate the development and introduction of new advanced air bags 
and other types of advanced forward and rearward facing child 
restraints technologies, as well as protection of smaller size children 
in car beds in a variety of automobile crash impacts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG78
_______________________________________________________________________

2571. ADVANCED AIR BAG DUMMY RULE FOR HYBRID III 95TH PERCENTILE MALE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

[[Page 62140]]

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572; 49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing specifications for a new 95th 
percentile male Hybrid III size test dummy for possible use in test 
procedures being proposed in amendments to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standard No. 208. The new test dummy and procedures are being proposed 
to facilitate the development and introduction of new advanced air bags 
and other types of advanced restraints technologies for crash 
protection in frontal impacts.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG79
_______________________________________________________________________

2572. ADMINISTRATIVE REWRITE FOR HEADLAMP REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to rewrite the sections relating to 
headlighting. The rewrite is important because of the standard's age 
and numerous amendments which have made it difficult to read and 
interpret. The revised standard should reduce burden especially to 
small manufacturers because of improved clarity. The reorganization of 
the sections relating to other lamps will be addressed in a separate 
rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG87
_______________________________________________________________________

2573. SIGNAL LAMPS USED WITH LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to revise the requirements for signal lamps equipped with 3 
or more light emitting diodes (LED). The current requirements have 
become design restrictive and a service burden for vehicle and signal 
lamp manufacturers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/24/98                    63 FR 34350
Extension of Comment Period     08/03/98                    63 FR 41222
NPRM Comment Period End         10/09/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/24/98, 63 FR 34350

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG88
_______________________________________________________________________

2574. STATE ISSUED IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 104-208, sec 656

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1325

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, September 30, 1997.

Abstract: The agency is proposing to accept, for identification 
purposes, State-issued drivers licenses or comparable identification 
documents that meet certain criteria set forth in this rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/17/98                    63 FR 33219
Reopen Comment Period           08/19/98                    63 FR 44415
NPRM Comment Period End         10/02/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Agency Contact: William Holden, Division Chief, Driver Register and 
Traffic Records Division, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4800
Fax: 202 366-2746

RIN: 2127-AG91
_______________________________________________________________________

2575. MOTORCYCLE MOUNTED REFLEX REFLECTOR HEIGHT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering allowing a lower minimum mounting height for side reflex 
reflectors on motorcycles. The intent is to harmonize United States 
lighting safety standards with European and Asian reflector position 
regulations and improve the flow of trade by creating ``windows of 
harmonization'' that will allow manufacturers to market ``common'' 
vehicles in global markets.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

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Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG92
_______________________________________________________________________

2576. UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADING TEST PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30123

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 575.104

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing modifications to the test procedures 
for tire treadwear under the Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) 
Standard. This change is intended to stabilize the unwarranted 
increases in treadwear grades by modifying the procedures for 
calibrating and selecting course monitoring tires. No change to the 
existing treadwear grade levels is anticipated.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/05/98                    63 FR 30695
Extension of Comment Period     08/04/98                    63 FR 41538
NPRM Comment Period End         10/05/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/05/98, 63 FR 30695

Agency Contact: Sanjay Patel, Engineer, Consumer Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0307
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG96
_______________________________________________________________________

2577. +ALLOCATION OF FUEL ECONOMY CREDITS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32903

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 534

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing rulemaking to clarify the allocation 
of fuel economy credits between predecessor and successor automobile 
manufacturers. The use of carry forward or carry back credits will be 
specified for manufacturers that merge. This action is considered 
significant because it will affect the treatment of the Corporate 
Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) penalties.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Orron Kee, Division Chief, Consumer Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG97
_______________________________________________________________________

2578. BUY AMERICAN REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 97-424

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to exempt certain purchases by 
grantees from the requirements of the Department of Transportation's 
Buy American provisions to streamline and improve the grant process. 
These proposed exemptions will include small purchases not to exceed 
the current small purchase threshold.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: John Donaldson, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1834
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AG99
_______________________________________________________________________

2579. POLITICAL SUBDIVISION PARTICIPATION IN STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY 
PROGRAMS AND STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY AGENCY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 402

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1250; 23 CFR 1251

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the President's Regulatory Reinvention 
Initiative, the agency is proposing to amend certain provisions 
concerning the State Highway Safety Programs to streamline them and 
delete obsolete or unnecessary requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Agency Contact: John Donaldson, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1834
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH00
_______________________________________________________________________

2580. UNIFORM PROCEDURES FOR STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 402

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1200

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to amend the regulation for the State 
Highway Safety Program to change the submission date for the State's 
Highway Safety Plan documents.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Agency Contact: John Donaldson, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1834
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH01
_______________________________________________________________________

2581. PLACEMENT OF WHEELCHAIR RESTRAINTS ON BUSES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.217

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: To prevent blocking of the emergency exits, the agency is 
proposing to add a new section to the standard to not allow the 
placement of wheelchair securement anchorages or other devices that 
protrude into the aisle of an emergency exit in all buses.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH03
_______________________________________________________________________

2582. INCORPORATE THE 1996 REVISION OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS 
INSTITUTE (ANSI)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.205

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to incorporate the 1996 revision of the American National 
Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for safety glazing used in motor 
vehicles and other minor revisions into the agency's current standard 
for safety glazing used in motor vehicles.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4327

RIN: 2127-AH08
_______________________________________________________________________

2583. HARMONIZATION OF HEAD RESTRAINTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.202

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to modify the current head restraint 
height requirements to correspond to the Economic Commission for Europe 
(ECE) Regulation No. 25 and to propose performance requirements which 
are intended to assure that the head restraint, if adjusted, will 
remain locked in specific backseat and height positions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH09
_______________________________________________________________________

2584. TIRE IDENTIFICATION SYMBOLS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 574

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to require that the date of manufacture of a tire be 
expressed in four digits instead of the currently-required three 
digits. This will bring the agency's tire date code regulation into 
harmony with the United Nations' Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) 
regulation and the International Organization for Standardization 
(ISO). The agency is also proposing to reduce the size of the date code 
lettering from a minimum of 6 mm to a minimum of 4mm. This will reduce 
the cost impact to tire manufacturers while still providing a readable 
date code symbol.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH10

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_______________________________________________________________________

2585. TRUCK AIR BRAKING REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to modify the air brake requirements for five of the ten 
recommended modifications. These areas are to provide consistency 
between table I., Stopping Sequence, item 4(b) and S5.7.3(b); provide 
wording for single-unit vehicles to prevent single-unit axle 
overloading; clarify emergency brake requirements for trucks and buses; 
address the misconceptions about the wheel lock provisions as they 
apply to vehicles with tandem axles; and correct two minor 
typographical errors. The other five recommendations will be denied.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH11
_______________________________________________________________________

2586. MOTORCYCLE BRAKING REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.122

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering eliminating the requirements for the minimum hand lever 
force (5 pounds) and the minimum foot pedal force (10 pounds) for fade 
and water recovery tests.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH15
_______________________________________________________________________

2587. HEAVY VEHICLE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.105; 49 CFR 571.121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing performance tests for ABS-equipped 
single unit trucks and buses. ABS equipment requirements became 
effective for air-braked single unit trucks, buses, and trailers on 
March 1, 1998, and for hydraulic-braked trucks and buses becomes 
effective on March 1, 1999. The agency indicated in prior rulemaking 
notices that it would consider supplementing these ABS equipment 
requirements with performance requirements after conducting tests to 
determine if such testings are practicable and repeatable for trucks 
and buses.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH16
_______________________________________________________________________

2588. FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE OF HEADLAMP CONCEALMENT WITH EUROPEAN 
REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering whether the headlamp concealment requirements of the 
standard are functionally equivalent from a safety perspective to 
similar European requirements and determining whether it is possible to 
permit vehicle manufacturers to certify to either the current US 
performance or to the current European performance. If this is 
possible, the standard will be amended to permit such certification.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH18
_______________________________________________________________________

2589. FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE OF WINDSHIELD WASHING AND WIPING SYSTEMS 
WITH EUROPEAN REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.104

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency will 
determine whether the windshield washing and wiping requirements of the 
standard are functionally equivalent from a safety perspective to 
similar European requirements and determine whether it is possible to 
permit vehicle manufacturers to certify to either the

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current US performance or to the current European performance. If this 
is possible, the standard will be amended to permit such certification.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH20
_______________________________________________________________________

2590. FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE OF WINDSHIELD DEFROSTING AND DEFOGGING 
SYSTEMS WITH EUROPEAN REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency will 
determine whether the windshield defrosting and defogging requirements 
of the standard are functionally equivalent from a safety perspective 
to similar European requirements and determine whether it is possible 
to permit vehicle manufacturers to certify to either the current US 
performance or to the current European performance. If this is 
possible, the standard will be amended to permit such certification.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH22
_______________________________________________________________________

2591. DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  9 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency will amend various sections of part 571 to create 
a new vehicle type, tentatively called community transportation 
vehicles, that will have to meet the crashworthiness standards 
applicable to school buses, but will not have to meet the crash 
avoidance standards (i.e., stop arms, flashing lights, etc.). This will 
allow manufacturers to certify vehicles that will be less expensive and 
as safe as a school bus for transportation of Head Start students 
because the school bus crash avoidance features are unnecessary when 
there is no curb-side pickup.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Paul Atelsek, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC20590
Phone: 202 366-2992
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH23
_______________________________________________________________________

2592.  METRIC CONVERSION - PHASE III

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166; PL 100-418, sec 5164

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is amending selected Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards by converting English measurements in those standards to 
metric measurements. This rulemaking is the third and final in a series 
that the agency will undertake to implement the Federal policy that the 
metric system is the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. 
trade and commerce. The conversions are not intended to change the 
stringency of the affected Federal motor vehicles safety standards.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Noble Bowie, Director, Office of Planning and Consumer 
Programs, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0842
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH27
_______________________________________________________________________

2593.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE 
AGREEMENT ON GLOBAL TECHNICAL REGULATIONS: STATEMENT OF POLICY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 551

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is soliciting public comments on a draft statement 
of policy concerning procedures for facilitating public participation 
in the agency's activities relating to the implementation of the 
pending United Nations/Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) 
Agreement on Global Technical Regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Julie Abraham, Acting Director, Office of International 
Harmonization, Department of

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Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1455

RIN: 2127-AH29
_______________________________________________________________________

2594.  MOTOR VEHICLE CONTENT LABELING CALCULATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32304

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 583

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing several changes in its content 
labeling regulation to implement provisions included in the 
Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century. Content calculation 
procedures to provide vehicle manufacturers added flexibility in making 
content determinations where outside suppliers have not responded to 
requests for content information which are now temporary will be made 
permanent. This flexibility will be available for up to ten percent, by 
value, of a carline's total parts content from outside suppliers. 
Outside suppliers of parts will count U.S./Canadian content where it is 
less than 70 percent. Engine and transmission countries of origin will 
be determined by including assembly labor. Certain small parts value 
will be assigned to the country of the assembly plant.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Orron Kee, Division Chief, Consumer Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH33
_______________________________________________________________________

2595.  UPGRADE DOOR RETENTION PERFORMANCE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Based upon annual average estimates from the 1988 through 
1996 Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the National Automotive 
Sampling System (NASS), there is an annual average of 2,515 fatalities 
and 1,882 serious injuries due to door ejections. Side door ejections 
are the second leading cause of ejections in all crashes, superseded 
only by ejections through fixed glazing. One of the activities of 
agency rollover research focuses on reducing injuries and fatalities 
resulting from side door ejections. This research has led the agency to 
potential significant solutions to mitigating a substantial number of 
these fatalities and injuries by improving side door retention 
performance. Therefore, the agency is proposing to upgrade the door 
retention requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH34
_______________________________________________________________________

2596.  THEFT DATA FOR CALENDAR YEAR 1997

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33104(b)(4)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 541

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action will publish the preliminary data on passenger 
motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 1997 for model year 
(MY) 1997 vehicles. The theft data will indicate the overall vehicles' 
theft rate in 1997. Publication of this data will fulfill the agency's 
obligation to periodically obtain accurate and timely data and publish 
the information for review and comment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rosalind Proctor, Group Leader, Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 493-2739

RIN: 2127-AH35
_______________________________________________________________________

2597.  ADMINISTRATIVE REWRITE OF THE LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS OTHER 
THAN HEADLAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the President's regulatory reinvention 
initiative, the agency is proposing to rewrite the reflective devices 
and associated equipment requirements to make the standard more 
readable and understandable. The standard has grown over the last 30 
years by the incorporation of hundreds of amendments. The document has 
become unwieldy in use and the agency decided to rewrite it to 
segregate it into chapters that address each lighting function 
separately. These sections will state the basic performance necessary 
for each lighting function and for lamp installation on various vehicle 
types. The rewrite will continue to reference Society of Automotive 
Engineers (SAE) and other standards and recommended practices for test 
procedures if too lengthy to incorporate changes. However, it will 
codify various agency interpretations of its rules to make the standard 
more explicit and objective. The administrative rewrite of the headlamp

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regulations can be found under RIN 2127-AG87.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH37
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2598. +SCHOOL BUS BODY JOINT STRENGTH

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.221

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to NTSB recommendations on body joint strength 
and maintenance access panels as well as the agency's own analyses, 
this rulemaking action improves the test requirements and test 
procedures for the body joints of school buses and limits the number 
and size of maintenance access panels that are excluded from the 
requirements of the standard. The agency believes that this rule will 
prevent 26-35 AIS 3 injuries per year when fully implemented. This 
rulemaking is considered significant because of substantial public and 
congressional interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/15/87                    52 FR 23314
ANPRM Comment Period End        08/03/87
Comment Period Extended to 10/
15/87                           08/12/87                    52 FR 29873
NPRM                            03/15/91                    56 FR 11142
NPRM Comment Period End         05/14/91
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/15/91, 56 FR 11142

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AC19
_______________________________________________________________________

2599. BRAKE LINING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.105

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Petitions from R. Grabowsky and American Trucking Association 
(ATA) requested initiation of rulemaking concerning brake linings (all 
vehicles and aftermarket). Mr. Grabowsky petitioned relative to 
stability, friction level, fade, wear, and identification of linings. 
ATA petitioned relative to friction level and identification of linings 
for heavy vehicles only. Petitions concerned both performance levels 
and test procedures, and were granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Steve Kratzke, Director, Office of Crash Avoidance 
Standards, Vehicle Dynamics Division, Department of Transportation, 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4931
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AC66
_______________________________________________________________________

2600. SEATING SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.207

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Environmental Research and Safety Technologists of Flagstaff, 
AZ, petitioned the agency to reexamine the seatback performance 
requirements of the standard in rear impact crashes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/04/89                    54 FR 40896
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/04/89
Request for Comments            11/23/92                    57 FR 54958
Comment Period End              01/22/93
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Petitions for rulemaking were granted 07/24/89. 
See a related rulemaking action involving these petitioners under RIN 
2127-AC57. The first part of the research is complete. A computer model 
and a prototype seat were developed. Information on this research is 
available in the docket along with a report on crash data analysis. The 
agency is currently evaluating the research results and conducting 
vehicle seat testing.

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AD08

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_______________________________________________________________________

2601. SEAT ADJUSTMENT POSITION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.210

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency solicited comments on a proposal to amend the 
performance requirements of the standard to provide that the lap belt 
angle would be measured for rear adjustable seats with the seats in the 
rearmost adjustment position. This proposal is intended to resolve 
ambiguities regarding the seat adjustment position for the current 
requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/04/91                    56 FR 63473
Correction                      12/17/91                    56 FR 65541
NPRM Comment Period End         02/03/92
To Be Terminated                12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/04/91, 56 FR 63473

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4931
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AE22
_______________________________________________________________________

2602. DRIVING RANGE DETERMINATION FOR DUAL FUEL ELECTRIC PASSENGER 
AUTOMOBILES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32901; 49 USC 32905; 49 USC 32906

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 538

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: After reviewing comments received in response to the 
September 22, 1994 (59 FR 48589) notice, the agency will set the 
minimum driving range only for dual fueled electric passenger 
automobiles, otherwise known as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), at 7.5 
miles on the EPA highway cycle and 10.2 miles on the EPA city cycle 
when operating on electricity alone. The purpose of establishing the 
range is to meet a statutory requirement intended to encourage the 
production of HEVs. An HEV which meets the range requirement would 
qualify to have its fuel economy calculated according to a special 
procedure that would facilitate the efforts of its manufacturer to 
comply with the corporate average fuel economy standard. The agency has 
also proposed to establish a procedure through which manufacturers of 
HEVs that do not meet the minimum driving range requirements may 
petition the agency for relief.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            09/22/94                    59 FR 48589
Comment Period End              11/24/94
NPRM                            01/03/97                      62 FR 375
NPRM Comment Period End         03/04/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/03/97, 62 FR 375

Agency Contact: Orron Kee, Chief, Motor Vehicle Requirements Division, 
Office of Market Incentives, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF37
_______________________________________________________________________

2603. TEST DEVICE PLACEMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.216

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to petitions for rulemaking, the agency is 
revising the test procedures to make them more suitable to testing 
vehicles with highly sloped roofs or raised roofs. This action is being 
taken after reviewing the comments the agency received from the 
published Request for Comments. An NPRM was issued proposing to use a 
smaller test plate when testing certain vehicles with raised roofs and 
aligning the leading edge of the plate with the forwardmost point of 
the roof.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments Due 2/10/9512/27/94                    59 FR 66504
NPRM                            02/27/97                     62 FR 8906
NPRM Comment Period End         04/28/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/27/97, 62 FR 8906

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF40
_______________________________________________________________________

2604. CYLINDER REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.304

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to petitions for rulemaking, the agency is 
deleting the material and manufacturing process requirements for 
compressed natural gas fuel containers. This amendment is based on the 
most recent proposed voluntary industry standard. The agency also 
believes that such an amendment would facilitate technological 
innovation, without any detriment to safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/30/97                    62 FR 29323
NPRM Comment Period End         07/14/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

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Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/30/97, 62 FR 29323

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF51
_______________________________________________________________________

2605. POWER-OPERATED WINDOWS: ROOF PANELS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.118

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering whether to amend the test procedure used to demonstrate 
compliance by adding an alternative testing specification for a non-
contact automatic reversal system, in order to provide a more 
meaningful and realistic method for evaluating the compliance of such 
systems which do not rely on contact to sense an obstruction. Petition 
was granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/04/96                    61 FR 28124
Correction                      06/14/96                    61 FR 30209
NPRM Comment Period End         08/05/96
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/04/96, 61 FR 28124

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF83
_______________________________________________________________________

2606. AUTOMOTIVE FUEL ECONOMY REPORTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will eliminate existing text in the CFR.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32907

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 537

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the President's regulatory reinvention 
initiative, the agency is proposing to remove obsolete reporting 
requirements. These submission requirements include factors such as 
``breakover angles'' for light trucks, which are essentially never used 
by NHTSA. Revising this part would reduce the costs to the industry of 
reporting to NHTSA and could be reduced without substantially affecting 
NHTSA's legitimate data needs.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/13/96                    61 FR 22010
NPRM Comment Period End         07/12/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/13/96, 61 FR 22010

Agency Contact: Orron Kee, Division Chief, Consumer Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG00
_______________________________________________________________________

2607. POWER WINDOW SAFETY SWITCHES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.118

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency proposed 
to require each power operated window, interior partition, and roof 
panel in a motor vehicle to be equipped with a switch designed so that 
contact by a form representing a small child's knee would prevent the 
window, partition, or panel from closing.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/15/96                    61 FR 58504
NPRM Comment Period End         01/14/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/15/96, 61 FR 58504

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG36
_______________________________________________________________________

2608. AUXILIARY SIGNAL LAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency 
published a request for comments from the driving public on the value 
of several signal lamp ideas which have been suggested to the agency 
and on whether the agency should permit auxiliary signal lamps in 
addition to those required by the standard. The agency also is seeking 
comments on a policy for the disposition of petitions for rulemaking 
that request the agency to require or permit safety lighting inventions 
and which are submitted without proof of their effectiveness.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            12/13/96                    61 FR 65510
Comment Period End              03/13/97
Reopen Comment Period to 11/26/
97                              10/27/97                    62 FR 55562
Final Action                    12/00/98

[[Page 62149]]

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG38
_______________________________________________________________________

2609. HYBRID III DUMMY SPECIFICATIONS - CLOTHING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is clarifying the Hybrid III dummy clothing and 
shoes specifications that are to be worn during testing, defining an 
opening in the femur flesh, and the use of the lumbar spine load cell.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/07/97                    62 FR 42469
NPRM Comment Period End         10/06/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/07/97, 62 FR 42469

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG39
_______________________________________________________________________

2610. PELVIC RESTRAINTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.209

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to delete the requirement that the lap belt portion of a 
safety belt system be designed to remain on the pelvis under all 
conditions. Petition was granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/07/97                    62 FR 36251
NPRM Comment Period End         09/05/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/07/97, 62 FR 36251

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG48
_______________________________________________________________________

2611. +UNIFORM CHILD ANCHORAGES

Priority:  Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to several petitions for rulemaking, the agency 
is proposing to require that motor vehicles and add-on child restraints 
be equipped with a means independent of vehicle safety belts for 
securing the child restraints to vehicle seats. The adoption of the 
proposal would avoid problems of incompatibility between child 
restraints and vehicle safety belts and increase the correct 
installation of child restraints. By reducing allowable head excursion, 
this proposal would have the effect of requiring child restraints to be 
equipped with an upper tether strap, and would require vehicles to have 
two factory-installed, user-ready anchor points for attaching the 
tether. It would also require vehicles to have a rear vehicle seating 
position equipped with a specialized lower anchorage system, and 
require child restraints to be equipped with means of attaching to that 
system. This action is considered significant because of public 
interest. Petitions were granted.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Public Workshop: Request for 
Comments                        09/10/96                    61 FR 47728
Correction                      09/20/96                    61 FR 49427
Comment Period End              10/25/96
NPRM                            02/20/97                     62 FR 7858
NPRM Comment Period End         05/22/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/20/97, 62 FR 7858

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG50
_______________________________________________________________________

2612. UTILITY VEHICLE LABEL

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 575.105

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to revise the content and format of 
the utility vehicle label requirements for multipurpose passenger 
vehicles with a wheelbase of 110 inches or less to improve the 
effectiveness of the label. The agency may also propose changes

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in the type of vehicles to which the requirement applies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/13/98                    63 FR 17974
NPRM Comment Period End         06/12/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/13/98, 63 FR 17974

Agency Contact: Mary Versailles, Office of Planning and Consumer 
Programs, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2057
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG53
_______________________________________________________________________

2613. CERTIFICATION LABELS FOR MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES AND LIGHT 
DUTY TRUCKS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 33101; 49 USC 33102; 49 USC 33103; 49 USC 33104

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 567

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to amend the vehicle certification 
regulation that specifies the contents of certification labels that 
manufacturers are required to affix to new motor vehicles. The 
amendment would require the certification label for multipurpose 
passenger vehicles and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of not 
more than 6,000 pounds to specify that the vehicle complies with all 
applicable Federal motor vehicle safety and theft prevention standards. 
The current regulation only requires a statement of compliance with 
safety standards. The Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 extended the theft 
prevention standard to multipurpose passenger vehicles and trucks rated 
at not more than 6,000 pounds.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/25/98                    63 FR 34623
NPRM Comment Period End         08/10/98
Final Action                    02/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Coleman Sachs, Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263

RIN: 2127-AG65
_______________________________________________________________________

2614. CONSUMER INFORMATION ON TIRE GRADING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30123

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 575

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to eliminate the requirement that new car manufacturers 
provide their dealers consumer information on the tire grading of new 
car tires. This action will alleviate a paperwork burden on automobile 
manufacturers and dealers that has little benefit to consumers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/21/98                    63 FR 27911
NPRM Comment Period End         07/20/98
Final Action                    01/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/21/98, 63 FR 27911

Agency Contact: P. L. Moore, Standards Engineer, Consumer Programs 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5222
Fax: 202 366-4327

RIN: 2127-AG67
_______________________________________________________________________

2615. TRANSITION PROCEDURES FROM CURRENT TO NEW NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will eliminate existing text in the CFR.

Legal Authority:  23 USC 401

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1325

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, February 6, 1997.

Abstract: In response to the President's Regulatory Reinvention 
Initiative, the agency is removing the regulation on procedures for 
transition to the National Driver Register (NDR). It is also amending 
portions of the regulation on participation in the NDR Problem Driver 
Pointer System (PDPS). These portions pertain to the steps States were 
to follow to notify the NDR of their interest in participating in the 
NDR under PDPS. The agency will remove these provisions when the 
transition to the new NDR has been completed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/17/96                    61 FR 16729
NPRM Comment Period End         06/03/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Additional Information: NPRM incorrectly printed under RIN 2127-AG21.

Agency Contact: William Holden, Division Chief, Driver Register and 
Traffic Records Division, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4800
Fax: 202 366-2729

RIN: 2127-AG68
_______________________________________________________________________

2616. ADVANCED AIR BAG DUMMY RULE FOR HYBRID III TYPE 6-YEAR-OLD SIZE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

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CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572; 49 CFR 571.208; 49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing design and performance specifications 
for a new, more advanced 6-year old child dummy. The agency believes 
that the new dummy, part of the family of Hybrid III test dummies, is 
more representative of humans than the existing 6-year old child dummy 
specified by the agency and allows the assessment of more types of 
potential injuries. The new dummy is especially needed to evaluate the 
effects of air bag deployment on children, but would also provide 
greater and more useful information in a variety of environments to 
better evaluate child safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/29/98                    63 FR 35170
Correction                      09/03/98                    63 FR 46979
NPRM Comment Period End         09/28/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/29/98, 63 FR 35170

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG76
_______________________________________________________________________

2617. GLARE REDUCTION FROM DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is proposing to amend the lighting standard to 
reduce glare from daytime running lamps (DRLs). It would do this in 
three stages. One year after publication of the final rule, DRLs 
utilizing the upper headlamp beam would not be permitted to exceed 
3,000 candela (cd) at any point, thus becoming subject to the maximum 
candela permitted for DRLs other than headlamps. This same limit would 
be applied to the upper half of lower beam DRLs two years after 
publication of the final rule. Finally, four years after publication of 
the final rule, all DRLs, except lower beam DRLs, would be subject to a 
flat 1,500 cd limit. Lower beam DRLs would be limited to 1,500 cd at 
horizontal or above. This action is intended to provide the public with 
all the conspicuity benefits of DRLs while reducing glare and is based 
on research that has become available since the final rule establishing 
DRLs was published in 1993.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/07/98                    63 FR 42348
Extension of Comment Period     09/18/98                    63 FR 49891
NPRM Comment Period End         09/21/98
Extended Comment Period End     11/05/98
Final Action                    04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/07/98, 63 FR 42348

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG86
_______________________________________________________________________

2618. EXTEND PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER PROGRAM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 303

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1327

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule authorizes the Commandant of the 
Coast Guard Reserve to request and receive information from the 
National Driver Register (NDR) regarding the motor vehicle driving 
records of any officer, chief warrant officer, or enlisted member of 
the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve (including a cadet or an 
applicant for appointment or enlistment of any of the foregoing, and 
any member of a uniformed service who is assigned to the Coast Guard). 
This interim final rule establishes the procedures for such individuals 
to request, and for the Commandant to receive, NDR information.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/02/97                    62 FR 63655
Interim Final Rule Effective    12/02/97
Comment Period End              02/02/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: This action was inadvertently published under 
RIN No. 2127-AG21.

Agency Contact: William Holden, Division Chief, Driver Register and 
Traffic Records Division, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4800
Fax: 202 366-2746

RIN: 2127-AG90
_______________________________________________________________________

2619. +FUEL ECONOMY CALCULATIONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32904

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 531

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 
Implementation Act of 1993 modified the calculation of average fuel 
economy by permitting Mexican content of passenger cars to be included 
with United States and Canadian content. This was for assigning 
passenger cars to domestic or import fleets for computation of 
corporate average fuel economy (CAFE). The revision of the code permits 
the declaration of Mexican content to occur during the period January 
1, 1997, through January 1, 2004, at the manufacturers' option. This 
rulemaking provides instructions on making the

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content declaration and relates to the Environmental Protection 
Agency's regulation at 40 CFR 600.511. This rule is considered 
significant because it changes the split of the manufacturer's import 
and domestic passenger car fleets for CAFE credit and penalty 
computation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Henrietta Spinner, Program Analyst, Consumer Programs 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4802
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG95
_______________________________________________________________________

2620. INSURER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR OCTOBER 1998

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33112

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 544

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency proposes to update its lists in appendices A, B, 
and C of part 544 of passenger motor vehicle insurers that are required 
to file reports on their motor vehicle theft loss experience. If these 
revised appendices are adopted in a final rule, each insurer included 
in any of these appendices must file a report for the 1995 calendar 
year not later than October 25, 1998. Further, as long as the insurer 
remains listed, it must submit reports by each subsequent October 25.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/04/98                    63 FR 24519
NPRM Comment Period End         07/06/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rosalind Proctor, Group Leader, Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-2739

RIN: 2127-AH05
_______________________________________________________________________

2621. DEPOWERING OF AIR BAGS: TECHNICAL AMENDMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is amending the final rule that was published 
March 19, 1997 (RIN 2127-AG59) that allows the depowering of air bags. 
This technical amendment clarifies that: (1) the ``corridor'' defining 
the permissible range of acceleration with respect to time can itself 
be shifted with respect to time to contain the time at which the sled 
acceleration first reaches 0.5 g; (2) the neck injury criteria for 
flexion bending moment and extension bending moment are intended to be 
measured by the six axis load cell and corrected to reflect the 
corresponding values at the occipital condyles; and (3) prior to 
testing the engine, transmission, axles, exhaust, vehicle frame, and 
vehicle body should be rigidly secured and adequately attached to the 
vehicle and/or the sled. Fluids, batteries and unsecured components may 
be removed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Technical Amendment             10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH24
_______________________________________________________________________

2622.  WARNING LIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR BAG ON-OFF SWITCH

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
proposing to amend the location requirement for the telltale warning 
light provided with air bag on-off switches to relieve a design 
restriction and allow more flexibility in the placement of the warning 
light.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/20/98                    63 FR 38795
NPRM Comment Period End         09/03/98
Final Action                    03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/20/98, 63 FR 38795

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH25
_______________________________________________________________________

2623.  LIST OF NONCONFORMING VEHICLES ELIGIBLE FOR IMPORTATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30141

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 593

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final action amends the list of vehicles not originally 
manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards that the agency has decided to be eligible for importation. 
This list is published as an appendix to this regulation which 
established the procedures through which the agency makes import 
eligibility decisions. The amendment will add to the list all

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vehicles that the agency has decided to be eligible for importation 
since the list was last published on October 1, 1997.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Because this rule only furnishes information 
and imposes no regulatory requirement, the agency has good cause to 
dispense with a notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments on 
this amendment.

Agency Contact: Coleman R. Sachs, Trial Attorney, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5238
Fax: 202 366-3820
Email: csachs@nhtsa.dot.gov

RIN: 2127-AH28
_______________________________________________________________________

2624.  EXTENSION OF PASSENGER CAR BRAKE SYSTEM STANDARD TO LIGHT 
TRUCKS AND VANS (LTVS) WITH GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING BETWEEN 3,500 
AND 4,536KG

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In a final rule published September 30, 1997 (62 FR 51064 - 
RIN 2127-AG35), the agency extended the applicability of Federal Motor 
Vehicle Safety Standard No. 135, Passenger Car Brake Systems, to light 
trucks and vans (LTVs) with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 
3,500 kg or less. The rule also stated that the agency would publish a 
separate notice addressing the appropriateness of extending the 
requirements of Standard No. 135 to LTVs with a GVWR between 3,500 and 
4,536 kg. After reviewing additional brake test data designed to assess 
the performance of vehicles with the increased GVWR, however, the 
agency has decided to withdraw rulemaking. Safety benefits resulting 
from extending the application of Standard No. 135 to LTVs with GVWRs 
between 3,501 and 4,536 kg are questionable and would be further 
limited by substantial costs to manufacturers and by low sales volumes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

To be withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH30
_______________________________________________________________________

2625.  THERMAL TEST PROCEDURE FOR PASSENGER CAR BRAKE SYSTEM 
STANDARD

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under       
    PL 104-4.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.135

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency granted a petition for rulemaking requesting that 
three constant deceleration stops be added at the onset of the thermal 
test sequence for purposes of establishing performance requirements for 
the subsequent ``hot performance'' and ``recovery performance'' test. 
Based on available information, the agency believes that the 
practicability testing problems cited by the petitioner will not result 
in vehicle non-compliance unless a given vehicle's brake system is 
severely degraded by heating. Therefore, the agency has decided to 
withdraw further rulemaking on this issue.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

To be withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2720
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH31
_______________________________________________________________________

2626.  HIGH-THEFT LINES FOR MODEL YEAR 2000

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33104

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 541

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action will list the agency's determination for model 
year (MY) 2000 high-theft vehicle lines that will be subject to the 
parts-marking requirements of the Federal motor vehicle theft 
prevention standard, and the high-theft lines that will be exempted 
from the parts-marking requirements because the vehicles are equipped 
with antitheft devices determined to meet certain statutory criteria 
for MY 2000, pursuant to the statute relating to motor vehicle theft 
prevention.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rosalind Proctor, Group Leader, Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 493-2739

RIN: 2127-AH36
_______________________________________________________________________

2627.  +SAFETY INCENTIVE GRANTS FOR USE OF SEAT BELTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect State, local or tribal 
governments.

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 1403

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1240

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 1403 of TEA-21 established a new program of incentive

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grants (under section 157 of chapter 1 of title 23) to encourage States 
to increase seat belt use rates. This rulemaking action establishes the 
criteria and procedures to be followed to implement this incentive 
grant program. A State is eligible for an incentive grant if: (1) The 
State had a seat belt use rate greater than the national average for 
the two preceding calendar years, OR (2) The State's seat belt use rate 
in the previous calendar year was higher than the State's ``base seat 
belt use rate.'' (The `` base seat belt use rate'' is defined as the 
State's highest use rate for any calendar year from 1996 through the 
calendar year preceding the previous calendar year.) The amount of 
funding each State is awarded will be based on calculations by the 
Secretary of the annual savings to the Federal Government in medical 
costs (including savings under the medicare and medicaid programs). 
According to the statute, on September 1 of each year, beginning in 
1998, the Department will determine which States meet the eligibility 
criteria, and on October 1 of each year, the Department will allocate 
the incentive grant funds. This rule sets forth the procedures the 
agency will use to evaluate seat belt use rates and to allocate funds. 
Its publication as an interim final rule, with immediate effectiveness, 
is necessary because the first evaluations of seat belt use information 
are required on September 1, 1998, and the first allocations of funds 
are required on October 1, 1998. The statute authorizes a total of $500 
million for grants under this section for fiscal years 1999 through 
2003. A State may use these grant funds for any project eligible for 
assistance under title 23. If there are any unallocated funds available 
in FY 1999, the excess amounts will be apportioned to the states for 
expenditure on the Surface Transportation Program (STP). If there are 
any unallocated funds available in FY 2000 through FY 2003, the 
Secretary is directed to allocate the funds to selected States to carry 
out innovative projects that promote increased seat belt use rates. 
States will be selected based on plans submitted to the Secretary.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Joan Tetrault, Office of State and Community Services, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH38
_______________________________________________________________________

2628.  +STATE INCENTIVES TO PREVENT OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES 
BY INTOXICATED PERSONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 1404

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1225

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 1404 of TEA-21 established a new program of incentive 
grants (under section 163 of chapter 1 of title 23) to encourage States 
to establish 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the 
legal limit for drunk driving offenses. This rulemaking action 
establishes the criteria and procedures to be followed to implement 
this incentive grant program. Any State that has in effect and is 
enforcing a 0.08 percent BAC law, before the end of the fiscal year, is 
eligible to receive incentive funds for that fiscal year. The law must 
provide that any person with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 
percent or greater while operating a motor vehicle in the state shall 
be deemed to have committed a per se offense of driving while 
intoxicated (or an equivalent per se offense). A state may use these 
grant funds for any project eligible for assistance under title 23. The 
statute authorizes a total of $500 million for grants under this 
section for fiscal years 1998 through 2003. Available funding each year 
is apportioned among all eligible States according to the Section 402 
formula. This rule must be published as an interim final rule, with 
immediate effectiveness, because its criteria apply for States seeking 
to receive FY 1998 funds.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/03/98                    63 FR 46881
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/03/98
Comment Period End              10/19/98
Final Action                    03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal

Agency Contact: Marlene Markison, Chief, Program Support, Office of 
State and Community Services, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH39
_______________________________________________________________________

2629.  OCCUPANT PROTECTION INCENTIVE GRANTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 2003

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1345

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TEA-21 established a new program of incentive grants to 
encourage States to adopt and implement effective programs to reduce 
highway deaths and injuries resulting from individuals riding 
unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles. This 
rulemaking action will establish criteria and procedures to be followed 
to implement this incentive grant program. A State may become eligible 
to receive a grant under this section by demonstrating that it has 
implemented at least four of the following six criteria: 1) a law 
requiring safety belt use by all front seat passengers ( and beginning 
in FY2001, in any seat in the vehicle); 2) a primary safety belt law; 
3) minimum fines or penalty points for belt and child seat violations; 
4) a special traffic enforcement program; 5) a child passenger 
protection education program; and 6) a child passenger protection law - 
requiring minors to be properly secured. The statute authorizes a total 
of $68 million for grants under this section over 5 years beginning in 
fiscal year 1999. Each State that qualifies for a grant receives up to 
25 % of its FY1997 section 402 apportionment. This rule is being 
published as an interim final rule, with immediate effectiveness, 
because its criteria apply for States seeking to receive funds 
beginning on October 1, 1998.

[[Page 62155]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/01/98                    63 FR 52592
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/30/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal

Agency Contact: John Oates, Chief, Implementation, Office of State and 
Community Services, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH40
_______________________________________________________________________

2630.  OPEN CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-206, 112 Stat 834

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1230

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 5 of the TEA-21 Restoration Act established a new 
program (under section 154 of chapter 1 of title 23) to encourage 
States to enact Open Container laws. A State which does not have an 
Open Container law will have certain Federal-aid highway funds 
transferred to the State's section 402 State and Community Highway 
Safety grant program. This rulemaking action establishes the criteria 
and procedures to be followed to implement this transfer program.
Each State shall have in effect an Open Container law that prohibits 
the possession of any open alcoholic beverage container, or the 
consumption of any alcoholic beverage, in the passenger area of any 
motor vehicle (including possession or consumption by the driver of the 
vehicle) located on a public highway, or the right-of-way of a public 
highway, in the State. On October 1, 2000, and October 1, 2001, if a 
State has not enacted and is not enforcing an Open Container law, 1-1/2 
percent of the Federal-aid highway funds apportioned to the State under 
paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) will be transferred to 
the State's section 402 apportionment. On October 1, 2002, and each 
October 1 thereafter, if a State has not enacted and is not enforcing 
an Open Container Law, the transferred amount increases to 3 percent. 
Funds transferred to section 402 must be used for alcohol-impaired 
driving countermeasures or enforcement of driving while intoxicated 
(DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) and other related laws. A 
State may elect to use all or part of its transferred funds for 
activities eligible under the section 152 Hazard Elimination Program. 
The Federal share of a project funded under this section is 100 
percent.
This rule is being published as an interim final rule with immediate 
effectiveness because some state legislatures are not scheduled to meet 
in 2000, so they are preparing their legislative agendas now for their 
1999 legislative sessions. The states have a need to know what the 
criteria will be as soon as possible so they can enact conforming 
legislation and avoid the transfer of funds on October 1, 2000. The 
agency concludes, therefore, that prior notice and opportunity to 
comment on the rule is both impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest and finds good cause to publish an interim final rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Marlene Markison, Chief, Program Support, Office of 
State and Community Services, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH41
_______________________________________________________________________

2631.  ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING COUNTERMEASURES INCENTIVE GRANTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 2004

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1313

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking implements changes mandated by TEA 21 to the 
Section 410 impaired driving countermeasures grant program. New 
incentive grant programs include incentives for graduated licensing 
programs, anti-drunk driving programs aimed at young adults, increased 
sanctions for drivers with high blood alcohol levels, and increased 
alcohol testing for drivers involved in fatal accidents. The rulemaking 
will also establish an alternative incentive program in which states 
may qualify for grants by demonstrating reductions in fatally injured 
drivers with blood alcohol concentrations above .10. The rulemaking 
will also provide for supplemental grants for those states qualifying 
for a basic grant. These supplemental grant programs will add 
provisions aimed at reducing operation with suspended licenses and 
improving detection and conviction of drunk drivers. Appropriated for 
use in this program are the following: $30.6 million for FY 1998, $28.5 
million for FY 1999, $29.3 million for FY 2000, $30.1 million for FY 
2001, $38.7 million for FY 2002, and $39.8 million for FY 2003. This 
rule is being published as an interim final rule, with immediate 
effectiveness, because its criteria apply for States seeking to receive 
funds beginning on October 1, 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal

Agency Contact: Marlene Markison, Chief, Program Support, Office of 
State and Community Services, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH42
_______________________________________________________________________

2632.  STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY DATA IMPROVEMENTS INCENTIVE GRANTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 2005

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1335

[[Page 62156]]

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TEA 21 established a new program of incentive grants to 
encourage States to adopt and implement programs to improve highway 
safety data. This rulemaking action will establish criteria and 
procedures to be followed to implement this incentive grant program to 
encourage States to adopt and implement effective programs to improve 
the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, and accessibility 
of State data that is needed to identify priorities for national, 
State, and local highway and traffic and State programs. A State may 
become eligible to receive a grant under this section by demonstrating 
that it has met one of the following three options: 1)establish a 
multi-disciplinary highway safety data and traffic records coordination 
committee; complete a highway safety data and traffic records 
assessment or audit within the last five years and initiate development 
of a multi-year highway safety data and traffic records strategic plan. 
Upon completion of this option the State may receive $125,000. 2) 
certify that the State has met the criteria of option 1 and submit a 
data and traffic record multi-year plan, identifying goals, 
performance-based measures, and priorities; and specify how incentive 
funds will be used. Upon completion of this option the State may 
receive $250,000. 3) the Secretary may award grants of up to $25,000 
for 1 year to any State that does not meet the criteria for option 1. 
In subsequent years a State must submit or update a data and traffic 
records multi-year plan, identifying goals, performance-based measures 
and priorities; and the specifics of how incentive funds will be used. 
The State must certify that the coordinating committee continues to 
support the multi-year plan and report annually on the progress made to 
implement the plan. States meeting these conditions in subsequent years 
may receive $225,000 or more, based on the population and road mileage 
in the state. A total of $32,000,000 is authorized for fiscal years 
1999 through 2002, and all grant amounts are subject to the 
availability of funds. This rule is being published as an interim final 
rule, with immediate effectiveness, because its criteria apply for 
States seeking to receive funds beginning on October 1, 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal

Agency Contact: John Oates, Chief, Implementation, Office of State and 
Community Services, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH43
_______________________________________________________________________

2633.  IMPORTATION OF VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS - 
TECHNICAL AMENDMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178; 49 USC 30114

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 591

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is amending its regulation on the importation of 
vehicles that do not comply with applicable safety standards to include 
vehicles that are imported for ``Show or Display'' as a category of 
vehicles the agency may exempt from compliance with the safety 
standards. The amendment is being made pursuant to a statutory mandate 
to include the ``Show or Display'' category and will not otherwise 
affect the agency's regulatory requirements. The agency concludes, 
therefore, that prior notice and opportunity to comment on the 
amendment are unnecessary and finds good cause to publish a direct 
final rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Taylor Vinson, Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH45
_______________________________________________________________________

2634.  +UNIFORM CRITERIA FOR STATE OBSERVATIONAL SURVEYS OF SEAT 
BELT USE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 1403

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1340

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 8, 1998.

Abstract: This rulemaking action establishes the criteria and 
procedures to be followed by the States to determine their seat belt 
use rates. Section 1403 of TEA-21 established a new program of 
incentive grants (under section 157 of chapter 1 of title 23) that 
provides funds to States if: (1) The State had a seat belt use rate 
greater than the national average for the two preceding calendar years, 
OR (2) The State's seat belt use rate in the previous calendar year was 
higher than the State's ``base seat belt use rate.'' (The `` base seat 
belt use rate'' is defined as the State's highest use rate for any 
calendar year from 1996 through the calendar year preceding the 
previous calendar year.) For calendar years 1996 and 1997, the 
legislation directs the Department to weigh State-submitted use rates 
to insure national consistency in methods of measurement. For calendar 
years 1998 and beyond, States must establish their seat belt use rates 
in accordance with guidelines issued by the Secretary. This rulemaking 
provides the States with the required guidelines. These uniform 
criteria replace the ``Guidelines for State Observational Surveys of 
Safety Belt and Motorcycle Helmet Use,'' published in 1992, and 
rescinded by this rule. The results of the survey conducted in 
accordance with this rule will be used in making allocations of a total 
of $418 million during fiscal years 2000 through 2003. This rule is 
being published as an interim final rule, with immediate effectiveness, 
because the criteria apply to surveys that the States must conduct 
during calendar year 1998. Moreover, most States conduct these types of 
surveys during the summer/fall months.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/01/98                    63 FR 46389
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/01/98

[[Page 62157]]

Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/29/99
Final Action                    05/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Joan Tetrault, Office of State and Community Services, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH46
_______________________________________________________________________

2635.  MINIMUM PENALTIES FOR REPEAT OFFENDERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-206, 112 Stat 834

CFR Citation:  23 CFR 1235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 5 of the TEA-21 Restoration Act established a new 
program (under section 164 of chapter 1 of title 23) to encourage 
States to enact Repeat Intoxicated Driver laws. A State which does not 
have a Repeat Intoxicated Driver law will have certain Federal-aid 
highway funds transferred to the States section 402 State and Community 
Highway Safety grant program. This rulemaking action establishes the 
criteria and procedures to be followed to implement this transfer 
program.
Each State shall have in effect a Repeat Intoxicated Driver law that 
provides, as a minimum penalty, that an individual convicted of a 
second or subsequent offense for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or 
driving under the influence (DUI) after a previous conviction for that 
offense shall (A) receive a driver's license suspension for not less 
than 1 year; (B) be subject to the impoundment or immobilization of 
each of the individual's motor vehicles or the installation of an 
ignition interlock system on each of the motor vehicles; (C) receive an 
assessment of the individual's degree of abuse of alcohol and treatment 
as appropriate; and (D) receive (i) for 2nd offense, not less than 30 
days community service or 5 days of imprisonment; and (ii) for 3rd and 
subsequent offense, not less than 60 days community service or 10 days 
of imprisonment. On October 1, 2000, and October 1, 2001, if a State 
has not enacted and is not enforcing a Repeat Intoxicated Driver law, 
1-1/2 percent of the Federal-aid highway funds apportioned to the State 
under paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 104(b) will be 
transferred to the State's section 402 apportionment. On October 1, 
2002, and each October 1 thereafter, if a State has not enacted and is 
not enforcing a Repeat Intoxicated Driver law, the transferred amount 
increases to 3 percent. Funds transferred to section 402 must be used 
for alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures or enforcement of driving 
while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) and other 
related laws. A State may elect to use all or part of its transferred 
funds for activities eligible under the section 152 Hazard Elimination 
Program. The Federal share of a project funded under this section is 
100 percent.
This rule is being published as an interim final rule, with immediate 
effectiveness, because some state legislatures are not scheduled to 
meet in the year 2000, so they are preparing their legislative agendas 
now for their 1999 legislative sessions. The states have a need to know 
what the criteria will be as soon as possible so they can enact 
conforming legislation and avoid the transfer of funds on October 1, 
2000. The agency concludes, therefore, that prior notice and 
opportunity to comment on the rule is both impracticable and contrary 
to the public interest and finds good cause to publish an interim final 
rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Marlene Markison, Chief, Program Support, Office of 
State and Community Services, Department of Transportation, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2121
Fax: 202 366-7394

RIN: 2127-AH47
_______________________________________________________________________

2636.  ADJUSTMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES

Priority:  Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority:  PL 101-410

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 578

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, January 1, 1999.

Abstract: The agency is adjusting the civil penalty amounts as required 
at least once every four years to reflect changes in consumer price 
index due to inflation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Taylor Vinson, Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH48

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2637. +CRASHWORTHINESS RATINGS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would require manufacturers to disseminate 
crashworthiness performance information concerning their cars to the 
public, to provide consumers with comparative information on the 
crashworthiness performance of new car models. This rulemaking is 
considered significant because of the impact on manufacturers, the 
interest shown by consumers, and the potential significant effects on 
the automotive marketplace. The agency has requested public comments on 
the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study titled ``Shopping for 
Safety - Providing Consumer Automotive Safety Information,'' (TRB 
Special Report 248) and how that study should be reflected in the 
agency's decision on whether, and if so, how, to proceed with a 
crashworthiness rating for automobiles.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/22/81                     46 FR 7025
Comment Period Extended to 10/
22/81                           04/02/81                    46 FR 19947
NPRM Comment Period End         04/22/81                     46 FR 7025
Request for Comments            05/20/97                    62 FR 27648
Comment Period End              08/18/97


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/22/81, 46 FR 7025

Agency Contact: Mary Versailles, Office of Planning and Consumer 
Programs, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2057
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

2638. +FLAMMABILITY OF INTERIOR MATERIALS - SCHOOL BUSES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.302

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requested comments 
regarding possible upgrade of Standard 302 to reduce the risk of fire 
to school bus occupants. This rulemaking is significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/04/88                    53 FR 44627
ANPRM Comment Period End        01/03/89
Request for Comments            02/26/91                     56 FR 7826
Comment Period End              04/29/91


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AA44
_______________________________________________________________________

2639. CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS OF MULTISTAGE VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 567; 49 CFR 568; 49 CFR 1.50

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action amends the certification requirements that apply 
to incomplete vehicles other than chassis-cabs. Incomplete vehicles are 
vehicles that include at least a frame and chassis structure, power 
train, steering system, suspension system, and brake system, but need 
further manufacturing performed on them to become completed vehicles. 
This action extends the certification requirements currently applying 
to chassis-cabs to all types of incomplete vehicles. The agency 
recognizes that manufacturers who build vehicles in more than one stage 
are faced with somewhat different problems than manufacturers who build 
vehicles in a single stage, especially when it comes to certifying 
vehicles to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The agency 
held a public meeting to listen to the views of these groups and others 
with respect to improving the vehicle certification process, and now 
seeks to implement the new requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/03/91                    56 FR 61392
NPRM Comment Period End         01/31/92
Comment Period Extended to 03/
02/92                           02/03/92                     57 FR 3983
Announced Public Meeting        11/17/95                    60 FR 57694


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 12/03/91, 56 FR 61392

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AE27
_______________________________________________________________________

2640. +REVIEW: SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This standard requires passenger cars manufactured after 
September 1, 1996, to provide occupant protection when impacted in the 
side by a moving deformable barrier. The agency will compare the actual 
risk of occupant injury in side impact crashes

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of cars meeting the standard to the risk in pre-standard cars. The cost 
of the standard will also be estimated. This regulation was selected 
for review because of its costs, potential benefits, and public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    10/01/94
Complete Review                 12/00/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AF54
_______________________________________________________________________

2641. REVIEW: AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE LABELING ACT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32304

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 583

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The American Automobile Labeling Act requires new passenger 
cars and light trucks, beginning October 1, 1994, to bear labels 
providing information on the extent to which their parts are of 
domestic origin. The objective of this review is to determine the 
extent to which new-vehicle buyers know about, understand and use this 
information, and to estimate the effect of the labels on vehicle 
production and sales.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    12/01/95
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  07/24/97                    62 FR 39886
Comment Period End              09/22/97
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  02/18/98                     63 FR 8249
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  02/26/98                     63 FR 9897
Complete Review                 11/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AG18
_______________________________________________________________________

2642. REVIEW: HEAVY TRUCK CONSPICUITY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency is initiating a study to evaluate the safety 
effects of the conspicuity systems requirement (section 5.7) of Federal 
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108. To carry out the study, the 
agency is having special motor vehicle crash data collected by the 
Florida Highway Patrol and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    09/01/95
Request for Comment Collection 
of Information                  07/01/96                    61 FR 33891
Comment Period End              08/30/96
Complete Review                 06/00/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AG19
_______________________________________________________________________

2643. REVIEW: CHILD SAFETY SEAT REGISTRATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This evaluation involves analysis of the effectiveness of 
registering child safety seats to increase response to reports of 
faulty seats. This regulation was selected for review because of public 
interest in child passenger safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    10/01/97
Complete Review                 12/00/00

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office of 
Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AG93
_______________________________________________________________________

2644. REVIEW: AIR BAG ON-OFF SWITCHES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
40 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This standard allows passenger vehicles to be equipped with 
an on-off switch for the right front passenger air bag if the rear seat 
cannot accommodate a rear-facing infant seat. The standard also enables 
vehicle owners to obtain an on-off switch for their passenger and/or 
driver air bag if they transport people who should not be exposed to an 
air bag deployment. The agency will determine, by observation of 
vehicles in use, the percentage of on-off switches that are being 
correctly used. This regulation was selected for review because of its 
public interest and potential benefit.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    04/01/98
Complete Review                 12/00/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

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Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AH12
_______________________________________________________________________

2645. REVIEW: DEPOWERED AIR BAGS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This standard was temporarily amended to make the unbelted 
test for vehicles with air bags less stringent and, in effect, make it 
easier for manufacturers to quickly depower their air bags. Depowered 
air bags are likely to benefit out-of-position occupants and reduce 
drivers' arm injuries, but they might be less effective than earlier 
air bags for some occupants. This regulation was selected for review 
because of public interest, potential benefits, and possibility of 
higher risk for some vehicle occupants.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    05/01/98
Complete Review                 12/00/02

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Charles J. Kahane, Chief, Evaluation Division, Office 
of Plans and Policy, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-2560
Fax: 202 366-2559

RIN: 2127-AH13
_______________________________________________________________________

2646. NONTRADITIONAL TRANSMISSION CONTROL LEVERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.102

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
considering whether to issue a proposal to add requirements for 
vehicles without conventional mechanical transmission shift levers. The 
petitioner would like to use new interfaces that do not use the 
mandated linear sequence of PRNDL for automatic transmission gear 
selection indicated and to use push button switches, joy stick switches 
or voice activation as new driver interfaces with the transmission gear 
selection.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/04/98                    63 FR 30449
Comment Period End              09/02/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH21
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2647. FILM TRANSMITTANCE OF GLAZING MATERIALS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.205

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency proposed 
to revise the light transmittance requirements to replicate real-world 
conditions more closely and to measure light transmittance of window 
glazing in a laboratory test at the angle at which the window is 
mounted in a vehicle. The proposal also made the light transmittance 
requirements consistent with passenger cars and light trucks. After 
reviewing the comments and available information, the agency has 
decided to withdraw this action because: 1) the cost impacts involved 
with testing at the installed angle would not be adequately balanced by 
the potential safety benefits of increased visibility if glazing 
continues to be installed at current rake angles; 2) the agency 
believes that practical limits imposed by concerns about visual 
distortion will prevent rake angles from increasing; and 3) the agency 
does not want to prohibit the use of the best present solar windshield 
glazing in order to achieve slight differences in effective light 
transmittance differences at current rake angles.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/20/89                    54 FR 30427
Petition for Rulemaking Granted 07/20/89                    54 FR 30427
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/18/89                    54 FR 30427
NPRM                            01/22/92                     57 FR 2496
NPRM Comment Period End         03/23/92
Comment Period Extended to 05/
22/92                           03/25/92                    57 FR 10327
Correction                      04/09/92                    57 FR 12286
Withdrawn                       07/14/98                    63 FR 37820

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/22/92, 57 FR 2496

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280

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Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AC85
_______________________________________________________________________

2648. TIRES ON NEW TRAILERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.120

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, this action 
solicited comments to assist the agency in determining whether to 
permit the installation of manufacturer-supplied retreaded tires on new 
trailers. The current requirement states that used or retreaded tires 
may be installed on new trucks, buses, and trailers only if owned and 
provided by the vehicle purchaser. After careful evaluation of the 
comments, the agency has withdrawn this action because installation of 
used tires on new vehicles is incompatible with motor vehicle safety 
and because there are no standards for retreaded tires for vehicles 
other than passenger cars.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/01/95                    60 FR 28561
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/29/95
Withdrawn                       04/27/98                    63 FR 20564

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5274
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF05
_______________________________________________________________________

2649. CONVERSION OF VEHICLES TO COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.303

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency was considering specifications for converting 
vehicles to run on compressed natural gas. These requirements would 
have been used in lieu of crash testing, which the standard requires. 
The agency has not decided whether to take additional action in this 
area; therefore, rulemaking has been terminated.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Terminated                      06/17/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF50
_______________________________________________________________________

2650. SEAT BELT EXEMPTION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency amends 
the requirements for seat belts at forward-facing rear outboard seating 
positions of police cars and other law enforcement vehicles to 
facilitate the transporting of prisoners.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/13/95                    60 FR 31132
NPRM Comment Period End         08/14/95
Final Action                    01/26/98                     63 FR 3662
Final Action Effective          02/25/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/26/98, 63 FR 3662

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF66
_______________________________________________________________________

2651. AUTOMATIC DRAIN VALVE FOR AIR RESERVOIR TANKS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 20166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency proposed 
to require that each air brake-equipped truck, truck tractor, and bus 
be equipped with a means of automatically removing moisture and 
contaminants from the air system. The purpose of this proposal was to 
improve the safety of air-braked vehicles by improving the reliability 
and durability of antilock braking system (ABS) modulator valves and 
pneumatic control valves. The agency is withdrawing this action at this 
time pending completion of Society of Automotive Engineers development 
of a performance standard for cleaning and air drying equipment for use 
in air brake systems.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            07/24/95                    60 FR 37864
Correction                      08/17/95                    60 FR 42830
NPRM                            11/04/96                    61 FR 56652
NPRM Comment Period End         01/03/97
Withdrawn                       03/26/98                    63 FR 14674

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/04/96, 61 FR 56652

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5274
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF72

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_______________________________________________________________________

2652. SEALED BEAM HEADLAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency was considering to propose removal of certain 
sealed beam headlamp requirements in the standard. Manufacturers would 
no longer have to petition for rulemaking to change the specifications 
of sealed beam lamps. This would have resulted in an administratively 
restructured and clarified section of the standard dealing exclusively 
with headlamp requirements. The agency has decided to combine this 
action with the administrative rewrite (RIN 2127-AG87).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Terminated                      07/28/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: In the October 1996 agenda, this action 
incorrectly indicated that an NPRM had been published.

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF89
_______________________________________________________________________

2653. VOLUNTARILY INSTALLED SHOULDER BELTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.210

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
permitting an optional test procedure for the anchorages of a 
voluntarily-installed shoulder belt on a motor vehicle safety belt. 
Currently, if a shoulder belt is voluntarily-installed, only the lap 
belt anchorages are subject to a performance test.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/14/96                    61 FR 24265
NPRM Comment Period End         07/15/96
Final Action                    06/12/98                    63 FR 32140
Final Action Effective          06/14/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Manufacturers wishing to comply with the 
requirements of this final rule may do so before the effective date 
commencing September 10, 1998.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/12/98, 63 FR 32140

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF91
_______________________________________________________________________

2654. HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.105; 49 CFR 571.121

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action responds to petitions for reconsideration of a 
final rule published December 13, 1995 (60 FR 63965) that amended FMVSS 
No. 105 and FMVSS No. 121 to require medium duty and heavy duty 
vehicles to be equipped with an antilock brake system (ABS). The 
previous action required continuous power for trailer ABSs in place of 
the dedicated power and separate ground previously required, delayed 
the implementation date for the in-cab trailer malfunction indicator by 
four years, and extended by three years the period in which exterior 
ABS failure indicators are required on trailers. This action permits 
hydraulically-braked vehicles with GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds but 
less than 19,501 pounds to be equipped with a single wheel speed sensor 
in the driveline, and allows motor homes with a GVWR of 22,500 pounds 
or less to use a single rear drive axle wheel speed sensor if 
manufactured prior to March 1, 2001.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    12/13/95                    60 FR 63965
Action on Petitions             02/15/96                     61 FR 5949
Final Action Effective          03/01/97
Further Action on Petitions     03/16/98                    63 FR 12660
Final Action Effective          03/01/01

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: RINs 2127-AF97, AF98, and AF99 are consolidated 
into this action. Compliance dates: Std. No. 121 antilock malfunction 
signal - March 1, 2001; Std. No. 121 antilock power circuit for towed 
vehicles - each truck tractor March 1, 1997, and single unit vehicles 
March 1, 1998; and Std. No. 121 antilock system power trailers - March 
1, 1998. The agency is reviewing an additional petition for 
reconsideration to amend heavy duty vehicle braking requirements in 
several areas, including the burnish procedure and test sequence.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/15/96, 61 FR 5949

Agency Contact: George Soodoo, Group Leader, Vehicle Dynamics Group, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5274
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AF96
_______________________________________________________________________

2655. EXEMPTION FROM REARWARD DISPLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the President's regulatory reinvention 
initiative, this action proposed to exempt vehicles under 8,500 pounds 
gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) from compliance with the rearward 
displacement requirements of FMVSS No. 204, if they comply with 
Standard 208 air bag requirements in a rigid barrier crash

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test. This exemption was expected to save certification costs. The 
agency is withdrawing this proposal because the widespread use of the 
new ``sled test'' allowed by the depowering rulemaking (62 FR 12960) 
may have eliminated the basic need for this proposal.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/16/95                    60 FR 57565
NPRM Comment Period End         01/16/96
Withdrawn                       07/20/98                    63 FR 38799

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/16/95, 60 FR 57565

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG01
_______________________________________________________________________

2656. FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS: HEAD IMPACT PROTECTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.201

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule permits, but not requires, the installation of 
dynamically deploying upper interior head protection systems currently 
being developed by some vehicle manufacturers to provide added head 
protection in lateral crashes. Compliance with these requirements is 
tested at specified points called ``target points.'' Since compliance 
is often not practicable at target points located near the places where 
these dynamic systems are stored before they are deployed, vehicles 
equipped with the dynamic systems will be allowed to meet slightly 
reduced requirements at these points. However, these vehicles will also 
be required to meet new requirements to ensure that these dynamic 
systems enhance safety. This rule adds procedures and performance 
requirements for testing the deployment of these systems and their 
protective capability through a combination of in-vehicle tests and a 
full scale vehicle crash test. For the specifications and qualification 
requirements of the anthropomorphic test dummy to be used in compliance 
testing see RIN 2127-AG74.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/07/96                     61 FR 9136
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/22/96
NPRM                            08/26/97                    62 FR 45202
NPRM Comment Period End         10/27/97
Final Action                    08/04/98                    63 FR 41451
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/04/98, 63 FR 41451

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG07
_______________________________________________________________________

2657. +UPGRADED REQUEST FOR AIRCRAFT-CERTIFIED CHILD SEATS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency intended to upgrade the requirements for child 
seats certified for use on aircraft. It would have required child 
restraints certified for use on aircraft to meet compatibility (fit) 
requirements and to meet performance criteria when sled tested under 
conditions more representative of the aircraft environment. This action 
was considered significant because of the substantial public interest 
in issues involving child seats on aircraft and because of special 
interest to another modal Administration. This action will now be 
initiated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Terminated                      06/17/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh St. SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG12
_______________________________________________________________________

2658. DUMMY CONTAINMENT DURING COMPLIANCE TESTING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208; 49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: NHTSA proposed to amend a provision in the occupant crash 
protection standard which specifies that, during crash tests, all 
portions of a test dummy must remain in the vehicle throughout the 
test. NHTSA considered a range of alternative requirements to ensure 
that the standard's requirements are practicable. This action resulted 
from a petition for rulemaking. This action is being withdrawn because 
problems with containment have been adequately resolved by vehicle 
manufacturers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/30/96                    61 FR 45927
NPRM Comment Period End         10/29/96
Withdrawn                       04/02/98                    63 FR 16215

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/30/96, 61 FR 45927

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590

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Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG17
_______________________________________________________________________

2659. PLASTIC SPACER-INSERTS FOR TEST DUMMIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.214; 49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency has made two amendments to the specifications for 
the side impact test dummy and the procedure in the side impact 
protection standard for positioning the dummy in a vehicle for 
compliance testing purposes. The first amendment added plastic spacers 
to the dummy's lumbar spine to prevent a metal cable within the spine 
from contacting other metal parts in the spine (``snapping''). Some 
manufacturers believe that such contact can generate large spikes in 
the data obtained from the dummy. The second amendment specified a 
procedure during the positioning of the dummy to fully extend the 
damper piston in the dummy's ribcage prior to the side impact test. 
These changes are intended to reduce to the extent possible any 
potential problems with the consistency of the data obtained from the 
dummy in a side impact crash test.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/24/96                    61 FR 49992
NPRM Comment Period End         11/25/96
Final Action                    04/02/98                    63 FR 16136
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/02/98, 63 FR 16136

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG37
_______________________________________________________________________

2660. REMOVE OBSOLETE PROVISIONS TO OCCUPANT CRASH STANDARD

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 20117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency was considering proposing to revise its occupant 
crash protection standard to remove obsolete provisions and to 
reorganize the standard. This revision would have substantially 
clarified and simplified this safety standard without changing any of 
its substantive requirements. The agency has decided not to proceed 
with rulemaking on this action until the forthcoming advanced air bag 
rulemaking is completed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Terminated                      06/17/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Action 2127-AG29 is being combined into this 
action.

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG42
_______________________________________________________________________

2661. METRIC CONVERSION - PHASE II

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166; PL 100-418, sec 5164

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency amended selected Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standards by converting English measurements in those standards to 
metric measurements. This rulemaking is the second in a series that 
NHTSA will undertake to implement the Federal policy that the metric 
system is the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade 
and commerce. The conversions are not intended to change the stringency 
of the affected Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
This notice responds to petitions for reconsideration and corrects 
typographical errors in the final rule published on May 27, 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/21/97                    62 FR 19253
NPRM Comment Period End         06/20/97
Final Action                    05/27/98                    63 FR 28922
Technical Amendment             09/24/98                    63 FR 50995
Final Action Effective          05/27/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/27/98, 63 FR 28922

Agency Contact: Noble Bowie, Director, Office of Planning and Consumer 
Programs, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0842
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG55
_______________________________________________________________________

2662. LOW-SPEED VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.500

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency established a new category of motor vehicle called 
``low-speed vehicle.'' A low-speed vehicle (LSV) is any 4-wheeled motor 
vehicle, other than a truck, whose top speed is more than 20 but does 
not exceed 25 mph. Under this new standard, Federal Motor Vehicle 
Safety Standard No. 500, LSVs will be equipped with certain basic items 
of motor vehicle safety equipment, such as seat belts, in lieu of 
complying with the Federal motor vehicle safety and bumper standards 
that would apply if LSVs were categorized according to existing vehicle 
types.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/08/97                     62 FR 1077
NPRM Comment Period End         02/24/97
Final Action                    06/17/98                    63 FR 33193
Final Action Effective          06/17/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This action is in partial response to oral and 
written comments received from two public meetings held on July 18, 
1996, in Palm Desert, CA and on July 25, 1996, in NHTSA Headquarters.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/17/98, 63 FR 33193

Agency Contact: Taylor Vinson, Senior Attorney, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AG58
_______________________________________________________________________

2663. DETERMINATION OF FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCY ON HARMONIZATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30118; 49 USC 30162

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 553

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency has adopted a policy statement concerning the 
submission and processing of rulemaking for determination of functional 
equivalency on harmonization of motor vehicle safety standards with 
those of other countries. The policy statement explains agency 
procedure for evaluating whether two standards are functionally 
equivalent. An agency flowchart, explaining the process in detail, is 
attached to part 553 as an appendix.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/17/96                    61 FR 30657
Request for Comments            11/14/96                    61 FR 58362
Public Workshop                 01/16/97
Final Action                    05/13/98                    63 FR 26508
Final Action Effective          05/13/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rebecca MacPherson, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2992
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AG62
_______________________________________________________________________

2664. MANUFACTURING INCENTIVES FOR ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 32901; 49 USC 32905

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 538

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency denied a 
request to allow B-20 biodiesel blend as alternative fuels and allow 
biodiesel alternative fuel vehicles to receive Corporate Average Fuel 
Economy (CAFE) credits. The basis for the denial was that this blend 
was not ``substantially not petroleum.'' The petroleum content (80 
percent) was to high to be used as an alternative fuel.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    03/31/98                    63 FR 15322

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Henrietta Spinner, Program Analyst, Consumer Programs 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4902
Fax: 202 366-2739

RIN: 2127-AG63
_______________________________________________________________________

2665. +LIGHT TRUCK FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS FOR MODEL YEAR 2000

Priority:  Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 329

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 533

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, March 31, 1998.

Abstract: The agency has established fuel economy standards for light 
trucks for Model Year (MY) 2000. At the direction of Congress, the 
standard is the same as the 20.7 mpg previously established for MY 
1999. Therefore, there is no need for a notice of proposed rulemaking. 
This action is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    04/06/98                    63 FR 16699
Final Action Effective          05/06/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The statute requires that a standard be issued 
at least 18 months before the start of the affected model year.

Agency Contact: Orron Kee, Division Chief, Consumer Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 493-2739

RIN: 2127-AG72
_______________________________________________________________________

2666. ANTHROPOMORPHIC TEST DUMMY FOR HEAD IMPACT PROTECTION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rules establishes specifications and qualification 
requirements for a newly developed anthropomorphic test dummy. This 
dummy will be used in compliance testing for the new upper interior 
impact protection requirements introducing the dynamically deployed 
interior head protection system (RIN 2127-AG07).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/08/97                    62 FR 64546
NPRM Comment Period End         01/22/98
Final Action                    08/04/98                    63 FR 41466
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/04/98, 63 FR 41466

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG74
_______________________________________________________________________

2667. COMPLIANCE TEST DUMMY MEASUREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30122; 49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208; 49 CFR 572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to the interim final rule, the agency has 
modified the Hybrid III test dummy, which is specified by the agency 
for use in compliance testing under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standard No. 208. The agency has decided to require a six axis neck 
transducer, thereby allowing the test dummy to measure neck flexion, 
extension moments and tension, compression and sheer forces. See RINs 
2127-AG80 and 2127-AG94 for related issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/20/97                    62 FR 27511
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/20/97
Comment Period End              07/14/97
Final Action                    08/28/98                    63 FR 45959
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/28/98, 63 FR 45959

Agency Contact: Stanley Backaitis, Engineer, Office of Crashworthiness 
Standards, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4912
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG75
_______________________________________________________________________

2668. DEPOWER EXCLUSIONS FROM REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLES CERTIFIED TO THE 
ALTERNATIVE SLED TEST

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency has amended the occupant crash protection standard 
to ensure that vehicle manufacturers can quickly depower all air bags 
so that they inflate less aggressively. In response to the interim 
final rule, the agency has adopted an unbelted sled test protocol to 
the standard's full scale unbelted barrier crash test. The agency took 
this action to provide a solution to the problem of the fatalities and 
injuries that current air bag designs are causing in relatively low 
speed crashes to small, but growing numbers of children, and 
occasionally to adult occupants. See RINs 2127-AG75 and 2127-AG94 for 
related issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    05/09/97
Interim Final Rule              05/14/97                    62 FR 26425
Comment Period End              07/14/97
Final Action                    08/28/98                    63 FR 45959
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/28/98, 63 FR 45959

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG80
_______________________________________________________________________

2669. DIODES USED ON SCHOOL BUS STOP SIGNAL ARMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.131

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency is 
amending the standard with respect to the conspicuity requirements for 
stop signal arms. Specifically, the amendment permits the use of light 
emitting diodes (LEDs). This amendment allows States and local 
jurisdictions to purchase stop signal arms with these types of lamps.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/06/97                    62 FR 42226
NPRM Comment Period End         10/06/97
Final Action                    05/28/98                    63 FR 29139
Final Action Effective          05/28/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/28/98, 63 FR 29139

Agency Contact: George Mouchahoir, Team Leader, Special Vehicles and 
Systems Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-4920
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG81
_______________________________________________________________________

2670. AIR BAG WARNING LABEL FOR REAR-FACING CHILD SEATS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a request from an automobile manufacturer, the 
agency issued an interim final rule that amended the warning label 
requirement for rear-facing child seats that deactivate the air bag. 
The agency issued its final decision following up on that action. See 
also ``Additional

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Wording for Warning Labels for Child Restraints,'' RIN 2127-AH02, for a 
related action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/04/97                    62 FR 30464
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/04/97
Request for Comments Due        07/21/97
Final Action Effective          03/30/98                    63 FR 52626
Final Action                    10/01/98                    63 FR 52626

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/04/97, 62 FR 30464

Agency Contact: Mary Versailles, Program Analyst, Planning and Review 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2057
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG82
_______________________________________________________________________

2671. EXEMPTIONS TO ODOMETER DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 104-205, sec 332

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 580

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The final rule amended 49 CFR 580, Odometer Disclosure 
Requirements, by establishing a new section, part 580.17, by 
repromulgating the exemptions for certain categories of vehicles from 
odometer disclosure requirements now located in part 580.6, and by 
moving the exemptions to the new part 580.17. The rule also revised the 
authority citation for part 580 to reflect Public Law 104-205. The 
repromulgation was necessitated by a recent United States Court of 
Appeals decision that raised questions about the agency's authority to 
exempt categories of vehicles from the Federal odometer disclosure 
requirements. In response to comments received on the interim final 
rule, the agency promulgated a final rule amending one of the 
exemptions for vehicles 10 years old or older (Section 580.17(a)(3)) to 
clarify the scope of the exemption. This final rule also amends the 
statutory authority for the exemptions to reflect the amendment of PL 
105-178, sec 7105.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/11/97                    62 FR 47763
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/11/97
Comment Period End              10/14/97
Final Action                    10/01/98                    63 FR 52630
Final Action Effective          10/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Eileen Leahy, Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AG83
_______________________________________________________________________

2672. MOTORCYCLE HEADLAMP LOCATION REQUIREMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency has 
amended the lighting standard by removing the design restriction on the 
location of headlamps if the motorcycle voluntarily is equipped with 
two headlamps instead of one headlamp.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/09/97                    62 FR 47414
NPRM Comment Period End         10/24/97
Final Action                    08/10/98                    63 FR 42582
Final Action Effective          09/24/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/10/98, 63 FR 42582

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG84
_______________________________________________________________________

2673. +USE OF UNBELTED AND BELTED TEST DUMMIES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, the agency 
requested comments to determine the benefits and disbenefits of 
eliminating the unbelted dummies test procedure for air bags. This 
action has been superseded by the Reauthorization Act of 1998 and the 
rulemaking on improved air bags (RIN 2127-AG70) and no further action 
will be taken. This rulemaking was considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            02/27/97                     62 FR 8917
Comment Period End              03/31/97
Comment Period Extended to 06/
02/97                           04/01/97                    62 FR 15453
Withdrawn                       07/20/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4327

RIN: 2127-AG85
_______________________________________________________________________

2674. RETARDERS AND STOP LIGHTS OPERATION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency had planned to propose rulemaking to require stop 
lamp illumination during the operation of a retarder system. A retarder 
is a supplementary braking system that is independent from the service 
brakes. Retarders are increasingly being used as a wear-free additional 
braking system

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on buses, trucks and heavy-duty vehicles. Currently, there is no 
requirement that the stop lamps be illuminated to indicate that the 
vehicle is decelerating as a result of retarder operation. Because of 
the lack of agency consensus and the absence of conclusive evidence 
showing a need for this rulemaking, the agency has decided to terminate 
rulemaking activity on this subject at this time.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Terminated                      04/02/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG89
_______________________________________________________________________

2675. HEAD IMPACT REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO DEPOWERING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.201; 49 CFR 571.208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Previously, vehicles certified to the unbelted barrier test 
of the occupant crash protection standard were permitted to comply with 
a special, less stringent test requirement for head impacts on 
instrument panels. In response to the interim final rule, vehicles 
certified to the new alternative sled test procedure will also be 
permitted to comply with the less stringent head impact test 
requirement. See RINs 2127-AG75 and 2127-AG80 for related issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/26/97                    62 FR 45172
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/26/97
Comment Period End              10/27/97
Final Action                    08/28/98                    63 FR 45959
Final Action Effective          09/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/28/98, 63 FR 45959

Agency Contact: Clarke Harper, Division Chief, Light Duty Vehicle 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2264
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AG94
_______________________________________________________________________

2676. ADDITIONAL WORDING FOR WARNING LABELS FOR CHILD RESTRAINTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a request from an automobile manufacturer, the 
agency issued an interim final rule that amended the air bag warning 
label requirement which rear-facing child seats are required to bear 
beginning May 27, 1997, to allow for additional wording in the required 
text of the label. The agency issued its final decision following up on 
that action. See also ``Air Bag Warning Label for Rear Facing Child 
Seats,'' RIN 2127-AG82, for a related action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    04/11/97
Interim Final Rule              04/17/97                    62 FR 18723
Comment Period End              06/02/97
Final Action                    10/01/98                    63 FR 52626
Final Action Effective          03/30/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The interim final rule was published under RIN 
No. 2127-AG14.

Agency Contact: Mary Versailles, Program Analyst, Planning and Review 
Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2057
Fax: 202 366-4327

RIN: 2127-AH02
_______________________________________________________________________

2677. THEFT DATA FOR CALENDAR YEAR 1996

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33104(b)(4)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 541

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action publishes the final data on passenger motor 
vehicles thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 1996 for model year 
(MY) 1996. The data indicate the overall vehicles' theft rate in 1996. 
Publication of this data fulfills the agency's obligation to 
periodically obtain accurate and timely data and publish the 
information.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            02/09/98                     63 FR 6603
Comment Period End              04/10/98
Final Action                    07/06/98                    63 FR 36478

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rosalind Proctor, Group Leader, Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-0273

RIN: 2127-AH04
_______________________________________________________________________

2678. HIGH-THEFT LINES FOR MODEL YEAR 1999

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 33104

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 541

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action announced the agency's determination for model 
year (MY) 1999 high-theft vehicle lines that are subject to the parts-
marking requirements of the Federal motor vehicle theft prevention 
standard, and high-theft lines that are exempted from the parts-marking 
requirements because the vehicles are equipped with antitheft devices 
determined to meet certain statutory criteria for MY 1999, pursuant to 
the statute relating to motor vehicle theft prevention.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    07/15/98                    63 FR 38096

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rosalind Proctor, Group Leader, Motor Vehicle Theft 
Prevention Group, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-0846
Fax: 202 366-2739

RIN: 2127-AH06
_______________________________________________________________________

2679. METRIC CONVERSION - TIRES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166; PL 100-418

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.109; 49 CFR 571.117; 49 CFR 571.119

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: To implement the policy that the metric system is the 
preferred system of measurement for U.S. trade and commerce, the agency 
is converting to the metric system from the English system measurements 
in three Federal motor vehicle safety standards on tires.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/21/97                    62 FR 19253
NPRM Comment Period End         06/20/97
Final Action                    05/27/98                    63 FR 28912
Final Action Effective          05/27/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking was part of the NPRM published 
on 4/21/97, under RIN 2127-AG55. However, because the tire standards 
will have a different effective date than the final rule for AG55, the 
agency has decided to publish a separate final rule for the tire 
standards.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/27/98, 63 FR 28912

Agency Contact: Noble Bowie, Director, Office of Planning and Consumer 
Programs, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0842
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH07
_______________________________________________________________________

2680. EXEMPTION OF MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency has denied a petition for rulemaking which would 
exclude motor-driven cycles and other motorized bicycles from 
Department's regulations. The petitioner argued that the vehicle's low 
speed and small size justified such exclusion. The agency found this 
conclusion unsupported. Motorized bicycles, which may have a maximum 
speed of up to 25 miles per hour and are found on the public streets, 
must be afforded the same level of protection that now exists for their 
category under the Federal motor vehicle safety standards where they 
are defined as ``motor driven cycles,'' which are ``motorcycles with a 
motor which produces 5 brake horsepower or less.''

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    07/20/98                    63 FR 38802

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH17
_______________________________________________________________________

2681. FAST ILLUMINATION STOP LAMPS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 571.108

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The agency denied a petition for rulemaking to add 
requirements regarding the maximum time for a stop lamp to reach 90 
percent of its required illumination. A requirement of this nature 
could be met using currently-available technology such as light 
emitting diodes (LEDs), neon lamps, hot filament systems, or shuttered 
systems. However, the costs associated with such a requirement would be 
far in excess of its benefits.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    07/20/98                    63 FR 38797

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Controls Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH19
_______________________________________________________________________

2682.  CHANGES IN MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORT FEES FOR FY99

Priority:  Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30141(a)(1)(A)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 594

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, September 30, 1998.

Abstract: Pursuant to the legal authority, the agency is required to 
periodically adjust the statutory fees by raising and lowering, as 
appropriate, the existing fees paid by importers and registered 
importers in the process established for importation of motor vehicles 
not originally manufactured to comply with Federal motor vehicle safety 
standards. This notice adopts these fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 1999 and 
until further notice.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/05/98                    63 FR 30700
NPRM Comment Period End         07/20/98
Final Action                    08/25/98                    63 FR 45183
Final Action Effective          10/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

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Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Taylor Vinson, Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH26
_______________________________________________________________________

2683.  REPLACEABLE LIGHT SOURCE DIMENSIONAL INFORMATION DOCKET

Priority:  Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 49 USC 30111; 49 USC 30115; 49 USC 30117; 
49 USC 30166

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 564

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In a final rule published January 12, 1993 (58 FR 3856), the 
agency established NHTSA Docket No. 93-11 as the repository for 
information on replaceable light sources used in motor vehicle 
headlighting systems. The rule requires that any new light source 
information or any proposed modification of previously filed 
information be submitted to this docket. As a result of the 
establishment and consolidation of the Department's Docket Management 
System (DMS), this notice is transfering all information currently 
filed in NHTSA 93-11 and any future information will be filed in DOT 
Docket No. 98-3397.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    08/10/98                    63 FR 42586
Final Action Effective          08/10/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard VanIderstine, Division Chief, Visibility and 
Control Division, Department of Transportation, National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 202 366-5280
Fax: 202 366-4329

RIN: 2127-AH32
_______________________________________________________________________

2684.  TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FROM MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS - 
TECHNICAL AMENDMENT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 30113

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 555

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking clarifies the existing regulation by adding a 
cross-reference to part 512, Confidential Business Information, that 
explains that applicants for hardship exemptions may request 
confidential treatment of financial information submitted and clarifies 
information that can be submitted in support of arguments of hardship 
and good faith efforts to comply.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    08/18/98                    63 FR 44171
Final Action Effective          08/18/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Taylor Vinson, Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief 
Counsel, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5263
Fax: 202 366-3820

RIN: 2127-AH44
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2685. +HOURS OF SERVICE ELECTRONIC RECORDKEEPING PROJECT

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 228

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In 1994, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) launched a 
major project to facilitate maintenance of hours-of-service records and 
submission of ``excess service'' reports in an electronic, rather than 
a paper, format. FRA is proposing a model waiver to railroads 
interested in maintaining electronic records for train and engine 
service employees. These employees compose the vast majority of those 
subject to the statutory limitations on hours of service. This project 
will eventually lead to the formal revision of 49 CFR 228. This is 
considered significant due to public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Grant or Deny Waiver Application10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David Kasminoff, Trial Attorney, Mail Stop 10, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6043

RIN: 2130-AB04

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2686. +WHISTLE BANS AT HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE CROSSINGS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 222

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, November 2, 1996.
Final, Statutory, November 2, 1998.

Abstract: This action would govern the use of train whistles at grade 
crossings. This action is considered significant because of substantial 
public interest. This action is being taken pursuant to statutory 
mandate. FRA has issued notice of intent to prepare an environmental 
impact statement (EIS) for the proposed rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS 05/26/98                    63 FR 28549
NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Mark Tessler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6061

RIN: 2130-AA71
_______________________________________________________________________

2687. QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 240

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Based on petitions to reconsider several aspects of its 
previous rules addressing locomotive engineer qualifications, the 
agency is proposing to revise certain aspects of part 240: (1) the 
application of this rule to service vehicles; and (2) the process for 
revoking the certification of locomotive engineers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/22/98                    63 FR 50626
NPRM Comment Period End         11/23/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: On October 31, 1996, FRA tasked the revisions 
of these qualifications to the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee 
(RSAC), which the agency established on March 26, 1996 (61 FR 9740). 
See Notice of RSAC Meeting, 61 FR 54698, Oct. 21, 1996. On May 14, 
1998, FRA received the advice and recommendations of the RSAC, which 
submitted consensus recommendations for issuance of an NPRM.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/09/93, 58 FR 18982

Agency Contact: Alan Nagler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6049

RIN: 2130-AA74
_______________________________________________________________________

2688. +LOCOMOTIVE CAB WORKING CONDITIONS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 229

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, March 3, 1995.

Abstract: The agency has proposed to address crew working conditions on 
locomotives, pursuant to the Rail Safety Enforcement and Review Act 
(1992). FRA investigated a variety of locomotive working conditions, 
including sanitation, noise and temperature, and reported its findings 
to Congress. On October 31, 1996, the Railroad Safety Advisory 
Committee (RSAC) accepted a preliminary planning task to schedule 
handling of these issues. The Locomotive Crew Safety Working Group met 
on January 23, 1997 to develop task statements that were forwarded to 
the full RSAC and accepted on June 24, 1997. This project is considered 
significant because of substantial public interest. FRA is awaiting the 
advice and recommendations of RSAC before taking further regulatory 
action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Open Meeting Notice             07/22/94                    59 FR 37528
Report to Congress              09/18/96
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: As originally proposed, this rulemaking 
addressed both crew working conditions on locomotives and the 
crashworthiness of locomotives. However, in anticipation of issuing two 
distinct rulemakings, FRA has separated crashworthiness of locomotives 
out from the original proposal (RIN 2130-AB23).

Agency Contact: Christine Beyer, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6027

RIN: 2130-AA89
_______________________________________________________________________

2689. +ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND RELATED PROCEDURES (FRA, FTA, FHWA)

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 322; 42 USC 4332

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 267; 49 CFR 622; 23 CFR 771

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal 
Highway Administration (FHWA) currently have a joint environmental 
regulation at 23 CFR 771, ``Environmental Impact and Related 
Procedures,'' that outlines requirements for complying with the 
National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and regulations. The 
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has ``Procedures for Considering 
Environmental Impacts'' (45 FR 40854, June 16, 1980) which serve the 
same purposes. FTA and FHWA are revising their regulation to serve 
program needs. In order to achieve consistency in environmental 
analysis for surface transportation modes and to update its existing 
environmental procedures which were issued in 1980, the FRA

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will join with FTA and FHWA in developing an environmental regulation 
that applies to all three modal Administrations. This action is 
considered significant because of public, congressional, and 
environmental concerns and because it involves several departmental 
modes. The FTA RIN is 2132-AA43; the FHWA RIN is 2125-AD32.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: 
ANALYSIS: Economic Assessment

Agency Contact: William R. Fashouer, Senior Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC. 20590
Phone: 202 493-6033

RIN: 2130-AA93
_______________________________________________________________________

2690. +POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 220; 49 CFR 236

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA is collecting information to determine whether it should 
initiate a rulemaking addressing Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. 
In response to Congressional mandate, FRA has continued its commitment 
to identifying high risk corridors which may better support PTC 
investment; supporting PTC technology development, testing and 
compatibility; and promoting deployment of PTC technology on high risk 
corridors by the year 2000. FRA anticipates its fact finding efforts 
through the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Working Group on 
PTC could result in FRA's decision to proceed to rulemaking. FRA, 
believing it advantageous to resolve the differences concerning this 
project in an open forum, formally proposed this rulemaking to RSAC in 
September, 1997, and is awaiting the advice and recommendations of 
RSAC. The initial rulemaking will address technical standards for PTC, 
amending 49 CFR part 236.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: FRA has separated out of this rulemaking its 
action entitled Radio Communication, which proposes to revise its radio 
rules for more flexibility and to include requirements for the presence 
of radios and/or some means of wireless communication (RIN 2130-AB19).

Agency Contact: Cynthia Walters, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6064

RIN: 2130-AA94
_______________________________________________________________________

2691. REINVENTION OF STEAM LOCOMOTIVE INSPECTION REGULATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20701

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 230

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Pursuant to the President's Regulatory Reform Initiative, and 
at the initiative of several industry members, FRA has undertaken to 
modernize part 230 to reflect current operating realities and, perhaps, 
to allow greater flexibility in the steam locomotive inspection waiver 
process. On July 24-25, 1996, the agency tasked the revision of these 
standards to the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), established 
by FRA on March 26, 1996 (61 FR 9740). (See Notice of RSAC Meeting, 
July 10, 1996, 61 FR 36415.) On February 17, 1998, the RSAC submitted 
to FRA consensus recommendations for issuance of an NPRM.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/25/98                    63 FR 51404
NPRM Comment Period End         11/24/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Lawrence Wagner, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6052

RIN: 2130-AB07
_______________________________________________________________________

2692. +POWER BRAKE REGULATIONS: FREIGHT POWER BRAKE REVISIONS

Priority:  Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 232; 49 CFR 231; 49 CFR 229

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, December 31, 1993.

Abstract: Pursuant to the Federal Railroad Safety Enforcement and 
Review Act of 1992, FRA is revising the power brake rules. After 
separating proposed revisions regarding freight power brakes from 
passenger power brakes, FRA tasked the revision of freight power brake 
standards on April 1-2, 1996 to the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee 
(RSAC), established by FRA on March 26, 1996 (61 FR 9740). On June 24, 
1997, this task was withdrawn from RSAC and FRA is proceeding on its 
own initiative. This rulemaking is considered significant because of 
its potential economic impact and congressional and public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/09/98                    63 FR 48294
NPRM Comment Period End         01/15/99
Final Action                    12/00/99

[[Page 62173]]

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: A portion of the task to revise the power brake 
rules has been completed. FRA revised the existing power brake 
regulations to mandate the use of two-way end-of-train telemetry 
devices, RIN 2130-AA73, in a final rule published on January 2, 1997 
(62 FR 278). Furthermore, proposals for passenger brake revisions are 
being developed with the assistance of a passenger equipment standards 
working group.

Agency Contact: Thomas Herrmann, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6036

RIN: 2130-AB16
_______________________________________________________________________

2693. +LOCOMOTIVE CRASHWORTHINESS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 229

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, March 3, 1995.

Abstract: The agency has proposed to address the crashworthiness of 
locomotives pursuant to the Rail Safety Enforcement and Review Act 
(1992). FRA investigated locomotive crashworthiness, as well as a 
variety of locomotive working conditions (See RIN 2130-AA89) and 
reported its finding to Congress. On October 31, 1996, the Railroad 
Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) accepted a preliminary planning task 
to schedule handling of these issues. The Locomotive Crew Safety 
Working Group met on January 23, 1997 to develop task statements that 
were forwarded to the full RSAC and accepted on June 24, 1997. This 
project is considered significant because of substantial public 
interest. FRA is awaiting advice and recommendations from RSAC before 
taking further regulatory action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Open Meeting Notice             07/22/94                    59 FR 37528
Report to Congress              09/18/96
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: This rulemaking was originally included in RIN 
2130-AA89, Locomotive Cab Working Conditions.

Agency Contact: Lawrence Wagner, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6052

RIN: 2130-AB23
_______________________________________________________________________

2694.  +REGULATIONS ON SAFETY INTEGRATION PLANS GOVERNING 
RAILROAD CONSOLIDATIONS, MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS OF CONTROL AND START-UP 
OPERATIONS

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 91 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2130-AB24
_______________________________________________________________________

2695.  CRANE SAFETY STANDARDS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, FRA will consider 
whether to adopt regulations governing functional and design safety of 
on-track railroad cranes used for track maintenance. Railroad crane 
safety is currently regulated by the Department of Labor. FRA is 
awaiting the advice and recommendations of RSAC before taking further 
regulatory action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Edward R. English, Director, Office of Safety Assurance 
and Compliance, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6321

RIN: 2130-AB27
_______________________________________________________________________

2696.  ROADWAY MAINTENANCE MACHINE SAFETY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA proposes to publish regulations governing operational and 
design safety of on-track equipment used by railroads for track 
maintenance. The regulations would cover self-propelled rail-mounted 
non-highway machines where light weight exceeds 7500 pounds. This 
rulemaking was requested by the Brotherhood of Maintenance-of-Way 
Employees (BMWE) as part of the organization's petition requesting 
revision of the track safety standards. FRA decided to respond to this 
portion of the BMWE petition in a rulemaking separate from the track 
safety standards revision. FRA is awaiting the advice and 
recommendations of RSAC before taking further regulatory action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: This rulemaking is an off-shoot of the 
rulemaking to revise the track safety standards.

Agency Contact: Nancy Lummen Lewis, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6047

RIN: 2130-AB28

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_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2697. LOCAL RAIL FREIGHT ASSISTANCE TO STATES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 22101

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 266

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action is to revise the procedures and requirements for 
the receipt of financial assistance contained in part 266. These 
changes are required to reflect statutory modifications resulting from 
the Local Rail Service Reauthorization Act of 1989. Although the Local 
Freight Assistance Program has not been reauthorized after FY 1995, 
final regulations are necessary because States continue to submit 
applications for new projects from reprogrammed funds and repaid loan 
funds.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/30/90                    55 FR 49648
NPRM Comment Period End         12/31/90
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: While this action was to be terminated in 
October of 1995, the agency reconsidered and has decided to move 
forward with a final rule.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 11/30/90, 55 FR 49648

Agency Contact: JoAnne McGowan, Chief Freight Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-3290

RIN: 2130-AA60
_______________________________________________________________________

2698. +FREIGHT CAR SAFETY STANDARDS: MAINTENANCE-OF-WAY EQUIPMENT

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 215

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to amend the freight car safety 
standards to subject all maintenance-of-way vehicles to FRA's safety 
standards, with the exception of stenciled cars not used in revenue 
service and restricted to a speed of less than 20 miles per hour. This 
action is considered significant because of substantial public and 
industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/10/94                    59 FR 11238
NPRM Comment Period End         02/27/95
Final Action                    06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The original NPRM comment period ended on 4/11/
94 but was twice extended; first, to 11/28/94 (59 FR 49374) and then to 
02/27/95 (59 FR 67266). Due to various contentious issues raised during 
the NPRM comment period, FRA believes it may be advantageous to resolve 
differences in an open forum. Therefore, on September 30, 1997, FRA 
formally proposed this rulemaking as a new task (Task 97-8) for the 
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC). After discussion, the RSAC 
declined to accept the task at that time. Staff turnover, combined with 
the press of other business, has slowed further action on this 
rulemaking.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 03/10/94, 59 FR 11238

Agency Contact: Billie Stultz, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6053

RIN: 2130-AA68
_______________________________________________________________________

2699. +PASSENGER EQUIPMENT SAFETY STANDARDS

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 92 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2130-AA95
_______________________________________________________________________

2700. MAINTENANCE, INSPECTION, AND TESTING OF GRADE-CROSSING SIGNAL 
SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 234

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, June 22, 1989.

Abstract: FRA is making technical changes and minor amendments to final 
regulations which were published on September 30, 1994. These 
regulations require that railroads take specific and timely actions to 
protect the travelling public and railroad employees from the hazards 
posed by malfunctioning highway-rail grade crossing warning systems, 
and that railroads follow specific standards for maintenance, 
inspection, and testing of those systems. The amendments clarify issues 
arising from implementation of this new regulatory program. No new 
costs are expected.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/20/96                    61 FR 31802
Comment Period End              07/22/96
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/19/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: The final rule, RIN 2130-AA70, was published 9/
30/94 (59 FR 50086), and was effective 1/1/95. In response to a 
petition for reconsideration, FRA conducted a review, together with 
rail labor and rail management, to address various implementation 
issues that had surfaced since the rule was enacted. After meeting with 
these parties in March 1995, FRA issued an Implementation Manual on 
April 14, 1995. An interim final rule intended to clarify 
implementation issues by making minor technical amendments was 
published on June 20, 1996, effective August 19, 1996. Response to the 
comments on that interim rule may result in further amendment of the 
rule.

Agency Contact: Mark H. Tessler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590

[[Page 62175]]

Phone: 202 493-6061

RIN: 2130-AA97
_______________________________________________________________________

2701. STATEMENT OF POLICY REGARDING SAFETY OF RAILROAD BRIDGES

Priority:  Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA proposes to publish a policy statement containing 
maintenance guidelines based on certain common, basic principles that 
characterize effective bridge management practices. The guidelines are 
meant to be advisory in nature. They will not have the force of 
regulations under which FRA ordinarily issues violations and assesses 
civil penalties..

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Statement of Interim Policy     04/27/95                    60 FR 20654
Comment Period End              06/26/95
Final Policy Statement          10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Nancy Lummen Lewis, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6047

RIN: 2130-AA99
_______________________________________________________________________

2702. REINVENTION OF REGULATIONS ADDRESSING DISCONTINUANCE OR 
MODIFICATION OF SIGNAL SYSTEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20501 to 20505

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Pursuant to the President's Regulatory Reform Initiative, FRA 
intends to revise part 235 by reducing the list of circumstances for 
which signal system discontinuance approval is required. The amendments 
clarify issues arising from implementation of this new regulatory 
program. No new costs are expected.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/01/96                    61 FR 33871
Comment Period End              07/31/96
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/30/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mark Tessler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6061

RIN: 2130-AB05
_______________________________________________________________________

2703. REINVENTION OF SIGNAL SYSTEM REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20501 to 20505

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 233

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Pursuant to the President's Regulatory Reform Initiative, FRA 
is amending its signal system reporting requirements (part 233) to 
reduce signal system reporting burdens on the rail industry. The 
amendments clarify issues arising from implementation of this new 
regulatory program. No new costs are expected.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/01/96                    61 FR 33871
Comment Period End              07/31/96
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/30/96
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Mark Tessler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6061

RIN: 2130-AB06
_______________________________________________________________________

2704. FLORIDA OVERLAND EXPRESS HIGH SPEED RAIL RULE OF PARTICULAR 
APPLICABILITY

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 243

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA has published a proposed rule of particular applicability 
for a high speed rail project in the state of Florida. As proposed, the 
system will operate from Miami to Tampa via Orlando, and will be 
modeled on the French TGV. As currently designed, the operation will 
travel at 200 mph on dedicated rail with no grade crossings, and will 
be used exclusively for passenger service. Florida anticipates 
beginning operations in the year 2004. The rule takes a systems 
approach, covering equipment, track, signals, operating practices, 
emergency preparedness, personnel qualification requirements, system 
qualification requirements, and system safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/12/97                    62 FR 65478
NPRM Comment Period End         02/10/98
Final Action                    06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Christine Beyer, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 202 493-6027

RIN: 2130-AB14

[[Page 62176]]

_______________________________________________________________________

2705. SMALL RAILROADS; POLICY STATEMENT ON ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  5 USC 601 et seq; PL 104-121; 49 USC 20101 et seq

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 209

Legal Deadline:
Other, Statutory, March 29, 1997, Policy on Small Entities Subject to 
Railroad Safety Laws.

Abstract: The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act (SBREFA) of 
1996 requires, among other things, that Federal agencies establish 
communication and enforcement programs to address the unique concerns 
and operations of small entities.
Pursuant to SBREFA, FRA published communication and enforcement 
policies with respect to small entities in a Statement of Agency Policy 
and undertook an interim definition of ``small entity'' in this 
process. Also, FRA invited comment from the public for the purpose of 
adopting a new definition of ``small entity'' in the future.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Policy Statement 
Effective 10/10/97              08/11/97                    62 FR 43024
Comment Period End              11/30/97
Final Policy Statement          10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Local

Agency Contact: Christine Beyer, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 202 493-6027

RIN: 2130-AB15
_______________________________________________________________________

2706. USE OF REMOTELY CONTROLLED LOCOMOTIVES IN RAIL OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 229.7

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Concerned with the complex and immediate safety issues posed 
by rail operations involving the use of remotely controlled 
locomotives, FRA proposes to promulgate an interim final rule to 
conduct a nationwide pilot program on remote control operations. FRA 
will require all railroads which propose to use remote control 
locomotives to enroll in a pilot program and agree to conform to the 
safety conditions set forth by FRA. The purpose of the pilot program is 
to determine under what conditions, if any, remote control operations 
can be operated safely.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: An Informal Safety Inquiry concerning a 
proposal by Wisconsin Central Ltd. to expand its use of remote control 
operations and one-person crews was held by FRA on December 4 and 5, 
1997 (61 FR 58736, November 18, 1996).

Agency Contact: Mark Tessler, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6061

RIN: 2130-AB17
_______________________________________________________________________

2707. USE OF ONE-PERSON CREWS IN RAIL OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Concerned with the complex and immediate safety issues posed 
by rail operations involving the use of one-person crews, FRA proposes 
to promulgate an interim final rule to prohibit, except in carefully 
controlled instances, the use of one-person operations. FRA will 
require all railroads which propose to use one-person crew operations 
to enroll in a pilot program and agree to conform to the safety 
conditions set forth by FRA. The purpose of the pilot program is to 
determine under what conditions, if any, one-person crew operations can 
be safely operated.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: An Informal Safety Inquiry concerning a 
proposal by Wisconsin Central Ltd. to expand its use of one-person crew 
and remote control operations was held by FRA on December 4 and 5, 1996 
(61 FR 58736, November 18, 1996).

Agency Contact: Lawrence Wagner, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6052

RIN: 2130-AB18
_______________________________________________________________________

2708.  BRIDGE WORKER SAFETY STANDARDS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In response to a petition for rulemaking, FRA will amend the 
Bridge Worker Safety Rules through promulgation of an interim final 
rule. The interim final rule will prohibit the use of safety belts as 
fall protection and make technical clarifications to the standards. 
This action is supported by the industry and is consistent with new 
policies of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The need 
for prompt action is based on data showing an immediate safety concern. 
FRA is considering issuance of an interim final rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Gordon Davids, Bridge Engineer, Office of Safety, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6320

RIN: 2130-AB25

[[Page 62177]]

_______________________________________________________________________

2709.  AMENDMENT OF REGULATIONS GOVERNING RAILROAD 
REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT FINANCING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  45 USC 821 et seq; PL 105-78

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 260

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend the current regulations prescribing 
requirements for filing applications for financial assistance for 
railroad related projects through direct loans and loan guarantees. FRA 
is considering issuance of an interim final rule to expedite funds 
availability.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: JoAnne McGowan, Chief, Freight Programs Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-3290

RIN: 2130-AB26
_______________________________________________________________________

2710.  PLANNING ACTIVITIES UNDER THE MAGNETIC LEVITATION 
TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  23 USC 322

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline:
Other, Statutory, December 9, 1998, See Additional Information.

Abstract: This action is required by section 1218(a) of the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (``TEA 21''). This 
section, codified at 23 USC 322, provides a total of $55 million for 
Fiscal Years 1999 through 2001 for preconstruction planning activities, 
final design, engineering, and construction activities for the 
deployment of Magnetic Levitation technology (``Maglev Deployment 
Program''); $15 million is available in Fiscal Year 1999 and $40 
million for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001. Section 322 requires FRA to 
establish Project selection criteria, to solicit applications for 
funding, to select one or more Projects to receive financial assistance 
for preconstruction planning activities, and after completion of such 
activities, to select one of the Projects to receive financial 
assistance for final design, engineering, and construction activities. 
This Interim Final Rule solicits applications for the initial planning 
funds under the Maglev Deployment Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Additional Information: 180 days after enactment of section 322 (12/09/
98) the Secretary is to solicit applications from states. 90 days 
thereafter, (03/09/99) the Secretary is to evaluate applications. 
Potential grantees must know what is expected of them to start the 
process and for the Secretary to meet these deadlines.

Agency Contact: Neil E. Moyer, Chief, Program Development Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6365

RIN: 2130-AB29
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2711. AMTRAK WASTE DISPOSAL

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 101-610

CFR Citation:  Not yet determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The National and Community Service Act requires the Secretary 
of Transportation to promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to 
mitigate the impact of discharge of human waste from railroad passenger 
cars on areas that may be considered environmentally sensitive.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information:
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Mark Yachmetz, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6289

RIN: 2130-AA84
_______________________________________________________________________

2712. PROTECTION OF UTILITY EMPLOYEES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 218

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA is in the process of reconsidering amendments to its 
``Blue Signal'' regulations, which prescribe minimum requirements for 
the protection of railroad employees engaged in the inspection, 
testing, repair, and servicing of rolling equipment. The original 
``blue signal'' rule did not include train and yard crews in this 
protection, with limited exceptions. The final rule, intended to 
redress this problem, allowed augmentation of a crew by using a 
``utility'' employee, which would increase a railroad's efficient use 
of its employees. Based on petitions to reconsider several aspects of 
its final rule treating this subject, FRA issued amendments to this 
rule. Based on comments received, the agency suspended those amendments 
and reopened the comment period to further develop this proposal.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule Amendments: Comment 
Period End 5/1/95               03/01/95                    60 FR 11047

[[Page 62178]]

Final Rule Suspended: Comment 
Period Reopened                 06/09/95                    60 FR 30469


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The final rule on utility employees was 
published August 16, 1993 (58 FR 43287), RIN 2130-AA77.

Agency Contact: Daniel Alpert, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6026

RIN: 2130-AA90
_______________________________________________________________________

2713. TOURIST AND HISTORIC WORKING GROUP REGULATORY REVIEW

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  None

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Tourist and Historic Working Group of the Railroad Safety 
Advisory Committee was established to review existing and proposed 
regulations for their appropriate applicability to one segment of FRA's 
small business customers, the tourist and historic railroads. In 
addition, the group is examining FRA's policy with respect to exercise 
of jurisdiction over railroads off the general system of rail 
transportation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Begin Review                    04/01/96
Complete Review                 10/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: This rulemaking represents a long-term effort 
to review existing and proposed regulations for their appropriate 
applicability to tourist and historic railroads. The group was created 
in April of 1996 and met on June 17 - 18, 1996. Thus far, the group has 
reviewed the Steam Locomotive standards and FRA's Accident/Incident 
Reporting standards and provided recommendations regarding their 
applicability to the tourist and historic railroad industry. (See 
Notice of Meeting, 61 FR 54698.) The group is anticipated to next 
review the final rules on Track Safety Standards and Rail Passenger 
Service: Emergency Preparedness.

Agency Contact: Lawrence Wagner, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6052

RIN: 2130-AB12
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Completed Actions
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2714. +TRACK SAFETY STANDARDS

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103; 49 USC 20142

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 213

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, September 1, 1995.

Abstract: This action comprehensively revised the track regulations for 
the first time in over a decade. This revision of FRA's track safety 
standards was mandated by Congress in the Rail Safety Enforcement and 
Review Act (PL 102-365) and requested by the Brotherhood of 
Maintenance-of-Way workers in their petition requesting several 
modifications of existing track standards. On April 1-2, 1996, FRA 
tasked the revision of these standards to the Railroad Safety Advisory 
Committee (RSAC) which the agency established on March 26, 1996 (61 FR 
9740). (See Notice of Task Acceptance, 61 FR 29164, June 7, 1996.) 
After receiving the advice and recommendations of the RSAC, the agency 
issued these regulations. This action is significant because of 
substantial public interest and safety implications
Roadway Maintenance Machine Safety (RIN 2130-AB28) and Gage Restraint 
Measurement Systems (GRMS), both initially discussed as part of the 
track standards revisions, will be addressed in separate rulemaking 
actions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/16/92                    57 FR 54038
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/12/93
NPRM                            07/03/97                    62 FR 36138
Correction                      08/12/97                    62 FR 43201
NPRM Comment Period End         09/15/97
NPRM Request for Additional 
Comments                        12/12/97                    62 FR 65401
Final Action                    06/22/98                    63 FR 33992
Final Action Effective          09/21/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: A Public Workshop Notice and Schedule was 
published 01/05/93 (58 FR 338) and subsequently corrected twice, on 1/
19/93 (58 FR 4975) and 2/18/93 (58 FR 8928). A Public Hearing on the 
NPRM was held on 9/4/97 (62 FR 42733).
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/03/97, 62 FR 36138

Agency Contact: Nancy Lummen Lewis, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6047

RIN: 2130-AA75

[[Page 62179]]

_______________________________________________________________________

2715. +RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 239

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, November 2, 1997.
Final, Statutory, November 2, 1997.
Final, Statutory, November 2, 1999.

Abstract: This action establishes minimum emergency preparedness 
standards to ensure that railroads involved in passenger train 
operations can effectively and efficiently manage emergencies. This 
action was taken pursuant to the Federal Railroad Safety Authorization 
Act of 1994. The rule provides flexibility to each railroad to 
establish procedures and policies appropriate to its particular 
operations, subject to review and approval by the FRA. This is 
considered significant due to public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/24/97                     62 FR 8330
Notice of Public Hearing        03/06/97                    62 FR 10248
NPRM Comment Period End         04/24/97
Final Action                    05/04/98                    63 FR 24630
Final Action Effective          07/06/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: David H. Kasminoff, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6043

RIN: 2130-AA96
_______________________________________________________________________

2716. REINVENTION OF REGULATIONS ADDRESSING RAILROAD USER FEES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 421

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, Congress 
had authorized FRA to assess and collect railroad user fees for a 5-
year period which ended September 30, 1995. Due to a lack of 
Congressional action to reauthorize the program, FRA is dropping this 
item from the Unified Regulatory Agenda. Should Congress act to 
reinstitute railroad user fees, FRA will take appropriate regulatory 
action (within the confines of the enabling legislation) to reexamine 
the burden of the program on small railroads.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

End Review                      07/22/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Elizabeth Sorrells, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6057

RIN: 2130-AB09
_______________________________________________________________________

2717. RAILROAD COMMUNICATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 220

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Based on a Congressionally mandated safety inquiry about 
radio communications and train control, FRA committed to revise its 
radio rules for more flexibility and to include requirements for the 
presence of radios and/or some means of wireless communication for 
certain trains and roadway workers. On April 1-2, 1996 the agency 
tasked the revision of these standards to the Railroad Safety Advisory 
Committee (RSAC), established by FRA on March 26, 1996 (61 FR 9740) 
(See Notice of Task Acceptance, 61 FR 29164, June 7, 1996.). An NPRM 
based on RSAC's advice and recommendations was published on June 26, 
1997.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/26/97                    62 FR 34544
NPRM Comment Period End         08/25/97
Final Action                    09/04/98                    63 FR 47182

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: As originally proposed, this rulemaking also 
encompassed issues involving positive train control (PTC) technology. 
However, FRA has separated this rulemaking out from the original 
proposal to revise its radio rules with respect to PTC technology (RIN 
2130-AA94).
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/26/97, 62 FR 34544

Agency Contact: Patricia V. Sun, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6060

RIN: 2130-AB19
_______________________________________________________________________

2718. ADVANCED CIVIL SPEED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM; NORTHEAST CORRIDOR 
RAILROADS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103; 49 USC 20107; 49 USC 20501 to 20505

CFR Citation:  None

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FRA issued a proposed order of particular applicability 
requiring all trains on the north end of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) 
between Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York, to be controlled 
by locomotives equipped to respond to a new advanced civil speed 
enforcement system (ACSES) in addition to the automatic train control 
(ATC) system that is currently required on the NEC. The proposed order 
also contains performance standards for the ACSES systems on the NEC. 
The order authorizes increases in certain maximum authorized train 
speed and safety requirements supporting improved rail service.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Proposed Order of Particular 
Applicability                   11/20/97                    62 FR 62097
Final Order                     07/22/98                    63 FR 39343
Final Order effective           08/21/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 62180]]

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Patricia V. Sun, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 493-6060

RIN: 2130-AB20
_______________________________________________________________________

2719. TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN TELEMETRY DEVICES AND CERTAIN PASSENGER TRAIN 
OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 20103

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 232; 49 CFR 231; 49 CFR 229

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On January 2, 1997, FRA published a final rule amending the 
regulations governing train and locomotive power braking systems at 49 
CFR part 232 to add provisions pertaining to the use and design of two-
way end-of-train telemetry devices (EOTs). (See 62 FR 278). The purpose 
of the revisions was to improve the safety of railroad operations by 
requiring the use of two-way EOTs on a variety of trains pursuant to 
1992 legislation, and by establishing minimum performance and 
operational standards related to the use and design of the devices. The 
current regulations regarding two-way EOTs provide an exception from 
the requirements for ``passenger trains with emergency brakes.''
In this rulemaking, FRA amended the final rule to specifically 
encompass certain passenger train operations where multiple express-
type equipment, material handling cars, or units of intermodal 
equipment are part of a train's consist. Trains of this nature are 
currently being operated by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation 
and swift action was necessary to clarify and address the applicability 
of two-way end-of-train requirements to these types of operations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/16/98                     63 FR 2647
NPRM Comment Period End         02/02/98
Final Action                    05/01/98                    63 FR 24130
Final Action Effective          05/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thomas Herrmann, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 400 Seventh Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20950
Phone: 202 493-6036

RIN: 2130-AB22
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2720. PROPOSED EXPANDED REPORTING OF SAFETY AND SECURITY PORTION OF THE 
NATIONAL TRANSIT DATABASE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5335

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 630

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The FTA is evaluating Form 405, Transit Safety and Security, 
of the National Transit Database to determine its future direction. In 
this evaluation, FTA will consider the objectives of the form, the 
current potential usefulness of the data, and the overall strengths and 
weaknesses of it. Based on the evaluation, FTA will identify and 
implement improvements to the collection of Transit Safety and Security 
data.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Judy Meade, Director, Office of Safety and Security, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2896

RIN: 2132-AA60
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2721. +DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FTA, FHWA, FRA, AND USCG) AND 
RELATED PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION DECISIONMAKING

Priority:  Other Significant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5304(e); 42 USC 4321; 23 USC 109; 23 USC 128; 
23 USC 138; 23 USC 315; 49 USC 303(c); 33 USC 401; 33 USC 491 et seq; 
33 USC 511 et seq; 33 USC 525 et seq; 33 USC 535

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 622; 23 CFR 771; 40 CFR 1500 to 1508; 49 CFR 
1.48(b); 49 CFR 1.51; 33 CFR 114.05

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, May 18, 1992.

Abstract: The Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway 
Administration currently have a joint environmental regulation at 23 
CFR 771, ``Environmental Impact and Related Procedures.'' The agencies 
first issued an environmental regulation together in 1980. The joint 
regulation was amended in 1987 and again in 1991. Even though FTA and 
FHWA have joint regulations, each agency's guidance for implementing 
those regulations is procedurally different.

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This causes difficulties and inconsistencies for sponsors of 
transportation projects, particularly where joint FTA and FHWA funds 
are involved. In the ISTEA, the Congress recognized the importance of 
providing uniformity and consistency between FTA and FHWA environmental 
procedures. This is needed to accommodate the increased funding 
flexibility for surface transportation provided by ISTEA. Because of an 
increased emphasis on intermodal planning and proposals to advance a 
high-speed rail program, the proposed, new joint regulations will 
include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the United States 
Coast Guard (USCG) bridge permit program. Further, FTA and FHWA 
agencies will propose to make changes to conform this rule to the 
requirements of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(P.L. 105-178). Most notably, FTA and FHWA will propose to integrate 
the major investment study of the metropolitan and statewide planning 
rules with this rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Section 134(h)(4) of title 23, United States 
Code, and section 8(h)(4) of the Federal Transit Act, as amended (now 
49 USC 5304(e)), direct the Secretary of Transportation to initiate a 
rulemaking proceeding to conform review requirements for transit 
projects under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to 
comparable requirements for highway projects. This action is considered 
significant because of potential public, congressional, and 
environmental concerns, and because it involves several interested 
departmental modes.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Scott Biehl, Assistant Chief Counsel, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0952

RIN: 2132-AA43
_______________________________________________________________________

2722.  BUY AMERICA REQUIREMENTS; AMENDMENT TO ROLLING STOCK AND 
CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 3020(b)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 661.11; 49 CFR 661.13

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would amend FTA's Buy America regulation, 49 CFR 
661 in accordance with section 3020(b) of the Transportation Equity Act 
of 1998. Section 3020(b) allows a bidder on an FTA-funded contract to 
correct an incomplete certification or a certification of noncompliance 
with Buy America resulting from an inadvertent or clerical error.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Rita Daguillard, Acting Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936
Fax: 202 366-3809
Email: rita.daguillard@fta.dot.gov

RIN: 2132-AA62
_______________________________________________________________________

2723.  +MAJOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECTS

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5309; PL 105-178, Sec 3009(e)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 611

Legal Deadline:
NPRM, Statutory, October 7, 1998.
Final, Statutory, December 7, 1998.

Abstract: This rulemaking will establish the criteria by which FTA will 
evaluate major capital investment mass transportation projects and rate 
those projects in comparison with one another, based on an analyses of 
alternatives, justifications for projects, and degrees of local 
financial commitment. This rulemaking will also codify the procedures 
applicants for Federal transit capital funding must follow in 
developing fixed guideway (``New Starts'') projects. This action is 
considered significant because of potential public, congressional, and 
environmental concerns.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Richard P. Steinmann, Director, Office of Policy 
Development, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1739
Fax: 202 366-7116

RIN: 2132-AA63
_______________________________________________________________________

2724.  PLANNING

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 1309

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 613; 23 CFR 450

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FTA and FHWA will be issuing a joint rule implementing the 
planning requirements of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
Century (P.L. 105-178). Changing the planning factors, adding 
illustrative project provisions, addressing consultation requirements 
with local officials, and integrating the major investment study into 
the Environmental Impact and Related Procedures rule are among the 
changes FTA may propose to make. FTA and FHWA will undertake this rule 
in conjunction with amending the Environmental Impact and Related 
Procedures rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

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Agency Contact: Scott Biehl, Assistant Chief Counsel, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0952

RIN: 2132-AA66
_______________________________________________________________________

2725.  SCHOOL BUS OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5323(f)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 605

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to amend the definition of 
``tripper'' service, which is mass transit service modified to meet the 
needs of school students and personnel. The amended definition would 
prohibit the use of certain signage without the express written 
permission of the FTA Administrator, and provides that tripper buses 
must stop only at stops that are marked as available to the public.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Rita Daguillard, Acting Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936
Fax: 202 366-3809

RIN: 2132-AA67
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2726. +BUS TESTING

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5323(c)

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 665

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation implements a statutory provision that 
requires any new bus model purchased after September 30, 1989, to be 
tested at a facility established by the Secretary in Altoona, PA. This 
regulation is significant because of the large amount of public 
interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/25/89                    54 FR 22716
NPRM Comment Period End         07/24/89
Interim Final Rule              08/23/89                    54 FR 35158
Interim Final Rule: Comment 
Period Reopened                 11/30/89                    54 FR 49297
Interim Final Rule: Second      10/09/90                    55 FR 41174
Interim Final Rule Extending 
Interim Procedures              09/13/91                    56 FR 46572
Interim Final Rule New Vehicle 
Types                           07/28/92                    57 FR 33394
Interim Final Rule Partial 
Effectiveness Postponed         10/13/92                    57 FR 46814
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period Reopened to 01/29/93     01/07/93                     58 FR 2989
Interim Final Rule Partial 
Effectiveness Postponed         02/23/93                    58 FR 10989
Notice of Meeting               02/26/93                    58 FR 11549
Interim Final Rule Small Vehicle 
Testing, Phase-in of Effective 
Date                            11/03/93                    58 FR 58732
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Former section 12(h) of the FT Act, as amended 
(now 49 USC 5302(a)(9)), defines a ``new bus model'' as a bus model 
which has not been used in mass transportation service in the United 
States before the date of production of such model, or a bus model 
which has been used in such service, but which is being produced with a 
major change in configuration or components. A third interim final 
rule, published on 07/28/92, added two new categories of buses required 
to be tested. On 10/13/92 FTA published a notice postponing the 
application of the interim final rule for these vehicle types until 02/
10/93. The FTA's fourth interim final rule, issued on 11/3/93, 
established four subcategories of small vehicles to facilitate the 
phase-in of testing. The final rule will add the two tests mandated by 
ISTEA, brake performance and emissions, to the seven tests currently 
performed at the bus testing facility. In addition, the final rule will 
clarify the partial testing with regard to what constitutes a ``major 
change'' on a bus that has been fully tested, but is later produced 
with a change in configuration or component.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 07/28/92, 57 FR 33394

Agency Contact: Richard Wong, Attorney-Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936

RIN: 2132-AA30
_______________________________________________________________________

2727. PREVENTION OF ALCOHOL MISUSE IN TRANSIT OPERATIONS; PREVENTION OF 
PROHIBITED DRUG USE IN TRANSIT OPERATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5331

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 653; 49 CFR 654

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: FTA is proposing to amend its drug and alcohol rules to allow 
employers to use the results of a drug or alcohol test administered by 
State and local law enforcement personnel after an accident has 
occurred. The existing drug and alcohol rule was published on February 
15, 1994, and previously reported under RIN 2132-AA37 and 2132-AA38. 
The change would make FTA's rule parallel with FHWA's and responds to a 
request from a transit authority.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/30/97                    62 FR 51076

[[Page 62183]]

NPRM Comment Period End         12/01/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Agency Contact: Nancy Zaczek, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4011

RIN: 2132-AA56
_______________________________________________________________________

2728. CHARTER SERVICES DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 102-240, sec 3040

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 604

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, September 18, 1992.

Abstract: This rulemaking presents the results and conclusions drawn 
from the charter services demonstration program, previously reported 
under RIN 2132-AA40, which was mandated by section 3040 of the 
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. That provision 
directed FTA to conduct a demonstration program in four states to 
permit public operators to provide needed charter services to certain 
civic and community groups. In addition to setting forth program 
results, this rulemaking seeks recommendations regarding improvements 
to the charter service regulation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/23/97                    62 FR 33793
NPRM Comment Period End         08/22/97
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Rita Daguillard, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936

RIN: 2132-AA58
_______________________________________________________________________

2729. ``MAINTENANCE'' UNDER DEFINITION OF SAFETY-SENSITIVE FUNCTIONS IN 
DRUG AND ALCOHOL RULES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5331

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 653; 49 CFR 654

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Federal Transit Administration is proposing to expand its 
definition of safety-sensitive functions to require drug and alcohol 
testing of maintenance workers engaged in rebuilding or overhauling 
engines, revenue service vehicles, and parts. This change would 
eliminate the distinction between maintenance workers involved in on-
going, daily maintenance and repair work and those who, on a routine 
basis, perform rebuilding and overhauling work.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/02/98                    63 FR 10183
NPRM Comment Period End         06/01/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Agency Contact: Judy Meade, Director, Office of Safety and Security, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2896
Fax: 202 366-7951

RIN: 2132-AA61
_______________________________________________________________________

2730.  CLEAN FUELS FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 3008; 49 USC 5308

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 624

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 3008 of the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st 
Century amends 49 CFR 5308 to establish the Clean Fuels Formula Grant 
Program. This grants program will assist transit systems in purchasing 
or leasing clean fuel programs; constructing clean fuel or electrical 
re-charging facilities; modifying existing garage facilities to 
accommodate clean fuel vehicles; re-powering pre-1993 engines with 
clean fuel technology which meets the current bus emission standards; 
and retrofitting or rebuilding pre-1993 engines before their half-life 
for rebuilding. This provision requires the Secretary to issue an 
implementing regulation that sets forth eligibility requirements and an 
apportionment formula for eligible projects. Because applications must 
be submitted to FTA by January 1 of each year, FTA will publish its 
interim final rule by November 1, 1998, for the applications due 
January 1, 1999.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local

Agency Contact: Scheryl Portee, Attorney Advisor, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936
Fax: 202 366-3809
Email: scheryl.portee@fta.dot.gov

RIN: 2132-AA64
_______________________________________________________________________

2731.  CAPITAL LEASES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  PL 105-178, sec 3003

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 639

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 3003 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
Century (TEA-21) expanded the definition of capital projects to include 
the leasing of equipment or facilities for use in mass transportation 
when it is cost-effective to do so. Prior to enactment of TEA-21, the 
option to lease instead of purchase was available only to recipients of 
FTA's formula grant program for urbanized areas, section 5307 
recipients through the capital lease rule. To implement this expanded 
definition, which will benefit most of FTA 's recipients, FTA will

[[Page 62184]]

amend its capital lease rule by expanding it to include all FTA 
recipients of capital assistance. This rule will then allow all FTA 
recipients of capital assistance to choose to purchase or lease 
equipment or facilities depending on which option is more cost-
effective. Because this rule is non-controversial and beneficial to all 
FTA recipients of capital assistance, FTA will issue a direct final 
rule, thus, quickly implementing the change mandated by TEA-21. The 
publication of this rule will relieve recipients of capital assistance 
of an administrative burden they must meet under OMB guidance.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Procurement: This is a procurement-related action for which there is no 
statutory requirement. There is no paperwork burden associated with 
this action.

Agency Contact: Rita Daguillard, Acting Assistant Chief Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-1936
Fax: 202 366-3809

RIN: 2132-AA65
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)                  Prerule Stage
Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2732. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: REVISION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR CARRIAGE BY 
AIRCRAFT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  48 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 175

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Part 175 is being revised and rewritten in order to simplify 
and clarify the requirements, further align them with the international 
requirements (ICAO) and eliminate obsolete requirements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-228.

Agency Contact: Deborah Boothe, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD18
_______________________________________________________________________

2733.  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: REVISIONS TO THE INCIDENT REPORTING 
REGULATIONS AND INCIDENT REPORT FORM 5800.1

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5105 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 171

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will review the hazardous materials incident 
reporting regulations in 49 CFR part 171 including the hazardous 
materials incident report (form 5800.1). The goal of this rulemaking is 
to simplify, update and review the requirements while enhancing the 
ability of the Research and Special Programs Administration and the DOT 
modal administrations to gather information vital to increase safety of 
transporting hazardous materials.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-229.

Agency Contact: Paul L. Polydores/Kevin Coburn, Transportation 
Specialist/Information Systems Manager, Department of Transportation, 
Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Fax: 202 366-3753
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD21

[[Page 62185]]

_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)            Proposed Rule Stage
Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2734. +REQUIREMENTS FOR CYLINDERS (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 93 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2137-AA92
_______________________________________________________________________

2735. GAS GATHERING LINE DEFINITION

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, October 24, 1994.

Abstract: The existing definition of ``gathering line'' would be 
clearly defined to eliminate confusion in distinguishing these 
pipelines from transmission lines in rural areas. The costs should be 
minimal since the definition will conform to prevailing practices in 
government and industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/25/91                    56 FR 48505
NPRM Comment Period End         11/25/91
SNPRM                           12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-122.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/25/91, 56 FR 48505

Agency Contact: L.E. Herrick, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5523

RIN: 2137-AB15
_______________________________________________________________________

2736. +QUALIFICATION OF PIPELINE PERSONNEL

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would establish qualification standards for 
personnel who perform certain operation and maintenance functions on 
gas or hazardous liquid pipelines. The standards are needed to ensure 
that pipeline personnel can recognize, and react properly to, dangerous 
situations. Following withdrawal of an initial NPRM, a negotiated 
rulemaking committee considered alternatives and, by January 1998, 
reached consensus on a proposal to require pipeline operators to have 
and follow a personnel qualification program. A second NPRM will be 
based on this proposal.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/23/87                     52 FR 9189
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/07/87
NPRM                            08/03/94                    59 FR 39506
Extended Comment Period End 10/
31/94                           09/07/94                    59 FR 46219
Notice of Public Hearing        09/07/94                    59 FR 46219
NPRM Comment Period End         10/03/94
Notice of Intent to Form a 
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 07/02/96                    61 FR 34410
NPRM Withdrawn                  07/02/96                    61 FR 34413
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-98-3783. Formerly Docket No. 
PS-94, Pipeline Operator Qualifications. The proposals regarding 
certification of personnel and emergency response in ``Proposals for 
Pipeline Safety,'' RIN 2137-AB27, have been consolidated into this 
rulemaking.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 08/03/94, 59 FR 39506

Agency Contact: Eben Wyman, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0918

RIN: 2137-AB38
_______________________________________________________________________

2737. DOT 3AL ALUMINUM CYLINDERS; SAFETY PROBLEMS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 178

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Certain DOT 3AL cylinders made of aluminum alloy 6351 have 
been discovered developing cracks during service, and occasionally 
leaks developed that resulted in loss of contents. The ANPRM was to 
alert and inform all persons possessing these cylinders of the 
problems, identify those cylinders at risk, and suggest steps to 
minimize risks. The NPRM will address the safety issues.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           07/10/87                    52 FR 26027
ANPRM Comment Period End        08/10/87
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-176A. This action is being 
combined with Docket HM-220, RIN 2137-AA92.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Ryan Posten, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AB51
_______________________________________________________________________

2738. UNDERWATER ABANDONED PIPELINE FACILITIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, April 24, 1994.

Abstract: In response to a statutory mandate in the Pipeline Safety Act 
of 1992, this action will require operators of gas and hazardous liquid 
pipeline facilities to report certain information about abandoned 
underwater pipelines, including location, size, date of abandonment, 
and compliance with applicable laws. The information will be available 
for use by other Federal agencies and state authorities.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-2094.

Agency Contact: L.E. Herrick, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5523

RIN: 2137-AC33
_______________________________________________________________________

2739. AREAS UNUSUALLY SENSITIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE (USAS)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, October 24, 1994.

Abstract: In response to a statutory mandate, this action will 
establish criteria for identifying areas near hazardous liquid 
pipelines that are unusually sensitive to environmental damage if a 
pipeline accident occurs. The criteria are being developed in 
consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency and other 
agencies. Pipelines located in areas identified under the criteria will 
be the subject of other rulemaking proceedings: Pipe Inventory (RIN 
2137-AB48) and Increased Inspection Requirements (RIN: 2137-AC38).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Public Meeting and 
Supplemental Notice             06/22/94                    59 FR 32178
Public Meeting Comment Period 
End                             08/01/94
Extended Comment Period End     06/26/95
Extended Comment Period End 8/
25/95                           07/10/95                    60 FR 35549
NPRM                            09/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-140. Was originally Docket PS-
130B, ``Environmentally Sensitive Areas,'' for part 194. Changed to 
address part 195. A series of public workshops were conducted in 1996 
and 1997. Additional workshops will be scheduled as necessary.

Agency Contact: Christina Sames, Petroleum Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4561

RIN: 2137-AC34
_______________________________________________________________________

2740. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: LABELING REQUIREMENTS FOR POISONOUS MATERIALS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 172; 49 CFR 174 to 177

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action considers changes to certain labeling provisions 
of the Hazardous Materials Regulations to require the use of a POISON 
label on packages containing materials meeting the toxicity criteria 
for poisonous materials in Division 6.1, Packing Group III. This 
rulemaking is necessary due to elimination of the Keep Away From Food 
Label by the UN.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/08/93                    58 FR 59224
ANPRM Comment Period End        01/10/94
NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-217. This action is being 
combined with Docket HM-215C, RIN 2137-AD15, 10/98.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation

Agency Contact: Helen Engrum, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AC47
_______________________________________________________________________

2741. REGULATED GAS AND HAZARDOUS LIQUID GATHERING LINES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, October 24, 1995.

Abstract: This action would establish regulations for gas and hazardous 
liquid gathering lines in rural areas for which there are at present no 
safety regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Richard Huriaux, Director, Technology & Regulations, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4565

RIN: 2137-AC53
_______________________________________________________________________

2742. PERIODIC UNDERWATER INSPECTIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, October 24, 1995.

Abstract: This action would require operators of natural gas and 
hazardous liquid pipelines to conduct periodic underwater inspections 
of offshore pipelines and those in navigable waterways. This action 
would also define what constitutes an exposed underwater pipeline and 
what constitutes a hazard to navigation.

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Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-3001.

Agency Contact: L. E. Herrick, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-5523

RIN: 2137-AC54
_______________________________________________________________________

2743. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: REQUIREMENTS FOR CARGO TANKS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 107; 49 CFR 173; 49 CFR 178; 49 CFR 180

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to revise and clarify certain 
manufacturing, maintenance and use requirements pertaining to cargo 
tank motor vehicles in the Hazardous Materials Regulations. FHWA 
inspections have resulted in a preliminary determination that these 
regulations need to be amended to make them more practical, 
understandable, and enforceable.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: HM-213.

Agency Contact: Jennifer Karim, Senior Transportation Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AC90
_______________________________________________________________________

2744. +HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: SAFETY STANDARDS FOR UNLOADING CARGO TANK 
MOTOR VEHICLES IN LIQUEFIED COMPRESSED GAS SERVICE

Regulatory Plan:  This entry is Seq. No. 94 in Part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 2137-AD07
_______________________________________________________________________

2745. PIPELINE SAFETY: ADOPTION OF INDUSTRY STANDARDS FOR LIQUEFIED 
NATURAL GAS FACILITIES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60128

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 193

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would replace existing DOT standards governing 
the siting, design, and construction of liquefied natural gas 
facilities with an incorporation by reference of the 1996 edition of 
the National Fire Protection Association document, ANSI/NFPA 59A, 
``Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas.'' The 
action, which is based on an NFPA rulemaking petition, is expected to 
reduce costs to the gas pipeline industry without compromising safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-3002. Notice of public 
meeting (63 FR 5918;2/5/98)

Agency Contact: Mike Israni, General Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4571
Fax: 201 366-4566

RIN: 2137-AD11
_______________________________________________________________________

2746. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  33 USC 1321; 49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 171; 49 CFR 172; 49 CFR 173; 49 CFR 174; 49 CFR 
175; 49 CFR 176; 49 CFR 177; 49 CFR 178

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials 
Regulations to provide for the transport of infectious medical waste in 
bulk packagings, modify the exceptions for transporting biological 
products and diagnostic specimens without being subject to the 
regulations, and revise the definition, hazardous communication, and 
packaging requirements for other infectious substances to make them 
consistent with international transportation requirements. RSPA plans 
to hold a public meeting on the rulemaking via the internet.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/02/98                    63 FR 46844
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/01/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-226. DMS Docket No. RSPA 97-3019.

Agency Contact: Eileen Mack, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD13
_______________________________________________________________________

2747. TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 171; 49 CFR 172; 49 CFR 173; 49 CFR 174; 49 CFR 
175; 49 CFR 176; 49 CFR 178; 49 CFR 180

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: RSPA proposes to make routine, technical, and minor 
miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations based 
on petitions for rulemaking and RSPA

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initiative. Because some of the changes are substantive, RSPA will 
publish an NPRM to obtain public comments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-218. This is a continuation of 
the rulemakings previously published under the miscellaneous HM-166 
rulemaking docket series e.g., HM-166Z, Final Rule; 6/2/94 (59 FR 
28487).

Agency Contact: Joan McIntyre, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD16
_______________________________________________________________________

2748. +HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION: REGISTRATION AND FEE 
ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 107

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: RSPA proposes to revise the registration fee structure to 
collect approximately $14.3 million to fund the Emergency Preparedness 
Grants Program to train responders. This action would double the 
registration program receipts and thus the monies available for 
distribution, primarily for State and tribal hazardous materials 
emergency response training and planning grants. The additional fees 
could come from existing registrants (certain shippers and carriers of 
hazardous materials), from newly required registrants, or from both.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-208C.

Agency Contact: Jodi George, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD17
_______________________________________________________________________

2749. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: REVISION AND CONSOLIDATION OF REQUIREMENTS 
FOR CARRIAGE BY RAIL CAR AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 174; 49 CFR 177

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is based on a joint petition for rulemaking 
submitted by the American Trucking Associations, Inc. and the 
Association of American Railroads. This rulemaking proposes to 
consolidate the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) found in 49 CFR 
parts 174 and 177 into a new part 174. The intended impact of the 
rulemaking is to streamline the requirements of parts 174 and 177, 
enhance compliance with the HMR and to develop a positive impact on the 
land surface transportation of hazardous materials.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-227.

Agency Contact: Paul L. Polydores, Transportation Regulations 
Specialist, Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD19
_______________________________________________________________________

2750.  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: REVISED AND CLARIFIED HAZARDOUS 
MATERIALS SAFETY RULEMAKING AND PROGRAM PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 106; 49 CFR 107

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will make minor substantive changes to 
Rulemaking Procedures and Hazardous Materials Program Procedures, 49 
CFR parts 106 and 107 of the hazardous materials procedural 
regulations, and will result in a complete re-write of those parts in 
language that is easier to understand. This action is being taken in 
order to update RSPA's hazardous materials procedural regulations and 
to re-write the current requirements in a new question and answer 
format that will be more user-friendly. These changes are expected to 
be of interest to those persons and entities subject to the 
requirements of the hazardous materials regulations (49 CFR parts 171-
180).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-98-3974.

Agency Contact: Nancy E. Machado, Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590

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Phone: 202 366-4400
Fax: 202 366-7041
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD20
_______________________________________________________________________

2751.  PIPELINE SAFETY: ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 190.209; 49 CFR 190.213

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action will revise RSPA's pipeline safety enforcement 
procedures to minimize paperwork in uncontested cases where a person 
pays a proposed civil penalty or agrees to a proposed compliance order. 
The procedures will be changed to show that both responses are 
considered offenses in determining any future civil penalty 
assessments. These changes will streamline the enforcement process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-98-4284. The changes to part 
190 modify agency rules of practice and procedure.

Agency Contact: Linda Daugherty, Enforcement Officer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4577
Fax: 202 366-4566
Email: daugherll@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD22
_______________________________________________________________________

2752.  PIPELINE SAFETY: PERIODIC UPDATES TO PIPELINE SAFETY 
REGULATIONS (1998)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192 to 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is designed to update the pipeline safety 
regulations on an annual basis. It will incorporate by reference the 
latest editions of consensus standards to allow operators to utilize 
current technology, materials, and practices. In addition, 
noncontroversial corrections and clarifications will be made. This 
annual update process is consistent with the President's goal of 
regulatory reinvention and improvement of customer service.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Agency Contact: Eben Wyman, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0918
Fax: 202 366-4566
Email: wymane@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD23
_______________________________________________________________________

2753.  PIPELINE SAFETY: CORROSION CONTROL ON GAS AND HAZARDOUS 
LIQUID PIPELINES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action addresses the need to revise or supplement the 
safety standards for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to further 
reduce the potential for corrosion-caused accidents. Particular 
attention will be given to the need to incorporate by reference 
voluntary standards of recognized standard-setting organizations, and 
to apply the same corrosion control standards to gas and hazardous 
liquid pipelines.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-2762. Notice of public 
meeting 10/29/97 (62 FR 56141).

Agency Contact: Gopala Vinjamuri, Materials Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4503
Fax: 202 366-4566
Email: gopala.vinjamuri@rspa.dot..gov

RIN: 2137-AD24
_______________________________________________________________________

2754.  PIPELINE SAFETY: GAS PIPELINE REPAIR

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 485; 49 CFR 487; 49 CFR 713

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Gas pipe that is generally corroded over a large area to the 
extent that wall thickness is unsafe must be replaced, unless in the 
case of transmission pipe, operating pressure is reduced. Similarly, 
any damage that impairs the serviceability of high-stress transmission 
pipe must be replaced,

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unless it is repaired by a full encirclement welded split sleeve. The 
proposed rule would permit operators to use alternative corrective 
methods that have been demonstrated to permanently restore the pressure 
integrity of corroded or damaged pipe. Operators of hazardous liquid 
pipelines already may use these methods. By allowing the use of less 
expensive proven technologies, the proposed rule would reduce costs in 
the gas pipeline industry without reducing safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: L.M. Furrow, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4559
Fax: 202 366-4566
Email: furrowl@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD25
_______________________________________________________________________

2755.  PIPELINE SAFETY: PRESSURE TESTING OLDER PIPELINES IN 
TERMINALS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 195.302

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Certain older pipelines in terminals and tank farms must be 
pressure tested before December 7, 2003. Based on a petition, RSPA is 
reconsidering this testing requirement in light of the risk and low 
operating stress of these pipelines. RSPA has stayed enforcement of the 
testing requirement against pipelines designed not to operate above 20 
percent of specified minimum yield strength.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Notice requesting comment 2/10/98 (63 FR 6677) 
in Docket No. PS-121.

Agency Contact: Mike Israni, General Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4571
Fax: 202 366-4566
Email: mike.israni@rpsa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AD26
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)               Final Rule Stage
Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2756. QUANTITY LIMITATIONS ABOARD AIRCRAFT

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 175

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposed to remove the fifty-pound limit on the 
quantity of hazardous materials that may be stowed in an inaccessible 
cargo location on passenger-carrying aircraft. Comments to the NPRM 
indicated that further evaluation is needed. RSPA has reevaluated this 
proposal and decided to withdraw it because it could result in safety 
problems.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/06/84                    49 FR 13717
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/01/84
NPRM                            02/13/85                     50 FR 6013
NPRM Comment Period End         05/30/85
To Be Withdrawn                 12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This project was formerly entitled: Limitation 
Aboard Aircraft. Docket HM-192. A related rulemaking is ``Prohibition 
of Oxidizers Aboard Aircraft,'' HM-224A, RIN 2127-AC92. The proposal 
will be considered as part of HM-228, RIN 3217-AD18.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/13/85, 50 FR 6013

Agency Contact: Deborah Boothe, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AA85
_______________________________________________________________________

2757. DETERMINING THE EXTENT OF CORROSION ON EXPOSED GAS PIPELINES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: To avoid overlooking a potential source of accidents, an NPRM 
proposed to require that when harmful corrosion is discovered on 
uncovered gas pipelines, the operators investigate further to determine 
the extent of corrosion. Comments indicated that most operators already 
do such further investigations, and that the proposed rule was unclear 
regarding acceptable methods and extent of investigation. In view of 
the comments, the NPRM will be withdrawn.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/27/89                    54 FR 27041
NPRM Comment Period End         09/25/89
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-107. The issue addressed by this 
action may be reconsidered in a separate proceeding dedicated to the 
review of all corrosion control requirements in 49 CFR parts 192 and 
195 (Docket No. RSPA-97-2762; 62 FR 44436; Aug. 21, 1997).

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ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 06/27/89, 54 FR 27041

Agency Contact: L. M. Furrow, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4559

RIN: 2137-AB50
_______________________________________________________________________

2758. PASSAGE OF INTERNAL INSPECTION DEVICES

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking established minimum Federal pipeline safety 
standards requiring that new and replacement gas transmission and 
hazardous liquid pipelines be designed to accommodate the passage of 
internal inspection devices. This rulemaking is mandated by 49 USC 
60102(f). In response to petitions for reconsideration of the final 
rule, an additional NPRM was issued proposing to limit the rule with 
respect to new and existing offshore gas transmission lines and the 
replacement of onshore gas transmission lines in rural areas.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/20/92                    57 FR 54745
NPRM Comment Period End         01/19/93
Final Rule                      04/12/94                    59 FR 17275
NPRM                            09/30/94                    59 FR 49896
NPRM Correction                 10/19/94                    59 FR 52863
Limited Suspension of 
Enforcement                     02/07/95                     60 FR 7133
NPRM Comment Period End         10/31/97                    59 FR 49896
Final Action                    11/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-126. The integrity testing 
proposal in ``Proposals for Pipeline Safety,'' RIN 2137-AB27, was 
consolidated, in part, into this rulemaking.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 04/12/94, 59 FR 17275

Agency Contact: A. Garnett, General Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2036

RIN: 2137-AB71
_______________________________________________________________________

2759. PIPELINE SAFETY: ADOPTION OF INDUSTRY STANDARDS FOR BREAKOUT TANKS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action proposes to incorporate by reference the 
applicable standards for breakout tank design and construction that are 
contained in American Petroleum Institute Standard 650-653 and other 
national standards. These standards are already widely followed in the 
pipeline industry. In developing this regulation, RSPA has the benefit 
of a Texas A&M study on breakout tanks.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/21/98                    63 FR 27903
Comment Period End              07/20/98
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. RSPA-97-2095.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 05/21/98, 63 FR 27908

Agency Contact: A. Garnett, General Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-2036

RIN: 2137-AC11
_______________________________________________________________________

2760. TANK CARS AND CARGO TANK MOTOR VEHICLES: ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 174; 49 CFR 177

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes standards to allow the use of 
electronic surveillance and monitoring equipment (signalling systems) 
for unloading tank cars and to revise other unloading requirements for 
tank cars. This action would recognize recent technological innovations 
and improve safety during the loading/unloading of bulk quantities of 
hazardous materials.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/14/92                    57 FR 42466
NPRM Comment Period End         12/14/92
Final Action                    12/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-212.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 09/14/92, 57 FR 42466

Agency Contact: Susan Gorsky, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AC24
_______________________________________________________________________

2761. +RESPONSE PLANS FOR ONSHORE OIL PIPELINES

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 194

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, August 18, 1992.

Abstract: The interim final rule established regulations requiring 
response plans for certain onshore oil pipelines. Those regulations are 
mandated by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act as amended by the 
Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-380). The purpose of these 
requirements is to improve response capabilities and minimize the 
impact of onshore oil spills from pipelines. This rule is significant 
because of substantial public and congressional interest.
The operators filed response plans under this interim final rule, and 
numerous tabletop exercises and area

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exercises have been conducted to validate the planning process. Work is 
proceeding on a ``one plan'' approach that would allow an operator to 
file only one oil spill response plan within the various interested 
agencies.
The final rule in this matter will reflect the experience gained under 
the interim final rule.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/05/93                      58 FR 244
Comment Period End              02/19/93
Notice of Public Meeting        06/15/94                    59 FR 30755
Public Meeting Comment Period 
End                             08/01/94
Notice of Public Hearing        11/29/96                    61 FR 60679
Correction                      01/21/97                     62 FR 2989
Final Action                    05/00/99

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-130.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 01/05/93, 58 FR 244

Agency Contact: James Taylor, Response Plans Officer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8860

RIN: 2137-AC30
_______________________________________________________________________

2762. +RISK-BASED ALTERNATIVE TO PRESSURE TESTING RULE

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would provide a risk-based alternative to the 
existing pressure testing rule for older hazardous liquid and carbon 
dioxide pipelines. On June 7, 1994 (59 FR 29379), RSPA issued a final 
rule requiring the hydrostatic pressure testing of certain older 
pipelines (49 CFR 195.302). On June 23, 1995, the American Petroleum 
Institute (API) filed a petition on behalf of many liquid pipeline 
operators that recommended a risk-based alternative to the required 
pressure testing rule. RSPA finds considerable merit in a risk-based 
approach to pressure testing and thus has postponed the time for 
compliance with the final rule issued on June 7, 1994, to allow time 
for evaluation of the API petition. The risk-based alternative would 
allow operators to elect an approach to evaluating the integrity of 
these lines that takes into account individual risk factors. This would 
allow operators to focus resources on higher-risk pipelines and effect 
a greater reduction in the overall risk from pipeline accidents. This 
rulemaking is considered significant because of the substantial 
industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Public Meeting        03/08/96                     61 FR 9415
NPRM                            02/05/98                     63 FR 5918
NPRM Comment Period End         04/06/98
Final Action                    10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. PS-144. A final rule issued 10/27/97 
(62 FR 54591) (Docket No. PS-121; RIN 2137 AD05) extends time for 
compliance with the pressure testing final rule issued June 7, 1994 (58 
FR 29379).
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, 02/05/98, 63 FR 5920

Agency Contact: Mike Israni, General Engineer, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-4571

RIN: 2137-AC78
_______________________________________________________________________

2763. FILLING OF PROPANE CYLINDERS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 173

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The ANPRM solicited comments on the merits of a petition for 
rulemaking to require registration and training of persons who fill 
propane cylinders, certification of filling equipment operators, and 
proof of financial responsibility. The petition would also allow 
filling of propane cylinders by volume rather than by weight, which is 
currently required by the hazardous material regulations. This notice 
will terminate rulemaking action in this docket and deny the petition 
for rulemaking because, based on the comments, there is no safety 
justification for imposing the costs of a registration, training and 
financial responsibility program for cylinder fillers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/23/96                    61 FR 43515
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/21/96
To Be Withdrawn                 10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. HM-220C.

Agency Contact: Eileen Mack, Transportation Regulations Specialist, 
Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-8553
Email: rules@rspa.dot.gov

RIN: 2137-AC86
_______________________________________________________________________

2764. PIPELINE SAFETY: PERIODIC UPDATES TO PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATIONS 
(1997)

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Reinventing Government: This rulemaking is part of the Reinventing 
Government effort. It will revise text in the CFR to reduce burden or 
duplication, or streamline requirements.

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 193; 49 CFR 195; 49 CFR 1.53

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is designed to update the pipeline safety 
regulations on an annual basis. It incorporated by reference the latest 
editions of consensus standards to

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allow operators to utilize current technology, materials, and 
practices. In addition, noncontroversial corrections and clarifications 
were made. This annual update process is consistent with the 
President's goal of regulatory reinvention and improvement of customer 
service.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Direct Final Rule               02/17/98                     63 FR 7721
Direct Final Rule Effective     05/04/98
Removal of Direct Final Rule 
Amendment                       07/20/98                    63 FR 38757
Confirmation of Direct Final 
Rule                            10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No . RSPA-97-2251.

Agency Contact: Eben Wyman, Transportation Specialist, Department of 
Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-0918

RIN: 2137-AD03
_______________________________________________________________________

2765.  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: EDITORIAL CORRECTIONS AND 
CLARIFICATIONS

Priority:  Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 5101 to 5127

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 107; 49 CFR 171 to 173; 49 CFR 175 to 180

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes non-
substantive regulatory changes, and in response to requests for 
clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions of the 
Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). This final rule correcting minor 
errors will not be preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking because 
RSPA will make a finding for good cause that notice and public comment 
are unnecessary under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      10/00/98

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Docket No. 189-O.

Agency Contact: Charles E. Betts, Transportation Regulations 
Specialist, Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs 
Administration, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202 366-9553
Fax: 202 366-3012

RIN: 2137-AD27
_______________________________________________________________________
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)              Long-Term Actions
Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA)
_______________________________________________________________________

2766. +MAPS AND RECORDS OF PIPELINE LOCATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS; 
NOTIFICATION OF STATE AGENCIES; PIPE INVENTORY

Priority:  Other Significant

Legal Authority:  49 USC 60101 to 60125

CFR Citation:  49 CFR 192; 49 CFR 195

Legal Deadline:
Final, Statutory, November 1, 1989, Deadline pertains to pipeline 
inventory and State agency information.

Abstract: This action proposes to equalize as far as possible the 
requirements that gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators keep maps 
and records to show the location and other characteristics of 
pipelines. Operators would be required to keep an inventory of pipe and 
periodically report mileage and other facts. In addition, operators 
would be required to provide certain information to State agencies upon 
request. This is a significant action because of congressional and 
State concerns about the need for appropriate public officials to have 
pipeline information.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: In furtherance of this rulemaking, the 
Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is 
working with other Federal and State agencies and pipeline industry to 
create a national pipeline mapping system. This system, when complete, 
will show the location and selected attributes of the majo