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U.S. Trucks Would Require FMVSS Certification Label Under DOT Proposal

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to require U.S.-domiciled motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce to use only commercial motor vehicles that display a certification label affixed by the vehicle manufacturer or a DOT registered importer indicating that the vehicle (a) satisfied all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards in effect at the time of manufacture or (b) has been modified to meet those standards and legally imported by an RI. In the absence of such a label (e.g., because of vehicle damage or deliberate removal), the motor carrier would have to obtain, and a driver would have to present to federal or state enforcement officials upon demand, a letter issued by the vehicle manufacturer stating that the vehicle satisfied all applicable FMVSS in effect on the date of manufacture.

This proposed rule would not apply to foreign-domiciled vehicles (i.e., CMVs operated by Mexico- or Canada-domiciled motor carriers) engaged in international traffic, as regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit such vehicles to be admitted to the U.S. without formal importation, payment of duty or compliance with FMVSS.

Comments on this proposal are due no later than Aug. 3.

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