Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an interim
final rule to require states to place interstate motor carriers
out of service and assess penalties for not properly registering
with the FMCSA as a for-hire carrier of passengers or freight.
placed out of service may have a hearing within 10 days of the
order to contest the out-of-service charge.
requires all states, as a condition of receiving Motor Carrier
Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) funds, to place out of service
any vehicles discovered operating without registration or proper
operating authority. MCSAP funds provide states with money for
roadside inspections and safety programs under federal grants.
carriers now submit a Form MCS-150, or a Motor Carrier Identification
Report to the FMCSA. For-hire carriers must also apply for appropriate
operating authority and file the required forms.
responds to requirements of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement
Act of 1999, which required FMCSA to enforce motor carrier registration
requirements and assess noncompliance penalties. FMCSA want comments
on the rule by Oct. 28, 2002. Comments may be submitted electronically