Temporary exemption from motor vehicle safety and bumper standards

Published in the January 2019 issue of Washington Update

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule amending its regulation on temporary exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and bumper standards to expedite the publishing of notices soliciting public comment on exemption petitions. It does so by eliminating the provision calling for the Agency to determine that a petition is complete before the Agency publishes a notice summarizing the petition and soliciting public comments on it. As amended, the regulation continues to provide that the Agency will, as it does now, determine whether a petition contains adequate justification in deciding whether to grant or deny the petition. The intended effect of these changes is to enable the Agency to solicit public comments more quickly. Agency Contact: Stephen Wood 202-693-5240.

PUBLISHED: 12/26/2018; ACTION: Final Rule; REFERENCE: 83 FR 661587; REG: 49 CFR Part 555; Effective: January 25, 2019. 

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