2021 Federal Rules & Regulations

Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards [EPA–HQ–OAR–2021–0208; FRL 8469–01–OAR]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards under the Clean Air Act section 202(a) for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years to make the standards more stringent.

Notice and Request for Comment; Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Field Operational Test [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0085]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection.

Transportation Research and Development Strategic Plan; Request for Information [Docket No.: DOT–OST–2021–0160]

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R) invites the public to provide comments to inform the development of DOT’s Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2022–2026.

Submission to the OMB for Review and Approval; Incident Reporting for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0070]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Bus Rollover Structural Integrity [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0088]

NHTSA is issuing this final rule to establish Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 227, ‘‘Bus rollover structural integrity,’’ to enhance the rollover structural integrity of over-the-road buses (motorcoaches), and other buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 11...

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Preemption [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0030]

This document finalizes NHTSA’s proposal to repeal in full ‘‘The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program,’’ published September 27, 2019 (SAFE I Rule), in which NHTSA codified regulatory text and made additional pronouncements regarding the preemption...

Approval of a New Information Collection Request; Waiver and Exemption Requirements [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0107]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment...

Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Motor Carrier Identification Report [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0158]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment

Emergency Approval of a Revision to a Currently-Approved Collection Request: Crime Prevention for Truckers [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0278]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that a revision to the Information Collection Request (ICR) discussed below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and emergency approval.

U.S. DOT Strategic Plan [Docket No. DOT–OST–2021–0140]

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation invites the public to comment on the draft DOT Strategic Framework, which includes draft strategic goals and strategic objectives to accomplish each strategic goal.

Approval of an Information Collection Request: Commercial Driver Licensing and Test Standards [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0081]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Rear Impact Guards and Rear Impact Protection [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0211]

FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to include rear impact guards on the list of items that must be examined as part of the required annual inspection for each commercial motor vehicle (CMV). In addition, FMCSA amends the labeling requirements for rear impact guards...

COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard [Docket No. OSHA–2021–0007]

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID–19 by strongly encouraging vaccination. Covered employers must develop...

Notice of the Establishment of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Cybersecurity Advisory Committee

Per Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) regulations and guidelines, DHS is announcing the establishment of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, a new Federal Advisory Committee, for public awareness.

Public Perceptions of Emerging Technology [Docket No. DHS–2021–0015]

DHS S&T will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The survey will collect information from the public regarding applications of artificial...

Notice and Request for Comment; Reporting of Information and Documents About Potential Defects [Docket Number NHTSA–2020–0101]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and...

Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver’s Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver’s License; Correction [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0330]

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2021, FMCSA amended its regulations to establish requirements for State Driver’s Licensing Agencies to access and use information obtained through the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, an FMCSA administered database containing driver...

Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information [Docket No. DOT–NHTSA–2021–0039]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and...

Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Medical Qualification Requirements [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0066]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR, titled ‘‘Medical Qualification...

Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Vendor Registration [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0096]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR titled, ...

Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver’s Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver’s License [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0330]

FMCSA is amending its regulations to establish requirements for State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to access and use information obtained through the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH or Clearinghouse), an FMCSA administered database containing driver-specific controlled substance (drug...

Notice and Request for Comment; Incident Reporting for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0070]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from...

Submission to the OMB for Review and Approval; Platform Lift Systems for Motor Vehicles, and Platform Lift Installations in Motor Vehicles [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0146; OMB No. 2127–0621]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice (‘‘30-day notice’’) announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the...

Reopening of Comment Period on Request for Information: Minimum Standards for DL and ID Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Of for Official Purposes; Mobile DL [Docket No. DHS–2020–0028]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) entitled, ‘‘Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes; Mobile Driver’s Licenses’’ in April 2021 that referenced a draft industry standard of...

Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2024–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks [NHTSA–2021–0053]

NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation, is proposing revised fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2024–2026. On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive order (E.O.) entitled, ‘‘Protecting Public Health and the Environment and...

Revision of an Approved Information Collection Request: Commercial Driver Licensing and Test Standards [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0081]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget for its review and approval and invites public comment. The FMCSA requests approval to revise and renew an ICR...

Renewal Information Collection Request: National Consumer Complaint Database [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0089]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Renewal Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. This renewal collection of information...

Entry-Level Driver Training: Application for Exemption; Ohio Department of Education [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0131]

FMCSA announces that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has requested an exemption from the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements that will be implemented in February 2022. The exemption request applies to drivers, trained through ODE’s ‘‘Pre-Service School Bus Driver Training...

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Technical Corrections and Clarifications Related to Tires and Rims [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0074]

This document amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 109, ‘‘New pneumatic and certain specialty tires,’’ in response to a petition for rulemaking from the Tire and Rim Association, to clarify the applicability of the FMVSSs to certain types of tires intended for use on trailers....

Certification for Conducting Driver or Vehicle Inspections, Safety Audits, or Investigations [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0081]

FMCSA incorporates by reference in its regulations the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) ‘‘Operational Policy 4: Inspector Training and Certification,’’ as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The CVSA policy provides the current policy and practices...

Notice and Request for Comments; Event Data Recorders [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0058]

NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an information collection currently in use. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from OMB. Under procedures...

Medical Review Board Task 21–1 Report: FMCSA Proposed Alternative Vision Standard [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0049]

In January 2021, FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its regulations to permit individuals who cannot meet either the current distant visual acuity or field of vision standard, or both, in one eye to be physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV...

Request for Information Concerning Preservation of Records [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0074]

FMCSA requests information to assist FMCSA in reviewing records retention requirements in Part 379 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

Approval of a New Information Collection; Waiver and Exemption Requirements [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0107]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment...

Implementation of Household Goods Working Group Recommendations [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0205]

FMCSA proposes to update the Transportation of Household Goods regulations to incorporate recommendations from the Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group (Working Group) contained in the Recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation to Improve Household Goods Consumer...

Department Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary [DOT–OST–1999–5129]

The Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department. The intent of the Agenda is to provide the public with information about the Department of Transportation’s regulatory...

Commercial Driver’s License Standards, Requirements and Penalties; Exclusively Electronic Exchange of Driver History Record Information [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0198]

FMCSA codifies the statutory requirement that State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) implement a system and practices for the exclusively electronic exchange of driver history record (DHR) information through the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), including the posting of...

Request for Applicants for Appointment to the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee [Docket No. TSA–2018–0001]

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is requesting applications from individuals who are interested in being appointed to serve on the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC). All applicants must represent one of the constituencies specified below in order to be...

Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Authorized Windshield Area for the Installation of Vehicle Safety Technology [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0037]

FMCSA proposes to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to increase the area within which certain vehicle safety technology devices may be mounted on the interior of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) windshields. In addition, FMCSA proposes to add items to the definition of...

Incorporation by Reference; North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria; Hazardous Materials Safety Permits [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0063]

FMCSA proposes amendments to its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits regulations to incorporate by reference the updated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) handbook containing inspection procedures and Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) for inspections of shipments of transuranic waste and...

Extension of Compliance Dates for Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0152]

FMCSA amends its regulations to extend the compliance date from June 22, 2021, to June 23, 2025, for several provisions of its April 23, 2015, Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule. FMCSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) on June 21, 2018, extending the compliance date for...

Public Meeting and Extension of Comment Period: Minimum Standards for DLs and ID Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes; Mobile DLs [Docket No. DHS–2020–0028]

On April 19, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a request for information (RFI) soliciting comments from the public to help inform a potential rulemaking that would amend DHS regulations to set the minimum technical requirements and security standards for mobile or digital...

DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee [Docket No. DHS–2021–0022]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeks applicants for appointment to the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Automated Driving Systems 2.0 A Vision for Safety [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0013]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and...

Request for Information on Transportation Equity Data [Docket No. DOT–OST–2021–0056]

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order, ‘‘Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government’’ (Equity E.O.). Through the implementation of this Administration priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or Department...

Notice and Request for Comment; Drivers’ Use of Camera-Based Rear Visibility Systems Versus Traditional Mirrors [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0082]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reissuing an announcement of our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of a proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the...

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Preemption [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0030]

This document proposes to repeal ‘‘The Safer Affordable FuelEfficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program,’’ published Sept. 27, 2019 (SAFE I Rule), in which NHTSA codified regulatory text and made additional pronouncements regarding the preemption of state and local laws related...

Renewal of an Approved Information Collection: Medical Qualification Requirements [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0066]

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval, and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR, titled...

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Department of Transportation’s National Infrastructure Investments (i.e., RAISE)

The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. Funds for the FY 2021 RAISE grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a...

Extension of Compliance Dates for Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0152]

FMCSA proposes to amend its regulations to extend the compliance date from June 22, 2021, to June 23, 2025, for several provisions of its April 23, 2015, Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule. FMCSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) on June 21, 2018, extending the compliance...

Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes; Mobile Driver’s Licenses [Docket No. DHS–2020–0028]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing this request for information (RFI) to inform an upcoming rulemaking that would address security standards and requirements for the issuance of mobile or digital driver’s licenses to enable Federal agencies to accept these credentials for...

Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures

This final rule removes the Department’s internal policies and procedures relating to the issuance of rulemaking and guidance documents from the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, this final rule removes regulations concerning the initiation and conduct of enforcement actions, including...

Department Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary [DOT–OST–1999–5129]

The Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department. The intent of the Agenda is to provide the public with information about the Department of Transportation’s regulatory...

Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing: First Group plc. Application for Exemption From the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Pre-Employment Full Query [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0224]

FMCSA announces that FirstGroup plc (FirstGroup) has applied for an exemption on behalf of three of its subsidiaries, First Student, Inc., First Transit, Inc., and First Mile Square, which employ commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders subject to drug and alcohol testing. FirstGroup requests an...

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Test Procedures; Reopening of Comment Period [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0109]

In response to a request from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators), NHTSA is announcing a reopening of the comment period on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) published December 10, 2020. The ANPRM requests public comment on whether any test procedure for any...

Notice and Request for Comments; Motorcycle Rider Segmentation Study [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0017]

NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new collection of information. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from OMB. Under procedures established by the...

Rulemaking Procedures Update [FMCSA–2016–0341]

In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,’’ the Department delays the effective date of the final rule, ‘‘Rulemaking Procedures Update,’’ until March 21, 2021.

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program for Fiscal Year 2021

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. This notice solicits applications for awards under the program’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding, subject to the availability of...

Framework for Automated Driving System Safety; Extension of Comment Period [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0106]

In response to a request from Venable LLC, NHTSA is announcing a 60-day extension of the comment period on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting comment on NHTSA’s development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety. The comment period for the ANPRM was...

Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0087]

NHTSA invites public comment on the Agency’s updated draft cybersecurity best practices document titled Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles. In 2016, NHTSA issued its first edition, Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles, which described NHTSA’s nonbinding...

Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts

In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2020 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. In additional, this final rule makes conforming...

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Motorcycle Brake Systems; Motorcycle Controls and Displays [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0110]

This document amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) Nos. 122 and 123 to allow the use of an internationally recognized symbol. It also relocates the telltale specifications for anti-lock braking system (ABS) malfunction from FMVSS No. 101 to the appropriate table in FMVSS No. 123...

Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0018]

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection...

Hours of Service of Drivers: Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Use of a Commercial Motor Vehicle for Yard Moves [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0118]

FMCSA is proposing to revise the regulatory guidance concerning recording time operating a commercial motor vehicle as a ‘‘yard move.’’ This guidance applies to all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers required to record their hours of service. The Agency requests public comments on the...