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Certification of Size and Weight Enforcement

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American Government

Certification of Size and Weight Enforcement

Rodney E. Slater
Federal Highway Administration
March 15, 1994


[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 50 (Tuesday, March 15, 1994)]
[Unknown Section]
[Page 0]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 94-5916]


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[Federal Register: March 15, 1994]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

23 CFR Part 657

[FHWA Docket No. 93-28]
RIN 2125-AC60

 

Certification of Size and Weight Enforcement

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On December 16, 1993, the FHWA published an advance notice of 
proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register (58 FR 65830), in 
which the agency announced that it was considering proposing changes to 
the guidance provided to State highway agencies for preparing annual 
vehicle size and weight certifications and enforcement plans. The ANPRM 
requested public comment on the type of information and data that 
should be submitted by States to support an effective enforcement plan, 
and their annual vehicle size and weight enforcement certifications. 
The comment period is scheduled to close on March 16, 1994. In order to 
allow sufficient time for interested parties to comment on this complex 
issue, the FHWA is extending the comment period until May 18, 1994.

DATES: The comment period is extended to May 18, 1994.

ADDRESSES: Submit written, signed comments, to FHWA Docket No.93-28, 
Federal Highway Administration, room 4232, HCC-10, Office of the Chief 
Counsel, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., 
Washington, DC 20590. All comments received will be available for 
examination at the above address between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., e.t., 
Monday through Friday except legal Federal holidays. Those desiring 
notification of receipt of comments must include a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Klimek, Office of Motor 
Carrier Information Management (202-366-2212) or Mr. Charles Medalen, 
Office of the Chief Counsel (202-366-1354), Federal Highway 
Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office 
hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except 
legal Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To preserve the Nation's investment in the 
Interstate Highway System, Congress established in 1956 vehicle weight 
limits for the Interstate System (23 U.S.C. 127) and beginning in 1974 
required each State to certify annually that it is enforcing its size 
and weight laws (23 U.S.C. 141). The Federal-aid Highway Act of 1978, 
Public Law 95-599, 92 Stat. 2689, authorized the Department of 
Transportation to require that each State provide information in its 
certification sufficient to allow evaluation of the State's weight 
enforcement program. In 1980, the FHWA promulgated a regulation, 23 CFR 
657, Certification of Size and Weight Enforcement, detailing the 
information needed from the States to evaluate the State's weight 
enforcement program. In addition, the States were 2 required annually 
to prepare vehicle size and weight enforcement plans. Each State's plan 
was to be the basis against which its enforcement program as summarized 
in its certification was to be evaluated.
    Currently, States provide in their annual certifications to the 
FHWA, due on January 1 of each year, such information as the number of 
trucks weighed by scale type, and the total number of citations issued 
by type of violation. Permits issued by type, the number of off-loads 
and load shifts, and changes to the State's vehicle size and weight 
laws and regulations related to permit fees and overweight fines are 
also reported.
    A State's vehicle size and weight enforcement plan contains, among 
other information, an inventory of facilities and equipment, fiscal and 
personnel resources, enforcement practices and procedures, program 
goals, and an evaluation of current operations. A State's plan is to be 
provided to the FHWA for review by July 1 and is to be accepted and in 
effect by October 1 of each year.
    The comment period for the ANPRM is scheduled to close on March 16, 
1994. In order to allow sufficient time for interested parties to 
comment on this complex issue, the FHWA is extending the comment period 
until May 18, 1994.

List of Subjects in 23 CFR Part 657

    Enforcement, Enforcement Plan, Highways and roads, Sanctions, and 
Vehicle size and weight certification.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 127, 141, and 315; 49 CFR 1.48(b)

    Issued on: March 8, 1994
Rodney E. Slater,
Federal Highway Administrator.
[FR Doc. 94-5916 Filed 3-14-94; 8:45 am]
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