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Civil Penalties


American Government

Civil Penalties

Jack Danielson
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
28 March 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 28, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 15302]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-06119]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 578

[Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0136]
RIN 2127-AL82


Civil Penalties

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule; delay of effective date.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to a notice published on January 30, 2017, the 
effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil Penalties,'' published in 
the Federal Register on December 28, 2016 was temporarily delayed for 
60 days. This action temporarily delays the effective date of that rule 
for 90 additional days.

DATES: As of March 27, 2017, the effective date of the rule amending 49 
CFR part 578 published at 81 FR 95489, December 28, 2016, delayed at 82 
FR 8694, January 30, 2017, is further delayed until June 26, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For legal issues, contact Michael 
Kuppersmith, Office of Chief Counsel, at (202) 366-5263. For non-legal 
issues, contact John Finneran, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, at 
(202) 366-5289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to a document published on January 
30, 2017 (82 FR 8694), the effective date of the rule entitled ``Civil 
Penalties,'' published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, at 
81 FR 95489, was temporarily delayed for 60 days in accordance with the 
memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and 
Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.'' \1\ The 
present action temporarily delays the effective date of that rule for 
90 additional days. That rule responded to a petition for 
reconsideration from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the 
Association of Global Automakers by delaying, until model year 2019, 
the implementation of inflationary adjustments to the Corporate Average 
Fuel Economy (CAFE) civil penalty rate. These inflationary adjustments 
are required by Congress as part of the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The additional 90-
day delay in effective date is necessary to temporarily preserve the 
status quo while Department officials continue to review and consider 
the final rule and related laws. To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553 is 
applicable, this action is exempt from notice and comment because it 
constitutes a rule of procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A).
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    \1\ Available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/20/memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies (last 
accessed Mar. 13, 2017).

    Authority: Pub. L. 101-410, Pub. L. 104-134, Pub. L. 109-59, 
Pub. L. 114-74, Pub L. 114-94, 49 U.S.C. 32902 and 32912; delegation 
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of authority at 49 CFR 1.81, 1.95.

    Issued on: March 23, 2017.
Jack Danielson,
Acting Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2017-06119 Filed 3-27-17; 8:45 am]
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