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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
49 CFR Part 1
[Docket No. OST-1999-6189]
Organization and Delegation of Powers and Duties; Rescission of
Delegation to the Administrator, Federal Highway Administration and
Redelegation to Director, Office of Motor Carrier Safety
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) rescinds the
currently delegated authority of the Federal Highway Administrator to
perform motor carrier safety functions and operations and redelegates
it to the Director of a new Office of Motor Carrier Safety in the
Department of Transportation. This action enables the Department to
continue most of the activities performed by the Federal Highway
Administration's Office of Motor Carrier Safety consistently with
section 338 of the FY 2000 Department of Transportation and Related
Agencies Appropriations Act.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This rule is effective on October 9, 1999.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Charles Medalen, Office of the
Chief Counsel, HCC-20, (202) 366-1354, Department of Transportation,
Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC
20590; or Ms. Gwyneth Radloff, Office of the General Counsel, (202)
366-9319, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20590.
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Section 338 of the FY 2000 Department of Transportation and Related
Agencies Appropriations Act (Public Law 106-69) prohibits the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) from spending funds to carry out the
functions and operations of its Office of Motor Carriers (OMC). The
legislation provides that, if the Secretary delegates those functions
and operations outside of the FHWA, the funds shall also be
transferred. Accordingly, the Secretary is rescinding the current
delegation of his authority to the Federal Highway Administrator in 49
CFR 1.48 (h), (i), (p), (u), (v), (w), (z), (aa), (hh), (ii), and (jj)
to carry out motor carrier functions and operations and gives notice
that the Director of a new Office of Motor Carrier Safety in the
Department of Transportation will exercise those functions and
operations to the full extent permitted by section 338. This rule
amends 49 CFR 1.4 and adds a new Sec. 1.73 to reflect the Secretary's
redelegation of these motor carrier functions to the new Office of
Motor Carrier Safety.
Duties and powers related to motor carrier safety, vested in the
Secretary by chapter 5 and 315 of title 49, U.S.C., are specifically
delegated by statute to the Federal Highway Administrator by 49 U.S.C.
104(c)(2) and cannot be exercised or transferred by the Secretary
without legislative approval. However, the second proviso of section
338 states that ``notwithstanding section 104(c)(2) of title 49, United
States Code, the Federal Highway Administrator shall not carry out the
duties and functions vested in the Secretary under 49 U.S.C.
521(b)(5).'' Because 49 U.S.C. 521 specifically authorizes ``the
Secretary'' to take enforcement action, 49 U.S.C. 104(c)(2) is merely a
limitation on the Secretary's power to transfer that authority. Section
338 now prohibits the Federal Highway Administrator from carrying out
the imminent hazard authority of 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(5), so the general
authority of the Secretary to implement that subsection is restored and
may be redelegated. Accordingly, authority to carry out section
521(b)(5) is redelegated by this rule to the director of the new Office
of Motor Carrier Safety. It is the only function from chapters 5 or 315
of title 49, United States Code, that is subject to this delegation.
Although civil penalty actions are prohibited, the Secretary has
authority to take other enforcement actions, such as issuing roadside
out-of-service orders under 49 CFR 396.9(c) or 395.13 (a) and (b) and
imminent hazard orders under section 521(b)(5) of title 49, United
This rule is being published as a final rule and made effective on
the date signed by the Secretary of Transportation. As the rule relates
to Departmental organization, procedure, and practice, notice and
comment on it are unnecessary under 5 U.S.C. 553(b). In addition, the
functions addressed in this rule had to be transferred immediately in
order that the Department's motor carrier safety program could continue
to the extent permitted by section 338 of the FY 2000 Department of
Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. For this
reason, the Secretary for good cause finds, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3),
to make this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication.
List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1
Authority delegations (Government agencies), Organization and
functions (Government agencies).
In consideration of the foregoing, Part 1 of title 49, Code of
Federal Regulations, is amended as follows:
1. The authority citation for Part 1 is revised to read as follows:
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322; 46 U.S.C. 2104(a); 28 U.S.C. 2672; 31
U.S.C. 3711(a)(2); Pub. L. 101-552, 104 Stat. 2736; Pub L. 106-69,
113 Stat. 1022.
Sec. 1.4 [Amended]
2. In Sec. 1.4, remove paragraph (d)(5) and redesignate paragraph
(d)(6) as new paragraph (d)(5).
Sec. 1.48 [Amended]
3. In Sec. 1.48, remove and reserve paragraphs (h), (i), (p), (u),
(v), (w), (z), (aa), (hh), (ii), and (jj).
4. Add Sec. 1.73 to read as follows:
Sec. 1.73 Delegation to the Director of the Office of Motor Carrier
The Director of the Office of Motor Carrier Safety is delegated
(a) Carry out the functions and exercise the authority vested in
the Secretary by 49 U.S.C., Subtitle IV, part B:
(1) Chapter 131, relating to general provisions on transportation
(2) Chapter 133, relating to administrative provisions;
(3) Chapter 135, relating to jurisdiction;
(4) Chapter 137, sections 13702(a), 13702(c)(1), 13702(c)(2),
13702(c)(3), 13704, 13707, and 13708, relating to rates, routes, and
(5) Chapter 139, relating to registration and financial
(6) Chapter 141, subchapter I and sections 14121 and 14122 of
subchapter II, relating to operations of motor carriers;
(7) Chapter 145, sections 14501, 14502, and 14504, relating to
(8) Chapter 147, sections 14701 through 14708, relating to
enforcement remedies, investigations, and motor carrier liability; and
(9) Chapter 149, sections 14901 through 14913, relating to civil
and criminal penalties for violations of 49 U.S.C., Subtitle IV, part
(b) Carry out the functions and exercise the authority vested in
the Secretary by sections 104, 403(a), and 408 of the ICC Termination
Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 109 Stat. 803, relating to
miscellaneous motor carrier provisions, railroad-highway grade crossing
regulation and fatigue-related issues pertaining to commercial motor
(c) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 42 U.S.C.
4917 relating to procedures for the inspection, surveillance and
measurement of commercial motor vehicles for compliance with interstate
motor carrier noise emission standards and related enforcement
activities including the promulgation of necessary regulations.
(d)(1) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
5121(a), (b), and (c), 5122(a) and (b), 5123, and 5124, relating to
investigations, records, inspections, penalties, and specific relief so
far as they apply to the transportation or shipment of hazardous
materials by highway, including the manufacture, fabrication, marking,
maintenance, reconditioning, repair or test of containers which are
represented, marked, certified, or sold for use in the bulk
transportation of hazardous materials by highway.
(2) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
5112 relating to highway routing of hazardous materials; 5109 relating
to motor carrier safety permits, except subsection (f); 5125(a) and
(c)-(f), relating to preemption determinations or waivers of preemption
of hazardous materials highway routing requirements; 5105(e) relating
to inspections of motor vehicles carrying hazardous material; 5119
relating to uniform forms and procedures; and 5127(f) and (g) relating
to credits to appropriations and availability of amounts.
(e) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
chapter 313 relating to commercial motor vehicle operators.
(f) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
13906, 31138 and 31139 relating to financial responsibility
requirements for motor carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders.
(g) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by subchapters
I and III of chapter 311, title 49, U.S.C., relating to commercial
motor vehicle programs and safety regulation.
(h) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
5708 relating to food transportation inspections; 5710 relating to the
Secretary's powers to administer the sanitary food transportation
regulations; 5711 relating to enforcement of sanitary food
transportation regulations and applicable penalties; 5712 and 5714
relating to Federal-State relations; and 5113 and 31144 relating to
safety fitness of owners and operators.
(i) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
5118 relating to the use of inspectors to promote safety in the highway
transportation of radioactive material; and 49 U.S.C. 31142(f) relating
to application of State regulations to government-leased vehicles and
(j) Carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C.
521(b)(5) relating to operations that pose an imminent hazard to
(k) Carry out the functions and exercise the authority delegated to
the Secretary in section 2(d)(2) of Executive Order 12777 (3 CFR, 1992
Comp., p. 351), with respect to highway transportation, relating to the
approval of means to ensure the availability of private personnel and
equipment to remove, to the maximum extent practicable, a worst case
discharge, the review and approval of response plans, and the
authorization of motor carriers, subject to the Federal Water Pollution
Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1321), to operate without approved response
plans, except as delegated in 49 CFR 1.46(m).
Issued in Washington, DC, on October 9, 1999.
Rodney E. Slater,
Secretary of Transportation.
Appendix to Preamble--Possible Congressional Action
There is a possibility of further Congressional action regarding
motor carrier functions and operations. If any subsequent law is
enacted, the redelegation will be amended accordingly and published
in the Federal Register as soon as practicable.
[FR Doc. 99-27333 Filed 10-15-99; 1:47 pm]
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