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OBSOLETE MOTOR CARRIER RULES ARE TARGETED FOR EXTINCTION BY FHWA

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposed today to eliminate more than a dozen obsolete and redundant regulations to ease the paperwork burden on commercial motor carriers without any reduction in safety benefits, according to the FHWA.
 "The rules to be eliminated date back in many cases to the 1930s and no longer relate to current industry practices or they have been superseded by state or local initiatives," Federal Highway Administrator Rodney E. Slater said.
 "Deleting them at this time fits in with the comprehensive review of our entire body of regulations that we began last year. What we want from that review is a streamlined set of safety rules that are understandable and enforceable and will help reduce accidents."
 Among the requirements that would be eliminated under the proposal is the written driver exam, which has been superseded by the stricter requirements of the commercial driver's license. Other rules have to do with sleeper berth specifications and driving by unauthorized persons, which the FHWA says should instead be governed by company policy or labor-management agreements, plus various overlapping record-keeping regulations.
 The notice of proposed rule making is published in the Jan. 10 Federal Register. Comments will be accepted until March 10 and should be addressed to Docket No. 93-32, HCC-10, Room 4232, FHWA Office of Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590.
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 /CONTACT: Stan Hamilton of the Federal Highway Administration, 202-366-0665/


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