FMCSA sets procedure for routine rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration May 28 established direct final rulemaking procedures for use on routine or noncontroversial rules.

Under these procedures, FMCSA will make regulatory changes that will become effective a specified number of days after publishing in the Federal Register, unless FMCSA receives any written adverse comments or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment.

FMCSA said these new procedures, effective with the May 28 notice in the Federal Register, will expedite the introduction of routine or noncontroversial rules by reducing the time and resources necessary to develop, review and publish proposed and final rules.

The agency said it will not use the direct final rule procedures for complex or controversial issues.

For more information, go to and search docket number FMCSA 2009-0354.