FMCSA issues operating authority rule

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration adopted, with minor changes, its interim regulations as published in the Federal Register in August 2002 relating to enforcement of operating authority requirements. In its Aug. 28 rulemaking, FMCSA states that enforcement officials have discovered many carriers operating without the required operating authority or beyond the scope of their authority.

Making minor changes to the rule, and clarifying that operating authority means registration as required by statute, will assist state enforcement officers in identifying the correct violation and not confusing operating authority with other registration requirements, according to the agency. A copy of the final rule is available here.