[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 136 (Wednesday, July 16, 1997)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 38035-38036]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-18682]



Federal Highway Administration

49 CFR Part 372

[FHWA Docket No. MC-96-38 and No. FHWA-97-2280]
RIN 2125-AE03

Exemption of Notice Filing Requirements for Agricultural 
Cooperative Associations Which Conduct Compensated Transportation 
Operations for Nonmembers

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This document removes the regulation specifying the notice 
filing requirements for agricultural cooperative associations which 
conduct compensated transportation operations for nonmembers. These 
operations are exempt from regulation if certain statutory limitations 
on their scope are observed. Section 103 of the ICC Termination Act of 
1995 (ICCTA), Pub. L. 104-88, 109 Stat. 803, removed the requirement 
that a notice be filed before initiation of operations under the 

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 15, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas T. Vining or Ms. Patricia 
A. Burke, Office of Motor Carrier Information Analysis, HIA-30, (202) 
358-7028, or Ms. Grace Reidy, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-
0834, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, 
DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 21, 1996, the FHWA published a 
proposed rule and a request for comments in the Federal Register (61 FR 
54712) on the removal of the regulation specifying the notice filing 
requirement for agricultural cooperative associations which conduct 
compensated transportation operations for nonmembers. The former 
Interstate Commerce Act contained an exemption from ICC regulation at 
49 U.S.C. 13506(a)(5) (formerly 49 U.S.C. 10526(a)(5)) for 
transportation provided by an agricultural cooperative association for 
nonmembers. To qualify for the exemption, the transportation services 
for nonmembers were required to be incidental to the cooperative's 
primary transportation operations, could not exceed annually 25 percent 
of the cooperative's total transportation between any two involved 
points, and, as a whole, could not exceed the transportation provided 
for the cooperative association and its members. The cooperative was 
also required to file a notice with the ICC of its intent to provide 
transportation for nonmembers.
    The ICCTA reenacted the substantive exemption for nonmember 
transportation services by agricultural cooperatives, but removed the 
notice filing requirement. 49 U.S.C. 13506(a)(5). Although the ICCTA 
does not prohibit imposition of a notice requirement by the FHWA, which 
has assumed responsibility for this regulation pursuant to the ICCTA, 
the notice of proposed rulemaking questioned the continuing need for 
any required notice.
    The public comment period for the proposed rule closed on December 
20, 1996. No comments were submitted, and the proposed rule is adopted.
    The Secretary is granted authority at 49 U.S.C. 13508 to require 
agricultural cooperatives to maintain records of transportation 
provided for members and nonmembers. Section 13508 makes these records 
subject to inspection and imposes specific penalties for reporting and 
recordkeeping violations. Regulations at 49 CFR 372.111 delineate the 
scope of the required records. The information contained in these 
records can be inspected by the FHWA if it ever appears that a 
cooperative is performing transportation services for nonmembers which 
exceed the scope of the exemption. Moreover, it is unlikely that a 
cooperative would have any incentive to conduct unlawful transportation 
operations. Under the ICCTA, licensing requirements are now essentially 
limited to compliance with safety and insurance standards. A 
cooperative could easily obtain operating authority for legitimate 
    In these circumstances, the notice requirement at 49 CFR 372.113 no 
longer serves any legitimate purpose. Removal of this regulation, and 
the adoption of conforming amendments to 49 CFR 372.111, will eliminate 
unnecessary regulatory requirements.

Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review and DOT 
Regulatory Policies and Procedures)

    The FHWA has determined that this action is not a significant 
regulatory action within the meaning of Executive Order 12866 or 
significant within the meaning of Department of Transportation 
regulatory policies and procedures. The economic impact of this 
rulemaking is minimal; therefore, a full regulatory evaluation is not 
required. The rulemaking merely

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eliminates a notice filing requirement which applies to a small number 
of transportation entities. Neither the individual nor cumulative 
impact of this action is significant.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    In compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, 
5 U.S.C. 601-612), the FHWA has evaluated the effects of this rule on 
small entities. Based on the evaluation, the FHWA hereby certifies that 
this action will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The filing requirement currently 
only involves the preparation of a relatively simple notice by a 
limited number of transportation entities. Its elimination, while 
beneficial, will not have a significant economic impact.

Executive Order 12612 (Federalism Assessment)

    This action was analyzed in accordance with the principles and 
criteria contained in Executive Order 12612, and it was determined that 
this action does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant 
the preparation of a federalism assessment.

Executive Order 12372 (Intergovernmental Review)

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.217, Motor 
Carrier Safety. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 
regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and 
activities do not apply to this program.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This action does not contain a collection of information 
requirement for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq. On the contrary, it eliminates the requirement that 
parties taking advantage of the exemption at 49 U.S.C. 13506(a)(5) file 
Form OCP-102 (Office of Management and Budget #3120-0005, 




National Environmental Policy Act

    The agency has analyzed this action for the purpose of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and has 
determined that this action would not have any effect on the quality of 
the environment.

Regulation Identification Number

    A regulation identification number (RIN) is assigned to each 
regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. 
The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda 
in April and October of each year. The RIN number contained in the 
heading of this document can be used to cross reference this action 
with the Unified Agenda.

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 372

    Agricultural commodities, Buses, Commercial zones, Freight 
forwarders, Highways and roads, Motor carriers of property, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements.

    In consideration of the foregoing and under the authority of 
section 103 of the ICC Termination Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-88, 109 
Stat 803, and 49 CFR 1.48, the FHWA amends title 49, CFR, Chapter III, 
Part 372 as set forth below:


    1. The authority citation for Part 372 continues to read as 

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 13504 and 13506; 49 CFR 1.48.

    2. Section 372.111 is amended in paragraph (a) by removing the 
words ``which is required to give notice to the Commission under 
Sec. 1047.23'', and in paragraph (b) by removing the words ``and 
required to give notice to this Commission under Sec. 1047.23''.

Sec. 372.113  [Removed and reserved]

    3. Section 372.113 is removed and reserved.

    Issued on: July 7, 1997.
Jane F. Garvey,
Acting Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 97-18682 Filed 7-15-97; 8:45 am]