[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 196 (Wednesday, October 12, 2005)]
[Pages 59348-59349]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-20375]



Notice of a Deviation; Motor Vehicle Management

AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Notice of a deviation.


SUMMARY: This notice announces that the General Services Administration 
(GSA), Office of Governmentwide Policy (M), is granting a deviation 
from the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) to all agencies whose 
purchase of gasoline for motor vehicles has been impacted by Hurricanes 
Katrina and

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Rita. This deviation will allow Federal agencies to purchase premium 
gasoline for government owned and leased vehicles when lower grade 
gasoline is not available. This deviation can be found at www.gsa.gov/vehiclepolicy and clicking on ``Deviation from 41 CFR 102-34.335''.

DATES: The deviation announced in this notice is effective September 8, 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, 
Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management, at (202) 501-
1777 and cite the deviation regarding motor vehicle management dated 
September 30, 2005.


A. Background

    Federal Management Regulation (FMR) section 102-34.335 (41 CFR 102-
34.335) prohibits the use of premium grade gasoline in any motor 
vehicle owned or leased by the Government unless the motor vehicle 
specifically requires premium grade gasoline. This section states that 
drivers are to use the grade (octane rating) of gasoline recommended by 
the motor vehicle manufacturer when fueling motor vehicles owned or 
leased by the Government.
    As a result of the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita, agencies have reported that their vehicles operators 
are unable to purchase lower octane gasoline for their vehicles to 
complete their missions. In many areas, agencies have only been able to 
procure premium gasoline for use in their motor vehicles. The original 
intent of section 102-34.335 was to reduce fuel costs and eliminate the 
unnecessary use of premium gasoline in vehicles capable of being 
operated on lower grade gasoline.
    A notice announcing this deviation was published in the Federal 
Register on September 16, 2005 (70 FR 54747) as a result of Hurricane 
Katrina. This notice amends that notice by including all agencies whose 
purchase of gasoline for motor vehicles has been impacted by both 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

B. Procedures

    This deviation is located on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/vehiclepolicy and clicking on ``Deviation from 41 CFR 102-34.335''.

    Dated: September 30, 2005.
Becky Rhodes,
Deputy Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-20375 Filed 10-11-05; 8:45 am]