On November 1, NGVAmerica submitted written comments in response a U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) notice requesting input on regulatory changes. DOT’s October notice indicated that it is evaluating the continued necessity of existing regulations, and plans to evaluate regulations that burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources. The notice indicates that DOT could repeal, replace or amend regulations as part of the effort.
NGVAmerica submitted comments asking that DOT amend existing regulations that address fuel systems on commercial motor vehicles. The regulations at issue are found in Part 393 of the FMCSA regulations and limit the placement of any part of the fuel system above the passenger compartment on buses, and separately restrict the placement of fuel tanks forward of the front axle on trucks or buses. NGVAmerica previously urged the FMCSA to issue guidance or clarify that the restriction is limited to liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel and is not applicable to compressed natural gas. NGVAmerica has pointed out that the restrictions in Part 393 when applied to natural gas vehicles is inconsistent with Federal Transit Administration regulations, NHTSA regulations, and NFPA safety standards.
NGVAmerica is hopeful that DOT will move to address this matter as part of a future rulemaking proposal, or through guidance.
For more information, contact Jeff Clarke 202.824.7364, or jclarke@NGVAmerica.org.