Just a reminder that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) deadline for the Clean School Bus Program Grants is 11:59pmET on Friday, August 19. EPA will be reviewing the applications and beginning the selection process in September and applicants will be notified of their selection status in October.
NHTSA Recall ID Number 22C002
Synopsis : Clek, Inc. (Clek) is recalling certain Olli booster seats, model number OL12U2 manufactured between January 20, 2020 and May 10, 2022, and Ozzi booster seats, model number OZ11U2, manufactured between March 1, 2020 and May 10, 2022. The installation diagram displaying the proper way to install the booster seat with a continuous-loop lap/shoulder belt is missing. As such, these child seats fails to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213, "Child Restraint Systems." A missing installation label may result in an improperly installed child seat, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Clek will mail owners a new label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 25, 2022. Owners may contact Clek's customer service at 1-866-656-2462.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Final Rule amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 141 (Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) as proposed in the September 17, 2019, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to the sound requirements used in compliance tests for hybrid and electric vehicles. The agency has chosen not to adopt the remaining portions of the NPRM, including a proposal which would have allowed manufactures of hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs) to install a number of driver-selectable pedestrian alert sounds in each HEV they manufacture. The driver-selectable alert sounds proposal is not being adopted because of a lack of supporting data. This Final Rule is effective as of August 12, 2022.
The EPA has recently added the following Clean School Bus resources:
On May 4, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an Advance Notice of Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking (ANSPRM) on speed limiters. The notice requested public comment on questions related to the programming, adjustment, and maintenance of settings to engine control units as well as feedback on the applicability of the speed limiting rulemaking under consideration. Comments on this original notice were due on June 3 and it can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-05-04/pdf/2022-09443.pdf.
Today, FMCSA issued a notice extending the comment period for this ANSPRM to July 18, 2022. The extension can be found here: 2022-11490.pdf (govinfo.gov).
The online application is now open for EPA’s 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. To help you prepare, EPA will host a webinar on Tuesday, May 24th at 1pmET to detail how to apply for the 2022 Zero-Emission and Clean School Bus Rebates. The priority applicant list and program guidance have also been posted.
The EPA’s Clean School Bus Program website has all the information you need: School Bus Rebates: Clean School Bus Program | US EPA.
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
2022 Clean School Bus (CSB) Rebates open and EPA begins accepting online application submissions.
May 20, 2022 – August 19, 2022
EPA reviews applications and begins the selection process.
EPA notifies applicants of selection status and posts list of applicants and selectees online. Selectees can proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure.
Selectees submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating that new buses and eligible infrastructure have been ordered.
October 2022 – April 2023
Project period deadline for selectees to receive new buses, install eligible infrastructure, replace old buses, and submit Close Out Forms.
If you are interested, please do the following:
On April 27, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) entitled ‘‘State Inspection Programs for Passenger Carrier Vehicles’’. The ANPRM announced that FMCSA was considering a requirement that States establish a program for annual inspections of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). FMCSA requested information from all interested parties that would enable the Agency to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or improperly inspected passenger carrying CMVs. The ANPRM also sought public comments concerning the effectiveness of the current FMCSA annual inspection standards, and data on the potential costs and benefits of a Federal requirement for each State to implement a mandatory inspection program. In addition, FMCSA inquired about how the Agency might incentivize States to adopt such programs. The comment period closed on June 27, 2016, and after reviewing all the public comments, FMCSA determined there was not enough data and information available to support moving forward with a rulemaking action. As a result, on May 1, 2017, the Agency withdrew the ANPRM. On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was enacted, which directed FMCSA, to solicit additional comments on the ANPRM to determine if data and information now exist to support moving forward with a rulemaking.
FMCSA has now re-issued the withdrawn ANPRM and is asking for comments by June 9, 2022. The ANPRM can be viewed here: 2022-09657.pdf (govinfo.gov).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) proposing that motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater, that are equipped with an electronic engine control unit (ECU) capable of governing the maximum speed be required to limit the commercial motor vehicle to a speed to be determined by the rulemaking and to maintain that ECU setting for the service life of the vehicle. This ANPRM follows a jointly issued National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and FMCSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on September 7, 2016. FMCSA is requesting comments on this ANPRM no later than June 3, 2022.
The ANRPM can be found here: 2022-09443.pdf (govinfo.gov).
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened its third application window to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support to help “close the homework gap.” The application period is open until May 13, 2022 and eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023. This is expected to be the last opportunity for funding under this program as the $7.17 billion originally allocated to this program will be exhausted. Funding can be used to purchase laptops and tablets, WiFi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections to serve unmet needs for off-premises by students, school staff, and library patrons. Information on how to apply is available here.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published two important notices in the Federal Register. These notices include:
Because the Department of Transportation (DOT) must follow the HHS scientific guidelines for DOT-regulated drug testing laboratory procedures, participants in the DOT transportation industry drug testing program should be aware of the proposals HHS is considering. Any final rules issued by HHS regarding these proposals may affect the DOT testing program under 49 CFR Part 40, but only after DOT conducts its own rulemaking.
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