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.
NHTSA Recall ID Number : 22C001
Synopsis : Columbus Trading-Partners USA, Inc. (CTP) is recalling certain CYBEX Sirona M Convertible Child Car Seat, model numbers 518000385, 518002153, 518000387, 518002145, 518002149, 518002151, and 519000211, manufactured between November 3, 2017 and August 31, 2018. A child may pick pieces of foam from the child seat headrest pad. Loose pieces of foam can present a choking hazard to a child, increasing the risk of injury. CTP will mail a kit with instructions on how to seal the headrest foam, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 9, 2022. Owners may contact CTP customer service at 1-877-242-5676.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a Final Rule on Occupant Protection for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems. In short, this Final Rule amends the occupant protection Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) to account for future vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls associated with a human driver because they are equipped with Automated Driving Systems (ADS). The Final Rule is effective as of September 26, 2022. The lengthy Final Rule can be found here: 2022-05426.pdf (govinfo.gov). A more detailed summary of this Final Rule will be forthcoming.
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