RILEY DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF USDOT INTRASTATE NUMBERING
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Governor Bob Riley has postponed implementation of a federal transportation regulation in Alabama for six months. Until then, a task force appointed by the Governor will work to answer questions that some Alabamians have expressed about the federal requirements regarding intrastate commercial vehicles.
The federal regulations were scheduled to go into effect in Alabama on July 1. Governor Riley's order suspends implementation until January 1, 2007.
"Because of the great number of questions and issues that have been raised by the intrastate commercial vehicle registration process, I've directed the Department of Public Safety to delay implementation of the registration deadline from July 1, 2006 until January 1, 2007. We certainly want to follow federal law and will do so. However, this postponement will allow us the opportunity to form a task force of interested parties to work with DPS to more fully understand the process and requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. With the amount of ambiguity and misunderstanding that is out there, I won't let this go forward until there's a better understanding of this federal law and its requirements," Governor Riley said.
Commercial motor vehicle operators involved in interstate commerce already have to display a U.S. Department of Transportation number on their vehicles. The federal rules also extend that requirement to commercial motor vehicle operators involved in intrastate commerce.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby thanked Governor Riley for taking action to delay the federal rule.
"Many of our members across the state have questions about these federal requirements. Governor Riley is taking the right steps to address their concerns and we thank him," Newby said.