FMCSA’s ABS Final Rule Effective Nov. 22

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that the effective date of the direct final rule, “Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Antilock Brake Systems,” will be November 22.

The final rule, published on September 21 in the Federal Register (75 FR 57393), made permanent the existing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that each trailer with an antilock brake system be equipped with an external malfunction indicator lamp.

FMCSA used the Agency's direct final rule procedures (75 FR 29915, May 28, 2010) because it was a routine and non-controversial amendment, and the Agency did not expect any adverse comments. The direct final rule advised the public that unless a written adverse comment, or a written notice of intent to submit such an adverse comment, was received by October 21, the Agency would provide notice confirming the effective date. Because the Agency did not receive any comments to the docket by October 21, the direct final rule will become effective November 22. The docket for this rulemaking (FMCSA-2010-0186) is available for inspection at

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