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Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; Consumer Protection Regulations

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Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; Consumer Protection Regulations

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
August 14, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 157 (Tuesday, August 14, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 48460]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-19876]



[[Page 48460]]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 375

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0119]
RIN 2126-AB52


Transportation of Household Goods in Interstate Commerce; 
Consumer Protection Regulations

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Direct final rule; confirmation of effective date.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA confirms the effective date for its June 20, 2012, 
direct final rule concerning household goods consumer protection. The 
direct final rule amended the regulations governing the transportation 
of household goods to remove an obsolete requirement related to collect 
calls, resolved ambiguities, and made other noncontroversial 
amendments. The Agency did not receive any comments in response to the 
direct final rule and confirms the August 20, 2012, effective date of 
the rule.

DATES: The effective date for the direct final rule published in the 
Federal Register on June 20, 2012 (77 FR 36932), is confirmed as August 
20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The docket for this rulemaking (FMCSA-2012-0119) is 
available for inspection at http://www.regulations.gov. If you do not 
have access to the Internet, you may also view the docket by visiting 
the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of 
the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brodie Mack, FMCSA, Household 
Goods Team Leader, Commercial Enforcement and Investigations Division 
at (202) 385-2400 or by email at brodie.mack@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 20, 2012, FMCSA published a direct 
final rule amending its regulations at 49 CFR part 375. The rule 
clarified that certain independent delivery services are not household 
goods motor carriers, removed an obsolete provision requiring household 
goods motor carriers to post notices relating to acceptance of collect 
telephone calls, clarified the Agency's requirement that renegotiated 
estimates contain detailed descriptions of the goods or services that 
gave rise to the renegotiation, and required household goods motor 
carriers that relinquish possession of goods to permanent storage to do 
so in the shipper's name.
    FMCSA used the Agency's direct final rule procedures (75 FR 29915, 
May 28, 2010) because it was a routine and noncontroversial 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 July 20, 2012, the Agency would provide notice confirming 
the effective date. Because the Agency did not receive any comments to 
the docket by July 20, 2012, the direct final rule will become 
effective August 20, 2012.

    Issued on: August 8, 2012.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2012-19876 Filed 8-13-12; 8:45 am]
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