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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-1279




[67 PA. CODE CH. 175]

Effective Date of Bus Exhaust System Regulations

[30 Pa.B. 3794]

   The Department of Transportation (Department), acting through its Vehicle Inspection Division (Division), has reached agreement with bus transportation providers and manufacturers on the implementation of regulations governing the discharge location of exhaust systems on buses registered in this Commonwealth.

   Under the authority given to the Department in the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 4103, 4521 and 6103, the Department is charged with promulgating regulations establishing vehicle equipment standards. The sections affected by this notice were originally published at 28 Pa.B. 5670, 5684 (November 14, 1998) to be effective May 13, 1999. However, after reviewing concerns expressed by bus companies as to the difficulty of retrofitting hundreds of operating buses in a 6-month period, the Department postponed the effective date of these provisions indefinitely pending further investigation and discussion.

   The Department, after consultation with the pupil transportation community, has determined that an effective date of August 1, 2001, for §§ 175.105(b)(5)(ii) and (iii) and 175.110(d)(6)(viii)(B) and (C) will provide sufficient time for all operating buses to be retrofitted with compliant exhaust systems. Therefore, the Department, by this notice, orders that the effective date of §§ 175.105(b)(5)(ii) and (iii) and 175.110(d)(6)(viii)(B) and (C) shall be August 1, 2001.

   Anyone with questions or comments concerning this notice should contact the Department. The point of contact is Vehicle Inspection Division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 1101 South Front Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17104, John Munafo, Division Manager (717) 787-3184, Kris Singer, Program Manager (717) 787-2895.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-1279. Filed for public inspection July 28, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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