Appendix A
Study Charge

[Public Law 105-178, 105th Congress, June 9, 1998 (H.R. 2400).]

An Act

To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

… [E]nacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled…

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE …

  1. Short Title.—This Act may be cited as the “Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.”…

Sec. 1213. Studies and Reports ….

  1. Commercial Motor Vehicle Study.

    1. In General.—The Secretary shall request the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study regarding the regulation of weights, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles operating on Federal-aid highways to which Federal regulations apply on the date of enactment of this Act. In conducting the study, the Board shall review law, regulations, studies (including Transportation Research Board Special Report 225: Truck Weight Limits: Issues and Options) and practices and develop recommendations regarding any revisions to law and regulations that the Board determines appropriate.

    2. Factors to Consider and Evaluate.—In developing recommendations under paragraph (1), the Board shall consider and evaluate the impact of the recommendations described in paragraph (1) on the economy, the environment, safety, and service to communities.

    3. Consultation.—In carrying out the study, the Board shall consult with the Department of Transportation, States, the motor carrier industry, freight shippers, highway safety groups, air quality and



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Regulation of Weights, Lengths, and Widths of Commercial Motor Vechicles: Special Report 267 Appendix A Study Charge [Public Law 105-178, 105th Congress, June 9, 1998 (H.R. 2400).] An Act To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes. … [E]nacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled… SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE … Short Title.—This Act may be cited as the “Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.”… Sec. 1213. Studies and Reports …. Commercial Motor Vehicle Study. In General.—The Secretary shall request the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study regarding the regulation of weights, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles operating on Federal-aid highways to which Federal regulations apply on the date of enactment of this Act. In conducting the study, the Board shall review law, regulations, studies (including Transportation Research Board Special Report 225: Truck Weight Limits: Issues and Options) and practices and develop recommendations regarding any revisions to law and regulations that the Board determines appropriate. Factors to Consider and Evaluate.—In developing recommendations under paragraph (1), the Board shall consider and evaluate the impact of the recommendations described in paragraph (1) on the economy, the environment, safety, and service to communities. Consultation.—In carrying out the study, the Board shall consult with the Department of Transportation, States, the motor carrier industry, freight shippers, highway safety groups, air quality and

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Regulation of Weights, Lengths, and Widths of Commercial Motor Vechicles: Special Report 267 natural resource management groups, commercial motor vehicle driver representatives, and other appropriate entities. Report.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Board shall transmit to Congress and the Secretary a report on the results of the study conducted under this subsection. Recommendations.—Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the report under paragraph (4), the Secretary may transmit to Congress a report containing comments or recommendations of the Secretary regarding the Board’s report. Funding.—There is authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) $250,000 for each of fiscal years 1999 and 2000 to carry out this subsection. Applicability of Title 23.—Funds made available to carry out this subsection shall be available for obligation in the same manner as if such funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code; except that the Federal share of the cost of the study under this subsection shall be 100 percent and such funds shall remain available until expended.