MOTOR CARRIERS (PASSENGER) / Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) FMCSA “proposes to adopt regulations governing the lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)”. The point: Identify the motor carrier who is actually operating the particular CMV (mostly inter-city buses) so as to make clear who exactly is responsible for compliance with all applicable safety regulations.

“Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers”

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. September 20, 2013.

This goes to a problem the FMCSA has long been concerned with: the so-called “phantom” carrier, who accrues violations under a particular operating certificate and name, and then makes use of another name and perhaps operating certificate under which to continue its unsafe operations unsanctioned.