New regs for Wednesday: Buses, bats, credit unions

Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new inspection requirements for passenger-carrying buses, as well as rules for credit unions and bats.

{mosads}Here’s what is happening:

Buses: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is considering new inspection requirements for passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles, such as buses.

The FMCSA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking Tuesday aiming to require states to hold annual inspections of commercial vehicles that carry passengers.

The agency will weigh the costs of establishing state inspection programs with the risks of poorly maintained passenger-carrying commercial vehicles.

The public has 60 days to comment.

Bats: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will not provide further protections for the northern long-eared bat.

The FWS was considering designating a critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat after it was listed last year as a threatened species. But the agency reversed course Tuesday, saying it is “not prudent” to establish a critical habitat.

“The northern long-eared bat is a wide-ranging species that is found in a variety of forested habitats in summer and hibernates in caves and mines in winter,” the agency wrote.

The decision goes into effect immediately.

Finance: The National Credit Union Administration is proposing a new incidental powers rule.

The incidental powers rule would govern whether a federal credit union may lease space in its building.

The public has 60 days to comment.


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