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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AL41 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: FMVSS No. 571.108 License Plate Mounting Angle  
Abstract: This rulemaking would harmonize the license plate mounting angle requirements for motorcycles with European regulatory requirements in response to a petition from the Motorcycle Industrial Council (MIC). MIC claimed that changing the license plate mounting angle would not adversely affect safety or law enforcement. MIC stated that by allowing a 30 degree upward angle, the license plate lamp can be physically located closer to the plate, retaining the incident angle and providing the same amount of illumination. In response to this petition, this rulemaking would amend the Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) on lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment to allow the licenses plate mounting surface on motorcycles to be at an angle of up to 30 degrees beyond vertical. The agency believes that this rulemaking action would result in minor benefits resulting from cost saving associated with increased design flexibility. Because the agency does not believe that benefits from this rulemaking action would rise to the level that the action would be economically significant, the agency does not anticipate conducting a separate economic analysis for this rulemaking. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 571.108   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 301   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/03/2013  78 FR 54209   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/04/2013 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Markus Price
Safety Engineer
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590

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