Decision to Rescind Buy America Waiver for Minivans and Minivan Chassis


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12-03-12

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On June 21, 2010, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) waived its Buy America final assembly requirement for minivans and minivan chassis after confirming that no manufacturer was willing and able to supply minivans or minivan chassis that were assembled in the United States. Now, FTA rescinds the waiver after confirming that the Vehicle Production Group (VPG) has started producing a substantially similar vehicle, the Mobility Vehicle 1 (MV1), in the United States. The MV1 is a purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible vehicle that is substantially similar to a minivan.

The VPG petitioned the FTA to rescind the non-availability waiver it issued on June 21, 2010 (75 FR 35123). The waiver exempted minivans and minivan chassis from the Buy America final assembly requirement outlined at 49 CFR part 661, stating that it would remain in effect until such a time as a domestic source became available.

FTA received approximately 836 comments in response to its notice. Of the 836 comments, three comments were posted to the docket in error, and 88 comments were filed after the September 11, 2012 deadline. FTA considered all comments submitted to the docket on or before September 19, 2012.before deciding whether to grant the request.

FTA has determined that a Buy America waiver for minivans and minivan chassis is no longer necessary because the VPG now produces a substantially similar vehicle in the United States, in accordance with FTAs Buy America rules. Therefore, FTA hereby rescinds the waiver it issued on June 21, 2010.

The complete Federal Register may be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-03/pdf/2012-29129.pdf.

For information concerning Buy America, go to the FTA web site http://www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/12921.html,or contact Mary J Lee at 202-366-0985 or email mary.j.lee@dot.gov regarding this Federal Register.

For further information, contact Region 10s Ted Uyeno at 206-220-7958 or email ted.uyeno@dot.gov.

Sincerely,


/s/


R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator