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PUBLIC LAW 101-615—NOV. 16, 1990 104 STAT. 3273 SEC. 24. FEDEJIALLY LEASED COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES. Section 210 of the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 (49 U.S.C. App. 2509) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: "(g) FEDERALLY LEASED COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES.— Any State which receives Federal financial assistance under section 402 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 in a fiscal year may apply and enforce in such fiscal year any regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicle safety adopted by such State with respect to commercial motor vehicles and operators leased to the United States.". SEC. 25. IMPROVEMENTS TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IDENTIFICATION Motor vehicles. SYSTEMS. Telecommunications. (a) RULEMAKING PROCEEDING. — 49 USC app. (1) INITIATION.—In order to develop methods of improving the 1804 note, current system of identifying hazardous materials being transported in vehicles for safeguarding the health and safety of persons responding to emergencies involving such hazardous materials and the public and to facilitate the review and reporting process required by subsection (d), the Secretary of Transportation shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. (2) PRIMARY PURPOSES. —The primary purposes of the rulemaking proceeding initiated under this subsection are— (A) to determine methods of improving the current system of placarding vehicles transporting hazardous materials; and (B) to determine methods for establishing and operating a central reporting system and computerized telecommunications data center described in subsection (b)(1). (3) METHODS OF IMPROVING PLACARDING SYSTEM. —The methods of improving the current system of placarding to be considered under the rulemaking proceeding initiated under this subsection shall include methods to make such placards more visible, methods to reduce the number of improper and missing placards, alternative methods of marking vehicles for the purpose of identifying the hazardous materials being transported, methods of modifying the composition of placards in order to ensure their resistance to flammability, methods of improving the coding system used with respect to such placards, identification of appropriate emergency response procedures through symbols on placards, and whether or not telephone numbers of any continually monitored telephone systems which are established under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act are displayed on vehicles transporting hazardous materials. (4) COMPLETION OF RULEMAKING PROCEEDING WITH RESPECT TO REPORTING SYSTEM AND DATA CENTER. — Not later thaii 19 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall complete the rulemaking proceeding initiated with respect to the central reporting system and computerized telecommunications data center described in subsection (b). (5) FINAL RULE WITH RESPECT TO PLACARDING. — Not later than 30 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall issue a final rule relating to improving the current system for placarding vehicles transporting hazardous materieds.