Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Federal Management Regulation (FMR), Subpart B, section 102-34.335 (41 CFR 102-34.335), requires drivers to use the grade (octane rating) of fuel recommended by the motor vehicle manufacturer when fueling motor vehicles owned or leased by the Government. Present restrictions prohibit the use of premium grade fuel in motor vehicles owned or leased by the Government that will operate on a lower grade of fuel.
As a result of Hurricane Ike, executive agencies may encounter nationwide fuel shortages and may not be able to acquire lower grade fuel for their vehicles to complete their missions. The original intent of FMR section 102-34.335 was to reduce fuel costs and the unnecessary use of premium fuel in vehicles capable of being operated on lower grade fuel. FMR Bulletin, B-22, provides a deviation for executive agencies to purchase premium fuel for Government owned and leased vehicles when lower grade fuels are not available due to market shortages due to Hurricane Ike.
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