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[FR Doc. 2017–19491 Filed 9–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration 23 CFR Part 658 [Docket No. FHWA–2017–0030] Definition of Automobile Transporter This document requests comments on including non-cargocarrying tractor-high mount automobile semi-trailer combination in the definition of automobile transporter in the FHWA’s guidance. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, please submit them by only one of the following means: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with PROPOSALS VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:07 Sep 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 You may retrieve a copy of the notice through the Federal eRulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov. The Web site is available 24 hours each day, every day of the year. Electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines are available under the help section of the Web site. An electronic copy of this document may also be downloaded from the Office of the Federal Register’s home page at: http:// www.archives.gov/federal_register and the Government Publishing Office’s Web page at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov. Background Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: • Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number at the beginning of your comments. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about the Definition of Automobile Transporters, contact Crystal Jones, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, (202) 366– 2976, or by email at Crystal.Jones@ dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact William Winne, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366–1397, or by email at William.Winne@dot.gov. Business hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal laws and regulations pertaining to vehicles that are classified as automobile transporters, and providing for a minimum vehicle length and allowable overhang lengths for these configurations, support the safe and efficient movement of autos by truck through States and across State lines. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31111(a)(1) and 23 CFR 658.5, the term ‘‘automobile transporter’’ means any vehicle combination designed and used for the transport of assembled highway vehicles, including truck camper units. Federal regulations classify automobile transporters as specialized equipment and identify three possible configurations of automobile transporters: Traditional, ‘‘low boys,’’ and stinger steered. 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(i). As provided in 23 CFR 658.13(e), and in the definition of a ‘‘Tractor or Truck Tractor’’ at 23 CFR 658.5, automobile transporters may carry vehicles on the power unit behind the cab and on an over-cab rack. If a vehicle is classified as an automobile transporter, no State shall impose an overall length limitation of PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 less than 65 feet on traditional automobile transporters, including ‘‘low boys,’’ or less than 80 feet on stingersteered automobile transporters. 49 U.S.C. 31111(b)(1)(G). All length provisions regarding automobile transporters are exclusive of front and rear cargo overhang. For traditional automobile transporters, no State shall impose a front overhang limitation of less than 3 feet or a rear overhang limitation of less than 4 feet. 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(ii). For stinger-steered automobile transporters, no State shall impose a front overhang limitation of less than 4 feet or a rear overhang limitation of less than 6 feet. 49 U.S.C. 31111(b)(1)(G). Other truck tractor-semitrailer combinations (not specifically defined as automobile transporters) are subject to the length provisions of 23 CFR 658.13(c). Under this regulatory provision, States determine the maximum length limits for semitrailers operating in a truck tractor-semitrailer combination; but no State shall prohibit the use of trailers or semitrailers of such dimensions as those that were in actual and lawful use in such State on December 1, 1982, as set out in appendix B to 23 CFR 658. It is a longstanding FHWA policy position, established through guidance, that to qualify as an automobile transporter as defined in 49 U.S.C. 31111(a)(1) and be treated as specialized equipment as described in 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(i), both traditional and stinger-steered automobile transporter combinations must be capable of carrying cargo on the power unit/tractor. Because a truck-tractor in high-mount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination is not capable of carrying vehicles on the power unit, FHWA’s current policy interpretation is that such a vehicle combination may not be considered an automobile transporter subject to the length allowances in 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(ii). In response to the recent inquiries, FHWA has considered the definitions and length provisions that apply to automobile transporters and language in the Surface Transportation Act of 1982 section 411(f), which states ‘‘a tractor and semitrailer engaged in the transportation of automobiles may transport motor vehicles on part of the power unit,’’ and finds that it may be within the Department’s current legislative authority to interpret this language to include auto transporter combinations that are not capable of carrying vehicles on the power unit, such as a high-mount, truck-tractorsemitrailer combination, without additional action from Congress. E:\FR\FM\14SEP1.SGM 14SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 177 / Thursday, September 14, 2017 / Proposed Rules Defining the high-mount combination as an automobile transporter would trigger the use of the same length allowances that currently apply to a traditional automobile transporter. In doing so, Federal laws would govern the operation of this vehicle on certain roadways, and no State would be able to impose an overall length limitation of less than 65 feet or a front overhang limitation of less than 3 feet or a rear overhang limitation of less than 4 feet for this vehicle combination. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with PROPOSALS Purpose of the Request The FHWA is requesting comments from affected stakeholders and the public regarding interpreting the statutory and regulatory language to include a high-mount, truck-tractorsemitrailer combination as an automobile transporter and treating the combination as specialized equipment. Comments are requested on the following questions related to defining a high-mount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination as an automobile transporter: • How will the inclusion of a highmount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination in the definition of automobile transporter impact the flow of Interstate commerce? • Are there safety issues with a highmount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination as an automobile transporter as it relates to the operation of this vehicle configuration on the National Network? • What are implementation implications (e.g. roadside enforcement and changes to State laws) if Federal versus State laws would govern the operation of this vehicle configuration on the National Network? • What State laws are currently in place regarding a highmount, trucktractor-semitrailer combination? Please provide legal citations, if applicable. • Are there States that allow the highmount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination to operate under the same length provisions as a traditional automobile transporter? • Is there any other information relating to safety, vehicle productivity, or infrastructure preservation relevant to these questions? Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31111 and Section 411 of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97–424) Issued on: September 7, 2017. Brandye L. Hendrickson, Acting Administrator . [FR Doc. 2017–19516 Filed 9–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:07 Sep 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs 25 CFR Part 30 [178A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Bureau of Indian Education Standards, Assessments, and Accountability System Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Establishment; Nominations Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Request for nominations and notice of intent to establish committee. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of the Interior is announcing its intent to establish the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Standards, Assessments, and Accountability System Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee) to advise the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) through the BIE on a proposed rule to revise the Adequate Yearly Progress regulation and invite Tribes whose students attend BIE-funded schools operated by either the BIE or by the Tribe through a contract or grant who would be affected by the final rule to nominate a representative for membership on the Committee. The BIE also invites nominations for Committee members who will adequately represent the interests that are likely to be significantly affected by the proposed rule such as: Students enrolled, or parents of students enrolled at the 174 BIE-funded schools, school teachers and administrators, Tribes, and Indian communities served by these schools. The BIE also solicits comments on the proposal to establish the Committee. DATES: Comments regarding the intent to establish this Committee and nominations for Committee members must be submitted no later than October 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Ms. Juanita Mendoza, Bureau of Indian Education, by any of the following methods: • (Preferred method) Email to: BIEcomments@bia.gov; • Mail, hand-carry or use an overnight courier service to Ms. Juanita Mendoza, Bureau of Indian Education, 1849 C Street NW., Mail Stop 4657, Washington, DC 20240. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Juanita Mendoza, Bureau of Indian Education; telephone: (202) 208–3559. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 43199 I. Background In 2005, BIA promulgated regulations at 25 CFR part 30 that require BIE to use the accountability system of the State in which a BIE-funded school is located. There are BIE-funded schools in 23 different States; and each State has its own accountability system. As a result, each State system produced student achievement data that cannot be directly compared with data from other States. This created problems for the BIE in identifying under-performing schools and in directing resources effectively. On November 9, 2015, BIE published a notice of intent requesting nominations for a negotiated rulemaking committee to recommend revisions to the existing regulations for BIE’s accountability system (80 FR 69161). In that notice of intent, the BIE solicited nominations from Tribes whose students attend BIE-funded schools operated either by the BIE or by the Tribe through a contract or grant, to nominate Tribal representatives to serve on the Committee and Tribal alternates to serve when the representative is unavailable. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Pub. L. 114–95, then became law, requiring an update to the subject, scope, and issues that the Committee would address. On April 14, 2016 (81 FR 22039), BIE announced its intent to expand the scope of the Committee and reopened the comment and nomination period, requesting comments and nominations by May 31, 2016. The request for nominations was extended on August 17, 2016 (81 FR 54768). On January 18, 2017 a notice of proposed membership, request for nomination and a request for comments was published (82 FR 5473). Taking into consideration the interests of the new Administration in participating in this process, the Department has decided that a new negotiated rulemaking process, as required by the ESEA, should begin. Under ESEA Section 8204(c)(2), as amended, Tribes have the authority to waive, in part or in whole, the definitions of standards, assessments, and accountability system established by the Secretary in accordance with this rulemaking. The BIE encourages Tribal self-determination in Native education; and where a Tribal governing body or school board determines it to be appropriate, encourages the development of alternative standards, assessments, or accountability systems. The Committee would be charged, consistent with ESEA Section 8204, with developing proposed regulations for implementation of the Secretary’s E:\FR\FM\14SEP1.SGM 14SEP1

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[FR Doc No: 2017-19516]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

23 CFR Part 658

[Docket No. FHWA-2017-0030]


Definition of Automobile Transporter

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This document requests comments on including non-cargo-
carrying tractor-high mount automobile semi-trailer combination in the 
definition of automobile transporter in the FHWA's guidance.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 16, 2017.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, 
please submit them by only one of the following means:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366-
9329.
     Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket 
number at the beginning of your comments. All comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about the Definition of 
Automobile Transporters, contact Crystal Jones, FHWA Office of Freight 
Management and Operations, (202) 366-2976, or by email at 
Crystal.Jones@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact William 
Winne, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1397, or by email at 
William.Winne@dot.gov. Business hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. 
to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    You may retrieve a copy of the notice through the Federal 
eRulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov. The Web site is 
available 24 hours each day, every day of the year. Electronic 
submission and retrieval help and guidelines are available under the 
help section of the Web site. An electronic copy of this document may 
also be downloaded from the Office of the Federal Register's home page 
at: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register and the Government 
Publishing Office's Web page at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov.

Background

    Federal laws and regulations pertaining to vehicles that are 
classified as automobile transporters, and providing for a minimum 
vehicle length and allowable overhang lengths for these configurations, 
support the safe and efficient movement of autos by truck through 
States and across State lines. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31111(a)(1) 
and 23 CFR 658.5, the term ``automobile transporter'' means any vehicle 
combination designed and used for the transport of assembled highway 
vehicles, including truck camper units. Federal regulations classify 
automobile transporters as specialized equipment and identify three 
possible configurations of automobile transporters: Traditional, ``low 
boys,'' and stinger steered. 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(i). As provided in 23 
CFR 658.13(e), and in the definition of a ``Tractor or Truck Tractor'' 
at 23 CFR 658.5, automobile transporters may carry vehicles on the 
power unit behind the cab and on an over-cab rack.
    If a vehicle is classified as an automobile transporter, no State 
shall impose an overall length limitation of less than 65 feet on 
traditional automobile transporters, including ``low boys,'' or less 
than 80 feet on stinger-steered automobile transporters. 49 U.S.C. 
31111(b)(1)(G). All length provisions regarding automobile transporters 
are exclusive of front and rear cargo overhang. For traditional 
automobile transporters, no State shall impose a front overhang 
limitation of less than 3 feet or a rear overhang limitation of less 
than 4 feet. 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(ii). For stinger-steered automobile 
transporters, no State shall impose a front overhang limitation of less 
than 4 feet or a rear overhang limitation of less than 6 feet. 49 
U.S.C. 31111(b)(1)(G).
    Other truck tractor-semitrailer combinations (not specifically 
defined as automobile transporters) are subject to the length 
provisions of 23 CFR 658.13(c). Under this regulatory provision, States 
determine the maximum length limits for semitrailers operating in a 
truck tractor-semitrailer combination; but no State shall prohibit the 
use of trailers or semitrailers of such dimensions as those that were 
in actual and lawful use in such State on December 1, 1982, as set out 
in appendix B to 23 CFR 658.
    It is a longstanding FHWA policy position, established through 
guidance, that to qualify as an automobile transporter as defined in 49 
U.S.C. 31111(a)(1) and be treated as specialized equipment as described 
in 23 CFR 658.13(e)(1)(i), both traditional and stinger-steered 
automobile transporter combinations must be capable of carrying cargo 
on the power unit/tractor. Because a truck-tractor in high-mount, 
truck-tractor-semitrailer combination is not capable of carrying 
vehicles on the power unit, FHWA's current policy interpretation is 
that such a vehicle combination may not be considered an automobile 
transporter subject to the length allowances in 23 CFR 
658.13(e)(1)(ii).
    In response to the recent inquiries, FHWA has considered the 
definitions and length provisions that apply to automobile transporters 
and language in the Surface Transportation Act of 1982 section 411(f), 
which states ``a tractor and semitrailer engaged in the transportation 
of automobiles may transport motor vehicles on part of the power 
unit,'' and finds that it may be within the Department's current 
legislative authority to interpret this language to include auto 
transporter combinations that are not capable of carrying vehicles on 
the power unit, such as a high-mount, truck-tractor-semitrailer 
combination, without additional action from Congress.

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    Defining the high-mount combination as an automobile transporter 
would trigger the use of the same length allowances that currently 
apply to a traditional automobile transporter. In doing so, Federal 
laws would govern the operation of this vehicle on certain roadways, 
and no State would be able to impose an overall length limitation of 
less than 65 feet or a front overhang limitation of less than 3 feet or 
a rear overhang limitation of less than 4 feet for this vehicle 
combination.

Purpose of the Request

    The FHWA is requesting comments from affected stakeholders and the 
public regarding interpreting the statutory and regulatory language to 
include a high-mount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination as an 
automobile transporter and treating the combination as specialized 
equipment. Comments are requested on the following questions related to 
defining a high-mount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination as an 
automobile transporter:
     How will the inclusion of a high-mount, truck-tractor-
semitrailer combination in the definition of automobile transporter 
impact the flow of Interstate commerce?
     Are there safety issues with a high-mount, truck-tractor-
semitrailer combination as an automobile transporter as it relates to 
the operation of this vehicle configuration on the National Network?
     What are implementation implications (e.g. roadside 
enforcement and changes to State laws) if Federal versus State laws 
would govern the operation of this vehicle configuration on the 
National Network?
     What State laws are currently in place regarding a 
highmount, truck-tractor-semitrailer combination? Please provide legal 
citations, if applicable.
     Are there States that allow the high-mount, truck-tractor-
semitrailer combination to operate under the same length provisions as 
a traditional automobile transporter?
     Is there any other information relating to safety, vehicle 
productivity, or infrastructure preservation relevant to these 
questions?

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31111 and Section 411 of the Surface 
Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-424)

    Issued on: September 7, 2017.
Brandye L. Hendrickson,
Acting Administrator .
[FR Doc. 2017-19516 Filed 9-13-17; 8:45 am]
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