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This notice of availability and request for comments on documents produced by Aviation Safety will appear again in 30 days. Issued in Washington, DC on December 4, 2006. Terry Allen, Acting Manager, Production and Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 06–9605 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–25652] Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments; Notice of Intent To Survey Motor Carriers Operating Small PassengerCarrying Commercial Motor Vehicles Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FMCSA invites comments about its plan to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of a new information collection (IC). FMCSA intends to sponsor this new information collection by use of a research contractor to conduct a survey of motor carriers who operate small passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The data collected would assist FMCSA with outreach initiatives to these motor carriers of passengers, some of which will be brought within the scope of FMCSA safety regulation by recent statutory changes. This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: All comments should reference Docket Number FMCSA– 2006–25652. You may mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590; telefax comments to (202) 493–2251; or submit electronically at http://dms.dot.gov. You may examine and copy all comments received at the above address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you desire your comment to be acknowledged, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard or, if you submit your comments electronically, you may print the acknowledgment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Peter Chandler, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Commercial Passenger Carrier Safety Division, Washington, DC 20590, phone (202) 366–5763, fax (202) 366–3621, email peter.chandler@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices On August 12, 2003, FMCSA published a final rule entitled, ‘‘Safety Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles Used in Interstate Commerce,’’ to require motor carriers operating CMVs, designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), in interstate commerce, to comply with parts 391 through 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) when they are directly compensated for such services, and the vehicle is operated beyond a 75 air-mile radius from the driver’s normal workreporting location (see 68 FR 47860). As a result of the 2003 rule, these motor carriers are now subject to the same safety requirements as motor coach operators, except for the commercial driver’s license (CDL), and controlled substances and alcohol testing regulations. Affected motor carriers were required to be in compliance with such regulations by December 10, 2003 (see 68 FR 61246). The 2003 rule implemented section 212 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) [Public Law 106–159, 113 Stat. 1748, 1766 (Dec. 9, 1999)]. Section 4136 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) [Public Law 109–59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1745 (Aug. 10, 2005)] directed FMCSA to remove the 75 air-mile radius standard. This congressional mandate would result in a greater number of motor carriers that operate small passenger-carrying CMVs being subject to the FMCSRs. To effectively inform this segment of the motor carrier passenger industry of the regulatory requirements that they will be subject to, and to assist the agency in administering an effective educational outreach program to this entire industry segment, FMCSA intends to conduct a survey to obtain information about all of these motor passenger carrier operations. Because certain motor carriers that operate small passenger-carrying CMVs will have new regulatory requirements as a result of the section 4136 provision, FMCSA wants to learn about the safety and/or regulatory compliance challenges of this industry segment. There is no motor carrier industry association that is comprised mostly of commercial companies that primarily operate between 9–15 passengercarrying commercial motor vehicles. This makes obtaining information about this industry segment more difficult and necessitates the assistance of a researcher to obtain information needed by FMCSA to effectively provide sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 outreach to these passenger carriers. FMCSA will request a research contractor to obtain information about motor carriers with small passengercarrying CMV operations. The research contractor will collect information through approximately 50 telephone interviews and 8 site visits at places of business. A copy of the telephone survey instrument has been placed in the docket for review and comments. Information obtained from the study will provide insight into the common safety and regulatory compliance challenges facing motor carriers with small passenger-carrying CMV operations. Such information will also be utilized by FMCSA to develop educational outreach initiatives for the affected industry segment. It is appropriate that FMCSA connect with and inform this segment of the motor carrier industry of its regulatory compliance responsibilities before implementing an enforcement program. Any information obtained will help identify specific areas of regulatory compliance that are problematic for this industry segment. In addition, the questions of the telephone survey instrument address safety issues that preliminary research shows are pertinent to motor carriers with small passenger-carrying CMV operations. Useful information about these safety issues could be included in outreach materials for the benefit of the industry. The survey will also obtain needed insight about how to best provide and distribute information to the affected industry segment. Title: Survey of Motor Carriers with Small Passenger-Carrying CMV Operations. Type of Information Collection Request: New one-time survey/ information collection. Respondents: For-hire motor carriers that operate between 9–15 passengercarrying commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Number of Respondents: 50 motor carriers. Estimated Average Burden per Response: The estimated average burden per response for each telephone survey is 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden: The estimated total annual burden is 25 hours for the information collection based upon an acceptable level of statistical significance and a confidence interval of 13.6 percent. Total Annual Burden: 25 hours [(50 responses × 30 minutes per response) / 60 minutes = 25 hours]. Frequency: This information collection will be a single, nonrecurring event. PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71237 Public Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, including but not limited to: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the proper performance of the functions of FMCSA and specifically the regulatory oversight of small passengercarrying commercial motor vehicle operations; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB’s clearance for this information collection. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL– 401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: November 28, 2006. John H. Hill, Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–20830 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received a request for a waiver of compliance with certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner’s arguments in favor of relief. BNSF Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway [Docket Number FRA–2006–26435] The BNSF Railway (BNSF) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), two Class I Railroads, request relief from certain provisions of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 232 Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment and 49 CFR Part 229 Railroad Locomotive Safety Standards to begin implementation of E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 236 (Friday, December 8, 2006)]
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[FR Doc No: E6-20830]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25652]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments; 
Notice of Intent To Survey Motor Carriers Operating Small Passenger-
Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FMCSA invites comments about its plan to request the 
Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new information 
collection (IC). FMCSA intends to sponsor this new information 
collection by use of a research contractor to conduct a survey of motor 
carriers who operate small passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles 
(CMVs). The data collected would assist FMCSA with outreach initiatives 
to these motor carriers of passengers, some of which will be brought 
within the scope of FMCSA safety regulation by recent statutory 
changes. This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2007.

ADDRESSES: All comments should reference Docket Number FMCSA-2006-
25652. You may mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590; telefax comments to (202) 493-2251; 
or submit electronically at http://dms.dot.gov. You may examine and 
copy all comments received at the above address between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you desire 
your comment to be acknowledged, you must include a self-addressed 
stamped envelope or postcard or, if you submit your comments 
electronically, you may print the acknowledgment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Peter Chandler, Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, 
Commercial Passenger Carrier Safety Division, Washington, DC 20590, 
phone (202) 366-5763, fax (202) 366-3621, e-mail 
peter.chandler@dot.gov. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 12, 2003, FMCSA published a final 
rule entitled, ``Safety Requirements for Operators of Small Passenger-
Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles Used in Interstate Commerce,'' to 
require motor carriers operating CMVs, designed or used to transport 
between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), in interstate 
commerce, to comply with parts 391 through 396 of the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) when they are directly compensated 
for such services, and the vehicle is operated beyond a 75 air-mile 
radius from the driver's normal work-reporting location (see 68 FR 
47860). As a result of the 2003 rule, these motor carriers are now 
subject to the same safety requirements as motor coach operators, 
except for the commercial driver's license (CDL), and controlled 
substances and alcohol testing regulations. Affected motor carriers 
were required to be in compliance with such regulations by December 10, 
2003 (see 68 FR 61246). The 2003 rule implemented section 212 of the 
Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) [Public Law 106-
159, 113 Stat. 1748, 1766 (Dec. 9, 1999)].
    Section 4136 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) [Public Law 
109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1745 (Aug. 10, 2005)] directed FMCSA to remove 
the 75 air-mile radius standard. This congressional mandate would 
result in a greater number of motor carriers that operate small 
passenger-carrying CMVs being subject to the FMCSRs. To effectively 
inform this segment of the motor carrier passenger industry of the 
regulatory requirements that they will be subject to, and to assist the 
agency in administering an effective educational outreach program to 
this entire industry segment, FMCSA intends to conduct a survey to 
obtain information about all of these motor passenger carrier 
operations.
    Because certain motor carriers that operate small passenger-
carrying CMVs will have new regulatory requirements as a result of the 
section 4136 provision, FMCSA wants to learn about the safety and/or 
regulatory compliance challenges of this industry segment. There is no 
motor carrier industry association that is comprised mostly of 
commercial companies that primarily operate between 9-15 passenger-
carrying commercial motor vehicles. This makes obtaining information 
about this industry segment more difficult and necessitates the 
assistance of a researcher to obtain information needed by FMCSA to 
effectively provide outreach to these passenger carriers. FMCSA will 
request a research contractor to obtain information about motor 
carriers with small passenger-carrying CMV operations. The research 
contractor will collect information through approximately 50 telephone 
interviews and 8 site visits at places of business. A copy of the 
telephone survey instrument has been placed in the docket for review 
and comments. Information obtained from the study will provide insight 
into the common safety and regulatory compliance challenges facing 
motor carriers with small passenger-carrying CMV operations. Such 
information will also be utilized by FMCSA to develop educational 
outreach initiatives for the affected industry segment. It is 
appropriate that FMCSA connect with and inform this segment of the 
motor carrier industry of its regulatory compliance responsibilities 
before implementing an enforcement program. Any information obtained 
will help identify specific areas of regulatory compliance that are 
problematic for this industry segment. In addition, the questions of 
the telephone survey instrument address safety issues that preliminary 
research shows are pertinent to motor carriers with small passenger-
carrying CMV operations. Useful information about these safety issues 
could be included in outreach materials for the benefit of the 
industry. The survey will also obtain needed insight about how to best 
provide and distribute information to the affected industry segment.
    Title: Survey of Motor Carriers with Small Passenger-Carrying CMV 
Operations.
    Type of Information Collection Request: New one-time survey/
information collection.
    Respondents: For-hire motor carriers that operate between 9-15 
passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
    Number of Respondents: 50 motor carriers.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: The estimated average burden 
per response for each telephone survey is 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: The estimated total annual burden is 
25 hours for the information collection based upon an acceptable level 
of statistical significance and a confidence interval of 13.6 percent.
    Total Annual Burden: 25 hours [(50 responses x 30 minutes per 
response) / 60 minutes = 25 hours].
    Frequency: This information collection will be a single, 
nonrecurring event.

Public Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any 
aspect of this information collection, including but not limited to: 
(1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the 
proper performance of the functions of FMCSA and specifically the 
regulatory oversight of small passenger-carrying commercial motor 
vehicle operations; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways 
to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected 
information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without 
reducing the quality of the collected information. Comments submitted 
in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the 
request for OMB's clearance for this information collection. For access 
to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to 
http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL-401 on the plaza level of 
the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued on: November 28, 2006.
John H. Hill,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-20830 Filed 12-7-06; 8:45 am]
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