Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.'s Exemption Application, 20167-20168 [E7-7639]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 77 / Monday, April 23, 2007 / Notices by the FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The drivers for Volvo fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136. Issued on: April 13, 2007. Rose A. McMurray, Chief Safety Officer Assistant Administrator. [FR Doc. E7–7638 Filed 4–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–25756] Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.’s Exemption Application Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition; granting of application for exemption. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FMCSA announces its decision to grant Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.’s (Volvo) application for an exemption for three of its drivers to enable them to test-drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the United States without a commercial driver’s license (CDL) issued by one of the States. Volvo had requested that the exemption cover three Swedish engineers and technicians who will test drive CMVs for Volvo within the U.S. They stated the exemption is needed to support a Volvo field test to meet future air quality standards, and to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify results in ‘‘real world’’ environments. Each of these drivers holds a valid CDL issued in Sweden, but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States in the U.S. The FMCSA believes the knowledge and skills testing and training program that drivers must undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensures that these drivers will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. DATES: This decision is effective April 20, 2007. The exemption expires on April 23, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, MC– VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:17 Apr 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 PSD, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Telephone: 202–366–4009. E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the CDL requirements in 49 CFR 383.23 for a two-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption’’ (49 CFR 381.305 (a)). FMCSA has evaluated Volvo’s application on its merits and decided to grant the exemption for three of Volvo’s engineers and technicians for a two-year period. Volvo Application for an Exemption Volvo applied for an exemption from the 49 CFR 383.23 requirement that the operator of a CMV obtain a CDL. This section of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) sets forth the standards that States must employ in issuing CDLs to drivers operating in commerce. In the U.S., an individual must be a resident of a State in order to qualify for a CDL.1 The Volvo driversemployees for whom this exemption is sought are all citizens and residents of Sweden; therefore, they cannot apply for a CDL in any State of the United States. A copy of the request for exemption from section 383.23 is in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. Swedish Drivers This exemption enables the following drivers to test-drive in the U.S. Volvo CMVs that are assembled, sold or primarily used in the U.S.: Hans Leif Esbjorn Berg, Ingemar Karlsson, and Rolf Stefan Wikner. Collectively, these drivers form a team of engineers and technicians. Volvo currently employs these drivers in Sweden, and wants them to be able to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles at its test site and in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona, to verify vehicle results in ‘‘real world’’ environments. These drivers would test-drive Volvo CMVs that are assembled, sold or primarily used in the U.S. They are highly trained, experienced CMV operators with valid Swedish-issued CDLs. Because each of the drivers was required to satisfy strict CDL testing standards in Sweden to obtain a CDL, and has extensive training 1 Although 49 CFR 383.23 indicates that these drivers could obtain a Nonresident CDL, few States are currently issuing Nonresident CDLs. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20167 and experience operating CMVs, Volvo believes that the exemption will maintain a level of safety equivalent to the level of safety that would be obtained absent the exemption. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety According to Volvo, drivers applying for a Swedish-issued CDL must undergo a training program and pass knowledge and skills tests. Volvo believes the knowledge and skills tests and training program that these drivers undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensure the exemption would provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained by complying with the U.S. requirement for a CDL. Once a driver is granted a Swedish CDL, he or she is allowed to drive any CMV currently allowed on Swedish roads. There are no limits to types or weights of vehicles that may be operated by the drivers. In addition, Volvo has submitted a copy of the Swedish driving record of each of these drivers, and each has a driving record free of violations. The FMCSA had previously determined that the process for obtaining a Swedish-issued CDL adequately assesses the driver’s ability to operate CMVs in the U.S. Therefore, the process for obtaining a Swedishissued CDL is considered to be comparable to, or as effective as, the requirements of 49 CFR part 383. Comments The FMCSA received no response to its request for public comments published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2006 (71 FR 77090). FMCSA Decision The FMCSA decision to grant these drivers an exemption from section 383.23 is based on the merits of the application for exemption, and the rigorous knowledge and skills testing of Swedish drivers concerning the safe operation of CMVs. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption Based upon evaluation of the application for an exemption, FMCSA grants Volvo an exemption from the Federal CDL requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 for three drivers, identified under the ‘‘Swedish Drivers’’ heading above, to test-drive CMVs within the U.S., subject to the following terms and conditions: (1) That these drivers will be subject to drug and alcohol regulations, including testing, as provided in 49 CFR part 382, (2) that these drivers are subject to the same driver E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 20168 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 77 / Monday, April 23, 2007 / Notices disqualification rules under 49 CFR parts 383 and 391 that apply to other CMV drivers in the U.S., (3) that these drivers keep a copy of the exemption on the vehicle at all times, (4) that Volvo notify FMCSA in writing of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, involving one of the exempted drivers, and (5) that Volvo notify FMCSA in writing if any driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense described in section 383.51 or 391.15 of the FMCSRs. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The drivers for Volvo fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136. Issued on: April 17, 2007. Larry W. Minor, Acting, Associate Administrator, Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. E7–7639 Filed 4–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD 2007–27906] Information Collection Available for Public Comments and Recommendations Notice and request for comments. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD’s) intention to request extension of approval for three years of a currently approved information collection. DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before June 22, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linden Houston, Maritime Administration, MAR–830, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366–4839, FAX: (202) 366–5123; or E-mail: Linden.Houston@dot.gov. Copies of this collection can also be obtained from that office. 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Need and Use of the Information: The information collection is necessary for MARAD to determine whether (1) the community is committed to the redevelopment plan; (2) the plan is in the best interests of the public; and (3) the property is being used in accordance with the terms of the conveyance and applicable statutes and regulations. Description of Respondents: Eligible state and local public entities. Annual Responses: Ten respondents. Annual Burden: 1280 burden hours. Comments: Comments should refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document. Written comments may be submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL–401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Comments may also be submitted by electronic means via the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov/submit. Specifically address whether this information collection is necessary for proper performance of the functions of the agency and will have practical utility, accuracy of the burden estimates, ways to minimize this burden, and ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. All comments received will be available for examination at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT (or EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. An electronic version of this document is available on the World Wide Web at https://dms.dot.gov. Privacy Act Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78) or you may visit https://www.dms.dot.gov. Authority: 49 CFR 1.66. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: April 12, 2007. Murray Bloom, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. E7–7671 Filed 4–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2007–27905] Information Collection Available for Public Comments and Recommendations Notice and request for comments. ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD’s) intention to request extension of approval for three years of a currently approved information collection. DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before June 22, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rodney McFadden, Maritime Administration, MAR–410, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366–2647, Fax: (202) 366–7403; or E-mail: rodney.mcfadden@dot.gov. Copies of this collection can also be obtained from that office. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Elements of Request for Course Approval. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. OMB Control Number: 2133–0535. Form Numbers: None. Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from date of approval by the Office of Management and Budget. Summary of Collection of Information: Under this proposed voluntary collection, public and private maritime security training course providers may choose to provide the Maritime Administration (MARAD) with information concerning the content and operation of their courses. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 77 (Monday, April 23, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20167-20168]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-7639]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25756]


Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North 
America, Inc.'s Exemption Application

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition; granting of application for 
exemption.

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SUMMARY: The FMCSA announces its decision to grant Volvo Trucks North 
America, Inc.'s (Volvo) application for an exemption for three of its 
drivers to enable them to test-drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) 
in the United States without a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued 
by one of the States. Volvo had requested that the exemption cover 
three Swedish engineers and technicians who will test drive CMVs for 
Volvo within the U.S. They stated the exemption is needed to support a 
Volvo field test to meet future air quality standards, and to test-
drive Volvo prototype vehicles to verify results in ``real world'' 
environments. Each of these drivers holds a valid CDL issued in Sweden, 
but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of 
the States in the U.S. The FMCSA believes the knowledge and skills 
testing and training program that drivers must undergo to obtain a 
Swedish CDL ensures that these drivers will achieve a level of safety 
that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved 
without the exemption.

DATES: This decision is effective April 20, 2007. The exemption expires 
on April 23, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and 
Operations, MC-PSD, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400 
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Telephone: 202-366-
4009. E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the CDL requirements in 49 CFR 383.23 for a two-year period if it 
finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is 
equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent 
such exemption'' (49 CFR 381.305 (a)). FMCSA has evaluated Volvo's 
application on its merits and decided to grant the exemption for three 
of Volvo's engineers and technicians for a two-year period.

Volvo Application for an Exemption

    Volvo applied for an exemption from the 49 CFR 383.23 requirement 
that the operator of a CMV obtain a CDL. This section of the Federal 
Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) sets forth the standards that 
States must employ in issuing CDLs to drivers operating in commerce. In 
the U.S., an individual must be a resident of a State in order to 
qualify for a CDL.\1\ The Volvo drivers-employees for whom this 
exemption is sought are all citizens and residents of Sweden; 
therefore, they cannot apply for a CDL in any State of the United 
States. A copy of the request for exemption from section 383.23 is in 
the docket identified at the beginning of this notice.
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    \1\ Although 49 CFR 383.23 indicates that these drivers could 
obtain a Nonresident CDL, few States are currently issuing 
Nonresident CDLs.
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Swedish Drivers

    This exemption enables the following drivers to test-drive in the 
U.S. Volvo CMVs that are assembled, sold or primarily used in the U.S.: 
Hans Leif Esbjorn Berg, Ingemar Karlsson, and Rolf Stefan Wikner.
    Collectively, these drivers form a team of engineers and 
technicians. Volvo currently employs these drivers in Sweden, and wants 
them to be able to test-drive Volvo prototype vehicles at its test site 
and in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona, to verify vehicle results in 
``real world'' environments. These drivers would test-drive Volvo CMVs 
that are assembled, sold or primarily used in the U.S. They are highly 
trained, experienced CMV operators with valid Swedish-issued CDLs. 
Because each of the drivers was required to satisfy strict CDL testing 
standards in Sweden to obtain a CDL, and has extensive training and 
experience operating CMVs, Volvo believes that the exemption will 
maintain a level of safety equivalent to the level of safety that would 
be obtained absent the exemption.

Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    According to Volvo, drivers applying for a Swedish-issued CDL must 
undergo a training program and pass knowledge and skills tests. Volvo 
believes the knowledge and skills tests and training program that these 
drivers undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensure the exemption would 
provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the 
level of safety obtained by complying with the U.S. requirement for a 
CDL. Once a driver is granted a Swedish CDL, he or she is allowed to 
drive any CMV currently allowed on Swedish roads. There are no limits 
to types or weights of vehicles that may be operated by the drivers. In 
addition, Volvo has submitted a copy of the Swedish driving record of 
each of these drivers, and each has a driving record free of 
violations.
    The FMCSA had previously determined that the process for obtaining 
a Swedish-issued CDL adequately assesses the driver's ability to 
operate CMVs in the U.S. Therefore, the process for obtaining a 
Swedish-issued CDL is considered to be comparable to, or as effective 
as, the requirements of 49 CFR part 383.

Comments

    The FMCSA received no response to its request for public comments 
published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2006 (71 FR 77090).

FMCSA Decision

    The FMCSA decision to grant these drivers an exemption from section 
383.23 is based on the merits of the application for exemption, and the 
rigorous knowledge and skills testing of Swedish drivers concerning the 
safe operation of CMVs.

Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    Based upon evaluation of the application for an exemption, FMCSA 
grants Volvo an exemption from the Federal CDL requirement in 49 CFR 
383.23 for three drivers, identified under the ``Swedish Drivers'' 
heading above, to test-drive CMVs within the U.S., subject to the 
following terms and conditions: (1) That these drivers will be subject 
to drug and alcohol regulations, including testing, as provided in 49 
CFR part 382, (2) that these drivers are subject to the same driver

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disqualification rules under 49 CFR parts 383 and 391 that apply to 
other CMV drivers in the U.S., (3) that these drivers keep a copy of 
the exemption on the vehicle at all times, (4) that Volvo notify FMCSA 
in writing of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, involving one 
of the exempted drivers, and (5) that Volvo notify FMCSA in writing if 
any driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense described in section 
383.51 or 391.15 of the FMCSRs.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will 
be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption 
will be revoked if: (1) The drivers for Volvo fail to comply with the 
terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted 
in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; 
or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the 
goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136.

    Issued on: April 17, 2007.
Larry W. Minor,
Acting, Associate Administrator, Policy and Program Development.
 [FR Doc. E7-7639 Filed 4-20-07; 8:45 am]
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