Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards: Exemption, 32983-32984 [2010-13903]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 111 / Thursday, June 10, 2010 / Notices the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. This rule generates a need for new designated pilot examiners and designated airworthiness representatives to support the certification of these new aircraft, pilots, flight instructors, and ground instructors. Please submit comments by August 9, 2010. Issued in Washington, DC, on June 3, 2010. Carla Scott, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. 2010–13993 Filed 6–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla Scott on (202) 267–9895, or by email at: Carla.Scott@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Certification of Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft. Type of Request: Extension without change of an approved collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–0690. Forms(s): FAA forms 337, 8610–2, 8110–14, 8110–28, 8710–11. Affected Public: A total of 57,214 Respondents. Frequency: The information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately 1.27 hours per response. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 72,582 hours annually. Abstract: This rule generates a need for new designated pilot examiners and designated airworthiness representatives to support the certification of these new aircraft, pilots, flight instructors, and ground instructors. Send comments to the FAA at the following address: Ms. Carla Scott, Room 712, Federal Aviation Administration, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200, 800 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20591. Comments Are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimates of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:40 Jun 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2007–28480] Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Standards: Exemption AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final dispositions. SUMMARY: FMCSA has denied National Agricultural Aviation Association’s (NAAA) application for exemption, and, in a separate action, has denied U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.’s (USCHI) suggestion for a pilot program. Each request asked FMCSA to permit the transportation of hazardous materials (HM) by drivers who have not obtained an HM endorsement for their commercial driver’s license (CDL) as required by current regulations. FMCSA reviewed NAAA’s application for exemption and the public comments received on it, and also reviewed USCHI’s suggestion for a pilot program, and rendered each decision upon its merits. DATES: The NAAA application was denied on August 7, 2009, and the USCHI suggestion for a pilot program was denied on August 11, 2009. Dockets: For access to the dockets to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time, or to Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations; Telephone 202–366–4325, E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA may grant an exemption from certain of its regulations for a 2-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 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32983 such exemption.’’ On July 5, 2007, FMCSA published in the Federal Register a notice of NAAA’s application for exemption (72 FR 36748). The complete docket of the NAAA request, including public comments, can be examined at Docket No. FMCSA–2007– 28480 (see ‘‘Dockets’’ above). A suggestion for a pilot program, such as that filed by USCHI, is only published for public comment if the FMCSA Administrator accepts the proposal (49 CFR 381.405(b)). FMCSA Decision NAAA failed to demonstrate alternatives its members would employ to ensure that their commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating under the requested exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained if they had to comply with the regulations, as required by 49 CFR 381.305(c)(5). USCHI’s proposed pilot program, while potentially collecting useful data for evaluating alternatives to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), failed to recommend alternative safety measures that would ensure that the safety of its CMV pilot drivers would be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety of CMV drivers operating without the pilot exemptions in place, as required by 49 CFR 381.410(c)(8). NAAA NAAA is a trade association representing those engaged in the commercial application of fertilizer and other agricultural products by airplane. It states that the requested exemption would relieve the difficulty its members experience in finding CMV drivers qualified to transport aircraft fuel, a hazardous material. The exemption would allow NAAA drivers to operate under the limited exception from the CDL rules provided for those engaged in certain ‘‘farm-related service industries’’ (49 CFR 383.3(f)). States may allow a driver so engaged to operate under a ‘‘restricted CDL’’ without successfully completing the CDL knowledge and skills tests required by 49 CFR 393.135. The operations of NAAA members appear to satisfy several of the prerequisites for this restricted CDL. However, States are required by 49 CFR 393.3(f)(3)(v) to restrict the HM operations conducted by those granted restricted CDLs to the transport of solid fertilizers and limited quantities of diesel fuel or liquid fertilizer. NAAA wants FMCSA, by exemption, to allow its drivers holding this restricted CDL to transport the HM fuels used to power aircraft engines. E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1 32984 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 111 / Thursday, June 10, 2010 / Notices cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES FMCSA received 17 comments. Nine commenters supported NAAA, primarily because they are experiencing the same shortage of qualified CDL drivers described by NAAA in its application. Five commenters opposed NAAA’s application, including Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and safety agencies of three States. The commenters pointed out that if this exemption were in place, NAAA drivers would be transporting hazardous materials more dangerous than those permitted by Section 393.3(f)(3)(v), and would be doing so without demonstrating basic competency in CMV operations. The drivers would also avoid two requirements for the HM endorsement: Successful completion of the written HM test required by 49 CFR 383.135, and a determination of ‘‘not a security threat,’’ by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pursuant to 49 CFR 383.141(b). The commenters also pointed out that NAAA failed to propose an alternative method of assessing the knowledge and skills of these CMV drivers, as required by 49 CFR 381.415(c)(6)–(c)(8). FMCSA found that NAAA failed to demonstrate how it would ensure that the operations of its members under the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. USCHI U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. (USCHI) is a trade association whose members engage in specialized farming operations during the harvest season. Custom harvesters typically travel from farm to farm using diesel-powered farm machinery to harvest crops for clients. Due to the time-sensitive nature of harvesting operations, custom harvesters typically operate for only a day or two at a farm and move quickly on to the next farm. In some localities, diesel fuel distributors are not equipped to transport diesel fuel, a hazardous material, to the fields as frequently as these operations require, so customharvesters bring commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) with them to transport the diesel fuel. They hire drivers to operate the CMVs, but the FMCSRs require that those operating CMVs transporting placardable quantities of diesel fuel have an HM endorsement on their CDL. USCHI asserts that the seasonal nature of custom-harvesting operations provides a very limited timeframe for the recruitment of the number of CDL drivers, with HM endorsement, needed by the customharvesting industry. Many potential drivers lack only an HM endorsement VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:40 Jun 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 on their CDL. USCHI asserts that too much time is consumed in taking the HM test, and obtaining TSA’s ‘‘not-asecurity-threat’’ clearance, to allow them to be available to drive HM CMV’s when the custom-harvesting season begins. USCHI asked FMCSA to conduct a pilot program under 49 CFR part 381 (subparts C and D) so that its members could demonstrate that their CMV drivers can transport placardable quantities of diesel fuel in support of custom-harvesting operations safely without obtaining an HM endorsement; but the USCHI pilot proposal failed to include alternative measures to ensure that safety would not deteriorate if their CMV drivers were allowed to haul HM without an HM endorsement. The design of the pilot program proposed by USCHI failed to satisfy the safety performance goals of the FMCSRs, as required by 49 CFR 381.400(c). Conclusion FMCSA carefully reviewed NAAA’s application for exemption and the public comments received on it, and also carefully reviewed USCHI’s suggestion for a pilot program. The Agency concluded that the NAAA application failed to demonstrate how it would ensure that the operations of its members under the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. The Agency concluded that the USCHI suggestion for a pilot program failed to satisfy the safety performance goals of the FMCSRs, as required by 49 CFR 381.400(c). Accordingly, FMCSA denied NAAA’s application for exemption, and USCHI’s suggestion for a pilot program. Issued on: June 4, 2010. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–13903 Filed 6–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0168] Policy on the Retention of Supporting Documents and the Use of Electronic Mobile Communication/Tracking Technology in Assessing Motor Carriers’ and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Compliance With the Hours of Service Regulations AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice of Regulatory Guidance and Policy Change. SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides notice to the motor carrier industry and the public of regulatory guidance and policy changes regarding the retention of supporting documents and the use of electronic mobile communication/tracking technology in assessing motor carriers’ and commercial motor vehicle drivers’ compliance with the hours of service regulations. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28480]


Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards: Exemption

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

ACTION: Notice of final dispositions.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA has denied National Agricultural Aviation Association's 
(NAAA) application for exemption, and, in a separate action, has denied 
U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.'s (USCHI) suggestion for a pilot program. 
Each request asked FMCSA to permit the transportation of hazardous 
materials (HM) by drivers who have not obtained an HM endorsement for 
their commercial driver's license (CDL) as required by current 
regulations. FMCSA reviewed NAAA's application for exemption and the 
public comments received on it, and also reviewed USCHI's suggestion 
for a pilot program, and rendered each decision upon its merits.

DATES: The NAAA application was denied on August 7, 2009, and the USCHI 
suggestion for a pilot program was denied on August 11, 2009.
    Dockets: For access to the dockets to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time, or to 
Room W12-140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Washington, DC, 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and 
Operations; Telephone 202-366-4325, E-mail: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from certain of its regulations for a 2-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.'' On July 5, 2007, FMCSA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of NAAA's application for exemption (72 FR 36748). The complete 
docket of the NAAA request, including public comments, can be examined 
at Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28480 (see ``Dockets'' above). A suggestion 
for a pilot program, such as that filed by USCHI, is only published for 
public comment if the FMCSA Administrator accepts the proposal (49 CFR 
381.405(b)).

FMCSA Decision

    NAAA failed to demonstrate alternatives its members would employ to 
ensure that their commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating 
under the requested exemption would achieve a level of safety 
equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be 
obtained if they had to comply with the regulations, as required by 49 
CFR 381.305(c)(5). USCHI's proposed pilot program, while potentially 
collecting useful data for evaluating alternatives to the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), failed to recommend alternative 
safety measures that would ensure that the safety of its CMV pilot 
drivers would be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety of 
CMV drivers operating without the pilot exemptions in place, as 
required by 49 CFR 381.410(c)(8).

NAAA

    NAAA is a trade association representing those engaged in the 
commercial application of fertilizer and other agricultural products by 
airplane. It states that the requested exemption would relieve the 
difficulty its members experience in finding CMV drivers qualified to 
transport aircraft fuel, a hazardous material. The exemption would 
allow NAAA drivers to operate under the limited exception from the CDL 
rules provided for those engaged in certain ``farm-related service 
industries'' (49 CFR 383.3(f)). States may allow a driver so engaged to 
operate under a ``restricted CDL'' without successfully completing the 
CDL knowledge and skills tests required by 49 CFR 393.135. The 
operations of NAAA members appear to satisfy several of the 
prerequisites for this restricted CDL. However, States are required by 
49 CFR 393.3(f)(3)(v) to restrict the HM operations conducted by those 
granted restricted CDLs to the transport of solid fertilizers and 
limited quantities of diesel fuel or liquid fertilizer. NAAA wants 
FMCSA, by exemption, to allow its drivers holding this restricted CDL 
to transport the HM fuels used to power aircraft engines.

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    FMCSA received 17 comments. Nine commenters supported NAAA, 
primarily because they are experiencing the same shortage of qualified 
CDL drivers described by NAAA in its application. Five commenters 
opposed NAAA's application, including Advocates for Highway and Auto 
Safety and safety agencies of three States. The commenters pointed out 
that if this exemption were in place, NAAA drivers would be 
transporting hazardous materials more dangerous than those permitted by 
Section 393.3(f)(3)(v), and would be doing so without demonstrating 
basic competency in CMV operations. The drivers would also avoid two 
requirements for the HM endorsement: Successful completion of the 
written HM test required by 49 CFR 383.135, and a determination of 
``not a security threat,'' by the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) pursuant to 49 CFR 383.141(b). The commenters also 
pointed out that NAAA failed to propose an alternative method of 
assessing the knowledge and skills of these CMV drivers, as required by 
49 CFR 381.415(c)(6)-(c)(8). FMCSA found that NAAA failed to 
demonstrate how it would ensure that the operations of its members 
under the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or 
greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence 
of the exemption.

USCHI

    U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. (USCHI) is a trade association whose 
members engage in specialized farming operations during the harvest 
season. Custom harvesters typically travel from farm to farm using 
diesel-powered farm machinery to harvest crops for clients. Due to the 
time-sensitive nature of harvesting operations, custom harvesters 
typically operate for only a day or two at a farm and move quickly on 
to the next farm. In some localities, diesel fuel distributors are not 
equipped to transport diesel fuel, a hazardous material, to the fields 
as frequently as these operations require, so custom-harvesters bring 
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) with them to transport the diesel 
fuel. They hire drivers to operate the CMVs, but the FMCSRs require 
that those operating CMVs transporting placardable quantities of diesel 
fuel have an HM endorsement on their CDL. USCHI asserts that the 
seasonal nature of custom-harvesting operations provides a very limited 
timeframe for the recruitment of the number of CDL drivers, with HM 
endorsement, needed by the custom-harvesting industry. Many potential 
drivers lack only an HM endorsement on their CDL. USCHI asserts that 
too much time is consumed in taking the HM test, and obtaining TSA's 
``not-a-security-threat'' clearance, to allow them to be available to 
drive HM CMV's when the custom-harvesting season begins.
    USCHI asked FMCSA to conduct a pilot program under 49 CFR part 381 
(subparts C and D) so that its members could demonstrate that their CMV 
drivers can transport placardable quantities of diesel fuel in support 
of custom-harvesting operations safely without obtaining an HM 
endorsement; but the USCHI pilot proposal failed to include alternative 
measures to ensure that safety would not deteriorate if their CMV 
drivers were allowed to haul HM without an HM endorsement. The design 
of the pilot program proposed by USCHI failed to satisfy the safety 
performance goals of the FMCSRs, as required by 49 CFR 381.400(c).

Conclusion

    FMCSA carefully reviewed NAAA's application for exemption and the 
public comments received on it, and also carefully reviewed USCHI's 
suggestion for a pilot program. The Agency concluded that the NAAA 
application failed to demonstrate how it would ensure that the 
operations of its members under the exemption would achieve a level of 
safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would 
be obtained in the absence of the exemption. The Agency concluded that 
the USCHI suggestion for a pilot program failed to satisfy the safety 
performance goals of the FMCSRs, as required by 49 CFR 381.400(c). 
Accordingly, FMCSA denied NAAA's application for exemption, and USCHI's 
suggestion for a pilot program.

    Issued on: June 4, 2010.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2010-13903 Filed 6-9-10; 8:45 am]
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