Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Exemption Renewal for Greyhound Lines, Inc., 16034-16035 [2011-6710]

Download as PDF 16034 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 55 / Tuesday, March 22, 2011 / Notices You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and OMB control number in any correspondence. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0224] Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed information collection and supporting documents, to Michelle Hale, ECA/P/V, SA–5, C2 Floor, Department of State, Washington, DC 20522–0582, who may be reached on 202–632–6312 or at HaleMJ2@state.gov. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of our functions. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of technology. Abstract of Proposed Collection To meet OMB and Congressional reporting requirements, this request for a new information collection clearance will allow ECA/P/V as part of their larger Sports and Culture Evaluation to conduct a survey of exchange participants who participated in IVLP programs that focused on arts and culture. Collecting this data will help ECA/P/V assess and measure the program’s effectiveness and impact, as well as provide valuable feedback on the program from the participants’ perspective. The respondents will be exchange program participants that came on IVLP programs that focused on cultural themes between the years of 2000 and 2009. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Methodology Evaluation data will be entirely collected through an electronic survey conducted via Zoomerang, an on-line surveying tool. [FR Doc. 2011–6691 Filed 3–21–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Mar 21, 2011 Jkt 223001 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its renewal of the exemption for Greyhound Lines, Inc. (Greyhound) regarding the placement of video event recorders at the top of the windshields on its buses. Greyhound will continue to use the video event recorders to increase safety through (1) identification and remediation of risky driving behaviors such as distracted driving and drowsiness; (2) enhanced monitoring of passenger behavior; and (3) enhanced collision review and analysis. The Agency believes that granting this exemption renewal will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. However, the Agency requests comments on this issue, particularly from parties who believe the Greyhound exemption would not meet that standard. DATES: This decision is effective March 21, 2011. Comments must be received on or before April 21, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) number FMCSA–2008– 0224 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading below. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: March 4, 2011. Julianne Paunescu, Acting Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Exemption Renewal for Greyhound Lines, Inc. PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the ‘‘Privacy Act’’ heading for further information. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or to Room W12– 140, DOT Building, New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgement that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. 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 for the FDMS published in the Federal Register published on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316) or you may visit http://edocket/access.gpo.gov/ 2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Luke W. Loy, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, MC– PSV, (202) 366–0676, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(1), FMCSA may renew an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 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.’’ Greyhound has requested a two-year extension for its exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e). The procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. Exemption Decision This notice addresses Greyhound’s requested renewal of an exemption in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated the application for renewal on its merit and determined to extend the exemption for a two-year period. The exemption is extended E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 55 / Tuesday, March 22, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES subject to the requirements that video event recorders installed in Greyhound vehicles must be mounted not more than 50 mm (2 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and located outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. The exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) Greyhound fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) commenters demonstrate persuasively, or the Agency learns, that 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. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(1). Basis for Renewing Exemption Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two-year periods. On March 19, 2008, Greyhound applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow it to install video event recorders on some or all of its bus fleet—which totals approximately 1,650 buses. FMCSA published a notice of the application, and requested public comments, in the Federal Register on August 11, 2008 (73 FR 46704). On March 19, 2009, FMCSA published a notice of final disposition in the Federal Register granting the exemption (74 FR 11807). FMCSA is not aware of any evidence showing that the installation of video event recorders on Greyhound’s buses, in accordance with the conditions of the original exemption, has resulted in any degradation in safety. The Agency believes that extending the exemption for a period of two years will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption because: (1) The video event recorders will not obstruct drivers’ views of the roadway, highway signs and surrounding traffic due to the fact that the panoramic windshields installed on Greyhound’s buses encompass a large percentage of the front of buses and extend well above the driver’s sight lines; (2) larger windshield wipers installed on Greyhound’s buses increase the swept area well beyond that which is recommended by the Society of Automotive Engineers guidelines for commercial vehicles; and (3) placement of video event recorders just below the larger swept area of the wipers will be VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Mar 21, 2011 Jkt 223001 well outside of the driver’s useable sight lines. Request for Comments FMCSA requests comments on the decision to renew Greyhound’s exemption by April 21, 2011. The Agency will also review comments received at any time indicating that Greyhound’s safety record has been adversely affected by the use of video event recorders. Interested parties or organizations possessing information showing that Greyhound is not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(1), FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the Greyhound’s exemption. Issued on: March 16, 2011. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2011–6710 Filed 3–21–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2011–0022] Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Request for extension of a currently approved collection of information. AGENCY: This notice solicits public comments on continuation of the requirements for the collection of information on safety standards. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information with respect to the phase-in of the upgraded requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 214, ‘‘Side impact SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16035 protection,’’ for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 23, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments (identified by the DOT Docket ID Number above) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Regardless of how you submit your comments, you should mention the docket number of this document. You may call the Docket at (202) 366–9324. Please identify the proposed collection of information for which a comment is provided, by referencing its OMB clearance number. It is requested, but not required, that two copies of the comment be provided. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 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 (65 FR 19477–78). Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Complete copies of each request for collection of information may be obtained at no charge from Mr. Chris Wiacek, U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Room W43– 419, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Wiacek’s telephone number is (202) 366–4801 and fax number is (202) 366–7002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before a proposed collection of information is submitted to OMB for E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2008-0224]


Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Exemption 
Renewal for Greyhound Lines, Inc.

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

ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemption; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its renewal of the exemption for Greyhound 
Lines, Inc. (Greyhound) regarding the placement of video event 
recorders at the top of the windshields on its buses. Greyhound will 
continue to use the video event recorders to increase safety through 
(1) identification and remediation of risky driving behaviors such as 
distracted driving and drowsiness; (2) enhanced monitoring of passenger 
behavior; and (3) enhanced collision review and analysis. The Agency 
believes that granting this exemption renewal will maintain a level of 
safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety 
achieved without the exemption. However, the Agency requests comments 
on this issue, particularly from parties who believe the Greyhound 
exemption would not meet that standard.

DATES: This decision is effective March 21, 2011. Comments must be 
received on or before April 21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) number FMCSA-2008-0224 by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12-140, DOT Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and 
docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting 
comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the 
``Public Participation'' heading below. Note that all comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal information provided. Please see the ``Privacy Act'' 
heading for further information.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to Room W12-140, 
DOT Building, New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal 
Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year. If you want acknowledgement that we received your 
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard 
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting 
comments on-line.
    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 for the FDMS published in the Federal 
Register published on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316) or you may visit 
http://edocket/access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Luke W. Loy, Vehicle and Roadside 
Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, 
MC-PSV, (202) 366-0676, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(1), FMCSA may renew an 
exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 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.'' Greyhound has requested a two-year 
extension for its exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e). The procedures for 
requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 
381.

Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses Greyhound's requested renewal of an exemption 
in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated the 
application for renewal on its merit and determined to extend the 
exemption for a two-year period. The exemption is extended

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subject to the requirements that video event recorders installed in 
Greyhound vehicles must be mounted not more than 50 mm (2 inches) below 
the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and located 
outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and 
signals. The exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded 
earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) Greyhound 
fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) 
commenters demonstrate persuasively, or the Agency learns, that 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. 31136(e) and 
31315(b)(1).

Basis for Renewing Exemption

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application for additional two-year periods. On March 19, 2008, 
Greyhound applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow it 
to install video event recorders on some or all of its bus fleet--which 
totals approximately 1,650 buses. FMCSA published a notice of the 
application, and requested public comments, in the Federal Register on 
August 11, 2008 (73 FR 46704). On March 19, 2009, FMCSA published a 
notice of final disposition in the Federal Register granting the 
exemption (74 FR 11807).
    FMCSA is not aware of any evidence showing that the installation of 
video event recorders on Greyhound's buses, in accordance with the 
conditions of the original exemption, has resulted in any degradation 
in safety. The Agency believes that extending the exemption for a 
period of two years will likely achieve a level of safety that is 
equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without 
the exemption because: (1) The video event recorders will not obstruct 
drivers' views of the roadway, highway signs and surrounding traffic 
due to the fact that the panoramic windshields installed on Greyhound's 
buses encompass a large percentage of the front of buses and extend 
well above the driver's sight lines; (2) larger windshield wipers 
installed on Greyhound's buses increase the swept area well beyond that 
which is recommended by the Society of Automotive Engineers guidelines 
for commercial vehicles; and (3) placement of video event recorders 
just below the larger swept area of the wipers will be well outside of 
the driver's useable sight lines.

Request for Comments

    FMCSA requests comments on the decision to renew Greyhound's 
exemption by April 21, 2011. The Agency will also review comments 
received at any time indicating that Greyhound's safety record has been 
adversely affected by the use of video event recorders.
    Interested parties or organizations possessing information showing 
that Greyhound is not currently achieving the statutory level of safety 
should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse 
evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if 
continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals 
and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(1), FMCSA will take 
immediate steps to revoke the Greyhound's exemption.

    Issued on: March 16, 2011.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
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