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Download as PDF 41138 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations ■ 2. In § 180.960, the table is amended by adding alphabetically the following polymers to read as follows: § 180.960 Polymers; exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance. * * * * * Polymer * * * CAS No. * * * 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, phenylmethyl ester, polymer with 2-propenoic acid and sodium 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2propen-1-yl)amino]-1-propanesulfonate (1:1), peroxydisulfuric acid ([HO)S(O)2]202) sodium salt (1:2)-initiated minimum number average molecular weight > 1,000 Daltons; maximum number average molecular weight 10,000 Daltons. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2011–17391 Filed 7–12–11; 8:45 am] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Room W43–439, Washington, DC 20590, by electronic mail to carlita.ballard@dot.gov. Ms. Ballard’s telephone number is (202) 366–5222. Her fax number is (202) 493–2990. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 544 [Docket No.: NHTSA–2011–0016] RIN 2127–AK90 Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required To File Reports National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule amends 49 CFR Part 544, Insurer Reporting Requirements. This Part specifies the requirements for annual insurer reports and lists in appendices those passenger motor vehicle insurers that are required to file reports on their motor vehicle theft loss experiences. An insurer included in any of these appendices must file three copies of its report for the 2008 calendar year before October 25, 2011. If the passenger motor vehicle insurers remain listed, they must submit reports by each subsequent October 25. DATES: This final rule becomes effective on August 12, 2011. Insurers listed in the appendices are required to submit reports on or before October 25, 2011. If you wish to submit a petition for reconsideration of this rule, your petition must be received by August 29, 2011. ADDRESSES: Petitions for reconsideration should refer to the docket number and be submitted to: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Room W41–307, Washington, DC 20590. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:32 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 I. Background Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33112, Insurer reports and information, NHTSA requires certain passenger motor vehicle insurers to file an annual report with the agency. Each insurer’s report includes information about thefts and recoveries of motor vehicles, the rating rules used by the insurer to establish premiums for comprehensive coverage, the actions taken by the insurer to reduce such premiums, and the actions taken by the insurer to reduce or deter theft. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. Section 33112(f), the following insurers are subject to the reporting requirements: (1) Issuers of motor vehicle insurance policies whose total premiums account for 1 percent or more of the total premiums of motor vehicle insurance issued within the United States; (2) issuers of motor vehicle insurance policies whose premiums account for 10 percent or more of total premiums written within any one state and; (3) rental and leasing companies with a fleet of 20 or more vehicles not covered by theft insurance policies issued by insurers of motor vehicles, other than any governmental entity. Pursuant to its statutory exemption authority, the agency exempted certain passenger motor vehicle insurers from the reporting requirements. A. Small Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles Section 33112(f)(2) provides that the agency shall exempt small insurers of passenger motor vehicles if NHTSA PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * CASRN 1246766–57–3 * finds that such exemptions will not significantly affect the validity or usefulness of the information in the reports, either nationally or on a stateby-state basis. The term ‘‘small insurer’’ is defined, in Section 33112(f)(1)(A) and (B), as an insurer whose premiums for motor vehicle insurance issued directly or through an affiliate, including pooling arrangements established under state law or regulation for the issuance of motor vehicle insurance, account for less than 1 percent of the total premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance issued by insurers within the United States. However, that section also stipulates that if an insurance company satisfies this definition of a ‘‘small insurer,’’ but accounts for 10 percent or more of the total premiums for all motor vehicle insurance issued in a particular state, the insurer must report about its operations in that state. In the final rule establishing the insurer reports requirement (49 CFR part 544; 52 FR 59, January 2, 1987), NHTSA exercised its exemption authority by listing in Appendix A each insurer that must report because it had at least 1 percent of the motor vehicle insurance premiums nationally. Listing the insurers subject to reporting, instead of each insurer exempted from reporting because it had less than 1 percent of the premiums nationally, is administratively simpler, since the former group is much smaller than the latter. In Appendix B, NHTSA lists those insurers required to report for particular states because each insurer had a 10 percent or greater market share of motor vehicle premiums in those states. In the January 1987 final rule, the agency stated that it would update Appendices A and B annually. NHTSA updates the appendices based on data voluntarily provided by insurance companies to A.M. Best, which A.M. Best 1 publishes in its State/Line Report 1 A.M. Best Company is a well-recognized source of insurance company ratings and information. 49 E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations each spring. The agency uses the data to determine the insurers’ market shares nationally and in each state. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES B. Self-Insured Rental and Leasing Companies In addition, upon making certain determinations, NHTSA grants exemptions to self-insurers, i.e., any person who has a fleet of 20 or more motor vehicles (other than any governmental entity) used for rental or lease whose vehicles are not covered by theft insurance policies issued by insurers of passenger motor vehicles, 49 U.S.C. 33112(b)(1) and (f). Under 49 U.S.C. 33112(e)(1) and (2), NHTSA may exempt a self-insurer from reporting, if the agency determines: (1) The cost of preparing and furnishing such reports is excessive in relation to the size of the business of the insurer; (2) the insurer’s report will not significantly contribute to carrying out the purposes of Chapter 331. In a final rule published June 22, 1990 (55 FR 25606), the agency granted a class exemption to all companies that rent or lease fewer than 50,000 vehicles, because it believed that the largest companies’ reports sufficiently represent the theft experience of rental and leasing companies. NHTSA concluded that smaller rental and leasing companies’ reports do not significantly contribute to carrying out NHTSA’s statutory obligations and that exempting such companies will relieve an unnecessary burden on them. As a result of the June 1990 final rule, the agency added Appendix C, consisting of an annually updated list of the selfinsurers subject to Part 544. Following the same approach as in Appendix A, NHTSA included, in Appendix C, each of the self-insurers subject to reporting instead of the self-insurers which are exempted. NHTSA updates Appendix C based primarily on information from Automotive Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News.2 C. When a Listed Insurer Must File a Report Under Part 544, as long as an insurer is listed, it must file reports on or before October 25 of each year. Thus, any insurer listed in the appendices must file a report before October 25, 2011, and by each succeeding October 25, absent an amendment removing the insurer’s name from the appendices. U.S.C. 33112(i) authorizes NHTSA to consult with public and private organizations as necessary. 2 Automotive Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News are publications that provide information on the size of fleets and market share of rental and leasing companies. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:32 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 II. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 1. Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles On April 12, 2011, NHTSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update the list of insurers in Appendices A, B, and C required to file reports (76 FR 20298). Appendix A lists insurers that must report because each had 1 percent of the motor vehicle insurance premiums on a national basis. The list was last amended in a final rule published on September 3, 2010 (75 FR 54041). Based on the 2008 calendar year market share data from A.M. Best, NHTSA proposed to remove California State Auto Group and Safeco Insurance Group from Appendix A. Appendix B lists insurers required to report because each insurer had a 10 percent or greater market share of motor vehicle premiums in a particular State. Based on the 2008 calendar year data for market shares from A.M. Best, we proposed to remove Balboa Insurance Group of South Dakota from Appendix B. 2. Rental and Leasing Companies Appendix C lists rental and leasing companies required to file reports. NHTSA proposed to make no change to Appendix C. Public Comments on Final Determination Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles The agency received no comments in response to the NPRM. Therefore, this final rule adopts the proposed changes to Appendices A and B. Accordingly, NHTSA has determined that each of the 17 insurers listed in Appendix A, each of the eight insurers listed in Appendix B and each of five companies listed in Appendix C are required to submit an insurer report on its experience for calendar year 2008 no later than October 25, 2011, and set forth the information required by Part 544. As long as these insurers and companies remain listed, they would be required to submit reports before each subsequent October 25 for the calendar year ending slightly less than 3 years before. Submission of Theft Loss Report Passenger motor vehicle insurers listed in the appendices can forward their theft loss reports to the agency in several ways: a. Mail: Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, Department of Transportation, NHTSA, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., NVS–131, Room W43–439, Washington, DC 20590 b. E-Mail: carlita.ballard@dot.gov; or c. Fax: (202) 493–2990. PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41139 Theft loss reports may also be submitted to the docket electronically [identified by Docket No. NHTSA– 2011–0016] by: d. Logging onto the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for filing the document electronically. Regulatory Impacts 1. Costs and Other Impacts This notice has not been reviewed under Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. NHTSA has considered the impact of this final rule and determined that the action is not ‘‘significant’’ within the meaning of the Department of Transportation’s regulatory policies and procedures. This final rule implements the agency’s policy of ensuring that all insurance companies that are statutorily eligible for exemption from the insurer reporting requirements are in fact exempted from those requirements. Only those companies that are not statutorily eligible for an exemption are required to file reports. NHTSA does not believe that this rule, reflecting current data, affects the impacts described in the final regulatory evaluation prepared for the final rule establishing Part 544 (52 FR 59; January 2, 1987). Accordingly, a separate regulatory evaluation has not been prepared for this rulemaking action. The cost estimates in the 1987 final regulatory evaluation should be adjusted for inflation, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for 2011 (see http://www.bls.gov/cpi). The agency estimates that the cost of compliance is $50,000 (1987 dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix A, $20,000 (1987 dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix B, and $5,770 (1987 dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix C. This final rule proposed to remove two companies from Appendix A, remove one company from Appendix B, and make no change to Appendix C. Therefore, the net effect of this final rule is a decreased cost of $120,000 (1987 dollars) to insurers as a group. Interested persons may wish to examine the 1987 final regulatory evaluation. Copies of that evaluation were placed in Docket No. T86–01; Notice 2. Any interested person may obtain a copy of this evaluation by writing to NHTSA, Technical Reference Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., East Building (Ground Floor), Room E12–100, Washington, DC 20590, or by calling (202) 366–2588. E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 41140 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations 2. Paperwork Reduction Act 5. Environmental Impacts List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 544 The information collection requirements in this final rule were submitted and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). The existing information collection indicates that the number of respondents for this collection is thirty, however, the actual number of respondents fluctuate from year to year. Therefore, because the number of respondents required to report for this final rule does not exceed the number of respondents indicated in the existing information collection, the agency does not believe that an amendment to the existing information collection is necessary. This collection of information is assigned OMB Control Number 2127–0547 (‘‘Insurer Reporting Requirements’’). In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, NHTSA has considered the environmental impacts of this final rule and determined that it would not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Crime insurance, Insurance, Insurance companies, Motor vehicles, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. In consideration of the foregoing, 49 CFR Part 544 is amended as follows: 3. Regulatory Flexibility Act The agency also considered the effects of this rulemaking under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). I certify that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The rationale for the certification is that none of the companies listed on Appendices A, B or C are construed to be a small entity within the definition of the RFA. ‘‘Small insurer’’ is defined, in part under 49 U.S.C. 33112, as any insurer whose premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance account for less than 1 percent of the total premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance issued by insurers within the United States, or any insurer whose premiums within any State, account for less than 10 percent of the total premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance issued by insurers within the State. This notice exempts all insurers meeting those criteria. Any insurer too large to meet those criteria is not a small entity. In addition, in this rulemaking, the agency exempts all ‘‘self insured rental and leasing companies’’ that have fleets of fewer than 50,000 vehicles. Any selfinsured rental and leasing company too large to meet that criterion is not a small entity. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 4. Federalism This action has been analyzed according to the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 12612, and it has been determined that the final rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:32 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 6. Civil Justice Reform This final rule does not have any retroactive effect, and it does not preempt any State law, 49 U.S.C. 33117 provides that judicial review of this rule may be obtained pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 32909, and section 32909 does not require submission of a petition for reconsideration or other administrative proceedings before parties may file suit in court. 7. Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) The Department of Transportation assigns a regulation identifier number (RIN) to each regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda in April and October of each year. You may use the RIN contained in the heading, at the beginning, of this document to find this action in the Unified Agenda. 8. Plain Language Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to write all rules in plain language. Application of the principles of plain language includes consideration of the following questions: b Have we organized the material to suit the public’s needs? b Are the requirements in the proposal clearly stated? b Does the proposal contain technical language or jargon that is not clear? b Would a different format (grouping and order of sections, use of headings, paragraphing) make the rule easier to understand? b Would more (but shorter) sections be better? b Could we improve clarity by adding tables, lists, or diagrams? b What else could we do to make the proposal easier to understand? If you have any responses to these questions, you can forward them to me several ways: a. Mail: Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., NVS–131, Room W43–439, Washington, DC 20590 b. E-mail: carlita.ballard@dot.gov; or Fax: (202) 493–2990 PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 PART 544—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 544 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33112; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. 2. In § 544.5, paragraph (a), the second sentence is revised to read as follows: ■ § 544.5 General requirements for reports. (a) * * * This report shall contain the information required by § 544.6 of this part for the calendar year 3 years previous to the year in which the report is filed (e.g., the report due by October 25, 2011 will contain the required information for the 2008 calendar year). * * * * * ■ 3. Appendix A to part 544 is revised to read as follows: Appendix A—Issuers of Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Subject to the Reporting Requirements in Each State in Which They Do Business Allstate Insurance Group American Family Insurance Group American International Group Auto Club Enterprise Insurance Group Auto-Owners Insurance Group Berkshire Hathaway/GEICO Corporation Group Erie Insurance Group Farmers Insurance Group Hartford Insurance Group Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies Metropolitan Life Auto & Home Group Mercury General Group Nationwide Group Progressive Group State Farm Group Travelers Companies USAA Group 4. Appendix B to part 544 is revised to read as follows: ■ Appendix B—Issuers of Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Subject to the Reporting Requirements Only in Designated States Alfa Insurance Group (Alabama) Auto Club (Michigan) Commerce Group, Inc. (Massachusetts) Kentucky Farm Bureau Group (Kentucky) New Jersey Manufacturers Group (New Jersey) Safety Group (Massachusetts) Southern Farm Bureau Group (Arkansas, Mississippi) Tennessee Farmers Companies (Tennessee) 5. Appendix C to part 544 is revised to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 134 / Wednesday, July 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Appendix C—Motor Vehicle Rental and Leasing Companies (Including Licensees and Franchisees) Subject to the Reporting Requirements of Part 544 Avis Budget Group (subsidiary of Cendant) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Enterprise Holding Inc./Enterprise Rent-ACar Company Hertz Rent-A-Car Division (subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation) U-Haul International, Inc. (Subsidiary of AMERCO) Issued on: July 6, 2011. Christopher J. Bonanti, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2011–17642 Filed 7–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 040205043–4043–01] RIN 0648–XA552 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; Closure of the 2011–2012 Commercial Sector for Black Sea Bass in the South Atlantic National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS closes the commercial sector for black sea bass in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS has determined that the quota for the commercial sector for black sea bass will have been reached by July 15, 2011. This closure is necessary to protect the black sea bass resource. DATES: Closure is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, July 15, 2011, through 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Bruger, telephone 727–824– 5305, fax 727–824–5308, e-mail Catherine.Bruger@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:32 Jul 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Those regulations set the commercial quota for black sea bass in the South Atlantic at 309,000 lb (140,160 kg) for the current fishing year, June 1, 2011, through May 31, 2012, as specified in 50 CFR 622.42(e)(5)(iii). Black sea bass are managed throughout their range. In the South Atlantic EEZ, black sea bass are managed by the Council from 35°15.19′ N. lat., the latitude of Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, south. From Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, through Maine, black sea bass are managed jointly by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Therefore, the closure provisions contained in this notice are applicable to those vessels harvesting or possessing black sea bass from Key West, Florida, through Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina. Under 50 CFR 622.43(a), NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for a species or species group when the quota for that species or species group is reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. Based on current statistics, NMFS has determined that the available commercial quota of 309,000 lb (140,160 kg) for black sea bass will be reached on or before July 15, 2011. Accordingly, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for black sea bass in the South Atlantic EEZ from 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 15, 2011, through 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2012. The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for snapper-grouper having black sea bass onboard must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such black sea bass prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, July 15, 2011. During the closure, the bag limit and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.39(d)(1)(vii) and (d)(2), respectively, apply to all harvest or possession of black sea bass in or from the South Atlantic EEZ, and the sale or purchase of black sea bass taken from the EEZ is prohibited. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to sale or purchase of black sea bass that were PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 41141 harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, July 15, 2011, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. For a person on board a vessel for which a Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for the South Atlantic snappergrouper fishery has been issued, the sale and purchase provisions of the commercial closure for black sea bass would apply regardless of whether the fish are harvested in state or Federal waters, as specified in 50 CFR 622.43(a)(5)(ii). Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial sector to the harvest of black sea bass constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself already has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect the black sea bass stock because the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness of the action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 8, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 544

[Docket No.: NHTSA-2011-0016]
RIN 2127-AK90


Insurer Reporting Requirements; List of Insurers Required To File 
Reports

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule amends 49 CFR Part 544, Insurer Reporting 
Requirements. This Part specifies the requirements for annual insurer 
reports and lists in appendices those passenger motor vehicle insurers 
that are required to file reports on their motor vehicle theft loss 
experiences. An insurer included in any of these appendices must file 
three copies of its report for the 2008 calendar year before October 
25, 2011. If the passenger motor vehicle insurers remain listed, they 
must submit reports by each subsequent October 25.

DATES: This final rule becomes effective on August 12, 2011. Insurers 
listed in the appendices are required to submit reports on or before 
October 25, 2011. If you wish to submit a petition for reconsideration 
of this rule, your petition must be received by August 29, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Petitions for reconsideration should refer to the docket 
number and be submitted to: Administrator, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Room 
W41-307, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlita Ballard, Office of 
International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Room W43-439, Washington, DC 
20590, by electronic mail to carlita.ballard@dot.gov. Ms. Ballard's 
telephone number is (202) 366-5222. Her fax number is (202) 493-2990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33112, Insurer reports and information, NHTSA 
requires certain passenger motor vehicle insurers to file an annual 
report with the agency. Each insurer's report includes information 
about thefts and recoveries of motor vehicles, the rating rules used by 
the insurer to establish premiums for comprehensive coverage, the 
actions taken by the insurer to reduce such premiums, and the actions 
taken by the insurer to reduce or deter theft. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 
Section 33112(f), the following insurers are subject to the reporting 
requirements:
    (1) Issuers of motor vehicle insurance policies whose total 
premiums account for 1 percent or more of the total premiums of motor 
vehicle insurance issued within the United States;
    (2) issuers of motor vehicle insurance policies whose premiums 
account for 10 percent or more of total premiums written within any one 
state and;
    (3) rental and leasing companies with a fleet of 20 or more 
vehicles not covered by theft insurance policies issued by insurers of 
motor vehicles, other than any governmental entity.
    Pursuant to its statutory exemption authority, the agency exempted 
certain passenger motor vehicle insurers from the reporting 
requirements.

A. Small Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles

    Section 33112(f)(2) provides that the agency shall exempt small 
insurers of passenger motor vehicles if NHTSA finds that such 
exemptions will not significantly affect the validity or usefulness of 
the information in the reports, either nationally or on a state-by-
state basis. The term ``small insurer'' is defined, in Section 
33112(f)(1)(A) and (B), as an insurer whose premiums for motor vehicle 
insurance issued directly or through an affiliate, including pooling 
arrangements established under state law or regulation for the issuance 
of motor vehicle insurance, account for less than 1 percent of the 
total premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance issued by 
insurers within the United States. However, that section also 
stipulates that if an insurance company satisfies this definition of a 
``small insurer,'' but accounts for 10 percent or more of the total 
premiums for all motor vehicle insurance issued in a particular state, 
the insurer must report about its operations in that state.
    In the final rule establishing the insurer reports requirement (49 
CFR part 544; 52 FR 59, January 2, 1987), NHTSA exercised its exemption 
authority by listing in Appendix A each insurer that must report 
because it had at least 1 percent of the motor vehicle insurance 
premiums nationally. Listing the insurers subject to reporting, instead 
of each insurer exempted from reporting because it had less than 1 
percent of the premiums nationally, is administratively simpler, since 
the former group is much smaller than the latter. In Appendix B, NHTSA 
lists those insurers required to report for particular states because 
each insurer had a 10 percent or greater market share of motor vehicle 
premiums in those states. In the January 1987 final rule, the agency 
stated that it would update Appendices A and B annually. NHTSA updates 
the appendices based on data voluntarily provided by insurance 
companies to A.M. Best, which A.M. Best \1\ publishes in its State/Line 
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each spring. The agency uses the data to determine the insurers' market 
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company ratings and information. 49 U.S.C. 33112(i) authorizes NHTSA 
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B. Self-Insured Rental and Leasing Companies

    In addition, upon making certain determinations, NHTSA grants 
exemptions to self-insurers, i.e., any person who has a fleet of 20 or 
more motor vehicles (other than any governmental entity) used for 
rental or lease whose vehicles are not covered by theft insurance 
policies issued by insurers of passenger motor vehicles, 49 U.S.C. 
33112(b)(1) and (f). Under 49 U.S.C. 33112(e)(1) and (2), NHTSA may 
exempt a self-insurer from reporting, if the agency determines:
    (1) The cost of preparing and furnishing such reports is excessive 
in relation to the size of the business of the insurer;
    (2) the insurer's report will not significantly contribute to 
carrying out the purposes of Chapter 331.
    In a final rule published June 22, 1990 (55 FR 25606), the agency 
granted a class exemption to all companies that rent or lease fewer 
than 50,000 vehicles, because it believed that the largest companies' 
reports sufficiently represent the theft experience of rental and 
leasing companies. NHTSA concluded that smaller rental and leasing 
companies' reports do not significantly contribute to carrying out 
NHTSA's statutory obligations and that exempting such companies will 
relieve an unnecessary burden on them. As a result of the June 1990 
final rule, the agency added Appendix C, consisting of an annually 
updated list of the self-insurers subject to Part 544. Following the 
same approach as in Appendix A, NHTSA included, in Appendix C, each of 
the self-insurers subject to reporting instead of the self-insurers 
which are exempted. NHTSA updates Appendix C based primarily on 
information from Automotive Fleet Magazine and Auto Rental News.\2\
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publications that provide information on the size of fleets and 
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C. When a Listed Insurer Must File a Report

    Under Part 544, as long as an insurer is listed, it must file 
reports on or before October 25 of each year. Thus, any insurer listed 
in the appendices must file a report before October 25, 2011, and by 
each succeeding October 25, absent an amendment removing the insurer's 
name from the appendices.

II. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

1. Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles

    On April 12, 2011, NHTSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) to update the list of insurers in Appendices A, B, and C 
required to file reports (76 FR 20298). Appendix A lists insurers that 
must report because each had 1 percent of the motor vehicle insurance 
premiums on a national basis. The list was last amended in a final rule 
published on September 3, 2010 (75 FR 54041). Based on the 2008 
calendar year market share data from A.M. Best, NHTSA proposed to 
remove California State Auto Group and Safeco Insurance Group from 
Appendix A.
    Appendix B lists insurers required to report because each insurer 
had a 10 percent or greater market share of motor vehicle premiums in a 
particular State. Based on the 2008 calendar year data for market 
shares from A.M. Best, we proposed to remove Balboa Insurance Group of 
South Dakota from Appendix B.

2. Rental and Leasing Companies

    Appendix C lists rental and leasing companies required to file 
reports. NHTSA proposed to make no change to Appendix C.

Public Comments on Final Determination

Insurers of Passenger Motor Vehicles

    The agency received no comments in response to the NPRM. Therefore, 
this final rule adopts the proposed changes to Appendices A and B. 
Accordingly, NHTSA has determined that each of the 17 insurers listed 
in Appendix A, each of the eight insurers listed in Appendix B and each 
of five companies listed in Appendix C are required to submit an 
insurer report on its experience for calendar year 2008 no later than 
October 25, 2011, and set forth the information required by Part 544. 
As long as these insurers and companies remain listed, they would be 
required to submit reports before each subsequent October 25 for the 
calendar year ending slightly less than 3 years before.

Submission of Theft Loss Report

    Passenger motor vehicle insurers listed in the appendices can 
forward their theft loss reports to the agency in several ways:
    a. Mail: Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel 
Economy and Consumer Programs, Department of Transportation, NHTSA, 
West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., NVS-131, Room W43-439, 
Washington, DC 20590
    b. E-Mail: carlita.ballard@dot.gov; or
    c. Fax: (202) 493-2990.
    Theft loss reports may also be submitted to the docket 
electronically [identified by Docket No. NHTSA-2011-0016] by:
    d. Logging onto the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for filing the 
document electronically.

Regulatory Impacts

1. Costs and Other Impacts

    This notice has not been reviewed under Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review. NHTSA has considered the impact of this 
final rule and determined that the action is not ``significant'' within 
the meaning of the Department of Transportation's regulatory policies 
and procedures. This final rule implements the agency's policy of 
ensuring that all insurance companies that are statutorily eligible for 
exemption from the insurer reporting requirements are in fact exempted 
from those requirements. Only those companies that are not statutorily 
eligible for an exemption are required to file reports.
    NHTSA does not believe that this rule, reflecting current data, 
affects the impacts described in the final regulatory evaluation 
prepared for the final rule establishing Part 544 (52 FR 59; January 2, 
1987). Accordingly, a separate regulatory evaluation has not been 
prepared for this rulemaking action. The cost estimates in the 1987 
final regulatory evaluation should be adjusted for inflation, using the 
Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for 2011 (see http://www.bls.gov/cpi). The agency estimates that the cost of compliance is 
$50,000 (1987 dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix A, $20,000 
(1987 dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix B, and $5,770 (1987 
dollars) for any insurer added to Appendix C. This final rule proposed 
to remove two companies from Appendix A, remove one company from 
Appendix B, and make no change to Appendix C. Therefore, the net effect 
of this final rule is a decreased cost of $120,000 (1987 dollars) to 
insurers as a group.
    Interested persons may wish to examine the 1987 final regulatory 
evaluation. Copies of that evaluation were placed in Docket No. T86-01; 
Notice 2. Any interested person may obtain a copy of this evaluation by 
writing to NHTSA, Technical Reference Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, 
SE., East Building (Ground Floor), Room E12-100, Washington, DC 20590, 
or by calling (202) 366-2588.

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2. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The information collection requirements in this final rule were 
submitted and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
pursuant to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.). The existing information collection indicates that the 
number of respondents for this collection is thirty, however, the 
actual number of respondents fluctuate from year to year. Therefore, 
because the number of respondents required to report for this final 
rule does not exceed the number of respondents indicated in the 
existing information collection, the agency does not believe that an 
amendment to the existing information collection is necessary. This 
collection of information is assigned OMB Control Number 2127-0547 
(``Insurer Reporting Requirements'').

3. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The agency also considered the effects of this rulemaking under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). I certify that 
this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The rationale for the 
certification is that none of the companies listed on Appendices A, B 
or C are construed to be a small entity within the definition of the 
RFA. ``Small insurer'' is defined, in part under 49 U.S.C. 33112, as 
any insurer whose premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance 
account for less than 1 percent of the total premiums for all forms of 
motor vehicle insurance issued by insurers within the United States, or 
any insurer whose premiums within any State, account for less than 10 
percent of the total premiums for all forms of motor vehicle insurance 
issued by insurers within the State. This notice exempts all insurers 
meeting those criteria. Any insurer too large to meet those criteria is 
not a small entity. In addition, in this rulemaking, the agency exempts 
all ``self insured rental and leasing companies'' that have fleets of 
fewer than 50,000 vehicles. Any self-insured rental and leasing company 
too large to meet that criterion is not a small entity.

4. Federalism

    This action has been analyzed according to the principles and 
criteria contained in Executive Order 12612, and it has been determined 
that the final rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to 
warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.

5. Environmental Impacts

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, NHTSA has 
considered the environmental impacts of this final rule and determined 
that it would not have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment.

6. Civil Justice Reform

    This final rule does not have any retroactive effect, and it does 
not preempt any State law, 49 U.S.C. 33117 provides that judicial 
review of this rule may be obtained pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 32909, and 
section 32909 does not require submission of a petition for 
reconsideration or other administrative proceedings before parties may 
file suit in court.

7. Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)

    The Department of Transportation assigns a regulation identifier 
number (RIN) to each regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulations. The Regulatory Information Service Center 
publishes the Unified Agenda in April and October of each year. You may 
use the RIN contained in the heading, at the beginning, of this 
document to find this action in the Unified Agenda.

8. Plain Language

    Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to write all rules in 
plain language. Application of the principles of plain language 
includes consideration of the following questions:
    [ballot] Have we organized the material to suit the public's needs?
    [ballot] Are the requirements in the proposal clearly stated?
    [ballot] Does the proposal contain technical language or jargon 
that is not clear?
    [ballot] Would a different format (grouping and order of sections, 
use of headings, paragraphing) make the rule easier to understand?
    [ballot] Would more (but shorter) sections be better?
    [ballot] Could we improve clarity by adding tables, lists, or 
diagrams?
    [ballot] What else could we do to make the proposal easier to 
understand?
    If you have any responses to these questions, you can forward them 
to me several ways:
    a. Mail: Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel 
Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West Building, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., NVS-131, Room W43-439, Washington, DC 20590
    b. E-mail: carlita.ballard@dot.gov; or Fax: (202) 493-2990

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 544

    Crime insurance, Insurance, Insurance companies, Motor vehicles, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    In consideration of the foregoing, 49 CFR Part 544 is amended as 
follows:

PART 544--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 544 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 33112; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 
1.50.


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2. In Sec.  544.5, paragraph (a), the second sentence is revised to 
read as follows:


Sec.  544.5  General requirements for reports.

    (a) * * * This report shall contain the information required by 
Sec.  544.6 of this part for the calendar year 3 years previous to the 
year in which the report is filed (e.g., the report due by October 25, 
2011 will contain the required information for the 2008 calendar year).
* * * * *

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3. Appendix A to part 544 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A--Issuers of Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Subject to the 
Reporting Requirements in Each State in Which They Do Business

Allstate Insurance Group
American Family Insurance Group
American International Group
Auto Club Enterprise Insurance Group
Auto-Owners Insurance Group
Berkshire Hathaway/GEICO Corporation Group
Erie Insurance Group
Farmers Insurance Group
Hartford Insurance Group
Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies
Metropolitan Life Auto & Home Group
Mercury General Group
Nationwide Group
Progressive Group
State Farm Group
Travelers Companies
USAA Group


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4. Appendix B to part 544 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix B--Issuers of Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Subject to the 
Reporting Requirements Only in Designated States

Alfa Insurance Group (Alabama)
Auto Club (Michigan)
Commerce Group, Inc. (Massachusetts)
Kentucky Farm Bureau Group (Kentucky)
New Jersey Manufacturers Group (New Jersey)
Safety Group (Massachusetts)
Southern Farm Bureau Group (Arkansas, Mississippi)
Tennessee Farmers Companies (Tennessee)


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5. Appendix C to part 544 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix C--Motor Vehicle Rental and Leasing Companies (Including 
Licensees and Franchisees) Subject to the Reporting Requirements of 
Part 544

Avis Budget Group (subsidiary of Cendant)
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
Enterprise Holding Inc./Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
Hertz Rent-A-Car Division (subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation)
U-Haul International, Inc. (Subsidiary of AMERCO)

    Issued on: July 6, 2011.
Christopher J. Bonanti,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2011-17642 Filed 7-12-11; 8:45 am]
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