Civil Penalties, 55175-55179 [2012-22043]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules U.S.C. 7115, prior to establishing a final policy on whether waivers should be granted for anti-tachycardia devices or ICDs, and if so, under what circumstances. Because of the complexity of the issues involved, the Coast Guard intends to thoroughly analyze the issues prior to issuing the final policy. The Coast Guard specifically requests public comment on the likelihood of an ICD inappropriately firing and whether that shock could potentially incapacitate a merchant mariner. Additionally, the Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether the criteria listed below are appropriate and sufficient to evaluate whether a mariner should be eligible for consideration for a medical waiver under 46 CFR 10.215(g). Below is a series of 12 questions we are considering as the criteria for granting a medical waiver. A review of the mariner’s record should lead the Coast Guard to answer ‘‘no’’ for each question in order for the mariner to be eligible for waiver consideration. We request public comment regarding whether the 12 questions below represent an appropriate and sufficient list of the criteria a mariner should be required to meet in order to be eligible for waiver consideration, or whether we should eliminate or modify any of the questions, or add other questions to the list. (1) Does the mariner have a diagnosis of a cardiac channelopathy affecting the electrical conduction of the heart (including Brugada syndrome, Long QT syndrome, etc.)? (2) Does the mariner have a prior history of ventricular fibrillation or episodes of sustained ventricular tachycardia and, if so, did the arrhythmia episode occur greater than three years ago? (3) Was the ICD or anti-tachycardia device implanted more than three years ago? (4) Has the ICD fired or has the mariner required anti-tachycardia pacing within the last three years? (5) Does the mariner’s condition present any confounding risk factors for inappropriate shock such as uncontrolled atrial fibrillation? (6) Is the mariner’s ejection fraction greater than 40% with a steady or improving trend? (7) Does the mariner have a history of any symptomatic or clinically significant heart failure in the past two years? (8) Does the mariner’s record contain any evidence of significant reversible ischemia on myocardial perfusion imaging exercise stress testing? VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Sep 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 (9) Has the mariner’s exercise capacity been assessed to be greater than or equal to 10 metabolic equivalents (METs)? (10) Did the mariner provide a written opinion of the treating cardiologist or electrophysiologist that supports a determination that the mariner is at low risk for future arrhythmia, adverse cardiac event or sudden incapacitation based upon objective testing and standard evaluation tools? (11) Does the mariner have any other medical conditions which may alone, or in combination with an ICD or antitachycardia device, affect the mariner’s fitness? (12) Is the mariner applying for an original credential, raise-in-grade, or renewal of an existing credential? Authority: We issue this request for public comments under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: August 13, 2012. P.F. Thomas, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Inspections and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2012–22006 Filed 9–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 578 [Docket No. NHTSA–2012–0131; Notice 1] RIN 2127–AL16 Civil Penalties National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. AGENCY: This document proposes to increase the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of motor vehicle safety requirements for the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as amended, and violations of bumper standards and consumer information provisions. Specifically, this proposes increases in maximum civil penalty amounts for single violations of motor vehicle safety requirements, a series of related violations of school bus and equipment safety requirements, a series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of related violations of consumer information regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility requirements. This action would be taken pursuant to the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 55175 1996, which requires us to review and, as warranted, adjust penalties based on inflation at least every four years. DATES: Comments on the proposal are due October 9, 2012. Proposed effective date: 30 days after date of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to the docket number identified in the heading of this document 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001 • Hand Delivery or Courier: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. Regardless of how you submit your comments, please note the docket number of this document. Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. 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 below. Privacy Act: Please see the Privacy Act heading under Rulemaking Analyses. 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: Matthew Weisman, Office of Chief Counsel, NHTSA, telephone (202) 366– 5834, facsimile (202) 366–3820, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In order to preserve the remedial impact of civil penalties and to foster compliance with the law, the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (28 U.S.C. 2461 Notes, Pub. L. 101–410), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–134) (referred to collectively as the ‘‘Adjustment Act’’ or, E:\FR\FM\07SEP1.SGM 07SEP1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 55176 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules in context, the ‘‘Act’’), requires us and other Federal agencies to adjust civil penalties for inflation. Under the Adjustment Act, following an initial adjustment that was capped by the Act, these agencies must make further adjustments, as warranted, to the amounts of penalties in statutes they administer at least once every four years. NHTSA’s initial adjustment of civil penalties under the Adjustment Act was published on February 4, 1997. 62 FR 5167. At that time, we codified the penalties under statutes administered by NHTSA, as adjusted, in 49 CFR part 578, Civil Penalties. Thereafter, we adjusted certain penalties based on the Adjustment Act and codified others based on other laws including the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act. On May 16, 2006, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, sections 30112, 30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123, 30125(c), 30127, or 30141 through 30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation thereunder, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(1) from $5,000 to $6,000. 71 FR 28279. At the same time, the agency adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, section 30166 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation thereunder, to $6,000. On February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a related series of violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act as amended involving school buses and school bus equipment, section 30112(a)(1) as it involves school buses and school bus equipment and section 30112(a)(2) of Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2) from $15,000,000 to $16,650,000. 75 FR 5246. Also on February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a related series of violations of bumper standards, section 32506 of Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(c)(2) from $1,025,000 to $1,175,000. 75 FR 5246. In addition, on February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a related series of violations of consumer information requirements regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility, section 32308 of Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(d)(1) from $500,000 to $575,000. 75 FR 5246. We have reviewed the civil penalty amounts in 49 CFR part 578 and propose in this notice to adjust certain penalties under the Adjustment Act. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Sep 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 Method of Calculation—Proposed Adjustments Under the Adjustment Act, we determine the inflation adjustment for each applicable civil penalty by increasing the maximum civil penalty amount per violation by a cost-of-living adjustment, and then applying a rounding factor. Section 5(b) of the Adjustment Act defines the ‘‘cost-ofliving’’ adjustment as: The percentage (if any) for each civil monetary penalty by which— (1) The Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year preceding the adjustment exceeds (2) The Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year in which the amount of such civil monetary penalty was last set or adjusted pursuant to law. Since the proposed adjustment is intended to be effective before December 31, 2012, the ‘‘Consumer Price Index [CPI] for the month of June of the calendar year preceding the adjustment’’ would be the CPI for June 2011. This figure, based on the Adjustment Act’s requirement of using the CPI ‘‘for all-urban consumers published by the Department of Labor’’ is 676.162.1 The penalty amounts that NHTSA proposes to adjust based on the Adjustment Act’s requirements were last set in 2006 for a single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and in 2010 for a series of related violations of school bus safety requirements, a series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of related violations of consumer information requirements regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility. The CPI figure for June of 2006 is 607.8 and June of 2010 is 652.926 Accordingly, the factors that we are using in calculating the proposed increases are 1.11 (676.162/607.8) for a single Motor Vehicle Safety Act violation and 1.04 (676.162/652.926) for a related series of Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations pertaining to school buses or school bus equipment, as well as for a series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of related violations of consumer information requirements. Using these inflation factors, calculated increases under these adjustments are then subject to a specific rounding formula set forth in Section 5(a) of the 1 Individuals interested in deriving the CPI figures used by the agency may visit the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index Home Page at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/home.htm. Scroll down to ‘‘CPI Databases’’, ‘‘All Urban Consumers (Current Series)’’, and click on ‘‘Top Picks’’. Next, select the ‘‘U.S. ALL ITEMS 1967=100—CUUR0000AA0’’ box, and click on the ‘‘Retrieve Data’’ button. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Adjustment Act. 28 U.S.C. 2461, Notes. Under that formula: Any increase shall be rounded to the nearest: (1) Multiple of $10 in the case of penalties less than or equal to $100; (2) Multiple of $100 in the case of penalties greater than $100 but less than or equal to $1,000; (3) Multiple of $1,000 in the case of penalties greater than $1,000 but less than or equal to $10,000; (4) Multiple of $5,000 in the case of penalties greater than $10,000 but less than or equal to $100,000; (5) Multiple of $10,000 in the case of penalties greater than $100,000 but less than or equal to $200,000; and (6) Multiple of $25,000 in the case of penalties greater than $200,000. Proposed Change to Maximum Penalties Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 Proposed Changes to 49 CFR 578.6(a)(1), (a)(3) The maximum civil penalty for a violation of any of sections 30112, 30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123(a), 30125(c), 30127, or 30141 through 30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under any of those sections is $6,000, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(1). The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 30165(a)(1). Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.11) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $6,000 figure to $6,679, an increase of $679. Under the rounding formula, any increase in a penalty’s amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $1,000. In this case, the increase would be $1,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that Section 578.6(a)(1) be amended to increase the maximum civil penalty from $6,000 to $7,000 for each violation. The maximum civil penalty for a violation of section 30166 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under that section is $6,000, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(3). The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 30165(a)(3). Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.11) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $6,000 figure to $6,679, an increase of $679. Under the rounding formula, any increase in a penalty’s amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $1,000. In this case, the increase would be $1,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that Section 578.6(a)(3) be amended to increase the maximum civil penalty from $6,000 to $7,000 per violation per day. E:\FR\FM\07SEP1.SGM 07SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules Proposed Change to 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2) The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of section 30112(a)(1) of Title 49 of the United States Code involving school buses or school bus equipment, or of the prohibition on school system purchases and leases of 15 passenger vans as specified in 30112(a)(2) of Title 49 of the United States Code is $16,650,000, as codified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2). The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 30165(a)(2). Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.04) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $16,650,000 figure to $17,242,531, an increase of $592,531. Applying the rounding rules, which instruct that increases be rounded to the closest $25,000, produces an increase of $600,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that the maximum penalty under Section 578.6(a)(2) be increased to $17,250,000. Proposed Change to Maximum Penalty Under 49 U.S.C. 32506(a) (49 CFR 578.6(c)) The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of bumper prohibitions, section 32506(a) of Title 49 of the United States Code, is $1,175,000 as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(c). The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 32507. Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.04) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $1,175,000 figure to $1,216,815, an increase of $41,815. Applying the rounding rules, which instruct that increases be rounded to the closest $25,000, produces an increase of $50,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that the maximum penalty under Section 578.6(c)(2) be increased to $1,225,000. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Proposed Change to Maximum Penalty Under the Consumer Information Provisions (49 CFR 578.6(d)(1)) The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of consumer information provisions regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility, section 32308(a) of Title 49 of the United States Code, is $575,000 as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(d)(1). Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.04) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $575,000 figure to $595,462, an increase of $20,462. Applying the rounding rules, which instruct that increases be rounded to the closest $25,000, produces an increase of $25,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that the VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Sep 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 maximum penalty under Section 578.6(a)(d)(1) be increased to $600,000. Codification of Penalty in the Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Program The Agency’s regulations provide that the maximum penalty is $37,500 per vehicle or engine. 49 CFR 535.9(b)(3). Consistent with the approach of codifying the penalties under statutes administered by NHTSA in Part 578, NHTSA will codify this amount in a new subsection (i) of 49 CFR 578.6. Effective Date The amendments would be effective 30 days after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The adjusted penalties would apply to violations occurring on and after the effective date. Request for Comments How do I prepare and submit comments? Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the docket number of this document in your comments. Your comments must not be more than 15 pages long (49 CFR 553.21). NHTSA established this limit to encourage you to write your primary comments in a concise fashion. However, you may attach necessary additional documents to your comments. There is no limit on the length of the attachments. Please submit your comments to the docket electronically by logging onto http://www.regulations.gov or by the means given in the ADDRESSES section at the beginning of this document. How do I submit confidential business information? If you wish to submit any information under a claim of confidentiality, you should submit the following to the Chief Counsel (NCC–110) at the address given at the beginning of this document under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (1) A complete copy of the submission; (2) a redacted copy of the submission with the confidential information removed; and (3) either a second complete copy or those portions of the submission containing the material for which confidential treatment is claimed and any additional information that you deem important to the Chief Counsel’s consideration of your confidentiality claim. A request for confidential treatment that complies with 49 CFR part 512 must accompany the complete submission provided to PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 55177 the Chief Counsel. For further information, submitters who plan to request confidential treatment for any portion of their submissions are advised to review 49 CFR part 512, particularly those sections relating to document submission requirements. Failure to adhere to the requirements of Part 512 may result in the release of confidential information to the public docket. In addition, you should submit two copies from which you have deleted the claimed confidential business information, to Docket Management at the address given at the beginning of this document under ADDRESSES. Will the agency consider late comments? We will consider all comments that Docket Management receives before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated at the beginning of this notice under DATES. In accordance with our policies, to the extent possible, we will also consider comments that Docket Management receives after the specified comment closing date. If Docket Management receives a comment too late for us to consider in developing the proposed rule, we will consider that comment as an informal suggestion for future rulemaking action. How can I read the comments submitted by other people? You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the address and times given near the beginning of this document under ADDRESSES. You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments on the Internet, take the following steps: (1) Go to the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the Department of Transportation (http:// dms.dot.gov/). (2) On that page, click on ‘‘search.’’ (3) On the next page (http:// dms.dot.gov/search/), type in the fourdigit docket number shown at the heading of this document. Example: if the docket number were ‘‘NHTSA– 2006–1234,’’ you would type ‘‘1234.’’ (4) After typing the docket number, click on ‘‘search.’’ (5) The next page contains docket summary information for the docket you selected. Click on the comments you wish to see. You may download the comments. The comments are imaged documents, in either TIFF or PDF format. Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, we E:\FR\FM\07SEP1.SGM 07SEP1 55178 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules recommend that you periodically search the Docket for new material. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices Executive Order 12866 and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures We have considered the impact of this rulemaking action under Executive Order 12866 and the Department of Transportation’s regulatory policies and procedures. This rulemaking document was not reviewed under Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review.’’ This action is limited to the proposed adoption of adjustments of civil penalties under statutes that the agency enforces, and has been determined to be not ‘‘significant’’ under the Department of Transportation’s regulatory policies and procedures and the policies of the Office of Management and Budget. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Regulatory Flexibility Act We have also considered the impacts of this notice under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. I certify that a final rule based on this proposal will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The following provides the factual basis for this certification under 5 U.S.C. 605(b). The proposed amendments almost entirely potentially affect manufacturers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. The Small Business Administration’s regulations define a small business in part as a business entity ‘‘which operates primarily within the United States.’’ 13 CFR 121.105(a). SBA’s size standards were previously organized according to Standard Industrial Classification (‘‘SIC’’) Codes. SIC Code 336211 ‘‘Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing’’ applied a small business size standard of 1,000 employees or fewer. SBA now uses size standards based on the North American Industry Classification System (‘‘NAICS’’), Subsector 336— Transportation Equipment Manufacturing, which provides a small business size standard of 1,000 employees or fewer for automobile manufacturing businesses. Other motor vehicle-related industries have lower size requirements that range between 500 and 750 employees.2 2 For example, according to the SBA coding system, businesses that manufacture truck trailers, travel trailers/campers, carburetors, pistons, piston rings, valves, vehicular lighting equipment, motor vehicle seating/interior trim, and motor vehicle stamping qualify as small businesses if they employ 500 or fewer employees. Similarly, businesses that manufacture gasoline engines, engine parts, electrical and electronic equipment (non-vehicle lighting), motor vehicle steering/suspension VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Sep 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 Many small businesses are subject to the penalty provisions of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301 (Motor Vehicle Safety Act) and therefore may be affected by the adjustments that this NPRM proposes to make. For example, based on comprehensive reporting pursuant to the early warning reporting (EWR) rule under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, 49 CFR part 579, of the more than 60 light vehicle manufacturers reporting, over half are small businesses. Also, there are other, relatively low production vehicle manufacturers that are not subject to comprehensive EWR reporting. Furthermore, there are about 70 registered importers. Equipment manufacturers (including importers), entities selling motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and motor vehicle repair businesses are also subject to penalties under 49 U.S.C. 30165. As noted throughout this preamble, this proposed rule would only increase the maximum penalty amounts that the agency could obtain for a single violation and a related series of violations of various provisions of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as well as for a series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of related violations of consumer information requirements for violations. Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the penalty provision requires the agency to take into account the size of a business when determining the appropriate penalty in an individual case. See 49 U.S.C. 30165(b). The agency would also consider the size of a business under its civil penalty policy when determining the appropriate civil penalty amount. See 62 FR 37115 (July 10, 1997) (NHTSA’s civil penalty policy under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (‘‘SBREFA’’)). The penalty adjustments that are being proposed would not affect our civil penalty policy under SBREFA. Since this regulation would not establish penalty amounts, this proposal will not have a significant economic impact on small businesses. Small organizations and governmental jurisdictions would not be significantly affected as the price of motor vehicles and equipment ought not change as the result of this proposed rule. As explained above, this action is limited to the proposed adoption of a statutory directive, and has been determined to be not ‘‘significant’’ under the Department components (excluding springs), motor vehicle brake systems, transmissions/power train parts, motor vehicle air-conditioning, and all other motor vehicle parts qualify as small businesses if they employ 750 or fewer employees. See http:// www.sba.gov/size/sizetable.pdf for further details. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 of Transportation’s regulatory policies and procedures. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) Executive Order 13132 requires NHTSA to develop an accountable process to ensure ‘‘meaningful and timely input by State and local officials in the development of regulatory policies that have federalism implications.’’ ‘‘Policies that have federalism implications’’ is defined in the Executive Order to include regulations that have ‘‘substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.’’ Under Executive Order 13132, the agency may not issue a regulation with Federalism implications, that imposes substantial direct compliance costs, and that is not required by statute, unless the Federal government provides the funds necessary to pay the direct compliance costs incurred by State and local governments, the agency consults with State and local governments, or the agency consults with State and local officials early in the process of developing the proposed regulation. This proposed rule would not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132. The reason is that this proposed rule would generally apply to motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers (including importers), entities that sell motor vehicles and equipment and motor vehicle repair businesses. It would have very limited applicability to States or local governments, as where they purchase or lease 15 passenger vans used for certain school purposes or activities, which vans do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards for school buses and multifunction school activity buses. Thus, the requirements of Section 6 of the Executive Order do not apply. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, Public Law 104–4, requires agencies to prepare a written assessment of the cost, benefits and other effects of proposed or final rules that include a Federal mandate likely to result in the expenditure by State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of more than $100 million annually. Because this rule will not have a $100 million effect, no E:\FR\FM\07SEP1.SGM 07SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules Unfunded Mandates assessment will be prepared. (c)(2), and (d)(1) and adding a new paragraph (i) to read as follows: Executive Order 12778 (Civil Justice Reform) PART 578—CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES This proposed rule does not have a retroactive or preemptive effect. Judicial review of a rule based on this proposal may be obtained pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 702. That section does not require that a petition for reconsideration be filed prior to seeking judicial review. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, we state that there are no requirements for information collection associated with this rulemaking action. Privacy Act Please note that 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 65, Number 70; Pages 19477– 78), or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov. List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 578 Imports, Motor vehicle safety, Motor vehicles, Rubber and Rubber Products, Tires, Penalties. In consideration of the foregoing, 49 CFR part 578 would be amended as set forth below. 1. The authority citation for 49 CFR Part 578 is revised to read as follows: Authority: Pub. L. 101–410, Pub. L. 104– 134, Pub. L. 109–59, 49 U.S.C. 30165, 30170, 30505, 32308, 32309, 32507, 32709, 32710, 32902, 32912, and 33115; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.81, 1.95. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 2. Section 578.6 is amended by revising paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Sep 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 § 578.6 Civil penalties for violations of specified provisions of Title 49 of the United States Code. (a) Motor vehicle safety—(1) In general. A person who violates any of sections 30112, 30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123(a), 30125(c), 30127, or 30141 through 30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under any of those sections is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $7,000 for each violation. A separate violation occurs for each motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment and for each failure or refusal to allow or perform an act required by any of those sections. The maximum civil penalty under this paragraph for a related series of violations is $17,350,000. (2) School buses. (A) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) of this section, a person who: (i) Violates section 30112(a)(1) of Title 49 United States Code by the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce, or importation of a school bus or school bus equipment (as those terms are defined in 49 U.S.C. 30125(a)): or (ii) violates section 30112(a)(2) of Title 49 United States Code, shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $11,000 for each violation. A separate violation occurs for each motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment and for each failure or refusal to allow or perform an act required by this section. The maximum penalty under this paragraph for a related series of violations is $17,250,000. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 55179 (3) Section 30166. A person who violates section 30166 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under that section is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty for failing or refusing to allow or perform an act required under that section or regulation. The maximum penalty under this paragraph is $7,000 per violation per day. The maximum penalty under this paragraph for a related series of daily violations is $17,350,000. * * * * * (c) * * * (2) The maximum civil penalty under this paragraph (c) for a related series of violations is $1,225,000. (d) Consumer information—(1) Crashworthiness and damage susceptibility. A person that violates 49 U.S.C. 32308(a), regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility, is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $1,100 for each violation. Each failure to provide information or comply with a regulation in violation of 49 U.S.C. 32308(a) is a separate violation. The maximum penalty under this paragraph for a related series of violations is $600,000. * * * * * (i) Medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency. The maximum civil penalty for a violation of the fuel consumption standards of 49 CFR part 535 is not more than $37,500 per vehicle or engine. The maximum civil penalty for a related series of violations shall be determined by multiplying $37,500.00 times the vehicle or engine production volume for the model year in question within the regulatory averaging set. Issued on: August 30, 2012. O. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2012–22043 Filed 9–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P E:\FR\FM\07SEP1.SGM 07SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 174 (Friday, September 7, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 578

[Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0131; Notice 1]
RIN 2127-AL16


Civil Penalties

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

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: This document proposes to increase the maximum civil penalty 
amounts for violations of motor vehicle safety requirements for the 
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as amended, and 
violations of bumper standards and consumer information provisions. 
Specifically, this proposes increases in maximum civil penalty amounts 
for single violations of motor vehicle safety requirements, a series of 
related violations of school bus and equipment safety requirements, a 
series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of 
related violations of consumer information regarding crashworthiness 
and damage susceptibility requirements. This action would be taken 
pursuant to the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Act 
of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, 
which requires us to review and, as warranted, adjust penalties based 
on inflation at least every four years.

DATES: Comments on the proposal are due October 9, 2012.
    Proposed effective date: 30 days after date of publication of the 
final rule in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to the docket number identified in 
the heading of this document 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: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001
     Hand Delivery or Courier: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Regardless of how you submit your comments, please note the docket 
number of this document.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public 
Participation heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
document. 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 below.
    Privacy Act: Please see the Privacy Act heading under Rulemaking 
Analyses.
    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: Matthew Weisman, Office of Chief 
Counsel, NHTSA, telephone (202) 366-5834, facsimile (202) 366-3820, 
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE., Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In order to preserve the remedial impact of civil penalties and to 
foster compliance with the law, the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty 
Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (28 U.S.C. 2461 Notes, Pub. L. 101-
410), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. 
L. 104-134) (referred to collectively as the ``Adjustment Act'' or,

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in context, the ``Act''), requires us and other Federal agencies to 
adjust civil penalties for inflation. Under the Adjustment Act, 
following an initial adjustment that was capped by the Act, these 
agencies must make further adjustments, as warranted, to the amounts of 
penalties in statutes they administer at least once every four years.
    NHTSA's initial adjustment of civil penalties under the Adjustment 
Act was published on February 4, 1997. 62 FR 5167. At that time, we 
codified the penalties under statutes administered by NHTSA, as 
adjusted, in 49 CFR part 578, Civil Penalties. Thereafter, we adjusted 
certain penalties based on the Adjustment Act and codified others based 
on other laws including the Transportation Recall Enhancement, 
Accountability, and Documentation Act.
    On May 16, 2006, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for 
a single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, sections 30112, 
30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123, 30125(c), 30127, or 30141 through 
30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation thereunder, 
as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(1) from $5,000 to $6,000. 71 FR 28279. 
At the same time, the agency adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a 
single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, section 30166 of 
Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation thereunder, to 
$6,000.
    On February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty 
for a related series of violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act as 
amended involving school buses and school bus equipment, section 
30112(a)(1) as it involves school buses and school bus equipment and 
section 30112(a)(2) of Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified 
in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2) from $15,000,000 to $16,650,000. 75 FR 5246.
    Also on February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil 
penalty for a related series of violations of bumper standards, section 
32506 of Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified in 49 CFR 
578.6(c)(2) from $1,025,000 to $1,175,000. 75 FR 5246. In addition, on 
February 10, 2010, NHTSA last adjusted the maximum civil penalty for a 
related series of violations of consumer information requirements 
regarding crashworthiness and damage susceptibility, section 32308 of 
Title 49 of the United States Code, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(d)(1) 
from $500,000 to $575,000. 75 FR 5246.
    We have reviewed the civil penalty amounts in 49 CFR part 578 and 
propose in this notice to adjust certain penalties under the Adjustment 
Act.

Method of Calculation--Proposed Adjustments

    Under the Adjustment Act, we determine the inflation adjustment for 
each applicable civil penalty by increasing the maximum civil penalty 
amount per violation by a cost-of-living adjustment, and then applying 
a rounding factor. Section 5(b) of the Adjustment Act defines the 
``cost-of-living'' adjustment as:
    The percentage (if any) for each civil monetary penalty by which--
    (1) The Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar 
year preceding the adjustment exceeds
    (2) The Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar 
year in which the amount of such civil monetary penalty was last set or 
adjusted pursuant to law.
    Since the proposed adjustment is intended to be effective before 
December 31, 2012, the ``Consumer Price Index [CPI] for the month of 
June of the calendar year preceding the adjustment'' would be the CPI 
for June 2011. This figure, based on the Adjustment Act's requirement 
of using the CPI ``for all-urban consumers published by the Department 
of Labor'' is 676.162.\1\ The penalty amounts that NHTSA proposes to 
adjust based on the Adjustment Act's requirements were last set in 2006 
for a single violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and in 2010 for 
a series of related violations of school bus safety requirements, a 
series of related violations of bumper standards, and a series of 
related violations of consumer information requirements regarding 
crashworthiness and damage susceptibility. The CPI figure for June of 
2006 is 607.8 and June of 2010 is 652.926
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    \1\ Individuals interested in deriving the CPI figures used by 
the agency may visit the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index 
Home Page at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/home.htm. Scroll down to ``CPI 
Databases'', ``All Urban Consumers (Current Series)'', and click on 
``Top Picks''. Next, select the ``U.S. ALL ITEMS 1967=100--
CUUR0000AA0'' box, and click on the ``Retrieve Data'' button.
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    Accordingly, the factors that we are using in calculating the 
proposed increases are 1.11 (676.162/607.8) for a single Motor Vehicle 
Safety Act violation and 1.04 (676.162/652.926) for a related series of 
Motor Vehicle Safety Act violations pertaining to school buses or 
school bus equipment, as well as for a series of related violations of 
bumper standards, and a series of related violations of consumer 
information requirements. Using these inflation factors, calculated 
increases under these adjustments are then subject to a specific 
rounding formula set forth in Section 5(a) of the Adjustment Act. 28 
U.S.C. 2461, Notes. Under that formula:
    Any increase shall be rounded to the nearest:
    (1) Multiple of $10 in the case of penalties less than or equal to 
$100;
    (2) Multiple of $100 in the case of penalties greater than $100 but 
less than or equal to $1,000;
    (3) Multiple of $1,000 in the case of penalties greater than $1,000 
but less than or equal to $10,000;
    (4) Multiple of $5,000 in the case of penalties greater than 
$10,000 but less than or equal to $100,000;
    (5) Multiple of $10,000 in the case of penalties greater than 
$100,000 but less than or equal to $200,000; and
    (6) Multiple of $25,000 in the case of penalties greater than 
$200,000.

Proposed Change to Maximum Penalties Under the Motor Vehicle Safety 
Act, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301

Proposed Changes to 49 CFR 578.6(a)(1), (a)(3)

    The maximum civil penalty for a violation of any of sections 30112, 
30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123(a), 30125(c), 30127, or 30141 through 
30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed 
under any of those sections is $6,000, as specified in 49 CFR 
578.6(a)(1). The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 
U.S.C. 30165(a)(1). Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.11) to 
the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $6,000 figure to $6,679, an 
increase of $679. Under the rounding formula, any increase in a 
penalty's amount shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $1,000. In 
this case, the increase would be $1,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes 
that Section 578.6(a)(1) be amended to increase the maximum civil 
penalty from $6,000 to $7,000 for each violation.
    The maximum civil penalty for a violation of section 30166 of Title 
49 of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under that 
section is $6,000, as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(3). The underlying 
statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 30165(a)(3). Applying 
the appropriate inflation factor (1.11) to the Adjustment Act 
calculation raises the $6,000 figure to $6,679, an increase of $679. 
Under the rounding formula, any increase in a penalty's amount shall be 
rounded to the nearest multiple of $1,000. In this case, the increase 
would be $1,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that Section 578.6(a)(3) 
be amended to increase the maximum civil penalty from $6,000 to $7,000 
per violation per day.

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Proposed Change to 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2)

    The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of 
section 30112(a)(1) of Title 49 of the United States Code involving 
school buses or school bus equipment, or of the prohibition on school 
system purchases and leases of 15 passenger vans as specified in 
30112(a)(2) of Title 49 of the United States Code is $16,650,000, as 
codified in 49 CFR 578.6(a)(2). The underlying statutory civil penalty 
provision is 49 U.S.C. 30165(a)(2). Applying the appropriate inflation 
factor (1.04) to the Adjustment Act calculation raises the $16,650,000 
figure to $17,242,531, an increase of $592,531. Applying the rounding 
rules, which instruct that increases be rounded to the closest $25,000, 
produces an increase of $600,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that the 
maximum penalty under Section 578.6(a)(2) be increased to $17,250,000.

Proposed Change to Maximum Penalty Under 49 U.S.C. 32506(a) (49 CFR 
578.6(c))

    The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of 
bumper prohibitions, section 32506(a) of Title 49 of the United States 
Code, is $1,175,000 as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(c).
    The underlying statutory civil penalty provision is 49 U.S.C. 
32507. Applying the appropriate inflation factor (1.04) to the 
Adjustment Act calculation raises the $1,175,000 figure to $1,216,815, 
an increase of $41,815. Applying the rounding rules, which instruct 
that increases be rounded to the closest $25,000, produces an increase 
of $50,000. Accordingly, NHTSA proposes that the maximum penalty under 
Section 578.6(c)(2) be increased to $1,225,000.

Proposed Change to Maximum Penalty Under the Consumer Information 
Provisions (49 CFR 578.6(d)(1))

    The maximum civil penalty for a series of related violations of 
consumer information provisions regarding crashworthiness and damage 
susceptibility, section 32308(a) of Title 49 of the United States Code, 
is $575,000 as specified in 49 CFR 578.6(d)(1). Applying the 
appropriate inflation factor (1.04) to the Adjustment Act calculation 
raises the $575,000 figure to $595,462, an increase of $20,462. 
Applying the rounding rules, which instruct that increases be rounded 
to the closest $25,000, produces an increase of $25,000. Accordingly, 
NHTSA proposes that the maximum penalty under Section 578.6(a)(d)(1) be 
increased to $600,000.

Codification of Penalty in the Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Fuel 
Efficiency Program

    The Agency's regulations provide that the maximum penalty is 
$37,500 per vehicle or engine. 49 CFR 535.9(b)(3). Consistent with the 
approach of codifying the penalties under statutes administered by 
NHTSA in Part 578, NHTSA will codify this amount in a new subsection 
(i) of 49 CFR 578.6.

Effective Date

    The amendments would be effective 30 days after publication of the 
final rule in the Federal Register. The adjusted penalties would apply 
to violations occurring on and after the effective date.

Request for Comments

How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your 
comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the docket 
number of this document in your comments.
    Your comments must not be more than 15 pages long (49 CFR 553.21). 
NHTSA established this limit to encourage you to write your primary 
comments in a concise fashion. However, you may attach necessary 
additional documents to your comments. There is no limit on the length 
of the attachments.
    Please submit your comments to the docket electronically by logging 
onto http://www.regulations.gov or by the means given in the ADDRESSES 
section at the beginning of this document.

How do I submit confidential business information?

    If you wish to submit any information under a claim of 
confidentiality, you should submit the following to the Chief Counsel 
(NCC-110) at the address given at the beginning of this document under 
the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (1) A complete copy of the 
submission; (2) a redacted copy of the submission with the confidential 
information removed; and (3) either a second complete copy or those 
portions of the submission containing the material for which 
confidential treatment is claimed and any additional information that 
you deem important to the Chief Counsel's consideration of your 
confidentiality claim. A request for confidential treatment that 
complies with 49 CFR part 512 must accompany the complete submission 
provided to the Chief Counsel. For further information, submitters who 
plan to request confidential treatment for any portion of their 
submissions are advised to review 49 CFR part 512, particularly those 
sections relating to document submission requirements. Failure to 
adhere to the requirements of Part 512 may result in the release of 
confidential information to the public docket. In addition, you should 
submit two copies from which you have deleted the claimed confidential 
business information, to Docket Management at the address given at the 
beginning of this document under ADDRESSES.

Will the agency consider late comments?

    We will consider all comments that Docket Management receives 
before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated at 
the beginning of this notice under DATES. In accordance with our 
policies, to the extent possible, we will also consider comments that 
Docket Management receives after the specified comment closing date. If 
Docket Management receives a comment too late for us to consider in 
developing the proposed rule, we will consider that comment as an 
informal suggestion for future rulemaking action.

How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the 
address and times given near the beginning of this document under 
ADDRESSES.
    You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments 
on the Internet, take the following steps:
    (1) Go to the Docket Management System (DMS) Web page of the 
Department of Transportation (http://dms.dot.gov/).
    (2) On that page, click on ``search.''
    (3) On the next page (http://dms.dot.gov/search/), type in the 
four-digit docket number shown at the heading of this document. 
Example: if the docket number were ``NHTSA-2006-1234,'' you would type 
``1234.''
    (4) After typing the docket number, click on ``search.''
    (5) The next page contains docket summary information for the 
docket you selected. Click on the comments you wish to see.
    You may download the comments. The comments are imaged documents, 
in either TIFF or PDF format. Please note that even after the comment 
closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the 
Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late 
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recommend that you periodically search the Docket for new material.

Rulemaking Analyses and Notices

Executive Order 12866 and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures

    We have considered the impact of this rulemaking action under 
Executive Order 12866 and the Department of Transportation's regulatory 
policies and procedures. This rulemaking document was not reviewed 
under Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review.'' This 
action is limited to the proposed adoption of adjustments of civil 
penalties under statutes that the agency enforces, and has been 
determined to be not ``significant'' under the Department of 
Transportation's regulatory policies and procedures and the policies of 
the Office of Management and Budget.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    We have also considered the impacts of this notice under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. I certify that a final rule based on this 
proposal will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. The following provides the factual basis for 
this certification under 5 U.S.C. 605(b). The proposed amendments 
almost entirely potentially affect manufacturers of motor vehicles and 
motor vehicle equipment.
    The Small Business Administration's regulations define a small 
business in part as a business entity ``which operates primarily within 
the United States.'' 13 CFR 121.105(a). SBA's size standards were 
previously organized according to Standard Industrial Classification 
(``SIC'') Codes. SIC Code 336211 ``Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing'' 
applied a small business size standard of 1,000 employees or fewer. SBA 
now uses size standards based on the North American Industry 
Classification System (``NAICS''), Subsector 336--Transportation 
Equipment Manufacturing, which provides a small business size standard 
of 1,000 employees or fewer for automobile manufacturing businesses. 
Other motor vehicle-related industries have lower size requirements 
that range between 500 and 750 employees.\2\
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    \2\ For example, according to the SBA coding system, businesses 
that manufacture truck trailers, travel trailers/campers, 
carburetors, pistons, piston rings, valves, vehicular lighting 
equipment, motor vehicle seating/interior trim, and motor vehicle 
stamping qualify as small businesses if they employ 500 or fewer 
employees. Similarly, businesses that manufacture gasoline engines, 
engine parts, electrical and electronic equipment (non-vehicle 
lighting), motor vehicle steering/suspension components (excluding 
springs), motor vehicle brake systems, transmissions/power train 
parts, motor vehicle air-conditioning, and all other motor vehicle 
parts qualify as small businesses if they employ 750 or fewer 
employees. See http://www.sba.gov/size/sizetable.pdf for further 
details.
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    Many small businesses are subject to the penalty provisions of 49 
U.S.C. Chapter 301 (Motor Vehicle Safety Act) and therefore may be 
affected by the adjustments that this NPRM proposes to make. For 
example, based on comprehensive reporting pursuant to the early warning 
reporting (EWR) rule under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, 49 CFR part 
579, of the more than 60 light vehicle manufacturers reporting, over 
half are small businesses. Also, there are other, relatively low 
production vehicle manufacturers that are not subject to comprehensive 
EWR reporting. Furthermore, there are about 70 registered importers. 
Equipment manufacturers (including importers), entities selling motor 
vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and motor vehicle repair 
businesses are also subject to penalties under 49 U.S.C. 30165.
    As noted throughout this preamble, this proposed rule would only 
increase the maximum penalty amounts that the agency could obtain for a 
single violation and a related series of violations of various 
provisions of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as well as for a series of 
related violations of bumper standards, and a series of related 
violations of consumer information requirements for violations. Under 
the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the penalty provision requires the agency 
to take into account the size of a business when determining the 
appropriate penalty in an individual case. See 49 U.S.C. 30165(b). The 
agency would also consider the size of a business under its civil 
penalty policy when determining the appropriate civil penalty amount. 
See 62 FR 37115 (July 10, 1997) (NHTSA's civil penalty policy under the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (``SBREFA'')). The 
penalty adjustments that are being proposed would not affect our civil 
penalty policy under SBREFA.
    Since this regulation would not establish penalty amounts, this 
proposal will not have a significant economic impact on small 
businesses.
    Small organizations and governmental jurisdictions would not be 
significantly affected as the price of motor vehicles and equipment 
ought not change as the result of this proposed rule. As explained 
above, this action is limited to the proposed adoption of a statutory 
directive, and has been determined to be not ``significant'' under the 
Department of Transportation's regulatory policies and procedures.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    Executive Order 13132 requires NHTSA to develop an accountable 
process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input by State and local 
officials in the development of regulatory policies that have 
federalism implications.'' ``Policies that have federalism 
implications'' is defined in the Executive Order to include regulations 
that have ``substantial direct effects on the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government.'' Under Executive Order 13132, the agency may not issue a 
regulation with Federalism implications, that imposes substantial 
direct compliance costs, and that is not required by statute, unless 
the Federal government provides the funds necessary to pay the direct 
compliance costs incurred by State and local governments, the agency 
consults with State and local governments, or the agency consults with 
State and local officials early in the process of developing the 
proposed regulation.
    This proposed rule would not have substantial direct effects on the 
States, on the relationship between the national government and the 
States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132. 
The reason is that this proposed rule would generally apply to motor 
vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers (including 
importers), entities that sell motor vehicles and equipment and motor 
vehicle repair businesses. It would have very limited applicability to 
States or local governments, as where they purchase or lease 15 
passenger vans used for certain school purposes or activities, which 
vans do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards for 
school buses and multifunction school activity buses. Thus, the 
requirements of Section 6 of the Executive Order do not apply.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, Public Law 104-4, 
requires agencies to prepare a written assessment of the cost, benefits 
and other effects of proposed or final rules that include a Federal 
mandate likely to result in the expenditure by State, local, or tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of more than 
$100 million annually. Because this rule will not have a $100 million 
effect, no

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Unfunded Mandates assessment will be prepared.

Executive Order 12778 (Civil Justice Reform)

    This proposed rule does not have a retroactive or preemptive 
effect. Judicial review of a rule based on this proposal may be 
obtained pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 702. That section does not require that a 
petition for reconsideration be filed prior to seeking judicial review.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, we state 
that there are no requirements for information collection associated 
with this rulemaking action.

Privacy Act

    Please note that 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 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78), or 
you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 578

    Imports, Motor vehicle safety, Motor vehicles, Rubber and Rubber 
Products, Tires, Penalties.
    In consideration of the foregoing, 49 CFR part 578 would be amended 
as set forth below.
    1. The authority citation for 49 CFR Part 578 is revised to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  Pub. L. 101-410, Pub. L. 104-134, Pub. L. 109-59, 49 
U.S.C. 30165, 30170, 30505, 32308, 32309, 32507, 32709, 32710, 
32902, 32912, and 33115; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.81, 
1.95.

    2. Section 578.6 is amended by revising paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(2), 
(a)(3), (c)(2), and (d)(1) and adding a new paragraph (i) to read as 
follows:

PART 578--CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES


Sec.  578.6  Civil penalties for violations of specified provisions of 
Title 49 of the United States Code.

    (a) Motor vehicle safety--(1) In general. A person who violates any 
of sections 30112, 30115, 30117 through 30122, 30123(a), 30125(c), 
30127, or 30141 through 30147 of Title 49 of the United States Code or 
a regulation prescribed under any of those sections is liable to the 
United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $7,000 
for each violation. A separate violation occurs for each motor vehicle 
or item of motor vehicle equipment and for each failure or refusal to 
allow or perform an act required by any of those sections. The maximum 
civil penalty under this paragraph for a related series of violations 
is $17,350,000.
    (2) School buses. (A) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) of this 
section, a person who:
    (i) Violates section 30112(a)(1) of Title 49 United States Code by 
the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, introduction or delivery for 
introduction into interstate commerce, or importation of a school bus 
or school bus equipment (as those terms are defined in 49 U.S.C. 
30125(a)): or
    (ii) violates section 30112(a)(2) of Title 49 United States Code, 
shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $11,000 for each 
violation. A separate violation occurs for each motor vehicle or item 
of motor vehicle equipment and for each failure or refusal to allow or 
perform an act required by this section. The maximum penalty under this 
paragraph for a related series of violations is $17,250,000.
    (3) Section 30166. A person who violates section 30166 of Title 49 
of the United States Code or a regulation prescribed under that section 
is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty for 
failing or refusing to allow or perform an act required under that 
section or regulation. The maximum penalty under this paragraph is 
$7,000 per violation per day. The maximum penalty under this paragraph 
for a related series of daily violations is $17,350,000.
* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) The maximum civil penalty under this paragraph (c) for a 
related series of violations is $1,225,000.
    (d) Consumer information--(1) Crash-worthiness and damage 
susceptibility. A person that violates 49 U.S.C. 32308(a), regarding 
crashworthiness and damage susceptibility, is liable to the United 
States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $1,100 for each 
violation. Each failure to provide information or comply with a 
regulation in violation of 49 U.S.C. 32308(a) is a separate violation. 
The maximum penalty under this paragraph for a related series of 
violations is $600,000.
* * * * *
    (i) Medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency. The maximum 
civil penalty for a violation of the fuel consumption standards of 49 
CFR part 535 is not more than $37,500 per vehicle or engine. The 
maximum civil penalty for a related series of violations shall be 
determined by multiplying $37,500.00 times the vehicle or engine 
production volume for the model year in question within the regulatory 
averaging set.

    Issued on: August 30, 2012.
O. Kevin Vincent,
Chief Counsel.
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