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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 244 / Wednesday, December 19, 2012 / Notices through additional research. Throughout these groups, there will be opportunities to include quantitative aspects; however, strategic recommendations will be based on an analysis of conversations that explore whether or not consumers understand the fuel economy-related content being communicated and whether or not the messages provide consumers with the information they require and encourage them to seek out additional relevant information. Estimated Annual Burden: 96 hours. Number of Respondents: 48. Comments are invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. How do I submit confidential business information? Public Participation We will consider all comments that Docket Management receives before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated above under DATES. To the extent possible, we also will consider comments that Docket Management receives after that date. If Docket Management receives a comment too late for us to consider it, we will consider that comment as an informal suggestion for future rulemaking action. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with How do I prepare and submit comments? Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your comments are filed correctly in the Docket, please include the docket number of this document in your comments. Your comments must not be more than 15 pages long (see 49 CFR 553.21). We 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. If you are submitting comments in hard copy, please submit two copies of your comments, including the attachments, to DOT’s Docket Management at the address given under ADDRESSES. You may also submit your comments to the docket electronically by logging onto http://www.regulations.gov. 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When you send a comment containing information claimed to be confidential business information, you should include a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our confidential business information regulation (49 CFR part 512). Will the agency consider late comments? How can I read the comments submitted by other people? You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the address given under ADDRESSES. The hours of the Docket are indicated above in the same location. You also may see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments on the Internet, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the instructions for accessing the Docket. 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 recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material. Gregory A. Walter, Senior Associate Administrator, Policy and Operations. [FR Doc. 2012–30621 Filed 12–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00153 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75257 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2012–0170] Proposed Collection of Information: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Fleet Survey National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of information. AGENCY: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on behalf of the Department of Transportation (DOT), invites public comment on our intent to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to conduct an information collection. This collection of information will be in the form of a onetime survey of medium- and heavy-duty truck fleet managers. DATES: Comments must be received within 60 days of publication of this notice. SUMMARY: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. NHTSA– 2012–0170] through one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1 (202) 493–2251. • Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without changes to http:// www.regulations.gov including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James D. MacIsaac Jr., Fuel Economy Division, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NVS–132, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Phone: (202) 366–9108. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with 75258 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 244 / Wednesday, December 19, 2012 / Notices comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies. OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must be included in such a document. Under OMB’s regulations (at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following: (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA seeks public comment on the following proposed collection of information: Type of Information Collection: New collection. OMB Control Number: To be issued at time of approval. Title: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Fleet Survey. Background: The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), enacted on December 19, 2007, mandated that NHTSA set maximum feasible fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) onhighway vehicles and work trucks for each model year (MY), with four full model years of lead time. (49 U.S.C. 32902(k)(2)). On September 15, 2011, NHTSA issued the first fuel efficiency standards for these vehicles, consisting of voluntary standards for MYs 2014– 2015 and mandatory standards for MYs 2016–2018 and beyond. Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the Information: As the agency develops the next phase of MD/HD standards, it will require a current model year baseline of the Class 2b-8 vehicle fleet, including model configurations, levels of fuel consumption and emissions equipment, current performance, vocations, typical mileage and cargo levels, fuels, and certification choices. This information is critical to efforts to model the fleet and conduct research in support of the next phase of standards. Data with this level of detail, especially the combined VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Dec 18, 2012 Jkt 229001 vehicle build and usage statistics, are not available from commercial database services. Therefore, it is necessary to survey truck fleet managers to not only baseline the vehicle configurations within the fleet, but also to baseline each vehicle category and subcategory’s relative fuel consumption performance. The results of the survey will serve to inform the public on current model year trucking fleet characteristics, fuel efficiency and emissions technologies, and usage. The survey is part of a larger coordinated research program aimed at informing both the next phase of the fuel efficiency standards, and an upcoming National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study on MD/HD vehicle fuel economy and emissions (per Section 107 of EISA, the NAS MD/ HD study is funded by the Department of Transportation and the Academy updates the report at 5 year intervals through 2025). Description of the Survey: A firm under contract to conduct the proposed survey will identify that it is a USDOT– NHTSA-funded survey and that participation is voluntary. Respondents will be informed that any information they provide will be used only for research and will not be used for sales calls or other commercial purposes. The final report generated from this survey will consist of aggregated results and will not attribute responses to individuals nor divulge any identifying information of the respondents. The proposed survey will consist of an initial introduction and screening interview by phone, with qualified respondents referred to a web link to complete the main survey online. The proposed online survey will tailor itself to the fleet size and weight class information of each respondent to minimized extraneous questions and length. The proposed survey questions can be found in the docket for this collection, at NHTSA–2012–0170. Respondents: Fleet managers from the trucking industry. Estimated Number of Screening Interview Respondents: 2000. Estimated Number of Survey Respondents: 175. Estimated Number of Fully Completed Survey Responses: 100. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 235 hours. NHTSA estimates that 2000 respondents will spend an average of 5 minutes each on the screening interview. Of these 2000 respondents, the agency estimates 175 will be both qualified and willing to complete the online survey. Within the 175 willing respondents, the agency estimates 75 will suspend participation in the survey in the first 15 minutes, and the PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 remaining 100 will spend 30 minutes to fully complete the online survey. Estimated Frequency: One-time survey. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the Department’s performance, (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (c) ways for the Department to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A). Issued: December 7, 2012. Christopher J. Bonanti, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2012–30520 Filed 12–18–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463; 5 U.S.C. App. I), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), to be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the SLSDC’s Policy Headquarters, 55 M Street SE., Suite 930, Washington, DC 20003. The agenda for this meeting will be as follows: Opening Remarks; Consideration of Minutes of Past Meeting; Quarterly Report; Old and New Business; Closing Discussion; Adjournment. Attendance at the meeting is open to the interested public but limited to the space available. With the approval of the Acting Administrator, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing further information should contact, not later than Friday, January 18, 2013, Anita K. Blackman, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Suite W32– 300, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; 202–366–0091. Any member of the public may present a written statement to the Advisory Board at any time. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 244 (Wednesday, December 19, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30520]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0170]


Proposed Collection of Information: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck 
Fleet Survey

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on 
behalf of the Department of Transportation (DOT), invites public 
comment on our intent to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval to conduct an information collection. This collection of 
information will be in the form of a one-time survey of medium- and 
heavy-duty truck fleet managers.

DATES: Comments must be received within 60 days of publication of this 
notice.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. NHTSA-
2012-0170] through one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1 (202) 493-2251.
     Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without changes to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James D. MacIsaac Jr., Fuel Economy 
Division, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer 
Programs, NVS-132, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590. Phone: (202) 366-9108.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, it must publish a 
document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day

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comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and 
affected agencies. OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA seeks public comment 
on the following proposed collection of information:
    Type of Information Collection: New collection.
    OMB Control Number: To be issued at time of approval.
    Title: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Fleet Survey.
    Background: The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), 
enacted on December 19, 2007, mandated that NHTSA set maximum feasible 
fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) on-highway 
vehicles and work trucks for each model year (MY), with four full model 
years of lead time. (49 U.S.C. 32902(k)(2)). On September 15, 2011, 
NHTSA issued the first fuel efficiency standards for these vehicles, 
consisting of voluntary standards for MYs 2014-2015 and mandatory 
standards for MYs 2016-2018 and beyond.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information: As the agency develops the next phase of MD/HD standards, 
it will require a current model year baseline of the Class 2b-8 vehicle 
fleet, including model configurations, levels of fuel consumption and 
emissions equipment, current performance, vocations, typical mileage 
and cargo levels, fuels, and certification choices. This information is 
critical to efforts to model the fleet and conduct research in support 
of the next phase of standards. Data with this level of detail, 
especially the combined vehicle build and usage statistics, are not 
available from commercial database services. Therefore, it is necessary 
to survey truck fleet managers to not only baseline the vehicle 
configurations within the fleet, but also to baseline each vehicle 
category and subcategory's relative fuel consumption performance.
    The results of the survey will serve to inform the public on 
current model year trucking fleet characteristics, fuel efficiency and 
emissions technologies, and usage. The survey is part of a larger 
coordinated research program aimed at informing both the next phase of 
the fuel efficiency standards, and an upcoming National Academy of 
Sciences (NAS) study on MD/HD vehicle fuel economy and emissions (per 
Section 107 of EISA, the NAS MD/HD study is funded by the Department of 
Transportation and the Academy updates the report at 5 year intervals 
through 2025).
    Description of the Survey: A firm under contract to conduct the 
proposed survey will identify that it is a USDOT-NHTSA-funded survey 
and that participation is voluntary. Respondents will be informed that 
any information they provide will be used only for research and will 
not be used for sales calls or other commercial purposes. The final 
report generated from this survey will consist of aggregated results 
and will not attribute responses to individuals nor divulge any 
identifying information of the respondents.
    The proposed survey will consist of an initial introduction and 
screening interview by phone, with qualified respondents referred to a 
web link to complete the main survey online. The proposed online survey 
will tailor itself to the fleet size and weight class information of 
each respondent to minimized extraneous questions and length. The 
proposed survey questions can be found in the docket for this 
collection, at NHTSA-2012-0170.
    Respondents: Fleet managers from the trucking industry.
    Estimated Number of Screening Interview Respondents: 2000.
    Estimated Number of Survey Respondents: 175.
    Estimated Number of Fully Completed Survey Responses: 100.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 235 hours. NHTSA estimates that 2000 
respondents will spend an average of 5 minutes each on the screening 
interview. Of these 2000 respondents, the agency estimates 175 will be 
both qualified and willing to complete the online survey. Within the 
175 willing respondents, the agency estimates 75 will suspend 
participation in the survey in the first 15 minutes, and the remaining 
100 will spend 30 minutes to fully complete the online survey.
    Estimated Frequency: One-time survey.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the Department's 
performance, (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden, (c) ways for the 
Department to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the 
information collection and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized 
without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency 
will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's 
clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued: December 7, 2012.
Christopher J. Bonanti,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-30520 Filed 12-18-12; 8:45 am]
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