Knowledge Testing of New Entrant Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers, 13378-13379 [2014-05027]

Download as PDF 13378 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 46 / Monday, March 10, 2014 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES operations on our nation’s highways, Section 4007(b) of the Motor Carrier Act of 1991 directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish Federal minimum training requirements for drivers of LCVs [Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Pub. L. 102–240, 105 Stat. 1914, 2152]. On March 30, 2004, after appropriate notice and solicitation of public comment, FMCSA established the current training requirements for operators of LCVs (69 FR 16722). The regulations bar motor carriers from permitting their drivers to operate an LCV if they have not been properly trained in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 380.113. Drivers receive an LCV Driver-Training Certificate upon successful completion of these training requirements. Motor carriers employing an LCV driver must verify the driver’s qualifications to operate an LCV, and must maintain a copy of the LCV Driver-Training Certificate to present to authorized Federal, State or local officials upon request. Comments from the Public: In response to the 60-day Federal Register notice published December 2, 2013, the FMCSA received one comment without a return address. The commenter was concerned that the LCV regulations (49 CFR 380.101et seq.) require drivers to submit their LCV Certificate directly to the Agency. There is no such requirement; drivers are only required to provide a copy of their LCV Certificate to their employer. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: February 24, 2014. G. Kelly Leone, Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–05026 Filed 3–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Mar 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0518] Knowledge Testing of New Entrant Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of public listening sessions. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it will hold two public listening sessions on March 28 and April 7, 2014, to solicit ideas and information concerning sections 32101 and 32916 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. These provisions require the assessment of applicants’ knowledge of regulations and industry practices for persons seeking registration authority as motor carriers [property, passenger, and household goods (HHG)], freight forwarders, and brokers. These listening sessions are the second and third in a series through which the Agency requests information from interested parties concerning potential test topics, the relationship between the knowledge testing requirement and the Agency’s Unified Registration System (URS) program, and test development and delivery. The sessions will be held at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Workshop in Los Angeles, CA. The previous session was held on January 13, 2014, at the American Bus Association’s (ABA) Marketplace conference in Nashville, TN. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket referenced above for FMCSA’s consideration. The entire days’ proceedings are open to the public and will be Webcast with an opportunity provided for on-line comments. SUMMARY: The listening sessions will be held on Friday, March 28 and Monday, April 7, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., local time. If all interested participants have had an opportunity to comment, the session may conclude early. ADDRESSES: The listening sessions will be held at the following locations: Friday, March 28, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209, 502–367–5000, in Room C103; and Monday, April 7, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 90071, (213) 624–1000, in the Beaudry Room on the Lobby Level. In addition to attending the session in person, the Agency offers several ways to provide comments, as enumerated below. Internet Address for Live Webcast FMCSA will post specific information on how to participate via the Internet on the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the listening session. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA–2001–11061 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line 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: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received, without change, to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The online Federal document management system is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you would like acknowledgment that the Agency received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket Management System published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2010 (75 FR 82132). E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 46 / Monday, March 10, 2014 / Notices For information concerning the listening sessions or the live webcasts, please contact Ms. Shannon L. Watson, Senior Policy Advisor, FMCSA, at Shannon.Watson@dot.gov or (202) 385– 2395. If you need sign language assistance to participate, contact Ms. Watson by Wednesday, March 19, and Tuesday, April 1, 2014, respectively, to allow us to arrange for such services. FMCSA cannot guarantee that interpreter services requested on short notice will be provided. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES On July 6, 2012, the President signed MAP–21 into law. The new law included certain requirements concerning the registration of motor carriers [property, passenger, and household goods (HHG)], freight forwarders, and brokers. Section 32101 of MAP–21 includes requirements for a written proficiency examination to assess motor carrier registration applicants’ knowledge of applicable safety regulations, standards, and orders of the Federal government. Section 32916 includes requirements that applicants for freight forwarder and broker registration authority employ, as an officer, an individual with 3 years of relevant experience who ‘‘provides the Secretary with satisfactory evidence of the individuals’ knowledge of related rules, regulations, and industry practices.’’ In consideration of the MAP–21 requirements, the Agency believes that conducting this series of public listening sessions will provide all interested parties the opportunity to share their views on the subject prior to the initiation of a rulemaking. The Agency requests information concerning: Potential test topics (e.g., regulations and industry best practices); the relationship between the knowledge testing requirement and the Agency’s August 23, 2013, Unified Registration System (URS) final rule (78 FR 52608);1 and test development and delivery. FMCSA asks listening session participants to consider the following 1 The final rule amends FMCSA’s regulations to require interstate motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers, hazardous materials safety permit applicants, and cargo tank facilities under the Agency’s jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic online URS. The final rule also establishes fees for the registration system, discloses the cumulative information to be collected in the URS, and provides a centralized cross-reference to existing safety and commercial regulations necessary for compliance with the registration requirements. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Mar 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 questions in preparing to make comments at the listening session: • Should the exam be limited to the applicable FMCSA regulations or include both the regulations and industry best practices? • If the exam covers industry best practices, what specific best practices should be included on the exam? • What industry best practices manuals/publications are available for new entrants to study prior to taking a proficiency exam? • Are private-sector training courses available to teach new entrants industry best practices? • Should FMCSA limit the exam to company officers or employees responsible for safety and compliance, or should the Agency allow safety consultants to complete the exam on behalf of the new entrant? • Should the test results be linked to specific individuals identified on the registration application with a requirement that the new entrant entity have a ‘‘certified’’ individual who passed the exam in a position responsible for safety and compliance? And should the new entrant be required to update their registration information whenever these individuals are replaced or reassigned during the new entrant monitoring/oversight period? • MAP–21 requires freight forwarders and brokers to renew their registration authority every 5 years. Should the new entrant testing rule require a new test (i.e., recertification test) to accompany the freight forwarder or broker renewal application? • Should the FMCSA develop and deliver the test directly to the new entrant applicants, or should the Agency rely on a private sector entity to handle the testing, with the results being transmitted directly to FMCSA? • Do private sector companies or organizations currently conduct testing concerning industry best practices? • Should the testing be conducted at testing centers, or should FMCSA allow on-line testing? II. Meeting Participation and Information FMCSA Seeks From the Public The listening session is open to the public. Speakers should try to limit their remarks to 5 minutes. No preregistration is required. Attendees may submit material to the FMCSA staff at the session for inclusion in the public docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. III. Webcasting of the Listening Session FMCSA will webcast the listening session on the Internet. Information on PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13379 how to participate via the Internet will be posted on the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the listening session. FMCSA will docket the transcripts of the webcast, and a separate transcription of the listening session will be prepared by an official court reporter. Dated: February 27, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–05027 Filed 3–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice: Extension of application deadline and webinar. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Notice for Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses on January 9, 2014. Due to heightened public interest in the RFP and the volume of technical questions received, FTA is extending the application submission deadline announced in the RFP to April 10, 2014, and will be conducting an online webinar in which questions and answers can be shared among interested parties. DATES: This Notice extends the submittal date for proposals to April 10, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sean Ricketson, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, 202– 366–6678 or sean.ricketson@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the ‘‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’’ (MAP–21) (Pub. L. 112–141), of which section 20011 amended 49 U.S.C. 5312 by adding paragraph (d)(5), which authorized FTA to make grants to finance eligible projects under the ‘‘Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program’’ (LoNo Program). FTA published a Notice for Requests for Proposals (RFP) on January 9, 2014 (79 FR 1668), establishing an application deadline of March 10, 2014. Due to heightened public interest in the RFP and the volume of technical SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1

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[FR Doc No: 2014-05027]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0518]


Knowledge Testing of New Entrant Motor Carriers, Freight 
Forwarders and Brokers

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

ACTION: Notice of public listening sessions.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it will hold two public listening 
sessions on March 28 and April 7, 2014, to solicit ideas and 
information concerning sections 32101 and 32916 of the Moving Ahead for 
Progress in the 21st Century Act. These provisions require the 
assessment of applicants' knowledge of regulations and industry 
practices for persons seeking registration authority as motor carriers 
[property, passenger, and household goods (HHG)], freight forwarders, 
and brokers. These listening sessions are the second and third in a 
series through which the Agency requests information from interested 
parties concerning potential test topics, the relationship between the 
knowledge testing requirement and the Agency's Unified Registration 
System (URS) program, and test development and delivery. The sessions 
will be held at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, 
and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Workshop in Los 
Angeles, CA. The previous session was held on January 13, 2014, at the 
American Bus Association's (ABA) Marketplace conference in Nashville, 
TN. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket 
referenced above for FMCSA's consideration. The entire days' 
proceedings are open to the public and will be Webcast with an 
opportunity provided for on-line comments.

DATES: The listening sessions will be held on Friday, March 28 and 
Monday, April 7, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., 
local time. If all interested participants have had an opportunity to 
comment, the session may conclude early.

ADDRESSES: The listening sessions will be held at the following 
locations: Friday, March 28, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, 
KY, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 
40209, 502-367-5000, in Room C103; and Monday, April 7, The Westin 
Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 
90071, (213) 624-1000, in the Beaudry Room on the Lobby Level. In 
addition to attending the session in person, the Agency offers several 
ways to provide comments, as enumerated below.

Internet Address for Live Webcast

    FMCSA will post specific information on how to participate via the 
Internet on the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the 
listening session. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2001-11061 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line 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: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 
for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received, without 
change, to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The online Federal document management system 
is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you would like 
acknowledgment that the Agency received your comments, please include a 
self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the 
acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket 
Management System published in the Federal Register on December 29, 
2010 (75 FR 82132).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the 
listening sessions or the live webcasts, please contact Ms. Shannon L. 
Watson, Senior Policy Advisor, FMCSA, at Shannon.Watson@dot.gov or 
(202) 385-2395. If you need sign language assistance to participate, 
contact Ms. Watson by Wednesday, March 19, and Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 
respectively, to allow us to arrange for such services. FMCSA cannot 
guarantee that interpreter services requested on short notice will be 
provided.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    On July 6, 2012, the President signed MAP-21 into law. The new law 
included certain requirements concerning the registration of motor 
carriers [property, passenger, and household goods (HHG)], freight 
forwarders, and brokers. Section 32101 of MAP-21 includes requirements 
for a written proficiency examination to assess motor carrier 
registration applicants' knowledge of applicable safety regulations, 
standards, and orders of the Federal government. Section 32916 includes 
requirements that applicants for freight forwarder and broker 
registration authority employ, as an officer, an individual with 3 
years of relevant experience who ``provides the Secretary with 
satisfactory evidence of the individuals' knowledge of related rules, 
regulations, and industry practices.''
    In consideration of the MAP-21 requirements, the Agency believes 
that conducting this series of public listening sessions will provide 
all interested parties the opportunity to share their views on the 
subject prior to the initiation of a rulemaking. The Agency requests 
information concerning: Potential test topics (e.g., regulations and 
industry best practices); the relationship between the knowledge 
testing requirement and the Agency's August 23, 2013, Unified 
Registration System (URS) final rule (78 FR 52608);\1\ and test 
development and delivery.
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    \1\ The final rule amends FMCSA's regulations to require 
interstate motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal 
equipment providers, hazardous materials safety permit applicants, 
and cargo tank facilities under the Agency's jurisdiction to submit 
required registration and biennial update information to the Agency 
via a new electronic online URS. The final rule also establishes 
fees for the registration system, discloses the cumulative 
information to be collected in the URS, and provides a centralized 
cross-reference to existing safety and commercial regulations 
necessary for compliance with the registration requirements.
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    FMCSA asks listening session participants to consider the following 
questions in preparing to make comments at the listening session:
     Should the exam be limited to the applicable FMCSA 
regulations or include both the regulations and industry best 
practices?
     If the exam covers industry best practices, what specific 
best practices should be included on the exam?
     What industry best practices manuals/publications are 
available for new entrants to study prior to taking a proficiency exam?
     Are private-sector training courses available to teach new 
entrants industry best practices?
     Should FMCSA limit the exam to company officers or 
employees responsible for safety and compliance, or should the Agency 
allow safety consultants to complete the exam on behalf of the new 
entrant?
     Should the test results be linked to specific individuals 
identified on the registration application with a requirement that the 
new entrant entity have a ``certified'' individual who passed the exam 
in a position responsible for safety and compliance? And should the new 
entrant be required to update their registration information whenever 
these individuals are replaced or reassigned during the new entrant 
monitoring/oversight period?
     MAP-21 requires freight forwarders and brokers to renew 
their registration authority every 5 years. Should the new entrant 
testing rule require a new test (i.e., recertification test) to 
accompany the freight forwarder or broker renewal application?
     Should the FMCSA develop and deliver the test directly to 
the new entrant applicants, or should the Agency rely on a private 
sector entity to handle the testing, with the results being transmitted 
directly to FMCSA?
     Do private sector companies or organizations currently 
conduct testing concerning industry best practices?
     Should the testing be conducted at testing centers, or 
should FMCSA allow on-line testing?

II. Meeting Participation and Information FMCSA Seeks From the Public

    The listening session is open to the public. Speakers should try to 
limit their remarks to 5 minutes. No preregistration is required. 
Attendees may submit material to the FMCSA staff at the session for 
inclusion in the public docket referenced at the beginning of this 
notice.

III. Webcasting of the Listening Session

    FMCSA will webcast the listening session on the Internet. 
Information on how to participate via the Internet will be posted on 
the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the listening 
session. FMCSA will docket the transcripts of the webcast, and a 
separate transcription of the listening session will be prepared by an 
official court reporter.

    Dated: February 27, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-05027 Filed 3-7-14; 8:45 am]
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