Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 8750-8751 [2015-03239]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0024] [FR Doc. 2015–03309 Filed 2–17–15; 8:45 am] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notice of Proposal To Extend the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Italy Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material Representing the Pre-Classical, Classical, and Imperial Roman Periods of Italy emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Government of the Republic of Italy has informed the Government of the United States of America of its interest in an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Italy Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material Representing the Pre-Classical, Classical, and Imperial Roman Periods of Italy (‘‘MOU’’). Pursuant to the authority vested in the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and pursuant to the requirement under 19 U.S.C. 2602(f)(1), an extension of this MOU is hereby proposed. Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 2602(f)(2), the views and recommendations of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee regarding this proposal will be requested. A copy of the MOU, the Designated List of restricted categories of material, and related information can be found at the following Web site: https:// culturalheritage.state.gov. Dated: February 9, 2015. Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. [FR Doc. 2015–03311 Filed 2–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Feb 17, 2015 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: [Public Notice 9039] Jkt 235001 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comment on an application for exemption from VTTI to allow the placement of camera-based data acquisition systems (DAS) at the bottom of windshields on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) currently require antennas, transponders, and similar devices to be located not more than 6 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, outside the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. VTTI is coordinating device development and installation of the DASs for a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research program in up to 150 CMVs. The exemption would enable VTTI and NHTSA to conduct research on the reliability of collision avoidance systems for CMVs. VTTI believes that mounting the DASs at the bottom of the windshield would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2015–0024 using any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket site. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday– Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00162 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading below. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the ‘‘Privacy Act’’ heading for further information. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to https:// www.regulations.gov or to Room W12– 140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. Public participation: The https:// www.regulations.gov Web site is generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You may find electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of the https://www.regulations.gov Web site as well as the DOT’s https:// docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you would like notification that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments online. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Huntley, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC–PSV, (202) 366–4235, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA– 21) [Pub. L. 105–178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 401] amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On August 20, 2004, FMCSA published a final rule (69 FR 51589) implementing section 4007. Under this rule, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 32 / Wednesday, February 18, 2015 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)). If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is granted. The notice must specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.315(c) and 49 CFR 381.300(b)). VTTI’s Application for Exemption VTTI has applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow the installation of DASs at the bottom of the windshield on CMVs. A copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. Section 393.60(e)(1) of the FMCSRs prohibits the obstruction of the driver’s field of view by devices mounted at the top of the windshield. Antennas, transponders and similar devices (devices) must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield. These devices must be located outside the area swept by the windshield wipers and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. VTTI has applied for the exemption because it wants to install DASs in up to 150 CMVs operating throughout the United States in support of research being conducted on behalf of NHTSA. VTTI contends that it must be able to mount the DASs lower than allowed under 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) ‘‘because the safety equipment must have a clear forward facing view of the road, and low enough to accurately scan facial features for detection of impaired driving.’’ VTTI’s mounting preference for the DASs and necessary mounting brackets is at the bottom of the windshield, and is best suited for mounting within and/ or below 3 inches of the bottom of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Feb 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 windshield wiper sweep, and out of the driver’s sightlines to the road and highway signs and signals, to the extent practicable. FMCSA Grant of Waiver to VTTI Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 31315(a) and 49 CFR part 381, subpart B, the FMCSA granted VTTI a 90-day waiver on January 26, 2015 to allow the placement of the DASs at the bottom of windshields on CMVs, outside of the area permitted by section 393.60 of the FMCSRs. This waiver is effective from January 26, 2015, through April 25, 2015. Up to 150 DASs will be installed and the affected motor carriers are listed as below: 1. USDOT # 32052. 2. USDOT # 369138. 3. USDOT # 1977980. 4. USDOT # 282628. 5. USDOT # 184405. 6. USDOT # 1243338. 7. USDOT # 75827. Crosby Trucking Service Inc. in Mount Sydney VA. Rush Trucking Corporation in Wayne Michigan. Kuperus Trucking Inc. in Jenison MI. Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution, LP in El Paso TX. J & M Tank Lines Inc. in Birmingham AL. P&S Transportation LLC in Ensley AL. Modular Transport Company in Wyoming MI. During the waiver period, these motor carriers participating in the NHTSA research program must ensure that the DASs are mounted within three inches of the bottom of the driver side windshield wiper sweep, and out of the driver’s sightlines to the road and highway signs and signals as much as practicable. Vehicles participating in the study must carry a copy of this waiver in the vehicle. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on VTTI’s application for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1). All comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated at the beginning of this notice will be considered and will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments received after the comment closing date will be filed in the public docket and will be considered to the extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested PO 00000 Frm 00163 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8751 persons should continue to examine the public docket for new material. Issued on: February 9, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–03239 Filed 2–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA– 2006–26066; FMCSA–2008–0340; FMCSA– 2010–0327; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA– 2012–0280; FMCSA–2012–0337; FMCSA– 2012–0339] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 17 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. SUMMARY: This decision is effective March 1, 2015. Comments must be received on or before March 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA–2008– 0340; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA– 2010–0385; FMCSA–2012–0280; FMCSA–2012–0337; FMCSA–2012– 0339], using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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., DATES: E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0024]


Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application 
for an Exemption From Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)

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

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

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SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 
requests public comment on an application for exemption from VTTI to 
allow the placement of camera-based data acquisition systems (DAS) at 
the bottom of windshields on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) currently require 
antennas, transponders, and similar devices to be located not more than 
6 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, outside the area swept 
by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the 
road and highway signs and signals. VTTI is coordinating device 
development and installation of the DASs for a National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA) research program in up to 150 CMVs. The 
exemption would enable VTTI and NHTSA to conduct research on the 
reliability of collision avoidance systems for CMVs. VTTI believes that 
mounting the DASs at the bottom of the windshield would maintain a 
level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of 
safety achieved without the exemption.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 20, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2015-0024 using any of the 
following methods:
     Web site: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket 
site.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12-140, DOT Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
e.t., Monday-Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting 
comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the 
``Public Participation'' heading below. Note that all comments received 
will be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal information provided. Please see the ``Privacy Act'' 
heading for further information.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to https://www.regulations.gov or to Room W12-140, 
DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.
    Public participation: The https://www.regulations.gov Web site is 
generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You may find 
electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the 
``help'' section of the https://www.regulations.gov Web site as well as 
the DOT's https://docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you would like 
notification that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgment 
page that appears after submitting comments online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Huntley, Vehicle and Roadside 
Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC-
PSV, (202) 366-4235, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(TEA- 21) [Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 401] amended 49 
U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On August 20, 
2004, FMCSA published a final rule (69 FR 51589) implementing section 
4007. Under this rule, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption

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request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must 
provide the public with an opportunity to inspect the information 
relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have 
been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public 
comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)). If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason 
for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice 
must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and 
the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is 
granted. The notice must specify the effective period of the exemption 
(up to 2 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. 
The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.315(c) and 49 CFR 381.300(b)).

VTTI's Application for Exemption

    VTTI has applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow 
the installation of DASs at the bottom of the windshield on CMVs. A 
copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the 
beginning of this notice.
    Section 393.60(e)(1) of the FMCSRs prohibits the obstruction of the 
driver's field of view by devices mounted at the top of the windshield. 
Antennas, transponders and similar devices (devices) must not be 
mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the 
windshield. These devices must be located outside the area swept by the 
windshield wipers and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and 
highway signs and signals.
    VTTI has applied for the exemption because it wants to install DASs 
in up to 150 CMVs operating throughout the United States in support of 
research being conducted on behalf of NHTSA. VTTI contends that it must 
be able to mount the DASs lower than allowed under 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) 
``because the safety equipment must have a clear forward facing view of 
the road, and low enough to accurately scan facial features for 
detection of impaired driving.'' VTTI's mounting preference for the 
DASs and necessary mounting brackets is at the bottom of the 
windshield, and is best suited for mounting within and/or below 3 
inches of the bottom of the windshield wiper sweep, and out of the 
driver's sightlines to the road and highway signs and signals, to the 
extent practicable.

FMCSA Grant of Waiver to VTTI

    Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 31315(a) and 49 CFR part 381, subpart B, the 
FMCSA granted VTTI a 90-day waiver on January 26, 2015 to allow the 
placement of the DASs at the bottom of windshields on CMVs, outside of 
the area permitted by section 393.60 of the FMCSRs. This waiver is 
effective from January 26, 2015, through April 25, 2015. Up to 150 DASs 
will be installed and the affected motor carriers are listed as below:

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1. USDOT # 32052.......................  Crosby Trucking Service Inc. in
                                          Mount Sydney VA.
2. USDOT # 369138......................  Rush Trucking Corporation in
                                          Wayne Michigan.
3. USDOT # 1977980.....................  Kuperus Trucking Inc. in
                                          Jenison MI.
4. USDOT # 282628......................  Stagecoach Cartage and
                                          Distribution, LP in El Paso
                                          TX.
5. USDOT # 184405......................  J & M Tank Lines Inc. in
                                          Birmingham AL.
6. USDOT # 1243338.....................  P&S Transportation LLC in
                                          Ensley AL.
7. USDOT # 75827.......................  Modular Transport Company in
                                          Wyoming MI.
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    During the waiver period, these motor carriers participating in the 
NHTSA research program must ensure that the DASs are mounted within 
three inches of the bottom of the driver side windshield wiper sweep, 
and out of the driver's sightlines to the road and highway signs and 
signals as much as practicable. Vehicles participating in the study 
must carry a copy of this waiver in the vehicle.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA requests 
public comment from all interested persons on VTTI's application for an 
exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1). All comments received before the 
close of business on the comment closing date indicated at the 
beginning of this notice will be considered and will be available for 
examination in the docket at the location listed under the Addresses 
section of this notice. Comments received after the comment closing 
date will be filed in the public docket and will be considered to the 
extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also 
continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that 
becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons 
should continue to examine the public docket for new material.

    Issued on: February 9, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-03239 Filed 2-17-15; 8:45 am]
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