Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler), 16511-16512 [2015-07059]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Notices comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2013–0023’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button, choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: March 19, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–07050 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0032] Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of application for exemption. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North America’s (Daimler) application for an exemption to allow a Daimler employee to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States without having a commercial driver’s license (CDL) issued by one of the States. The driver, Martin Zeilinger, will test-drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements for these vehicles in ‘‘real world’’ mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:59 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 environments and verify results. He holds a valid German CDL but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes that the process for obtaining a German CDL is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that this driver will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. DATES: This exemption is effective March 27, 2015 and expires March 27, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 202–366–4325. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Legal Basis The Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) has the authority to grant exemptions from any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) issued under chapter 313 or § 31136 of title 49, United States Code, to a person(s) seeking regulatory relief (49 U.S.C. 31136(e), and 31315(b)). Prior to granting an exemption, the Secretary must request public comment and make a determination that the exemption is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. Exemptions may be granted for a period of up to 2 years and may be renewed. The FMCSA Administrator has been delegated authority under 49 CFR 1.87(e)(1) and (f) to carry out the functions vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C. chapter 313 and subchapters I and III of chapter 311, relating, respectively, to the commercial driver’s license program and to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) programs and safety regulation. Background On July 22 and August 29, 2014, FMCSA granted similar exemptions for Daimler test drivers (79 FR 42626, 51641). These individuals each held a valid German CDL but lacked the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL in the United States. FMCSA concluded that the process for obtaining a German CDL is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that these drivers will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. These two PO 00000 Frm 00153 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16511 drivers were not involved in any crashes or other safety-related incidents. Daimler Application for Exemption Daimler applied for the same CDL exemption for Martin Zeilinger. Notice of the application was published on December 17, 2014 (79 FR 75229). One comment was received in opposition to the application for exemption, but it was not substantive. A copy of the Daimler request is in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. The exemption allows Martin Zeilinger to operate CMVs to support Daimler field tests to meet future vehicle safety and environmental requirements and to promote the development of technology and advancements in vehicle safety systems and emissions reductions. He will typically drive for no more than 6 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, and 10 percent of the test driving will be on two-lane state highways, while 90 percent will be on interstate highways. The driving will consist of no more than 200 miles per day, for a total of 400 miles during a two-day period on a quarterly basis. Section 383.21 requires CMV drivers in the United States to have a CDL issued by a State. Mr. Zeilinger is a citizen and resident of Germany. Only residents of a State can apply for a CDL. Without the exemption, Mr. Zeilinger would not be able to test-drive prototype CMVs on U.S. roads. Mr. Zeilinger holds a valid German CDL and is an experienced operator of CMVs. In the application for exemption, Daimler also submitted documentation showing his safe German driving record. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety According to Daimler, the requirements for a German-issued CDL ensure that the same level of safety is met or exceeded as if these drivers had a CDL issued by one of the States. Mr. Zeilinger is familiar with the operation of CMVs worldwide and will be accompanied at all times by a driver who holds a U.S.-issued CDL and is familiar with the routes to be traveled. FMCSA has determined that the process for obtaining a CDL in Germany is comparable to that for obtaining a CDL issued by one of the States and adequately assesses the driver’s ability to safely operate CMVs in the United States. FMCSA Decision Based upon the merits of this application, including Mr. Zeilinger’s extensive driving experience and safety record, and the fact that he has E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 16512 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Notices successfully completed the requisite training and testing to obtain a German CDL, FMCSA concluded that the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance with § 381.305(a). Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program.’’ The notice contained an incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects that error. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366– 0354. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption FMCSA grants Daimler and Mr. Martin Zeilinger an exemption from the CDL requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 to allow Mr. Zeilinger to drive CMVs in this country without a U.S. State-issued CDL, subject to the following terms and conditions: (1) The driver and carrier must comply with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) (49 CFR parts 350–399), (2) the driver must be in possession of the exemption document and a valid German CDL, (3) the driver must be employed by and operating the CMV within the scope of his duties for Daimler, (4) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing within 5 business days of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, involving this driver, and (5) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing if this driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense under § 383.51 or § 391.15 of the FMCSRs. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) Mr. Zeilinger fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption results in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would be inconsistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136. Correction Estimated Total Annual Burden: 130 hours. Issued on: March 20, 2015. T.F. Scott Darling, III, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–07059 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No. FTA–2015–0008] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Special Notice; Correction AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of Correction. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a 30Day Notice of Request for Comments in the Federal Register on March 17, 2015 entitled; ‘‘49 U.S.C. 5320 Paul S. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:59 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 Matthew M. Crouch, Associate Administrator for Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–06959 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2015–0035] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel TAHOE DREAMER; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before April 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2015–0035. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Williams, U.S. Department of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–0903, Email Linda.Williams@ dot.gov. As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel TAHOE DREAMER is: Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: ‘‘Bare boat charters on Lake Tahoe.’’ Geographic Region: ‘‘California and Nevada.’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2015–0035 at https://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Privacy Act 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). By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: March 19, 2015. Christine Gurland, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–06987 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0032]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; 
Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of application for 
exemption.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North 
America's (Daimler) application for an exemption to allow a Daimler 
employee to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States 
without having a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the 
States. The driver, Martin Zeilinger, will test-drive Daimler vehicles 
on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements for these 
vehicles in ``real world'' environments and verify results. He holds a 
valid German CDL but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL 
issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes that the process for 
obtaining a German CDL is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL 
requirements and ensures that this driver will likely achieve a level 
of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety 
that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.

DATES: This exemption is effective March 27, 2015 and expires March 27, 
2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Richard Clemente, FMCSA Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards; Telephone: 202-366-4325. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Legal Basis

    The Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) has the authority 
to grant exemptions from any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) issued under chapter 313 or Sec.  31136 of title 
49, United States Code, to a person(s) seeking regulatory relief (49 
U.S.C. 31136(e), and 31315(b)). Prior to granting an exemption, the 
Secretary must request public comment and make a determination that the 
exemption is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, 
or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the 
absence of the exemption. Exemptions may be granted for a period of up 
to 2 years and may be renewed.
    The FMCSA Administrator has been delegated authority under 49 CFR 
1.87(e)(1) and (f) to carry out the functions vested in the Secretary 
by 49 U.S.C. chapter 313 and subchapters I and III of chapter 311, 
relating, respectively, to the commercial driver's license program and 
to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) programs and safety regulation.

Background

    On July 22 and August 29, 2014, FMCSA granted similar exemptions 
for Daimler test drivers (79 FR 42626, 51641). These individuals each 
held a valid German CDL but lacked the U.S. residency necessary to 
obtain a CDL in the United States. FMCSA concluded that the process for 
obtaining a German CDL is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL 
requirements and ensures that these drivers will likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be 
obtained in the absence of the exemption. These two drivers were not 
involved in any crashes or other safety-related incidents.

Daimler Application for Exemption

    Daimler applied for the same CDL exemption for Martin Zeilinger. 
Notice of the application was published on December 17, 2014 (79 FR 
75229). One comment was received in opposition to the application for 
exemption, but it was not substantive. A copy of the Daimler request is 
in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. The exemption 
allows Martin Zeilinger to operate CMVs to support Daimler field tests 
to meet future vehicle safety and environmental requirements and to 
promote the development of technology and advancements in vehicle 
safety systems and emissions reductions. He will typically drive for no 
more than 6 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, and 10 percent of the 
test driving will be on two-lane state highways, while 90 percent will 
be on interstate highways. The driving will consist of no more than 200 
miles per day, for a total of 400 miles during a two-day period on a 
quarterly basis.
    Section 383.21 requires CMV drivers in the United States to have a 
CDL issued by a State. Mr. Zeilinger is a citizen and resident of 
Germany. Only residents of a State can apply for a CDL. Without the 
exemption, Mr. Zeilinger would not be able to test-drive prototype CMVs 
on U.S. roads.
    Mr. Zeilinger holds a valid German CDL and is an experienced 
operator of CMVs. In the application for exemption, Daimler also 
submitted documentation showing his safe German driving record.

Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    According to Daimler, the requirements for a German-issued CDL 
ensure that the same level of safety is met or exceeded as if these 
drivers had a CDL issued by one of the States. Mr. Zeilinger is 
familiar with the operation of CMVs worldwide and will be accompanied 
at all times by a driver who holds a U.S.-issued CDL and is familiar 
with the routes to be traveled. FMCSA has determined that the process 
for obtaining a CDL in Germany is comparable to that for obtaining a 
CDL issued by one of the States and adequately assesses the driver's 
ability to safely operate CMVs in the United States.

FMCSA Decision

    Based upon the merits of this application, including Mr. 
Zeilinger's extensive driving experience and safety record, and the 
fact that he has

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successfully completed the requisite training and testing to obtain a 
German CDL, FMCSA concluded that the exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that 
would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance with Sec.  
381.305(a).

Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    FMCSA grants Daimler and Mr. Martin Zeilinger an exemption from the 
CDL requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 to allow Mr. Zeilinger to drive CMVs 
in this country without a U.S. State-issued CDL, subject to the 
following terms and conditions: (1) The driver and carrier must comply 
with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) (49 CFR parts 350-399), (2) the driver must 
be in possession of the exemption document and a valid German CDL, (3) 
the driver must be employed by and operating the CMV within the scope 
of his duties for Daimler, (4) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing 
within 5 business days of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, 
involving this driver, and (5) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing if 
this driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense under Sec.  383.51 
or Sec.  391.15 of the FMCSRs.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will 
be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption 
will be revoked if: (1) Mr. Zeilinger fails to comply with the terms 
and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption results in a lower 
level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) 
continuation of the exemption would be inconsistent with the goals and 
objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136.

    Issued on: March 20, 2015.
T.F. Scott Darling, III,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-07059 Filed 3-26-15; 8:45 am]
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