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DATES: NHTSA will hold a public hearing at the Patrick McNamara Federal Building in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 2016, that will begin at 9:00 a.m. The second hearing will be held at U.S. DOT Headquarters in Washington, DC on January 29, 2016, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. We will make every effort to accommodate all who wish to speak. Priority will be given to those who register in advance. Each hearing will continue until 1:00 PO 00000 Frm 00176 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 p.m. or until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. Note, however, that the Patrick McNamara Federal Building closes at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to present oral testimony related to the RFC notice at one of the public hearings, please contact the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days before the hearing. ADDRESSES: The January 14, 2016 public hearing will be held at the Patrick McNamara Federal Building, Room 1180, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226–2523. The January 29, 2016 public hearing will be held at the U.S. DOT Headquarters Building, Oklahoma City Room, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to present oral testimony at either of these public hearings, please contact Milton Cooper by the date specified under DATES at telephone number: (202) 366–3223; or email address: milton.cooper@dot.gov (preferred method of contact). Please provide the following information: Name, affiliation, telephone number, email address, and any reasonable accommodations you may need. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the public hearings is to provide the public with an opportunity to present oral comments regarding the planned upgrade to NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program. NCAP provides comparative information on the safety of new vehicles to assist consumers with vehicle purchasing decisions and to encourage motor vehicle manufacturers to make vehicle safety improvements. To keep pace with advancements in occupant protection and the introduction of advanced technologies, NHTSA has periodically updated the program. On December 16, 2015, NHTSA published in the Federal Register a notice that describes and seeks comments on NHTSA’s plan to advance the capabilities and safety outcomes of NCAP.1 The RFC notice announces the beginning of a process NHTSA believes will provide the agency with significantly enhanced tools and techniques for better evaluating the safety of vehicles, generating star ratings, and stimulating the development of even safer vehicles for American consumers. The agency believes the revised rating system will result in even lower numbers of deaths and injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes. These tools and techniques include: 1 80 E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM FR 78522; December 16, 2015. 23DEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 246 / Wednesday, December 23, 2015 / Notices • A new frontal oblique test to address a crash type that continues to result in deaths and serious injuries despite the use of seat belts, air bags, and the crashworthy structures of latemodel vehicles; • Use of the THOR 50th percentile male anthropomorphic test device (ATD) (i.e., crash test dummy) in the frontal oblique and full frontal tests because of its advanced instrumentation and more human-like (i.e., biofidelic) response to the forces experienced in these crashes; • Use of the WorldSID 50th percentile male ATD in both side pole and side moveable deformable barrier tests because of its advanced instrumentation and enhanced biofidelic properties; • Pedestrian crashworthiness testing to measure the extent to which vehicles are designed to minimize injuries and fatalities when they strike pedestrians; • An update of the rollover static stability factor risk curve using crash data from only newer electronic stability control equipped vehicles; • The addition of a crash avoidance rating based on whether a vehicle offers any of the multiple technologies that will be added to NCAP and whether the technologies meet NHTSA performance measures; Æ These technologies would include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, lower beam headlighting technologies, semi-automatic headlamp beam switching, amber rear turn signal lamps, rear automatic braking and pedestrian automatic emergency braking. (A decision concerning the addition of crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support to the technologies recommended by NCAP is the subject of a separate proceeding recently published.2) • A new approach to determining a vehicle’s overall 5-star rating that will, for the first time, incorporate advanced crash avoidance technology features, along with ratings for crashworthiness and pedestrian protection. You can learn more about the planned upgrade by reviewing the RFC notice and the supplementary documents located at http://www.safercar.gov/ 5Stars or in the docket. Should it be necessary for the agency to cancel either public hearing due to inclement weather or any other emergencies, a decision to cancel will be made as soon as possible and emailed to those individuals who have registered to provide oral comments. If you do not have access to email, you 2 See www.regulations.gov, Docket No. NHTSA– 2015–0006–0024. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Dec 22, 2015 Jkt 238001 may call the contacts listed in this announcement and leave your telephone number and/or email address. You will be contacted only if the public hearing is postponed or canceled. Public Hearing Procedures. Because the hearings will be located in Federal facilities, security screening will be required. Attendees will need to show photo identification and be screened for security purposes. Please plan your arrival so as to allow sufficient time to complete the screening. Please note that the Patrick McNamara Federal Building does not open until 8:00 a.m. NHTSA will conduct the hearings informally. Thus, technical rules of evidence will not apply. Panel members may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time. You may make arrangements to obtain copies of the transcripts directly with the court reporter. Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period on the RFC notice will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearings. The RFC notice provides that written comments should be submitted no later than February 16, 2016. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2015–32184 Filed 12–22–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. MCF 21065] National Express LLC—Acquisition of Control—White Plains Bus Company, Inc. AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. Notice Tentatively Approving and Authorizing Finance Transaction. ACTION: On November 23, 2015, National Express LLC (National Express or Applicant), a non-carrier, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 so that it can acquire common control of White Plains Bus Company, Inc. (White Plains). The Board is tentatively approving and authorizing the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. DATES: Comments must be filed by February 8, 2016. Applicant may file a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00177 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79993 reply by February 22, 2016. If no comments are filed by February 8, 2016, this notice shall be effective on February 9, 2016. ADDRESSES: Send an original and 10 copies of any comments referring to Docket No. MCF 21065 to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, send one copy of comments to Applicant’s representative: Andrew K. Light, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., 10 W. Market Street, Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathaniel Bawcombe (202) 245–0376. Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1–800– 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicant, a non-carrier, states that it is a holding company organized under the laws of the state of Delaware. According to Applicant, it is indirectly controlled by a British corporation, National Express Group, PLC (Express Group). Applicant states that Express Group indirectly controls the following passenger motor carriers (National Express Affiliated Carriers): Beck Bus Transportation Corp. (Beck), Carrier Management Corporation (CMI), Durham School Services, L.P. (Durham), MV Student Transportation, Inc. (MV), National Express Transit Corporation (NETC), National Express Transit Services Corporation (NETSC), Petermann Ltd. (LTD), Petermann Northeast LLC (Northeast), Petermann Northwest LLC (Northwest), Petermann Southwest LLC (Southwest), Petermann STSA, LLC (STSA), Trans Express, Inc. (Trans Express), and Rainbow Management Service Inc. (Rainbow). Applicant alleges the following facts regarding a number of interstate and intrastate for-hire passenger motor carrier authorities collectively held by the National Express Affiliated Carriers: • Beck is a passenger motor carrier primarily engaged in providing student school bus transportation services in the states of Illinois and Indiana under contracts with regional and local school jurisdictions. Beck also provides charter passenger services to the public. • CMI is a passenger motor carrier doing business as Matthews Bus Company and is primarily engaged in providing student school bus transportation services in the state of Pennsylvania under contracts with regional and local school jurisdictions. CMI also provides intrastate charter passenger services to the public. • Durham is a passenger motor carrier primarily engaged in providing student school bus transportation services in approximately 32 states under contracts E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0119]


Public Hearings on Planned Upgrades to the New Car Assessment 
Program

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings.

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SUMMARY: NHTSA is announcing two public hearings to invite public 
comment on the planned upgrade to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 
recently announced in a Request for Comments (RFC) Notice.

DATES: NHTSA will hold a public hearing at the Patrick McNamara Federal 
Building in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 2016, that will begin at 
9:00 a.m. The second hearing will be held at U.S. DOT Headquarters in 
Washington, DC on January 29, 2016, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. We will 
make every effort to accommodate all who wish to speak. Priority will 
be given to those who register in advance. Each hearing will continue 
until 1:00 p.m. or until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. 
Note, however, that the Patrick McNamara Federal Building closes at 
5:30 p.m. If you would like to present oral testimony related to the 
RFC notice at one of the public hearings, please contact the person 
identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days 
before the hearing.

ADDRESSES: The January 14, 2016 public hearing will be held at the 
Patrick McNamara Federal Building, Room 1180, 477 Michigan Avenue, 
Detroit, MI 48226-2523. The January 29, 2016 public hearing will be 
held at the U.S. DOT Headquarters Building, Oklahoma City Room, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to present oral 
testimony at either of these public hearings, please contact Milton 
Cooper by the date specified under DATES at telephone number: (202) 
366-3223; or email address: milton.cooper@dot.gov (preferred method of 
contact). Please provide the following information: Name, affiliation, 
telephone number, email address, and any reasonable accommodations you 
may need.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the public hearings is to 
provide the public with an opportunity to present oral comments 
regarding the planned upgrade to NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program. 
NCAP provides comparative information on the safety of new vehicles to 
assist consumers with vehicle purchasing decisions and to encourage 
motor vehicle manufacturers to make vehicle safety improvements. To 
keep pace with advancements in occupant protection and the introduction 
of advanced technologies, NHTSA has periodically updated the program. 
On December 16, 2015, NHTSA published in the Federal Register a notice 
that describes and seeks comments on NHTSA's plan to advance the 
capabilities and safety outcomes of NCAP.\1\
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    \1\ 80 FR 78522; December 16, 2015.
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    The RFC notice announces the beginning of a process NHTSA believes 
will provide the agency with significantly enhanced tools and 
techniques for better evaluating the safety of vehicles, generating 
star ratings, and stimulating the development of even safer vehicles 
for American consumers. The agency believes the revised rating system 
will result in even lower numbers of deaths and injuries resulting from 
motor vehicle crashes. These tools and techniques include:

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     A new frontal oblique test to address a crash type that 
continues to result in deaths and serious injuries despite the use of 
seat belts, air bags, and the crashworthy structures of late-model 
vehicles;
     Use of the THOR 50th percentile male anthropomorphic test 
device (ATD) (i.e., crash test dummy) in the frontal oblique and full 
frontal tests because of its advanced instrumentation and more human-
like (i.e., biofidelic) response to the forces experienced in these 
crashes;
     Use of the WorldSID 50th percentile male ATD in both side 
pole and side moveable deformable barrier tests because of its advanced 
instrumentation and enhanced biofidelic properties;
     Pedestrian crashworthiness testing to measure the extent 
to which vehicles are designed to minimize injuries and fatalities when 
they strike pedestrians;
     An update of the rollover static stability factor risk 
curve using crash data from only newer electronic stability control 
equipped vehicles;
     The addition of a crash avoidance rating based on whether 
a vehicle offers any of the multiple technologies that will be added to 
NCAP and whether the technologies meet NHTSA performance measures;
    [cir] These technologies would include forward collision warning, 
lane departure warning, blind spot detection, lower beam headlighting 
technologies, semi-automatic headlamp beam switching, amber rear turn 
signal lamps, rear automatic braking and pedestrian automatic emergency 
braking. (A decision concerning the addition of crash imminent braking 
and dynamic brake support to the technologies recommended by NCAP is 
the subject of a separate proceeding recently published.\2\)
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    \2\ See www.regulations.gov, Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0006-0024.
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     A new approach to determining a vehicle's overall 5-star 
rating that will, for the first time, incorporate advanced crash 
avoidance technology features, along with ratings for crashworthiness 
and pedestrian protection.
    You can learn more about the planned upgrade by reviewing the RFC 
notice and the supplementary documents located at http://www.safercar.gov/5Stars or in the docket.
    Should it be necessary for the agency to cancel either public 
hearing due to inclement weather or any other emergencies, a decision 
to cancel will be made as soon as possible and emailed to those 
individuals who have registered to provide oral comments. If you do not 
have access to email, you may call the contacts listed in this 
announcement and leave your telephone number and/or email address. You 
will be contacted only if the public hearing is postponed or canceled.
    Public Hearing Procedures. Because the hearings will be located in 
Federal facilities, security screening will be required. Attendees will 
need to show photo identification and be screened for security 
purposes. Please plan your arrival so as to allow sufficient time to 
complete the screening. Please note that the Patrick McNamara Federal 
Building does not open until 8:00 a.m.
    NHTSA will conduct the hearings informally. Thus, technical rules 
of evidence will not apply. Panel members may ask clarifying questions 
during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the 
presentations at that time. You may make arrangements to obtain copies 
of the transcripts directly with the court reporter. Written statements 
and supporting information submitted during the comment period on the 
RFC notice will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and 
supporting information presented at the public hearings. The RFC notice 
provides that written comments should be submitted no later than 
February 16, 2016.

Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2015-32184 Filed 12-22-15; 8:45 am]
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