Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; State of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), 66730 [2016-23369]

Download as PDF 66730 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 188 / Wednesday, September 28, 2016 / Notices comment from all interested persons on IITR’s application for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.112. 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: September 15, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–23358 Filed 9–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0489] Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Application for Exemption; State of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition; denial of application for exemption. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that it has denied an application for exemption from the requirement that third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) testers maintain a bond in an amount determined by the State that employs them. The bond is intended to be sufficient to pay for re-testing drivers in the event that the third party or its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related to CDL skills testing. The Division of Motor Vehicles, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) submitted the application for exemption. FMCSA published ITD’s application, reviewed the public comments received, and denied the application because available information did not allow the Agency to conclude that the proposed exemption would achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained absent the exemption. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Sep 27, 2016 Jkt 238001 FMCSA denied the application for exemption by letter dated August 8, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, FMCSA; Telephone: 614– 942–6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public 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 safety analyses and public comments submitted, 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)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). ITD Application for Exemption The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is responsible for State transportation infrastructure and oversees the disbursement of Federal, State, and grant funding for Idaho transportation programs. The ITD applied for an exemption from the regulations in 49 CFR 383.75(a)(8)(v) that require third party testers to initiate and maintain a bond in an amount determined by the State to be sufficient to pay for re-testing drivers in the event that the third party or one or more of its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related to conducting skills testing of CDL applicants. The ITD requested the exemption because the regulation creates a financial hardship for testing examiners who must be bonded but conduct only a few tests monthly. ITD PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 said that the State has had no instances of fraud in its third-party testing organizations. Public Comments On March 9, 2016, FMCSA published in the Federal Register notice of the ITD application and requested public comment (81 FR 12443). The Agency received three comments, all of which opposed the exemption. One commenter objected to all exemptions in general. The Commercial Vehicle Training Association stated that exempting Idaho from the bond requirement is unnecessary because the State has the authority to determine what the amount of these bonds should be. Therefore, if Idaho determines that the current bond requirement is too high, it can simply reduce the requisite amount. The Surety and Fidelity Association of America listed various reasons why a surety bond has value to the State and is in the public interest. No commenters supported the ITD exemption request. FMCSA Decision The Agency’s decision is based upon the information provided by the applicants, and its review of comments received in response to the Federal Register notice. The Agency concluded that the ITD application failed to demonstrate how by eliminating the requirement for third party testers to initiate and maintain a bond would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation. The Agency believes the regulation provides the proper balance, protecting the public interest while imposing only minimal costs on small third-party testers. The bond requirement is a business standard that not only provides a higher degree of assurance that the CDL tests performed meet FMCSA and State requirements, but that the tests are also performed by qualified individuals as agents of the State. ITD did not provide any data, studies or research supporting its request, or explain why a reduced bond amount would not achieve the same result as an exemption. Therefore, the Agency cannot determine that ITD’s proposed exemption would meet the statutory requirement to maintain the required levels of safety. Accordingly, FMCSA denied ITD’s application for exemption by letter dated August 8, 2016. Issued on: September 14, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–23369 Filed 9–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0489]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; 
State of Idaho, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it has denied an application for 
exemption from the requirement that third-party commercial driver's 
license (CDL) testers maintain a bond in an amount determined by the 
State that employs them. The bond is intended to be sufficient to pay 
for re-testing drivers in the event that the third party or its 
examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related to CDL skills 
testing. The Division of Motor Vehicles, Idaho Transportation 
Department (ITD) submitted the application for exemption. FMCSA 
published ITD's application, reviewed the public comments received, and 
denied the application because available information did not allow the 
Agency to conclude that the proposed exemption would achieve a level of 
safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that 
would be obtained absent the exemption.

DATES: FMCSA denied the application for exemption by letter dated 
August 8, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver 
and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards, FMCSA; Telephone: 614-942-6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations. FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in 
the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the 
public 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 safety analyses and public comments submitted, 
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)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 
and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 
the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 
granted. The notice must also specify the effective period and explain 
the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed 
(49 CFR 381.300(b)).

ITD Application for Exemption

    The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is responsible for State 
transportation infrastructure and oversees the disbursement of Federal, 
State, and grant funding for Idaho transportation programs.
    The ITD applied for an exemption from the regulations in 49 CFR 
383.75(a)(8)(v) that require third party testers to initiate and 
maintain a bond in an amount determined by the State to be sufficient 
to pay for re-testing drivers in the event that the third party or one 
or more of its examiners is involved in fraudulent activities related 
to conducting skills testing of CDL applicants. The ITD requested the 
exemption because the regulation creates a financial hardship for 
testing examiners who must be bonded but conduct only a few tests 
monthly. ITD said that the State has had no instances of fraud in its 
third-party testing organizations.

Public Comments

    On March 9, 2016, FMCSA published in the Federal Register notice of 
the ITD application and requested public comment (81 FR 12443). The 
Agency received three comments, all of which opposed the exemption. One 
commenter objected to all exemptions in general. The Commercial Vehicle 
Training Association stated that exempting Idaho from the bond 
requirement is unnecessary because the State has the authority to 
determine what the amount of these bonds should be. Therefore, if Idaho 
determines that the current bond requirement is too high, it can simply 
reduce the requisite amount. The Surety and Fidelity Association of 
America listed various reasons why a surety bond has value to the State 
and is in the public interest.
    No commenters supported the ITD exemption request.

FMCSA Decision

    The Agency's decision is based upon the information provided by the 
applicants, and its review of comments received in response to the 
Federal Register notice. The Agency concluded that the ITD application 
failed to demonstrate how by eliminating the requirement for third 
party testers to initiate and maintain a bond would achieve a level of 
safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved 
by the current regulation. The Agency believes the regulation provides 
the proper balance, protecting the public interest while imposing only 
minimal costs on small third-party testers. The bond requirement is a 
business standard that not only provides a higher degree of assurance 
that the CDL tests performed meet FMCSA and State requirements, but 
that the tests are also performed by qualified individuals as agents of 
the State. ITD did not provide any data, studies or research supporting 
its request, or explain why a reduced bond amount would not achieve the 
same result as an exemption. Therefore, the Agency cannot determine 
that ITD's proposed exemption would meet the statutory requirement to 
maintain the required levels of safety. Accordingly, FMCSA denied ITD's 
application for exemption by letter dated August 8, 2016.

    Issued on: September 14, 2016.
Larry W. Minor,
 Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-23369 Filed 9-27-16; 8:45 am]
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