Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Speed Limiting Devices, 78103-78104 [2016-26816]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2016 / Proposed Rules and the EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Dated: October 27, 2016. Judith Enck, Regional Administrator, Region 2. [FR Doc. 2016–26729 Filed 11–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA–2016–0087] RIN 2127–AK92 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 393 [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0083] RIN 2126–AB63 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Speed Limiting Devices National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: NHTSA and FMCSA have received requests to extend the comment period for their proposal that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device and that such device be maintained for the service life of the vehicle. In the proposal, NHTSA and FMCSA established a deadline for the submission of written comments of November 7, 2016. The Agencies have also received a letter opposing any extension of the comment period. To ensure that all interested parties have a sufficient amount of time to fully develop their comments, the Agencies are extending the deadline for the ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:12 Nov 04, 2016 Jkt 241001 submission of written comments on the proposal, including comments on the Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment accompanying the proposal, by 30 days. DATES: Written comments must be received by December 7, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by one or both of the docket numbers in the heading of this document, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the discussion under the Public Participation heading of the September 7, 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (81 FR 61942). Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. 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) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NHTSA: For technical issues, you may contact Mr. Wayne McKenzie, Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, Telephone: (202) 366–4000. Facsimile: (202) 366–7002. For legal issues, you may contact Mr. David Jasinski, Office of Chief Counsel, Telephone (202) 366– 2992. Facsimile: (202) 366–3820. You may send mail to these officials at: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Attention: NVS–010, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FMCSA: For technical issues, you may contact Mr. Michael Huntley, Vehicle and Roadside Operations, Telephone PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 78103 (202) 366–5370. Facsimile: (202) 366– 8842. For legal issues, you may contact Mr. Charles Medalen, Office of Chief Counsel, Telephone (202) 366–1354. Facsimile: (202) 366–3602. You may send mail to these officials at: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Attention: MC–PSV, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 7, 2016, NHTSA and FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in a final rule and would require motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce to maintain functional speed limiting devices set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in the final rule for the service life of the vehicle. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) (with the support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance), the EMA Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have requested that NHTSA and FMCSA extend the public comment period beyond the November 7, 2016 date specified in the NPRM. The ATA and EMA requested a 30-day extension. In support of its request, ATA states that the proposal differs significantly from its initial petition for rulemaking in a number of areas, and additional time is needed to confer with its membership on these issues. EMA states that at least 30 additional days is needed to more thoroughly analyze the issues in order to develop detailed and complete comments. The OOIDA requested a 60-day extension of the comment period. In support of its request, OOIDA states that it will take a considerable amount of time and resources to develop meaningful comments from its members, many of which are on the road and away from home upwards of 250 days a year. NHTSA and FMCSA have also received a letter signed by a number of safety advocacy groups and individuals opposing any extension of the comment period. The letter states that in the 10 years since the petitions for rulemaking were initially filed, truck crashes and fatalities have increased at rates faster than overall crashes and fatalities, and that additional time for comment is not E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1 78104 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2016 / Proposed Rules necessary and would further delay issuance of a final rule implementing the proposal. In considering the requests to extend the public comment period and the letter opposing any extension, NHTSA and FMCSA weighed the complexity and importance of this rulemaking and the rationale provided in support of each position. We have determined that there is good cause to grant the requests to extend the comment period, and have decided to extend the comment period for an additional 30 days. The extension is in the public interest since it will provide the public additional time to prepare and submit useful technical information and comments that should benefit Agency decision-making in this rulemaking action. Accordingly, NHTSA and FMCSA will extend the period for the submission of written comments in this proceeding to December 7, 2016. In addition, NHTSA and FMCSA are extending the comment period for the Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and the Draft Environmental Assessment, which have been placed in the rulemaking docket, until December 7, 2016 as well.1 Issued pursuant to authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.81 and 1.95 on: November 2, 2016. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Issued pursuant to authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.81 and 1.87. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–26816 Filed 11–4–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Chapter V [Docket No. NHTSA–2016–0090], Notice 2 Federal Automated Vehicles Policy National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: NHTSA is announcing a public meeting to seek input on the recently released Federal Automated SUMMARY: 1 A notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment specifically seeking comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment was published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2016. See 81 FR 67056. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:12 Nov 04, 2016 Jkt 241001 Vehicles Policy (the Policy). The Policy is guidance that seeks to speed the delivery of an initial regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (HAVs) as well as encourage conformance with best practices to guide manufacturers and other entities in the safe design, development, testing, and deployment of HAVs. The public meeting will be an open listening session to provide as great an opportunity for comment as possible. All comments will be oral and any presentations should be submitted to the docket for inclusion. Additionally, all interested parties, either not in attendance or who are unable to speak, are invited to share any views or information they would like considered through the docket as well. DATES: NHTSA will hold the public meeting on November 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. local time. Check-in (through security) will begin at 8 a.m. Attendees should arrive early enough to enable them to go through security by 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the United States General Services Administration, Regional Office Building located at 301 7th Street (7th & D Streets) SW., Washington, DC 20407. This facility is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Written Comments: Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments presented at the public meeting. Please submit all written comments no later than November 22, 2016, by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. To submit comments on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, please use docket NHTSA–2016–0090. NHTSA issued a separate notice and created a separate docket for the Paperwork Reduction Act information collection request related to the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (81 FR 65709). In that notice, NHTSA estimated the potential burden associated with submitting information to NHTSA as recommended by the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. To submit comments on the information collection request related to the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, please use docket NHTSA–2016–0091. • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 202–366–1767. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and associated docket number. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act discussion below. Docket: For access to the docket go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Telephone: 202–366–9826. 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), you may visit http://www.dot.gov/ privacy.html. Confidential Business Information: If you wish to submit any information under a claim of confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete submission, including the information you claim to be confidential business information to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, at the address given under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, you should submit two copies, from which you have deleted the claimed confidential business information, to Docket Management at the address given above. When you send a comment containing information claimed to be confidential business information, you should submit a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our confidential business information regulation (49 CFR part 512). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about the public meeting, please contact Ms. Yvonne Clarke, Program Assistant, Office of Vehicle Safety Research at (202) 366– 1845 or by email at av_info_nhtsa@ dot.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 571

[Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0087]
RIN 2127-AK92

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 393

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0083]
RIN 2126-AB63


Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations; Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; 
Speed Limiting Devices

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of 
Transportation.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: NHTSA and FMCSA have received requests to extend the comment 
period for their proposal that would require vehicles with a gross 
vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) 
to be equipped with a speed limiting device and that such device be 
maintained for the service life of the vehicle. In the proposal, NHTSA 
and FMCSA established a deadline for the submission of written comments 
of November 7, 2016. The Agencies have also received a letter opposing 
any extension of the comment period. To ensure that all interested 
parties have a sufficient amount of time to fully develop their 
comments, the Agencies are extending the deadline for the submission of 
written comments on the proposal, including comments on the Preliminary 
Regulatory Impact Analysis and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis 
and Draft Environmental Assessment accompanying the proposal, by 30 
days.

DATES: Written comments must be received by December 7, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by one or both of the 
docket numbers in the heading of this document, by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern 
Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the rulemaking process, see the discussion 
under the Public Participation heading of the September 7, 2016 notice 
of proposed rulemaking (81 FR 61942). Note that all comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal information provided.
    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) or you may visit 
http://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    NHTSA: For technical issues, you may contact Mr. Wayne McKenzie, 
Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, Telephone: (202) 366-4000. 
Facsimile: (202) 366-7002. For legal issues, you may contact Mr. David 
Jasinski, Office of Chief Counsel, Telephone (202) 366-2992. Facsimile: 
(202) 366-3820. You may send mail to these officials at: The National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Attention: NVS-010, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    FMCSA: For technical issues, you may contact Mr. Michael Huntley, 
Vehicle and Roadside Operations, Telephone (202) 366-5370. Facsimile: 
(202) 366-8842. For legal issues, you may contact Mr. Charles Medalen, 
Office of Chief Counsel, Telephone (202) 366-1354. Facsimile: (202) 
366-3602. You may send mail to these officials at: The Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration, Attention: MC-PSV, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 7, 2016, NHTSA and FMCSA 
published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing regulations 
that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more 
than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed 
limiting device initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be 
specified in a final rule and would require motor carriers operating 
such vehicles in interstate commerce to maintain functional speed 
limiting devices set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified 
in the final rule for the service life of the vehicle.
    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) (with the support of the 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance), the EMA Truck & Engine 
Manufacturers Association (EMA) and the Owner Operator Independent 
Drivers Association (OOIDA) have requested that NHTSA and FMCSA extend 
the public comment period beyond the November 7, 2016 date specified in 
the NPRM. The ATA and EMA requested a 30-day extension. In support of 
its request, ATA states that the proposal differs significantly from 
its initial petition for rulemaking in a number of areas, and 
additional time is needed to confer with its membership on these 
issues. EMA states that at least 30 additional days is needed to more 
thoroughly analyze the issues in order to develop detailed and complete 
comments.
    The OOIDA requested a 60-day extension of the comment period. In 
support of its request, OOIDA states that it will take a considerable 
amount of time and resources to develop meaningful comments from its 
members, many of which are on the road and away from home upwards of 
250 days a year.
    NHTSA and FMCSA have also received a letter signed by a number of 
safety advocacy groups and individuals opposing any extension of the 
comment period. The letter states that in the 10 years since the 
petitions for rulemaking were initially filed, truck crashes and 
fatalities have increased at rates faster than overall crashes and 
fatalities, and that additional time for comment is not

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necessary and would further delay issuance of a final rule implementing 
the proposal.
    In considering the requests to extend the public comment period and 
the letter opposing any extension, NHTSA and FMCSA weighed the 
complexity and importance of this rulemaking and the rationale provided 
in support of each position. We have determined that there is good 
cause to grant the requests to extend the comment period, and have 
decided to extend the comment period for an additional 30 days. The 
extension is in the public interest since it will provide the public 
additional time to prepare and submit useful technical information and 
comments that should benefit Agency decision-making in this rulemaking 
action. Accordingly, NHTSA and FMCSA will extend the period for the 
submission of written comments in this proceeding to December 7, 2016. 
In addition, NHTSA and FMCSA are extending the comment period for the 
Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis and Initial Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis and the Draft Environmental Assessment, which have 
been placed in the rulemaking docket, until December 7, 2016 as 
well.\1\
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    \1\ A notice of availability of the Draft Environmental 
Assessment specifically seeking comment on the Draft Environmental 
Assessment was published in the Federal Register on September 29, 
2016. See 81 FR 67056.

    Issued pursuant to authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.81 and 1.95 
on: November 2, 2016.
Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration.
    Issued pursuant to authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.81 and 1.87.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration.
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