Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. (APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add New Member to Current APA Exemption, 22375-22378 [2017-09735]

Download as PDF jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices 52389; 77 FR 68200; 77 FR 68202; 78 FR 797; 79 FR 17641; 79 FR 18391; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 29495; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 51642; 79 FR 53514; 79 FR 58856; 79 FR 59348; 79 FR 59357; 79 FR 65759; 79 FR 69985; 79 FR 72754; 79 FR 73397; 80 FR 3305; 80 FR 8927; 80 FR 9304): Michael J. Bechta (PA) Anatoliy A. Bogdanets (OR) William L. Brady (KS) Ricky J. Childress (AL) Donald S. Dickerson (WV) David L. Dykman (ID) Larry E. Emanuel (FL) Milan D. Frasier (ID) Greg E. Gage (IA) Eric M. Giddens, Sr. (DE) Harold J. Haier (NY) James A. Jones (MD) Timothy L. Kelly (TX) Lewis A. Kielhack (IL) Daniel E. Manchester (GA) Joe A. McIlroy (NY) Richard L. Moreland (MO) Timothy W. Nappier (MI) Don R. Padley (MO) Dennis D. Pimley (CA) Monte L. Purciful (IN) Michael R. Seldomridge (FL) Ronald M. Scott (IN) Ronald B. Shafer (MI) Dennis Torrence (WI) Jeffrey T. Zuniga (CT) The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: FMCSA– 2005–23238; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0340; FMCSA–2009– 0291; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA– 2012–0104; FMCSA–2012–0159; FMCSA–2012–0214; FMCSA–2014– 0004; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA– 2014–0007; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA–2014–0298; FMCSA–2014– 0299. Their exemptions are effective as of February 5, 2017, and will expire on February 5, 2019. As of February 7, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, Thomas J. Boss (IL), has satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 69 FR 71100; 72 FR 1054; 74 FR 980; 76 FR 4414; 78 FR 798; 80 FR 5615). The driver was included in docket No. FMCSA–2002–12844. The exemption is effective as of February 7, 2017, and will expire on February 7, 2019. As of February 11, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 5 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 70534; 78 FR 9772; 80 FR 3308): Douglas Eamens (NY) VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 Roberto Ramos (TX) Johnie Reed (VA) Sammie Soles, Jr. (MI) Grover C. Taylor (VA) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2012–0337. Their exemptions are effective as of February 11, 2017, and will expire on February 11, 2019. As of February 18, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 30 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (80 FR 2473; 80 FR 18693): David C. Berger (PA) Raymond L. Bradshaw (TX) Jeffrey L. Coachman (NY) Robert W. Cushing (NH) Kenneth Dionisi (MI) Wolfgang K. Faulkingham (ME) Ricky J. Franklin (OR) James P. Gapinski (MN) David N. Groff (PA) Robert J. Hansen (MN) Kevin L. Himes (CO) Jackie Lee (FL) Keith A. Looney (AR) Van C. Mac (IL) Chris D. McCance (IL) Michael W. McCann (VA) Preston Nehring (FL) Dennis J. Oie (MN) Leonardo Polonski (MA) Don C. Powell (NY) Luis Ramos (FL) Kevin C. Rich (NC) Gerardo Silva (IL) James A. Spittal (OR) Paul J. Stewart (CO) David A. Stinelli (PA) Ingrid V. Taylor (MI) Bobby M. Warren (KY) Steven E. Williams (GA) Vantha Yeam (PA) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2014–0300. Their exemptions are effective as of February 18, 2017, and will expire on February 18, 2019. As of February 25, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 54525; 68 FR 8794; 69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 8659; 71 FR 63380; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 1056; 72 FR 5489; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 76439; 74 FR 981; 74 FR 6207; 75 FR 1835; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 34209; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 47886; 75 FR 63255; 75 FR 72863; 75 FR 77942; 75 FR 79083; 75 FR 79084; 76 FR 2190; 76 FR 4414; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 8809; 77 FR 23799; 77 FR 33558; 77 FR 70534; 77 FR 74731; 77 FR 75496; 78 FR 1919; 78 FR PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22375 9772; 78 FR 12811; 78 FR 12813; 78 FR 12817; 80 FR 3723): William Audinwood (NY) Kenneth L. Bowers, Jr. (MN) Lester W. Carter (CA) Matthew T. Eggers (IA) Dennis E. Fisher (NY) Andrew G. Fornsel (NY) Jerry Hall (KY) Dennis R. O’Dell Jr. (OK) Jerry W. Parker (OH) Gary W. Phelps (PA) Charles D. Reddick (GA) Myriam Rodriguez (CA) Bobby L. Rupe (TX) Jules M. Sancho, Jr. (LA) Frank Santak (DE) Gary Wanek (NE) Keith Washington (IL) Kenneth J. Weaver (WY) Cameron R. Whitford (NY) The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: FMCSA– 2002–12432; FMCSA–2004–19477; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA–2008– 0266; FMCSA–2009–0321; FMCSA– 2010–0114; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA–2010– 0385; FMCSA–2012–0040; FMCSA– 2012–0337; FMCSA–2012–0338; FMCSA–2012–0339. Their exemptions are effective as of February 25, 2017, and will expire on February 25, 2019. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315, each exemption will be valid for two years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. Issued on: May 8, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–09739 Filed 5–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2007–28043] Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. (APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add New Member to Current APA Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 22376 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. ACTION: The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), has requested an exemption for a member company, Pyro Shows of Alabama, Inc., from the prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour after the driver comes on duty. Fifty-one APA members currently hold such an exemption during the Independence Day period each year, terminating on July 8, 2020. If granted, this exemption would terminate at the same time as the other 51 exempted carriers. The APA maintains that the terms and conditions of the limited exemption would ensure a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. SUMMARY: June 14, 2017. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2007–28043 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 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., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251 Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments DATES: jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 614–942–6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2007–28043), indicate the specific section of this document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2007–28043’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2007–28043’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and 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. II. Legal Basis 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 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)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 5 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). APA Application for Exemption The HOS rule in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) prohibits the driver of a propertycarrying CMV from driving after the 14th hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. In 2016, the APA, a trade association representing the domestic fireworks industry was granted exemptions for 51 member companies through the annual Independence Day periods ending on July 8, 2020 [81 FR 43701, July 5, 2016]. APA has requested an exemption for Pyro Shows of Alabama Incorporated, USDOT 2859710, which would increase the total to 52. The exemption for this APA carrier, if granted, would expire on July 8, 2020. Although this is less than the 5-year exemption period authorized by 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(2), as amended by section 5206(a)(3) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114–94, 129 Stat. 1312, 1537, Dec. 4, 3015), FMCSA believes that the interests of the APA members and the Agency would best be served by harmonizing, as far as possible, the expiration dates of all such fireworks-related exemptions. Like the other 51 member companies, Pyro Shows of Alabama would be subject to all of the terms and conditions of the exemption. The initial APA application for relief from the 14-hour rule was submitted in 2004; a copy is in the docket. That application fully describes the nature of the pyrotechnic operations of CMV drivers during a typical Independence Day period. As stated in the 2004 request, the CMV drivers employed by APA member companies are trained pyro-technicians who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) with hazardous materials (HM) endorsements. They transport fireworks and related equipment by CMVs on a very demanding schedule during a brief Independence Day period, often to remote locations. After they arrive, the drivers are responsible for set-up and staging of the fireworks shows. The APA states that it is seeking an additional exemption for Pyro Shows of Alabama, Incorporated because compliance with the current 14-hour rule in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would impose a substantial economic hardship on numerous cities, towns and municipalities, as well as its member companies. To meet the demand for fireworks without the exemptions, APA states that its member companies would be required to hire a second driver for most trips. The APA advises that the result would be a substantial increase in the cost of the fireworks shows—beyond the means of many of its members’ customers—and that many Americans would be denied this important component of the celebration of Independence Day. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety The APA believes that the exemption would not adversely affect the safety of the fireworks transportation provided by this motor carrier. According to APA, its member companies have operated under this exemption for 10 previous Independence Day periods without a reported motor carrier safety incident. Moreover, it asserts, without the extra time provided by the exemption, safety would decline because APA drivers would be unable to return to their home base after each show. They would be forced to park the CMVs carrying HM 1.1G, 1.3G and 1.4G products in areas less secure than the motor carrier’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 home base. As a condition of holding the exemption, each motor carrier is required to notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accident (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) involving the operation of any its CMVs while under this exemption. To date, FMCSA has received no accident notifications, nor is the Agency aware of any accidents reportable under terms of the prior APA exemptions. In its exemption request, APA asserts that the operational demands of this unique industry minimize the risks of CMV crashes. In the last few days before July 4, these drivers transport fireworks over relatively short routes from distribution points to the site of the fireworks display, and normally do so in the early morning when traffic is light. At the site, they spend considerable time installing, wiring, and safetychecking the fireworks displays, followed by several hours off duty in the late afternoon and early evening prior to the event. During this time, the drivers are able to rest and nap, thereby reducing or eliminating the fatigue accumulated during the day. Before beginning another duty day, these drivers must take 10 consecutive hours off duty, the same as other CMV drivers. Terms and Conditions of the Exemption Period of the Exemption The requested exemption from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would be effective from June 28 through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, each year through 2020. Terms and Conditions of the Exemption During the 2017 Independence Day period, the exemption from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would be limited to drivers employed by the 51 motor carriers already covered by the exemption, plus (if approved) the one carrier now seeking an exemption. Section 395.3(a)(2) prohibits a driver from driving a CMV after the 14th hour after coming on duty and does not permit offduty periods to extend the 14-hour limit. Drivers covered by this exemption would be able to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour limit. This exemption would be contingent on each driver driving no more than 11 hours in the 14-hour period after coming on duty, as extended by any offduty or sleeper-berth time in accordance with this exception. The exemption would be further contingent on each driver having a full 10 consecutive hours off duty following 14 hours on duty prior to beginning a new driving period. The carriers and drivers must comply with all other requirements of PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22377 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 350–399) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR parts 105–180). Preemption In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in intrastate commerce. FMCSA Notification Exempt motor carriers would be required to notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving the operation of any of their CMVs while under this exemption. The notification must be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV and include the following information: a. Name of the Exemption: ‘‘APA’’ b. Date of the accident, c. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or which is closest to the scene of the accident, d. Driver’s name and driver’s license State, number, and class, e. Co-Driver’s name and driver’s license State, number, and class, f. Vehicle company number and power unit license plate State and number, g. Number of individuals suffering physical injury, h. Number of fatalities, i. The police-reported cause of the accident, j. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, or motor carrier safety regulations, and k. The total driving time and the total on-duty time of the CMV driver at the time of the accident. In addition, if there are any injuries or fatalities, the carrier must forward the police accident report to MCPSD@DOT.GOV as soon as available. Termination The FMCSA does not believe the motor carriers and drivers covered by this exemption, if granted, would experience any deterioration of their safety record. However, should this occur, FMCSA would take all steps necessary to protect the public interest, including revocation of the exemption. The FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply with its terms and conditions. Exempt motor carriers and E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 22378 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices drivers would be subject to FMCSA monitoring while operating under this exemption. Dated: May 8, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–09735 Filed 5–12–17; 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 application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) has requested an exemption for one commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver’s license (CDL). Daimler requests an exemption for Mr. Philipp Helbing, executive assistant for Daimler Trucks and Bus Division. Mr. Helbing holds a valid German commercial license and wants to test drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ‘‘real world’’ environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operation under the exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2012–0032 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 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., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 • Fax: 1–202–493–2251 Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 614–942–6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2012–0032), indicate the specific section of this document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2012–0032’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may grant or not grant this application based on your comments. II. Legal Basis FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from 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 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)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 5 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). III. Request for Exemption Daimler has applied for an exemption for Philipp Helbing from 49 CFR 383.23, which prescribes licensing requirements for drivers operating CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce. Mr. Helbing is unable to obtain a CDL in any of the U.S. States due to his lack of residency in the United States. A copy of the application is in Docket No. FMCSA– 2012–0032. The exemption would allow Mr. Helbing to operate CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce to support Daimler field tests designed to meet future E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28043]


Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers; American Pyrotechnics Assn. 
(APA) Application for Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule; Request To Add 
New Member to Current APA Exemption

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

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

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SUMMARY: The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), has requested an 
exemption for a member company, Pyro Shows of Alabama, Inc., from the 
prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th 
hour after the driver comes on duty. Fifty-one APA members currently 
hold such an exemption during the Independence Day period each year, 
terminating on July 8, 2020. If granted, this exemption would terminate 
at the same time as the other 51 exempted carriers. The APA maintains 
that the terms and conditions of the limited exemption would ensure a 
level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety 
achieved without the exemption.

DATES: June 14, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2007-28043 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online 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., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251
    Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number 
for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without 
change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each 
day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received 
your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or 
postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after 
submitting comments on-line.
    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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver 
and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards; Telephone: 614-942-6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you 
have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact 
Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (FMCSA-2007-28043), indicate the specific section of this 
document to which the comment applies, and provide a reason for 
suggestions or recommendations. You may submit your comments and 
material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only 
one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a 
mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of 
your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions 
regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to www.regulations.gov and put 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2007-28043'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and 
click ``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment 
Now!'' button and type your comment into the text box in the following 
screen. Choose whether you are submitting your 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 8\1/2\ 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.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2007-28043'' in the ``Keyword'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and 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.

II. Legal Basis

    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 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)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, 
the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and 
the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. 
The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up 
to 5 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

APA Application for Exemption

    The HOS rule in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) prohibits the driver of a 
property-carrying CMV from driving after the 14th hour after coming on 
duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. In 2016, the APA, a trade 
association representing the domestic fireworks industry was granted 
exemptions for 51 member companies through the annual Independence Day 
periods ending on July 8, 2020 [81 FR 43701, July 5, 2016]. APA has 
requested an exemption for Pyro Shows of Alabama Incorporated, USDOT 
2859710, which would increase the total to 52. The exemption for this 
APA carrier, if granted, would expire on July 8, 2020. Although this is 
less than the 5-year exemption period authorized by 49 U.S.C. 
31315(b)(2), as amended by section 5206(a)(3) of the Fixing America's 
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(FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114-94, 129 Stat. 1312, 1537, Dec. 4, 3015), FMCSA 
believes that the interests of the APA members and the Agency would 
best be served by harmonizing, as far as possible, the expiration dates 
of all such fireworks-related exemptions. Like the other 51 member 
companies, Pyro Shows of Alabama would be subject to all of the terms 
and conditions of the exemption.
    The initial APA application for relief from the 14-hour rule was 
submitted in 2004; a copy is in the docket. That application fully 
describes the nature of the pyrotechnic operations of CMV drivers 
during a typical Independence Day period.
    As stated in the 2004 request, the CMV drivers employed by APA 
member companies are trained pyro-technicians who hold commercial 
driver's licenses (CDLs) with hazardous materials (HM) endorsements. 
They transport fireworks and related equipment by CMVs on a very 
demanding schedule during a brief Independence Day period, often to 
remote locations. After they arrive, the drivers are responsible for 
set-up and staging of the fireworks shows.
    The APA states that it is seeking an additional exemption for Pyro 
Shows of Alabama, Incorporated because compliance with the current 14-
hour rule in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would impose a substantial economic 
hardship on numerous cities, towns and municipalities, as well as its 
member companies. To meet the demand for fireworks without the 
exemptions, APA states that its member companies would be required to 
hire a second driver for most trips. The APA advises that the result 
would be a substantial increase in the cost of the fireworks shows--
beyond the means of many of its members' customers--and that many 
Americans would be denied this important component of the celebration 
of Independence Day.

Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    The APA believes that the exemption would not adversely affect the 
safety of the fireworks transportation provided by this motor carrier. 
According to APA, its member companies have operated under this 
exemption for 10 previous Independence Day periods without a reported 
motor carrier safety incident. Moreover, it asserts, without the extra 
time provided by the exemption, safety would decline because APA 
drivers would be unable to return to their home base after each show. 
They would be forced to park the CMVs carrying HM 1.1G, 1.3G and 1.4G 
products in areas less secure than the motor carrier's home base. As a 
condition of holding the exemption, each motor carrier is required to 
notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accident (as defined in 49 
CFR 390.5) involving the operation of any its CMVs while under this 
exemption. To date, FMCSA has received no accident notifications, nor 
is the Agency aware of any accidents reportable under terms of the 
prior APA exemptions.
    In its exemption request, APA asserts that the operational demands 
of this unique industry minimize the risks of CMV crashes. In the last 
few days before July 4, these drivers transport fireworks over 
relatively short routes from distribution points to the site of the 
fireworks display, and normally do so in the early morning when traffic 
is light. At the site, they spend considerable time installing, wiring, 
and safety-checking the fireworks displays, followed by several hours 
off duty in the late afternoon and early evening prior to the event. 
During this time, the drivers are able to rest and nap, thereby 
reducing or eliminating the fatigue accumulated during the day. Before 
beginning another duty day, these drivers must take 10 consecutive 
hours off duty, the same as other CMV drivers.

Terms and Conditions of the Exemption

Period of the Exemption
    The requested exemption from 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) would be effective 
from June 28 through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, each year 
through 2020.
Terms and Conditions of the Exemption
    During the 2017 Independence Day period, the exemption from 49 CFR 
395.3(a)(2) would be limited to drivers employed by the 51 motor 
carriers already covered by the exemption, plus (if approved) the one 
carrier now seeking an exemption. Section 395.3(a)(2) prohibits a 
driver from driving a CMV after the 14th hour after coming on duty and 
does not permit off-duty periods to extend the 14-hour limit. Drivers 
covered by this exemption would be able to exclude off-duty and 
sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour 
limit. This exemption would be contingent on each driver driving no 
more than 11 hours in the 14-hour period after coming on duty, as 
extended by any off-duty or sleeper-berth time in accordance with this 
exception. The exemption would be further contingent on each driver 
having a full 10 consecutive hours off duty following 14 hours on duty 
prior to beginning a new driving period. The carriers and drivers must 
comply with all other requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (49 CFR parts 350-399) and Hazardous Materials Regulations 
(49 CFR parts 105-180).
Preemption
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 
381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that 
conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a 
firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not 
required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in 
intrastate commerce.
FMCSA Notification
    Exempt motor carriers would be required to notify FMCSA within 5 
business days of any accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving 
the operation of any of their CMVs while under this exemption. The 
notification must be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV and include the 
following information:
    a. Name of the Exemption: ``APA''
    b. Date of the accident,
    c. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or 
which is closest to the scene of the accident,
    d. Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
    e. Co-Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
    f. Vehicle company number and power unit license plate State and 
number,
    g. Number of individuals suffering physical injury,
    h. Number of fatalities,
    i. The police-reported cause of the accident,
    j. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, 
or motor carrier safety regulations, and
    k. The total driving time and the total on-duty time of the CMV 
driver at the time of the accident.
    In addition, if there are any injuries or fatalities, the carrier 
must forward the police accident report to MCPSD@DOT.GOV as soon as 
available.
Termination
    The FMCSA does not believe the motor carriers and drivers covered 
by this exemption, if granted, would experience any deterioration of 
their safety record.
    However, should this occur, FMCSA would take all steps necessary to 
protect the public interest, including revocation of the exemption. The 
FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply with 
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drivers would be subject to FMCSA monitoring while operating under this 
exemption.

    Dated: May 8, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-09735 Filed 5-12-17; 8:45 am]
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