Commercial Driver's License Standards: C.R. England, Inc.; Granting of Renewal of Exemption, 26975-26977 [2017-12082]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 111 / Monday, June 12, 2017 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.37 Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–12043 Filed 6–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. PE–2017–40] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of petition for exemption received. AGENCY: This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public’s awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the FAA’s regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition. SUMMARY: Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number involved and must be received on or before July 3, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by docket number FAA–2017–0571 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251. Privacy: 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 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: 37 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Jun 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynette Mitterer, ANM–113, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356, email Lynette.Mitterer@faa.gov, phone (425) 227–1047; or Alphonso Pendergrass, ARM–200, Office of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591, email alphonso.pendergrass@faa.gov, phone (202) 267–4713. This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85. Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 5, 2017. Victor Wicklund, Manager, Transport Standards Staff. Petition for Exemption Docket No.: FAA–2017–0571. Petitioner: Textron Aviation Inc. Section of 14 CFR Affected: § 25.815. Description of Relief Sought: Allow the 20inch minimum passenger aisle width to be reduced to 15 inches for cabin configurations with up to 12 passenger seats for Textron Aviation Model 700 airplanes. [FR Doc. 2017–12027 Filed 6–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 26975 Ms. Raegan Ball, Program Development Team Leader, FHWA Division Office, 3220 West Edgewood, Suite H, Jefferson City, MO 65109, Telephone: (573) 638– 2620; or Mr. Ed Hassinger, Chief Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation, 105 W. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65102, Telephone: (573) 751–3692. Questions may also be directed to the Local Public Agency sponsor by contacting Mr. Adam Spector, Transportation Studies Project Manager, St. Louis County Department of Transportation, 1050 N. Lindbergh, Clayton, Missouri 63132, Telephone: (314) 615–8594. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the St. Louis County Department of Transportation, published a notice of intent to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register dated September 13, 2011 (76 FR 56492) to investigate potential corridor improvements for Missouri Bottom Road, Aubuchon Road, and Charbonier Road in St. Louis County, Missouri. Due to a lack of long-term funding for construction of the draft preferred alternative, the project has been put on hold indefinitely. At this time, there are no plans to prepare a Final EIS for this project. Comments or questions concerning this notice should be directed to FHWA, MoDOT, or St. Louis County Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Issued on: May 4, 2017. Kevin Ward, Division Administrator, Jefferson City, Missouri. [FR Doc. 2017–12081 Filed 6–9–17; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: St. Louis County, Missouri Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will not be prepared for proposed improvements to the corridor generally following the existing pathway created by Missouri Bottom Road, Aubuchon Road, and Charbonier Road between Earth City Expressway and Howdershell/Shackelford Road in northwestern St. Louis County, Missouri. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0406] Commercial Driver’s License Standards: C.R. England, Inc.; Granting of Renewal of Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew an exemption for C.R. England, Inc. (C.R. England) requirements that a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holder is always SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 26976 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 111 / Monday, June 12, 2017 / Notices accompanied by a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates it on public roads or highways. The exemption renewal allows CLP holders who have passed the skills test but not yet received the CDL document to drive a C.R. England commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accompanied by a CDL holder who is not necessarily in the passenger seat, provided the driver has documentation of passing the skills test. C.R. England currently holds an exemption for the period June 11, 2015 through June 12, 2017. FMCSA requests public comment on the renewal of C.R. England’s exemption. This exemption renewal is effective June 13, 2017, through June 12, 2022. Comments must be received on or before July 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2014–0406 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. See the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for further information. • 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., ET, 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. 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 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Jun 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice, contact Mr. Tom 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–2014–0406), 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 comments online, go to www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2014–0406’’ 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, self-addressed postcard or envelope. 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 (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exemption, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether renewal of 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)). III. Request for Exemption Renewal C.R. England’s initial exemption application from the provisions of 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) was submitted in 2014; a copy is in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. The 2014 application described fully the nature of the C.R. England operations and CMV drivers. The exemption was originally granted on June 11, 2015 (80 FR 33329). C. R. England now requests a renewal of the exemption. The current exemption excuses C.R. England from the requirement that a driver accompanying a CLP holder must be physically present at all times in the front seat of a CMV, on the condition that the CLP holder has successfully passed an approved CDL skills test. C.R. England’s 2014 application argued that the existing requirement is inefficient and unproductive, as the company must incur added expense to send the driver to his or her home State to collect a CDL document. Under that rule, the driver is not only unable to utilize newly acquired driving skills, but must also forego compensation before obtaining a CDL. C.R. England believes that FMCSA should renew the exemption for an additional 5-year period because it results in safer drivers. It allows C.R. England to foster a more productive and efficient training environment by allowing CLP holders to hone their recently acquired driving skills through on-the-job training and to begin earning an income right away, producing immediate benefits for the driver, the carrier, and the economy as a whole. E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 111 / Monday, June 12, 2017 / Notices IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety C.R. England states that the exemption does not negatively affect safety outcomes. Instead, it allows drivers trained out-of-state to obtain onthe-job experience in C.R. England’s comprehensive training program while avoiding significant delays and skill degradation. The exemption creates immediate economic and safety benefits for both the CLP holders and C.R. England—the driver earns an income as part of a team operation while improving driver skills and gaining valuable experience. C.R. England indicated in its renewal application that 3,046 drivers had utilized the original exemption. Its safety data show that drivers using the exemption demonstrated better safety outcomes than non-exempt drivers. Through the end of 2016, C.R. England reported 11 accidents to FMCSA involving drivers utilizing the exemption, none of which resulted in a fatality. The renewal of the exemption would be effective for 5 years, the maximum period allowed by § 381.300. V. Terms and Conditions of the Exemption Period of the Exemption This exemption from the requirements of 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) is effective during the period of June 13, 2017, through June 12, 2022. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Extent of the Exemption The exemption is contingent upon C.R. England maintaining USDOT registration, minimum levels of public liability insurance, and not being subject to any ‘‘imminent hazard’’ or other out-of-service (OOS) order issued by FMCSA. Each driver covered by the exemption must maintain a valid driver’s license and CLP with the required endorsements, document that he or she has passed the CDL skills test, not be subject to any OOS order or suspension of driving privileges, and meet all physical qualifications required by 49 CFR part 391. Preemption During the period this exemption is in effect, no State may enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with or is inconsistent with the exemption with respect to a person or entity operating under the exemption (49 U.S.C. 31315(d)). FMCSA Accident Notification C.R. England must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Jun 09, 2017 Jkt 241001 the operation of any of its CMVs while utilizing this exemption. The notification must be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV, and include the following information: 1. Name of the Exemption: ‘‘C.R. England CLP’’ 2. Date of the accident, 3. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or which is closest to the scene of the accident, 4. Driver’s name and driver’s license number, 5. Vehicle number and State license number, 6. Number of individuals suffering physical injury, 7. Number of fatalities, 8. The police-reported cause of the accident, 9. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, or motor carrier safety regulations, and 10. The total driving time and the total onduty time of the CMV driver at the time of the accident. VI. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), FMCSA requests public comment on the renewal of C.R. England’s exemption from the provisions in 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1). The Agency will consider all comments received by close of business on July 12, 2017. Comments will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. VII. Safety Oversight FMCSA expects C.R. England, operating under the terms and conditions of this exemption, to maintain its safety record. However, should safety deteriorate, FMCSA will, consistent with the statutory requirements of 49 U.S.C. 31315, take all steps necessary to protect the public interest. Authorization of the exemption is discretionary, and FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption. Issued on: June 6, 2017. Randi F. Hutchinson, Chief Counsel. ACTION: 26977 Notice of meeting. An open meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Notices and Correspondence Project Committee will be conducted. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is soliciting public comments, ideas, and suggestions on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. DATES: The meeting will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Otis Simpson at 1–888–912–1227 or 202– 317–3332. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (1988) that a meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Notices and Correspondence Project Committee will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time via teleconference. The public is invited to make oral comments or submit written statements for consideration. Due to limited conference lines, notification of intent to participate must be made with Otis Simpson. For more information please contact Otis Simpson at 1–888– 912–1227 or 202–317–3332, or write TAP Office, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1509, Washington, DC 20224 or contact us at the Web site: http://www.improveirs.org. The agenda will include various IRS issues. Otis Simpson. For more information please contact Otis Simpson at 1–888–912– 1227 or 202–317–3332, or write TAP Office, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1509, Washington, DC 20224 or contact us at the Web site: http:// www.improveirs.org. The agenda will include various IRS issues. The agenda will include a discussion on various letters, and other issues related to written communications from the IRS. SUMMARY: Dated: June 1, 2017. Antoinette Ross, Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. [FR Doc. 2017–12102 Filed 6–9–17; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2017–12082 Filed 6–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Internal Revenue Service Open Meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Tax Forms and Publications Project Committee Open Meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Notices and Correspondence Project Committee Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 111 (Monday, June 12, 2017)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0406]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: C.R. England, Inc.; 
Granting of Renewal of Exemption

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew an exemption for C.R. 
England, Inc. (C.R. England) requirements that a commercial learner's 
permit (CLP) holder is always

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accompanied by a commercial driver's license (CDL) holder with the 
proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the 
vehicle while the CLP holder operates it on public roads or highways. 
The exemption renewal allows CLP holders who have passed the skills 
test but not yet received the CDL document to drive a C.R. England 
commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accompanied by a CDL holder who is not 
necessarily in the passenger seat, provided the driver has 
documentation of passing the skills test. C.R. England currently holds 
an exemption for the period June 11, 2015 through June 12, 2017. FMCSA 
requests public comment on the renewal of C.R. England's exemption.

DATES: This exemption renewal is effective June 13, 2017, through June 
12, 2022. Comments must be received on or before July 12, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2014-0406 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. See 
the Public Participation and Request for Comments section below for 
further information.
     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., 
ET, 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.
    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: For information concerning this 
notice, contact Mr. Tom 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-2014-0406), 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 comments online, go to www.regulations.gov and put 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2014-0406'' 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.

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 (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption in 
the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the 
public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the 
exemption, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The 
Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment.
    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, 
and determines whether renewal of 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)).

III. Request for Exemption Renewal

    C.R. England's initial exemption application from the provisions of 
49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) was submitted in 2014; a copy is in the docket 
identified at the beginning of this notice. The 2014 application 
described fully the nature of the C.R. England operations and CMV 
drivers. The exemption was originally granted on June 11, 2015 (80 FR 
33329). C. R. England now requests a renewal of the exemption.
    The current exemption excuses C.R. England from the requirement 
that a driver accompanying a CLP holder must be physically present at 
all times in the front seat of a CMV, on the condition that the CLP 
holder has successfully passed an approved CDL skills test. C.R. 
England's 2014 application argued that the existing requirement is 
inefficient and unproductive, as the company must incur added expense 
to send the driver to his or her home State to collect a CDL document. 
Under that rule, the driver is not only unable to utilize newly 
acquired driving skills, but must also forego compensation before 
obtaining a CDL. C.R. England believes that FMCSA should renew the 
exemption for an additional 5-year period because it results in safer 
drivers. It allows C.R. England to foster a more productive and 
efficient training environment by allowing CLP holders to hone their 
recently acquired driving skills through on-the-job training and to 
begin earning an income right away, producing immediate benefits for 
the driver, the carrier, and the economy as a whole.

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IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    C.R. England states that the exemption does not negatively affect 
safety outcomes. Instead, it allows drivers trained out-of-state to 
obtain on-the-job experience in C.R. England's comprehensive training 
program while avoiding significant delays and skill degradation. The 
exemption creates immediate economic and safety benefits for both the 
CLP holders and C.R. England--the driver earns an income as part of a 
team operation while improving driver skills and gaining valuable 
experience.
    C.R. England indicated in its renewal application that 3,046 
drivers had utilized the original exemption. Its safety data show that 
drivers using the exemption demonstrated better safety outcomes than 
non-exempt drivers. Through the end of 2016, C.R. England reported 11 
accidents to FMCSA involving drivers utilizing the exemption, none of 
which resulted in a fatality. The renewal of the exemption would be 
effective for 5 years, the maximum period allowed by Sec.  381.300.

V. Terms and Conditions of the Exemption

Period of the Exemption

    This exemption from the requirements of 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) is 
effective during the period of June 13, 2017, through June 12, 2022.

Extent of the Exemption

    The exemption is contingent upon C.R. England maintaining USDOT 
registration, minimum levels of public liability insurance, and not 
being subject to any ``imminent hazard'' or other out-of-service (OOS) 
order issued by FMCSA. Each driver covered by the exemption must 
maintain a valid driver's license and CLP with the required 
endorsements, document that he or she has passed the CDL skills test, 
not be subject to any OOS order or suspension of driving privileges, 
and meet all physical qualifications required by 49 CFR part 391.

Preemption

    During the period this exemption is in effect, no State may enforce 
any law or regulation that conflicts with or is inconsistent with the 
exemption with respect to a person or entity operating under the 
exemption (49 U.S.C. 31315(d)).

FMCSA Accident Notification

    C.R. England must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any 
accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving the operation of any 
of its CMVs while utilizing this exemption. The notification must be by 
email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV, and include the following information:

    1. Name of the Exemption: ``C.R. England CLP''
    2. Date of the accident,
    3. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or 
which is closest to the scene of the accident,
    4. Driver's name and driver's license number,
    5. Vehicle number and State license number,
    6. Number of individuals suffering physical injury,
    7. Number of fatalities,
    8. The police-reported cause of the accident,
    9. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic 
laws, or motor carrier safety regulations, and
    10. The total driving time and the total on-duty time of the CMV 
driver at the time of the accident.

VI. Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), FMCSA 
requests public comment on the renewal of C.R. England's exemption from 
the provisions in 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1). The Agency will consider all 
comments received by close of business on July 12, 2017. Comments will 
be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under 
the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

VII. Safety Oversight

    FMCSA expects C.R. England, operating under the terms and 
conditions of this exemption, to maintain its safety record. However, 
should safety deteriorate, FMCSA will, consistent with the statutory 
requirements of 49 U.S.C. 31315, take all steps necessary to protect 
the public interest. Authorization of the exemption is discretionary, 
and FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply 
with the terms and conditions of the exemption.

    Issued on: June 6, 2017.
 Randi F. Hutchinson,
Chief Counsel.
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