Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Daimler Trucks North America LLC, 28930-28931 [2017-13126]

Download as PDF 28930 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 121 / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Notices Batteries and Battery Systems Plenary. The agenda will include the following: Tuesday, July 11, 2017—9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 1. Welcome and Administrative Remarks (Including DFO & RTCA Statement) 2. Introductions 3. Agenda Review 4. Meeting-Minutes Review 5. Final Review and Comment (FRAC) Resolution Review 6. Approval of DO–311A for Submission to RTCA PMC 7. Action Item Review 8. Any Other Business 9. Adjourn Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairman, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. John Raper, Branch Manager—Forecasting, Planning and Reporting (ANG–A15), Branch Manager (acting)—Partnership Contracts Branch (ANG–A17), Management Services Office, NextGen Organization, Federal Aviation Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–13274 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0176] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Daimler Trucks North America LLC Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comment on an application for exemption from Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) to allow its Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system camera to be mounted lower in the windshield on DTNA’s commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) than is currently permitted. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 26, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA– 2017–0176 using any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket site. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12–140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. e.t., Monday– Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading below. 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’’ heading for further information. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or to Room W12– 140, DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. 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. Public participation: The http:// www.regulations.gov Web site is generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You may find electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of the http://www.regulations.gov Web site as well as the DOT’s http:// docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you would like notification that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments online. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jose R. Cestero, Vehicle and Roadside ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC–PSV, (202) 366–5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA– 21) [Pub. L. 105–178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 401] amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On August 20, 2004, FMCSA published a final rule (69 FR 51589) implementing section 4007. Under this rule, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public with 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)). If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is granted. The notice must 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 381.315(c) and 49 CFR 381.300(b)). DTNA’s Application for Exemption The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) require devices meeting the definition of ‘‘vehicle safety technology,’’ including DTNA’s Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system, to be mounted (1) not more than 4 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) not more than 7 inches above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. Because the camera would be mounted outside of the driver’s normal sight lines E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 121 / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors, DTNA believes that the exemption would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. DTNA has applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow an Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system camera to be mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted. A copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) of the FMCSRs prohibits the obstruction of the driver’s field of view by devices mounted at the top of the windshield. Antennas and similar devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield, and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) does not apply to vehicle safety technologies, as defined in § 390.5 as including ‘‘a fleet-related incident management system, performance or behavior management system, speed management system, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning or mitigation system, active cruise control system, and transponder.’’ Section 393.60(e)(1)(ii) requires devices with vehicle safety technologies to be mounted (1) not more than 100 mm (4 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) not more than 175 mm (7 inches) above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. In its application, DTNA states: DTNA has created a CAD layout of a typical DTNA conventional type truck to verify that the safety device does not significantly obstruct the FMVSS 104 specified zones A, B, or C for passenger cars of 1730 or more mm overall width. (See Figure 1.) In fact, the device only obstructs 0.0% of zone C, 1.2% of zone B, and 2.8% of zone A. DTNA has installed prototype camera housings in fifteen DTNA conventional type vehicles and assessed the impact of the camera on driver and passenger visibility on over 50 CDL drivers and over 900,000 miles. This includes over-the-road mileage accumulation through a mixture of mountain, freeway, highway, and city routes. (See Figure 2 for a photograph taken from the driver seat.) All drivers and passengers agreed that there was no noticeable obstruction to the normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway signs, signals, or any mirrors. Driver comments included: ‘‘The position of the MPC1 camera system does not negatively impact visibility.’’ The proposed exemption will increase safety by providing Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning. The exemption will also allow DTNA to enable additional safety features in the future that will provide further safety benefits such as traffic sign recognition, active lane keeping, video capture, and intelligent headlight control. This safety device will become a critical enabler for future technology such as Autonomous Vehicles. In the DTNA installation, the camera housing is approximately 102 mm (4.01 inches) wide by 177 mm (6.97 inches) tall. We propose to mount the camera such that it is in the approximate center of the top of the windshield and such that the bottom edge of the camera is approximately 7 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, outside of the driver’s (and passenger’s) normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors. This location will allow for the optimal functionality of the advanced safety systems supported by the camera. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on DTNA’s application for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60. All comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated at the beginning of this notice will be considered and will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments received after the comment closing date will be filed in the public docket and will be considered to the extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons should continue to examine the public docket for new material. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 While the application states that the camera will be mounted 7 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, DTNA provided supplemental information to clarify that the camera system will be mounted 8.5 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers. The exemption would apply to all CMV operators driving DTNA vehicles with the Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system camera installed. Daimler believes that mounting the system as described would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. Request for Comments PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28931 Issued on: June 15, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–13126 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0051] Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System Under part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this document provides the public notice that on June 7, 2017, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of a signal system. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0051. Applicant: National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Mr. Nicholas J. Croce III, PE, Deputy Chief Engineer C&S, Acting, 2995 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Amtrak seeks to remove two derails, one in each direction approaching the Spuyten Duyvil bridge on Main Track #1, at Inwood interlocking, milepost (MP) 9.9 on the New York Division, Hudson Line, Inwood, New York. Amtrak would like to remove the derails as they have been rendered obsolete by advanced technologies which ensure that trains stop rather than derail. They have been a source of considerable delay to time-sensitive passenger trains. Amtrak desires to remove these derails from the main tracks to eliminate maintenance and operation of obsolete hardware that is no longer needed, and to reduce delays caused by failures of the derails. Each of the interlocking home signals protecting these derails and the associated movable bridge are equipped with 100Hz coded cab signal system with speed control. The interlockings have also been equipped with both Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System and Positive Train Stop. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 121 (Monday, June 26, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-13126]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0176]


Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application 
for an Exemption From Daimler Trucks North America LLC

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

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

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SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 
requests public comment on an application for exemption from Daimler 
Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) to allow its Attention Assist and Lane 
Departure Warning system camera to be mounted lower in the windshield 
on DTNA's commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) than is currently permitted.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 26, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2017-0176 using any of the 
following methods:
     Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on the Federal electronic docket 
site.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Ground Floor, Room W12-140, DOT Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
e.t., Monday-Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting 
comments and additional information on the exemption process, see the 
``Public Participation'' heading below. 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'' 
heading for further information.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to Room W12-140, 
DOT Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    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.
    Public participation: The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is 
generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You may find 
electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the 
``help'' section of the http://www.regulations.gov Web site as well as 
the DOT's http://docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you would like 
notification that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgment 
page that appears after submitting comments online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jose R. Cestero, Vehicle and 
Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle 
Safety, MC-PSV, (202) 366-5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(TEA- 21) [Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 401] amended 49 
U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On August 20, 
2004, FMCSA published a final rule (69 FR 51589) implementing section 
4007. Under this rule, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption 
request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must 
provide the public with 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)). If the Agency denies the request, it must 
state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the 
exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons 
receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from 
which an exemption is granted. The notice must 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 
381.315(c) and 49 CFR 381.300(b)).

DTNA's Application for Exemption

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) require 
devices meeting the definition of ``vehicle safety technology,'' 
including DTNA's Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system, to 
be mounted (1) not more than 4 inches below the upper edge of the area 
swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) not more than 7 inches above the 
lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the 
driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. Because 
the camera would be mounted outside of the driver's normal sight lines

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to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors, DTNA 
believes that the exemption would maintain a level of safety that is 
equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without 
the exemption.
    DTNA has applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow 
an Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system camera to be 
mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted. A copy of 
the application is included in the docket referenced at the beginning 
of this notice.
    Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) of the FMCSRs prohibits the obstruction of 
the driver's field of view by devices mounted at the top of the 
windshield. Antennas and similar devices must not be mounted more than 
152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield, and outside 
the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. 
Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) does not apply to vehicle safety technologies, 
as defined in Sec.  390.5 as including ``a fleet-related incident 
management system, performance or behavior management system, speed 
management system, lane departure warning system, forward collision 
warning or mitigation system, active cruise control system, and 
transponder.'' Section 393.60(e)(1)(ii) requires devices with vehicle 
safety technologies to be mounted (1) not more than 100 mm (4 inches) 
below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) 
not more than 175 mm (7 inches) above the lower edge of the area swept 
by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the 
road and highway signs and signals.
    In its application, DTNA states:

    The proposed exemption will increase safety by providing 
Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning. The exemption will also 
allow DTNA to enable additional safety features in the future that 
will provide further safety benefits such as traffic sign 
recognition, active lane keeping, video capture, and intelligent 
headlight control. This safety device will become a critical enabler 
for future technology such as Autonomous Vehicles.
    In the DTNA installation, the camera housing is approximately 
102 mm (4.01 inches) wide by 177 mm (6.97 inches) tall. We propose 
to mount the camera such that it is in the approximate center of the 
top of the windshield and such that the bottom edge of the camera is 
approximately 7 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, 
outside of the driver's (and passenger's) normal sight lines to the 
road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors. This 
location will allow for the optimal functionality of the advanced 
safety systems supported by the camera.
    DTNA has created a CAD layout of a typical DTNA conventional 
type truck to verify that the safety device does not significantly 
obstruct the FMVSS 104 specified zones A, B, or C for passenger cars 
of 1730 or more mm overall width. (See Figure 1.) In fact, the 
device only obstructs 0.0% of zone C, 1.2% of zone B, and 2.8% of 
zone A.
    DTNA has installed prototype camera housings in fifteen DTNA 
conventional type vehicles and assessed the impact of the camera on 
driver and passenger visibility on over 50 CDL drivers and over 
900,000 miles. This includes over-the-road mileage accumulation 
through a mixture of mountain, freeway, highway, and city routes. 
(See Figure 2 for a photograph taken from the driver seat.) All 
drivers and passengers agreed that there was no noticeable 
obstruction to the normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway 
signs, signals, or any mirrors. Driver comments included: ``The 
position of the MPC1 camera system does not negatively impact 
visibility.''

    While the application states that the camera will be mounted 7 
inches below the upper edge of the windshield, DTNA provided 
supplemental information to clarify that the camera system will be 
mounted 8.5 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the 
windshield wipers.
    The exemption would apply to all CMV operators driving DTNA 
vehicles with the Attention Assist and Lane Departure Warning system 
camera installed. Daimler believes that mounting the system as 
described would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or 
greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA requests 
public comment from all interested persons on DTNA's application for an 
exemption from 49 CFR 393.60. All comments received before the close of 
business on the comment closing date indicated at the beginning of this 
notice will be considered and will be available for examination in the 
docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. Comments received after the comment closing date will be filed 
in the public docket and will be considered to the extent practicable. 
In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the 
public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the 
comment closing date. Interested persons should continue to examine the 
public docket for new material.

    Issued on: June 15, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-13126 Filed 6-23-17; 8:45 am]
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