Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Wilcox Truck Line, Inc., 14543-14545 [2018-06861]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / Notices without any regulatory requirements to do so. Records of inspection, repair, and maintenance; roadside inspection reports; driver vehicle inspection reports; the documentation of periodic inspections; the evidence of the qualifications of individuals performing periodic inspections; and the evidence of brake inspectors’ qualifications contain the minimum amount of information necessary to document that a motor carrier has established a system of inspection, repair, and maintenance for its equipment which meets the standards in 49 CFR part 396. FMCSA and its representatives use these records to verify motor carriers’ compliance with the inspection, repair, and maintenance standards in part 396. This ICR supports the Department of Transportation’s strategic goal of safety. The ICR also ensures that motor carriers have adequate records to document the inspection, repair, and maintenance of their CMVs, and to ensure that adequate measures are taken to keep their CMVs in safe and proper operating condition at all times. Compliance with the inspection, repair, and maintenance regulations helps to reduce the likelihood of accidents attributable, in whole or in part, to the mechanical condition of the CMV. The Agency does not intend to revise the contents of this information collection, the frequency of information collection, or how it uses the information. Because the previous four updates to this information collection were developed in conjunction with rulemaking actions, only those sections of the information collection affected by the specific rulemaking changes were amended during the previous four updates and a comprehensive update of the information collection has not been done since 2006. This renewal includes updated data regarding the number of motor carriers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, vehicle counts, inspections, and other underlying data used to estimate the total burden hours. In addition, this revision corrects the manner in which: (1) The burden associated with routine inspection, repair and maintenance records is calculated, by including nonpowered CMVs in addition to power units; and (2) the burden associated with periodic inspection records is calculated, by using only the records associated with the once-per-year inspection conducted in accordance with 49 CFR Chapter III, Subchapter B, Appendix G. Finally, this revision corrects the calculation of the burden associated with Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) by including the 30 seconds required for motor VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 carrier certification of corrective action for defect DVIRs that was inadvertently omitted in the calculation of this estimate in the December 2014 NoDefect DVIR rule. If the recordkeeping were required to be completed less frequently, it would greatly hinder the ability of FMCSA and State officials and representatives to ascertain that CMVs are satisfactorily maintained. The timely documentation of CMV inspection, repair, and maintenance enables FMCSA and State officials to evaluate the present state of a motor carrier’s CMV maintenance program and to check the current level of regulatory compliance at any point in a carrier’s maintenance schedule or program. The FMCSA has identified periodic inspection standards of 22 States, the District of Columbia, the Alabama Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board, 10 Canadian Provinces, and one Canadian Territory that are comparable to, or as effective as, the Federal periodic inspection requirements. The FMCSA does not require Federal periodic inspections and the related recordkeeping for motor carriers that comply with these equivalent periodic inspection programs. The FMCSA is not aware of any other duplicative standards or recordkeeping requirements that apply to motor carriers. The FMCSA does not employ this collection of information for statistical use. Title: Inspection, Repair and Maintenance. OMB Control Number: 2126–0003. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information collection. Respondents: Motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 543,061 motor carriers and 5,739,712 drivers. Estimated Time per Response: Varies according to the requirements for specific records. Expiration Date: July 31, 2018. Frequency of Response: Varies according to requirements for specific records. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 13,791,001 hours [7,558,390 hours for inspection, repair, and maintenance + 5,536,622 hours for driver vehicle inspection reports + 194,586 hours for disposition of roadside inspection reports + 469,414 hours for periodic inspections + 16,904 hours for records of inspector qualifications + 15,085 hours for records of brake inspector qualifications]. PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14543 Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87 on: March 27, 2018. Kelly Regal, Associate Administrator for Office of Research and Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2018–06859 Filed 4–3–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0105] Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. (Wilcox) has requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver’s hours-of-service (HOS). Wilcox has requested a 5-year exemption from ELD use when transporting loads in support of an Idaho National Laboratory (INL) program. INL has submitted a letter confirming that security regulations require these loads must be free from being electronically tracked, which requires disabling of the ELD. Wilcox believes that granting this exemption will provide an equivalent level of safety because of the strict oversight of this transportation by INL and other agencies. FMCSA requests public comment on Wilcox’s application for exemption. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Number SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 14544 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / Notices FMCSA–2018–0105 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: 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., 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 regulatory 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. 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: amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES 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–2018–0105), indicate VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 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–2018–0105’’ 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. 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 certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. (Wilcox) is the primary carrier for special projects at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to transport shipments which need additional controls to address national security interests. All Wilcox drivers supporting this specific INL program would be covered by this exemption when transporting designated shipments for INL. The number of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) for this exemption is fewer than 20, and fewer than 40 drivers will be covered. Wilcox always uses specific team drivers who have been completely vetted by the DOE to transport these shipments. One DOE/INL security requirement is the ability to disable electronic tracking of shipments in order to limit identification of the physical location of the shipment. These shipments require that no telematic tracking device be used during the movement of the shipment. Wilcox uses ELDs for its normal operations but would disable them when transporting INL-designated special shipments. INL would provide documentation for use during any inspection, showing that the exemption is in use for that shipment. Wilcox states that the controls that will be used in lieu of ELDs will be sufficient to ensure there is no degradation of safety. INL has submitted to the docket for this exemption a letter dated January 30, 2018, confirming that these controls will include the following measures: • Specific team drivers will be used who have been vetted by DOE to transport national security interests (NSI) loads; • Logbooks will be used to document hours of service when the ELDs are disabled; • Drivers will be required by INL to have a cell phone in their possession while transporting these shipments; • INL will require drivers to call-in to INL’s 24-hour Warning Communications Center to report their condition and ensure they are not experiencing any issues in transit; and • The Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) will perform routine audits of Wilcox Truck line, Inc., to ensure they are compliant with Federal and State DOT requirements. E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 4, 2018 / Notices IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety The requested exemption would be used only for the special shipments designated by INL in documentation carried on vehicles transporting the special shipments. Additional details of these shipments could be reviewed by an official having proper authorization given by the shipper or the carrier’s Facility Security Officer (FSO). All drivers will carry approved cell phones at all times during shipments. Communications will be maintained during transport via regular cell phone ‘‘check calls’’ to the shipper and or the FSO/terminal operations or both. As required, drivers will maintain regular ‘‘check calls’’ to the INL’s Warning Communications Center, which is continuously staffed, to report their condition and ensure the shipment is experiencing no issues. Copies of Wilcox’s application for an exemption and the supporting INL letter are available for review in the docket for this notice. Issued on: March 27, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–06861 Filed 4–3–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0397] Commercial Driver’s License: Oregon Department of Transportation; Application for 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 the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) exemption from the commercial learner’s permit (CLP) requirements in 49 CFR part 383. All State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) are allowed to use this exemption at their discretion. The exemption will allow ODOT and participating SDLAs to extend to one year the 180-day timeline for the CLP from the date of issuance, without requiring the CLP holder to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests. Under the exemption, an applicant wishing to have a new CLP after the previous one expires will be required to take all applicable tests before a new CLP is issued. amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Apr 03, 2018 Jkt 244001 The renewed exemption is from April 5, 2018 to April 5, 2019. Comments must be received on or before May 4, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2015–0397 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • 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. E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number. 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 www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time and in the box labeled ‘‘SEARCH for’’ enter FMCSA–2015–0397 and click on the tab labeled ‘‘SEARCH.’’ 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 Federal eRulemaking Portal is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of the Federal eRulemaking Portal website. If you want us to notify you that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard, or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14545 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–2015–0397), 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–2015–0397’’ 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. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may continue this exemption or not 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. E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 65 (Wednesday, April 4, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14543-14545]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06861]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0105]


Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Wilcox 
Truck Line, Inc.

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. (Wilcox) has 
requested an exemption from the requirement that a motor carrier 
install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging 
device (ELD) to record the driver's hours-of-service (HOS). Wilcox has 
requested a 5-year exemption from ELD use when transporting loads in 
support of an Idaho National Laboratory (INL) program. INL has 
submitted a letter confirming that security regulations require these 
loads must be free from being electronically tracked, which requires 
disabling of the ELD. Wilcox believes that granting this exemption will 
provide an equivalent level of safety because of the strict oversight 
of this transportation by INL and other agencies. FMCSA requests public 
comment on Wilcox's application for exemption.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 4, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Number

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FMCSA-2018-0105 by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: 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., 
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 regulatory 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. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier 
Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety 
Standards; Telephone: 614-942-6477. Email: [email protected]. 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-2018-0105), 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-2018-0105'' 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. 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 certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs). FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption 
request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must 
provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant 
to the application, including any safety analyses that have been 
conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public 
comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, 
and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 
and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 
the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 
granted. The notice must also specify the effective period and explain 
the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed 
(49 CFR 381.300(b)).

III. Request for Exemption

    Wilcox Truck Line, Inc. (Wilcox) is the primary carrier for special 
projects at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National 
Laboratory (INL) to transport shipments which need additional controls 
to address national security interests. All Wilcox drivers supporting 
this specific INL program would be covered by this exemption when 
transporting designated shipments for INL. The number of commercial 
motor vehicles (CMVs) for this exemption is fewer than 20, and fewer 
than 40 drivers will be covered. Wilcox always uses specific team 
drivers who have been completely vetted by the DOE to transport these 
shipments.
    One DOE/INL security requirement is the ability to disable 
electronic tracking of shipments in order to limit identification of 
the physical location of the shipment. These shipments require that no 
telematic tracking device be used during the movement of the shipment. 
Wilcox uses ELDs for its normal operations but would disable them when 
transporting INL-designated special shipments. INL would provide 
documentation for use during any inspection, showing that the exemption 
is in use for that shipment. Wilcox states that the controls that will 
be used in lieu of ELDs will be sufficient to ensure there is no 
degradation of safety. INL has submitted to the docket for this 
exemption a letter dated January 30, 2018, confirming that these 
controls will include the following measures:
     Specific team drivers will be used who have been vetted by 
DOE to transport national security interests (NSI) loads;
     Logbooks will be used to document hours of service when 
the ELDs are disabled;
     Drivers will be required by INL to have a cell phone in 
their possession while transporting these shipments;
     INL will require drivers to call-in to INL's 24-hour 
Warning Communications Center to report their condition and ensure they 
are not experiencing any issues in transit; and
     The Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) will perform routine 
audits of Wilcox Truck line, Inc., to ensure they are compliant with 
Federal and State DOT requirements.

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

    The requested exemption would be used only for the special 
shipments designated by INL in documentation carried on vehicles 
transporting the special shipments. Additional details of these 
shipments could be reviewed by an official having proper authorization 
given by the shipper or the carrier's Facility Security Officer (FSO). 
All drivers will carry approved cell phones at all times during 
shipments. Communications will be maintained during transport via 
regular cell phone ``check calls'' to the shipper and or the FSO/
terminal operations or both. As required, drivers will maintain regular 
``check calls'' to the INL's Warning Communications Center, which is 
continuously staffed, to report their condition and ensure the shipment 
is experiencing no issues.
    Copies of Wilcox's application for an exemption and the supporting 
INL letter are available for review in the docket for this notice.

    Issued on: March 27, 2018.
 Larry W. Minor,
 Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-06861 Filed 4-3-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P