Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Petitions for Exemption from the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, 51548-51550 [2020-18216]

Download as PDF 51548 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 162 / Thursday, August 20, 2020 / Notices 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. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–18215 Filed 8–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [U.S. DOT Docket Number NHTSA–2020– 0004] Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Petitions for Exemption from the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice and request for comments on a reinstatement of a previously-approved information collection. AGENCY: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reinstate a previously-approved information collection. Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from OMB. Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Docket No. DOT– NHTSA–2020–0004 through any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Aug 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 • Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access to background documents, contact Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West Building, W43–439, NRM–310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Ballard’s telephone number is (202) 366–5222. Please identify the relevant collection of information by referring to its OMB Control Number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must be included in such a document. Under OMB’s regulation (at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following: (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (iv) how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public comments on the following proposed collection of information for which the agency is seeking approval from OMB. Title: Petitions for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard (49 CFR part 543). OMB Control Number: 2127–0542. Type of Request: Request for approval of a reinstatement of a previouslyapproved information collection. Type of Review Requested: Regular. PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Length of Approval Requested: Three years. Affected Public: Motor vehicle manufacturers. Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date. Summary of Information Collection: 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331 requires the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate a theft prevention standard to provide for the identification of certain motor vehicles and their major replacement parts (parts-marking) to impede motor vehicle theft. Under 49 U.S.C. 33106, manufacturers may petition the Secretary of Transportation (NHTSA by delegation) for an exemption from the parts-marking requirement for a line of passenger motor vehicles equipped with an antitheft device as standard equipment that the Secretary (NHTSA by delegation) decides is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements. In accordance with the statute, NHTSA promulgated 49 CFR part 543 to provide a process through which manufacturers may seek an exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard. Under these regulations, each manufacturer may request an exemption for one vehicle line per model year. Under the current part 543, manufacturers choose how they wish to demonstrate to the agency that the antitheft device they are installing in a vehicle line meets the requirements for exemption: by either the factors listed in § 543.6 (specific content requirements: detailed lists, data, and explanations) or by the criteria listed in § 543.7 (performance criteria). Section 543.6 requires manufacturer to submit: (1) A statement that an antitheft device will be installed as standard equipment on all vehicles in the line for which an exemption is sought; (2) a list naming each component in the antitheft system, and a diagram showing the location of each of those components within the vehicle; (3) a discussion that explains the means and process by which the device is activated and functions, including any aspect of the device designed to facilitate or encourage its activation by motorists, attract attention to the efforts of an unauthorized person to enter or move the vehicle by means other than a key, prevent defeating or circumventing the device by an unauthorized person attempting to enter a vehicle by means other than a key, prevent the operation of a vehicle which an unauthorized person has entered using means other than a key, and ensure the reliability and durability of the device; (4) the reasons for the E:\FR\FM\20AUN1.SGM 20AUN1 51549 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 162 / Thursday, August 20, 2020 / Notices petitioner’s belief that the antitheft device will be effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft, including any theft data and other data that are available to the petitioner and form the basis for that belief; (5) the reasons for the petitioner’s belief that the agency should determine that the antitheft device is likely to be as effective as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of Part 541 in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft, including any statistical data that are available to the petitioner and form a basis for petitioner’s belief that a line of passenger motor vehicles equipped with the antitheft device is likely to have a theft rate equal to or less than that of passenger motor vehicles of the same, or similar, line which have parts marked in compliance with part 541. Section 543.7 requires manufacturers to submit a statement that the entire line of vehicles is equipped with an immobilizer, as standard equipment, that meets one of the following: (1) The performance criteria of (subsections 8 through 21) of C.R.C, c. 1038.114, Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention (in effect March 30, 2011), as excerpted in appendix A of this part; (2) National Standard of Canada CAN/ULC–S338– 98, Automobile Theft Deterrent Equipment and Systems: Electronic Immobilization (May 1998); (3) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) Regulation No. 97 (ECE R97), Uniform Provisions Concerning Approval of Vehicle Alarm System (VAS) and Motor Vehicles with Regard to Their Alarm System (AS) in effect August 8, 2007; or (4) UN/ECE Regulation No. 116 (ECE R116), Uniform Technical Prescriptions Concerning the Protection of Motor Vehicles Against Unauthorized Use in effect on February 10, 2009. Manufacturers must also submit documentation kept to demonstrate that the device conforms with the performance criteria and a statement that the immobilizer device is durable and reliable. Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the Information: NHTSA requires this information to make a determination of whether an anti-theft device a manufacturer is installing in a vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the partsmarking requirements and therefore meets the requirements for the grant of an exemption from Part 541 partsmarking. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12. The universe of possible petitioners includes all vehicle manufacturers that are required to comply with the Theft Prevention Standard. There are approximately 23 vehicle manufacturers. NHTSA received 32 petitions for exemption from the partsmarking requirements for MYs 2017– 2020, and 12 petitions in the most recent year: 9 respondents filing under § 543.6 and 3 respondents filing under § 543.7. We anticipate that the number of petitions received in each of the next three years will be the same as the number of petitions received in the most recent year, with 9 petitions submitted under § 543.7 and 3 submitted under § 543.6 for a total of 12 petitions. Because each manufacturer is limited to requesting an exemption for one vehicle line per model year, NHTSA estimates that each petition will be submitted by a different vehicle manufacturer. Therefore, we estimate the total number of responses and respondents will be 12. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,094. NHTSA estimates, based on information provided by manufacturers, that 226 hours will be required for exemptions requested under § 543.6, and 20 hours for exemptions requested under § 543.7. The agency expects that nine manufacturers will choose to file for an exemption under § 543.6 and three manufacturers will choose to file for an exemption under § 543.7. The estimated total annual burden hours are shown below: Average number of petitions per year Total annual hours Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under § 543.6 ........................................... Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under § 543.7 ........................................... 9 3 226 20 2,034 60 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: ................................................................................ ........................ ........................ 2,094 The labor cost associated with the burden hours for this collection is derived by (1) applying appropriate average hourly labor rate for ‘‘Compliance Officers,’’ Occupation Code 13–1041, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,1 (2) dividing by 0.701 2 (70.1%) to obtain the total Hourly labor cost Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under § 543.6 .............................................................................. Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under § 543.7 .............................................................................. Estimated Annual Labor Cost for This Information Collection: .................................................................. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Average time per petition submittal (hrs) 1 May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States. Business and Financial Operations Occupations, Compliance VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Aug 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 Average time per petition submittal Labor cost/petition Estimated number of petitions/year Annual labor cost $49.73 226 $11,238.98 9 $101,151 49.73 20 994.60 3 2,984 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 104,135 Officers, Occupation Code 13–1041; Mean Hourly Wage = $34.86. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/ oes_nat.htm. Accessed Mar. 9, 2020. PO 00000 compensation rate for private industry workers, and (3) multiplying by the estimated labor hours for each exemption type. Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2 See Table 1 at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ ecec.t01.htm. E:\FR\FM\20AUN1.SGM 20AUN1 51550 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 162 / Thursday, August 20, 2020 / Notices Costs to Respondents or Recordkeepers: $0. NHTSA estimates that there will be no costs to respondents other than costs associated with burden hours. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspects of this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; 49 CFR 1.49; and DOT Order 1351.29. Issued in Washington, DC. Raymond R. Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2020–18216 Filed 8–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2020–0075] Receipt of Petitions for Temporary Exemption From Shoulder Belt Requirement for Side-Facing Seats on Motorcoaches National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of receipt of petitions for temporary exemption; request for comment. AGENCY: NHTSA has received almost identical petitions from 13 final-stage manufacturers of ‘‘entertainer-type motorcoaches,’’ seeking temporary exemption from a shoulder belt requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ‘‘Occupant crash protection,’’ for sidefacing seats on motorcoaches. The petitioners seek to install Type 1 seat belts (lap belt only) at side-facing seating positions, instead of Type 2 seat belts (lap and shoulder belts) required by FMVSS No. 208. Each petitioner states that, absent the requested exemption, it will otherwise be unable to sell a vehicle whose overall level of jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Aug 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 safety or impact protection is at least equal to that of a nonexempted vehicle. NHTSA is publishing this document to notify the public of the receipt of the petitions and to request comment on them, in accordance with statutory and administrative provisions. DATES: If you would like to comment, you should submit your comment not later than October 19, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deirdre Fujita, Office of the Chief Counsel, NCC–200, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20590. Telephone: 202–366–2992; Fax: 202–366–3820. ADDRESSES: You may submit your comment, identified by the docket number in the heading of this document, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366–9322 before coming. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act discussion below. NHTSA will consider all comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated above. To the extent possible, NHTSA will also consider comments filed after the closing date. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or to 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Telephone: 202–366–9826. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366– 9322 before coming. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice, DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS, accessible through www.dot.gov/privacy. In order to facilitate comment tracking and response, the agency encourages commenters to provide their name, or the name of their organization; however, submission of names is completely optional. Whether or not commenters identify themselves, all timely comments will be fully considered. If you wish to provide comments containing proprietary or confidential information, please see below. Confidential Business Information: If you wish to submit any information under a claim of confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete submission, including the information you claim to be confidential business information, to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, at the address given under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, you should submit a copy, from which you have deleted the claimed confidential business information, to Docket Management at the address given above. When you send a comment containing information claimed to be confidential business information, you should include a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our confidential business information regulation (49 CFR part 512). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background a. Statutory Authority for Temporary Exemptions The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act), codified as 49 U.S.C. chapter 301, provides the Secretary of Transportation authority to exempt, on a temporary basis, under specified circumstances, and on terms the Secretary deems appropriate, motor vehicles from a motor vehicle safety standard or bumper standard. This authority and circumstances are set forth in 49 U.S.C. 30113. The Secretary has delegated the authority for implementing this section to NHTSA. NHTSA established 49 CFR part 555, Temporary Exemption from Motor Vehicle Safety and Bumper Standards, to implement the statutory provisions concerning temporary exemptions. Under Part 555 subpart A, a vehicle manufacturer seeking an exemption must submit a petition for exemption containing specified information. Among other things, the petition must set forth (a) the reasons why granting the exemption would be in the public E:\FR\FM\20AUN1.SGM 20AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket Number NHTSA-2020-0004]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for 
Comment; Petitions for Exemption from the Vehicle Theft Prevention 
Standard

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments on a reinstatement of a 
previously-approved information collection.

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SUMMARY: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
invites public comments about our intention to request approval from 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reinstate a previously-
approved information collection. Before a Federal agency can collect 
certain information from the public, it must receive approval from OMB. 
Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public 
comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions 
and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document 
describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek 
OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Docket No. DOT-
NHTSA-2020-0004 through any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management, U.S. Department 
of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12-
140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except on Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or access 
to background documents, contact Carlita Ballard, Office of 
International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, NHTSA, West 
Building, W43-439, NRM-310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590. Ms. Ballard's telephone number is (202) 366-5222. Please 
identify the relevant collection of information by referring to its OMB 
Control Number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must first publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulation (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following: (i) 
Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (iii) how to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; (iv) how to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses. In 
compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks for public comments on 
the following proposed collection of information for which the agency 
is seeking approval from OMB.
    Title: Petitions for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention 
Standard (49 CFR part 543).
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0542.
    Type of Request: Request for approval of a reinstatement of a 
previously-approved information collection.
    Type of Review Requested: Regular.
    Length of Approval Requested: Three years.
    Affected Public: Motor vehicle manufacturers.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval 
date.
    Summary of Information Collection: 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331 requires 
the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate a theft prevention 
standard to provide for the identification of certain motor vehicles 
and their major replacement parts (parts-marking) to impede motor 
vehicle theft. Under 49 U.S.C. 33106, manufacturers may petition the 
Secretary of Transportation (NHTSA by delegation) for an exemption from 
the parts-marking requirement for a line of passenger motor vehicles 
equipped with an anti-theft device as standard equipment that the 
Secretary (NHTSA by delegation) decides is likely to be as effective in 
reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the 
parts-marking requirements. In accordance with the statute, NHTSA 
promulgated 49 CFR part 543 to provide a process through which 
manufacturers may seek an exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard. 
Under these regulations, each manufacturer may request an exemption for 
one vehicle line per model year.
    Under the current part 543, manufacturers choose how they wish to 
demonstrate to the agency that the anti-theft device they are 
installing in a vehicle line meets the requirements for exemption: by 
either the factors listed in Sec.  543.6 (specific content 
requirements: detailed lists, data, and explanations) or by the 
criteria listed in Sec.  543.7 (performance criteria). Section 543.6 
requires manufacturer to submit: (1) A statement that an antitheft 
device will be installed as standard equipment on all vehicles in the 
line for which an exemption is sought; (2) a list naming each component 
in the antitheft system, and a diagram showing the location of each of 
those components within the vehicle; (3) a discussion that explains the 
means and process by which the device is activated and functions, 
including any aspect of the device designed to facilitate or encourage 
its activation by motorists, attract attention to the efforts of an 
unauthorized person to enter or move the vehicle by means other than a 
key, prevent defeating or circumventing the device by an unauthorized 
person attempting to enter a vehicle by means other than a key, prevent 
the operation of a vehicle which an unauthorized person has entered 
using means other than a key, and ensure the reliability and durability 
of the device; (4) the reasons for the

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petitioner's belief that the antitheft device will be effective in 
reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft, including any theft data 
and other data that are available to the petitioner and form the basis 
for that belief; (5) the reasons for the petitioner's belief that the 
agency should determine that the antitheft device is likely to be as 
effective as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of Part 541 
in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft, including any 
statistical data that are available to the petitioner and form a basis 
for petitioner's belief that a line of passenger motor vehicles 
equipped with the antitheft device is likely to have a theft rate equal 
to or less than that of passenger motor vehicles of the same, or 
similar, line which have parts marked in compliance with part 541.
    Section 543.7 requires manufacturers to submit a statement that the 
entire line of vehicles is equipped with an immobilizer, as standard 
equipment, that meets one of the following: (1) The performance 
criteria of (subsections 8 through 21) of C.R.C, c. 1038.114, Theft 
Protection and Rollaway Prevention (in effect March 30, 2011), as 
excerpted in appendix A of this part; (2) National Standard of Canada 
CAN/ULC-S338-98, Automobile Theft Deterrent Equipment and Systems: 
Electronic Immobilization (May 1998); (3) United Nations Economic 
Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) Regulation No. 97 (ECE R97), Uniform 
Provisions Concerning Approval of Vehicle Alarm System (VAS) and Motor 
Vehicles with Regard to Their Alarm System (AS) in effect August 8, 
2007; or (4) UN/ECE Regulation No. 116 (ECE R116), Uniform Technical 
Prescriptions Concerning the Protection of Motor Vehicles Against 
Unauthorized Use in effect on February 10, 2009. Manufacturers must 
also submit documentation kept to demonstrate that the device conforms 
with the performance criteria and a statement that the immobilizer 
device is durable and reliable.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information: NHTSA requires this information to make a determination of 
whether an anti-theft device a manufacturer is installing in a vehicle 
line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor 
vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements and 
therefore meets the requirements for the grant of an exemption from 
Part 541 parts-marking.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.
    The universe of possible petitioners includes all vehicle 
manufacturers that are required to comply with the Theft Prevention 
Standard. There are approximately 23 vehicle manufacturers. NHTSA 
received 32 petitions for exemption from the parts-marking requirements 
for MYs 2017-2020, and 12 petitions in the most recent year: 9 
respondents filing under Sec.  543.6 and 3 respondents filing under 
Sec.  543.7. We anticipate that the number of petitions received in 
each of the next three years will be the same as the number of 
petitions received in the most recent year, with 9 petitions submitted 
under Sec.  543.7 and 3 submitted under Sec.  543.6 for a total of 12 
petitions. Because each manufacturer is limited to requesting an 
exemption for one vehicle line per model year, NHTSA estimates that 
each petition will be submitted by a different vehicle manufacturer. 
Therefore, we estimate the total number of responses and respondents 
will be 12.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,094.
    NHTSA estimates, based on information provided by manufacturers, 
that 226 hours will be required for exemptions requested under Sec.  
543.6, and 20 hours for exemptions requested under Sec.  543.7. The 
agency expects that nine manufacturers will choose to file for an 
exemption under Sec.  543.6 and three manufacturers will choose to file 
for an exemption under Sec.  543.7. The estimated total annual burden 
hours are shown below:

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                                                                  Average number   per petition    Total annual
                                                                   of petitions      submittal         hours
                                                                     per year          (hrs)
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Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under Sec.                 9             226           2,034
 543.6..........................................................
Preparation and Submittal of Petition for Exemption under Sec.                 3              20              60
 543.7..........................................................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:........................  ..............  ..............           2,094
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    The labor cost associated with the burden hours for this collection 
is derived by (1) applying appropriate average hourly labor rate for 
``Compliance Officers,'' Occupation Code 13-1041, published by the 
Bureau of Labor Statistics,\1\ (2) dividing by 0.701 \2\ (70.1%) to 
obtain the total compensation rate for private industry workers, and 
(3) multiplying by the estimated labor hours for each exemption type.
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    \1\ May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage 
Estimates, United States. Business and Financial Operations 
Occupations, Compliance Officers, Occupation Code 13-1041; Mean 
Hourly Wage = $34.86. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm. 
Accessed Mar. 9, 2020.
    \2\ See Table 1 at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecec.t01.htm.

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                                                   Average time                      Estimated
                                   Hourly labor    per petition     Labor cost/      number of     Annual labor
                                       cost          submittal       petition     petitions/year       cost
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Preparation and Submittal of              $49.73             226      $11,238.98               9        $101,151
 Petition for Exemption under
 Sec.   543.6...................
Preparation and Submittal of               49.73              20          994.60               3           2,984
 Petition for Exemption under
 Sec.   543.7...................
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    Estimated Annual Labor Cost   ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............         104,135
     for This Information
     Collection:................
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    Costs to Respondents or Recordkeepers: $0.
    NHTSA estimates that there will be no costs to respondents other 
than costs associated with burden hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspects of 
this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Department, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; 49 CFR 1.49; and DOT Order 1351.29.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
Raymond R. Posten,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
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