Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a Revision of an Information Collection Request: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property, 15019-15020 [2021-05718]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 52 / Friday, March 19, 2021 / Notices Form MCSA–5889 enables FMCSA to maintain up-to-date records so that the Agency can recognize the entity in question in case of enforcement actions or other procedures required to ensure that the carrier is fit, willing, and able to provide for-hire transportation services, and so that entities whose operating authority has been revoked can resume operation if they are not otherwise blocked from doing so. This multi-purpose form, filed by registrants on a voluntary, as-needed basis, simplifies the process of gathering the information needed to process the entities’ requests in a timely manner, with the least amount of effort for all parties involved. To reduce burden on respondents, increase consistency among FMCSA forms, and to ensure regulatory compliance, FMCSA removed and added the following questions from the currently approved Form MCSA–5889: 1. Added a Yes/No question: ‘‘Do you currently have, or have you had within the last three years of the date of this application, relationships involving common stock, common ownership, common management, common control or familial relationships with any FMCSA-regulated entities?’’ The purpose of this is to close the affiliation disclosure loophole. If the respondent answers ‘‘Yes’’, they must then report the affiliate’s USDOT number, MC/FF/ MX number, legal name, doing business as name (if applicable), and current safety rating. 2. Added the Applicant’s Oath. The applicant must read the oath, print their name and title, and sign the form. The purpose of this addition is to increase accountability and make Form MCSA– 5889 consistent with similar FMCSA forms. 3. Removed one question asking whether the applicant or its representative completed the form. This was removed because the information is not necessary. 4. Removed three questions: name, title, and signature. This was done because, with the addition of the Applicant’s Oath, these questions became redundant. The form prompts users to report the following data points (whichever are relevant to their records change request): • Requestor’s fax number, email address, and applicant’s oath. • Entity’s legal/doing business as names, USDOT number, docket MC/ MX/FX number, current street address, and phone numbers. • Affiliations with FMCSA-licensed entities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Mar 18, 2021 Jkt 253001 • Requested changes to the entity’s address. • Requested changes to the entity’s name and/or ownership, management or control. • Type(s) of operating authority the entity wishes to reinstate. • Credit card information (name, number, expiration date, address, date) if filing a name change or reinstatement. FMCSA published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register on November 25, 2020, (85 FR 75402), announcing the Agency’s intent to submit the Motor Carrier Records Change Form to OMB for approval, and requesting comments from the public. No comments we received. 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 FMCSA to perform it’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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. Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87. Thomas P. Keane, Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration. [FR Doc. 2021–05720 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0178] Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a Revision of an Information Collection Request: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. The information collected will be used to help ensure that motor carriers of passengers and property maintain appropriate levels of financial SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15019 responsibility to operate on public highways. DATES: Please send your comments by April 19, 2021. OMB must receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Secrist, Office of Registration, Chief, Registration, Licensing and Insurance Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–385–2367; email: jeff.secrist@ dot.gov. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property. OMB Control Number: 2126–0008. Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information collection. Respondents: Insurance underwriters for insurance companies and financial specialists for surety companies of motor carriers of property (Forms MCS– 90 and MCS–82) and passengers (Forms MCS–90B and MCS–82B), and motor carrier compliance officers employed by motor carriers to store and maintain insurance and/or surety bond documentation in motor carrier vehicles. Estimated Number of Respondents: 140,074. Estimated Time per Response: FMCSA estimates that it takes 2 minutes to complete the Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (Form MCS–90 for property carriers) and Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability under Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982 (MCS–90B for passenger carriers) or the Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (Form MCS–82 for property carriers) and Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond under Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982 (MCS–82B for passenger carriers); 1 E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 15020 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 52 / Friday, March 19, 2021 / Notices minute to store/maintain documents at the motor carrier’s principal place of business [49 CFR 387.7(d); 49 CFR 387.31(d)]; and 1 minute per vehicle to place the respective document on board the vehicle as required for non U.S.domiciled carriers with the exception of Non North American(NNA) who are required to maintain a copy at their Principal Place of Business (PPOB) and file with FMCSA[49 CFR 387.7(f); 49 CFR 387.31(f) 49 CFR part 387.7(e)(2)]. Expiration Date: March 31, 2021. Frequency of Response: On a one-time basis or as needed. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,146 hours. FMCSA published the 60-day Federal Register notice on October 8, 2020 (85 FR 63648), and received 2 comments in response. The first comment, from the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), supports the proposal to renew the MCS–82B and MCS–90B information collection to verify proof of motor carrier financial responsibility. The second comment, from The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), raised three issues: (1) That [t]he MCS–90 form is sometimes erroneously treated by trucking regulators as a simple certification of insurance coverage’’ and that extension of an insurer’s liability ‘‘could be easily fixed by limiting the MCS–90 to apply only to accidents occurring inside the United States . . .’’; (2) that keeping the expiration date on the financial responsibility forms creates confusion; and (3) that the unintended consequence related to changes of the MCS–90 web pages is that some users believe a change in the web page equates to a change in the MCS–90 itself. With regard to the first issue, Property Casualty Insurers of America (PCI), a predecessor to APCIA, previously filed a Petition for Rulemaking with FMCSA pertaining to the extension of MCS–90 liability to Mexico. However, given the decision in Lincoln General Ins. Co. v. De La Luz Garcia, 501 F.3d 436 (5th Cir. 2007) that effectively granted (PCI) the relief it was seeking in its Petition for Rulemaking, FMCSA decided not to address PCI’s petition further at that time. The Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, is noted in the Federal Register Notice 74 FR 27485, 27487 dated (June 10, 2009). Therefore, given that APCIA’s concerns have been previously addressed, FMCSA does not believe changing the MCS–90 is necessary. Additionally, FMCSA does not believe that even if a change was necessary that an ICR proceeding is an appropriate forum for such a change. FMCSA welcomes VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Mar 18, 2021 Jkt 253001 discussing APCIA’s concerns informally and is happy to have a meeting with APCIA to discuss further. With regard to the comment on the expiration date, the commenter noted that the regulation requires that the MCS–90 and its accompanying insurance filing be continuous until canceled, but that having expiration dates on the forms ‘‘creates confusion and could change the meaning of the endorsement in the eyes of a court. It needlessly causes motor carriers to worry that their insurance coverage might not satisfy federal requirements, especially as this bureaucratic date often falls behind its intended expiration.’’ APCIA goes on to argue that the date often confuses law enforcement as to if the date refers to the insurer’s insurance policy rather than the form. FMCSA agrees with the comment and requests permission to exclude the expiration date from all forms. With regard to the comment on website updates, FMCSA will look into ensuring that any future updates to our web page are more clear. Background: The Secretary of Transportation is responsible for implementing regulations which establish minimum levels of financial responsibility for: (1) For-hire motor carriers of property to cover public liability, property damage, and environmental restoration, and (2) forhire motor carriers of passengers to cover public liability and property damage. The forms MCS–90/90B and forms MCS–82/82B contain the minimum amount of information necessary to document that a motor carrier of property or passengers has obtained, and has in effect, the minimum levels of financial responsibility as set forth in applicable regulations (49 CFR 387.9 (motor carriers of property) and 49 CFR 387.33T (motor carriers of passengers)). FMCSA and the public can verify that a motor carrier of property or passengers has obtained, and has in effect, the required minimum levels of financial responsibility by reviewing the information enclosed within these documents. 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 FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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. PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87. Thomas P. Keane, Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration. [FR Doc. 2021–05718 Filed 3–18–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Bureau of Transportation Statistics [Docket ID Number DOT–OST–2014–0031] Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Small Aircraft Operators Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics invites the general public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on the continuing need for and usefulness of BTS collecting financial, traffic and operating statistics from small certificated and commuter air carriers. Small certificated air carriers (operate aircraft with 60 seats or less or with 18,000 pounds of payload capacity or less) currently must file the two quarterly schedules listed below: F–1 Report of Financial Data, F–2 Report of Aircraft Operating Expenses and Related Statistics, and Commuter air carriers must file the Schedule F–1 Report of Financial Data, Commenters should address whether BTS accurately estimated the reporting burden and if there are other ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 18, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cecelia Robinson, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room E34–110, OST–R, BTS,1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone Number (202) 366–4405, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or EMAIL cecelia.robinson@dot.gov. Jennifer Rodes, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room E32–103, OST–R, BTS, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20590–0001, Telephone Number (202) 366–8513, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or EMAIL Jennifer.rodes@dot.gov. Comments: Comments should identify the associated OMB approval #2138– 0009 and Docket ID Number DOT–OST– 2014–0031. Persons wishing the Department to acknowledge receipt of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 52 (Friday, March 19, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15019-15020]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05718]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0178]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a Revision 
of an Information Collection Request: Financial Responsibility for 
Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA 
announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) 
described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its 
review and approval and invites public comment. The information 
collected will be used to help ensure that motor carriers of passengers 
and property maintain appropriate levels of financial responsibility to 
operate on public highways.

DATES: Please send your comments by April 19, 2021. OMB must receive 
your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Secrist, Office of 
Registration, Chief, Registration, Licensing and Insurance Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-385-2367; email: 
[email protected]. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers 
and Motor Carriers of Property.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0008.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Respondents: Insurance underwriters for insurance companies and 
financial specialists for surety companies of motor carriers of 
property (Forms MCS-90 and MCS-82) and passengers (Forms MCS-90B and 
MCS-82B), and motor carrier compliance officers employed by motor 
carriers to store and maintain insurance and/or surety bond 
documentation in motor carrier vehicles.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 140,074.
    Estimated Time per Response: FMCSA estimates that it takes 2 
minutes to complete the Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of 
Insurance for Public Liability under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor 
Carrier Act of 1980 (Form MCS-90 for property carriers) and Endorsement 
for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability under 
Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982 (MCS-90B for 
passenger carriers) or the Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond 
under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (Form MCS-82 
for property carriers) and Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond 
under Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982 (MCS-82B for 
passenger carriers); 1

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minute to store/maintain documents at the motor carrier's principal 
place of business [49 CFR 387.7(d); 49 CFR 387.31(d)]; and 1 minute per 
vehicle to place the respective document on board the vehicle as 
required for non U.S.-domiciled carriers with the exception of Non 
North American(NNA) who are required to maintain a copy at their 
Principal Place of Business (PPOB) and file with FMCSA[49 CFR 387.7(f); 
49 CFR 387.31(f) 49 CFR part 387.7(e)(2)].
    Expiration Date: March 31, 2021.
    Frequency of Response: On a one-time basis or as needed.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,146 hours.
    FMCSA published the 60-day Federal Register notice on October 8, 
2020 (85 FR 63648), and received 2 comments in response. The first 
comment, from the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), 
supports the proposal to renew the MCS-82B and MCS-90B information 
collection to verify proof of motor carrier financial responsibility. 
The second comment, from The American Property Casualty Insurance 
Association (APCIA), raised three issues: (1) That [t]he MCS-90 form is 
sometimes erroneously treated by trucking regulators as a simple 
certification of insurance coverage'' and that extension of an 
insurer's liability ``could be easily fixed by limiting the MCS-90 to 
apply only to accidents occurring inside the United States . . .''; (2) 
that keeping the expiration date on the financial responsibility forms 
creates confusion; and (3) that the unintended consequence related to 
changes of the MCS-90 web pages is that some users believe a change in 
the web page equates to a change in the MCS-90 itself.
    With regard to the first issue, Property Casualty Insurers of 
America (PCI), a predecessor to APCIA, previously filed a Petition for 
Rulemaking with FMCSA pertaining to the extension of MCS-90 liability 
to Mexico. However, given the decision in Lincoln General Ins. Co. v. 
De La Luz Garcia, 501 F.3d 436 (5th Cir. 2007) that effectively granted 
(PCI) the relief it was seeking in its Petition for Rulemaking, FMCSA 
decided not to address PCI's petition further at that time. The Minimum 
Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers, is noted in the 
Federal Register Notice 74 FR 27485, 27487 dated (June 10, 2009). 
Therefore, given that APCIA's concerns have been previously addressed, 
FMCSA does not believe changing the MCS-90 is necessary. Additionally, 
FMCSA does not believe that even if a change was necessary that an ICR 
proceeding is an appropriate forum for such a change. FMCSA welcomes 
discussing APCIA's concerns informally and is happy to have a meeting 
with APCIA to discuss further. With regard to the comment on the 
expiration date, the commenter noted that the regulation requires that 
the MCS-90 and its accompanying insurance filing be continuous until 
canceled, but that having expiration dates on the forms ``creates 
confusion and could change the meaning of the endorsement in the eyes 
of a court. It needlessly causes motor carriers to worry that their 
insurance coverage might not satisfy federal requirements, especially 
as this bureaucratic date often falls behind its intended expiration.'' 
APCIA goes on to argue that the date often confuses law enforcement as 
to if the date refers to the insurer's insurance policy rather than the 
form. FMCSA agrees with the comment and requests permission to exclude 
the expiration date from all forms.
    With regard to the comment on website updates, FMCSA will look into 
ensuring that any future updates to our web page are more clear.
    Background: The Secretary of Transportation is responsible for 
implementing regulations which establish minimum levels of financial 
responsibility for: (1) For-hire motor carriers of property to cover 
public liability, property damage, and environmental restoration, and 
(2) for-hire motor carriers of passengers to cover public liability and 
property damage. The forms MCS-90/90B and forms MCS-82/82B contain the 
minimum amount of information necessary to document that a motor 
carrier of property or passengers has obtained, and has in effect, the 
minimum levels of financial responsibility as set forth in applicable 
regulations (49 CFR 387.9 (motor carriers of property) and 49 CFR 
387.33T (motor carriers of passengers)). FMCSA and the public can 
verify that a motor carrier of property or passengers has obtained, and 
has in effect, the required minimum levels of financial responsibility 
by reviewing the information enclosed within these documents.
    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 FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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.

    Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87.
Thomas P. Keane,
Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration.
[FR Doc. 2021-05718 Filed 3-18-21; 8:45 am]
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