Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request, 21781-21782 [2021-08419]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 77 / Friday, April 23, 2021 / Notices 3. Notice of this decision will be published in the Federal Register. 4. This decision is effective on May 20, 2021. Petitions to stay must be filed by April 30, 2021. Petitions for reconsideration must be filed by May 10, 2021. Decided: April 19, 2021. By the Board, Board Members Begeman, Fuchs, Oberman, Primus, and Schultz. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2021–08492 Filed 4–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0203] Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (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. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled Trucking Fleet Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Managing Mixed Fleets. It is a survey study that will assess the self-reports of approximately 2,000 survey respondents, including commercial motor vehicle (CMV) fleet managers, CMV sales personnel, State and Federal government personnel, industry engineers, researchers, and CMV drivers. The questionnaire is designed to collect baseline opinions of automated driving systems (ADS) before and after hands-on demonstrations with ADS technologies. DATES: Please send your comments by May 24, 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Apr 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Kelly, Technology Division, Department of Transportation, FMCSA, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–480–5240; email Thomas.Kelly@dot.gov. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Trucking Fleet Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Managing Mixed Fleets. OMB Control No.: To be determined by OMB upon OMB approval of the ICR. Type of Request: new information collection. Respondents: CMV fleet managers, CMV sales personnel, State and Federal government personnel, industry engineers, researchers, and CMV drivers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000 total respondents (675 CMV fleet managers, 150 CMV sales personnel, 600 Industry Engineers, 100 CMV Drivers, 325 State and Federal government, and 150 Researchers). Estimated Time per Response: 3.5 minutes for the Pre-Roadshow Questionnaire and 4.4 minutes for the Post-Roadshow Questionnaire. Expiration Date: This is a new information collection. Frequency of Response: On occasion (if attending one of four roadshows). Estimated Total Annual Burden: 175 hours. Background Although ADS-equipped trucks hold the promise of increased safety, productivity, and efficiency, it is not clear how these vehicles should be integrated into fleet operations with conventional trucks for mixed-fleet operations. Reflecting this issue is a question frequently asked by trucking executives: How can I integrate ADS into my fleet operations? FMCSA needs information from truck industry representatives regarding their opinions and perception of ADS. The introduction of ADS technology on heavy trucks (Class 8 vehicles) will profoundly affect all commerce in the U.S., as the U.S. moves more than 70% of all goods by truck. However, existing stakeholders in the road freight ecosystem (primarily for-hire and private truck fleets, but also shippers, brokers, truck manufacturers, and service and maintenance providers) do not have a clear picture of how they will implement ADS in their daily PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21781 operations. At present, technical progress in this nascent but promising technology is outstripping the ability of truck fleets to keep up and plan for ADS deployment. This may adversely affect adoption by truck fleets and associated industries, resulting in the delayed achievement of safety, productivity, and efficiency benefits of ADS-equipped trucks. If ADS technology is to gain traction in the U.S. trucking industry, current stakeholders and new entrants need a rigorous, data driven CONOPS. This project focuses on the development and demonstration of a CONOPS for ADS-equipped trucks, which will ensure the results translate directly to real-world settings that are of practical importance to the trucking industry, regulators, and the public at large. Part of the development of CONOPS includes a series of outreach events where the public, with a focus on truck drivers and truck fleet managers, will have the opportunity to meet ADS technology developers and original equipment manufacturers. The outreach will also provide opportunities to participate in hands-on technology demonstrations, such as in-vehicle demonstrations and closed-course scenarios. Lessons learned from this demonstration will influence all three phases of the research to ensure the CONOPS developed is true to real-life fleet operations. Thus, the purpose of the hands-on demonstrations: (1) Expose truck fleet managers and other personnel, truck drivers, government officials, insurance and inspection personnel, and the general public to ADS; (2) collect valuable qualitative data on participants’ opinions and perceptions regarding ADS; and (3) use the data to ensure the CONOPS covers major industry concerns. Data will be collected from CMV drivers, CMV fleet managers, industry engineers, CMV sales personnel, researchers, and State and Federal government personnel at four roadshows. The roadshows will coincide with large conferences, such as the Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting, North American Commercial Vehicle Show, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, and Automated Vehicle Symposium. The questionnaire data collected in Phase I of the study (preroadshow) will allow us to gather baseline opinions regarding ADS technologies. Once they participate in the hands-on demonstrations at the roadshow, we will see if their opinions on the technologies have changed (Phase 2 or post-roadshow). The research team will use cell phones to collect participant data E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 21782 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 77 / Friday, April 23, 2021 / Notices (adhering to cleaning procedures between each participant). The pre- and post-study questionnaires will be loaded onto a cell phone which will be distributed to participants at the beginning (and end) of the roadshow. Each questionnaire will be loaded in an app format. Once the participants submit their answers, the data will be stored on the phone and will not be accessible until researchers download the data to a computer. FMCSA conducted a pilot test with some of the proposed end-users. This pilot test included six end users, two researchers, one government employee, one commercial/motor vehicle fleet representative, and two commercial driver’s license holders. Participants completed the Pre-Roadshow Questionnaire and Post-Roadshow Questionnaire, timing completion of each and reviewing for content and/or comprehension issues. Based on this pilot test, FMCSA revised the PreRoadshow Questionnaire and PostRoadshow Questionnaire. Pilot test participants indicated mean completion times of 3.5 minutes and 4.4 minutes for the Pre-Roadshow Questionnaire and Post Roadshow Questionnaire, respectively. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Summary of Public Comments Received On November 3, 2020, FMCSA published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 69678) with a 60-day public comment period to announce this proposed information collection. As of the closing date of January 4, 2021, the agency received nine comments in response to this notice; however, one comment was blank. Seven of the comments expressed concern for the safety of ADS technologies and the potential job losses associated with this technology. The remaining comment indicated concern for real-world ADS testing as opposed to using simulations. FMCSA appreciates the commenters taking the time to provide feedback; however, these comments are beyond the scope of this information collection. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Apr 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: Thomas P. Keane, Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration. [FR Doc. 2021–08419 Filed 4–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2021–0015; Notice 1] Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) on behalf of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) (collectively referred to as ‘‘Toyota’’), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2020–2021 Toyota C–HR motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 pounds) or Less. Toyota filed a noncompliance report dated February 3, 2021, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA on February 26, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Toyota’s petition. DATES: Send comments on or before May 24, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver comments by hand to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Federal holidays. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at https:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Comments may also be faxed to (202) 493–2251. Comments must be written in the English language and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that comments you have submitted by mail were received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. All comments and supporting materials received before the close of business on the closing date indicated above will be filed in the docket and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials received after the closing date will also be filed and will be considered to the fullest extent possible. When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will also be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated at the end of this notice. All comments, background documentation, and supporting materials submitted to the docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the docket. The docket ID number for this petition is shown in the heading of this notice. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in a Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerrin Bressant, General Engineer, NHTSA, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, (202) 366–1110. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Overview Toyota has determined that certain MY 2020–2021 Toyota C–HR motor vehicles do not fully comply with the requirements of paragraph S4.3(d) of FMVSS No. 110, Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 77 (Friday, April 23, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21781-21782]
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[FR Doc No: 2021-08419]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0203]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New 
Information Collection Request

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, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (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. This notice invites comment on a proposed 
information collection project titled Trucking Fleet Concept of 
Operations (CONOPS) for Managing Mixed Fleets. It is a survey study 
that will assess the self-reports of approximately 2,000 survey 
respondents, including commercial motor vehicle (CMV) fleet managers, 
CMV sales personnel, State and Federal government personnel, industry 
engineers, researchers, and CMV drivers. The questionnaire is designed 
to collect baseline opinions of automated driving systems (ADS) before 
and after hands-on demonstrations with ADS technologies.

DATES: Please send your comments by May 24, 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: Thomas Kelly, Technology Division, 
Department of Transportation, FMCSA, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-480-5240; email 
[email protected]. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Trucking Fleet Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Managing 
Mixed Fleets.
    OMB Control No.: To be determined by OMB upon OMB approval of the 
ICR.
    Type of Request: new information collection.
    Respondents: CMV fleet managers, CMV sales personnel, State and 
Federal government personnel, industry engineers, researchers, and CMV 
drivers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000 total respondents (675 CMV 
fleet managers, 150 CMV sales personnel, 600 Industry Engineers, 100 
CMV Drivers, 325 State and Federal government, and 150 Researchers).
    Estimated Time per Response: 3.5 minutes for the Pre-Roadshow 
Questionnaire and 4.4 minutes for the Post-Roadshow Questionnaire.
    Expiration Date: This is a new information collection.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion (if attending one of four 
roadshows).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 175 hours.

Background

    Although ADS-equipped trucks hold the promise of increased safety, 
productivity, and efficiency, it is not clear how these vehicles should 
be integrated into fleet operations with conventional trucks for mixed-
fleet operations. Reflecting this issue is a question frequently asked 
by trucking executives: How can I integrate ADS into my fleet 
operations? FMCSA needs information from truck industry representatives 
regarding their opinions and perception of ADS.
    The introduction of ADS technology on heavy trucks (Class 8 
vehicles) will profoundly affect all commerce in the U.S., as the U.S. 
moves more than 70% of all goods by truck. However, existing 
stakeholders in the road freight ecosystem (primarily for-hire and 
private truck fleets, but also shippers, brokers, truck manufacturers, 
and service and maintenance providers) do not have a clear picture of 
how they will implement ADS in their daily operations. At present, 
technical progress in this nascent but promising technology is 
outstripping the ability of truck fleets to keep up and plan for ADS 
deployment. This may adversely affect adoption by truck fleets and 
associated industries, resulting in the delayed achievement of safety, 
productivity, and efficiency benefits of ADS-equipped trucks. If ADS 
technology is to gain traction in the U.S. trucking industry, current 
stakeholders and new entrants need a rigorous, data driven CONOPS.
    This project focuses on the development and demonstration of a 
CONOPS for ADS-equipped trucks, which will ensure the results translate 
directly to real-world settings that are of practical importance to the 
trucking industry, regulators, and the public at large. Part of the 
development of CONOPS includes a series of outreach events where the 
public, with a focus on truck drivers and truck fleet managers, will 
have the opportunity to meet ADS technology developers and original 
equipment manufacturers. The outreach will also provide opportunities 
to participate in hands-on technology demonstrations, such as in-
vehicle demonstrations and closed-course scenarios. Lessons learned 
from this demonstration will influence all three phases of the research 
to ensure the CONOPS developed is true to real-life fleet operations. 
Thus, the purpose of the hands-on demonstrations: (1) Expose truck 
fleet managers and other personnel, truck drivers, government 
officials, insurance and inspection personnel, and the general public 
to ADS; (2) collect valuable qualitative data on participants' opinions 
and perceptions regarding ADS; and (3) use the data to ensure the 
CONOPS covers major industry concerns.
    Data will be collected from CMV drivers, CMV fleet managers, 
industry engineers, CMV sales personnel, researchers, and State and 
Federal government personnel at four roadshows. The roadshows will 
coincide with large conferences, such as the Technology Maintenance 
Council (TMC) Annual Meeting, North American Commercial Vehicle Show, 
SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, and Automated Vehicle 
Symposium. The questionnaire data collected in Phase I of the study 
(pre-roadshow) will allow us to gather baseline opinions regarding ADS 
technologies. Once they participate in the hands-on demonstrations at 
the roadshow, we will see if their opinions on the technologies have 
changed (Phase 2 or post-roadshow).
    The research team will use cell phones to collect participant data

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(adhering to cleaning procedures between each participant). The pre- 
and post-study questionnaires will be loaded onto a cell phone which 
will be distributed to participants at the beginning (and end) of the 
roadshow. Each questionnaire will be loaded in an app format. Once the 
participants submit their answers, the data will be stored on the phone 
and will not be accessible until researchers download the data to a 
computer.
    FMCSA conducted a pilot test with some of the proposed end-users. 
This pilot test included six end users, two researchers, one government 
employee, one commercial/motor vehicle fleet representative, and two 
commercial driver's license holders. Participants completed the Pre-
Roadshow Questionnaire and Post-Roadshow Questionnaire, timing 
completion of each and reviewing for content and/or comprehension 
issues. Based on this pilot test, FMCSA revised the Pre-Roadshow 
Questionnaire and Post-Roadshow Questionnaire. Pilot test participants 
indicated mean completion times of 3.5 minutes and 4.4 minutes for the 
Pre-Roadshow Questionnaire and Post Roadshow Questionnaire, 
respectively.

I. Summary of Public Comments Received

    On November 3, 2020, FMCSA published a notice in the Federal 
Register (85 FR 69678) with a 60-day public comment period to announce 
this proposed information collection. As of the closing date of January 
4, 2021, the agency received nine comments in response to this notice; 
however, one comment was blank.
    Seven of the comments expressed concern for the safety of ADS 
technologies and the potential job losses associated with this 
technology.
    The remaining comment indicated concern for real-world ADS testing 
as opposed to using simulations. FMCSA appreciates the commenters 
taking the time to provide feedback; however, these comments are beyond 
the scope of this information collection.
    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 on:
Thomas P. Keane,
Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Registration.
[FR Doc. 2021-08419 Filed 4-22-21; 8:45 am]
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