Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Before a Federal agency may collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (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 reinstatements of previously approved collections. This document describes a modification of an existing collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety
NHTSA is releasing new voluntary guidance on automated driving systemsAutomated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety. The new voluntary guidance is based on public comments received on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP) released in September 2016. The purpose of this new voluntary guidance is to support industry innovators, States and other key stakeholders as they consider and design best practices relative to the testing and deployment of automated vehicle technologies, while informing and educating the public and improving roadway safety. NHTSA invites public comment on the voluntary guidance and additional ways to improve its usefulness. This new voluntary guidance is an important part of DOT's multi- modal efforts to support the introduction of automation technologies that hold the promise of fulfilling NHTSA's mission of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads. As an update to the FAVP this new voluntary guidance serves as NHTSA's current operating guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADSsSAE International Automation Levels 3-5). NHTSA intends to continue to revise and refine the guidance periodically to reflect continued public input, experience, research, and innovation, and will address significant comments in preparing future iterations of the guidance. This guidance supports that effort.
Ride the Ducks International, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Ride the Ducks International, LLC (RTDI), has determined that certain model year (MY) 1996-2014 Ride the Ducks International Stretch Amphibious passenger vehicles (APVs) do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 113, Hood Latch System, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 302, Flammability of Interior Materials. RTDI filed a noncompliance information report dated March 15, 2017. RTDI also petitioned NHTSA on April 12, 2017, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
Portland & Western Railroad's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
This document notifies the public that Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) (Version 1.5, dated July 21, 2017) for its Westside Express Service and a copy of that PTCSP is available for public review and comment. PNWR asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification for PNWR's Enhanced Automatic Train Control (E-ATC), under the appropriate regulations.