National Highway Traffic Safety Administration February 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-2715
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can 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 (PRA), 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 three collections of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 06-1763
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on December 5, 2005 (70 FR 72500-72501).
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Rear Impact Guards and Rear Impact Protection
Document Number: 06-1670
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
To address the problem of rear underride crashes, Federal safety standards require heavy trailers and semitrailers to be equipped with underride guards. Compliance with these requirements is not practicable for vehicles featuring work-performing equipment mounted in the area where an underride guard would normally be located. These trailers and semitrailers are designated as ``special purpose vehicles'' and are excluded from the standard. On November 5, 2004, we published a final rule amending the definition of ``special purpose vehicles'' in order to clarify the exclusion by specifying the dimensions of the area where the work-performing equipment must reside or pass through in order for the exclusion to apply. On December 14, 2004, we were petitioned by the National Truck Equipment Association to reconsider the final rule because the amendment has had an unintended effect of narrowing the exclusion applicable to ``special purpose vehicles.'' In response to that petition for reconsideration, this document further amends the definition of a ``special purpose vehicle'' to exclude a specific group of vehicles that cannot comply with the underride guard requirements in a practicable manner.
Decision That Nonconforming 2004 Jeep Liberty Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Manufactured for the Mexican Market Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-2433
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that certain 2004 Jeep Liberty multipurpose passenger vehicles manufactured for the Mexican market that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles originally manufactured for sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S. certified version of the 2004 Jeep Liberty multipurpose passenger vehicle), and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Announcing the Fourteenth Public Meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)
Document Number: E6-2355
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the Fourteenth Public Meeting of members of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network. CIREN is a collaborative effort to conduct research on crashes and injuries at eight Level 1 Trauma Centers linked by a computer network. Researchers can review data and share expertise, which could lead to a better understanding of crash injury mechanisms and the design of safer vehicles.
Decision That Nonconforming 2000 Audi A8 and S8 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E6-2177
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that certain 2000 Audi A8 and S8 passenger cars that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S. certified version of the 2000 Audi A8 and S8 passenger cars), and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Model Specifications for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs)
Document Number: 06-1423
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks comments about what revisions are needed for the Model Specifications for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (Model Specifications) published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Federal Register on April 7, 1992 (57 FR 11772). Model specifications are guidelines for the performance and testing of breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIIDs). These devices are designed to prevent a driver from starting a motor vehicle when the driver's breath alcohol content (BrAC) is at or above a set alcohol level. Because changes may be necessary after more than 13 years of experience with this technology, NHTSA is seeking comments regarding the need for revisions to the model specifications.
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Ford Motor Company
Document Number: E6-2053
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Ford Motor Company, (Ford) in accordance with Sec. 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR Part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Focus vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2006. This petition is granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Theft Prevention Standard.
Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 06-1360
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was published on December 1, 2005 in Volume 70, Number 230 on pages 72145- 72146.
InterModal Technologies, Inc.; Denial of Petition for a Temporary Exemption From Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121
Document Number: E6-2001
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice denies a petition from InterModal Technologies, Inc., for a temporary exemption from certain requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, Air brake systems. The denial is based on the petitioner's failure to persuade the agency that the safety device in question provides a safety level at least equal to that of the applicable Federal standard. Further, it failed to articulate how the exemption would make easier the development or field evaluation of the safety device for which the exemption is being sought. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice of receipt of the application on July 19, 2004, and afforded an opportunity for comment.\1\
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E6-1818
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-10
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits public comments on continuation of the requirements for the collection of information on safety standards. Before a Federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information on the advanced air bag phase-in requirements of the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on occupant protection for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 111 Rearview Mirrors
Document Number: E6-1739
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies the petition for rulemaking submitted by Mr. Bernard Cox, requesting that NHTSA amend the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for rearview mirrors to require manufacturers to install a mirror of unit magnification (a flat mirror) on the passenger's side of multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds) or less when such vehicles are equipped with a tow hitch package. Accordingly, manufacturers of MPVs, trucks, and buses (other than school buses) with a GVWR of 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds) or less continue to have the option of installing either a flat mirror or a convex mirror on the passenger's side of the vehicle provided that either mirror meets the applicable requirements of the standard.
Amendments to Highway Safety Program Guidelines
Document Number: 06-1204
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 402 of title 23 of the United States Code requires the Secretary of Transportation to promulgate uniform guidelines for State highway safety programs. NHTSA is seeking comments on proposed amendments to six (6) of the existing guidelines to reflect program methodology and approaches that have proven to be successful and are based in sound science and program administration. The guidelines the agency proposes to revise are as follows: Guideline No. 3 Motorcycle Safety, Guideline No. 8 Impaired Driving, Guideline No. 14 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Guideline No. 15 Traffic Enforcement Services (formerly Police Traffic Services), Guideline No. 19 Speed Management (formerly Speed Control), and Guideline No. 20 Occupant Protection. NHTSA believes the proposed revisions will provide more accurate, current and detailed guidance to the States. The revised guidelines will be made publicly available on the NHTSA Web site.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment; Correction
Document Number: E6-1743
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document corrects the docket number for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register (70 FR 77454) on December 30, 2005 to amend Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 108 on lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. That NPRM proposed to amend the standard by reorganizing the regulatory text so that it provides a more straight-forward and logical presentation of the applicable regulatory requirements.
Kumho Tire Co., Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-1539
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Incentive Grant Program To Prohibit Racial Profiling
Document Number: E6-1427
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a new incentive grant program concerning racial profiling under section 1906 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU). This Notice informs the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, through their Governors' Representatives for Highway Safety, of the application procedures for grants available in fiscal years 2006 through 2009.
State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grants
Document Number: E6-1426
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a grant program to improve State traffic safety information systems under Section 2006 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU). This Notice informs the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, through their Governors' Representatives for Highway Safety, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (on behalf of the Indian tribes), of the application procedures to receive grants to be made available in fiscal years 2006 through 2009.
Les Entreprises Michel Corbeil Inc., Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-1373
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Weekend Warrior Trailers, Inc., Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E6-1372
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation