National Highway Traffic Safety Administration March 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Average Fuel Economy Standards Passenger Cars and Light Trucks Model Year 2011
Document Number: E9-6839
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The future of this country's economy, security, and environment are linked to one key challenge: energy. To reduce fuel consumption, NHTSA has been issuing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards since the late 1970's under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). However, the principal effects of these standards are broader than their statutory purpose. Reducing fuel consumption conserves petroleum, a non-renewable energy source, saves consumers money, and promotes energy independence and security by reducing dependence on foreign oil. It also directly reduces the motor vehicle tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the principal greenhouse gas emitted by motor vehicles.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC); Notice of teleconference meeting.
Document Number: E9-6915
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-27
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The NHTSA announces a teleconference meeting of NEMSAC to be held in April 2009. This notice announces the date, time and call-in information for the meeting, which will be open to the public. The purpose of NEMSAC is to provide a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the U.S. DOT's NHTSA.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-6766
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-26
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, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections.
Spyker Automobielen B.V.; Grant of Application for Limited Extension of Temporary Exemption From Certain Requirements of FMVSS No. 208
Document Number: E9-6576
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the Spyker Automobielen B.V. (``Spyker'') application for a limited extension of a previously received temporary exemption from certain requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection, for the Spyker C vehicle line. In accordance with 49 CFR Part 555, the basis for the grant is that compliance would cause substantial economic hardship to a low-volume manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard, and the exemption would have a negligible impact on motor vehicle safety. The exemption is effective through December 15, 2010.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-6382
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-24
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, 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.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-6116
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
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 the 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 one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; Effect Upon State Laws and Regulations
Document Number: E9-6061
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In a notice of proposed rulemaking published on May 2, 2008, proposing Corporate Average Fuel standards for model years 2011-2015, NHTSA set forth its previously stated view regarding preemption under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of State standards regulating carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicle tailpipes and proposed to include a summary statement of those views in the Code of Federal Regulations. However, in a January 26, 2009 memorandum requesting that NHTSA complete its rulemaking in two phases, the President further requested the agency to reconsider its views. In accordance with that request, NHTSA will re-examine the issue of preemption in the context of its forthcoming rulemaking to establish Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for model year 2012 and later years.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-6040
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
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, 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.
Continental Tire North America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-5638
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Volkswagen
Document Number: E9-5477
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the petition of Volkswagen Group of America (VW) in accordance with 543.9(c)(2) of 49 CFR part 543, Exemption from the Theft Prevention Standard, for the Audi A3 vehicle line beginning with model year (MY) 2010. 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
Document Number: E9-5394
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-12
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, 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 one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-5277
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Michelin North America, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-5276
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-4936
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-09
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, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a request for emergency clearance for a collection of information associated with product plan information to assist the agency in establishing corporate average fuel economy standards for model years 2012 through 2016 passenger cars and light trucks. The establishment of those standards is required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, Public Law 110-140.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: E9-4852
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-09
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, 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 concerning vehicle safety features for consumer information purposes (OMB Control number 2127-0629).
Decision That Nonconforming 1997 and 1998 Left-Hand Drive and 1997 through 2001 Right-Hand Drive Jeep Cherokee Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles Are Eligible for Importation
Document Number: E9-4808
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-06
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a decision by NHTSA that nonconforming 1997 and 1998 left-hand drive (LHD) and 1997 through 2001 right-hand drive (RHD) Jeep Cherokee multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) 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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles that were 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 1997 and 1998 LHD and 1997 through 2001 RHD Jeep Cherokee MPVs), and (2) they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E9-4635
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-04
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, 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.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; Rearview Mirrors
Document Number: E9-4500
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document initiates rulemaking to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 111, Rearview Mirrors,\1\ to improve a driver's ability to see areas to the rear of a motor vehicle in order to mitigate fatalities and injuries associated with backover incidents. The agency and Congress are concerned that vehicles have ``blind zones,'' \2\ areas behind the vehicle in which drivers may have difficulty seeing and avoiding a person or other obstacle. Through this notice, NHTSA presents its initial research efforts and solicits additional information that will enable the agency to develop an effective proposal to mitigate backover incidents related to vehicle rear blind zones.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; Air Brake Systems
Document Number: E9-4492
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document extends for six months a requirement that trailers with antilock brake systems be equipped with an external antilock malfunction indicator lamp. This requirement, which is included in the Federal motor vehicle safety standard that governs vehicles equipped with air brakes, is currently scheduled to sunset on March 1, 2009. As a result of this interim final rule, the sunset date is September 1, 2009. We are taking this action in connection with our consideration of a petition for rulemaking from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) requesting that the requirement be made permanent. In a separate document, we are proposing a further extension of the requirement, to March 1, 2011. This interim final rule prevents the occurrence of a potential time gap for the vehicles that are subject to the requirement, should the agency ultimately decide to further extend the time period.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; Air Brake Systems
Document Number: E9-4491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to extend by 18 months a requirement that trailers with antilock brake systems be equipped with an external antilock malfunction indicator lamp. It also considers making the requirement permanent. The indicator lamp requirement, which is included in the Federal motor vehicle safety standard that governs vehicles equipped with air brakes, was originally scheduled to sunset on March 1, 2009, but has been extended to September 1, 2009 in an interim final rule published in today's Federal Register. Under our proposal, the sunset date would be extended until March 1, 2011. This rulemaking is in response to a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which has asked that this requirement be made permanent. Extending the sunset date for an additional 18 months would enable the agency to fully analyze CVSA's request that the requirement be made permanent, and avoid a potential confusing time gap in the vehicles subject to the requirement.
Passenger Car Average Fuel Economy Standards-Model Years 2008-2020; Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standards-Model Years 2008-2020; Request for Product Plan Information
Document Number: E9-4449
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The purpose of this request for comments is to acquire new and updated information regarding vehicle manufacturers' future product plans to assist the agency in assessing what corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards should be established for model years 2012 through 2016 passenger cars and light trucks. The establishment of those standards is required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, Public Law 110-140.
Hyundai Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: E9-4275
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation