National Highway Traffic Safety Administration December 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Field Operational Test
Document Number: 2021-28363
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-30
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection. Before a Federal agency may collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from 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 collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval to allow NHTSA to continue to conduct research on the development of a driver alcohol detection system. NHTSA is seeking an extension of the information collection, titled ``Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Field Operational Test'' (OMB Control Number 2127-0734), which is currently approved through March 31, 2022. The extension is necessary to complete data collection that was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The burden hour and cost calculations have been adjusted to reflect only the remaining data collection, adjustments for recruitment based on current experience, and adjustments in participation based on current experience.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Preemption
Document Number: 2021-28115
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document finalizes NHTSA's proposal to repeal in full ``The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program,'' published September 27, 2019 (SAFE I Rule), in which NHTSA codified regulatory text and made additional pronouncements regarding the preemption of state and local laws related to fuel economy standards. NHTSA originally proposed to repeal the SAFE I Rule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled ``Corporate Average Fuel Economy Preemption,'' which was published on May 12, 2021. After evaluating all public comments submitted for this Proposal, the Agency is finalizing the Proposal. As such, the Agency is repealing all regulatory text and appendices promulgated in the SAFE I Rule. In doing so, the Agency underscores that any positions announced in preambulatory statements of prior NHTSA rulemakings, including in the SAFE I Rule, which purported to define the scope of preemption under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), do not reflect the Agency's reconsidered understanding of its proper role in matters of EPCA preemption. Through this final rule, NHTSA makes clear that no prior regulations or positions of the Agency reflect ongoing NHTSA views on the scope of preemption of states or local jurisdictions under EPCA.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Bus Rollover Structural Integrity
Document Number: 2021-27538
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is issuing this final rule to establish Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 227, ``Bus rollover structural integrity,'' to enhance the rollover structural integrity of over-the- road buses (motorcoaches), and other buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 11,793 kilograms (kg) (26,000 pounds (lb)). This final rule, issued pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), requires the buses to provide a ``survival space'' in a rollover test to protect occupants from possible collapse of the bus structure around them. In addition, to reduce the likelihood of ejection, this final rule prohibits emergency exits from opening in the rollover test. This final rule ensures that bus roofs and side wall panels will resist deformation and intrusion into the occupant space in rollover crashes, and reduces the risk of emergency exits becoming ejection portals in a crash.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Incident Reporting for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Document Number: 2021-28311
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This ICR describes NHTSA's information collection for incident reporting requirements for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and its expected burden. NHTSA recently requested emergency review of its request for approval of this information collection and received a six-month approval. To start the normal clearance procedures and request OMB's approval for a three-year extension of this currently approved information collection, NHTSA published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the information collection on September 30, 2021. NHTSA received 14 comments on the notice, as well as four letters regarding the information collection that were submitted directly to NHTSA.
Public Workshop on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Reporting Templates
Document Number: 2021-27722
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a workshop to present three new compliance reporting templates for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Program. The workshop will provide a demonstration of the use of the templates which automobile manufacturers will use to provide NHTSA required compliance data. Vehicle manufacturers and other interested parties who wish to attend the workshops are asked to pre-register (the workshop will be held virtually) and are invited to submit reporting questions and credit related technical issues to be considered for discussion during the workshops. Attendance requires electronic registration and confirmation in advance and is free.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2021-26981
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Goodyear), has determined that certain Goodyear Convenience Spare tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 109, New Pneumatic and Certain Specialty Tires. Goodyear filed an original noncompliance report dated June 8, 2021, and subsequently, Goodyear petitioned NHTSA on June 21, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces receipt of Goodyear's petition.