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Emergency Medical Services Education Agenda 2050: Request for Information
Document Number: 2023-22625
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a RFI. The NHTSA Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is seeking comments from all sources (public, private, government, academic, professional, public interest groups, and other interested parties) on the planned re-envisioning of the 2000 EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. The purpose of this document is to solicit comments on EMS Education Agenda 2050, and request responses to specific questions provided in this document. This is neither a request for proposals nor an invitation for bids.
Motorcyclist Advisory Council
Document Number: 2023-20726
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA announces the establishment of MAC for a 2-year period. The MAC will coordinate with and advise the Secretary of Transportation, the NHTSA Administrator and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator on transportation issues of concern to motorcyclists, including: motorcycle and motorcyclist safety; barrier and road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies. NHTSA is also soliciting nominations for appointment to the MAC.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Document Number: 2023-20393
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document denies a petition for rulemaking submitted by Mr. Eddie L. Fray on behalf of the Parent Advocacy Group on November 27, 2015. The petitioner requested that the Secretary of Transportation mandate installation of specific products and systems as well other complementary safety features intended to prevent pediatric heatstroke in vehicles. NHTSA is denying the petition because the Agency does not initiate rulemaking to require installation of specific products.
Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Nissan North America, Inc.
Document Number: 2023-19761
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document grants in full the Nissan North America, Inc.'s (Nissan) petition for exemption from the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard (theft prevention standard) for its Z vehicle line beginning in model year (MY) 2024. The 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. Nissan also requested confidential treatment for specific information in its petition. Therefore, no confidential information provided for purposes of this notice has been disclosed.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2023-19535
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-11
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).
Initial Decision That Certain Frontal Driver and Passenger Air Bag Inflators Manufactured by ARC Automotive Inc. and Delphi Automotive Systems LLC Contain a Safety Defect; and Scheduling of a Public Meeting
Document Number: 2023-19441
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-08
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA will hold a public meeting regarding its initial decision that certain frontal and passenger air bag inflators manufactured by ARC and Delphi through January 2018 contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety and should be recalled.
Anthropomorphic Test Devices; THOR 50th Percentile Adult Male Test Dummy; Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2023-19008
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes to amend NHTSA's regulations to include an advanced crash test dummy, the Test Device for Human Occupant Restraint (THOR) 50th percentile adult male (THOR-50M). The dummy represents an adult male of roughly average height and weight and is designed for use in frontal crash tests. NHTSA plans to issue a separate NPRM to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection,'' to specify the THOR-50M as an alternative (at the vehicle manufacturer's option) to the 50th percentile adult male dummy currently specified in FMVSS No. 208 for use in frontal crash compliance tests.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection, Seat Belt Reminder Systems
Document Number: 2023-18413
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-09-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (MAP-21) directs NHTSA to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection,'' to require a seat belt use warning system for rear seats. Pursuant to this mandate and following on an earlier Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, NHTSA is proposing to require a seat belt warning system for the rear seats of passenger cars, trucks, most buses, and multipurpose passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. This document also proposes to enhance the existing front seat belt warning requirements, including requiring a seat belt warning for the front outboard passenger seat and increasing the duration of the warning.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information
Document Number: 2023-19030
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-05
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) abstracted below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. This document describes a currently approved collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek approval from OMB for extension with modification on NHTSA's State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on May 3, 2023. One supporting comment was received.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Examine Issues With Prosecuting Driving-Under-the-Influence-of-Drugs (DUID) Cases
Document Number: 2023-18654
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-30
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 a new information collection. Before a Federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval regarding prosecution of driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs (DUID) cases.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035; Correction
Document Number: 2023-18310
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document corrects technical errors in the proposed rule that appeared in the Federal Register on August 17, 2023, entitled ``Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035.'' That document proposed new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for passenger cars and light trucks to be manufactured in model years (MYs) 2027-2032, and new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans (HDPUVs) to be manufactured in MYs 2030-2035.
Public Hearing for Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035
Document Number: 2023-18309
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is announcing a virtual public hearing to be held September 28, 2023, on its proposal for the ``Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035,'' which was signed on July 28, 2023. This hearing also allows the public to provide oral comments regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that accompanies the proposal. An additional session will be held on September 29, if necessary, to accommodate the number of people that sign up to testify.
Ricon Corporation and Navistar, Inc., Receipt of Petitions for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-18332
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-25
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Ricon Corporation (Ricon) has determined that certain Ricon S- Series and K-Series platform lifts do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 403, Platform Lift Systems for Motor Vehicles. Based on Ricon's determination, Navistar, Inc., on behalf of IC Bus, LLC (Navistar), who installed the S-Series and K- Series platform lifts in their school and commercial buses, determined that model year (MY) 2013-2022 IC buses do not comply with FMVSS No. 404, Platform Lift Installation in Motor Vehicles. Ricon and Navistar, collectively referred to as the ``the petitioners,'' filed the appropriate noncompliance reports and subsequently petitioned NHTSA for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the receipt of the petitioner's petitions.
Mack Trucks, Inc., Denial of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-18022
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Mack Trucks, Inc., (Mack Trucks), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2015-2023 Mack GU/GR Class 8 trucks and truck-tractors do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Mack Trucks filed an original noncompliance report dated November 1, 2022, and amended the report on November 3, 2022. Mack Trucks petitioned NHTSA on November 23, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the denial of Mack Trucks' petition.
Hitachi Cable America Inc., Now Known as Proterial Cable America, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Receipt of Supplemental Petitions for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-18021
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hitachi Cable America Inc. (HCA), now known as Proterial Cable America, Inc. (PCA), and Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley- Davidson) (collectively, ``the Petitioners'') have determined that certain PVC, Nylon, and ``Revised Socket'' Nylon brake hose assemblies equipped in certain model year (MY) 2008-2022 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and also sold to Harley-Davidson dealers as replacement parts, do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 106, Brake Hoses. The Petitioners filed the appropriate noncompliance reports and subsequently petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. Notice of receipt was first published on April 13, 2023. This document announces receipt of the Petitioners' supplemental petitions.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Denial of Petitions for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-18020
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-22
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen or the ``Petitioner'') has determined that certain model year (MY) 2019 and 2021 Audi motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, Light Vehicle Brake Systems. Volkswagen filed noncompliance reports dated March 27, 2019, and July 26, 2021. Volkswagen petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') on April 17, 2019, and August 25, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces the denial of Volkswagen's petitions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting Program: Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2023-17683
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA is extending the comment period for the notice NHTSA published on June 12, 2023 seeking public comment on its intention to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection for NHTSA's planned First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting (FRIAR) Program. The comment period for the FRIAR notice was scheduled to end on August 11, 2023. NHTSA is extending the comment period for the notice by 20 days to allow for additional time to submit comments.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035
Document Number: 2023-16515
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-08-17
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation (DOT), is proposing new fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks and fuel efficiency standards for model years (MYs) 2027-31 that increase at a rate of 2 percent per year for passenger cars and 4 percent per year for light trucks, and new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans (HDPUVs) for MYs 2030-2035 that increase at a rate of 10 percent per year. NHTSA is also setting forth proposed augural standards for MY 2032 passenger cars and light trucks, that would increase at 2 percent and 4 percent year over year, respectively, as compared to the prior year's standards. NHTSA currently projects that the proposed standards would require an industry fleet-wide average for passenger cars and light trucks of roughly 58 miles per gallon (mpg) in MY 2032 and an industry fleet-wide average for HDPUVs of roughly 2.6 gallons per 100 miles in MY 2038. NHTSA further projects that the proposed standards would reduce average fuel outlays over the lifetimes of passenger cars and light trucks by $1,043 and of HDPUVs by $439. These proposed standards are directly responsive to the agency's statutory mandate to improve energy conservation and reduce the nation's energy dependence on foreign sources.
Winnebago Industries, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-16312
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-08-01
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Winnebago Industries, Inc., (Winnebago), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2013-2023 Winnebago motorhomes do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Winnebago filed an original noncompliance report dated November 11, 2022, and amended the report on December 2, 2022, and May 17, 2023. Winnebago petitioned NHTSA on December 2, 2022, and amended the petition on May 17, 2023, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Winnebago's petition.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Examining Distraction and Driver Monitoring Systems To Improve Driver Safety
Document Number: 2023-14949
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-14
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 a new information collection. Before a Federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval titled ``Examining Distraction and Driver Monitoring Systems to Improve Driver Safety.''
Forest River Bus, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-14725
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Forest River Bus, LLC (Forest River) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2009-2022 Starcraft school buses do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 222, School Bus Passenger Seating And Crash Protection. Forest River filed a noncompliance report dated December 21, 2022, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') on January 17, 2023, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Forest River's petition.
Heavy Vehicle Automatic Emergency Braking; AEB Test Devices
Document Number: 2023-13622
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-07-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This NPRM proposes to adopt a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) to require automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on heavy vehicles, i.e., vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). This notice also proposes to amend FMVSS No. 136 to require nearly all heavy vehicles to have an electronic stability control system that meets the equipment requirements, general system operational capability requirements, and malfunction detection requirements of FMVSS No. 136. An AEB system uses multiple sensor technologies and sub-systems that work together to sense when the vehicle is in a crash imminent situation and automatically applies the vehicle brakes if the driver has not done so or automatically applies more braking force to supplement the driver's applied braking. This NPRM follows NHTSA's 2015 grant of a petition for rulemaking from the Truck Safety Coalition, the Center for Auto Safety, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Road Safe America, requesting that NHTSA establish a safety standard to require AEB on certain heavy vehicles. This NPRM also responds to a mandate under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, as enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, directing the Department to prescribe an FMVSS that requires heavy commercial vehicles with FMVSS-required electronic stability control systems to be equipped with an AEB system, and also promotes DOT's January 2022 National Roadway Safety Strategy to initiate a rulemaking to require AEB on heavy trucks. This NPRM also proposes Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requiring the electronic stability control and AEB systems to be on during vehicle operation.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Request for Comment; Strategies To Improve Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Officers' Performance and Law Enforcement Agencies' DRE Programs
Document Number: 2023-13856
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-03
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. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. This is a new information collection to study ways to help improve DRE Officers' performance and Law Enforcement DRE programs. A Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on August 31, 2022, Docket No. NHTSSA-2022-0032. Three sources submitted comments. In general, the submitted comments reflected that they were in support of the project's efforts. No adjustments were needed to the project plan.
Polaris Group of America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-14064
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-03
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Polaris Group of America, Inc., (Polaris), has determined that certain motorcycles manufactured by Indian Motorcycle Company do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Indian Motorcycle Company, on behalf of Polaris, filed an original noncompliance report dated April 13, 2022, and later amended the report on September 9, 2022. Polaris petitioned NHTSA on May 13, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Polaris's petition.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative
Document Number: 2023-13902
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-30
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) abstracted below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The information collection described in this document is for NHTSA's Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative, which involves the collection of voluntarily-submitted information from entities involved in the testing of vehicles equipped with automated driving systems (ADS) and from States and local authorities involved in the regulation of ADS testing. The purpose of this collection is to provide information to the public about ADS testing operations in the United States and applicable State and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the information collection was published on April 6, 2023 (83 FR 20608). NHTSA received 3 comment submission and a brief summary and NHTSA's response to those comments is provided in this document.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2023-13390
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).
AGC Automotive Americas Co., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-12566
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
AGC Automotive Americas Co., (AGC), has determined that certain glass backlites and sidelites manufactured as replacement parts do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205, Glazing Materials. AGC filed an original noncompliance report dated March 11, 2020. AGC petitioned NHTSA on April 7, 2020, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of AGC's petition.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Automatic Emergency Braking Systems for Light Vehicles
Document Number: 2023-11863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-06-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM proposes to adopt a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard to require automatic emergency braking (AEB), including pedestrian AEB (PAEB), systems on light vehicles. An AEB system uses various sensor technologies and sub-systems that work together to detect when the vehicle is in a crash imminent situation, to automatically apply the vehicle brakes if the driver has not done so, or to apply more braking force to supplement the driver's braking. The AEB system proposed in this NPRM would detect and react to an imminent crash with a lead vehicle or pedestrian. This NPRM promotes NHTSA's goal to equip vehicles with AEB and PAEB, and advances DOT's January 2022 National Roadway Safety Strategy that identified requiring AEB, including PAEB technologies, on new passenger vehicles as a key Departmental action to enable safer vehicles. This NPRM also responds to a mandate under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law directing the Department to promulgate a rule to require that all passenger vehicles be equipped with an AEB system.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting Program
Document Number: 2023-12420
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection. Before a federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval on the First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting Program (FRIAR) in which first responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire department, and emergency medical services) may submit information about fatalities, injuries, or crashes that may have been caused due to a motor vehicle or equipment defect.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Request for Comment; Information Collection Request: Criminal Penalty Safe Harbor Provision
Document Number: 2023-12478
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-12
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. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. This collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval concerns NHTSA's Criminal Penalty Safe Harbor Provision. It is a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on June 29, 2022. No comments were received.
Side Underride Guards; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2023-12296
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-06-09
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA received two requests to extend the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding side underride guards that NHTSA published on April 21, 2023. The comment period for the ANPRM was scheduled to end on June 20, 2023. NHTSA is extending the comment period for the ANPRM by 30 days.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Alcohol-Impaired Driving Segmentation Study
Document Number: 2023-12102
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-07
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection. Before a federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval on a segmentation study related to alcohol-impaired driving and riding (motorcycles). This study's objective is to better understand alcohol-consumption behaviors and how they relate to potential alcohol-impaired driving/riding. The results of this study will help NHTSA inform its consumer messages to reduce fatalities and injuries on US roadways.
Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs
Document Number: 2023-11758
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-06-05
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This final rule amends the uniform procedures implementing the State Highway Safety Grant Program to waive, for fiscal year 2024, the requirement that targets for the common performance measures be identical to targets in the State Highway Safety Improvement Plan. This final rule makes a corresponding change to a similar requirement in the Federal Highway Administration's performance management regulation.
Czinger Vehicles-Grant of Petition for Temporary Exemption From Certain Requirements of FMVSS No. 205, Glazing Materials
Document Number: 2023-11453
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-31
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice grants the petition of Czinger Vehicles (Czinger) for a temporary exemption from windshield abrasion resistance requirements in Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 205, Glazing materials. The basis for the exemption is that compliance with these requirements would cause substantial economic hardship to a low volume manufacturer that has tried in good faith to comply with the standard. This action follows our publication in the Federal Register of a document announcing receipt of Czinger's petition and soliciting public comments. We received no comments on the petition.
New Car Assessment Program
Document Number: 2023-11201
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice requests comment on a proposal to update the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) to provide consumers with information about crashworthiness pedestrian protection of new vehicles. The proposed updates to NCAP would provide valuable safety information to consumers about the ability of vehicles to protect pedestrians and could incentivize vehicle manufacturers to produce vehicles that provide better protection for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. In addition, this proposal addresses several mandates set forth in section 24213 of the November 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Premiori LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-10918
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-23
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Premiori, LLC, (Premiori), has determined that certain Premiorri Solazo replacement passenger car tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Premiori filed an original noncompliance report dated June 28, 2022, and amended the report on October 27, 2022. Premiori petitioned NHTSA on July 7, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Premiori's petition.
Rivian Automotive, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-10704
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Rivian Automotive, LLC (Rivian) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2022 Rivian Electric Delivery Van (EDV) motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Rivian filed a noncompliance report dated October 24, 2022, and amended the report on November 14, 2022. Rivian subsequently petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') on November 15, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Rivian's petition.
Toyota Motor North America, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-10703
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Toyota Motor North America (Toyota) has determined that certain model year (MY) 2023 Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X 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 July 29, 2022, and subsequently petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') on August 12, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Toyota's petition.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-10702
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-19
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (Volkswagen), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2021-2022 Volkswagen and Audi motor vehicles do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, Occupant Crash Protection. Volkswagen filed an original noncompliance report dated November 19, 2021, and later amended the report on November 22, 2021, and December 1, 2021. Volkswagen petitioned NHTSA on December 13, 2021, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the grant of Volkswagen's petition.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information
Document Number: 2023-09357
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-03
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 a modification of a currently approved information collection. Before a Federal agency can 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 reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes a collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval on State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information collection.
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-08735
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2013-2018 Thomas Built Buses do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 222, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection. DTNA filed a noncompliance report dated November 27, 2017. DTNA in collaboration with SynTec Seating Solutions, LLC (SynTec), the seating manufacturer, subsequently petitioned NHTSA on December 15, 2017, and later amended it on September 21, 2018, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces the grant of DTNA's petition.
Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-08734
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, (Hercules), has determined that certain Hercules Power ST2 radial trailer tires do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 119, New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). Hercules filed an original noncompliance report dated October 5, 2022. Hercules subsequently petitioned NHTSA on October 21, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of Hercules' petition.
Beat the Street Interiors, Inc.-Receipt of Petition for Temporary Exemption From Shoulder Belt Requirement for Side-Facing Seats on Motorcoaches
Document Number: 2023-08801
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Beat the Street Interiors, Inc. (``BTS'') has petitioned NHTSA for a temporary exemption from a shoulder belt requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, ``Occupant crash protection,'' for side-facing seats on motorcoaches. The petitioner seeks to install Type 1 seat belts (lap belt only) at side-facing seating positions instead of Type 2 seat belts (lap and shoulder belts) required by FMVSS No. 208. The petitioner states that, absent the requested exemption, it will otherwise be unable to sell a vehicle whose overall level of safety or impact protection is at least equal to that of a nonexempted vehicle. NHTSA is publishing this document to notify the public of the receipt of the petition and to request comment on it, in accordance with statutory and administrative provisions.
Advisory Committee on Underride Protection; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2023-08810
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-26
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Underride Protection (ACUP). This notice announces the date, time, and location of the meeting, which will be open to the public. The purpose of the ACUP is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on safety regulations to reduce underride crashes and fatalities relating to underride crashes.
Side Underride Guards
Document Number: 2023-08451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-04-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This ANPRM responds to Section 23011(c) of the November 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which directs the Secretary to conduct research on side underride guards to better understand their overall effectiveness, and assess the feasibility, benefits, costs, and other impacts of installing side underride guards on trailers and semitrailers. The BIL further directs the Secretary to report the findings of the research in a Federal Register notice to seek public comment. In addition, this ANPRM also responds to a petition for rulemaking from Ms. Marianne Karth and the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC).
Implementing the Whistleblower Provisions of the Vehicle Safety Act
Document Number: 2023-06894
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-04-14
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Whistleblowers are an important source of information on motor vehicle safety, as Congress recognized in enacting the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act (Whistleblower Act). NHTSA is proposing rules, including forms, to implement the Whistleblower Act and seeking comment from interested stakeholders. The Whistleblower Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to pay an award, subject to certain limitations, to eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide original information relating to any motor vehicle defect, noncompliance, or any violation or alleged violation of any notification or reporting requirement, which is likely to cause unreasonable risk of death or serious physical injury, if the information provided leads to the successful resolution of a covered action. The Whistleblower Act also contains protections relating to the whistleblower's identity. This proposed rule will help to facilitate the Agency's identification of information provided by whistleblowers to ensure that whistleblowers receive the protections afforded under the statute. It also describes those limited situations where information that could reasonably be expected to reveal the identity of a whistleblower may be disclosed.
Hitachi Cable America Inc., Now Known as Proterial Cable America, Inc., and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2023-07830
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hitachi Cable America Inc. (HCA), now known as Proterial Cable America, Inc. (PCA), and Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley- Davidson) (collectively, ``the Petitioners'') have determined that certain PVC, Nylon, and ``Revised Socket'' Nylon brake hose assemblies equipped in certain model year (MY) 2008-2022 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and also sold to Harley-Davidson dealers as replacement parts, do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 106, Brake Hoses. HCA filed an original noncompliance report on July 27, 2022, and amended the report on August 25, 2022, October 18, 2022, October 26, 2022, November 16, 2022, and March 30, 2023. Harley-Davidson filed its initial noncompliance report dated August 9, 2022, and amended the report on December 6, 2022, February 7, 2023, February 8, 2023, and March 8, 2023. HCA petitioned NHTSA (the ``Agency'') on August 19, 2022, and amended its petition on November 10, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliances are inconsequential as they relate to motor vehicle safety. Harley-Davidson petitioned NHTSA on September 2, 2022, and amended its petition on December 29, 2022, for a decision that the subject noncompliances are inconsequential as they relate to motor vehicle safety. This document announces receipt of the Petitioners' petitions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Request for Comment; Older Driver Rearview Video Systems
Document Number: 2023-07521
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-11
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. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. NHTSA invites public comments about our intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a reinstatement with modification of a previously approved information collection request exploring older drivers' use of rearview video systems (backing cameras). A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published. NHTSA received comments from one organization, which we address below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Notice and Request for Comment; Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative
Document Number: 2023-07123
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-06
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 can 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. This document describes an existing collection of information for NHTSA's Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative for which NHTSA intends to seek renewed OMB approval. The AV TEST Initiative involves the voluntary collection of information from entities testing vehicles equipped with automated driving systems (ADS) and from States and local authorities involved in the regulation of ADS testing. The purpose of this collection is to provide information to the public about ADS testing operations in the U.S. and applicable State and local laws, regulations, and guidelines.
Request for Comments; CISS Expansion
Document Number: 2023-07071
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-05
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On November 15, 2021, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Under Sec. 24108(e) Congress authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to enhance the collection of crash data by upgrading the Crash Investigation Sampling System (CISS) to include (1) additional program sites; (2) an expanded scope that includes all crash types; and (3) on-scene investigation protocols. The NHTSA is conducting a comprehensive review of the Crash Investigation Sampling System (CISS) sample design and data collection methods as part of a major effort to upgrade CISS. Users of CISS and other crash data may comment as to the future utility of current CISS, recommend ways to upgrade current CISS, and indicate their anticipated data needs. All comments should be submitted via Docket number NHTSA-2023-0016.
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