Surface Transportation Board August 10, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

BNSF Railway Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-Northern Lines Railway, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-19644
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Trackage Rights Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: 2012-19643
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Cook County, IL
Document Number: 2012-19642
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Information Collection Activities (Released Rates)
Document Number: 2012-19596
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collections (here third-party disclosures) required under the Board's decision in Released Rates of Motor Common Carriers of Household Goods, Docket No. RR 999 (Amendment No. 5) (served Jan. 21, 2011 (2011 Decision) and Jan.10, 2012 (2012 Decision) and modified on May 15, 2012). Under 49 U.S.C. 13501, 13531, and 14706(f)(2), the Board is charged with oversight of certain motor carrier tariffs (the published rates that interstate movers of household goods charge for the services they offer). More specifically, the Interstate Commerce Act requires that such a mover offer what are known as ``full-value'' rates, which are rates under which the mover will be liable for the full value of any lost or damaged cargo. Full- value has been defined by statute to mean the ``replacement value'' of the goods (the cost to the consumer to replace the items lost or damaged (49 CFR 375.201)). Additionally, the Board and its predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission, have authorized moving companies to offer consumers a lower, ``released'' rate under which the carrier is released from full liability for lost or damaged cargo and assumes less than the statutory level of cargo liability for an interstate move. In its 2011 Decision and notice (76 FR 5,431), the Board issued preliminary regulations implementing a Congressional directive to enhance consumer protection in the case of loss or damage that occurs during interstate household-good moves. See Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Sec. 4215, Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1760 (2005). The 2011 Decision required movers to provide certain information concerning the two available cargo-liability options on the written estimate formthe first form that a moving company must give to a customer. In response to comments, the 2012 Decision modified the disclosure requirements proposed in the 2011 Decision (See 77 FR 15187- 01). Subsequently, in response to further public comments, the Board issued a March 9, 2012 decision and notice postponing the effective date of the new requirements until May 15 (See 77 FR 15187-01). These disclosure requirements, which fall within the definition of information collections under the PRA (see 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c)), are described in more detail below and appear in full in the appendices to this notice. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.