Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Summit Helicopters, Inc.
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Summit Helicopters, Inc. (Summit) for an exemption from the commercial motor vehicle drivers' hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for their drivers who transport materials to and from job sites to assist in the company's aerial application of herbicides. The exemption, if granted, would enable Summit's drivers to conduct these operations, including transportation to and from the herbicides application sites, without having to comply with the HOS regulations. Summit believes that relief from the HOS regulations would permit their drivers to work longer periods of time and at the same time maintain a high level of safety. FMCSA requests public comment on the Summit Helicopters, Inc. application for exemption.
Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (FedEx) requesting an exemption from the on-duty time definition under the Federal drivers hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). If granted, the exemption would allow FedEx's home-delivery drivers to operate property-carrying CMVs to and from their residence, without being considered ``on duty.'' FedEx states the subject property is normally a package or packages which were expected to be delivered during the workday but, for one reason or another, could not be delivered that day. Thus, the drivers would operate laden CMVs from the point where the final home delivery was made for that workday to their residence, and from their residence the following workday to a FedEx terminal. FedEx believes its drivers would maintain a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level achieved without the exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on the FedEx application for exemption.
Hours of Service of Drivers; Application for Exemption; Landstar System, Inc.
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) for an exemption from the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers' hours-of-service regulations for its drivers when transporting high-security cargo that requires constant attendance. The HOS regulation requires that CMV drivers using the sleeper-berth exception remain in the sleeper berth for at least 8 consecutive hours during one of the 2 rest periods used to accumulate the equivalent of 10 hours off duty. Landstar states that, for team- driver operations, this prevents the driver in the sleeper berth from attending to the cargo while the other driver takes a restroom break, and conflicts with requirements for all persons to exit the vehicle for a security inspection when entering certain military installations. FMCSA requests public comment on the Landstar application for exemption.
Availability of Grant Funds for the Thermal Imaging Inspection System Project
This document announces the availability of grant funding under FMCSA's FY2006 Research Grants program as specified in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users. The program provides one-time funding for a demonstration project that uses a thermal imaging inspection system that leverages state-of-the-art thermal imagery technology, integrated with signature recognition software, providing the capability to identify, in real time, faults and failures in tires, brakes, and bearings mounted on commercial motor vehicles. The period of performance for this project is 24 months from the date of award.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Isuzu Motors America, Inc.'s Exemption Application
FMCSA announces that Isuzu Motors America, Inc. (Isuzu) has applied for an exemption for 76 of its commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to enable them to test-drive Isuzu CMVs in the United States without a U.S. CDL. The Isuzu CMVs are prototypes which require testing under U.S. climatic conditions prior to being placed on the U.S. market. Each of these drivers holds a CDL issued in Japan, but lack the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL in the United States. Isuzu asks that they be exempt from the Federal requirement that drivers of such CMVs hold a CDL issued by one of the States of the United States.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 47 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision standard. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers.
Hours of Service of Drivers: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Application for Exemption
FMCSA announces that it has received an application from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) for a 2-year exemption from certain provisions of the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Under the exemption, drivers of ready-mixed concrete vehicles in designated areas would be allowed to operate under the 100 air-mile radius exception from the requirement to prepare records of duty status (RODS) provided they are released from work within 14 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Additionally, NRMCA requests an exemption from the requirement that a CMV driver record his or her duty status for each 24-hour period using the methods prescribed in the HOS rules. NRMCA is requesting the exemption on behalf of ready-mixed concrete producers operating within a 100 air-mile radius, in interstate commerce, delivering to active construction sites in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. NRMCA states that approximately 800 drivers and the same number of ready-mixed concrete vehicles will operate under the requested exemption. NRMCA bases its request on the fact that many companies and their drivers are working to rebuild areas affected by the record number of hurricanes during the 2005 hurricane season. FMCSA requests public comment on NRMCA's application for exemption.
Notice of Request for Comments on Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection: OMB Control Number 2126-0031 (Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers) (Formerly OMB 2129-0003)
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announces its intent to submit a currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR), Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the relevant information collection activities and their expected costs and burdens. The Agency published a Federal Register notice providing a 60-day comment period on this ICR in April 2006 (71 FR 18136, Apr. 10, 2006). The Agency received two comments in support of continuation of this information collection.
Notice of Intent To Survey Medical Examiners Who Certify the Physical Qualifications of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes a proposed collection activity and its expected cost and burden. The Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on the ICR was published on September 29, 2005. Three comments were received supporting the concept of a national registry of qualified medical examiners, but none specifically addressed the information collection process.