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Hours of Service of Drivers: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Application for Exemption
Document Number: Z6-11289
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records; National Finance Center (NFC) Payroll Personnel System
Document Number: Z6-11235
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Summit Helicopters, Inc.
Document Number: E6-12163
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Document Number: E6-12162
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Document Number: E6-12161
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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
Document Number: E6-11875
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-26
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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
Document Number: E6-11766
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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
Document Number: E6-11556
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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
Document Number: E6-11289
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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)
Document Number: E6-11140
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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
Document Number: E6-11005
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 06-6054
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-10041
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-26
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The MRB Public Meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and participate in MRB deliberations about the revision and development of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) medical standards, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: Protection Against Shifting and Falling Cargo
Document Number: 06-5236
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-22
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends its September 27, 2002, final rule concerning protection against shifting and falling cargo for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operated in interstate commerce in response to petitions for rulemaking from the American Trucking Association (ATA), Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Georgia-Pacific Corporation (Georgia-Pacific) and Weyerhaeuser, and in response to issues raised by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), the Forest Resources Association, Inc. (FRA), the Washington Contract Loggers Association and the Washington Log Truckers Conference (WCLA/WLTC), and the Timber Producers Association of Michigan and Wisconsin (TPA). The amendments make the final rule more consistent with the December 18, 2000, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to adopt the North American Cargo Securement Standard Model Regulations. This final rule also includes several editorial revisions to the 2002 final rule. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL- 401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E6-9732
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-21
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
DOT intends to establish a system of records under the Privacy Act of 1974.
Commercial Driver's License Standards; Isuzu Motors America, Inc.'s Exemption Application
Document Number: E6-9684
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-21
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew Isuzu Motors America, Inc.'s (Isuzu), exemption from the Agency's requirement for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Isuzu requested that its exemption for 19 Japanese engineers and technicians be renewed to enable these individuals to continue test driving CMVs in the United States for Isuzu. All of the individuals hold a valid Japanese CDL. FMCSA believes the knowledge and skills testing and training program that drivers must undergo for a Japanese CDL ensures a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the U.S. requirement for a CDL.
Notice of Intent To Survey and Observe Medical Examiners Who Certify the Physical Qualifications of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
Document Number: E6-9512
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-19
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its plan to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of an information collection (IC) associated with the Agency's Medical Examiner Performance Study. This information collection effort would gather survey, on-site observation, and interview data on the decisionmaking process of medical examiners (MEs) (which include, but are not limited to, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses) who conduct FMCSA physical examinations of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The survey would consist of a sample of the several different practitioner types for the purpose of assessing ME knowledge of key elements required for CMV interstate driver certification. The survey would also provide these medical practitioners with an opportunity to report perceived difficulties associated with the CMV driver physical examination process. Site visits would allow for the interview and observation of medical examiners during the actual physical examination and certification decisionmaking process.
Identification of Vehicles: Oregon Department of Transportation Tax Credentials; Petition for Determination
Document Number: E6-9150
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has received a petition or formal request from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a determination whether the State may continue to require motor carriers to display weight-mile tax credentials. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) prohibits States from requiring motor carriers to display in, or on, commercial motor vehicles any form of identification other than forms required by the Secretary of Transportation. However, SAFETEA-LU also provides that a State may continue to require display of credentials that are required under a State law regarding motor vehicle license plates or other displays that the Secretary determines are appropriate. ODOT requested that FMCSA make a determination that its weight-mile tax credentials are appropriate under SAFETEA-LU. FMCSA requests public comment on ODOT's petition for determination.
Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 06-5316
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-8588
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 47 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision standard.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-8587
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from forty-seven individuals for exemptions from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-8076
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 16 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Application From Thomas Deke; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-7540
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt Mr. Thomas Deke from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemption will enable Mr. Deke to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
Document Number: E6-7539
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-18
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces two Public Listening Sessions. The Listening Sessions will continue the dialogue on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NCRME) program for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Commercial Driver's License Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.'s Exemption Application
Document Number: E6-7300
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Volvo Trucks North America, Inc's. (Volvo), application for an exemption from the Agency's requirement for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Volvo requested an exemption for 11 Swedish engineers and technicians who will test drive CMVs in the United States (U.S.) for Volvo. All of the individuals hold a valid Swedish CDL and have been trained to drive CMVs in Sweden. The individuals normally work at Volvo in Sweden where their duties involve developing, designing, and testing engines for CMVs that will be manufactured, assembled, sold, or primarily used in the U.S. FMCSA believes the terms and conditions of the exemption will ensure that the level of safety for the drivers is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be achieved by complying with the Federal regulations. The exemption will preempt inconsistent State requirements applicable to interstate commerce.
Establishment of the Uniform Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: E6-7236
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces establishment of a Board of Directors for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan mandated under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The Board will be responsible for issuing rules and regulations to govern the Uniform Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR Agreement). The UCR Agreement is the replacement system for the Single State Registration System (SSRS) due to expire on January 1, 2007. The UCR Agreement will govern the collection and distribution of registration and financial responsibility information provided and fees paid by for-hire and private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies. The Secretary of Transportation establishes the initial 15- member Board of Directors by direct appointment due to the imminent sunsetting of SSRS and the potential for significant loss of revenue to the 39 participating States if work is not completed prior to January 1, 2007. FMCSA plans to solicit in the Federal Register nominations for successor membership prior to expiration of terms of membership.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-7052
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 31 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Availability of Grant Program Funds for Commercial Driver's License Program Improvements
Document Number: E6-7046
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of Commercial Driver's License Program Improvement (CDLPI) grant funding as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This act establishes a program for the improvement of the commercial driver's license (CDL) program. The program is a discretionary grant program funded by a single source. It provides funding for improving implementation of the State's CDL program, including expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control. Grants made under this program may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. The Agency in each State designated as the primary driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the CDL program is eligible to apply for and receive grant funding.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comment; Renewal of Existing Information Collection: Annual and Quarterly Reports of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Formerly OMB 2139-0003)
Document Number: E6-7045
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On April 10, 2006, FMCSA published a notice and request for comments in the Federal Register (71 FR 18136), announcing its plan to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to renew a currently-approved information collection for Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, Form MP-1, Annual and Quarterly Reports. This notice corrects the docket number published in the April 10, 2006, notice.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-6786
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 23 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Proposed Improvements to the Motor Carrier Safety Status (SafeStat) Measurement System
Document Number: E6-6647
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-03
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes improvements to its Motor Carrier Safety Status (SafeStat) Measurement System algorithm. The SafeStat system analyzes current and historical safety performance and compliance information to rank the relative safety fitness of commercial motor carriers. SafeStat enables FMCSA to quantify and monitor trends in the safety status of individual motor carriers. FMCSA focuses compliance review and roadside inspection resources on carriers posing the greatest potential safety risk. The proposed improvements are intended to make the algorithm more effective in identifying motor carriers posing a high crash risk.
Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) Modernization Plan
Document Number: E6-6598
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to modernize the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) in response to Title IV (Motor Carrier Safety Reauthorization Act of 2005) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was signed into law on August 10, 2005. As required by SAFETEA-LU, the modernization plan must: (a) Comply with applicable Federal information technology security standards; (b) provide for the electronic exchange of all information, including posting of convictions; (c) contain self- auditing features to ensure that data is being posted correctly and consistently by the States; (d) integrate the commercial driver's license and medical certificate; and (e) provide a schedule for modernization of the system. SAFETEA-LU authorizes a total of $28 million (FY 2006-2009) to carry out this project. This notice publishes the plan which provides an overview of the key tasks associated with the CDLIS Modernization project, and will result in a system that satisfies the criteria specified in section 4123 of SAFETEA-LU.
Railroad Grade Crossing Safety; Withdrawal
Document Number: E6-6424
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA withdraws a July 30, 1998, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would have prohibited the driver of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) from driving onto a highway-railroad grade crossing without sufficient space to drive completely through the crossing without stopping. The NPRM was issued in response to section 112 of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994. After careful analysis and review of the comments, FMCSA has concluded that the NPRM gave a misleading impression of the statutory mandate and the cost and complexity of complying with an implementing regulation. FMCSA is therefore withdrawing the 1998 NPRM in order to eliminate the confusion associated with this rulemaking. The agency, however, will issue a simpler and more clearly written new NPRM addressing the requirements of section 112.
Notice of Request for Comments on Extension of Currently Approved Information Collections: OMB Control Numbers 2126-0032 and 2126-0033 (Financial and Operating Statistics for Motor Carriers of Property)
Document Number: E6-6352
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 FMCSA announces its intent to submit two currently-approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) described to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICRs describes two information collection activities and their expected costs and burdens. The Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on the ICRs was published on January 18, 2006 (71 FR 2985). The agency received five comments in support of the continuation of these ICRs.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-5593
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 18 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from its vision standards if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). 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 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-5592
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 19 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). 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.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 06-3587
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-14
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 14 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comment; Approval of a New Information Collection: Letter of Confirmation and Carrier Contact Information Sheets
Document Number: E6-5434
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-12
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA invites public comment on its plan to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to collect information on new forms entitled ``Carrier Contact Information Sheets.'' The information will be collected from United States and Canada-based motor carriers through the use forms, and used by FMCSA Safety Auditors and Safety Investigators to prepare in advance for Compliance Reviews (CRs) and New Entrant Program Safety Audits (NEPSAs); Pre-authority Safety Audits (PASAs) and CRs of certain Mexico-domiciled motor carriers; and NEPSAs and CRs of Non-North American motor carriers. FMCSA conducts CRs to determine motor carrier compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and other regulations overseen by FMCSA. In accordance with section 350 of the 2002 DOT Appropriations Act and the Agency's regulations, all Mexico-domiciled long-haul carriers must successfully complete a PASA before receiving authority to operate in the United States and must receive a CR within their first 18 months of operations in the United States. All other motor carriers receive CRs to determine their safety fitness. FMCSA conducts NEPSAs in accordance with section 210 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which requires safety reviews of all new entrants during their first 18 months of operations. The information collected from motor carriers will be used to assist safety investigators to become familiar with the motor carrier's operation prior to visiting the carrier's place of business. The information collected will include, but is not limited to, company information and contact persons, business type, insurance, type of cargo transported, vehicle and driver information and controlled substance testing information. Additional information will be collected from carriers who transport hazardous materials, household goods, and passengers or are domiciled in Mexico. This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comment; Renewal of an Existing Information Collection: Annual and Quarterly Reports of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Formerly OMB 2139-0003)
Document Number: E6-5209
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its request to renew a currently-approved information collection for Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers, Form MP-1, Annual and Quarterly Reports. This information collection is necessary to ensure that motor carriers comply with financial and operating statistics requirements at 49 CFR part 1420. This notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Hours of Service of Drivers: Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME); Application for Exemption
Document Number: E6-5140
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that it has received an application for exemption from a requirement in its hours-of-service (HOS) rules from the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME). IME requests that a member of a driving team who is transporting hazardous materials requiring constant attendance in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and who is using the sleeper berth be allowed to exit the sleeper berth for brief specified periods without being considered ``on duty.'' FMCSA requests public comment on IME's application for exemption.
District of Columbia Requirements for Highway Routing of Certain Hazardous Materials
Document Number: E6-5137
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts the highway routing requirements in the Terrorism Prevention in Hazardous Materials Transportation Act of 2005 [D.C. Act 16-266, Jan. 26, 2006] and the Terrorism Prevention in Hazardous Materials Transportation Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2006 [D.C. Act 16-325, Mar. 23, 2006].
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-5056
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt six individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Availability of the Updated “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” Pamphlet
Document Number: E6-5048
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the availability of the 2006 version of the ``Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move'' pamphlet (Publication No. FMCSA-ESA-03-006, Revised/Updated April 2006). Only those changes mandated by Subtitle B, sections 4201-4216, of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) [Pub. L. 109-59, August 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1751] have been incorporated into this pamphlet. The Agency finds that seeking public comment before publishing changes to this pamphlet is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. First, FMCSA is only modifying this pamphlet to incorporate requirements of SAFETEA-LU which took effect on August 10, 2005. Second, moving companies are required to provide copies of the pamphlet to household goods shippers. Thus, the pamphlet needs to accurately reflect these statutory changes without further delay.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Application From Thomas Deke; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-4972
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of application from Mr. Thomas Deke for an exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin- treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemption would enable Mr. Deke to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes
Document Number: E6-4898
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt two individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Public Meeting To Discuss the Implementation of the North American Standard for Cargo Securement
Document Number: E6-4792
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the third in a series of public meetings concerning the implementation of the North American Standard for Protection Against Shifting or Falling Cargo. On September 27, 2002, FMCSA published a Final Rule revising its regulations concerning protection against shifting and falling cargo for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) engaged in interstate commerce. The final rule is based on the North American Cargo Securement Standard Model Regulations, which reflect the results of a multi-year comprehensive research program to evaluate U.S. and Canadian cargo securement regulations. Motor carriers operating in the United States had until January 1, 2004, to comply with the new regulations. On September 23, 2004, Canada's Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety approved a new National Safety Code Standard for cargo securement. Full implementation of the new cargo securement requirements in Canada began in the summer of 2005. This meeting is the third in a series of meetings to discuss the process for ensuring the consistent interpretation and enforcement of the harmonized cargo securement standards by FMCSA and the Canadian Provinces. The meeting is being held in connection with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)'s 2006 Annual Conference.
Notice of Request for Clearance of a New Information Collection: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Arbitration Program as a Means of Settling Household Goods Disputes
Document Number: E6-4684
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces FMCSA's plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR is related to the current arbitration dispute resolution procedures used to settle loss and damage claims by shippers who have contracted with household goods (HHGs) carriers for interstate transport of their household goods shipments. On October 24, 2005, the agency published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period to solicit the public's views on the information collection pertaining to this subject. One comment was received.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: E6-4683
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 16 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from its vision standards if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. 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 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Availability of Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Grant Funds
Document Number: E6-4325
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-24
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) grant funding as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). MCSAP is a Federal grant program that provides financial assistance to States to reduce the number and severity of crashes and hazardous materials incidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV). The goal of MCSAP is to reduce CMV- involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries through consistent, uniform, and effective CMV safety programs.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 06-2785
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-22
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 16 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision standard.