Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision and Renewal of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: OMB Control No. 2126-0017 (Financial Responsibility, Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers)
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval. The FMCSA requests OMB approval to revise and renew a currently-approved ICR entitled, ``Financial Responsibility, Trucking and Freight Forwarding,'' to reflect an increase in burden hours due to an increase in the estimated number of annual responses. In addition, the title of the ICR is being changed to ``Financial Responsibility, Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers,'' to better describe its purpose. This ICR sets forth the financial responsibility documentation requirements for motor carriers, freight forwarders and property brokers so they can maintain the minimum levels of financial responsibility required under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate in interstate, foreign or intrastate commerce. FMCSA invites public comment on this ICR.
Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Public Meeting
FMCSA announces that the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will hold committee meetings on December 1, 2008, and December 10, 2008. The meetings are open to the public.
Use of Advanced Information Technologies To Monitor Compliance With Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
This notice is to inform the motor carrier community of policy changes regarding the FMCSA's use of advanced information technology.
Hours of Service of Drivers
FMCSA adopts as final the provisions of the Agency's December 17, 2007, interim final rule concerning hours of service (HOS) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This final rule allows CMV drivers to continue to drive up to 11 hours within a 14-hour, non- extendable window from the start of the workday, following at least 10 consecutive hours off duty (11-hour rule). The rule also allows motor carriers and drivers to continue to restart calculations of the weekly on-duty limits after the driver has at least 34 consecutive hours off duty (34-hour restart).
Announcement of Renewal of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Charter; Request for Nominations
FMCSA announces the renewal of the charter for its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and the reappointment of 13 of the 15 original members of the Committee, and solicits nominations for interested persons in the safety enforcement community to serve on the Committee. The MCSAC was mandated by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, Public Law 109-59; established on September 8, 2006; and, renewed on September 8, 2008. The Committee is charged with providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator on the needs, objectives, plans, approaches, content, and accomplishments of Federal motor carrier safety programs and Federal motor carrier safety regulations.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 14 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 exemption renewals 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.
Filing Requirements of 49 U.S.C. 14123-the Motor Carrier Financial and Operating Statistics Program (the Annual Form M Filing); Application for Exemption From Swift Transportation, Corporation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comment on an application by Swift Transportation Corporation (Swift Transportation) regarding an exemption to the annual reporting requirements of 49 CFR 369.1. Swift Transportation is requesting the exemption on the basis that disclosing this information to the public would be likely to cause it substantial competitive harm.
Hours of Service of Drivers; Availability of Supplemental Document
This notice advises the public that FMCSA is placing in the public docket an additional document concerning hours of service (HOS) for commercial motor vehicle drivers. FMCSA published an interim final rule (IFR) on this issue on December 17, 2007.