[Federal Register: September 5, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 172)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7827]
Notice of Request for Comments on Renewing the Approval for Three
Information Collections: Inspection, Repair and Maintenance; Driver
Qualification Files; and Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: This action informs the public that FMCSA intends to request
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew approval for three
information collections. The first information collection,
``Inspection, Repair and Maintenance,'' relates to a motor carrier's
responsibility for ensuring that employees safely maintain and operate
its commercial motor vehicles. The second information collection,
``Driver Qualification Files,'' relates to requirements that a motor
carrier employ only safe drivers to operate its commercial motor
vehicles. The third information collection, ``Controlled Substances and
Alcohol Use and Testing,'' relates to requirements that a motor carrier
test certain commercial motor vehicle operators for controlled
substance use and alcohol abuse. This notice is required by the
Paperwork Reduction Act.
DATES: You must submit comments by November 6, 2000.
ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, or submit electronically at
Be sure to include the docket number appearing in
the heading of this document on your comment. All comments received
will be available for examination and copying at the above address from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
If you would like to be notified when your comment is received, you
must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or you may print the
acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Height, (202) 366-0901, Office
of Policy, Plans and Regulation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC, 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., e.t.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
1. Title: Inspection, Repair and Maintenance.
OMB Number: 2126-0003.
Background: Motor carriers must maintain, or require maintenance
of, records documenting the inspection, repair and maintenance
activities performed on their owned and leased motor vehicles. There
are no prescribed forms. The records are used by the FMCSA and its
representatives to verify motor carriers' compliance with the
inspection, repair, and maintenance standards in part 396 of the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Respondents: Motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 31,484,826 hours.
2. Title: Driver Qualification Files.
OMB Number: 2126-0004.
Background: Motor carriers must maintain a driver qualification
file for each CMV driver they employ. The file contains the minimum
amount of information necessary to document that a driver is qualified
to drive a CMV in interstate commerce.
Motor carriers and the FMCSA primarily use the driver's
qualification file to ensure that a person: (1) is physically qualified
to safely operate a CMV; (2) has the experience and/or training to
safely operate the type(s) of CMV he or she will be assigned to drive;
(3) has the appropriate driver's license; and (4) has not been
disqualified to operate a CMV.
Respondents: Motor carriers and CMV drivers.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 941,856 hours.
3. Title: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing.
OMB Number: 2126-0012.
Background: Motor carriers must conduct alcohol and controlled
substances testing on their CMV drivers who drive larger CMVs (over
26,000 lbs.) requiring a commercial driver's license. The FMCSA uses
the information collected to determine whether the motor carriers are
using drivers who are alcohol-free and drug-free while driving trucks,
buses, and other commercial motor vehicles. The reporting survey of the
management information system (MIS) allows the agency to adjust the
random testing rates for the industry when the industry shows
performance improvements. The agency bases the adjustment upon the
results of a small, statistically significant sample of motor carriers.
The FMCSA has significantly reduced the estimated total annual
burden for this information collection. The agency calculated burdens
for OMB No. 2126-0012 using a uniform method jointly developed by the
Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (DOT) and each of
the DOT modal administrations. Many of the paperwork burdens included
in the old estimate for OMB No. 2126-0012 were eliminated because they
are more appropriately accounted for under information collections
relating to the DOT regulations for alcohol and controlled substances
testing and Department of Health and Human Services Regulations for
Respondents: 650,000 motor carriers.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 573,490 hours.
Public Comments Invited
We invite you to comment on any aspect of these information
collections, including, but not limited to (1) whether the information
collection is necessary and useful for the FMCSA to meet its goal of
reducing truck crashes; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3)
ways to improve the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected
information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without
reducing the quality of the collected information. We will summarize
and/or include all comments submitted in response to this notice in our
request for OMB's clearance of these information collections.
Electronic Access and Filing
You may submit or retrieve comments online through the Docket
Management System (DMS) at
Acceptable formats include: MS Word (versions 95 to 97), MS Word for Mac (versions
6 to 8), Rich Text File (RTF), American Standard Code Information
Interchange (ASCII)(TXT), Portable Document Format (PDF), and
WordPerfect (versions 7 to 8). The DMS is available 24 hours each day,
each year. Electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines are
available under the help section of the web site.
An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded by using a
computer, modem and suitable communications software from the
Government Printing Office's Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202)
512-1661. Internet users may reach the Office of the Federal Register's
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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315 and 49 CFR 1.73.
Issued on: August 29, 2000.
Clyde J. Hart, Jr.,
Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety
[FR Doc. 00-22625 Filed 9-1-00; 8:45 am]
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