[Federal Register: October 19, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 202)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25652]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments;
Notice of Intent To Survey Motor Carriers Operating Small Passenger-
Transporting Commercial Motor Vehicles
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: The FMCSA invites comments about our intention to request the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a new information
collection. The new information collection is associated with an agency
study by a research contractor which will investigate motor carriers
that operate small passenger-transporting commercial motor vehicles
(CMVs). The collected information would assist FMCSA with outreach
initiatives to these newly regulated motor carriers of passengers. This
notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 18, 2006.
ADDRESSES: All comments should reference Docket No. FMCSA-2006-25652.
You may 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; telefax comments to 202/493-2251; or
submit electronically at http://dms.dot.gov. You may examine and copy
all comments received at the above address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you desire your
comment to be acknowledged, you must include a self-addressed stamped
envelope or postcard or, if you submit your comments electronically,
you may print the acknowledgment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Peter Chandler, Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Enforcement and Compliance,
Commercial Passenger Carrier Safety Division, Washington, DC 20590,
phone (202) 366-5763, fax (202) 366-3621, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., ET,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 12, 2003, FMCSA published a final
rule (68 FR 47860) which required motor carriers operating CMVs,
designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including
the driver), in interstate commerce to comply with the parts 391
through 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs)
when they are directly compensated for such services, and the vehicle
is operated beyond a 75 air-mile radius from the driver's normal work-
reporting location. Affected motor carriers were required to be in
compliance with such regulations by December 10, 2003. This rule
implemented section 212 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of
1999. Section 4136 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) directed
FMCSA to remove the 75 air-mile radius standard. This legislation will
result in a greater number of motor carriers that operate small
passenger-transporting CMVs, being subject to the FMCSRs. In order to
effectively inform these motor carriers of the regulatory requirements
that they will become subject to, and administer an effective
educational outreach program to this entire industry segment, FMCSA
needs information about all of these motor carriers.
Because motor carriers that operate small passenger-carrying CMVs
have either been newly regulated or will be regulated in the near
future, FMCSA wants to learn about the safety and/or regulatory
compliance challenges of this industry segment. There is no motor
carrier industry association that is comprised mostly of commercial
companies that primarily operate 9-15 passenger-carrying vehicles. This
situation makes obtaining information about this industry segment more
difficult and necessitates the assistance of a researcher to obtain
information needed by FMCSA to effectively provide outreach to these
newly regulated carriers. FMCSA will request a research contractor to
obtain information about motor carriers with small passenger-
transporting CMV operations. The research contractor will collect
information through approximately 50 telephone interviews and 8 site
visits at places of business. Information obtained from the study will
provide insight into the common safety and regulatory compliance
challenges facing motor carriers with small passenger-transporting CMV
operations. Such information will be utilized by FMCSA to develop
educational outreach initiatives for this newly regulated industry
Title: Survey of Motor Carriers with Small Passenger Vehicle
Type of Information Collection Request: New one-time survey/
Respondents: For-hire motor carriers that operate 9-15 passenger-
carrying vehicles in interstate commerce.
Number of Respondents: 50 motor carriers.
Estimated Average Burden per Response: The estimated average burden
per response for each telephone survey is 30 minutes.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: The estimated total annual burden is
25 hours for the information collection based upon an acceptable level
of statistical significance and a confidence interval of 13.6 percent.
Total Annual Burden: 25 hours [(50 responses x 30 minutes per
response)/60 minutes = 25 hours].
Frequency: This information collection will be a single,
Public Comments Invited
Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any
aspect of this information collection, including but not limited to:
(1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the
proper performance of the functions of FMCSA and specifically the
regulatory oversight of small passenger-transporting commercial motor
vehicle operations; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways
to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected
information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without
reducing the quality of the collected information. Comments submitted
in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the
request for OMB's clearance of this information collection. 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.
Issued on: October 12, 2006
John H. Hill,
[FR Doc. E6-17451 Filed 10-18-06; 8:45 am]
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