[Federal Register: August 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 164)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28660]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved
Information Collection: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: 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 review
and approval. This information collection concerns the requirement that
motor carriers maintain a record of all accidents in which their
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are involved. The collection is
necessary for FMCSA to assess the effectiveness of the safety
management controls of motor carriers. On April 23, 2007, FMCSA
published a Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment
period on the ICR. One comment was received.
DATES: Please send your comments by September 24, 2007. OMB must
receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 Seventeenth
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: DOT/FMCSA Desk Officer.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tom Yager, Chief, Driver & Carrier
Operations Division, Office of Bus & Truck Standards and Development
(MC-PSD): Telephone: 202-366-4009; e-mail MCPSD@dot.gov
Title: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements.
OMB Control Number: 2126-0009.
Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved collection.
Respondents: Motor Carriers.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 106,800 motor carriers.
Estimated Time per Response: 18 minutes.
Expiration Date: September 30, 2007.
Frequency of Response: Once per year.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 32,040 hours. 106,800 motor carriers
recording an accident x 18 minutes per response/60 minutes in an hour.
Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 390.15,
requires interstate motor carriers to maintain an ``accident register''
consisting of a list of "accidents" (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) that
involve their CMVs and occur in interstate or intrastate commerce. The
register may be electronic. The information for each accident must
include, at a minimum, the following elements: Date of accident; city
or town in which or most near where the accident occurred and the State
in which the accident occurred; driver name; number of injuries; number
of fatalities; and whether hazardous materials, other than fuel spilled
from the fuel tanks of motor vehicles involved in the accident, were
released. In addition, the register must contain copies of all accident
reports required by State or other governmental entities or insurers. A
motor carrier must maintain the required information in the accident
register for three years after the date of the accident.
The FMCSA uses this data to analyze the safety performance of motor
carriers and drivers of CMVs. This information supports the DOT
strategic goal of safety. Information concerning crashes strengthens
FMCSA's ability to assess motor carrier safety performance and to
assist motor carriers in preventing crashes and reducing crash
severity. The FMCSA uses this data to target motor carriers with the
weakest safety records.
Response to Comment: On April 23, 2007, FMCSA published a Federal
Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on the proposed
renewal of this ICR. One comment was received from the American
Trucking Association (ATA). In that comment, the ATA asked the Agency
to reconsider its calculations to account for the fact that the States
historically under-report their accidents to FMCSA. For this ICR, FMCSA
did not use the accident data reported by the States to FMCSA. The
Agency employed two databases compiled by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration because they produced the most accurate and
reliable data for calculating the paperwork burden of this ICR.
Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed
collection is necessary for the FMCSA's performance; (2) the accuracy
of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality,
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that
the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the
Issued on: August 17, 2007.
Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E7-16724 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]
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