[Federal Register: September 26, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 186)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28416]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Approved
Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice; request for information.
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. The ICR is titled, "Training Certification for Drivers
of Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVs)." This ICR is necessary because
the training certificate serves as proof that a driver has successfully
completed the training required before he or she may operate an LCV on
the Nation's highways. The hiring motor carrier is required to maintain
a copy of the training certificate in the LCV driver's qualification
file. The document is subject to review by Federal or State enforcement
officials. On June 28, 2007, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice
allowing for a 60-day comment period on the ICR. One comment was
DATES: Please send your comments by October 26, 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: Robert F. Schultz, Jr., Transportation
Specialist, FMCSA, Telephone: 202-366-2718; e-mail:
Title: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination
OMB Control Number: 2126-0026.
Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information collection.
Respondents: Drivers who have completed the required LCV training
and driver instructors responsible for conducting the required LCV
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,200 drivers who complete the
required LCV training each year; 6 driver instructors who must document
their qualifications to train new LCV drivers.
Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes for LCV drivers; 10 to 15
minutes for various LCV instructors.
Expiration Date: September 30, 2007.
Frequency of Response: Annual.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 203 hours. The FMCSA estimates that
10 minutes would be needed for newly certified LCV drivers to fulfill
the information collection requirement, resulting in an annual
information collection burden of 200 hours [1,200 LCV drivers x 10
minutes/60 minutes = 200 hours]. The estimated annual burden associated
with instructor certification would be 3 burden hours [(2 classroom
instructors x 10 minutes = 20 minutes) + (4 skills instructors x 15
minutes = 60 minutes) + (6 new instructors x 15 minutes administrative
burden per instructor certification = 90 minutes) = 170 minutes/60
minutes = 3 burden hours].
Background: Section 4007(b) of the Motor Carrier Act of 1991 (Title
IV of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
(ISTEA), Public Law 102-240, 105 Stat. 1914, 2152; 49 U.S.C. 31307)
required the Secretary of Transportation to establish Federal minimum
training requirements for drivers of LCVs. The responsibility for
implementing the statutory requirement was subsequently delegated to
FMCSA (49 CFR 1.73). On March 30, 2004, the FMCSA, in a final rule
entitled, "Minimum Training Requirements for Longer Combination
Vehicle (LCV) Operators and LCV Driver-Instructor Requirements,"
adopted implementing regulations for minimum training requirements for
the operators of LCVs (69 FR 16722).
The 2004 final rule created an information collection burden
concerning the certification of new, current and non-grandfathered LCV
drivers, as well as the certification of LCV driver-instructors. The
implementing regulations define an LCV as any combination of a truck-
tractor and two or more semi-trailers or trailers, which operate on the
National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (as defined in 23
CFR 470.107) with a gross vehicle weight greater than 80,000 pounds (49
CFR 380.105). The purpose of this rule is to enhance the safety of LCV
operations on our nation's highways.
Drivers are required to present the training certificate to
prospective employers to prove they are certified to drive LCVs. Motor
carriers must not allow drivers to operate LCVs without ensuring the
drivers have been properly trained in accordance with the requirements
of 49 CFR part 380. Motor carriers must maintain a copy of the LCV
training certification form in the driver qualification file (49 CFR
380.401(b)). Motor carriers must be able to show Federal or State
enforcement officials that drivers responsible for operating such LCVs
are certified to do so, based on the training certificate in the driver
On June 28, 2007 (72 FR 35537), FMCSA published a Federal Register
notice allowing for a 60-day comment period on the ICR. One comment was
received. The commenter was a truck driver who pointed out that the
skills of a truck driver are best learned by experience, not formal
training. He also pointed out that the motor carrier is required to
check the safety history of a new employee, and that such an analysis
will be more helpful in evaluating the skill level of a driver than a
certificate certifying participation in the requisite training. The
commenter did not discuss the information collection aspects of the LCV
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 performance of FMCSA's functions; (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 [[Page 54712]] burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected
Issued on: September 21, 2007.
Acting Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E7-19016 Filed 9-25-07; 8:45 am]
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