[Federal Register: March 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 57)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
49 CFR Parts 380, 383, and 384
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-27748]
Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor
Vehicle Operators: Updated Information and Extension of Comment Period
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Proposed rule; Updated information and extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: In response to a request, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) extends until May 23, 2008, the comment period
for its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on December 26,
2007. FMCSA also updates information in the Paperwork Reduction Act
section in the preamble to the NPRM.
DATES: Please submit comments regarding the NPRM to the docket by May
23, 2008. Please submit comments regarding updated information under
the Paperwork Reduction Act by May 23, 2008.
ADDRESSES: You must submit comments, identified by Docket ID Number
FMCSA-2007-27748, by one of the following methods:
Electronically: Through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail/Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket
Management Facility, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New
Jersey Ave, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Fax: (202) 493-2251.
Docket: For access to the docket to read comments received
and background material, go to the Federal Docket Management System
(FDMS) at: http://www.regulations.gov, and search for docket ID Number
FMCSA-2007-27748. Comments may also be inspected at the U.S. Department
of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building Ground
Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE., Washington, DC 20590,
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal
Privacy Act: Regardless of the method used for submitting
comments, all comments or material will be posted without change to the
FDMS, including personal information. Anyone can search the electronic
form of all of our dockets in FDMS by the name of the individual
submitting the document (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's
complete Privacy Act Statement published in the Federal Register on
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19476) or you may visit http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and
Carrier Operations Division (MC-PSD), telephone (202) 366-4325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 26, 2007 (72 FR 73226), FMCSA
published for public comment a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
concerning minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial
motor vehicle operators. The original comment period for the NPRM
expires on March 25, 2008. In response to a letter dated February 26,
2008 from the American Trucking Associations, FMCSA has extended the
comment period, which now expires on May 23, 2008.
The FMCSA has updated the NPRM, on page 73241, second column, under
the headings Respondents, Frequency, and Annual Burden Estimate, so
that it reads as follows:
Respondents: The annual number of drivers providing training
certificates under the current rule, which would remain in effect
during the 3-year implementation period, is 32,426. The number of
training institutions (public and private) that would provide
training under the terms of this proposed rule is uncertain, but
FMCSA estimates it to be between 200 and 500. The number of State
licensing agencies is 51. The total of these three groups of
potential respondents will range between 32,677 and 32,977 during
the initial 3-year implementation period.
Frequency: Information would not be collected with any specific
frequency during the 3-year life of the information collection. The
initial burdens on training institutions and SDLAs will be limited
to startup activities.
Annual Burden Estimate: This proposal would result in an
annual recordkeeping and reporting burden estimated to be 134,990
hours, calculated as follows:
Entry-level CDL drivers after the first year under the currently
approved information collection incur a burden of 5,400 hours, and
this burden would remain in effect until OMB approval of a pending
revision of the information collection. In addition, during the 3-
year phase-in period the CDL-training institutions would incur an
estimated burden of 125,000 hours to revise their processes to
conform to the requirements of this rule. During the same period,
licensing agencies would incur a burden of 4,590 hours to modify
their systems. The total proposed annual burden is 134,990 hours
(5,400 + 125,000 + 4,590).
Following the 3-year implementation period, calculation of the
PRA burden would be revised by FMCSA because the rule would be fully
FMCSA has submitted this NPRM and a supporting statement to
OMB, estimating the paperwork burdens of this proposal. The Agency
is soliciting comments to--
(1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency,
including whether the information will have practical utility,
(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the
(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
to be collected, and
(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection
techniques or other forms of information technology. You may submit
comments on the PRA aspects of this proposed rule directly to OMB.
The deadline for such submissions is May 23, 2008. You must mail or
hand-deliver your comments to:
Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of Transportation,
Docket Library, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office
of Management and Budget, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20503.
Issued on: March 19, 2008.
David H. Hugel,
[FR Doc. E8-5905 Filed 3-21-08; 8:45 am]
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