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Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of Property

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of Property

Kelly Leone
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
August 28, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52109-52110]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20756]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0031]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of Currently-
Approved Information Collection Request: Annual Report of Class I and 
Class II Motor Carriers of Property

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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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 its 
review and approval. FMCSA requests approval to revise an ICR entitled, 
``Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of Property 
(formerly OMB 2139-0004),'' which is used to ensure that motor carriers 
comply with FMCSA's financial and operating statistics requirements at 
chapter III of title 49 CFR part 369 entitled, ``Reports of Motor 
Carriers.'' The agency invites public comment on this ICR. On April 20, 
2012, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day 
comment period on the ICR. One comment was received in responses to the 
above notice from the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc., 
(NMFTA) in support of continuing this ICR. FMCSA concurs with this 
comment.

DATES: Please send your comments by September 27, 2012. OMB must 
receive your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR.

ADDRESSES: All comments should reference Federal Docket Management 
System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA-2012-0031. Interested persons are 
invited to submit written comments on the proposed information 
collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office 
of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention 
of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Administration, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 
20503.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Vivian Oliver, Transportation 
Specialist, Office of Information Technology, Operations Division, 
Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-2974; email Address: 
vivian.oliver@dot.gov. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of 
Property (formerly OMB 2139-0004).
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0032.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Respondents: Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of Property.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 197(per year).
    Estimated Time per Response: 9 hours.
    Expiration Date: September 30, 2012.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,773 hours [197 respondents x 9 
hours to complete form = 1,773].

Background

    The Annual Report of Class I and Class II Motor Carriers of 
Property (Form M) is a mandated reporting requirement for all for-hire 
motor carriers (See 49 U.S.C. 14123; and implementing FMCSA regulations 
at 49 CFR part 369). Motor carriers (including interstate and 
intrastate) subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are 
classified on the basis of their gross carrier operating revenues.\1\
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    \1\ For purposes of the Financial and Operating Statistics 
(F&OS) program, carriers are classified into the following three 
groups: (1) Class I carriers are those having annual carrier 
operating revenues (including interstate and intrastate) of $10 
million or more after applying the revenue deflator formula as set 
forth in Note A of 49 CFR 369.2; (2) Class II carriers are those 
having annual carrier operating revenues (including interstate and 
intrastate) of at least $3 million, but less than $10 million after 
applying the revenue deflator formula as set forth in 49 CFR 369.2; 
and (3) Class III carriers are those having annual carrier operating 
revenues (including interstate and intrastate) of less than $3 
million after applying the revenue deflator formula as set forth in 
Note A of 49 CFR 369.2.
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    Under the Financial and Operating Statistics (F&OS) program, FMCSA 
collects from Class I and Class II property carriers balance sheet and 
income statement data along with information on safety needs, tonnage, 
mileage, employees, transportation equipment, and other related data. 
FMCSA may also ask carriers to respond to surveys concerning their 
operations. The data and information collected would be made publicly 
available and used by FMCSA to determine a motor carrier's compliance 
with the F&OS program requirements prescribed at chapter III of title 
of 49 CFR part 369.
    The regulations were formerly administered by the Interstate 
Commerce Commission and later transferred to the Secretary on January 
1, 1996, by section 103 of the ICC Termination Act of 1995 (Pub. L.104-
88, 109 Stat. 803 (Dec. 29, 1995)), now codified at 49 U.S.C. 14123. On 
September 30, 1998, the Secretary delegated and transferred the 
authority to administer the F&OS program to the former Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics (BTS), now part of the Research and 
Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), to former chapter XI, 
subchapter B of 49 CFR part 1420 (63 FR 52192).
    On September 29, 2004, the Secretary transferred the responsibility 
for the F&OS program from BTS to FMCSA in the belief that the program 
was more aligned with FMCSA's mission and its other motor carrier 
responsibilities (69 FR 51009). On August 10, 2006, the Secretary 
published a final rule (71 FR 45740) that transferred and redesignated 
certain motor carrier financial and statistical reporting regulations 
of BTS, that were formerly located at chapter XI, subchapter B of title 
49 CFR part 1420, to FMCSA under chapter III of title 49 CFR part 369.

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 to perform its functions; (2) the accuracy of the 
estimated burden; (3) ways for 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 
collected information.

    Issued on: August 13, 2012.
Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator for Office of Research and Information 
Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-20756 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]
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