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Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers

Kelly Leone
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
September 26, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 187 (Wednesday, September 26, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59244-59245]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23677]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0048]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of Currently-
Approved Information Collection Request: Annual and Quarterly Report of 
Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers

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

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review and approval. FMCSA requests approval to revise an ICR entitled, 
``Annual and Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers 
(formerly OMB 2139-0003),'' which the Agency uses to ensure that motor 
carriers of passengers comply with its financial and operating 
statistics requirements in 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. FMCSA 
received one comment in response to the above notice. The comment did 
not address the burden or utility of the ICR.

DATES: Please send your comments by October 26, 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-2012-0048. 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.

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 and Quarterly Report of Class 
I Motor Carriers of Passengers (formerly OMB 2139-0003).
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0031.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Respondents: Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2 (per year).
    Estimated Time per Response: 18 minutes per response.
    Expiration Date: September 30, 2012.
    Frequency of Response: Annually and Quarterly.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 3 hours [10 responses x 18 minutes 
per response/60 minutes].
    Background: For-hire Class I motor carriers of passengers 
(including interstate and intrastate) \1\ must file Motor Carrier 
Quarterly and Annual Reports (Form MP-1) that provide financial and 
operating data (see 49 U.S.C. 14123 and implementing FMCSA regulations 
in 49 CFR part 369). The Agency uses this information to assess the 
health of the industry and identify industry changes that may affect 
national transportation policy. The info also shows company financial 
stability and traffic patterns. Passengers carriers required to comply 
with the regulations are classified on the basis of their annual gross 
carrier operating revenues. Under the Financial & Operating Statistics 
(F&OS) program, FMCSA collects balance sheet and income statement data 
along with information on tonnage, mileage, employees, transportation 
equipment, and other related data.
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    \1\ For purposes of the Financial & Operating Statistics (F&OS) 
program, passenger carriers are classified into two groups: (1) 
Class I carriers are those having average annual gross 
transportation operating revenues (including interstate and 
intrastate) of $5 million or more from passenger motor carrier 
operations after applying the revenue deflator formula in the Note 
of section 369.3; (2) Class II passenger carriers are those having 
average annual gross transportation operating revenues (including 
interstate and intrastate) of less than $5 million from passenger 
motor carrier operations after applying the revenue deflator formula 
as shown in Note A of section 369.3. Only Class I carriers of 
passengers must file Annual and Quarterly Report Form MP-1, but 
Class II passenger carriers must notify the agency when there is a 
change in their classification or their revenues exceed the Class II 
limit.
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    The Agency makes the data and information collected publicly 
available as prescribed in 49 CFR part 369. In the past, the former 
Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) issued these regulations pursuant 
to the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C. 11145, 49 U.S.C. 11343(d)(1) 
and the Bus Regulatory Act of 1982. Later, the authority was 
transferred to the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 1, 
1996, by Chapter 141 of the ICC Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA) (Pub. 
L. 104-88, 109 Stat. 803, 893 (Dec. 29, 1995)), now codified at 49 
U.S.C. 14123. The Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) transferred 
the authority to administer the F&OS program to the former Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics on September 30, 1998 (63 FR 52192). Pursuant 
to this authority, the BTS, now part of the Research and Innovative 
Technology Administration (RITA), became the responsible DOT modal 
administration for implementing the F&OS program and requirements in 49 
CFR part 1420. On September 29, 2004, the Secretary transferred the 
responsibility for the F&OS program from BTS to FMCSA (69 FR 51009). On 
August 10, 2006 (71 FR 45740), the Secretary published a final rule 
that transferred and redesignated the motor carrier financial and 
statistical reporting regulations of BTS formerly located in chapter XI 
of title 49 CFR to FMCSA, See 49 CFR part 369.
    Public Comments Invited: FMCSA requests comments on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for 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: September 18, 2012.
Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator for Office of Research and Information 
Technology.
[FR Doc. 2012-23677 Filed 9-25-12; 8:45 am]
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