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Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of an Approved Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of an Approved Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

G. Kelly Leone
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
December 2, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 231 (Monday, December 2, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72145-72146]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28809]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0312]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Extension of an 
Approved Information Collection: Training Certification for Drivers of 
Longer Combination Vehicles

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

ACTION: Notice; 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 
approval and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to renew 
the ICR entitled ``Training Certification for Drivers of Longer 
Combination Vehicles (LCVs).'' This ICR relates to Agency requirements 
for drivers to be certified to operate LCVs, and that motor carriers 
must satisfy before permitting their drivers to operate LCVs. Motor 
carriers, upon inquiry by authorized Federal, State or local officials, 
must produce an LCV driver-training certificate for each of their LCV 
drivers.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before January 31, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2013-0312 by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the exemption process, see the Public 
Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to www.regulations.gov, and follow the online 
instructions for accessing the dockets, or go to the street address 
listed above.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket Management System 
published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or 
you may visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdfE8-794.pdf.
    Public participation: The Federal eRulemaking Portal is available 
24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can obtain electronic 
submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ``help'' section 
of the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site. If you want us to notify 
you that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped envelope or postcard, or print the acknowledgement page that 
appears after submitting comments online. Comments received after the 
comment closing date will be included in the docket and will be 
considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-4325; email 
tom.yager@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    An LCV is any combination of a truck-tractor and two or more semi-
trailers or trailers that operates on the National System of Interstate 
and Defense Highways (according to 23 CFR 470.107) and has a gross 
vehicle weight greater than 80,000 pounds. To enhance the safety of LCV 
operations on our nation's highways, Section 4007(b) of the Motor 
Carrier Act of 1991 directed the Secretary of Transportation to 
establish Federal minimum training requirements for drivers of LCVs 
[Intermodal Surface

[[Page 72146]]

Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Pub. L. 102-240, 105 
Stat. 1914, 2152]. The Secretary of Transportation delegated 
responsibility for establishing these requirements to FMCSA (49 CFR 
1.87), and on March 30, 2004, after appropriate notice and solicitation 
of public comment, FMCSA established the current training requirements 
for operators of LCVs (69 FR 16722). The regulations bar motor carriers 
from permitting their drivers to operate an LCV if they have not been 
properly trained in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 380.113. 
Drivers receive an LCV Driver-Training Certificate upon successful 
completion of these training requirements. Motor carriers employing an 
LCV driver must verify the driver's qualifications to operate an LCV, 
and must maintain a copy of the LCV Driver-Training Certificate to 
present to authorized Federal, State or local officials upon request.
    Title: Training Certification for Drivers of LCVs.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0026.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Respondents: Drivers who complete LCV training each year, current 
LCV drivers who submit their LCV Driver-Training Certificate to 
prospective employers, and employers (motor carriers) receiving and 
maintaining copies of the LCV Driver-Training certificates of their 
drivers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 50,880, consisting of 940 newly-
certified LCV drivers plus 24,500 currently-certified LCV drivers plus 
25,440 motor carriers employing LCV drivers.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes for preparation of LCV 
Driver-Training Certificates for drivers who successfully complete the 
LCV training, and 10 minutes for activities associated with the LCV 
Driver-Training Certificate during the hiring process.
    Expiration Date: March 31, 2014.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,397 hours. The total number of 
drivers who will be subjected to these requirements each year is 
25,440, consisting of 940 newly-certified LCV drivers, and 24,500 
currently-certified LCV drivers obtaining new employment. The total 
annual information collection burden is approximately 4,397 hours, 
consisting of 157 hours for preparation of LCV Driver-Training 
Certificates [940 drivers successfully completing LCV driver training x 
10 minutes / 60 minutes/hour] and 4,240 hours for requirements related 
to the hiring of LCV drivers [24,500 LCV drivers obtaining new 
employment x 10 minutes / 60 minutes/hour].
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for FMCSA's performance; (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. The Agency will summarize or include your 
comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.

    Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87 on: November 20, 2013
G. Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Information Technology, 
and Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-28809 Filed 11-29-13; 8:45 am]
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