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Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation

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American Government Motorcycles Topics:  Honda NT700V

Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation

Claude H. Harris
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
January 14, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 14, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2505-2507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-00567]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0110]


Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 
2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) Motorcycles Are Eligible for 
Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 
2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) motorcycles are eligible for 
importation.

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SUMMARY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 
2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) motorcycles that were not originally 
manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States 
because they have safety features that comply with, or are capable of 
being altered to comply with, all such standards.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is February 13, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket and notice numbers above

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and be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     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. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Comments must be written in the English language, and 
be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to 
the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are 
submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are 
provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were 
received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the 
comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    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 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://DocketInfo.dot.gov.
    How To Read Comments Submitted to the Docket: You may read the 
comments received by Docket Management at the address and times given 
above. You may also view the documents from the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 
dockets. The docket ID number and title of this notice are shown at the 
heading of this document notice. Please note that even after the 
comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in 
the Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit 
late comments. Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically search 
the Docket for new material.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle 
Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-3151).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B), a motor vehicle that was not 
originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS, and has no 
substantially similar U.S.-certified counterpart, shall be refused 
admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the 
motor vehicle has safety features that comply with, or are capable of 
being altered to comply with, all applicable FMVSS based on destructive 
test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate.
    Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either 
manufacturers or importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 
49 CFR part 592. As specified in 49 CFR 593.7, NHTSA publishes notice 
in the Federal Register of each petition that it receives, and affords 
interested persons an opportunity to comment on the petition. At the 
close of the comment period, NHTSA decides, on the basis of the 
petition and any comments that it has received, whether the vehicle is 
eligible for importation. The agency then publishes this decision in 
the Federal Register.
    US Specs of Havre de Grace, Maryland (Registered Importer 03-321) 
has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether nonconforming 2006-2013 Honda 
NT700V (Deauville) motorcycles are eligible for importation into the 
United States. US Specs contends that these vehicles are eligible for 
importation under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(B) because they have safety 
features that comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply 
with, all applicable FMVSS.
    In its petition, US Specs described the nonconforming 2006-2013 
Honda NT700V (Deauville) as the same model as the U.S.-certified 2010-
2011 Honda NT700V. Because the NT700V (Deauville) model was introduced 
in countries other than the U.S. as a new model before the introduction 
of the U.S-certified version in 2010, the petitioner acknowledged that 
it could not base its petition on the substantial similarity of the 
2006-2013 Honda NT700V (Deauville) to the U.S.-certified 2010 Honda 
NT700V motorcycles due to the petitioning requirements of 49 U.S.C. 
30141(a)(1)(A), as set forth in 49 CFR part 593. Instead, the 
petitioner chose to establish import eligibility on the basis that the 
vehicles have safety features that comply with, or are capable of being 
modified to comply with, the FMVSS based on destructive test data or 
such other evidence that NHTSA decides to be adequate as set forth in 
49 U.S.C part 30141(a)(1)(B). The petitioner contends that the 2006-
2013 Honda NT700V, which the agency believes is also marketed as the 
Honda Deauville in other markets, utilizes the same components as the 
U.S.-certified 2010-2011 Honda NT700V motorcycles in virtually all of 
the systems subject to the applicable FMVSS.
    Specifically, the petitioner claims that 2006-2013 Honda NT700V 
(Deauville) motorcycles have safety features that comply with Standard 
Nos. 106 Brake Hoses, 116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid, 119 New Pneumatic 
Tires for Vehicles Other than Passenger Cars, 122 Motorcycle Brake 
Systems, and 205 Glazing Materials.
    The petitioner further contends that the vehicles are capable of 
being altered to comply with the following standards, in the manner 
indicated:
    Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated 
Equipment: Inspection of all vehicles and replacement of the following 
with U.S.-certified components on vehicles not already so equipped: (a) 
Headlamp; (b) front and rear side-mounted reflex reflectors; (c) front, 
side, and rear-mounted reflex reflector; (d) tail lamp assembly 
(including stoplamp, taillamp, turn signals, and license plate lamp); 
and (e) front turn signal lamps.
    Standard No. 111 Rearview Mirrors: Inspection of all vehicles and 
installation of compliant rearview mirrors on vehicles not already so 
equipped.
    Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims for Vehicles other than 
Passenger Cars: Installation of a tire information placard.
    Standard No. 123 Motorcycle Controls and Displays: (a) Modification 
or replacement of the speedometer so that it reads in miles per hour if 
not already so equipped; and (b) installation of an ignition switch 
label if not already so equipped.
    Standard No. 205 Glazing Materials: Inspection of windscreen (if so 
equipped) for compliance and removal of any non-compliant components.
    All comments received before the close of business on the closing 
date indicated above will be considered, and will be available for 
examination in the docket at the above addresses both before and after 
that date. To the extent possible, comments filed after the closing 
date will also be considered. Notice of final action on the petition 
will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated below.

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A) and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.8; 
delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.


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    Issued on: January 9, 2014.
Claude H. Harris,
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-00567 Filed 1-13-14; 8:45 am]
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