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Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements

Kelly Leone
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
February 14, 2014

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 2014)]
[Pages 9032-9033]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03347]



Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0478]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a 
Currently-Approved Information Collection: Accident Recordkeeping 

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


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 revise 
the ICR entitled ``Accident Recordkeeping Requirements.'' This ICR 
relates to Agency requirements that motor carriers maintain a record of 
certain accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Motor 
carriers are not required to report this data to FMCSA, but must 
produce it upon inquiry by authorized Federal, State or local 

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before April 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2013-0478 by any of the following 
     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,

[[Page 9033]]

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 



    Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 390.15(b), 
requires motor carriers to make certain specified records and 
information pertaining to CMV accidents available to an authorized 
representative or special agent of the FMCSA upon request or as part of 
an inquiry. Interstate motor carriers are required to maintain an 
``accident register'' consisting of information concerning all 
``accidents'' involving their CMVs (49 CFR 390.15(b) (see ``Definition: 
Accident'' below). Motor carriers must report accidents that occur in 
interstate and intrastate commerce. The following information must be 
recorded for each accident: Date, location, driver name, number of 
injuries, number of fatalities, and whether certain dangerous hazardous 
materials were released. In addition, the motor carrier must maintain 
copies of all accident reports required by insurers or governmental 
entities. Motor carriers must maintain this information for three years 
after the date of the accident. Section 390.15 does not require motor 
carriers to submit any information or records to FMCSA or any other 
    This ICR supports the DOT strategic goal of safety. By requiring 
motor carriers to gather and record information concerning CMV 
accidents, FMCSA is strengthening its ability to assess the safety 
performance of motor carriers. This information is a valuable resource 
in Agency initiatives to prevent, and reduce the severity of, CMV 
    Title: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0009.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved information 
    Respondents: Motor Carriers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 520,000 motor carriers.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 89,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 18 minutes.
    Expiration Date: May 31, 2014.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 26,700 hours [89,000 motor carriers 
recording an accident x 18 minutes per response/60 minutes in an hour = 
    Definition: ``Accident'' is an occurrence involving a CMV operating 
on a public road which results in: (1) A fatality, (2) bodily injury to 
a person who, as a result of the injury, receives medical treatment 
away from the scene of the accident, or (3) one or more motor vehicles 
being towed from the scene (49 CFR 390.5).
    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's performance; (2) the accuracy 
of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the 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 

    Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87 on: February 6, 2014.
Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator for Office of Research and Information 
Technology and Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-03347 Filed 2-13-14; 8:45 am]

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