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Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

G. Kelly Leone
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
March 10, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 46 (Monday, March 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13377-13378]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05026]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0312]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a 
Currently-Approved Information Collection Request: Training 
Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

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 
approval and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to revise 
the ICR entitled ``Training Certification for Drivers of Longer 
Combination Vehicles (LCVs),'' due to a change in the estimated number 
of annual responses. This ICR relates to Agency requirements for driver 
certification to operate LCVs 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: Please send your comments by April 9, 2014. OMB must receive 
your comments by this date in order to act on the ICR.

ADDRESSES: All comments should reference Federal Docket Management 
System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA-2013-0312. 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: 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. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Training Certification for Drivers of LCVs.
    OMB Control Number: 2126-0026.
    Type of Request: Revision 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) that receive and 
maintain copies of their drivers' LCV Driver-Training Certificates.
    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: 4,240 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 4,240 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 4,083 hours for requirements related 
to the hiring of LCV drivers [24,500 LCV drivers obtaining new 
employment x 10 minutes / 60 minutes/hour].
    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 658.5) and has a 
gross vehicle weight greater than 80,000 pounds. To enhance the safety 
of LCV

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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 Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Pub. 
L. 102-240, 105 Stat. 1914, 2152]. 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.
    Comments from the Public: In response to the 60-day Federal 
Register notice published December 2, 2013, the FMCSA received one 
comment without a return address. The commenter was concerned that the 
LCV regulations (49 CFR 380.101et seq.) require drivers to submit their 
LCV Certificate directly to the Agency. There is no such requirement; 
drivers are only required to provide a copy of their LCV Certificate to 
their employer.
    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 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.

    Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: February 
24, 2014.
G. Kelly Leone,
Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Information Technology 
and Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-05026 Filed 3-7-14; 8:45 am]
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