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Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for the Renewal of an Information Collection

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for the Renewal of an Information Collection

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
6 December 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 233 (Wednesday, December 6, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57645-57646]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-26266]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2017-0050]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for the Renewal of an Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a 
new information collection, which is summarized below under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in 
the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by February 5, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2017-
0050 by any of the following methods:
    Web site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to 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, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground
    Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Purdy, 202-366-6993, Office of 
Freight Management & Operations (HOFM-1), Office of Operations, Federal 
Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, Southeast, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:30 
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: USDOT Survey and Comparative Assessment of Truck Parking 
Facilities.
    Background: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is directed 
to complete a survey and comparative assessment of truck parking 
facilities in each State as required by Section 1401(c) of Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 Section 1401(c) 
required the survey in order to evaluate the capability of the States 
to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for commercial motor 
vehicles engaged in interstate transportation. Other work activities 
required under this section of MAP-21 were: An assessment of the volume 
of commercial motor vehicle traffic in each State and the development 
of a system of metrics designed to measure the adequacy of commercial 
motor vehicle truck parking facilities in each state. A survey was 
conducted in 2014 and is available at: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/infrastructure/truck_parking/jasons_law/truckparkingsurvey/index.htm. MAP-21 Section 1401(c)(3) called for periodic updates to the 
survey, which is the intent of the proposed updated survey. The results 
of this updated survey shall be made available on a publicly accessible 
Department of Transportation Web site and updated periodically USDOT 
seeks to continue to collect data to support updates to the survey.
    Respondents: State Transportation and Enforcement Officials, 
Private Sector Facility Owners/Operators, Trucking Company owners or 
their designee, and Truck Drivers. The target groups of respondents are 
individuals who are responsible for providing or overseeing the 
operation of truck parking facilities and stakeholders that depend on 
such facilities to safely conduct their business. The target group 
identified in the legislation is ``state commercial vehicle safety 
personnel;'' the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has interpreted 
this term to include the Department of Transportation personnel in each 
State involved in commercial vehicle safety program activities and 
State enforcement agency personnel directly involved in enforcing 
highway safety laws and regulations and in highway incident and 
accident response. In addition, FHWA finds that the survey on the 
adequacy of truck parking opportunities is not limited to publicly 
owned facilities; input from private sector facility owners/operators 
must be obtained to adequately complete the required work provided in 
the federal legislation. FHWA also finds that input obtained from 
trucking company representatives (owners or their designees, especially 
those in logistics or who schedule drivers) and truck drivers, key 
stakeholders for truck parking facilities who are most likely to know 
where truck parking is needed, will be necessary to complete the survey 
requirements. As per MAP-21 Section 1401(c)(3), this survey will be 
conducted periodically to allow for required updates.
    Types of Survey Questions: FHWA intends to survey Department of 
Transportation personnel in each State on the location, number of 
spaces, availability and demand for truck parking in their State, 
including at rest facilities, truck parking information systems, truck 
parking plans, as well as any impediments to providing adequate truck 
parking capacity (including but not limited to legislative, regulatory, 
or financial issues; zoning; public and private impacts, approval, and 
participation; availability of land; insurance requirements and other 
issues). FHWA intends to survey private truck stop operators in each 
State on the location, number of truck parking spaces, availability and 
demand they observe at their facilities. FHWA intends to survey public 
safety officials in each State on their records and observations of 
truck parking use and patterns, including the location and frequency of 
trucks parked adjacent to

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roadways and on exit and entrance ramps to roadway facilities. FHWA 
intends to survey trucking companies and truck drivers regarding the 
location and frequency of insufficient truck parking and capacity at 
rest facilities, future truck parking needs and locations, availability 
of information on truck parking capacity, and other impediments to 
identification, access and use of truck parking. Other questions may be 
included as needed as a result of input from the focus groups, 
stakeholder outreach or at FHWA's discretion, or as follow-up to the 
survey.

Estimate

    State Departments of Transportation = 50 (4 hours each) = up to 200 
hours;
    State Enforcement Personnel = 50 (1 hour each) = up to 50 hours;
    Private Facility Owners/Operators = 229 (1 hour each) = up to 229 
hours; and
    Trucking Company Representatives and Drivers = 150 (1 hour each) = 
up to 150 hours;
    Total number of respondents = 479 for the survey.
    Total burden hours = no more than 629 hours (as allocated above).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: This survey will be updated 
periodically; the estimated total burden for each survey cycle for all 
respondents is no more than 629 hours.
    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 FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

     Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued On: November 30, 2017.
 Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-26266 Filed 12-5-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-22-P

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