FMCSA Makes Several Requests to Change On-Going Information Collection Activities

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Information collection activities ranging from training certificates to hazmat safety permits may be changed following FMCSA’s requests.

Thursday’s Federal Register contained several requests by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make changes to current information collection activities. Ranging from Training Certificates to Hazmat Safety Permits, the information collection activites undertaken by FMCSA cover a wide variety of topics. The public is encouraged to submit comments on these requests.

Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles

FMCSA requested Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to revise an Information Collection Request (ICR) entitled, Training Certification for Drivers of Longer Combination Vehicles. This ICR was deemed necessary because the training certificates drivers are required to present to prospective employers serve as proof the drivers have successfully completed the training to operate Longer Combination Vehicles (LCVs) safely.

Motor carriers are required to maintain a copy of the training certification in each LCV driver’s qualification file. This file may be reviewed by Federal or State enforcement officials. This ICR was revised because of an anticipated increase in the number of LCV drivers submitting training certificates to employers. This has resulted in FMCSA having to alter the estimated information collection burden for this training task.

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program

FMCSA requested approval to revise an ICR entitled Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. The information FMCSA requires consists of grant application preparation, quarterly reports and electronic data documenting the results of driver/vehicle inspections performed by the States. This ICR is being revised due to an increase in the estimated number of State inspections that will be performed annually resulting in change to the estimated burden to perform this activity.

Hazardous Materials Safety Permits

FMCSA requested approval to revise an existing ICR entitled Hazardous Materials Safety Permits, due to an increase in the estimated number of annual trips in which permitted hazardous materials are transported. This ICR requires companies holding permits to develop a communications plan that allows for the systematic tracking of the hazmat shipment.

A record of these communications, including the time of the call and location of the shipment must be kept by either the driver (for example, if it were recorded in the log book) or by the company. These records must be kept, either physically or electronically, for at least six months at the company’s principal place of business or readily available to the employees at the company’s principal place of business. This ICR was revised because of an increase in the estimated number of annual trips in which permitted hazmats is transported resulting in change to the total information collection burden for maintaining a daily communication record.

Accident Recordkeeping Requirements

Finally, FMCSA announced its plan to request that the OMB approve revision of the Information Collection (IC) entitled Accident Recordkeeping Requirements because FMCSA has obtained more accurate data upon which to base calculation of the paperwork burden of this IC.

Submitting Comments

You can submit comments via the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: .

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