[Federal Register: April 5, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 66)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2002-11733]
Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently-Approved Information
Collection: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Accident
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the
FMCSA is requesting public comment on its intent to request the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew a currently-approved
information collection (IC) for commercial motor vehicle crash
(accident) data collected and maintained by motor carriers. The request
to renew the IC is necessary since OMB's current approval to collect
this information will soon expire on August 31, 2002.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 4, 2002.
ADDRESSES: Signed, written comments should refer to the docket number
that appears at the top of this document and must be submitted to the
Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20590-0001. All comments received will be available for
examination at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those desiring
notification of receipt of comments must include a self-addressed,
stamped envelope or postcard.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah M. Freund, Office of Motor
Carrier Research and Standards, (202) 366-4009, Department of
Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 400
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45
a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
You can mail or deliver comments to the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You can also submit comments
electronically at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://dms.dot.gov.
Please include the docket number that appears in the heading of this document.
You can examine and copy this document and all comments received at the
same Internet address or at the Dockets Management Facility
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
If you want to know that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed,
stamped postcard or include a copy of the acknowledgement page that appears
after you submit comments electronically.
Title: Accident Recordkeeping Requirements.
OMB Control Number: 2126-0009 (formerly 2125-0526).
Background: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs),
at section 390.15 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),
require motor carriers to make all records and information pertaining
to crashes (accidents) available to an authorized representative or
special agent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) upon request or as part of an inquiry. For the purposes of
Sec. 390.15, the word ``accident'' is defined as an occurrence
involving a commercial motor vehicle operating on a public road in
interstate or intrastate commerce 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 incurring disabling damage as a result of the
accident, requiring the motor vehicle to be transported away from the
scene by a tow truck or other motor vehicle (49 CFR 390.5). Occurrences
involving only boarding and alighting from a stationary motor vehicle
or involving only the loading or unloading of cargo are not included in
Motor carriers are required to maintain an accident register for
one year after the date of the accident. The register must include a
list of each accident. The information for each accident must include,
at a minimum, the following elements: Date of accident; city or town in
which or most near where the accident occurred and the State in which
the accident occurred; driver name; number of injuries; number of
fatalities; and whether hazardous materials, other than fuel spilled
from the fuel tanks of motor vehicles involved in the accident, were
released. In addition, the register must contain copies of all accident
reports required by State or other governmental entities or insurers.
There are no prescribed forms. The records are used by the FMCSA
and its representatives as a source of information for investigations
or special studies, and to assess the effectiveness of motor carriers'
safety management controls.
Respondents: Motor carriers.
Estimated Total Annual Burden per Record: The FMCSA estimates
approximately 155,000 accidents involving trucks and 17,000 accidents
involving buses as defined in section 390.5 of the FMCSRs occur
annually (source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
General Estimates System). Of these, approximately 80 percent involve
trucks and buses operated by interstate motor carriers. About 85
percent of the buses involved in crashes are school or transit buses
and are not subject to this recordkeeping requirement. The number of
accidents is therefore estimated to be 126,040 [124,000 (0.80 x
155,000) + 2,040 (0.80 x 0.15 x 17,000) = 126,040].
The agency estimates it takes approximately 18 minutes for
interstate motor carriers to collect and record the seven elements of
information on the accident register. Based on these assumptions, the
agency estimates a time burden of 37,812 hours (126,040 x 18 minutes
divided by 60 minutes) per year for accident report register
Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any
aspect of these information collections, including, but not limited to:
(1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the FMCSA, including whether the
information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the estimated
burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden
without reducing the quality of the collected information.
Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C.
Chapter 35, as amended; 49 U.S.C. 31132, 31133, 31136, 31502 and
31504; and 49 CFR 1.73.
Issued on: April 1, 2002.
Julie Anna Cirillo,
Acting Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 02-8341 Filed 4-4-02; 8:45 am]
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