[Federal Register: March 20, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 55)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2008-0049]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently
Approved Information Collection: Designation of Agents, Motor Carriers,
Brokers and Freight Forwarders
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for information.
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 review
and approval. The FMCSA requests approval to revise an existing
information collection (IC) entitled "Designation of Agents, Motor
Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders," which is used to provide
registered motor carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders a
means of meeting process agent requirements. On December 26, 2007,
FMCSA published a Federal Register notice allowing for a 60-day comment
period on the ICR. No comments were received on the ICR.
DATES: Please send your comments by April 21, 2008. OMB must receive
your comments by this date in order to act quickly on the ICR.
ADDRESSES: All comments should reference DOT Docket No. FMCSA-2008-
0049. You may submit comments to the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 Seventeenth
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: DOT/FMCSA Desk Officer.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Loretta G. Bitner, Commercial
Enforcement (MC-ECC), Department of Transportation, Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington,
DC 20590. Telephone: 202-385-2400. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
Title: Designation of Agents, Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders.
OMB Control Number: 2126-0015.
Type of Request: Revision of a currently-approved information collection.
Respondents: Motor carriers, freight forwarders and brokers.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 89,000.
Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
Expiration Date: April 30, 2008.
Frequency of Response: The Form BOC-3 must be filed by all for-hire
motor carriers and freight forwarders when the transportation entity
first registers with the FMCSA. All brokers are required to file the
Form BOC-3 as necessary and make a designation for each State in which
it has an office or in which contracts will be written. Subsequent
filings are made only if the motor carrier, broker or freight forwarder
changes process agents.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 14,833 hours [89,000 Form BOC-3
filings per year x 10 minutes/60 minutes to complete form = 14,833
Background: The Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) is
authorized to register for-hire motor carriers of regulated commodities
under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 13902; freight forwarders under the
provisions of 49 U.S.C. 13903; and property brokers under provisions of
49 U.S.C. 13904. These entities may conduct transportation services
only if they are registered pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13901. The Secretary
has delegated authority pertaining to these registration requirements
to the FMCSA.
Registered motor carriers (including private carriers) and freight
forwarders must designate: (1) An agent on whom service of notices in
proceedings before the Secretary may be made (49 U.S.C. 13303); and (2)
for every State in which they are authorized to operate and every State
traversed in the United States during such operations, agents on whom
process issued by a court may be served in actions brought against the
registered transportation entity (49 U.S.C. 13304). Every broker shall
make a designation for each State in which its offices are located or
in which contracts will be written. Regulations governing the
designation of process agents are found at 49 CFR part 366, entitled
"Designation of Process Agent." This designation is filed with the
FMCSA on Form BOC-3, "Designation of Agent for Service of Process."
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 On: March 12, 2008.
Associate Administrator for Research and Information Technology.
[FR Doc. E8-5640 Filed 3-19-08; 8:45 am]
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