[Federal Register: December 1, 2009 (Volume 229, Number 74)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-26367]
Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Public Meeting
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that the Agency's Motor Carrier Safety
Advisory Committee (MCSAC) will hold a committee meeting via conference
call on December 7, 2009. The conference call is open to the public.
DATES: The meeting will be held by conference call on December 7, 2009,
from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Matters To Be Considered: The MCSAC will be requested to begin work
on a new task: as part of FMCSA's broad efforts to gather information
and recommendations on hours-of-service requirements for drivers of
property-carrying vehicles, FMCSA is asking MCSAC to provide advice and
recommendations on the hours of service requirements.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jack Kostelnik, Acting Chief,
Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation Division, Office of Policy
Plans and Regulation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S.
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington,
DC 20590, (202) 366-5730, email@example.com.
Section 4144 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L.
109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, August 10, 2005) required the Secretary of
Transportation to establish a Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.
The committee provides advice and recommendations to the FMCSA
Administrator on motor carrier safety programs and regulations, and
operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5
U.S.C. App 2).
On October 26, 2009, Public Citizen, et al. (Petitioners) and FMCSA
entered into a settlement agreement under which Petitioners' petition
for judicial review of the November 19, 2008 Final Rule on drivers'
hours of service will be held in abeyance pending the publication of a
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The settlement agreement states
that FMCSA will submit the draft NPRM to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) within nine months of the date of the settlement agreement
and that FMCSA will publish a Final Rule within 21 months of the date
of the settlement agreement. The current rule will remain in effect
during the rulemaking proceedings.
Assigning MCSAC this task is one of several steps that FMCSA will
be undertaking in its process of proposing hours-of-service
requirements for drivers of property-carrying vehicles. Other steps
will include public listening sessions across the country and the
opportunity for public comment on the forthcoming NPRM.
II. Meeting Participation
The meeting is open to the public and FMCSA seeks participation by
all interested parties, including safety advocacy groups, State safety
agencies, motor carriers, motor carrier associations, owner-operators,
drivers, and labor unions. For information on the agenda, bridge line
and web link for the conference call, please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on services for individuals with
disabilities or to request special assistance, please e-mail your
request to email@example.com by December 4, 2009.
Please note that oral comments will not be taken during this
conference call from the public due to time limitations. Members of the
public may submit written comments on this topic by December 3, 2009,
to Federal Docket Management System (FDMC) Docket Number FMCSA-2006-
26367 using any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Room W12-
140, Washington, DC 20590.
Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Issued on: November 24, 2009.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. E9-28672 Filed 11-30-09; 8:45 am]