Notice and request for comments.
Citation: "84 FR 48001"
Document Number: "Docket No. FMCSA-2019-0204"
Page Number: "48001"
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
We must receive your comments on or before
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA-2019-0204 using any of the following methods:
* Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
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Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the Public Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
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Background FMCSA registers for-hire motor carriers of regulated commodities and of passengers, under 49 U.S.C. 13902(a); surface freight forwarders, under 49 U.S.C. 13903; property brokers, under 49 U.S.C. 13904; and certain
The Final Rule titled "Unified Registration System," (78 FR 52608) dated
FMCSA began a phased rollout of URS in 2015. The first phase, which became effective on
As described above, only first-time applicants seeking an FMCSA-issued registration must apply for authority via URS, using Form MCSA-1. Under URS, all forms described in the current ICR, except OP-1(MX), are folded into Form MCSA-1. Information collection activities associated with the OP-1 series of forms are covered under a different ICR, titled "Licensing Applications for
Form MCSA-1 requests information to identify the applicant, the nature and scope of its proposed operations, safety-related details, and information regarding the drivers and vehicles it plans to use in
The current information collection supports the DOT Strategic Goal of Safety. It streamlines registration processes and ensures that FMCSA can more efficiently track motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, and other entities regulated by the Agency.
Changes From Previous Estimates
The previously approved version of this ICR included the following annualized burden estimates: 627,264 respondents; 205,412 burden hours; and
The current ICR includes the following annualized estimates: 51,875 respondents; 112,396 burden hours;
As can be seen, there have been significant decreases in the number of respondents, while labor costs to the industry have decreased approximately 22 percent, and costs to the Government have decreased dramatically, by over
First, the original iteration of this ICR included costs associated with the development, roll-out, and implementation of URS. Those costs are not reflected in this ICR. Instead, estimated costs for ongoing IT maintenance and support of the existing system are included.
Next, FMCSA has experienced delays in rolling out Phase II of URS (which applies to existing registrants) and has indefinitely suspended the effective date of URS requirements for such entities. In the original iteration of this ICR, it was expected that all entities subject to FMCSA licensing and registration requirements would apply for additional authorities and submit biennial update information via URS. However, due to delays in rolling out Phase II of URS, existing registrants must still use the OP-1 series of forms to apply for additional authorities and the MCS-150 to submit their biennial updates. FMCSA is assuming that this will be the case for the 3-year period covered by this ICR. This has resulted in a decrease in the number of annual responses.
While the estimated number of annual responses has decreased by nearly 92 percent, burden hours have only decreased by about 45 percent. This is explained by an increased estimate of the amount of time it takes a motor carrier to complete Form MCSA-1. In the previously approved ICR, FMCSA estimated that it would take 1.34 hours; however, after observing URS activities for the past three years, the Agency estimates that it takes closer to 2 hours and 10 minutes for an applicant to fill out the form. Thus, the estimated burden hours for each respondent have increased over prior years.
Finally, the changes in labor cost to the industry reflect a change in the methodology used to estimate hourly wages for carrier compliance officers, which resulted in an increase in hourly wage of
Title: Unified Registration System, FMCSA Registration Updates.
OMB Control Number: 2126-0051.
Type of Request: Renewal of a currently approved collection.
Respondents: Carrier compliance officer or equivalent from transportation entities subject to FMCSA's licensing, registration and certification regulations.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 155,625 (51,875 annualized).
Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Frequency of Response: One-time information collection.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 337,188 hours total (112,396 annualized).
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 performance of FMCSA's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for 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. The Agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.
Issued under the authority of 49 CFR 1.87 on:
Associate Administrator for
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