Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements, Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements, Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Federal Register Notice
November 18, 1997
Volume 62, Number 222

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, (DOT).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and their expected costs and burden hours. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published in FR 62 46400, September 2, 1997.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 18, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Mednick, Environmental Specialist, K-20, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-8871; fax: (202) 366-3640; e-mail: david.mednick@bts.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

1. Title: Quarterly Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Property.

OMB Control No: 2139-0002.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

Form Number: BTS Form QFR.

Affected Public: Class I Motor Carriers of Property.

Abstract: These data collection forms were transferred from the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to the Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 1996, by the ICC Termination Act of 1995. The OMB Control numbers while under the ICC were 3120-0002, 3120- 0032, and 3120-0138. Pursuant to 14 U.S.C. Sec. 14123, DOT is required to collect annual financial reports from Class I and Class II motor carriers. DOT may also require motor carriers to file quarterly reports. In determining the matters to be covered by the reports, DOT must consider (1) safety needs; (2) the need to preserve confidential business information and trade secrets and prevent competitive harm; (3) private sector, academic, and public use of information in the reports; and (4) the public interest. BTS wishes to continue to provide periodic information on the health of the motor carrier of property industry, its impact on the economy, and industry changes that may affect national transportation policy.

Estimated Annual Burden: The total estimated annual burden is 7,200 hours.

2. Title: Annual Report of Class I Motor Carriers of Property.

OMB Control No. 2139-0004.

Form No.: BTS Form M-1.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Class I Motor Carriers of Property.

Abstract: These data collection forms were transferred from the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to the Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 1996, by the ICC Termination Act of 1995. The OMB Control numbers while under the ICC were 3120-0002, 3120- 0032, and 3120-0138. Pursuant to 14 U.S.C. Sec. 14123, DOT is required to collect annual financial reports from Class I and Class II motor carriers. DOT may also require motor carriers to file quarterly reports. In determining the matters to be covered by the reports, DOT must consider (1) safety needs; (2) the need to preserve confidential business information and trade secrets and prevent competitive harm; (3) private sector, academic, and public use of information in the reports; and (4) the public interest. BTS wishes to continue to provide periodic information on the health of the motor carrier of property industry, its impact on the economy, and industry changes that may affect national transportation policy.

Annual Burden Hours Estimate: 22,500.

3. Title: Annual Report of Class II Motor Carriers of Property.

OMB Control No. 2139-0005.

Form No.: BTS Form M-2.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Class II Motor Carriers of Property.

Abstract: These data collection forms were transferred from the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to the Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 1996, by the ICC Termination Act of 1995. The OMB Control numbers while under the ICC were 3120-0002, 3120- 0032, and 3120-0138. Pursuant to 14 U.S.C. Sec. 14123, DOT is required to collect annual financial reports from Class I and Class II motor carriers. DOT may also require motor carriers to file quarterly reports. In determining the matters to be covered by the reports, DOT must consider (1) safety needs; (2) the need to preserve confidential business information and trade secrets and prevent competitive harm; (3) private sector, academic, and public use of information in the reports; and (4) the public interest. BTS wishes to continue to provide periodic information on the health of the motor carrier of property industry, its impact on the economy, and industry changes that may affect national transportation policy.

Annual Burden Hours Estimate: 19,000.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725-17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention BTS Desk Officer.

Comments are Invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 1997.

Phillip A. Leach,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Transportation.

[FR Doc. 97-30224 Filed 11-17-97; 8:45 am]

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