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Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)

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American Government Trucking Topics:  Daimler AG, Christian Urban

Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
June 2, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 105 (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 31452-31453]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-13324]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0032]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; 
Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) 
has requested an exemption for one commercial motor vehicle (CMV) 
driver from the Federal requirement to hold a commercial driver's 
license (CDL) issued by one of the States. Daimler requests that the 
exemption cover Mr. Christian Urban, a project engineer who will test 
drive CMVs for Daimler within the United States. This driver holds a 
valid German CDL and wants to test-drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads 
to better understand product requirements for these systems in ``real 
world'' environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the 
requirements for a German CDL ensure that the same level of safety is 
met or exceeded as if this driver had a U.S. State-issued CDL.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 2, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket 
Management System Number FMCSA-2012-0032 by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
docket number. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the exemption process, see the Public 
Participation heading below. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time and in the box 
labeled ``SEARCH for'' enter FMCSA-2012-0032 and click on the tab 
labeled ``SEARCH.''
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.
    Public Participation: The Federal eRulemaking Portal is available 
24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get electronic 
submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ``help'' section 
of the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site. If you want us to notify 
you that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, 
stamped envelope or postcard, or print the acknowledgement page that 
appears after submitting comments online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Pearlie Robinson, FMCSA Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards; Telephone: 202-366-4325. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. FMCSA 
must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register 
(49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity 
to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any 
safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide 
an opportunity for public comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments, and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, 
the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and 
the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. 
The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up 
to 2 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).
    In the May 12, 2012, Federal Register (77 FR 31422) FMCSA granted 
Daimler a similar exemption for two of its test drivers. Each held a 
valid German CDL but lacked the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a 
CDL. FMCSA concluded that the process for obtaining a German CDL is 
comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures 
that these drivers will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to 
or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the 
exemption.

Request for Exemption

    Daimler has applied for an exemption for one of its engineers from 
49 CFR 383.23, which prescribes licensing requirements for drivers 
operating CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce. This driver, Mr. 
Christian Urban, is unable to obtain a CDL in any of the U.S. States. A 
copy of the application is in Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0032.
    The exemption would allow Mr. Urban to operate CMVs in interstate 
or intrastate commerce to support Daimler field tests designed to meet 
future vehicle safety and environmental regulatory requirements and to 
promote the development of technology advancements in vehicle safety 
systems and emissions reductions. According to Daimler, Mr. Urban will 
typically drive for no more than 6 hours per day for 2 consecutive 
days, and that 10 percent of the test driving will be on two-lane state 
highways, while 90 percent will be on interstate highways. The driving 
will consist of no more than 200 miles per day, for a total of 400 
miles during a two-day period on a quarterly basis. He will in all 
cases be accompanied by a holder of a U.S. CDL who is familiar with the 
routes to be traveled.
    Daimler requests that the exemption cover a two-year period. Mr. 
Urban holds a valid German CDL, and as explained by Daimler in its 
exemption request, the requirements for that license ensure that the 
same level of safety is met or exceeded as if this driver had a U.S. 
CDL.

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    FMCSA has determined that the process for obtaining a German-issued 
CDL is comparable to, or as effective as the Federal requirements of 49 
CFR part 383, and adequately assesses a driver's ability to operate 
CMVs in the United States.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) and 31136(e), FMCSA 
requests public comment on Daimler's application for an exemption from 
the CDL requirements of 49 CFR 383.23. The Agency will consider all 
comments received by close of business on July 2, 2015. Comments will 
be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under 
the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will consider to the 
extent practicable comments received in the public docket after the 
closing date of the comment period.

    Issued on: May 22, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-13324 Filed 6-1-15; 8:45 am]
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