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Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1991 Rice Beaufort Double Trailers Are Eligible for Importation

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Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 1991 Rice Beaufort Double Trailers Are Eligible for Importation

Claude H. Harris
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
December 28, 2010

[Federal Register: December 28, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 248)]
[Notices]               
[Page 81711-81712]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2010-0173; Notice 1]

 
Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 
1991 Rice Beaufort Double Trailers Are Eligible for Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 
1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers are eligible for importation.

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SUMMARY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 
1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers that were not originally 
manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 
Standards (FMVSS) are eligible for importation into the United States 
because they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally 
manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States and 
that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety 
standards (the U.S.-certified version of the 1991 Rice Beaufort Double 
trailers,) and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to 
the standards.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is January 27, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to the docket and notice numbers above 
and be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go 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 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. ET, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Comments must be written in the English language, and 
be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to 
the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are 
submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are 
provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were 
received, please enclose

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a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the comments. 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.
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).
    How to Read Comments Submitted to the Docket: You may read the 
comments received by Docket Management at the address and times given 
above. You may also view the documents from the Internet at http://
www.regulations.gov.
    Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. The 
docket ID number and title of this notice are shown at the heading of 
this document notice. Please note that even after the comment closing 
date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it 
becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. 
Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically search the Docket for 
new material.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Coleman Sachs, Office of Vehicle 
Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-3151).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), a motor vehicle that was not 
originally manufactured to conform to all applicable FMVSS shall be 
refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that 
the motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle 
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United 
States, certified under 49 U.S.C. 30115, and of the same model year as 
the model of the motor vehicle to be compared, and is capable of being 
readily altered to conform to all applicable FMVSS. Petitions for 
eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or 
importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49 CFR Part 592. 
As specified in 49 CFR 593.7, NHTSA publishes notice in the Federal 
Register of each petition that it receives, and affords interested 
persons an opportunity to comment on the petition. At the close of the 
comment period, NHTSA decides, on the basis of the petition and any 
comments that it has received, whether the vehicle is eligible for 
importation. The agency then publishes this decision in the Federal 
Register.
    J.K. Technologies, LLC (``JK''), of Baltimore, Maryland (Registered 
Importer 90-006) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether nonconforming 
1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers are eligible for importation into 
the United States. The vehicles which JK believes are substantially 
similar are 1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers that were manufactured 
for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as 
conforming to all applicable FMVSS. The petitioner states that it 
compared non-U.S. certified 1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers to their 
U.S.-certified counterparts, and found the vehicles to be substantially 
similar to the U.S. certified model 1991 Rice Beaufort Double trailers.
    The petitioner contends that the nonconforming 1991 Rice Beaufort 
Double trailers are capable of being readily altered to meet the 
following standards, in the manner indicated:
    Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated 
Equipment: installation of conforming reflex reflectors, tail lamps, 
license plate lamps, rear side marker lamps, front side marker lamps, 
intermediate side markers lamps, rear identification lamps, and front 
and rear clearance lamps, to achieve compliance with the standard.
    Standard No. 119 New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other than 
Passenger Cars: inspection of all vehicles and replacement of any 
nonconforming tires with ones that meet the standard.
    Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other 
than Passenger Cars: installation of a tire information placard, and 
inspection of all vehicles and replacement of any nonconforming rims 
with ones that meet the standard.
    All comments received before the close of business on the closing 
date indicated above will be considered, and will be available for 
examination in the docket at the above address both before and after 
that date. To the extent possible, comments filed after the closing 
date will also be considered. Notice of final action on the petition 
will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority 
indicated below.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A) and (b)(1); 49 CFR 593.8; 
delegations of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8.

    Issued on: December 20, 2010.
Claude H. Harris,
Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 2010-32559 Filed 12-27-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-59-P

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