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Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation

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Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR Motorcycles Are Eligible for Importation

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
9 May 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 90 (Friday, May 9, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26804-26805]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10711]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0048; Notice 1]


Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming 2011-2014 
Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR Motorcycles Are Eligible for 
Importation

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Receipt.

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SUMMARY: This document announces receipt by the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 
2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR Motorcycles 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 (1) they are substantially similar to vehicles 
that were originally manufactured for sale in the United States and 
that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety 
standards, and (2) they are

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capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.

DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is June 9, 2014.

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 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: George Stevens, Office of Vehicle 
Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5308).

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 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.
    Wallace Environmental Testing Laboratories, Inc (``WETL''), of 
Houston, Texas (Registered Importer R-09-005) has petitioned NHTSA to 
decide whether non-U.S. certified 2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, 
and VR motorcycles are eligible for importation into the United States. 
The vehicles that WETL believes are substantially similar are 2013 
Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR motorcycles that were manufactured 
for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer as 
conforming to all applicable FMVSS.
    The petitioner claims that it carefully compared non-U.S. certified 
2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR motorcycles to their U.S. 
certified counterparts, and found the vehicles to be substantially 
similar with respect to compliance with most FMVSS.
    WETL submitted information with its petition intended to 
demonstrate that non-U.S. certified 2011-2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, 
XL, and VR motorcycles, as originally manufactured, conform to many 
FMVSS in the same manner as their U.S. certified counterparts, or are 
capable of being readily altered to conform to those standards.
    Specifically, the petitioner claims that non-U.S. certified 2011-
2014 Harley-Davidson FX, FL, XL, and VR motorcycles are identical to 
their U.S. certified counterparts with respect to compliance with 
Standard Nos. 106 Brake Hoses, 111 Rearview Mirrors, 116 Brake Fluid, 
119 New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles other than Passenger Cars, 122 
Motorcycle Brake Systems.
    The petitioner further contends that the vehicles are capable of 
being readily altered to meet the following standards, in the manner 
indicated below:
    Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated 
Equipment: installation of the following U.S.-model components: 
Headlamp, stop lamp, rear side mounted reflex reflectors, and rear 
center mounted reflex reflector. The petitioner states that the turn 
indicators and front side mounted reflex reflectors on the petition 
vehicles are identical to the U.S.-model.
    Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims for Vehicles other than 
Passenger Cars: installation of a tire information placard. Inspection 
of rims for compliance with rim marking requirements.
    Standard No. 123 Motorcycle Controls and Displays: installation of 
a U.S.-model speedometer/odometer unit.
    Standard No. 205 Glazing Materials: Inspection for compliance with 
this standard.
    Wallace further states that labels will be affixed to conform to 
requirements of 49 CFR Part 567 Certification.
    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 addresses 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 1.95 and 501.8.

Jeffrey M. Giuseppe,
Acting Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-10711 Filed 5-8-14; 8:45 am]
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