[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 245 (Tuesday, December 22, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 79531-79533]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-32005]

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 571

[Docket No. NHTSA-2015-0100]

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Small Business Impacts of 
Motor Vehicle Safety

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of regulatory review; Request for comments.


SUMMARY: NHTSA seeks comments on the economic impact of its regulations 
on small entities. As required by Section 610 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, we are attempting to identify rules that may have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
We also request comments on ways to make these regulations easier to 
read and understand. The focus of this notice is rules that 
specifically relate to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, 
trucks, buses, trailers, motorcycles, and motor vehicle equipment.

DATES: You should submit comments early enough to ensure that Docket 
Management receives them not later than February 22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket Number NHTSA-
2015-0100] by any of the following methods:
     Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the 
U.S. Government regulations Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: If you plan to submit written comments by 
hand or courier, please do so at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
     Fax: Written comments may be faxed to 202-493-2251.
     You may call Docket Management at 1-800-647-5527.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information see the COMMENTS heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document. 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 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Juanita Kavalauskas, Office of 
Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation, National Center for Statistics and 
Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC 20590 (telephone 202-366-2584, fax 202-366-3189).


I. Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act

A. Background and Purpose

    Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-
354), as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness 
Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), requires agencies to conduct periodic 
reviews of final rules that have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small business entities. The purpose of the 
reviews is to determine whether such rules should be continued without 
change, or should be amended or rescinded, consistent with the 
objectives of applicable statutes, to minimize any significant economic 
impact of the rules on a substantial number of such small entities.

B. Review Schedule

    On November 24, 2008, NHTSA published in the Federal Register (73 
FR 71401) a 10-year review plan for its existing regulations. The 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, ``we'') has 
divided its rules into 10 groups by subject area. Each group will be 
reviewed once every 10 years, undergoing a two-stage process--an 
Analysis Year and a Review Year. For purposes of these reviews, a year 
will coincide with the fall-to-fall publication schedule of the 
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, see http://www.regulations.gov. Year 1 
(2008) begins in the fall of 2008 and ends in the fall of 2009; Year 2 
(2009) begins in the fall of 2009 and ends in the fall of 2010; and so 
    During the Analysis Year, we will request public comment on and 
analyze each of the rules in a given year's group to determine whether 
any rule has a significant impact on a substantial number of small 
entities and, thus, requires review in accordance with section 610 of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act. In each fall's Regulatory Agenda, we 
will publish the results of the analyses we completed during the 
previous year. For rules that have subparts, or other discrete sections 
of rules that do have a significant impact on a substantial number of 
small entities, we will announce that we will be conducting a formal 
section 610 review during the following 12 months.
    The section 610 review will determine whether a specific rule 
should be revised or revoked to lessen its impact on small entities. We 
will consider: (1) The continued need for the rule; (2) the nature of 
complaints or comments received from the public; (3) the complexity of 
the rule; (4) the extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or 
conflicts with other federal rules or with state or local government 
rules; and (5) the length of time since the rule has been evaluated or 
the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors 
have changed in the area affected by the rule. At the end of the Review 
Year, we will publish the results of our review. The following table 
shows the 10-year analysis and review schedule:

   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Section 610 Reviews
                     Regulations to be
       Year               reviewed         Analysis year    Review year
1................  49 CFR 571.223                   2008            2009
                    through 571.500, and
                    parts 575 and 579.
2................  23 CFR parts 1200 and            2009            2010
3................  49 CFR parts 501                 2010            2011
                    through 526 and
4................  49 CFR 571.131,                  2011            2012
                    571.217, 571.220,
                    571.221, and 571.222.
5................  49 CFR 571.101                   2012            2013
                    through 571.110, and
                    571.135, 571.138 and
6................  49 CFR parts 529                 2013            2014
                    through 578, except
                    parts 571 and 575.
7................  49 CFR 571.111                   2014            2015
                    through 571.129 and
                    parts 580 through
8................  49 CFR 571.201                   2015            2016
                    through 571.212.

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9................  49 CFR 571.214                   2016            2017
                    through 571.219,
                    except 571.217.
10...............  49 CFR parts 591                 2017            2018
                    through 595 and new
                    parts and subparts.

C. Regulations Under Analysis

    During Year 8, we will continue to conduct a preliminary assessment 
of the following sections of 49 CFR 571.201 through 571.212:

              Section                               Title
571.201...........................  Occupant Protection in Interior
571.202...........................  Head Restraints; Applicable at the
                                     Manufacturers Option Until
                                     September 1, 2009.
571.202a..........................  Head Restraints; Mandatory
                                     Applicability Begins on September
                                     1, 2009.
571.203...........................  Impact Protection for the Driver
                                     From the Steering Control System.
571.204...........................  Steering Control Rearward
571.205...........................  Glazing Materials.
571.205(a)........................  Glazing Equipment Manufactured
                                     Before September 1, 2006 and
                                     Glazing Materials Used in Vehicles
                                     Manufactured Before November 1,
571.206...........................  Door Locks and Door Retention
571.207...........................  Seating Systems.
571.208...........................  Occupant Crash Protection.
571.209...........................  Seat Belt Assemblies.
571.210...........................  Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.
571.211...........................  [Reserved].
571.212...........................  Windshield Mounting.

    We are seeking comments on whether any requirements in 49 CFR 
571.201 through 571.212 have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. ``Small entities'' include small 
businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned 
and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental 
jurisdictions with populations under 50,000. Business entities are 
generally defined as small businesses by Standard Industrial 
Classification (SIC) code, for the purposes of receiving Small Business 
Administration (SBA) assistance. Size standards established by SBA in 
13 CFR 121.201 are expressed either in number of employees or annual 
receipts in millions of dollars, unless otherwise specified. The number 
of employees or annual receipts indicates the maximum allowed for a 
concern and its affiliates to be considered small. If your business or 
organization is a small entity and if any of the requirements in 49 CFR 
571.201 through 571.212 have a significant economic impact on your 
business or organization, please submit a comment to explain how and to 
what degree these rules affect you, the extent of the economic impact 
on your business or organization, and why you believe the economic 
impact is significant.
    If the agency determines that there is a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities, it will ask for 
comment in a subsequent notice during the Review Year on how these 
impacts could be reduced without reducing safety.

II. Plain Language

A. Background and Purpose

    Executive Order 12866 and the Presidential memorandum of June 1, 
1998 entitled ``Plain Language in Government Writing'' require each 
agency to write all rules in plain language. Application of the 
principles of plain language includes consideration of the following 
     Have we organized the material to suit the public's needs?
     Are the requirements in the rule clearly stated?
     Does the rule contain technical language or jargon that is 
not clear?
     Would a different format (grouping and order of sections, 
use of headings, paragraphing) make the rule easier to understand?
     Would more (but shorter) sections be better?
     Could we improve clarity by adding tables, lists, or 
     What else could we do to make the rule easier to 
    If you have any responses to these questions, please include them 
in your comments on this document.

B. Review Schedule

    In conjunction with our section 610 reviews, we will be performing 
plain language reviews over a ten-year period on a schedule consistent 
with the section 610 review schedule. We will review 49 CFR 571.201 
through 571.212 determine if these regulations can be reorganized and/
or rewritten to make them easier to read, understand, and use. We 
encourage interested persons to submit draft regulatory language that 
clearly and simply communicates regulatory requirements, and other 
recommendations, such as for putting information in tables that may 
make the regulations easier to use.


How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your 
comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the docket 
number of this document in your comments.
    Your comments must not be more than 15 pages long. (49 CFR 553.21.) 
We established this limit to encourage you to write your primary 
comments in a concise fashion. However, you may attach necessary 
additional documents to your comments. There is no limit on the length 
of the attachments.
    Please submit one copy of your comments, including the attachments, 
to Docket Management at the address given above under ADDRESSES.
    Please note that pursuant to the Data Quality Act, in order for 
substantive data to be relied upon and used by the

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agency, it must meet the information quality standards set forth in the 
OMB and DOT Data Quality Act guidelines. Accordingly, we encourage you 
to consult the guidelines in preparing your comments. OMB's guidelines 
may be accessed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg_reproducible. 
DOT's guidelines may be accessed at http://dmses.dot.gov/submit/DataQualityGuidelines.pdf.
    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) or you may visit http://www.regulations.gov.

How can I be sure that my comments were received?

    If you wish Docket Management to notify you upon its receipt of 
your comments, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the 
envelope containing your comments. Upon receiving your comments, Docket 
Management will return the postcard by mail.

How do I submit confidential business information?

    If you wish to submit any information under a claim of 
confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete 
submission, including the information you claim to be confidential 
business information, to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. In 
addition, you should submit a copy, from which you have deleted the 
claimed confidential business information, to Docket Management at the 
address given above under ADDRESSES. When you send a comment containing 
information claimed to be confidential business information, you should 
include a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our 
confidential business information regulation. (49 CFR part 512.)

Will the agency consider late comments?

    We will consider all comments that Docket Management receives 
before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated 
above under DATES. To the extent possible, we will also consider 
comments that Docket Management receives after that date.

How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments received by Docket Management at the 
address given above under ADDRESSES. The hours of the Docket are 
indicated above in the same location.
    You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments 
on the Internet, take the following steps:
    (1) Go to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) FDMS provides two basic methods of searching to retrieve 
dockets and docket materials that are available in the system: (a) 
``Quick Search'' to search using a full-text search engine, or (b) 
``Advanced Search,'' which displays various indexed fields such as the 
docket name, docket identification number, phase of the action, 
initiating office, date of issuance, document title, document 
identification number, type of document, Federal Register reference, 
CFR citation, etc. Each data field in the advanced search may be 
searched independently or in combination with other fields, as desired. 
Each search yields a simultaneous display of all available information 
found in FDMS that is relevant to the requested subject or topic.
    (3) You may download the comments. However, since the comments are 
imaged documents, instead of word processing documents, the ``pdf'' 
versions of the documents are word searchable.
    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 check the Docket for new material.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 
CFR 1.95 and 501.8.

Terry Shelton,
Associate Administrator for the National Center for Statistics and 
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