National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT.
Notice of receipt of petition for decision that nonconforming 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles are eligible for importation.
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards 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 capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
The closing date for comments on the petition is September 25, 2002.
Comments should refer to the docket number and notice number, and be submitted to: Docket Management, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. [Docket hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.]Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Luke Loy, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA (202-366-5308).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(1)(A), a motor vehicle that was not originally manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA Start Printed Page 54840has 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 Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
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.
Milwaukee Motorcycle Imports, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (“MMI”) (Registered Importer 99-192) has petitioned NHTSA to decide whether non-U.S. certified 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles are eligible for importation into the United States. The vehicles which MMI believes are substantially similar are 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles that were manufactured for sale in the United States and certified by their manufacturer, Harley Davidson Motor Company, as conforming to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
The petitioner claims that it carefully compared non-U.S. certified 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles to their U.S. certified counterparts, and found the vehicles to be substantially similar with respect to compliance with most Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
MMI submitted information with its petition intended to demonstrate that non-U.S. certified 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles, as originally manufactured, conform to many Federal motor vehicle safety standards 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 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA 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, and 205 Glazing Materials.
The petitioner also states that vehicle identification number (VIN) plates that meet the requirements of 49 CFR part 565 are already affixed to non-U.S. certified 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA motorcycles and that each vehicle's 17-digit VIN is stamped onto its headstock at the time of manufacture.
Petitioner additionally 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: (a) Installation of U.S. model headlamp assemblies which incorporate headlamps that are certified to meet the standard; (b) replacement of all stop lamp and directional signal bulbs with bulbs that are certified to meet the standard; (c) replacement of all lenses with lenses that are certified to meet the standard; and (d) replacement of all rear reflectors with red rear reflectors that are certified to meet the standard. The petitioner states that although there are no daytime running lights on the non-U.S. certified version of the vehicle, its headlamp and tail lamp are activated when the ignition is turned on.
Standard No. 120 Tire Selection and Rims for Vehicles other than Passenger Cars: installation of a tire information label that displays the recommended tire size, rim size, and cold inflation pressure. The petitioner states that the vehicle is equipped with rims that are certified to meet the standard.
Standard No. 123 Motorcycle Controls and Displays: installation of a U.S. model speedometer calibrated in miles per hour and a U.S. model odometer that measures distance traveled in miles. The petitioner states that the components installed will include a resetable trip meter with diagnostic capabilities, fuel gauge, low fuel light, oil pressure indicator light, cooling temperature light, engine diagnostic light, and security alarm light.
The petitioner states that when the vehicle has been brought into conformity with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards, a certification label that meets the requirements of 49 CFR part 567 will be affixed to the front of the motorcycle frame.
Comments should refer to the docket number and be submitted to: Docket Management, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. It is requested but not required that 10 copies be submitted.
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.Start Signature
Issued on: August 21, 2002.
Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.
[FR Doc. 02-21685 Filed 8-23-02; 8:45 am]
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