Notice of final disposition.
FMCSA announces its decision to grant the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) an exemption from the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that require a motor carrier to install and require each of its drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver's HOS. APA requested the exemption for APA member companies currently holding an exemption from the HOS 14-hour rule during the Independence Day season. These member companies will continue to use paper records of duty status (RODS) in lieu of an ELD during the designated Independence Day periods. FMCSA has determined that the terms and conditions of the exemption ensure a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
The exemption is effective from June 28 through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, in 2019 and 2020.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. LaTonya Mimms, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: (202) 366-9220, Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.
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I. Public Participation
Viewing Comments and Documents
To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, “FMCSA-2018-0140” in the “Keyword” box and click “Search.” Next, click “Open Docket Folder” button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information concerning this notice, contact Ms. Pearlie Robinson, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 202-366-4225. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.
II. Legal Basis
FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). 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 safety analyses and public comments submitted, 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 reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).
III. Request for Exemption
The APA reports that it is a national safety and trade association of the U.S. fireworks industry, representing manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and professional display companies. APA has over 250 member companies. Along with their subsidiaries, APA's member companies are responsible for nearly 90 percent of the fireworks manufactured, imported, distributed and professionally displayed in the United States.
The Agency published a notice of APA's exemption application on April 24, 2018 (83 FR17877). APA sought a limited exemption from the ELD requirements to allow member companies currently holding an exemption from the 14-hour rule to continue to maintain paper RODs in lieu of ELDs. Various APA members have held 2-year exemptions during Independence Day periods from 2005 through 2014. On May 9, 2016, the current exemption for APA members was extended to July 8, 2020, pursuant to section 5206(b)(2)(A) of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (81 FR 28115).
APA asserted that granting this exemption would be appropriate because there is no basis to believe that continuing to allow paper record keeping for this limited subset of the regulated community, and for a limited period of time, would impact operational safety in any regard. In addition, due to the unique nature of the fireworks industry, requiring the use of Start Printed Page 4897ELDs for this limited seasonal delivery period would impose a substantial financial burden on members because it would require them to purchase/lease ELD systems for use for only a short period every year.
APA explained that its members rely upon intermittent casual drivers periodically throughout the year and particularly during the busy Independence Day season when the industry depends upon short-term rental trucks. The fireworks industry is unique in that it rents or leases approximately 90% of its vehicles throughout the year for less than 30 days at a time. However, most rental companies require a minimum rental period of 14 to 21 days, although APA member companies may only use the trucks in commerce for up to 11 days. The mix of vehicles rented includes pick-up trucks, cargo vans, city vans and straight trucks with a GVW of less than 26,000 pounds. The industry relies heavily upon short-term rental trucks to transport and deliver 98% of the 16,000 Independence Day fireworks displays nationwide. This exemption would only apply when the carriers designated in the APA HOS exemption, including revisions, are operating within the specified Independence Day periods.
IV. Public Comments
The Agency received 27 comments in response to the application published on April 24. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and 20 individuals supported the exemption. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) and four individuals opposed it. One individual took no position on the exemption request.
OOIDA stated that “the current ELD marketplace does not adequately support the needs of the entire trucking industry. Since the December 2017 implementation, professional drivers have shared the real-world problems they have experienced because of malfunctioning devices, lack of connectivity in rural areas, and false claims made by ELD vendors. For these reasons, along with APA's prior exemption history, FMCSA should grant the exemption request.”
The Advocates said “the application does not meet the statutory and regulatory requirements for the exemption. The application fails to consider practical alternatives, justify the need for the exemption, provide an analysis of the safety impacts the requested exemption may cause, and provide information on the specific countermeasures to be undertaken to ensure that the exemption will achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved absent the exemption.”
V. FMCSA Decision
FMCSA has determined that granting an ELD exemption to APA for a limited period of 11 days during Independence Day celebrations will achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that compliance with the ELD rule would ensure. Prior to publishing the Federal Register notice announcing the receipt of APA's application request for the exemption, FMCSA ensured that each APA member currently holding a limited exemption from the 14-hour rule possessed an active USDOT registration, minimum required levels of insurance, and was not subject to any “imminent hazard” or other out-of-service (OOS) orders. The Agency conducted a comprehensive investigation of the safety performance history of each of those motor carriers. As part of this process, FMCSA reviewed its Motor Carrier Management Information System safety records, including inspection and accident reports submitted to FMCSA by State agencies.
With regard to safety statistics, none of the carriers was under an imminent hazard or OOS order, had any alerts in the Safety Management System (SMS), or was under investigation by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. All had “satisfactory” safety ratings based on compliance reviews, and all had valid Hazardous Materials Safety Permits.
VI. Terms and Conditions of the Exemption
Period of the Exemption
The exemption from 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1)(i) is effective from June 28 through July 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time, in 2019 and 2020, for the 53 carriers identified in the appendix to this notice.
Terms and Conditions of the Exemption
This exemption from the ELD provisions in 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1)(i) is restricted to drivers employed by the APA motor carriers already covered by the multi-year exemption from the Agency's 14-hour rule listed in the appendix table of this notice. Drivers covered by the exemption may continue to use paper logs to record their record of duty status instead of using an ELD. Motor carriers and drivers must comply with all other requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR parts 350-399) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR parts 105-180).
In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in intrastate commerce.
Exempt motor carriers are required to notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accidents (as defined by 49 CFR 390.5) involving their CMVs operating under this exemption. The notification must be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV and include the following information:
a. Name of the Exemption: “APA ELD”
b. Date of the accident,
c. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or which is closest to the scene of the accident,
d. Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
e. Co-Driver's name and driver's license State, number, and class,
f. Vehicle company number and power unit license plate State and number,
g. Number of individuals suffering physical injury,
h. Number of fatalities,
i. The police-reported cause of the accident,
j. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, or motor carrier safety regulations, and
k. The total driving time and the total on-duty time of the CMV driver at the time of the accident.
In addition, if there are any injuries or fatalities, the carrier must forward the police accident report to MCPSD@DOT.GOV as soon as available.
The FMCSA does not believe the motor carriers and drivers covered by this exemption will experience any deterioration of their safety record. However, should this occur, FMCSA will take all steps necessary to protect the public interest, including revocation of the exemption. The FMCSA will immediately revoke the exemption for failure to comply with its terms and conditions. Exempt motor carriers and Start Printed Page 4898drivers are subject to FMCSA monitoring while operating under this exemption.
Issued on: February 8, 2019.
Raymond P. Martinez,
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Appendix to Notice of Application for Approval of Motor Carriers To Utilize American Pyrotechnics Association's (APA) Exemption From the ELD Rule in Hours of Service for Drivers Regulations for Independence Day Periods
[June 28 through July 8, 2020]
|Motor carrier||Street address||City, state, zip code||DOT No.|
|1. American Fireworks Company||7041 Darrow Road||Hudson, OH 44236||103972|
|2. American Fireworks Display, LLC||P.O. Box 980||Oxford, NY 13830||2115608|
|3. AM Pyrotechnics, LLC||2429 East 535th Rd||Buffalo, MO 65622||1034961|
|4. Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics||6607 Red Hawk Ct||Maineville, OH 45039||2008107|
|5. Artisan Pyrotechnics, Inc||82 Grace Road||Wiggins, MS 39577||1898096|
|6. Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc||136 Old Sharon Rd||Jaffrey, NH 03452||789777|
|7. Central States Fireworks, Inc||18034 Kincaid Street||Athens, IL 62613||1022659|
|8. East Coast Pyrotechnics, Inc||4652 Catawba River Rd||Catawba, SC 29704||545033|
|9. Entertainment Fireworks, Inc||13313 Reeder Road SW||Tenino, WA 98589||680942|
|10. Falcon Fireworks||3411 Courthouse Road||Guyton, GA 31312||1037954|
|11. Fireworks & Stage FX America||12650 Hwy 67S., Suite B||Lakeside, CA 92040||908304|
|12. Fireworks by Grucci, Inc||20 Pinehurst Drive||Bellport, NY 11713||324490|
|13. Flashing Thunder Fireworks dba Legal Aluminum King Mfg||700 E Van Buren Street||Mitchell, IA 50461||420413|
|14. J&J Computing dba Fireworks Extravaganza||174 Route 17 North||Rochelle Park, NJ 07662||2064141|
|15. Gateway Fireworks Displays||PO Box 39327||St Louis, MO 63139||1325301|
|16. Great Lakes Fireworks||24805 Marine||Eastpointe, MI 48021||1011216|
|17. Hamburg Fireworks Display, Inc||2240 Horns Mill Road SE||Lancaster, OH||395079|
|18. Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics, Inc||17-7850 N. Kulani Road||Mountain View, HI 96771||1375918|
|19. Hollywood Pyrotechnics, Inc||1567 Antler Point||Eagan, MN 55122||1061068|
|20. Homeland Fireworks, Inc||P.O. Box 7||Jamieson, OR 97909||1377525|
|21. J&M Displays, Inc||18064 170th Ave||Yarmouth, IA 52660||377461|
|22. Lantis Fireworks, Inc||130 Sodrac Dr., Box 229||N. Sioux City, SD 57049||534052|
|23. Legion Fireworks Co., Inc||10 Legion Lane||Wappingers Falls, NY 12590||554391|
|24. Miand Inc. dba Planet Productions (Mad Bomber)||PO Box 294, 3999 Hupp Road R31||Kingsbury, IN 46345||777176|
|25. Martin & Ware Inc. dba Pyro City Maine & Central Maine Pyrotechnics||P.P. Box 322||Hallowell, ME 04347||734974|
|26. Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc||1 Kingsbury Industrial Park||Kingsbury, IN 46345||434586|
|27. Montana Display Fireworks, Inc||9480 Inspiration Road||Missoula, MT 59808||1030231|
|28. Precocious Pyrotechnics, Inc||4420-278th Ave NW||Belgrade, MN 56312||435931|
|29. Pyro Shows, Inc||115 N 1st Street||LaFollette, TN 37766||456818|
|30. Pyro Shows of Alabama, Inc||3325 Poplar Lane||Adamsville, AL 35005 55063||2859710|
|31. Pyro Shows of Texas, Inc||6601 9 Mile Azle Rd||Fort Worth, TX 76135||2432196|
|32. Pyro Engineering Inc., dba/Bay Fireworks||400 Broadhollow Rd., Ste #3||Farmingdale, NY 11735||530262|
|33. Pyro Spectaculars, Inc||3196 N Locust Ave||Rialto, CA 92376||029329|
|34. Pyro Spectaculars North, Inc||5301 Lang Avenue||McClellan, CA 95652||1671438|
|35. Pyrotechnic Display, Inc||8450 W. St. Francis Rd||Frankfort, IL 60423||1929883|
|36. Pyrotecnico (S. Vitale Pyrotechnic Industries, Inc.)||302 Wilson Rd||New Castle, PA 16105||526749|
|37. Pyrotecnico FX||6965 Speedway Blvd. Suite 115||Las Vegas, NV 89115||1610728|
|38. Rainbow Fireworks, Inc||76 Plum Ave||Inman, KS 67546||1139643|
|39. RES Specialty Pyrotechnics||21595 286th St||Belle Plaine, MN 56011||523981|
|40. Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, Inc||11605 North Lebanon Rd||Loveland, OH 45140||0483686|
|41. Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics, LLC||3626 CR 203||Liverpool, TX 77577||1324580|
|42. Skyworks, Ltd||13513 W. Carrier Rd||Carrier, OK 73727||1421047|
|43. Sorgi American Fireworks Michigan, LLC||935 Wales Ridge Rd||Wales, MI 48027||2475727|
|44. Spielbauer Fireworks Co, Inc||220 Roselawn Blvd||Green Bay, WI 54301||046479|
|45. Spirit of 76||6401 West Hwy 40||Columbia, MO 65202||2138948|
|46. Starfire Corporation||682 Cole Road||Carrolltown, PA 15722||554645|
|47. Vermont Fireworks Co., Inc./Northstar Fireworks Co., Inc||2235 Vermont Route 14 South||East Montpelier, VT 05651||310632|
|48. Western Display Fireworks, Ltd||10946 S. New Era Rd||Canby, OR 97013||498941|
|49. Western Enterprises, Inc||PO Box 160||Carrier, OK 73727||203517|
|50. Wolverine Fireworks Display, Inc||205 W Seidlers||Kawkawlin, MI||376857|
|51. Young Explosives Corp||P.O. Box 18653||Rochester, NY 14618||450304|
|52. Zambelli Fireworks MFG, Co., Inc||PO Box 1463||New Castle, PA 16103||033167|
|53. ZY Pyrotechnics, LLC dba Skyshooter Displays, Inc||1014 Slocum Road||Wapwallopen, PA 18660||1030231|
[FR Doc. 2019-02661 Filed 2-15-19; 8:45 am]
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