Federal Register: June 23, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 119)
DOCID: fr23jn09-101 FR Doc E9-14681
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHT ID: [NHTSA-2009-0104]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 23, 2009.
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60day comment period was published on March 12, 2009 (74 FR 10804).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Title: Designation of Agent for Service of Process.
OMB Control Number: 21270040.
Requested Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from the approval date.
Type of Request: Extension of a previously approved collection.
Affected Public: Business or other forprofit.
Form Number: N/A.
Abstract: This collection of information applies to motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers located outside of the United States (``foreign manufacturers''). Section 110(e) of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 30164) requires a foreign manufacturer offering a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment for importation into the United States to designate a permanent resident of the United States as its agent upon whom service of notices and processes may be made in administrative and judicial proceedings. These designations are required to be filed with NHTSA. NHTSA requires this information in case it needs to advise a foreign manufacturer of a safety related defect in its products so that the manufacturer can, in turn, notify purchasers and correct the defect. This information also enables NHTSA to serve a foreign manufacturer with all administrative and judicial processes, notices, orders, decisions and requirements.
When NHTSA amended the regulation implementing that statutory
requirement, codified at 49 CFR part 551, subpart D, NHTSA included an
appendix containing a suggested designation form for use by foreign
manufacturers and their agents. The purpose of the suggested
designation format was to simplify the information collection and
submission process, and thereby reduce the burden imposed on each
covered manufacturer by 49 CFR part 551, subpart D. To further
streamline the information collection process, NHTSA has set up a
customer Web site that may be accessed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ cars/rules/manufacture/agent/customer.html.
Estimated Annual Burden: 120 hours.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 240 respondents.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
David Bonelli, Office of Chief Counsel, NCC113, telephone (202) 3661834, fax (202) 3663820; NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.