[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 72296-72297]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29369]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 571

[Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0175]


Public Meeting of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council 
(RCC) Motor Vehicles Working Group

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

ACTION: Announcement of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) was 
created on February 4, 2011. After private sector consultations and 
bilateral negotiations, the RCC released the Joint Action Plan on 
Regulatory Cooperation on December 7, 2011. The Joint Action Plan is a 
practical first step to increased regulatory cooperation between the 
United States and Canada. In order to implement the initiatives 
identified in the Joint Action Plan, bilateral working groups led by 
senior officials from regulatory agencies have developed work plans 
with concrete objectives, deliverables and milestones for tangible 
progress within the RCC's two-year mandate. On January 30 and 31, 2012, 
the RCC and its bi-national working groups facilitated stakeholder 
meetings in Washington, DC. This notice announces a public meeting of 
the RCC Motor Vehicles Working Group.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on January 15, 2013. The meeting 
will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m., local time, or 
until all registered speakers have been heard.

ADDRESSES: The January 15, 2013 public meeting will be held at the 
Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building, 11th Floor, 477 Michigan Ave., 
Detroit, MI 48226. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with 
disabilities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to attend the public 
meeting, please contact Mr. Christopher Morris, NHTSA Office of 
Rulemaking, by email at christopher.morris@dot.gov, by telephone at 
(202) 493-2218, or by fax at (202) 366-5930. Please contact Mr. Morris 
at least ten days before the meeting date of January 15, 2013. Please 
provide the following information: Name, affiliation, address, email 
address, and telephone number.
    For other questions regarding the RCC Motor Vehicles Working Group, 
you may contact Mr. Ezana Wondimneh, Chief of the NHTSA International 
Harmonization Division in the U.S., by

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email at ezana.wondimneh@dot.gov, by telephone at (202) 366-0846, or by 
fax at (202) 366-5930, or Mr. Merz Rustom, Director, Motor Vehicle 
Standards, Research and Development at Transport Canada, by email at 
merz.rustom@tc.gc.ca, by telephone at (613) 998-2268, or by fax at 
(613) 990-2913.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation 
Council was created on February 4, 2011. After private sector 
consultations and bilateral negotiations, the RCC released the Joint 
Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation on December 7, 2011. For more 
information on the Joint Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation, see 
http://www.trade.gov/rcc/rcc-summary.asp. The Joint Action Plan is a 
practical first step to increased regulatory cooperation between the 
United States and Canada. In order to implement the initiatives 
identified in the Joint Action Plan, bilateral working groups led by 
senior officials from regulatory agencies have developed work plans 
with concrete objectives, deliverables and milestones for tangible 
progress within the RCC's two-year mandate. On January 30 and 31, 2012, 
the RCC and its bi-national working groups facilitated stakeholder 
meetings in Washington, DC.
    The January 15, 2013 public meeting is being held pursuant to the 
RCC Motor Vehicles Working Group Work Plan. For more information on the 
Work Plans, see http://www.trade.gov/rcc/documents/Existing-Motor-Vehicle-Safety-Standards.pdf, or http://www.trade.gov/rcc/ for future 
Work Plans.
    Public Meeting Procedures. The public meeting provides a forum for 
the public to speak about topics within the mandate of the RCC Motor 
Vehicles Working Group. In order to comply with the occupancy limits of 
the meeting space, attendance is limited to 100 persons, and pre-
registration is required. For space reasons, it is asked that you 
consider limiting your company's or association's delegation to 3-5 
persons. If you would like to attend the public meeting as a speaker or 
as an observer, please contact the person identified under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT at least ten days before the hearing. Depending on 
the available space, registration for persons attending the public 
hearing as observers may be accepted after that date.
    For planning purposes, each speaker should anticipate speaking for 
approximately ten minutes, although we may need to shorten that time if 
a large number of people wish to make presentations. Once we learn how 
many people have registered to speak at the meeting, we will allocate 
an appropriate amount of time to each participant, allowing time for 
necessary breaks. In addition, we will reserve a block of time for 
anyone else in the audience who wishes to give an oral presentation.
    We request that you bring three copies of your statement or other 
material to the meeting. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, 
we prefer that speakers not use any audio-visual aids or computer 
slideshows; however, if you plan to use such aids, you must provide 
those materials in advance of the meeting and notify the contact person 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.
    NHTSA and Transport Canada will conduct the meeting informally. 
Presenters wishing to provide supplementary information should submit 
it to the contact person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
above.
    For security purposes, government-issued photo identification is 
required to enter the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building. Non-U.S. 
citizens may be required to show passports. To allow sufficient time to 
clear security and enter the building, NHTSA recommends that 
participants arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start of the event, 
and that luggage, laptop computers, and personal effects be kept to a 
minimum.

Christopher J. Bonanti,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-29369 Filed 12-4-12; 8:45 am]
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