Transportation of Household Goods; Consumer Protection

ICR 202204-2126-002

OMB: 2126-0025

Federal Form Document

Forms and Documents
Document
Name
Status
Supporting Statement A
2022-04-26
Supplementary Document
2022-04-27
Supplementary Document
2021-08-10
Supplementary Document
2022-04-27
Supplementary Document
2022-04-27
Supplementary Document
2021-08-10
Supplementary Document
2022-04-27
Supplementary Document
2021-08-10
ICR Details
2126-0025 202204-2126-002
Received in OIRA 202107-2126-001
DOT/FMCSA
Transportation of Household Goods; Consumer Protection
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 05/12/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 11/30/2022
4,915,383 6,034,891
3,708,095 4,282,171
3,023,737 161,440,597

The collections in this ICR are mandatory and consists mostly of recordkeeping and disclosure, where a motor carrier provides information when a consumer requests that a mover provide an estimate and when a consumer decides to have a particular mover transport household goods. Certain information will be transferred to the consumer for the consumer to educate himself/herself of his/her rights and responsibilities in commercial transactions with the mover. This is a revision to the ICR due to a final rule. FMCSA updates the regulations at 49 CFR 371 and 375 in a final rule titled “Implementation of Household Goods Working Group Recommendations” (87 FR 24431). The final rule makes various changes to the household goods regulations that the Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group recommended to FMCSA. These proposed changes include further revisions to streamline FMCSA’s publication “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” which would be incorporated in appendix A of the regulations, requiring “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” to be provided along with the estimate, requiring new binding or non-binding estimates when an individual shipper tenders more goods or requests additional service instead of a revised estimate, allowing a motor carrier to provide a virtual survey and removing the 50-mile radius for when a survey is required, removing the requirement for an order for service and incorporating that document into the bill of lading, and other minor updates to increase the clarity of the regulations. These proposed changes are intended to reduce the paperwork burden on household goods motor carriers and reduce confusion for individual shippers. FMCSA will use the information provided by the shippers, when necessary, while conducting reviews, audits and investigations of carriers to determine if a carrier/mover is in compliance with the Federal requirements. If this collected information were not available, FMCSA would have no means of independently verifying compliance. The collected information will assist consumers in their commercial dealings with interstate motor carriers by enabling them to receive consumer protection materials electronically. FMCSA will use the information provided by the shippers, when necessary, while conducting reviews, audits and investigations of carriers to determine if a carrier/mover is in compliance with the Federal requirements. If this collected information were not available, FMCSA will have no means of independently verifying compliance. The frequency of the collection varies and is based on the number of moves and requests made, based on shippers needs, and is not a factor FMCSA or the carrier can control. The information is not collected more frequently than quarterly since the data is required only when services are requested by the consumer. This is to help the consumer understand each part of the commercial transaction and determine whether they are being defrauded or deceived by a mover. This supporting statement divides the burden into five collections roughly corresponding to the subsections in the HHG regulations in which the specific paperwork and record keeping requirements for HHG movers appear: • IC-1: Required Information for Prospective Individual Shippers • IC-2: Estimating Charges • IC-3: Pick Up of Shipments of Household Goods • IC-4: Transportation of Shipments • IC-5: Consumer Complaints

PL: Pub.L. 109 - 59 4205, 119 Stat. 1144, 1751 Name of Law: The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transporttaion Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
  
None

2126-AC35 Final or interim final rulemaking 87 FR 24431 04/26/2022

No

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 4,915,383 6,034,891 0 0 -1,119,508 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 3,708,095 4,282,171 0 -230,517 -343,559 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 3,023,737 161,440,597 0 1,592,726 -160,009,586 0
Yes
Changing Regulations
Yes
Changing Regulations
This revision includes the following program adjustments due to the lower estimates of HHG carriers, for-hire interstate moves, and the number of new entrant HHG carriers, as well as the changes in the final rule, as stated below. For IC1: - Increase of 6,986 hours is a result of the Rights and Responsibilities booklet being delivered with every estimate, due to the final rule; - Increase of 1,277 hours is a result of various program adjustments; For IC2: - Increase of 41,923 is a result of virtual surveys being conducted for moves beyond 50 miles, due to the final rule; - Decrease of 282,683 hours is a result of the decreased estimate of for-hire moves completed in a given year; For IC3: - Decrease of 279,426 hours is a result of the removal of the Order for Service requirement, due to the final rule; - Decrease of 59,510 hours is a result of the decreased estimate of for-hire moves completed in a given year; For IC4: - Decrease of 1,662 hours is a result of the decreased estimate of for-hire moves completed in a given year; For IC5: - Overall decrease of 981 hours is due to a decrease in the hours to establish record systems and the decreased estimate of for-hire moves completed in a given year. There a total of 230,517 burden hours decrease due to the final rule and a total of 343,559 burden hours decrease due to a change in agency estimate. This is a total decrease of 574,076 burden hours. The annual number of responses decreased by 1,119,508 due to an adjustment in agency estimate. The adjustments to the annual number of responses, burden hours, and costs to respondents are primarily due to re-estimates of the number of carriers affected by the ICR (from 4,212 to 5,100) and the number of annual shipments (from 617,503 to 558,851). The annual burden hours overall decrease is (582,339 – 8,263) = 574,076 burden hours due to: - An increase of 8,263 (1,277 + 6,986) due to increase in the burden hours associated with IC-1; and - A decrease of 582,339 (-282,683 - 279,426 + 41,923 - 59,510 - 1,662 -981) due to burden hours associated with IC-2, IC-3, IC-4, and IC-5. The total non-labor capital costs due to the final rule is $1,592,726 which is due to an increase of $1,676,554 (for IC-1) as a result of the Rights and Responsibilities booklet being delivered with every estimate; and a decrease of $83,828 (for IC-3) as a result of the removal of the Order for Service requirement. There is an annual burden hour cost decrease of ($161,440,597 - $159,696,479) = $1,744,118.

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Monique Riddick 202 366-8045

  No

On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
 
 
 
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.
05/12/2022


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