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15 U.S.C. 1942
Sec. 202. In order to carry out his functions under this title the Secretary is authorized to—
(1) appoint and fix the compensation of such employees as he deems necessary without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointment in the competitive service and without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates;
(2) obtain the services of experts and consultants in accordance with the provisions of section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to exceed $100 per diem;
(3) contract with any person for the conduct of research and surveys and the preparation of reports; and
(4) appoint, without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive services, such advisory committees, representative of the divergent interests involved, as he deems appropriate for the purposes of
consultation with and advice to the Secretary. Members of advisory committees appointed under paragraph (4) of this section, other than those regularly employed by the Federal Government, while attending meetings of such committees or otherwise serving at the request of the Secretary, may be compensated at rates to be fixed by the Secretary but not exceeding $100 per day, and while away from home or regular place of business they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for persons in the Government service employed intermittently. Members of such advisory committees shall, for the purposes of chapter 11, title 18, United States Code, be deemed to be special Government employees.
COOPERATION OF FEDERAL AGENCIES
15 U.S.C. 1943
SEC. 203. (a) The Secretary may request from any department, agency, or independent instrumentality of the Government any information he deems necessary to carry out his functions under this title; and each such department, agency, or independent instrumentality is authorized and directed to cooperate with the Secretary and furnish such information to the Department of Transportation upon request made by the Secretary.
(b) The head of any Federal department, agency, or independent instrumentality may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any personnel of such department, agency, or independent instrumentality to assist in carrying out the duties of the Secretary under this title.
HEARINGS AND PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE
15 U.S.C. 1944
Sec. 204. (a) For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this title, the Secretary, or on the authorization of the Secretary, any officer or employee of the Department of Transportation may hold such hearings, take such testimony, sit and act at such times and places, administer such oaths, and require, by subpena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, papers, correspondence, memorandums, contracts, agreements, or other records as the Secretary, or such officer or employee, deems advisable.
(b) In order to carry out the provisions of this title, the Secretary or his duly authorized agent shall at all reasonable times have access to, and for the purposes of examination the right to copy, any documentary evidence of any person having materials or information relevant to the study authorized by this title.
(c) The Secretary may require, by general or special orders, any person to file, in such form as the Secretary may prescribe, reports or answers in writing to specific questions relating
to any function of the Secretary under this title. Such reports and answers shall be made under oath or otherwise, and shall be filed with the Secretary within such reasonable period as the Secretary may prescribe.
(d) Any United States district court within the jurisdiction of which an inquiry is carried on may, in the case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpena or order of the Secretary or such officer or employee issued under subsection (a) or subsection (c) of this section, issue an order requiring compliance therewith; and any failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by such court as a contempt thereof.
(e) Witnesses summoned pursuant to this section shall be paid the same fees and mileage that are paid witnesses in the courts of the United States.
(f) Any information which is reported to or otherwise obtained by the Secretary or such officer or employee under this section and which contains or relates to a trade secret or other matter referred to in section 1905 of title 18 of the United States Code shall not be disclosed except to other officers or employees of the Federal Government for their use in carrying out this title. Nothing in the preceding sentence shall authorize the withholding of information by the Secretary (or any officer or employee under his control) from the duly authorized committees of the Congress.
15 U.S.C. 1945
Sec. 205. (a) Insurers of passenger motor vehicles, or their designated agents, shall, upon request by the Secretary, make such reports and furnish such information as the Secretary may reasonably require to enable him to carry out the purposes of this title.
(b) Such reports and information may include, but shall not be limited to
(1) accident claim data relating to the type and extent of physical damage and the cost of remedying the damage according to make, model, and model year of passenger motor vehicle, and
(2) accident claim data relating to the type and extent of personal injury according to make, model,
and model year of passenger motor vehicle. (c) In determining the reports and information to be furnished pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the Secretary shall
(1) consider the cost of preparing and furnishing such reports and information;
(2) consider the extent to which such reports and information will contribute to carrying out the purposes of this title, and
(3) consult with such State and insurance regulatory agencies and other agencies and associations,
both public and private, as he deems appropriate. (d) The Secretary shall, to the extent possible, obtain such reports and information from the insurers of passenger motor vehicles on a voluntary basis.
(e) Every insurer of passenger motor vehicles shall, upon request by the Secretary, furnish him a description of the extent to which the insurance rates or premiums charged by the insurer for passenger motor vehicles are affected by the damage susceptibility, crashworthiness, and cost of damage repair and personal injury involved relating to each of the various makes and models of passenger motor vehicles. Such insurer shall also furnish the Secretary upon request such information as may be available to such insurer reflecting the effect of the damage susceptibility, crashworthiness, and cost of damage repair and personal injury involved relating to each of the various makes and models of passenger motor vehicles upon risk incurred by insuring each such make and model.
(f) The Secretary shall not, in disseminating any information received pursuant to this section, disclose the name of, or other identifying information about, any person who may be an insured, a claimant, a passenger, an owner, a driver, an injured person, a witness, or otherwise involved in any motor vehicle crash or collision unless the Secretary has the consent of the persons so named or otherwise identified.
(g) The information required by this section shall be furnished at such times and in such manner as the Secretary shall prescribe by regulation or otherwise.
15 U.S.C. 1946
Sec. 206. No person shall fail or refuse (1) to furnish the Secretary with the data or information requested by him under this title, or (2) ( to comply with rules prescribed by the Secretary under this title.
15 U.S.C. 1947
Sec. 207. Upon petition by the Attorney General on behalf of the United States, the United States district courts shall have jurisdiction, for cause shown and subject to the provisions of rule 65 (a) and (b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to restrain violations of section 206. Whenever practicable, the Secretary shall give notice to any person against whom an action for injunctive relief is contemplated and afford him an opportunity to present his views and shall afford him reasonable opportunity to achieve compliance. The failure to give such notice and afford such opportunity shall not preclude the granting of appropriate relief. Paragraphs (3) and (4) of section 107(b) shall apply to any action under this section in the same manner as they apply to actions under section 107.
15 U.S.C. 1948
Sec. 208. (a) Whoever violates section 206 shall be subject to a civil penalty of not to exceed $1,000 for each violation. A violation of section 206 shall constitute a separate violation with respect to each failure or refusal to comply with a requirement thereunder; except that the maximum civil penalty under this subsection shall not exceed $400,000 for any related series of violations.
(b) Any civil penalty under this section may be compromised by the Secretary. In determining the amount of such penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the appropriateness of such penalty to the size of the business of the person charged and the gravity of the violation shall be considered. The amount of such penalty, when finally determined, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, may be deducted from any sums owing by the United States to the person charged.
(c) Paragraphs (3) and (4) of section 107(b) shall apply to any action under this section in the same manner as they apply to actions under section 107.
15 U.S.C. 1949
Sec. 209. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated to carry out the provisions of this title $3,000,000 per fiscal year for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1973. and for each of the two succeeding fiscal years.
15 U.S.C. 1961
TITLE III—DIAGNOSTIC INSPECTION DEM
POWERS AND DUTIES
(b) To carry out the program under this part, the Secretary shall
(1) make grants in accordance with subsection (c) and furnish technical assistance to States; and
(2) consult with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (c)(1) Any demonstration project under this part shall be conducted by, or under supervision of, a State in accordance with the application of the State submitted under section 303, and may provide for the performance of diagnostic inspection services either by public agencies or by private organizations, but no person may perform diagnostic inspection services for profit under any such program.
(2) Not less than five nor more than ten demonstration projects may be assisted by the Secretary under this
part. No more than 50 per centum of the projects so assisted may permit diagnostic inspection services to be performed under the project by any person who also provides automobile repair services or who is affiliated with, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, any person who provides atomobile repair services.
ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA
15 U.S.C. 1963
Sec. 302. (a) A State may be eligible for grants or other assistance under this part if the Secretary determines on the basis of an application by such State that such State will undertake a motor vehicle diagnostic inspection demonstration project which meets the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.
(b) (1) A motor vehicle diagnostic inspection demonstration project shall be designed, established, and operated to conduct periodic safety inspections of motor vehicles pursuant to criteria established by the Secretary by regulation and emission inspections pursuant to criteria established by the Secretary by regulation in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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