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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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AGENCY:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of applications for exemption from the vision standard; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

This notice publishes the FMCSA's receipt of applications from 29 individuals for an exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions will enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the vision standard prescribed in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before October 1, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments identified by any of the following Start Printed Page 53494methods. Please identify your comments by the DOT DMS Docket Number FMCSA-2003-18885.

  • Web Site: http://dms.dot.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation heading of the Supplementary Information section of this document. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://dms.dot.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading under Regulatory Notices.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Teresa Doggett, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, (202) 366-2990, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation: The DMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can get electronic submission and retrieval help guidelines under the “help” section of the DMS Web site. If you want us to notify you that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line.

Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the Department of Transportation's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the FMCSA may grant an exemption for a two-year period if it finds “such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.” The statute also allows the agency to renew exemptions at the end of the two-year period. The 29 individuals listed in this notice have recently requested an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting the exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by the statute.

Qualifications of Applicants

1. Paul G. Albrecht

Mr. Albrecht, age 33, has amblyopia in his right eye. The best-corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist noted, “In my medical opinion, I feel that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Albrecht reported that he has driven straight trucks for seven years, accumulating 280,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for two years, accumulating 22,000 miles. He holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last three years shows one crash and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Mr. Albrecht's vehicle was struck in the rear while he was stopped in traffic. Mr. Albrecht was not cited.

2. David W. Brown

Mr. Brown, 40, had a hemorrhage in his right eye in 2000. His visual acuity in the right eye is 20/200 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2003, his ophthalmologist certified, “It is my medical opinion that Mr. Brown has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks that are required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Brown submitted that he has driven straight trucks and tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 190,000 miles in the former and 855,000 miles in the latter. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennessee. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

3. David J. Caldwell

Mr. Caldwell, 38, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/70. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist stated, “In my medical opinion, David Caldwell has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Caldwell reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, accumulating 168,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New York. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

4. Walden V. Clarke

Mr. Clarke, 62, has had macular degeneration in his right eye for ten years. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/100 and in the left, 20/25. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Clarke has sufficient functional visual acuity and peripheral vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Clarke reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 625,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

5. Donald O. Clopton

Mr. Clopton, 47, has reduced vision in his right eye due to congenital toxoplasmosis. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/225 and in the left, 20/16. His optometrist examined him in 2004 and stated, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Clopton has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Clopton submitted that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 1.3 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Alabama. His driving record for the last three years shows one crash and one conviction for a moving violation—speeding—in a CMV. According to the police report for the crash, the other driver involved stated he had tried to avoid a vehicle that entered his lane, forcing him to collide with Mr. Start Printed Page 53495Clopton's vehicle. Neither driver was cited. The violation for speeding occurred at another time, when Mr. Clopton exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph.

6. Awilda S. Colon

Ms. Colon, 52, has a corneal scar in her left eye due to a childhood injury. Her best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/60. Following an examination in 2004 her optometrist stated, “After careful examination and talking with her I feel she has adequate vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Ms. Colon submitted that she has driven buses for 11 years, accumulating 77,000 miles. She holds a Class B CDL from Tennessee. Her driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

7. Richard B. Eckert

Mr. Eckert, 43, has been legally blind in his right eye for four years due to myopic degeneration. The visual acuity in his left eye is 20/30. His optometrist examined him in 2004 and stated, “In my opinion, Richard does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Eckert reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, accumulating 1.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New York. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

8. Charles B. Edwards

Mr. Edwards, 69, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/200. Following an examination in 2003, his optometrist noted, “I hereby certify Charles Edwards to be visually able to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.” Mr. Edwards reported that he has driven straight trucks for three years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 3.4 million miles. He holds a Class DA CDL from Kentucky. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

9. Zane G. Harvey, Jr.

Mr. Harvey, 44, lost his right eye ten years ago due to trauma. His visual acuity in the left eye is 20/20. Following an examination in 2003, his optometrist certified, “In my opinion, Mr. Harvey has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Harvey reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 450,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

10. Robert T. Hill

Mr. Hill, 42, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/60 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “It is my opinion that this patient has sufficient vision to perform and continue the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle even though the right eye is slightly less than the full 20/40 presently required.” Mr. Hill reported that he has driven straight trucks for nine years, accumulating 936,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 2.6 million miles. He holds a Class DM driver's license from Alabama, but at the time of his application he held a Class A CDL. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

11. Dale E. Johnson

Mr. Johnson, 40, has a congenital central field loss in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/400 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “In my medical opinion, I certify that Dale E. Johnson has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 576,000 miles. He holds a Class C CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

12. Jimmy D. Johnson II

Mr. Johnson, 32, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/200 and in the left, 20/20. His optometrist examined him in 2004 and stated, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Johnson does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for seven years, accumulating 262,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for three years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Tennessee. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

13. Jeffrey M. Keyser

Mr. Keyser, 51, has had reduced vision in his right eye since 1987 due to histoplasmosis. His visual acuity in the right eye is 20/200 and in the left, 20/15. His optometrist examined him in 2004 and stated, “It is my medical opinion that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Keyser submitted that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 2.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes and two convictions for moving violations—speeding—in a CMV. He exceeded the speed limit by 12 mph in one instance and 13 mph in the other.

14. Donnie A. Kildow

Mr. Kildow, 51, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/200 and in the left, 20/20. His ophthalmologist examined him in 2004 and certified, “He has a history of amblyopia as a child in his right eye, but it is my opinion that this will not hinder his ability to drive a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Kildow submitted that he has driven straight trucks for ten years, accumulating 100,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, accumulating 837,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

15. Carl M. McIntire

Mr. McIntire, 52, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/70 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “Because Mr. McIntire has 20/20 vision in his better eye with corrective lenses, in my medical opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. McIntire reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 34 years, accumulating 4.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

16. John C. McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin, 40, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/15 and in the left, 20/200. Following an Start Printed Page 53496examination in 2004, his optometrist noted, “In my opinion his vision is sufficient for driving a commercial vehicle.” Mr. McLaughlin submitted that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 560,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for nine years, accumulating 576,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from South Dakota. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

17. Daniel A. McNabb

Mr. McNabb, 49, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/70 and in the left, 20/15. Following an examination in 2003, his optometrist stated, “In my opinion, Mr. McNabb has sufficient vision to safely drive a commercial vehicle.” Mr. McNabb reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 28 years, accumulating 2.8 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV during the last three years.

18. David G. Meyers

Mr. Meyers, 32, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/70 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “I believe Mr. Meyers does have sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Meyers reported that he has driven straight trucks for seven years, accumulating 73,000 miles, and buses for six years, accumulating 285,000 miles. He holds a Class C CDL from New York. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

19. Thomas L. Oglesby

Mr. Oglesby, 56, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/80 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist noted “I can certify in my medical opinion that Mr. Oglesby has the required vision to perform his commercial vehicle tasks.” Mr. Oglesby reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes and two convictions for moving violations in a CMV. He exceeded the speed limit by 16 mph in one instance and failed to obey a traffic sign in the other.

20. Michael J. Paul

Mr. Paul, 45, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/70. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist noted, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Paul has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Paul reported that he has driven straight trucks for eight years, accumulating 752,000 miles. He holds a Class D Chauffeur's license from Louisiana. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

21. Russell A. Payne

Mr. Payne, 54, lost the vision in his right eye 37 years ago due to trauma. His best-corrected visual acuity in the left eye is 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist certified, “The visual acuity that you have, combined with your visual field testing, is adequate for driving commercial vehicles.” Mr. Payne reported that he has driven straight trucks for 37 years, accumulating 2.2 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for ten years, accumulating 300,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

22. Rodney M. Pegg

Mr. Pegg, 31, lost his left eye 23 years ago due to trauma. His visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist certified, “In my medical opinion, Rodney Pegg has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Pegg submitted that he has driven straight trucks for four years, accumulating 31,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

23. Raymond E. Peterson

Mr. Peterson, 53, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/60. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist certified, “It is my opinion that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Peterson reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 1.7 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

24. Zbigniew P. Pietranik

Mr. Pietranik, 35, has amblyopia in his right eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/150 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2003, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my opinion, he has sufficient vision to drive a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Pietranik reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for nine years, accumulating 1.0 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New Jersey. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

25. Dennis E. Pinkston

Mr. Pinkston, 62, has had a macular scar in his left eye for 44 years. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/20 and in the left, 20/200. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “In my opinion, Mr. Pinkston's vision is sufficient to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Pinkston submitted that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 3.7 million miles. He holds a driver's license from Indiana, but at the time of his application, he held a Class A CDL. His driving record shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV during the last three years.

26. John C. Rodriquez

Mr. Rodriguez, 38, has hand motion only vision in his right eye due to corneal opacity. The visual acuity in his left eye is 20/20. His ophthalmologist examined him in 2004 and stated, “In my opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Rodriguez reported that he has driven straight trucks for four years, accumulating 73,000 miles. He holds a Class D driver's license from New Jersey. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

27. Robert B. Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt, 68, has been blind in his left eye since 1991 due to an injury. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/15. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “In my professional opinion, Robert has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Schmidt reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 198,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last three years shows no Start Printed Page 53497crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

28. Wesley L. Schoonover

Mr. Schoonover, 66, has amblyopia in his left eye. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/25 and in the left, 20/150. Following an examination in 2004, his ophthalmologist certified, “In my medical opinion, the patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Schoonover reported that he has driven straight trucks for 34 years, accumulating 680,000 miles. He holds a driver's license from Colorado, but at the time of his application he held a Class B CDL. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

29. Charles E. Wood

Mr. Wood, 61, has had a choroidal scar in his right eye since 1954. His best-corrected visual acuity in the right eye is 20/400 and in the left, 20/20. Following an examination in 2004, his optometrist certified, “I find Mr. Wood to have sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Wood reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 320,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last three years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Request for Comments

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated earlier in the notice.

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Issued on: August 26, 2004.

Rose A. McMurray,

Associate Administrator, Policy and Program Development.

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