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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.


Notice of Medical Review Board (MRB) Public Meeting.


FMCSA announces a public meeting of the Agency's MRB. The MRB public meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and participate in MRB deliberations about the revision and development of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) medical standards, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).


The MRB meeting will be held from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. on April 7, 2008. Please note the preliminary agenda for this meeting in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for specific information.


The meeting will take place at the Westin Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2008-0037 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket ID for this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to at any time or Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment 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 may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an Start Printed Page 13951association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78; Apr. 11, 2000). This information is also available at

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Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical Programs, (202) 366-4001,, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities:

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact Jennifer Musick at 703-998-0189 ext. 237.

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The preliminary agenda for the meeting includes:

0800-0820 Call to Order, Introduction and Agenda Review

0820-0830 Medical Review Board Administrative Discussion

0830-0900 Renal Disease Evidence Report

0900-0930 Renal Disease Panel Recommendations

0930-1000 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board

1000-1030 MRB Deliberations on Renal Disease

1030-1100 Vision and Driving Evidence Report

1100-1200 Lunch

1200-1230 Vision Panel Recommendations

1230-1300 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board

1300-1330 MRB Deliberations on Vision

1330-1400 Musculoskeletal Disease Evidence Report

1400-1430 Musculoskeletal Disease Panel Recommendations

1430-1445 Driver Perspective

1445-1515 Public Comment to the Medical Review Board

1515-1545 MRB Deliberations on Musculoskeletal Disease

1545 Call to Adjourn

*Breaks will be announced on meeting day and may be adjusted according to schedule changes, other meeting requirements.


The U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced on March 7, 2006, the five medical experts who serve on FMCSA's Medical Review Board (MRB). Section 4116 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59) requires the Secretary of Transportation with the advice of the MRB to “establish, review, and revise medical standards for operators of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) that will ensure that the physical condition of operators is adequate to enable them to operate the vehicles safely.” FMCSA is planning updates to the physical qualification regulations of CMV drivers, and the MRB will provide the necessary science-based guidance to establish realistic and responsible medical standards.

The MRB operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) as announced in the Federal Register (70 FR 57642, October 3, 2005). The MRB is charged initially with the review of all current FMCSA medical standards (49 CFR 391.41), as well as proposing new science-based standards and guidelines to ensure that drivers operating CMVs in interstate commerce, as defined in CFR 390.5, are physically capable of doing so.

Meeting Participation

Attendance is open to the interested public, including medical examiners, motor carriers, drivers, and representatives of medical and scientific associations. Written comments for this MRB meeting will also be accepted beginning on March 14, 2008. and continuing until April 21, 2008, and should include the docket ID that is listed in the ADDRESSES section.

During the MRB meeting, oral comments may be limited depending on how many persons wish to comment; and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis as requestors register at the meeting. The comments must directly address relevant medical and scientific issues on the MRB meeting agenda. For more information, please view the following Web site:​mrb.

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Issued on: March 7, 2008.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. E8-5123 Filed 3-13-08; 8:45 am]