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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 exemptions; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 32 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before August 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0030 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. 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.

Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below for further information.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov 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 association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elaine M. Papp, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, 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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-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.” FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 32 individuals listed in this notice have each requested such 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 an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute.

Qualifications of Applicants

Steven L. Albert

Mr. Albert, age 46, has had aphakia in his right eye since 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, his ophthalmologist noted, “His vision is sufficient to perform driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Albert reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15.5 years, accumulating 69,750 miles. He holds an operator's license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows two crashes for which he was cited and no additional convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Manassah E. Baker

Mr. Baker, 60, has had a prosthetic right eye since 1977. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, his ophthalmologist noted, “The patient has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks that are required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Baker reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 months, accumulating 15,588 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 42 years, accumulating 4.2 million miles. He holds a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Carl H. Block

Mr. Block, 44, has had a central retinal artery occlusion in his right eye since 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2012, his ophthalmologist noted, “It is my medical opinion that Mr. Block has sufficient vision to perform the driving Start Printed Page 41976tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Block reported that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 84,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Christopher W. Brim

Mr. Brim, 26, has had a prosthetic right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, “I feel he has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Brim reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4.5 years, accumulating 79,799 miles. He holds an operator's license from Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

John W. Camp

Mr. Camp, 52, has had strabismic amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/250. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my medical opinion, I feel M. John Camp [sic] had sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Camp reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 4.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ralph Carr

Mr. Carr, 55, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “I certify that Ralph Carr has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle according to current standards.” Mr. Carr reported that he has driven straight trucks for 34 years, accumulating 397,800 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Juan Carranco

Mr. Carranco, 56, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “My opinion is that Mr. Carranco has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle and should be considered for a Federal Vision Exemption through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.” Mr. Carranco reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 2.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William Chisley

Mr. Chisley, 32, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “Examination today reveals that Mr. Chisley has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Chisley reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 2400 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maryland. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Westcott G. Clarke

Mr. Clarke, 63, has had optic neuropathy in his left eye since 2003. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “It is my opinion that Mr. Clarke functions very well visually to operate commercial vehicles on public roads. He is corrected to 20/20 and is quite able to perform required driving tasks.” Mr. Clarke reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Massachusetts. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jerrald A. Crabtree

Mr. Crabtree, 39, has had complete loss of vision in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my professional opinion, Mr. Crabtree has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Crabtree reported that he has driven straight trucks for 19 years, accumulating 950,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph.

John A. Dilts

Mr. Dilts, 62, has had anisometropic amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my professional opinion, Mr. Dilts does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks that would be required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Dilts reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 330,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Indiana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Phyllis Dodson

Ms. Dodson, 55, has had amblyopia in her right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in her right eye is counting fingers, and in her left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, her optometrist noted, “I certify that in my medical opinion, Ms. Dodson has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Ms. Dodson reported that she has driven buses for 18 years, accumulating 576,000 miles. She holds a Class B CDL from Indiana. Her driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Donnie H. Eagle

Mr. Eagle, 60, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “It is my medical opinion that Mr. Eagle has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Eagle reported that he has driven straight trucks for 37 years, accumulating 370,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 3.7 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from West Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Phillip L. Ergovich

Mr. Ergovich, 60, has had a toxoplasmosis scar in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my medical opinion, he has sufficient vision to Start Printed Page 41977perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Ergovich reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 624,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Udum Khamsoksavath

Mr. Khamsoksavath, 38, has had complete loss of vision in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “Based on his ability to compensate for his vision loss and his overall visual field in his left eye, he meets the DOT requirements. I certify he meets the requirements to drive a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Khamsoksavath reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 350,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael A. Lancette

Mr. Lancette, 63, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, “In my opinion, Mr. Lancette has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Lancette reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 4 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 2.5 million miles. He holds a Class ABCD CDL from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Alex P. Makhanov

Mr. Makhanov, 25, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “I certify, in my opinion, that Alex has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Makhanov reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 24,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Mitchell Malcolm

Mr. Malcolm, 58, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye since 1985. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Malcolm would have sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Malcolm reported that he has driven straight trucks for 42 years, accumulating 42,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 95,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Vincent E. Marsee, Sr.

Mr. Marsee, 55, has had a corneal scar in his left eye since 1979. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “Has sufficient vision to drive commercial vehicle.” Mr. Marsee reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 1.3 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Phillip P. Mazza

Mr. Mazza, 40, has had a retinal scar in his right eye since 1993. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “It is my professional opinion that Mr. Mazza's vision is more than sufficient to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Mazza reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 144,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Brandin D. Meester

Mr. Meester, 28, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my opinion this patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Meester reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 180,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Charles Moen

Mr. Moen, 57, has had optic neuropathy in his left eye since 2008. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “Patient has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Moen reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 100,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 29 years, accumulating 3.2 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jerome M. Paintner

Mr. Paintner, 60, has had strabismic amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my medical opinion, Mr. Paintner has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Paintner reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 45,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Louis A. Pence

Mr. Pence, 64, has had a corneal scar in his right eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “I believe that Louis Pence has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Pence reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Wyoming. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jeffrey T. Sanders

Mr. Sanders, 45, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “He has a full field of vision in both eyes 160 degrees horizontally. His color vision is within Start Printed Page 41978normal limits and he is approved to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Sanders reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 182,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael Schott

Mr. Schott, 63, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/300, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, “In my opinion, Mike has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Schott reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 200,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 28 years, accumulating 2.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Nebraska. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Steven C. Sheeder

Mr. Sheeder, 55, has had complete loss of vision in his left eye since 1990. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “He has excellent vision and should have no problems operating a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Sheeder reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 360,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 36 years, accumulating 7.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes.

Larry C. Smoot, Jr.

Mr. Smoot, 37, has had a traumatic cataract in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “In my professional opinion, Mr. Larry Smoot Jr. has sufficient vision to drive and operate commercial vehicle.” Mr. Smoot reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 17 years, accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit.

David Snellings

Mr. Snellings, 63, has had a macular pucker in his left eye since 2011. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, “In my medical opinion, I do believe Mr. Snellings has sufficient vision to perform his driving tasks of operating a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Snellings reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating 4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maryland. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Edward A. Spakousky

Mr. Spakousky, 51, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “I believe that Edward does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.”

Mr. Spakousky reported that he has driven straight trucks for 13 years, accumulating 6,500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 780,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jose L. Torres-Perales

Mr. Torres-Perales, 44, has had a cataract in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, “I see no reason that Mr. Torres' vision should limit his safety while operating a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Torres-Perales reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 288,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph.

Adam J. Zappetta

Mr. Zappetta, 33, has had coloboma in his left eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, “All current testing confirms he can meet the visual demands required by the department of transportation to operate a commercial vehicle. It is my opinion that Mr. Zappetta should wear corrective lenses while driving commercial vehicles.”

Mr. Zappetta reported that he has driven buses for 9 years, accumulating 27,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Request for Comments

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. The Agency will consider all comments received before the close of business August 12, 2013. Comments will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file comments received after the comment closing date in the public docket, and will consider them to the extent practicable.

In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons should monitor the public docket for new material.

Submitting Comments

You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.

To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA-2013-0030 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue “Comment Now!” button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.

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Viewing Comments and Documents

To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA-2013-0030 and click “Search.” Next, click “Open Docket Folder” and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking.

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Issued On: July 8, 2013.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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