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Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing

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AGENCY:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation.

ACTION:

Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 33 individuals for an exemption from the hearing requirement to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before August 31, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0002 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 Federal Docket Management System (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: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/​privacy.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-113, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) 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.” The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 33 individuals listed in this notice have recently requested such an exemption from the hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b) (11), 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 statute.

The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person

First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5—1951.

This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971).

II. Qualifications of Applicants

Priscilla Brakenridge

Ms. Brakenredge, age 40, holds an operator's license in Illinois.

David Balay Chappelear

Mr. Chappelear, age 26, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Donald Coen

Mr. Coen, age 52, holds a class A CDL in New York.

Mathias Conway

Mr. Mathias, age 56, holds on operator's license in Michigan.

Gary A. Cordano

Mr. Cordano, age 44, holds a class A CDL in California.

Harvey Culver

Mr. Culver, age 32, holds a class A CDL in Texas.

Charles DePriest

Mr. DePriest, age 55, holds an operator's license in Texas.

William R. English

Mr. English, age 42, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Samuel Fernell

Mr. Fernell, age 47, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Richard Fisher

Mr. Fisher, age 28, holds an operator's license in Pennsylvania.

Russell Fleming

Mr. Fleming, age 54, holds an operator's license in Georgia.

Ronald Freeze

Mr. Freeze, age 64, holds a class A CDL in Oklahoma.

Carlos Gonzales

Mr. Gonzales, age 53, holds an operator's license in Georgia.

Zachary Gullett

Mr. Gullett, age 22, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Richard Hoots

Mr. Hoots, age31, holds an operator's license in Arizona.

Carlos Lee Jackson

Mr. Jackson, age 53, holds a class A CDL in Texas.

Richard Kahalewai-Campbell

Mr. Kahalewai, age 34, holds an operator's license in Hawaii.

Randall Lutsey

Mr. Lutsey, age 52, holds a class A CDL in Pennsylvania.

Reynaldo Martinez

Mr. Martinez, age 35, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Julio C. Medrano

Mr. Medrano, age 41, holds an operator's license in Washington.

Keith Miller

Mr. Miller, age 37, holds a class B CDL in Missouri.

Brian J. Minch

Mr. Minch, age 31, holds an operator's license in Massachusetts.

Katrina Parker

Ms Parker, age 31 holds an operator's license in New Jersey.

Walt Pindor

Mr. Pindor, age 55, holds a class A CDL in Arizona.

Robert Samarian

Mr. Samarian, age 39, holds an operator's license in Michigan.

D'Nielle Smith

Ms. Smith, age 32, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Michael Smith

Mr. Smith, age 50, holds a class A CDL in Colorado.

Daniel Stroud

Mr. Stroud, age 50, holds an operator's license in Utah.

Michael Sweet

Mr. Sweet, age 45, holds a class B CDL in Georgia.

James Watters

Mr. Watters, age 55, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Gerald Westfall

Mr. Westfall, age 67, holds a class A CDL in Pennsylvania.

Derek Zamot

Mr. Zamot, age 43, holds an operator's license in Florida.

III. 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. We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated in the date section of the notice.

IV. 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-2016-0002 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 Start Printed Page 50596copying 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.

We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination any time after the close of the comment period.

V. Viewing Comments and Documents

To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA-2016-0002 and click “Search.” Next, click “Open Docket Folder” and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice.

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Issued on: July 22, 2016.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2016-18132 Filed 7-29-16; 8:45 am]

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