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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 renewal of exemptions; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 131 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

DATES:

Each group of renewed exemptions was effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2002-11714; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-Start Printed Page 912402003-16564; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22727; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24015; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0303; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0379; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0039; FMCSA-2013-0174; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004], 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 or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, 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 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., e.t., 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: 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:

Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, 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., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, 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 procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381.

Exemption Decision

This notice addresses 131 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 131 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each individual is identified according to the renewal date.

The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver's qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315.

Basis for Renewing Exemptions

Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two year periods. The following group(s) of drivers will receive renewed exemptions effective in the month of May and are discussed below.

As of May 7, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 71 FR 6826; 71 FR 19602; 72 FR 1054; 73 FR 11989; 74 FR 26464; 74 FR 60022; 75 FR 4623; 75 FR 13653; 76 FR 49528; 76 FR 61143; 76 FR 70212; 77 FR 543; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 17107; 77 FR 17117; 78 FR 76707; 78 FR 77782; 79 FR 1908; 79 FR 10611; 79 FR 13085; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 14333; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 18391; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29498):

Stephan P. Adamczyk (ME)

Otto J. Ammer, Jr. (PA)

Alphonso A. Barco (SC)

Teddy S. Bioni (PA)

Darrell Canupp (MI)

John A. Carroll, Jr. (AL)

James A. Champion (WA)

Larry Chinn (WI)

Michael Gargano (FL)

Ronald L. Walker (FL)

Charles G. Warshun, Jr. (NY)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket Nos. FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2009-0303; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2013-0174; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004. Their exemptions are effective as of May 7, 2016 and will expire on May 7, 2018.

As of May 11, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 10 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 15184; 77 FR 27850; 79 FR 21996):

Robert L. Brauns (IA)

Bobby R. Brooks (GA)

Clifford W. Doran, Jr. (NC)

Ryan C. Dugan (NY)

Glenn C. Grimm (NJ)

Charles J. Kennedy (OH)

Richard A. Pucker (WI)

John M. Riley (AL)

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Randy L. Stevens (GA)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-2001-0299; FMCSA-2011-0379; FMCSA-2011-0380. Their exemptions are effective as of May 11, 2016 and will expire on May 11, 2018.

As of May 12, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 14 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 74699; 69 FR 10503; 69 FR 71100; 70 FR 71884; 71 FR 4632; 71 FR 6826; 71 FR 6829; 71 FR 19602; 73 FR 5259; 73 FR 11989; 73 FR 15567; 73 FR 27015; 73 FR 76440; 75 FR 9480; 75 FR 13653; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 22176; 77 FR 17109; 77 FR 23797; 77 FR 27845; 79 FR 23797):

Leo G. Becker (KS)

Stanley W. Davis (TX)

Ray L. Emert (PA)

John W. Forgy (ID)

Julian R. Hall (TX)

Neil W. Jennings (MO)

Mark Meacham (NC)

David A. Miller (NE)

Paul D. Schnautz (TX)

William T. Smiley (MD)

Richard M. Smith (CO)

Aaron S. Taylor (WI)

William B. Thomas (SC)

Michael J. Tisher (AK)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22727; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2011-0380. Their exemptions are effective as of May 12, 2016 and will expire on May 12, 2018.

As of May 16, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 36 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 14571; 79 FR 28588):

Luis A. Agudo (MN)

Dmitriy D. Bayda (WA)

Marvin J. Bensend, Jr. (MS)

Cody W. Christian (OK)

Michael T. Deaton (WI)

Billy D. Devine (WA)

James G. Donze (MO)

Jeffrey D. Duncan (IN)

Charles R. Early (IN)

Dennis A. Feather (SC)

Nicholas C. Georgen (IA)

Robert E. Johnston, Jr. (WA)

Gregory J. Kuhn (NE)

David W. Leach (IL)

Kerry M. Leeper (WA)

Jason S. Logue (GA)

David F. Martin (NJ)

Martin L. Mayes (GA)

Daniel A. McNabb, Jr. (KS)

Phillip L. Mello (CA)

Roberto C. Mendez (TX)

Robert L. Murray (IL)

Barry L. Pylant (GA)

Steve W. Quenzer (SD)

Bradley W. Reed (AL)

Erik M. Rice (TX)

Ricky D. Rostad (MN)

Tatum R. Schmidt (IA)

Harry J. Scholl (PA)

Jacob A. Shaffer (PA)

Thomas G. Smedema (WI)

James S. Smith (AR)

Thomas W. Smith (PA)

Richard H. Solum (MN)

Scott R. Sorensen (CA)

Elston L. Taylor (VA)

The drivers were included on the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0003. Their exemptions are effective as of May 16, 2016 and will expire on May 16, 2018.

As of May 21, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 8 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61493; 73 FR 6246; 75 FR 9480; 75 FR 14656; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 22176; 75 FR 28684; 77 FR 15184; 77 FR 23797; 77 FR 23800; 77 FR 27850; 79 FR 22000):

David A. Brannon (FL)

Steven R. Felks (TX)

Herbert C. Hirsch (MO)

Michael D. Kilgore (TX)

Douglas L. Norman (NC)

Carroll R. Rogers (CA)

Wayne J. Savage (VA)

Marion Tutt, Jr. (GA)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2011-0379. Their exemptions are effective as of May 21, 2016 and will expire on May 21, 2018.

As of May 22, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 28 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 18392; 79 FR 29498):

Britton J. Anderson (KS)

James E. Baker (OH)

Aaron D. Barnett (IA)

Stanley R. Cap (SD)

Michael T. Craddock (CA)

Eric C. Dettrey (NJ)

Timothy C. Dotson (MO)

Roger L. Frazier (NC)

Danny J. Goss (MO)

James P. Griffin (WA)

Dennis P. Hart (OR)

Kyle C. Holschlag (IA)

Michael T. Huso (MN)

James D. Kessler (SD)

Robin D. Kurtz (CT)

Sherell J. Landry (TX)

Ronald N. Lindgren (MN)

Robert P. Malarkey, Sr. (NY)

Michael L. Manning (MO)

Rodney J. McMorran (IA)

John L. Meese (MO)

Thomas G. Ohlson (NY)

Robert D. Reeder (MI)

Craig Robinson (FL)

Michael E. Schlachter (WY)

Kenneth W. Sigl (WI)

Elmer F. Winters (NC)

Eugene T. Wolf (IA)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0004. Their exemptions are effective as of May 22, 2016 and will expire on May 22, 2018.

As of May 25, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 18 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (64 FR 68195; 65 FR 20251; 67 FR 10471; 67 FR 17102; 67 FR 19798; 69 FR 17267; 69 FR 19611; 71 FR 4194; 71 FR 13450; 71 FR 14566; 71 FR 16410; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 30227; 73 FR 27014; 75 FR 1835; 75 FR 9480; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 22176; 75 FR 27622; 77 FR 10604; 77 FR 17108; 77 FR 20879; 77 FR 26816; 77 FR 31427):

Dwight A. Bennett (MD)

Juan Castanon (NM)

Ronald Flanery (KY)

Joshua G. Hansen (ID)

Daniel W. Henderson (TN)

Edward W. Hosier (MO)

Craig T. Jorgensen (WI)

Jose A. Lopez (CT)

Earl E. Martin (VA)

Brian E. Monaghan (IL)

Joseph C. Powell (VA)

Albert L. Remsburg, 3rd (MD)

David L. Schachle (PA)

Dennis R. Schneider (NM)

Michael See (NY)

Steven Simone (KS)

Mark Sobczyk (WI)

Frankie A. Wilborn (GA)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2006-24015; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2012-0039. Their exemptions are effective as of May 25, 2016 and will expire on May 25, 2018.

As of May 30, 2016,, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 6 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 15662; 67 FR 37907; 69 FR 26206; 71 FR 26602; 73 FR 27017; 75 FR 27621; 77 FR 27849):

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Joe W. Brewer (SC)

James W. Ellis, 4th (NJ)

David A. Inman (IN)

Lawrence C. Moody (NJ)

Stanley W. Nunn (TN)

Kevin R. Stoner (PA)

The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA-2002-11714. Their exemptions are effective as of May 30, 2016 and will expire on May 30, 2018.

Each of the 131 applicants listed in the groups above has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements.

These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver's ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption.

Request for Comments

FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver's safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by January 17, 2017.

FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 131 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications.

Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver.

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 numbers FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2002-11714; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22727; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24015; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0303; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0379; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0039; FMCSA-2013-0174; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004 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.

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

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-1999-6480; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2002-11714; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22727; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24015; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0303; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0379; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0039; FMCSA-2013-0174; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004 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: December 2, 2016.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2016-30286 Filed 12-15-16; 8:45 am]

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