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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes

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AGENCY:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of final disposition.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions of 145 individuals from its prohibition in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals with ITDM to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES:

Each group of renewed exemptions was effective on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in the discussions below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Christine A. Hydock, 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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Electronic Access

You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at: http://www.regulations.gov.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http//www.regulations.gov and/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.

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 http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/​privacy.

II. Background

On May 15, 2017, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 145 individuals from the insulin-treated diabetes mellitus prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (82 FR 22382). The public comment period ended on June 14, 2017, and no comments were received.Start Printed Page 32915

As stated in the previous notice, FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3).

The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding diabetes found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control.

III. Discussion of Comments

FMCSA received no comments in this preceding.

IV. Conclusion

Based upon its evaluation of the 145 renewal exemption applications and that no comments were received, FMCSA confirms its' decision to exempt the following drivers from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3).

As of June 2, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (76 FR 20073; 76 FR 32015):

Donovan A. Bloomfield (MA), Kyle T. Brewer (NE), Rastus A. Bryant, Jr. (SC), Daniel J. Cahalan (WV), C. Shawn Fox (OH), Brad S. Gray (MD), Troy M. Keller (PA), Edmund D. Kilmartin III (MI), Michael G. Moseley (NC), Francisco M. Torres (NM), Mark H. Wilcox (MN).

The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA-2011-0080. Their exemptions are effective as of June 2, 2017, and will expire on June 2, 2019.

As of June 6, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 21 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (80 FR 26133; 80 FR 60743):

Robert L. Adams (GA), Steven D. Beale (WA), Kevin N. Bigham (PA), Eric B. Bratanich (WI), Jeffry L. Bromby (CA), Joel R. Currie (MN), George C. Druzak (PA), William L. Duncan (FL), Leland R. Frazier, Jr. (GA), Louis E. Graves (MS), Loren G. Howard (AK), John A. Irwin (IL), Marvin T. Kruse (SD), Richard L. Langdon (NY), Amanda K. Perez-Littleton (NM), Michael J. Peterson (MN), Thomas E. Ringstaff, Jr. (OH), Milton E. Sullivan (VA), John E. Vee (IA), Russell A. Wilkins (VA), David A. Wolff (NY).

The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0058. Their exemptions are effective as of June 6, 2017, and will expire on June 6, 2019.

As of June 8, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (72 FR 12656; 72 FR 31875):

David M. Beard (CO), David R. Burton (WY), Esko G. Cate (WA), Stephen R. Clemens (MI), Johnny W. Corbin (KY), Mark K. Eaton (MN), Chad L. Erickson (WA), Kendal B. Heath (NC), Jon D. Huntsinger (SD), Robbie L. Jones (IN), Lucas J. Jordon (FL), Murl R. Kimmel (IL), Michael G. McIntosh (WA), Judith A. Neel (IN), Danny E. Norment (TN), Samuel N. Prindle (IL), Mark W. Sadowski (IN), Thomas M. Sandahl (WI), Anthony Ybarra (MN).

The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA-2006-26601. Their exemptions are effective as of June 8, 2017, and will expire on June 8, 2019.

As of June 11, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 41 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 20381; 78 FR 35088; 80 FR 26979; 80 FR 45575):

Donald J. Barber, II (FL), Kenneth V. Bartlett (PA), Derek A. Becker (IL), Robert J. Boardwick (NJ), Robert E. Clark, Jr. (VA), Robert G. Costa (NJ), Thomas J. Cummings (IA), Gary E. Davidge (MD), Stephen L. Drake (TX), David E. Goddard, Jr. (WV), William J. Hannan, 3rd (NJ), David H. Heins (IL), Korry W. Hullinger (UT), Daniel A. Johns (PA), James V. Kuhns, Jr. (PA), Craig C. Leckie (OR), Robert T. Lee (WI), Tyler S. Lewis (AK), Zackery L. Lowe (VA), Gary D. MacFarlane (ME), Edward W. Masser (PA), David J. Mathews (MN), Brian L. Merlo (CA), Brian K. Miesner (MO), Terrance M. Morrisette (MN), Patrick S. Murray (OK), Shane J. Nesheim (WI), Lisa R. Olson (MT), Kevin J. Riedl (WI), Richard E. Roberts (NC), Stephen D. Sandine (AR), Jeremy D. Schroeder (OH), Jerry G. Severson, Jr. (IL), Richard J. Tallen (IN), Brett E. Thein (GA), Kelly R. Troll (MN), Ryan R. Turnbull (NY), Jonathan Walston (IA), Graciano Wharton-Ramirez (NJ), Rick G. White (WA), Randall L. Williamson (IL).

The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: FMCSA-2013-0015; FMCSA-2015-0059. Their exemptions are effective as of June 11, 2017, and will expire on June 11, 2019.

As of June 12, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following nine individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (74 FR 19271; 74 FR 28096):

Edward E. Back III (VA), Aaron Bailey (MA), George E. Hardman (GA), Brian K. Moore (TN), Zachary T. Patton (AZ), Terry L. Robinett (AR), Scot J. Suhr (IN), Kenneth R. Walker (TN), Blake A. Woolman (MO).

The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA-2009-0115. Their exemptions are effective as of June 12, 2017, and will expire on June 12, 2019.

As of June 20, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 25 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 22599; 78 FR 24795; 78 FR 37272; 78 FR 37273):

Willie J. Brock (MO), Roger S. Davis (PA), Edgar I. Duque (NY), Kevin J. Fuller (MI), Kevin D. Gentes (IL), John M. Hawk (MN), Joel M. Jock (VA), Michael J. Makwinski (NJ), James S. Marunczak (PA), Michael J. Moynihan (NH), William A. Nearhood (PA), Fernand L. Poulin (NH), James A. Pruitt (GA), Tony E. Pullen (IN), Michael M. Sanchez (NM), Joseph Sawicki, III (NY), Nathaniel Scales Jr. (DE), Michael Schrock III (TN), Jimmy W. Scroggins (AR), Michael Steinman (PA), Mark A. Stromberg (MN), Christopher T. Thieneman (KY), Daniel J. Wagner (TX), Andrew J. White (IA), Michael D. Ziegler (PA).

The drivers were included in docket Nos: FMCSA-2013-0016; FMCSA-2013-0017. Their exemptions are effective as of June 20, 2017, and will expire on June 20, 2019.

As of June 24, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 12 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (76 FR 25769; 76 FR 37171):

John C. Beason, Jr. (TN), Adam R. Errickson (NJ), Jon M. Greiner (MN), Gregory M. Hoyt (VT), Robert E. Start Printed Page 32916Jackson (NC), Kimm D. Jacobson (MN), Daryl D. Jibben (MN), Jimmy G. Lee, Jr. (NC), Daniel S. May (IA), Gerald D. McElya (TX), Donald B. Ramaley (PA), Floyd M. Tyler (PA).

The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2011-0103. Their exemptions are effective as of June 24, 2017, and will expire on June 24, 2019.

As of June 28, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (76 FR 21792; 76 FR 37882):

Terry J. Johnson (MN), Todd L. McAuley (NC), Stephen A. Miles (OH), Edgar M. Ridlon, Jr. (VT), Andrew M. Schutt (IL), John W. Wortman (WI), Kemlyn K. Yowell (OH).

The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2011-0093. Their exemptions are effective as of June 28, 2017, and will expire on June 28, 2019.

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315, each exemption will be valid for two years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (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 prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315.

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Issued on: July 7, 2017.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2017-15029 Filed 7-17-17; 8:45 am]

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