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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 for 178 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 were applicable 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 8:30 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 Start Printed Page 15199Management 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 December 11, 2017, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 178 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 58258). The public comment period ended on January 10, 2018, and no comments were received.

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 178 renewal exemption applications and comments 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 391.64(3):

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of December and are discussed below:

As of December 1, 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 48338; 74 FR 62883; 80 FR 74196):

Charles E. Boyd (NE)

Warren B. Copple, Jr. (MI)

Hernan Hernandez (CT)

Jeffrey E. Kiehl (MI)

Jesus G. Maesse (TX)

Jackson R. Olive (NY)

Thomas N. Pico (PA)

Jon C. Thomas (MT)

Dennis M. Thyfault (UT)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2009-0242. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 1, 2017, and will expire on December 1, 2019.

As of December 10, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following six individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (73 FR 63042; 73 FR 75163; 80 FR 74196):

Herschel J. Crawford (AK)

James E. Gaines (NJ)

Allan D. Gralapp (IA)

Scott L. Halm (OH)

Dean A. Sullivan (KY)

Lawrence W. Thomas (AR)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2008-0293. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 10, 2017, and will expire on December 10, 2019.

As of December 15, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 35 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 70067; 81 FR 6326):

Ramon Becerra (IN)

Steven J. Bloemker (OH)

Billy J. Bookout (OK)

David M. Brady (NE)

William G. Bush (IL)

Gene D. Carey, Jr. (PA)

James C. Decker (CA)

Thomas C. Eklund (OR)

Rodney L. Forrister, Jr. (MI)

Ronald J. Gasper (SD)

Jeremy J. Giesbrecht (IN)

Ethan T. Heideman (MN)

David T. Issler (NY)

Todd D. Jacquin (NC)

Mark C. Kucharski (CO)

Philip M. LaPierre (ME)

Mary J. Martin (PA)

Terry J. Miller (WI)

Marvin K. Mosley (SC)

Eric Nieves, Jr. (NY)

George W. Pottle, IV (ME)

Charles R. Ratcliff, Jr. (VA)

Joseph B. Ribitzki (AR)

Roger D. Richey (IN)

Michael G. Sanchez (CA)

Guido J. Scarafoni (MA)

Jeffrey M. Schleisman (IA)

Sanampreet Singh (CA)

Joshua A. Snyder (WV)

Leonard Tawahongva (AZ)

Edward M. Taylor (NE)

Donald L. Trogdon (ID)

Lazario R. Watkins (NC)

Eric J. Watson (NY)

William T. White (WA)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0336. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 15, 2017, and will expire on December 15, 2019.

As of December 17, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 51 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 63298; 78 FR 76397; 80 FR 74196):

Toni Benfield (SC)

Peter J. Benz (FL)

Robert J. Berger, III (PA)

Daniel A. Bryan (PA)

Travis D. Clarkston (IN)

Romero Coleman (WI)

Michael L. Collins (WA)

Stephen A. Cronin (FL)

Steven M. Dent (IA)

John S. Duvall (PA)

Robert S. Engel (IN)

Steven M. Ference (CT)

David W. Foster (TN)

Francis M. Garlach, III (PA)

Allen D. Goddard (MO)

Brian L. Gregory (IL)

Alfonso Grijalva (CA)

Jason E. Jacobus (KY)

Bobby H. Johnson (GA)

Kevin E. Kneff (MO)

Margaret Lopez (NY)

John D. May (KS)

Mike C. McDowell (TX)

Charles B. McKay (FL)

Norman C. Mertz (PA)

Travis F. Moon (GA)

Ronald Mooney (ID)

Martin J. Mostyn (OH)

Floyd P. Murray, Jr. (UT)

Steven D. Nowakowski (MD)

Gary D. Peters (NE)

Mark A. Pille (IA)

Stephen Plesz (CT)

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Jody R. Prause (MI)

Walter A. Przewrocki, Jr. (PA)

Andrew Quaglia (NY)

Stanley A. Sabin (KY)

Joseph F. Schafer, Jr. (PA)

Gary A. Sjokvist (ND)

Gary L. Snelling (AL)

Charles W. Sterling (WA)

Thomas L. Stoudnour (PA)

Matthew S. Thompson (PA)

Robin S. Travis (CO)

James R. Troutman (PA)

William R. Van Gog (WA)

Charles S. Watson (IL)

William E. Wyant, III (IA)

Mark A. Yurian (MT)

David M. Zanicky (PA)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0187. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 17, 2017, and will expire on December 17, 2019.

As of December 19, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 24 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 62514; 72 FR 71996; 76 FR 64165; 76 FR 78718; 80 FR 74196):

Robin R. Baumgartner (WI)

Joseph K. Beasley (GA)

Glenn W. Burke (NY)

David P. Charest (FL)

Derek E. Dowling (PA)

Donald E. Dupke, Jr. (IN)

Donald N. Ellis (IN)

Tim E. Holmberg (WI)

Russell D. Jordan (ND)

Warren D. Knabe (NE)

Jackie L. Lane (TX)

Dennis L. Lorenz (IN)

Robert J. Malone (NJ)

Toni A. Moore (AR)

Clayton A. Powers (CA)

Dennis R. Scheel (SD)

Michael K. Schulist (MI)

Andrew P. Shirk (MS)

Jerry L. Smit (MN)

Reese L. Sullivan (TX)

Robert M. Walker (PA)

Robert E. Weiss (MI)

Robert A. Wild (OR)

Randy L. Wyant (OH)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2007-29035; FMCSA-2011-0277. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 19, 2017, and will expire on December 19, 2019.

As of December 22, 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 66120; 76 FR 79759; 80 FR 74196):

Lennie D. Cook (OH)

David R. Cornelius (IL)

Scott A. Edwards (PA)

Ronald J. Ezell (MO)

Marcus M. Gagne (ME)

David P. Govero (MO)

Christopher A. Jones (WY)

Donald R. McClure, Jr. (PA)

Clyde G. Rishel, Jr. (PA)

Kurt Schneider (VT)

Douglas O. Sundby (ND)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2011-0278. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 22, 2017, and will expire on December 22, 2019.

As of December 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 (78 FR 64267; 78 FR 77784; 80 FR 74196):

Theeir L. Coleman (VA)

William I. Harbolt (MT)

Ryan L. Harrier (MI)

Larry W. Hines (NM)

Mark G. Kahler (TX)

Michael W. McCrary (GA)

Sean T. McMahon (WI)

David S. Monroe (KS)

John E. Parker (KS)

David G. Schultz (PA)

Donald A. Spivey (TN)

Jerry D. Zimmerman (ND)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0184. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 24, 2017, and will expire on December 24, 2019.

As of December 29, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 26 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 74190; 81 FR 6332):

Michael E. Adrieansen (IL)

Samuel M. Balis (PA)

Dwight J. Banks (IL)

David R. Bauman, III (MI)

Dustin D. Brown (WI)

Thomas W. Camp (VA)

Nathan G. Carnes (OR)

Damiano DiFlorio (NJ)

Sammy N. Fox (PA)

Matthew D. Fox (IN)

Chadwick E. Gainey (FL)

Jamal A. George (OH)

John M. Halm (WA)

William R. Hardy (MI)

Craig A. Hendrickson (IL)

Darold W. Mahlstedt (IA)

Robert L. McConnell (PA)

Randall T. Mitchell (AL)

Shawn P. O'Malley (WA)

Kenneth W. Phillips (IN)

Jakob K. Siler (WA)

Darren G. Steil (IA)

Richard E. Wagner (MN)

John F. Wesoloski, Jr. (ND)

Levon Wright, Sr. (FL)

Tadeusz S. Wrzesinki (PA)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0337. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 29, 2017, and will expire on December 29, 2019.

As of December 30, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following three 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 74190; 81 FR 6332): Cris A. Brown, (MI); Vincenzo A. Cortese, (CT); Keith R. Miller, (WV).

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0190. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 30, 2017, and will expire on December 30, 2019.

As of December 31, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, Gary L. Crawford (OH) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 65034; 79 FR 3917; 80 FR 74196).

This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0190. The exemption is applicable as of December 31, 2017, and will expire on December 31, 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: April 2, 2018.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2018-07204 Filed 4-6-18; 8:45 am]

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