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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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AGENCY:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of applications for exemption; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 30 individuals for an exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before October 10, 2018.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0135 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 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., 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(s) 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., e.t., 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 online.

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.

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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 8:30 a.m. to 5 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:

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I. Background

Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the FMCSRs for a five-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 five-year period. FMCSA grants exemptions from the FMCSRs for a two-year period to align with the maximum duration of a driver's medical certification.

The 30 individuals listed in this notice have requested an exemption from the hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). 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).

On February 1, 2013, FMCSA announced in a Notice of Final Disposition titled, Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; National Association of the Deaf, (78 FR 7479), its decision to grant requests from 30 individuals for exemptions from the Agency's physical qualification standard concerning hearing for interstate CMV drivers. Since the February 1, 2013 notice, the Agency has published additional notices granting requests from hard of hearing and deaf individuals for exemptions from the Agency's physical qualification standard concerning hearing for interstate CMV drivers.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

David Alagna

Mr. Alagna, age 50, holds an operator's license in Illinois.

Matthew H. Albrecht

Mr. Albrecht, age 51, holds an operator's license in Pennsylvania.

Raymond Amundson

Mr. Amundson, age 66, holds a class A CDL in Oklahoma.

Michael Arwood

Mr. Arwood, age 41, holds an operator's license in Tennessee.

Jonathan D. Ball

Mr. Ball, age 51, holds a class A CDL in Pennsylvania.

Gerald Bennett

Mr. Bennett, age 39, holds an operator's license in New Hampshire.

Dominick Booker

Mr. Booker, age 25, holds an operator's license in Pennsylvania.

Michael Boarman

Mr. Boarman, age 34, holds an operator's license in Colorado.

Russell Brannan

Mr. Brannan, age 62, holds a class A CDL in Georgia.

Gerald Buoniconti

Mr. Buoniconti, age 54, holds a class A CDL in Massachusetts.

Like C. Bundrum

Mr. Bundrum, age 21, holds an operator's license in Georgia.

Steven D. Chambers

Mr. Chambers, age 65, holds a class A CDL in Oklahoma.

Michael Dohanish

Mr. Dohanish, age 41, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Ralph K. Domel

Mr. Domel, age 70, holds a class A CDL in Texas.

Jacquelyn Hetherington

Ms. Hetherington, age 52, holds an operator's license in Oklahoma.

Julian Koch

Mr. Koch, age 31, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Jeremy Lampart

Mr. Lampard, age 41, holds an operator's license in South Carolina.

Jay Larson

Mr. Larson, age 45, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Thomas E. McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin, age 56, holds an operator's license in New York.

Dustin R. Miller

Mr. Miller, age 39, holds a class A CDL in Michigan.

Eric D. Peer

Mr. Peer, age 49, holds an operator's license in Deleware.

Jose B. Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez, age 32, holds an operator's license in Illinois.

Donald Reamsayder

Mr. Reamsayder, age 56, holds an operator's license in Florida.

Kenneth W. Reimer

Mr. Reimer, age 78, holds a class A CDL in Wisconsin.

Troy Rolland

Mr. Rolland, age 58, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Thomas D. Sneer

Mr. Sneer, age 61, holds a class A CDL in Minnesota.

Carlos Talamantes

Mr. Talamantes, age 43, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Kenneth Weaver

Mr. Weaver, age 52, holds an operator's license in Texas.

Paul Whetstone

Mr. Whetstone, age 41, holds an operator's license in Arizona.

Jason Wynne

Mr. Wynne, age 46, holds an operator's license in Texas.

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 dates 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-2017-0060 and click the search Start Printed Page 45747button. 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 materials 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-2017-0060 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: August 30, 2018.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2018-19564 Filed 9-7-18; 8:45 am]

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