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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 final disposition.

SUMMARY:

FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 77 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.

DATES:

Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates provided 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 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Operations, (202) 366-9826.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation

A. Viewing Documents and Comments

To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-2002-11426; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0054; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2011-26690; FMCSA-2013-0025; FMCSA-2013-0027; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2013-0168; FMCSA-2013-0169; FMCSA-2013-0170; FMCSA-2014-0297; FMCSA-2014-0298; FMCSA-2015-0055; FMCSA-2015-0056; FMCSA-2015-0070; FMCSA-2015-0071; FMCSA-2015-0072; or FMCSA-2017-0019, in the keyword box, and click “Search.” Next, click the “Open Docket Folder” button and choose the document to review. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Operations in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

B. 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.transportation.gov/​privacy.

II. Background

On December 4, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 77 Start Printed Page 4765individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (84 FR 66447). The public comment period ended on January 3, 2020, and no comments were received.

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 § 391.41(b)(10).

The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision found in § 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of a least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70° in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and amber.

III. Discussion of Comments

FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding.

IV. Conclusion

Based on its evaluation of the 77 renewal exemption applications and comments received, FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt the following drivers from the vision requirement in § 391.41(b)(10).

As of December 3, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 34 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 40404; 64 FR 66962; 66 FR 63289; 67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 64944; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 61493; 70 FR 67776; 72 FR 64273; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 54888; 74 FR 11988; 74 FR 21427; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 48343; 74 FR 53581; 74 FR 62632; 76 FR 29026; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 44652; 76 FR 49528; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 55463; 76 FR 61143; 76 FR 64171; 76 FR 70215; 78 FR 20376; 78 FR 24798; 78 FR 27281; 78 FR 30954; 78 FR 34141; 78 FR 34143; 78 FR 41188; 78 FR 41975; 78 FR 46407; 78 FR 47818; 78 FR 52602; 78 FR 56986; 78 FR 63307; 78 FR 64280; 78 FR 68137; 78 FR 77782; 78 FR 78477; 79 FR 63211; 79 FR 69985; 80 FR 2471; 80 FR 8927; 80 FR 33007; 80 FR 37718; 80 FR 44188; 80 FR 48411; 80 FR 50917; 80 FR 59225; 80 FR 59230; 80 FR 62161; 80 FR 63869; 80 FR 67472; 80 FR 67476; 81 FR 1284; 81 FR 11642; 81 FR 15404; 82 FR 18818; 82 FR 32919; 82 FR 35043; 82 FR 47295; 82 FR 47312; 82 FR 47313; 83 FR 2306; 83 FR 3861):

Thomas E. Adams (IN)

Rickie L. Boone (NC)

Jerry A. Bordelon (LA)

Rickie L. Brown (MS)

Timothy V. Burke (CO)

James E. Byrnes (MO)

Westcott G. Clarke (MA)

Joseph Coelho (RI)

Kevin R. Cowger (ID)

Jeffrey M. Dauterman (OH)

Thomas P. Davidson (NJ)

Edward J. Genovese (IN)

Nirmal S. Gill (CA)

Britt A. Green (ND)

Bradley O. Hart (UT)

Dennis H. Heller (KS)

Jesus J. Huerta (NV)

Darrell W. Knorr (IL)

Dale R. Knuppel (CO)

Carmelo A. Lana (NJ)

Michael Lancette (WI)

Keith A. Lang (TX)

Larry W. Lunde (WA)

Rodney M. Mimbs (GA)

Michael A. Mitchell (MS)

Dennis L. Morgan (WA)

James A. Parker (PA)

Chris A. Ritenour (MI)

Steven L. Roberts (AR)

Derek J. Savko (MT)

Manjinder Singh (WA)

Wesley C. Slattery (KS)

Mark R. Stevens (IA)

Daniel R. Viscaya (NC)

Paul B. Williams (NY)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0054; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0142; FMCSA-2013-0025; FMCSA-2013-0027; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2014-0297; FMCSA-2014-0298; FMCSA-2015-0055; FMCSA-2015-0056; FMCSA-2015-0070; FMCSA-2015-0071; and FMCSA-2017-0019. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 3, 2019, and will expire on December 3, 2021.

As of December 5, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 64169; 76 FR 75943; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 65032; 78 FR 76395; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Kevin G. Clem (SD)

Rocky J. Lachney (LA)

Chase L. Larson (WA)

Fred L. Stotts (OK)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2011-26690; and FMCSA-2013-0166. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 5, 2019, and will expire on December 5, 2021.

As of December 6, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 72 FR 62897; 74 FR 60021; 76 FR 70210; 78 FR 66099; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Thomas C. Meadows (NC)

David A. Morris (TX)

Richard P. Stanley (MA)

Scott A. Tetter (IL)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2005-22194. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 6, 2019, and will expire on December 6, 2021.

As of December 15, 2019, 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 vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 70060; 81 FR 16265; 83 FR 2306):

Ricky A. Bray (AR)

Michael D. Judy (KS)

Joel H. Kohagen (IA)

Kelly K. Kremer (OR)

Edward R. Lockhart (MS)

Rodolfo Martinez (TX)

Tobias G.E. Olsen (ND)

Gregory A. Woodward (OR)

Alton R. Young (MS)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0072. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 15, 2019, and will expire on December 15, 2021.

As of December 17, 2019, 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 vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Herbert R. Benner (ME)

Henry D. Smith (NC); and

Kolby W. Strickland (WA)

The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0166. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 17, 2019, and will expire on December 17, 2021.

As of December 22, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following individual has satisfied the renewal conditions for Start Printed Page 4766obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 49528; 76 FR 61143; 78 FR 67460; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Robert E. Morgan, Jr. (GA)

The driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2011-0142. The exemption is applicable as of December 22, 2019, and will expire on December 22, 2021.

As of December 24, 2019, 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 vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (78 FR 63302; 78 FR 64274; 78 FR 77778; 78 FR 77780; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Ernest J. Bachman (PA)

Eugene R. Briggs (MI)

Bradley R. Dishman (KY)

Thomas G. Gholston (MS)

Chad A. Miller (IA)

Kerry R. Powers (IN)

Robert Thomas (PA)

Herman D. Truewell (FL)

Janusz K. Wis (IL)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2013-0168; and FMCSA-2013-0169. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 24, 2019, and will expire on December 24, 2021.

As of December 27, 2019, 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 vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 27027; 64 FR 51568; 66 FR 53826; 66 FR 63289; 66 FR 66966; 67 FR 10471; 67 FR 19798; 68 FR 64944; 68 FR 69434; 69 FR 19611; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 53412; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 61493; 70 FR 67776; 70 FR 72689; 70 FR 74102; 74 FR 60021; 76 FR 75942; 78 FR 67452; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Stanley E. Elliott (UT)

Elmer E. Gockley (PA)

Randall B. Laminack (TX)

Robert W. Lantis (MT)

Eldon Miles (IN)

Neal A. Richard (LA)

Rene R. Trachsel (OR)

Kendle F. Waggle, Jr. (IN)

DeWayne Washington (NC)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-2002-11426; FMCSA-2005-21711; and FMCSA-2005-22194. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 27, 2019, and will expire on December 27, 2021.

As of December 31, 2019, 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 vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (68 FR 61857; 68 FR 75715; 71 FR 646; 72 FR 71998; 74 FR 65846; 76 FR 78729; 78 FR 67454; 78 FR 67462; 79 FR 4803; 80 FR 67481; 83 FR 2306):

Martiniano L. Espinosa (FL)

Dustin K. Heimbach (PA) and

Lonnie Lomax, Jr. (IL)

The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2003-16241; and FMCSA-2013-0170. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 31, 2019, and will expire on December 31, 2021.

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for 2 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(e) and 31315(b).

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Issued on: January 17, 2020.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

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