[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 160 (Monday, August 18, 2008)]
[Pages 48275-48276]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-19078]



Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-99-6156, FMCSA-99-6480, FMCSA-00-7006, FMCSA-01-
10578, FMCSA-02-11714, FMCSA-02-13411, FMCSA-03-16241, FMCSA-03-16564, 
FMCSA-04-17195, FMCSA-05-21711, FMCSA-05-22194, FMCSA-05-23099, FMCSA-
05-23238, FMCSA-06-23773, FMCSA-06-24015, FMCSA-06-24783]

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.


SUMMARY: FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the 
exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations for 58 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to 
exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions 
granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has reviewed the 
comments submitted in response to the previous announcement and 
concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety 
that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety 
maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical 
Programs, (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. Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.


Electronic Access

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


    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
for a 2-year period if it finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety

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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 2-year period. The comment period 
ended on July 30, 2008.

Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding.


    The Agency has not received any adverse evidence on any of these 
drivers that indicates that safety is being compromised. Based upon its 
evaluation of the 58 renewal applications, FMCSA renews the Federal 
vision exemptions for Jawad K. Al-Shaibani, Harold J. Bartley, Jr., 
Kenneth J. Bernard, Allen G. Bors, Brad T. Braegger, Michael C. 
Branham, John E. Breslin, Trixie L. Brown, Raymond L. Brush, Marcus S. 
Burkholder, Scott F. Chalfant, Leroy A. Chambers, Harvis P. Cosby, 
Rodney D. Curtis, Norman J. Day, Michael D. DeBerry, Francisco Espinal, 
William L. Foote, Spencer N. Haugen, Victor B. Hawks, Edward J. Hess, 
Jr., William G. Hix, Ralph Holmes, Bruce A. Homan, Timothy B. Hummel, 
Fredrick C. Ingles, Larry L. Jarvis, Michael S. Johannsen, Charles 
Johnston, Harry L. Jones, Mearl C. Kennedy, Patrick E. Martin, Bennet 
G. Maruska, Leland K. McAlhaney, Bobby G. Minton, William C. Mohr, Sr., 
Charles J. Morman, Charles R. Murphy, Larry A. Nienhuis, Corey L. 
Paraf, Kenneth R. Piechnik, John J. Pribanic, Ronald M. Price, John P. 
Raftis, Bruce G. Robinson, Scott D. Russell, Alton M. Rutherford, 
Richard A. Schneider, Charles L. Schnell, Andrew W. Schollett, Joseph 
B. Shaw, Jr., Wolfgang V. Spekis, Sandra J. Sperling, Ryan K. Steelman, 
Robert L. Swartz, Jr., Charles V. Tracey, Duane L. Tysseling, and 
Leonard R. Wilson.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each renewal 
exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. 
The exemption will be revoked 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 and 31315.

    Issued on: August 12, 2008.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. E8-19078 Filed 8-15-08; 8:45 am]