[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 76 (Friday, April 21, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18818-18820]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08079]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-8398; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2003-14223; FMCSA-
2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2006-24783; 
FMCSA-2007-27333; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2009-0054; FMCSA-2010-0082; 
FMCSA-2010-0201; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2010-0385; FMCSA-2011-0010; 
FMCSA-2011-0024; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2012-0337; FMCSA-2013-0021; 
FMCSA-2013-0022; FMCSA-2013-0024; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0297; 
FMCSA-2014-0300; FMCSA-2014-0301; FMCSA-2014-0302; FMCSA-2014-0304; 
FMCSA-2014-0305]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 82 
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 was effective on the dates 
stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in 
the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before May 22, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2000-8398; FMCSA-2002-12294; 
FMCSA-2003-14223; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2005-20560; 
FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2007-27333; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2009-0054; 
FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0201; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2010-0385; 
FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2011-0024; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2012-0337; 
FMCSA-2013-0021; FMCSA-2013-0022; FMCSA-2013-0024; FMCSA-2014-0005; 
FMCSA-2014-0297; FMCSA-2014-0300; FMCSA-2014-0301; FMCSA-2014-0302; 
FMCSA-2014-0304; FMCSA-2014-0305 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, 202-366-4001, [email protected], 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., 
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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
for two years 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 two-year period.
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision 
found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically 
qualified to driver 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[deg] in 
the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize 
the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and 
amber.

    The 82 individuals listed in this notice have requested renewal of 
their exemptions from the vision standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), in 
accordance with FMCSA procedures. Accordingly, FMCSA has evaluated 
these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend 
each exemption for a renewable two-year period

II. Request for Comments

    Interested parties or organizations possessing information that 
would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not 
currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately 
notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted 
and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption 
would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the 
exemption of a driver.

III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of 
the 82 applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an 
exemption from the vision requirement (65 FR 78256; 66 FR 16311; 67 FR 
46016; 67 FR 57267; 68 FR 10301; 68 FR 13360; 68 FR 19596; 69 FR 62741; 
69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2701; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 12265; 70 FR 16886; 70 FR 
16887; 70 FR 17504; 70 FR 30997; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 62147; 
72 FR 1056; 72 FR 5489; 72 FR 11426; 72 FR 12665; 72 FR 12666; 72 FR 
18726; 72 FR 25831; 72 FR 27624; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 76440; 74 FR 7097; 
74 FR 8842; 74 FR 9329; 74

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FR 11988; 74 FR 11991; 74 FR 15584; 74 FR 15586; 74 FR 19270; 74 FR 
21427; 75 FR 25917; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 39727; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 54958; 
75 FR 70078; 75 FR 77942; 75 FR 80887; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 7894; 76 FR 
9856; 76 FR 12216; 76 FR 15361; 76 FR 17481; 76 FR 17483; 76 FR 18824; 
76 FR 20076; 76 FR 20078; 76 FR 21796; 76 FR 25762; 76 FR 28125; 76 FR 
29024; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 70534; 78 FR 9772; 78 FR 10251; 
78 FR 12815; 78 FR 14410; 78 FR 16761; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 16912; 78 FR 
18667; 78 FR 20379; 78 FR 22596; 78 FR 22602; 78 FR 24300; 78 FR 26106; 
78 FR 29431; 79 FR 24298; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 51642; 79 FR 
63211; 80 FR 2471; 80 FR 2473; 80 FR 3308; 80 FR 6162; 80 FR 12248; 80 
FR 12254; 80 FR 12547; 80 FR 14420; 80 FR 14223; 80 FR 15863; 80 FR 
16500; 80 FR 16502; 80 FR 18693; 80 FR 18696; 80 FR 20558; 80 FR 20559; 
80 FR 20562; 80 FR 22773; 80 FR 26320; 80 FR 29152; 80 FR 45573). They 
have submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye 
continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and 
that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each 
record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies 
over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the 
vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis 
for predicting each driver's ability to continue to drive safely in 
interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the 
exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is 
likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the 
exemption.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 
groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of July and 
are discussed below:
    As of May 7, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 43 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 
78256; 66 FR 16311; 68 FR 10301; 68 FR 13360; 68 FR 19596; 69 FR 64806; 
70 FR 2701; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 12265; 70 FR 16886; 70 FR 16887; 72 FR 
1056; 72 FR 5489; 72 FR 11425; 72 FR 12666; 72 FR 18726; 72 FR 25831; 
73 FR 76440; 74 FR 7097; 74 FR 8842; 74 FR 11988; 74 FR 11991; 74 FR 
15584; 74 FR 15586; 74 FR 21427; 75 FR 25917; 75 FR 39727; 75 FR 80887; 
76 FR 7894; 76 FR 9856; 76 FR 12216; 76 FR 15361; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 
20078; 76 FR 21796; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 70534; 78 FR 9772; 78 FR 10251; 
78 FR 12815; 78 FR 14410; 78 FR 16761; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 18667; 78 FR 
20379; 78 FR 22596; 78 FR 22602; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 51642; 
79 FR 63211; 80 FR 2471; 80 FR 2473; 80 FR 3308; 80 FR 6162; 80 FR 
12248; 80 FR 12254; 80 FR 12547; 80 FR 14220; 80 FR 14223; 80 FR 15863; 
80 FR 16500; 80 FR 16502; 80 FR 18693; 80 FR 20562; 80 FR 29152; 80 FR 
33011):

Neal S. Anderson (MN)
Joseph L. Beverly (FL)
Rex A. Botsford (MI)
Rickie L. Brown (MS)
Roger C. Carson (IN)
Gregory L. Cooper (PA)
Kenneth D. Craig (VA)
Douglas S. Dalling (GA)
Terry J. Dare (IN)
William A. Donovan (WA)
Breck L. Falcon (LA)
John D. Fortino (NY)
Joe T. Gage (AR)
William D. Holt (AZ)
Shane M. Holum (WA)
Mark C. Jeffrey (MT)
Christopher J. Kane (VT)
Purvis W. Kills Enemy At Night (SD)
Roosevelt Lawson (AL)
Scottie W. Lewis (GA)
Eugene R. Lydick (VA)
Emanuel N. Malone (VA)
Roberto E. Martinez (WA)
David S. Mayo (VA)
Anthony R. Melton (SC)
Joe L. Meredith, Jr. (VA)
John W. Montgomery (MA)
Travis W. Neiwert (ID)
Thomas G. Normington (WY)
Mark A. Omps (WV)
Richard D. Pontious (OH)
Daniel A. Rau (NJ)
Kevin L. Riddle (FL)
James L. Rooney (WA)
Gary W. Shelton, Jr. (FL)
James A. Smith (WA)
Benjamin Stone (VA)
Clarence L. Swann, Jr. (AL)
Bill J. Thierolf (NE)
Michael G. Trueblood (IL)
Sean E. Twohig (NY)
Donald A. Uplinger II (OH)
Steven M. Vujicic (IL)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: 
FMCSA-2000-8398; FMCSA-2003-14223; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2005-20027; 
FMCSA-2007-27333; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2009-0054; FMCSA-2010-0082; 
FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2012-0337; FMCSA-2013-0021; 
FMCSA-2013-0022; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0297; FMCSA-2014-0300; 
FMCSA-2014-0301; FMCSA-2014-0302; FMCSA-2014-0304; FMCSA-2014-0305. 
Their exemptions are effective as of May 7, 2017, and will expire on 
May 7, 2019.
    As of May 13, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (72 FR 
12666; 72 FR 25831; 74 FR 7097; 74 FR 15584; 74 FR 15586; 75 FR 25919; 
75 FR 39729; 75 FR 54958; 75 FR 70078; 75 FR 77942; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 
9856; 76 FR 17481; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 21796; 76 FR 28125; 77 FR 36338; 
78 FR 18667; 78 FR 22596; 78 FR 24300; 80 FR 18696):

Toby L. Carson (TN)
Vincent C. Durazzo, Jr. (CT)
Randy M. Lane (PA)
Michael O. Regentik (MI)
Alvaro F. Rodriguez (TX)
Esequiel Rodriguez, Jr. (TX)
George K. Sizemore (NC)
Donald E. Stone (VA)
Michael A. Zingarella (CT)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: 
FMCSA-2007-27333; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0201; 
FMCSA-2010-0385; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2011-0024. Their exemptions are 
effective as of May 13, 2017, and will expire on May 13, 2019.
    As of May 19, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (76 FR 
18824; 76 FR 29024; 78 FR 12815; 78 FR 22602; 79 FR 24298; 80 FR 
20558):

Luis A. Bejarano (AZ)
Richard T. Berendt (OH)
James O. Cook (GA)
Kevin R. Lambert (NC)
Scott W. Schilling (ND)
Randy E. Sims (WA)
Mark E. Studer (KS)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: 
FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2013-0022. Their exemptions are effective as of 
May 19, 2017, and will expire on May 19, 2019.
    As of May 20, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 3 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (78 FR 
16912; 78 FR 29431; 80 FR 20559):

Dolan A. Gonzalez, Jr. (FL)
Paul Harpin (AZ)
Randy T. Richardson (KS)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2013-0024. Their 
exemptions are effective as of May 20, 2017, and will expire on May 20, 
2019.
    As of May 27, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the

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vision requirements (80 FR 22773; 80 FR 45573):

Donald A. Becker (MI)
William T. Costie (NY)
Donald W. Donaldson (GA)
James L. Duck (NM)
Arthur R. Hughson (AL)
Joseph M. Jones (ID)
Howard H. Key Jr. (AR)
Quang M. Pham (TX)
Glen E. Robbins (WY)
Ronald P. Schoborg (AR)
Steven M. Tewhill (AR)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2014-0305. Their 
exemptions are effective as of May 27, 2017, and will expire on May 27, 
2019.
    As of May 31, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 
78256; 66 FR 16311; 67 FR 46016; 67 RF 57267; 68 FR 13360; 69 FR 62741; 
70 FR 12265; 70 FR 17504; 70 FR 30997; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 
62147; 72 FR 12665; 72 FR 12666; 72 FR 25831; 72 FR 27624; 73 FR 61925; 
74 FR 9329; 74 FR 15586; 74 FR 19270; 76 FR 9856; 76 FR 17483; 76 FR 
18824; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 25762; 76 FR 29024; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 24300; 
78 FR 26106; 79 FR 24298; 80 FR 26320):

Robert A. Casson (KY)
Gerald S. Dennis (IA)
John K. Fank (IL)
Gene A. Lesher, Jr. (WV)
Kenneth L. Nau (MD)
George D. Schell (IL)
Robert D. Smith (OH)
Kenneth E. Suter, Jr. (OH)
Richard A. Westfall (OH)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: 
FMCSA-2000-8398; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2006-24783; 
FMCSA-2007-27333; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2011-0057. Their exemptions 
are effective as of May 31, 2017, and will expire on May 31, 2019.

Conditions and Requirements

    The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: 
(1) Each driver must undergo an annual physical examination (a) by an 
ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the 
better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), 
and (b) by a certified Medical Examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, 
who attests that the driver is otherwise physically qualified under 49 
CFR 391.41; (2) each driver must provide a copy of the 
ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the Medical Examiner at 
the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) each driver must 
provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for 
retention in the driver's qualification file and retains a copy of the 
certification on his/her person while driving for presentation to a 
duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. The 
exemption will be rescinded 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(e) and 31315.

IV. Preemption

    During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with this exemption with 
respect to a person operating under the exemption.

VI. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 82 exemption applications, FMCSA 
renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the vision 
requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited 
above (49 CFR 391.64(b)). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, each exemption will be valid for two years unless revoked 
earlier by FMCSA.

    Issued on: April 14, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-08079 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]
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