Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus, 38598-38599 [2010-16225]

Download as PDF 38598 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 127 / Friday, July 2, 2010 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Bethany Pisulak stated the following, ‘‘I feel that it is in the best safety to look for possible downsides of these people being able to work. They need to be focused for a long time, meaning they may go awhile without food or drink, which could lower their sugars, making them need insulin. There should be multiple tests done to ensure that each worker is qualified for the job or position.’’ In response to this comment, FMCSA’s exemption process supports drivers with ITDM who seek to operate in interstate commerce. In addition, FMCSA relies on the expert medical opinion of the endocrinologist and the medical examiner, who are required to analyze individual ability to control and manage the diabetic condition, including the individual ability and willingness of the driver to monitor blood glucose level on an ongoing basis. Until the Agency issues a Final Rule, however, drivers with ITDM must continue to apply for exemptions from FMCSA, and request renewals of such exemptions. FMCSA will grant exemptions only to those applicants who meet the specific conditions and comply with all the requirements of the exemption. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the thirty-three exemption applications, FMCSA exempts, Spencer W. Alexander, Nelson Alvarez, Cody R. Anderson, Ronnie L. Barker, Eric D. Benham, Brian C. Blevins, Charles E. Bonner, Sr., Michael J. Brieske, Frederick Brown, William D. Elam, Jr., Devin S. Gibson, Lewis M. Hendershott, Mark E. Henning, Duane C. Jackson, John J. Long, Jerry A. McMurdy, Steven L. Miller, Joe E. Montoya, Jonathan A. Morisoli, Timothy J. Nowak, Lawrence W. Patterson, Jr., Peter J. Pendola, Frederick E. Robinson, Larry D. Schweisberger, Joseph C. Shaw, Michael Shuler, Kevin C. Simerick, Matthew E. Sipel, Michael S. Tanko, James P. Tomasik, Leonard D. Tournear, Booker T. Ware and Joseph H. Watkins, from the ITDM standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), subject to the conditions listed under ‘‘Conditions and Requirements’’ above. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 each exemption will be valid for two 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:27 Jul 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: June 25, 2010. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–16222 Filed 7–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0115] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT ACTION: Notice of final disposition. SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt thirty-seven individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions are effective July 2, 2010. The exemptions expire on July 2, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical Programs, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Room W64–224, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management 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., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of DOT’s dockets by PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, or other entity). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register (65 FR 19477, Apr. 11, 2000). This statement is also available at http://www.regulations.gov. Background On May 21, 2010, FMCSA published a Notice of receipt of Federal diabetes exemption applications from thirtyseven individuals and requested comments from the public (75 FR 28677). The public comment period closed on June 21, 2010 and one comment was received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the thirty-seven applicants and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals 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). Diabetes Mellitus and Driving Experience of the Applicants The Agency established the current standard for diabetes in 1970 because several risk studies indicated that drivers with diabetes had a higher rate of crash involvement than the general population. The diabetes rule provides that ‘‘A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control’’ (49 CFR 391.41(b)(3)). FMCSA established its diabetes exemption program, based on the Agency’s July 2000 study entitled ‘‘A Report to Congress on the Feasibility of a Program to Qualify Individuals with Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus to Operate in Interstate Commerce as Directed by the Transportation Act for the 21st Century.’’ The report concluded that a safe and practicable protocol to allow some drivers with ITDM to operate CMVs is feasible. The September 3, 2003 (68 FR 52441) Federal Register Notice in conjunction with the November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67777) Federal Register Notice provides the current protocol for allowing such drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. These thirty-seven applicants have had ITDM over a range of 1 to 31 years. These applicants report no hypoglycemic reaction that resulted in loss of consciousness or seizure, that required the assistance of another person, or resulted in impaired cognitive function without warning E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 127 / Friday, July 2, 2010 / Notices symptoms in the past 5 years (with one year of stability following any such episode). In each case, an endocrinologist verified that the driver has demonstrated a willingness to properly monitor and manage his/her diabetes mellitus, received education related to diabetes management, and is on a stable insulin regimen. These drivers report no other disqualifying conditions, including diabetes-related complications. Each meets the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The qualifications and medical condition of each applicant were stated and discussed in detail in the May 21, 2010, Federal Register Notice and they will not be repeated in this Notice. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the diabetes standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the applicants to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. To evaluate the effect of these exemptions on safety, FMCSA considered medical reports about the applicants’ ITDM and vision, and reviewed the treating endocrinologists’ medical opinion related to the ability of the driver to safely operate a CMV while using insulin. Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these applicants from the diabetes standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. Conditions and Requirements The terms and conditions of the exemption will be provided to the applicants in the exemption document and they include the following: (1) That each individual submit a quarterly monitoring checklist completed by the treating endocrinologist as well as an annual checklist with a comprehensive medical evaluation; (2) that each individual reports within 2 business days of occurrence, all episodes of severe hypoglycemia, significant complications, or inability to manage diabetes; also, any involvement in an accident or any other adverse event in a CMV or personal vehicle, whether or not it is related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (4) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:27 Jul 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must also have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received one comment in this proceeding. The comment was considered and discussed below. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stated that it had reviewed the driving record for Scott A. Yon and was in favor of granting a Federal diabetes exemption to this individual. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the thirty-seven exemption applications, FMCSA exempts, Billy Banks, Joseph P. Beagan, John M. Charlton, Stuart A. Dietz, Marie C. Eddy, Michael G. Eikenberry, Francisco K. Gallardo, John P. Gould, David B. Graef, Jason C. Green, Kimmy D. Hall, Bruce G. Hammill, Jr., Edward G. Harbin, Timothy R. Hefling, Christopher M. Hultman, Michael R. Jackson, Gerald A. Johnson, Jay T. Kirschmann, Duane K. Kohls, John F. Lohmuller, Rodney A. Markham, Christopher P. Martin, H. Alan Miller, Andrew D. Monson, Cheryl T. Murphy, Kurt D. Oertelt, Joseph M. Pirrello, Audrey R. Roddy, Theodore J. Rolfe, Ross R. Romano, Max S. Sklarski, Gerald J. Solwey, Darren G. Steil, Jason D. Sweet, Robert M. Thomson, Kevin R. Welch and Scott A. Yon, from the ITDM standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), subject to the conditions listed under ‘‘Conditions and Requirements’’ above. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 each exemption will be valid for two 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(e) and 31315. If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: June 28, 2010. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administration for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–16225 Filed 7–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38599 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0203] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption, request for comments. SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from seventeen individuals for an exemption from the prohibition against persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy (or any other condition which is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV)) from operating CMVs in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with seizure disorders to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 2, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2010–0203 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line 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., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket No. for this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. 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., Monday through E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA-2010-0115]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes 
Mellitus

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt thirty-seven 
individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated 
diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles 
(CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions will enable these 
individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: The exemptions are effective July 2, 2010. The exemptions expire 
on July 2, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical 
Programs, (202) 366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Room W64-224, 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document 
Management 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., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of DOT's dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, or other 
entity). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the 
Federal Register (65 FR 19477, Apr. 11, 2000). This statement is also 
available at http://www.regulations.gov.

Background

    On May 21, 2010, FMCSA published a Notice of receipt of Federal 
diabetes exemption applications from thirty-seven individuals and 
requested comments from the public (75 FR 28677). The public comment 
period closed on June 21, 2010 and one comment was received.
    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the thirty-seven applicants 
and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals 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).

Diabetes Mellitus and Driving Experience of the Applicants

    The Agency established the current standard for diabetes in 1970 
because several risk studies indicated that drivers with diabetes had a 
higher rate of crash involvement than the general population. The 
diabetes rule provides that ``A person is physically qualified to drive 
a commercial motor vehicle if that person has no established medical 
history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring 
insulin for control'' (49 CFR 391.41(b)(3)).
    FMCSA established its diabetes exemption program, based on the 
Agency's July 2000 study entitled ``A Report to Congress on the 
Feasibility of a Program to Qualify Individuals with Insulin-Treated 
Diabetes Mellitus to Operate in Interstate Commerce as Directed by the 
Transportation Act for the 21st Century.'' The report concluded that a 
safe and practicable protocol to allow some drivers with ITDM to 
operate CMVs is feasible. The September 3, 2003 (68 FR 52441) Federal 
Register Notice in conjunction with the November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67777) 
Federal Register Notice provides the current protocol for allowing such 
drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
    These thirty-seven applicants have had ITDM over a range of 1 to 31 
years. These applicants report no hypoglycemic reaction that resulted 
in loss of consciousness or seizure, that required the assistance of 
another person, or resulted in impaired cognitive function without 
warning

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symptoms in the past 5 years (with one year of stability following any 
such episode). In each case, an endocrinologist verified that the 
driver has demonstrated a willingness to properly monitor and manage 
his/her diabetes mellitus, received education related to diabetes 
management, and is on a stable insulin regimen. These drivers report no 
other disqualifying conditions, including diabetes-related 
complications. Each meets the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).
    The qualifications and medical condition of each applicant were 
stated and discussed in detail in the May 21, 2010, Federal Register 
Notice and they will not be repeated in this Notice.

Basis for Exemption Determination

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the diabetes standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) if the exemption is 
likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would 
be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the applicants 
to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
    To evaluate the effect of these exemptions on safety, FMCSA 
considered medical reports about the applicants' ITDM and vision, and 
reviewed the treating endocrinologists' medical opinion related to the 
ability of the driver to safely operate a CMV while using insulin.
    Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these 
applicants from the diabetes standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3) is likely 
to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the 
exemption.

Conditions and Requirements

    The terms and conditions of the exemption will be provided to the 
applicants in the exemption document and they include the following: 
(1) That each individual submit a quarterly monitoring checklist 
completed by the treating endocrinologist as well as an annual 
checklist with a comprehensive medical evaluation; (2) that each 
individual reports within 2 business days of occurrence, all episodes 
of severe hypoglycemia, significant complications, or inability to 
manage diabetes; also, any involvement in an accident or any other 
adverse event in a CMV or personal vehicle, whether or not it is 
related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual provide 
a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the medical 
examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (4) that 
each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to 
the employer for retention in the driver's qualification file, or keep 
a copy in his/her driver's qualification file if he/she is self-
employed. The driver must also have a copy of the certification when 
driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local 
enforcement official.

Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received one comment in this proceeding. The comment was 
considered and discussed below.
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stated that it had 
reviewed the driving record for Scott A. Yon and was in favor of 
granting a Federal diabetes exemption to this individual.

Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the thirty-seven exemption 
applications, FMCSA exempts, Billy Banks, Joseph P. Beagan, John M. 
Charlton, Stuart A. Dietz, Marie C. Eddy, Michael G. Eikenberry, 
Francisco K. Gallardo, John P. Gould, David B. Graef, Jason C. Green, 
Kimmy D. Hall, Bruce G. Hammill, Jr., Edward G. Harbin, Timothy R. 
Hefling, Christopher M. Hultman, Michael R. Jackson, Gerald A. Johnson, 
Jay T. Kirschmann, Duane K. Kohls, John F. Lohmuller, Rodney A. 
Markham, Christopher P. Martin, H. Alan Miller, Andrew D. Monson, 
Cheryl T. Murphy, Kurt D. Oertelt, Joseph M. Pirrello, Audrey R. Roddy, 
Theodore J. Rolfe, Ross R. Romano, Max S. Sklarski, Gerald J. Solwey, 
Darren G. Steil, Jason D. Sweet, Robert M. Thomson, Kevin R. Welch and 
Scott A. Yon, from the ITDM standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), subject to 
the conditions listed under ``Conditions and Requirements'' above.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 each exemption will 
be valid for two 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(e) and 31315. If the exemption is 
still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply 
to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time.

    Issued on: June 28, 2010.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administration for Policy and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2010-16225 Filed 7-1-10; 8:45 am]
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