Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 70213-70215 [2011-29160]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2011 / Notices Robert E. Bequeaith Lloyd K. Brown Larry Chinn Kecia D. Clark-Welch Tommy R. Crouse Ben W. Davis Charles A. DeKnikker, Sr. Earl M. Frederick Loren H. Geiken John N. Guilford John E. Halcomb Rayford R. Harper Michael A. Hershberger Patrick J. Hogan, Jr. Todd A. McBrian Amilton T. Monteiro Harold W. Mumford John W. Myre David G. Oakley Charles D. Oestreich John S. Olsen Thomas J. Prusik Brent L. Seaux Glen W. Sterling The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual 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. Each exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was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. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 24 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Nov 09, 2011 Jkt 226001 requirements (64 FR 27027; 64 FR 51568; 66 FR 48504; 68 FR 54775; 69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 53412; 70 FR 61493; 72 FR 1054; 72 FR 52422; 72 FR 58362; 72 FR 67344; 72 FR 84971; 74 FR 26464; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 48343; 74 FR 57553; 74 FR 76439). Each of these 24 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the standard 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. Request for Comments FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver’s safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by December 12, 2011. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 24 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications. Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70213 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. Issued on: October 28, 2011. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2011–29162 Filed 11–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2011–0298] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 7 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision requirement. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before December 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2011–0298 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., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1 (202) 493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the DATES: E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 70214 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2011 / Notices docket numbers 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., 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 selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our 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, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/ E8–785.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, 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., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-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.’’ FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 7 individuals listed in this notice have each requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Nov 09, 2011 Jkt 226001 exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. Qualifications of Applicants Adam O. Carson Mr. Carson, age 29, has had retinopathy in his left eye since birth. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/30 and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2011, his ophthalmologist noted, ‘‘I believe that his vision is sufficient to perform his driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Carson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9.4 years, accumulating 18,800 miles. He holds a Class D operator’s license from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Michael P. Eisenreich Mr. Eisenreich, 47, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic injury sustained in 1984. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘I certify that in my opinion that he can safely perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Eisenreich reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 195,000 miles. He holds a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Carlton G. Frank Mr. Frank, 49, has had central scarring in his left eye since 2006. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/15 and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘In summary, Mr. Frank’s condition remains stable, and he has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Frank reported that he has driven buses for 3 years, accumulating 66,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Roger W. Hammock Mr. Hammock, 43, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/70 and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Roger Hammock has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hammock reported that he has driven straight trucks for 17 years, accumulating 601,120 miles. He holds a Class D operator’s license from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John T. Thor Mr. Thor, 70, has had malignant melanoma in his right eye since the mid 1990’s. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/500 and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘In my opinion, Mr. John Thor has adequate vision to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Thor reported that he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, accumulating 500,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 360,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 1 crash, due to weather, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. George Ulferts Mr. Ulferts, 46, has had a completely detached retina in his left eye since February of 2008. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/20 and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘It is of medical opinion that Mr. Ulfrets has the appropriate level of acuity in his right eye to sufficiently perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Ulfrets reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 625,000 miles. He holds a Class D operator’s license from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Donald F. Wilton Mr. Wilton, 42, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/20 and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ‘‘I certify that Mr. Wilton shows sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wilton reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 23 years, accumulating 2.3 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes, but one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; failure to stop at a traffic signal. E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2011 / Notices 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. The Agency will consider all comments received before the close of business December 12, 2011. Comments will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file comments received after the comment closing date in the public docket, and will consider them to the extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons should monitor the public docket for new material. Issued on: November 3, 2011. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2011–29160 Filed 11–9–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA– 1999–5578; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21711] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 20 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: This decision is effective November 30, 2011. Comments must be received on or before December 12, 2011. DATES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Nov 09, 2011 Jkt 226001 System (FDMS) numbers: FMCSA– 1999–5748; FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA–2003– 15892; FMCSA–2005–21711, 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 or Courier: 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 number 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 Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (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 on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our 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, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit http://www.edocket.access.gpo.gov/ 2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief, 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. PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70215 Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-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 procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 20 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 20 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Thomas E. Adams Terry J. Aldridge Lennie D. Baker, Jr. Jerry D. Bridges William J. Corder Gary R. Gutschow James J. Hewitt Albert E. Malley Eugene P. Martin David L. Menken Rodney M. Mimbs Walter F. Moniowczak William G. Mote James R. Murphy Chris A. Ritenour Ronald L. Roy Thaoms D. Walden Thomas E. Walsh Kevin P. Weinhold Thomas A. Wise The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (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 medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual 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 E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2011-0298]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 7 individuals for 
exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations. If granted, the exemptions would enable these 
individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) 
in interstate commerce without meeting the Federal vision requirement.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2011-0298 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., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1 (202) 493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the

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docket numbers 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., 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: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our 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, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in 
the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit 
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, 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., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-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.'' FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 
2-year period. The 7 individuals listed in this notice have each 
requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. 
Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.

Qualifications of Applicants

Adam O. Carson

    Mr. Carson, age 29, has had retinopathy in his left eye since 
birth. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/30 and in 
his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2011, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``I believe that his vision is sufficient to 
perform his driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Carson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9.4 years, 
accumulating 18,800 miles. He holds a Class D operator's license from 
Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael P. Eisenreich

    Mr. Eisenreich, 47, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
injury sustained in 1984. The best corrected visual acuity in his right 
eye 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ``I 
certify that in my opinion that he can safely perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Eisenreich reported 
that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, 
accumulating 195,000 miles. He holds a Class A Commercial Driver's 
License (CDL) from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Carlton G. Frank

    Mr. Frank, 49, has had central scarring in his left eye since 2006. 
The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/15 and in his left 
eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, 
``In summary, Mr. Frank's condition remains stable, and he has 
sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Frank reported that he has driven buses for 3 
years, accumulating 66,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Florida. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Roger W. Hammock

    Mr. Hammock, 43, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/70 and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his 
optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion, Roger Hammock has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hammock reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 17 years, accumulating 601,120 miles. He holds a Class D 
operator's license from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

John T. Thor

    Mr. Thor, 70, has had malignant melanoma in his right eye since the 
mid 1990's. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/500 
and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2011, his 
optometrist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. John Thor has adequate vision 
to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Thor reported that he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, 
accumulating 500,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 
years, accumulating 360,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 1 crash, due 
to weather, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

George Ulferts

    Mr. Ulferts, 46, has had a completely detached retina in his left 
eye since February of 2008. The best corrected visual acuity in his 
right eye 20/20 and in his left eye, light perception. Following an 
examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ``It is of medical opinion 
that Mr. Ulfrets has the appropriate level of acuity in his right eye 
to sufficiently perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Ulfrets reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 25 years, accumulating 625,000 miles. He holds a Class D 
operator's license from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Donald F. Wilton

    Mr. Wilton, 42, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 20/20 and in his left 
eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, 
``I certify that Mr. Wilton shows sufficient vision to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wilton reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 23 years, accumulating 2.3 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes, but one conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; failure to stop at a traffic signal.

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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. The Agency will consider all comments 
received before the close of business December 12, 2011. Comments will 
be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under 
the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file comments 
received after the comment closing date in the public docket, and will 
consider them to the extent practicable.
    In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in 
the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after 
the comment closing date. Interested persons should monitor the public 
docket for new material.

    Issued on: November 3, 2011.
Larry W. Minor,
 Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2011-29160 Filed 11-9-11; 8:45 am]
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