Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing, 26417-26419 [2013-10668]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 87 / Monday, May 6, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Participating Agencies and to private organizations and citizens that have expressed an interest in this action. Public and agency outreach will consist of: (1) A formal public Scoping meeting to be held Buffalo NY in June 2013, (2) a public hearing, (3) meetings with the applicable Cooperating and Participating Agencies, (4) a meeting with the Section 106 Consulting Parties including federally recognized Indian tribes. Public notice will be given of the date, time and place of the meetings and hearing. The draft EIS will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearing. To ensure that a full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues are identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to the FHWA or NYSDOT at the addresses provided above. By this notice, FHWA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the listed highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before October 3, 2013. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 150 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time period still applies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Liana Liu, Area Engineer, North Central and South Central Region, Federal Highway Administration, 711 South Capital Way, Suite 501, Olympia, WA 98501–0943, telephone: (360) 753–9553, email address: Liana.Liu@dot.gov; or Jason Smith, Environmental Manager, South Central Region, Washington State Department of Transportation, 2809 Rudkin Road, Union Gap, WA 98903, telephone: (509) 577–1750, email address: SmithJW@wsdot.wa.gov. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is Program Number 20.205, Highway Research, hereby given that the FHWA and other Planning and Construction. The regulations Federal agencies have taken final agency implementing Executive Order 12372 actions related to the I–90 Snoqualmie regarding intergovernmental consultation on Pass East Project in the State of Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Washington. FHWA, in cooperation with the Washington State Department Issued on: April 30, 2013. of Transportation (WSDOT), prepared a Jonathan D. McDade, Draft Environmental Impact Statement Division Administrator, New York Division, (EIS) (FHWA–WA–EIS–05–01–D) and Federal Highway Administration, Albany, Final EIS (FHWA–WA–EIS–05–01–F) NY. for proposed improvements to a 15-mile [FR Doc. 2013–10660 Filed 5–3–13; 8:45 am] portion of I–90 immediately east of BILLING CODE 4910–22–P Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains, from Hyak at MP 55.1 to DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Easton Hill at MP 70.3. FHWA issued a ROD for the project in October 2008 and Federal Highway Administration construction has continued since 2009. In September 2011, the contractor Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions selected to construct the portion of the on Transportation Project in project from MP 57.34 to 60.23 along Washington State Keechelus Lake proposed a design modification that meets the project’s AGENCY: Federal Highway purpose and need while reducing Administration (FHWA), U.S. DOT. construction and maintenance costs. ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA FHWA and WSDOT prepared a Draft Supplemental EIS (FHWA–WA–EIS– and Other Federal Agencies. 05–01–DS) to evaluate the design SUMMARY: This notice announces actions modification, which includes taken by the FHWA and other Federal construction of eastbound and agencies that are final within the westbound avalanche bridges instead of meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The the new, expanded snowshed that was actions relate to the Interstate 90 (I–90) originally part of the I–90 project Snoqualmie Pass East Project, located Selected Alternative. The actions by the Federal agencies, between Hyak and Easton (Milepost and the laws under which such actions [MP] 55.1 to 70.3) in Kittitas County, Washington. The action by FHWA is the were taken, are described in the Final Record of Decision (ROD), which selects Supplemental EIS (FHWA–WA–EIS– avalanche bridges for construction on I– 05–01–FS) and ROD issued concurrently on March 12, 2013, and in 90 between MP 57.9 and 58.4. Actions other documents in the FHWA by other Federal agencies include administrative record. These documents issuing amendments to previously are available by contacting FHWA or issued permits. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:06 May 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26417 WSDOT at the addresses provided above. The combined Final Supplemental EIS and ROD can also be downloaded electronically from the project Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ projects/I90/SnoqualmiePassEast, or viewed at area public libraries. This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions on the project as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to: General: National Environmental Policy Act [42 U.S.C. 4321–4351]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109]. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531–1544]; Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 U.S.C. 703–712]. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 20.205, Highway Research, Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1), as amended by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), Pub. L. 112–141, § 1308, 126 Stat. 405 (2012). Issued on: April 29, 2013. Daniel M. Mathis, Division Administrator, Olympia, WA. [FR Doc. 2013–10661 Filed 5–3–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0122] Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that 16 individuals have applied for a medical exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests public comments on these requests. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory requirements and decides to grant theses requests after reviewing the public comments submitted in response SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06MYN1.SGM 06MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 26418 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 87 / Monday, May 6, 2013 / Notices to this notice, the exemptions would enable 16 individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 5, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2013–0122] 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 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., ET, 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 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://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/ E8–785.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief Medical Programs, (202) 366–4001, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:06 May 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has authority to grant exemptions from many of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), as amended by Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21) (Pub. L. 105– 178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 107, 401). FMCSA has published in 49 CFR part 381, subpart C final rules implementing the statutory changes in its exemption procedures made by section 4007, 69 FR 51589 (August 20, 2004).1 Under the rules in part 381, subpart C, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register. The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted and any research reports, technical papers and other publications referenced in the application. The Agency must also provide an opportunity to submit public comment on the applications for exemption. The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved without the exemption. The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register. If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed. The current provisions of the FMCSRs concerning hearing state that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5—1951. 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). This standard was adopted in 1970, with a revision in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). FMCSA also issues instructions for completing the medical examination report and includes advisory criteria on the report itself to provide guidance for medical examiners in applying the hearing standard. See 49 CFR 391.43(f). The current advisory criteria for the hearing standard include a reference to a report entitled ‘‘Hearing Disorders and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers’’ prepared for the Federal Highway Administration, FMCSA’s predecessor, in 1993.2 FMCSA Requests Comments on the Exemption Applications FMCSA requests comments from all interested parties on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be permitted to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Further, the Agency asks for comments on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be limited to operating only certain types of vehicles in interstate commerce, for example, vehicles without air brakes. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that the Agency request public comments on all applications for exemptions. The Agency is also required to make a determination that an exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption before granting any such requests. 49 U.S.C. Information on Individual Applicants Andrew Alcozer Mr. Alcozer holds a driver’s license from Illinois. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Shayne Bumbalough First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested Mr. Bumbalough holds a driver’s license from Washington. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. 1 This action adopted as final rules the interim final rules issued by FMCSA’s predecessor in 1998 (63 FR 67600 (Dec. 8, 2008)), and adopted by FMCSA in 2001 (66 FR 49867 (Oct. 1, 2001)). 2 This report is available on the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/ research-technology/publications/ medreport_archives.htm. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06MYN1.SGM 06MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 87 / Monday, May 6, 2013 / Notices Barry Carpenter Mr. Carpenter holds a driver’s license from South Dakota. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Charles Cofield Mr. Cofield holds a driver’s license from Mississippi. He would like to drive an 18-wheeler in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Chase Cook Mr. Cook holds a driver’s license from Virginia. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Jerry Ferguson Mr. Ferguson holds a class A Commercial driver’s license (CDL) from Texas. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Michael Fuller Mr. Fuller holds a driver’s license from North Carolina. He would like to drive a semi-truck in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Anthony Gray Mr. Gray holds a class A Commercial driver’s license (CDL) from Kentucky. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Kyle Hornung Mr. Hornung holds a driver’s license from Wisconsin. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Valerie Johnson Ms. Johnson holds a class B Commercial driver’s license (CDL) from California. She would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if she is granted an exemption. Bryan Macfarlane Mr. Macfarlane holds a driver’s license from Vermont. He would like to drive a semi-truck in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Robert Munson James Schubin Mr. Schubin holds a class A Commercial driver’s license (CDL) from California. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Russell L. Smith Mr. Smith holds a driver’s license from Ohio. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), 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 June 5, 2013. 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: April 29, 2013. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–10668 Filed 5–3–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0018] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption from the diabetes mellitus requirement; request for comments. FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 16 individuals for exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes SUMMARY: Edwin Oakes, II Mr. Oakes holds a driver’s license from New York. He would like to drive 17:06 May 03, 2013 Thomas Prickett Mr. Prickett holds a driver’s license from Minnesota. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. AGENCY: Mr. Munson holds a driver’s license from New Jersey. He would like to drive a CMV with air brakes in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. VerDate Mar<15>2010 a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption. Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26419 mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. Comments must be received on or before June 5, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2013–0018 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 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 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 selfaddressed, 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 Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316). DATES: E:\FR\FM\06MYN1.SGM 06MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0122]


Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that 16 individuals have applied for a medical 
exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory 
requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests 
public comments on these requests. The statute and implementing 
regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide 
an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. 
If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory 
requirements and decides to grant theses requests after reviewing the 
public comments submitted in response

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to this notice, the exemptions would enable 16 individuals to operate 
CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 5, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0122] 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., 
ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
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., ET, 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 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://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., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has authority to 
grant exemptions from many of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), as amended by 
Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(TEA- 21) (Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 107, 401). FMCSA 
has published in 49 CFR part 381, subpart C final rules implementing 
the statutory changes in its exemption procedures made by section 4007, 
69 FR 51589 (August 20, 2004).\1\ Under the rules in part 381, subpart 
C, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal 
Register. The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to 
inspect the information relevant to the application, including any 
safety analyses that have been conducted and any research reports, 
technical papers and other publications referenced in the application. 
The Agency must also provide an opportunity to submit public comment on 
the applications for exemption.
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issued by FMCSA's predecessor in 1998 (63 FR 67600 (Dec. 8, 2008)), 
and adopted by FMCSA in 2001 (66 FR 49867 (Oct. 1, 2001)).
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    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be 
achieved without the exemption. The decision of the Agency must be 
published in the Federal Register. If the Agency denies the request, it 
must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the 
exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons 
receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from 
which an exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the 
effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms 
and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed.
    The current provisions of the FMCSRs concerning hearing state that 
a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person

First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not 
less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if 
tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average 
hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 
1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the 
audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard 
(formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5--1951.

49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). This standard was adopted in 1970, with a 
revision in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard 
while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 
FR 12857 (July 3, 1971).
    FMCSA also issues instructions for completing the medical 
examination report and includes advisory criteria on the report itself 
to provide guidance for medical examiners in applying the hearing 
standard. See 49 CFR 391.43(f). The current advisory criteria for the 
hearing standard include a reference to a report entitled ``Hearing 
Disorders and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers'' prepared for the 
Federal Highway Administration, FMCSA's predecessor, in 1993.\2\
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    \2\ This report is available on the FMCSA Web site at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/research-technology/publications/medreport_archives.htm.
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FMCSA Requests Comments on the Exemption Applications

    FMCSA requests comments from all interested parties on whether a 
driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be permitted to 
operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Further, the Agency asks for 
comments on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard 
should be limited to operating only certain types of vehicles in 
interstate commerce, for example, vehicles without air brakes. The 
statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that 
the Agency request public comments on all applications for exemptions. 
The Agency is also required to make a determination that an exemption 
would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or 
greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption 
before granting any such requests. 49 U.S.C.

Information on Individual Applicants

Andrew Alcozer

    Mr. Alcozer holds a driver's license from Illinois. He would like 
to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

Shayne Bumbalough

    Mr. Bumbalough holds a driver's license from Washington. He would 
like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an 
exemption.

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Barry Carpenter

    Mr. Carpenter holds a driver's license from South Dakota. He would 
like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an 
exemption.

Charles Cofield

    Mr. Cofield holds a driver's license from Mississippi. He would 
like to drive an 18-wheeler in interstate commerce, if he is granted an 
exemption.

Chase Cook

    Mr. Cook holds a driver's license from Virginia. He would like to 
drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

Jerry Ferguson

    Mr. Ferguson holds a class A Commercial driver's license (CDL) from 
Texas. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is 
granted an exemption.

Michael Fuller

    Mr. Fuller holds a driver's license from North Carolina. He would 
like to drive a semi-truck in interstate commerce, if he is granted an 
exemption.

Anthony Gray

    Mr. Gray holds a class A Commercial driver's license (CDL) from 
Kentucky. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is 
granted an exemption.

Kyle Hornung

    Mr. Hornung holds a driver's license from Wisconsin. He would like 
to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

Valerie Johnson

    Ms. Johnson holds a class B Commercial driver's license (CDL) from 
California. She would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if 
she is granted an exemption.

Bryan Macfarlane

    Mr. Macfarlane holds a driver's license from Vermont. He would like 
to drive a semi-truck in interstate commerce, if he is granted an 
exemption.

Robert Munson

    Mr. Munson holds a driver's license from New Jersey. He would like 
to drive a CMV with air brakes in interstate commerce, if he is granted 
an exemption.

Edwin Oakes, II

    Mr. Oakes holds a driver's license from New York. He would like to 
drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

Thomas Prickett

    Mr. Prickett holds a driver's license from Minnesota. He would like 
to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

James Schubin

    Mr. Schubin holds a class A Commercial driver's license (CDL) from 
California. He would like to drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he 
is granted an exemption.

Russell L. Smith

    Mr. Smith holds a driver's license from Ohio. He would like to 
drive a CMV in interstate commerce, if he is granted an exemption.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), 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 June 5, 2013. 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: April 29, 2013.
 Larry W. Minor,
 Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-10668 Filed 5-3-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P