Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 78475-78477 [2013-30914]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES and test development and delivery. FMCSA asks listening session participants to consider the following questions in preparing to make comments at the listening session: • Should the exam be limited to the applicable FMCSA regulations or include both the regulations and industry best practices? • If the exam covers industry best practices, what specific best practices should be included on the exam? • What industry best practices manuals/publications are available for new entrants to study prior to taking a proficiency exam? • Are private-sector training courses available to teach new entrants industry best practices? • Should FMCSA limit the exam to company officers or employees responsible for safety and compliance, or should the Agency allow safety consultants to complete the exam on behalf of the new entrant? • Should the test results be linked to specific individuals identified on the registration application with a requirement that the new entrant entity have a ‘‘certified’’ individual who passed the exam in a position responsible for safety and compliance? And should the new entrant be required to update their registration information whenever these individuals are replaced/reassigned during the new entrant monitoring/oversight period? • MAP–21 requires freight forwarders and brokers to renew their registration authority every 5 years. Should the new entrant testing rule require a new test (i.e., recertification test) to accompany the freight forwarder or broker renewal application? • Should the FMCSA develop and deliver the test directly to the new entrant applicants, or should the Agency rely on a private sector entity to handle the testing, with the results being transmitted directly to FMCSA? • Do private sector companies or organizations currently conduct testing concerning industry best practices? • Should the testing be conducted at testing centers, or should FMCSA allow on-line testing? cargo tank facilities under the Agency’s jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic online URS. The final rule also establishes fees for the registration system, discloses the cumulative information to be collected in the URS, and provides a centralized cross-reference to existing safety and commercial regulations necessary for compliance with the registration requirements. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 II. Meeting Participation and Information FMCSA Seeks From the Public The listening session is open to the public. Speakers should try to limit their remarks to 5 minutes. No preregistration is required. Attendees may submit material to the FMCSA staff at the session for inclusion in the public docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. III. Webcasting of the Listening Session FMCSA will webcast the listening session on the Internet. Information on how to participate via the Internet will be posted on the FMCSA Web site at www.fmcsa.dot.gov in advance of the listening session. FMCSA will docket the transcripts of the webcast, and a separate transcription of the listening session will be prepared by an official court reporter. Issued on: December 19, 2013. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–30875 Filed 12–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA– 2001–10578; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727] 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 16 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. SUMMARY: This decision is effective January 27, 2014. Comments must be received on or before January 27, 2014. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78475 You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2001–10578; FMCSA–2003– 15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA– 2005–21711; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727], 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 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). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 78476 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices 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 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Exemption Decision This notice addresses 16 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 16 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Donald J. Bierwirth, Jr. (CT) Arthur L. Bousema (CA) Norman E. Braden (CO) Matthew W. Daggs (MO) Donald R. Date, Jr. (MD) Gordon R. Fritz (WI) Ronald K. Fultz (KY) John E. Kimmet, Jr. (WA) Robert C. Leathers (MO) Jason L. Light (ID) Kenneth R. Murphy (WA) Michael J. Richard (LA) Robert E. Sanders (PA) Robert A Sherry (PA) Stephen G. Sniffin (CT) John R. Snyder (WA) 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 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. 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 16 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 66286; 66 FR 13825; 66 FR 53826; 66 FR 66966; 68 FR 10300; 68 FR 37197; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 69434; 70 FR 41811; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 48798; 70 FR 48799; 70 FR 48800; 70 FR 48801; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 71884; 70 FR 72689; 70 FR 74102; 71 FR 646; 71 FR 4632; 72 FR 52422; 72 FR 58359; 72 FR 62897; 72 FR 71995; 73 FR 1395; 73 FR 5259; 74 FR 60021; 74 FR 64124; 74 FR 65845; 75 FR 1451; 77 FR 545). Each of these 16 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00152 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 drivers submit comments by January 27, 2014. 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 16 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 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. Submitting Comments You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2001– 10578; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2005– 22727 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of the comment period. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2001– 10578; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2005– 22727 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: December 17, 2013. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–30914 Filed 12–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–4334; FMCSA– 1999–5578; FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA– 2001–9561; FMCSA–2001–20578; FMCSA– 2002–12844; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA– 2003–14504; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA– 2005–21254; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA– 2006–26066; FMCSA–2007–2663; FMCSA– 2007–27333; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2007–28695; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA– 2009–0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2009–0303; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA– 2011–0140; FMCSA–2011–0141] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 92 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 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. This decision is effective January 30, 2014. Comments must be received on or before January 27, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–4334; FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–2000– 8398; FMCSA–2001–9561; FMCSA– 2001–20578; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA–2003– 14504; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA–2006– 25246; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA– 2007–2663; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2007– 28695; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA– 2009–0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0303; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2011–0140; FMCSA– 2011–0141], 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, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00153 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78477 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). 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 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 92 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 92 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Carl W. Adams (MN) Michael K. Adams (OH) Mark R. Anderson (MI) Eleazar R. Balli (TX) Darrell W. Bayless (TX) Linda L. Billings (NV) Keith A. Bliss (NY) John A. Bridges (GA) Dean N. Brown (ME) Eddie M. Brown (SC) Richard A. Brown, Jr. (CT) Joey E. Buice (GA) Edwin L. Bupp (PA) E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-
2003-15892; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-22727]


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 the exemptions from the 
vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 
16 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.

DATES: This decision is effective January 27, 2014. Comments must be 
received on or before January 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-2000-
7918; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2005-
21711; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-22727], 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 Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 
17, 2008 (73 FR 3316).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief, Medical 
Programs Division, 202-366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA,

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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 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 16 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 16 applications for renewal on their merits and decided 
to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are:

Donald J. Bierwirth, Jr. (CT)
Arthur L. Bousema (CA)
Norman E. Braden (CO)
Matthew W. Daggs (MO)
Donald R. Date, Jr. (MD)
Gordon R. Fritz (WI)
Ronald K. Fultz (KY)
John E. Kimmet, Jr. (WA)
Robert C. Leathers (MO)
Jason L. Light (ID)
Kenneth R. Murphy (WA)
Michael J. Richard (LA)
Robert E. Sanders (PA)
Robert A Sherry (PA)
Stephen G. Sniffin (CT)
John R. Snyder (WA)

    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 
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.

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 16 applicants has satisfied the 
entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision 
requirements (65 FR 66286; 66 FR 13825; 66 FR 53826; 66 FR 66966; 68 FR 
10300; 68 FR 37197; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 69434; 70 FR 41811; 
70 FR 48797; 70 FR 48798; 70 FR 48799; 70 FR 48800; 70 FR 48801; 70 FR 
57353; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 71884; 70 FR 72689; 70 FR 74102; 71 FR 646; 
71 FR 4632; 72 FR 52422; 72 FR 58359; 72 FR 62897; 72 FR 71995; 73 FR 
1395; 73 FR 5259; 74 FR 60021; 74 FR 64124; 74 FR 65845; 75 FR 1451; 77 
FR 545). Each of these 16 applicants has requested renewal of the 
exemption and has 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.

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 January 27, 2014.
    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 16 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 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.

Submitting Comments

    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA 
recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-
2001-10578; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2005-21711; 
FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-22727 and click the search button. When 
the new screen appears, click on the blue ``Comment Now!'' button on 
the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information 
required including the specific section of this document to which each 
comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation. If you

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submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an 
unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your 
comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of 
the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-15892; 
FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-22727 and click 
``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' and you will find all 
documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking.

    Issued on: December 17, 2013.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-30914 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]
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