Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 38652-38659 [2014-15930]

Download as PDF 38652 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices Issued on: June 30, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–15956 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0007] 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 52 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement for operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The applicants are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will allow these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. At the end of the comment period, the Agency will grant exemptions to the applicants listed herein if there are no adverse comments that indicate the driver’s ability will not achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulations. All comments will be reviewed and evaluated by FMCSA. Some individuals appearing in this notice may not receive exemptions based on comments received during the comment period. Individuals not granted an exemption may either be published at a future date based on further evaluation or may not be deemed to meet the aforementioned level of safety if granted an exemption. These individuals will be published in a quarterly notice of exemption denials. As always, any adverse comments received after the exemption is granted will be evaluated, and if they indicate that the driver is not achieving a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation, the exemption will be revoked. When granted, the exemptions will allow these individuals with vision deficiencies in one eye to operate in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 7, 2014. All comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 exemptions will be issued the day after the comment period closes. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2014–0007 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 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, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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.’’ The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 52 individuals listed in this notice have recently 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 has evaluated the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. Qualifications of Applicants Don R. Alexander Mr. Alexander, 59, has had a central retinal vein occlusion in his left eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘He has a central retinal vein occlusion in his LEFT EYE which dates back to 2007. In my medical opinion, given his history of exemption in the past and the lack of progression in his disease, he can perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Alexander reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating 2.17 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jimmy A. Baker Mr. Baker, 50, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Mr. Baker has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Baker reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 1.52 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices Robert E. Bebout Mr. Bebout, 53, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion/ [sic] PT [sic] has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required for a commercial vehichle [sic].’’ Mr. Bebout reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 350,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Frank B. Belenchia, Jr. Mr. Belenchia, 55, has had histoplasmosis in his right eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Finally, in my opinion, I do feel that this gentleman would have sufficient vision to perform a safe driving test to operate a commercial vehicle with his glasses with both eyes [sic].’’ Mr. Belenchia reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 1.82 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ricky W. Bettes Mr. Bettes, 54, has a permanent misshapen pupil in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1990. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify in my medical opinion that Mr. Ricky Bettes has sufficient vision to performing the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Bettes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 580,320 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Thomas J. Bommer Mr. Bommer, 38, has had a detached retina in his left eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated, ‘‘My medical opinion of Mr. Bommer’s visual field certifies that his defect in left gaze of his left eye is overlapped by his right eye ability, effectively making his horizontal binocular visual field at least 150 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 degrees. I would contest this is certainly sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Bommer reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 175,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Antonio A. Calixto Mr. Calixto, 42, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I [sic] my opinion he does have adequate vision for normal everyday driving and for commercial driving.’’ Mr. Calixto reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 68,796 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. James W. Carter, Jr. Mr. Carter, 44, has amblyopia secondary to strabismus in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘As Mr. Carter’s visual status appears to be stable, I would suspect his vision would be adequate to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Carter reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 2,500 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 75,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Ronald G. Daniels Mr. Daniels, 32, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Daniels does have the sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Daniels reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 2 convictions for moving violations in a CMV; in one instance he exceeded the speed limit by 14 mph; in another instance he failed to obey a traffic signal. PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38653 Larry G. Davis Mr. Davis, 57, has had high myopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I have no knowledge of the specific tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle, but I can state that Mr. Davis’ vision is stable and that he has been operating such vehicles successfully for many years, so I can see no reason, based on our examination, why he could not continue to do so.’’ Mr. Davis reported that he has driven straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 416,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Michael C. Doheny Mr. Doheny, 48, has vision loss in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Doheny has more than sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle locally and across state lines.’’ Mr. Doheny reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 3,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for less than 1 year, accumulating 100 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. William R. Evridge Mr. Evridge, 49, has optic nerve atrophy in his left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that he has adequate peripheral vision to perform driving tasks necessary to drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Evridge reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 32 years, accumulating 432,000 miles. He holds a Class DA CDL from Kentucky. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. George P. Ford Mr. Ford, 66, has had a central scar in his left eye since 1975. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I feel that Mr. Ford has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 38654 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Ford reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 930,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Lawrence A. Fox Mr. Fox, 59, has had a corneal scar in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Mr. Fox’s visual deficiency is stable and in my medical opinion [he] has sufficient vision to perform . . . the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Fox reported that he has driven straight trucks for 37 years, accumulating 37,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 740,000 miles. He holds a Class ABCDM CDL from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Donald H. Fuller Mr. Fuller, 75, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/30. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Poor central vision OD and this has been stable since young childhood and I see no acute deterioration in his vision . . . This letter/note supports Mr [sic] Fuller in obtaining and keeping his CDL . . . This is the first time I have evaluated him and due to his clean record I feel he is safe to cont [sic] driving under CDL guidelines . . . In my medical opinion I feel he can maintain his CDL . . . He must cont [sic] to wear correction.’’ Mr. Fuller reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.95 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Viktor V. Goluda Mr. Goluda, 22, has had refractive amblyopia secondary to injury in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my professional opinion that Viktor Goluda has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Goluda reported that he has driven VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 1 conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded that speed limit by 20 mph. Todd M. Harguth Mr. Harguth, 55, has had a central retinal vein occlusion in his left eye since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Todd has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle, in my opinion.’’ Mr. Harguth reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 200,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 780,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Dennis W. Helgeson Mr. Helgeson, 59, has vision loss in his left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Helgeson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 11,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Ronnie L. Henry Mr. Henry, 53, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1997. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that, in my medical opinion, this patient has sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Henry reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 810,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Clarence K. Hill Mr. Hill, 42, has a macular scar with a macular hole in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1989. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an PO 00000 Frm 00173 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I feel that Mr. Hill has sufficient vision at this time to perform the driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hill reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 180,546 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. James Holmes Mr. Holmes, 46, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Regarding his eyes and vision, according to my medial [sic] opinion, there is no reason Mr. Holmes cannot safely drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Holmes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Johnny L. Irving Mr. Irving, 64, has had a macular hole and glaucoma in his right eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/160, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Irving does have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Irving reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 1.63 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Garfield J. Johnson Mr. Johnson, 64, has glaucoma in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Mr. Johnson has maintained a commercial license since 1966 per history of patient with good driving record and thus has demonstrated that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle and should qualify for exemption based upon his longstanding good driving history of commercial vehicles per patient with the present visual deficiency in right eye.’’ Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 47 years, E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices accumulating 235,000 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 47 years, accumulating 2.35 million miles, and buses for 20 years, accumulating 200,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Kevin L. Jones Mr. Jones, 41, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated that, in his opinion, Mr. Jones does have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely. Mr. Jones reported that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 210,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Michael L. Kautz Mr. Kautz, 51, has had a central vein occlusion in his right eye since 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 150, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Based on Mr. Keutz’s [sic] eye exam today, it is in my professional opinion that he demonstrates sufficient vision to perfomr [sic] the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Kautz reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 225,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Keith A. Kelley Mr. Kelley, 56, has had chronic centreal serous chorioretinopathy with early polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in his left eye since 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he will have no problem performing driving tests or operating a commercial vehicle and has done so without problem for many years with his current minor visual deficit in one eye.’’ Mr. Kelley reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 2.22 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maine. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 Stetson W. King Mr. King, 56, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that Mr. Steven [sic] King has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. King reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 600,000 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. Bradley E. Loggins Mr. Loggins, 34, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/350. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Loggins reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 8,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 640,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Joe C. Mason Mr. Mason, 66, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1989. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I believe that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving task required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Mason reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 1,800 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. David L. Miller Mr. Miller, 60, has had a subforeal choroidal neovascular membrane in his right eye since 2004. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘David Miller has been under my care since 3/ 02/1999 and has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle and obtain a CDL license.’’ Mr. Miller reported that PO 00000 Frm 00174 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38655 he has driven buses for 12 years, accumulating 72,000 miles. He holds a Class C CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Earl L. Mokma Mr. Mokma, 67, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion Earl has sufficient vision to drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Mokma reported that he has driven straight trucks for 43 years, accumulating 860,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Timothy W. Nappier Mr. Nappier, 50, has had a retinal detachment and bilateral intermediate uveitis in his left eye since 2011. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Nappier does have the sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Nappier reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 24 years, accumulating 60,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 5 mph. Donald L. Nisbet Mr. Nisbet, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Nisbet reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 875,000 miles, and buses for 2 years, accumulating 2,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jace E. Nixon Mr. Nixon, 49, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 38656 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices stated, ‘‘In my professional opinion, I believe Jace Nixon is visually competent to drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Nixon reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 45,000 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 37,500 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 3,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Don R. Padley Mr. Padley, 70, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1972. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Mr. Padley has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Padley reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 48 years, accumulating 4.8 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 1 conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES David T. Perkins Mr. Perkins, 43, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/ 15. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I do not believe his visual disability in the right eye significantly impairs his ability to drive a commercial vehicle with reasonable safety.’’ Mr. Perkins reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 212,500 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Donald W. Rich Mr. Rich, 80, has had aphakia and an optic nerve pallor in his left eye since 1964. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated that he certifies that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Rich has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle. Mr. Rich reported that he has driven straight trucks for 42 years, accumulating 504,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Joaquin C. Rodriguez Mr. Rodriguez, 46, has had cellophane retinopathy in his right eye since 2008. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Joaquin sees well enough to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Rodriguez reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 720,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Harry W. Root Mr. Root, 54, has optic nerve atrophy in his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/2000, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘His vision is adequate to operate a commercial vehicle in my opinion.’’ Mr. Root reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 60,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. David A. Shaw Mr. Shaw, 53, has aphakia with a corneal scar and iris rupture in his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my medical opinion that David has the necessary vision required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Shaw reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 2.16 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Kenneth C. Smith Mr. Smith, 54, has had glaucoma and macular degeneration in his left eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘It is my opinion that Mr. Smith has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Smith reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 1.01 million miles. He PO 00000 Frm 00175 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 holds a Class A CDL from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Paul W. Sorenson Mr. Sorenson, 58, has had retinal detachment in his right eye since 2012. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 50, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he has sufficient and adequate vision needed to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Sorenson reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 36 years, accumulating 5.62 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Randall H. Tempel Mr. Tempel, 61, has a retinal detachment and cataract in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operative [sic] a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Tempel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 76,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 1.98 million miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 1,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Montana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Christopher P. Thornby Mr. Thornby, 50, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I had the pleasure of seeing Chris Thornby in my office on Monday, April 7, 2014 for a comprehensive eye examination for his interstate commercial DOT license . . . In my professional opinion, Mr. Thornby can safely perform the driving tasks required to operate a motor vehicle with or without a corrective lens for his remaining eye (left). His prosthetic right eye, other than limited depth perception, does not limit this ability.’’ Mr. Thornby reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 115,000 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Cory J. Tivnan Mr. Tivnan, 37, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, this man has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle [sic].’’ Mr. Tivnan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 1 year, accumulating 35,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Melvin V. VanMeter Mr. VanMeter, 55, has had longstanding optic nerve atrophy in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I certify, that in my professional opinion, Mr. Van Meter’s [sic] visual deficiency is stable, and it is my professional opinion, based on his many years operating a commercial vehicle with this current level of vision, that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. VanMeter reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 33 years, accumulating 165,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Kent J. VanRoekel Mr. VanRoekel, 52, has had complete loss of vision in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify in my medical opinion that Kent VanRoekel has sufficient stable vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. VanRoekel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 125,000 miles, and buses for 5 months, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class C CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 Wilbert Walden Mr. Walden, 51, has had optic atrophy in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Hand motion vision in right eye. Right eye vision reduction since he was 4 years old. Fine to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Walden reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 240,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Patrick J. Ward Mr. Ward, 64, has had strabismic amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Mr [sic] Ward has a corrected visual acuity right eye of 20/400 for distance, left eye corrected visual acuity 20/20 for distance . . . In my opinion the patient, with this history, can continue driving a commercial vehicle and should be given the exemption.’’ Mr. Ward reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Ricky W. Witt Mr. Witt, 60, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I feel that Mr. Witt has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Witt reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating 1.56 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John D. Woods Mr. Woods, 47, has had a retinal detachment his right eye since 1987. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘His vision is stable and with his left eye unaffected, Mr. Woods is very capable of operating a commercial motorized vehicle while PO 00000 Frm 00176 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38657 wearing his prescription glasses.’’ Mr. Woods reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 110,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 24 years, accumulating 1.44 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Zachary J. Workman Mr. Workman, 27, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion Mr [sic] Workman has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Workman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 208,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the 52 applicants and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). Absent the receipt of comments indicating that a driver’s ability would not achieve the aforementioned level of safety, the Agency will grant the drivers an exemption the day after the comment period closes. Vision and Driving Experience of the Applicants The vision requirement in the FMCSRs provides: A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70° in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and amber (49 CFR 391.41(b)(10)). FMCSA recognizes that some drivers do not meet the vision requirement but have adapted their driving to accommodate their vision limitation and demonstrated their ability to drive safely. The 52 exemption applicants listed in this notice are in this category. E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 38658 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons, and in most cases their eye conditions were not recently developed. Twenty-nine of the applicants were either born with their vision impairments or have had them since childhood. The 23 individuals that sustained their vision conditions as adults have had it for a period of 2 to 50 years. Although each applicant has one eye which does not meet the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), each has at least 20/40 corrected vision in the other eye, and in a doctor’s opinion, has sufficient vision to perform all the tasks necessary to operate a CMV. Doctors’ opinions are supported by the applicants’ possession of valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) or non-CDLs to operate CMVs. Before issuing CDLs, States subject drivers to knowledge and skills tests designed to evaluate their qualifications to operate a CMV. All of these applicants satisfied the testing requirements for their State of residence. By meeting State licensing requirements, the applicants demonstrated their ability to operate a CMV, with their limited vision, to the satisfaction of the State. While possessing a valid CDL or nonCDL, these 52 drivers have been authorized to drive a CMV in intrastate commerce, even though their vision disqualified them from driving in interstate commerce. The qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant is stated and discussed in detail above. Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. Without the exemption, applicants will continue to be restricted to intrastate driving. With the exemption, applicants can drive in interstate commerce. Thus, our analysis focuses on whether an equal or greater level of safety is likely to be achieved by permitting each of these drivers to drive in interstate commerce as opposed to restricting him or her to driving in intrastate commerce. To evaluate the effect of these exemptions on safety, FMCSA considered the medical reports about the applicants’ vision as well as their driving records and experience with the vision deficiency. To qualify for an exemption from the vision requirement, FMCSA requires a VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 person to present verifiable evidence that he/she has driven a commercial vehicle safely with the vision deficiency for the past 3 years. Recent driving performance is especially important in evaluating future safety, according to several research studies designed to correlate past and future driving performance. Results of these studies support the principle that the best predictor of future performance by a driver is his/her past record of crashes and traffic violations. Copies of the studies may be found at Docket Number FMCSA–1998–3637. FMCSA believes it can properly apply the principle to monocular drivers, because data from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) former waiver study program clearly demonstrate the driving performance of experienced monocular drivers in the program is better than that of all CMV drivers collectively (See 61 FR 13338, 13345, March 26, 1996). The fact that experienced monocular drivers demonstrated safe driving records in the waiver program supports a conclusion that other monocular drivers, meeting the same qualifying conditions as those required by the waiver program, are also likely to have adapted to their vision deficiency and will continue to operate safely. The first major research correlating past and future performance was done in England by Greenwood and Yule in 1920. Subsequent studies, building on that model, concluded that crash rates for the same individual exposed to certain risks for two different time periods vary only slightly (See Bates and Neyman, University of California Publications in Statistics, April 1952). Other studies demonstrated theories of predicting crash proneness from crash history coupled with other factors. These factors—such as age, sex, geographic location, mileage driven and conviction history—are used every day by insurance companies and motor vehicle bureaus to predict the probability of an individual experiencing future crashes (See Weber, Donald C., ‘‘Accident Rate Potential: An Application of Multiple Regression Analysis of a Poisson Process,’’ Journal of American Statistical Association, June 1971). A 1964 California Driver Record Study prepared by the California Department of Motor Vehicles concluded that the best overall crash predictor for both concurrent and nonconcurrent events is the number of single convictions. This study used 3 consecutive years of data, comparing the experiences of drivers in the first 2 years with their experiences in the final year. PO 00000 Frm 00177 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Applying principles from these studies to the past 3-year record of the 52 applicants, none of the drivers were involved in crashes and four were convicted of moving violations in a CMV. All the applicants achieved a record of safety while driving with their vision impairment, demonstrating the likelihood that they have adapted their driving skills to accommodate their condition. As the applicants’ ample driving histories with their vision deficiencies are good predictors of future performance, FMCSA concludes their ability to drive safely can be projected into the future. FMCSA believes that the applicants’ intrastate driving experience and history provide an adequate basis for predicting their ability to drive safely in interstate commerce. Intrastate driving, like interstate operations, involves substantial driving on highways on the interstate system and on other roads built to interstate standards. Moreover, driving in congested urban areas exposes the driver to more pedestrian and vehicular traffic than exists on interstate highways. Faster reaction to traffic and traffic signals is generally required because distances between them are more compact. These conditions tax visual capacity and driver response just as intensely as interstate driving conditions. The veteran drivers in this proceeding have operated CMVs safely under those conditions for at least 3 years, most for much longer. Their experience and driving records lead us to believe that each applicant is capable of operating in interstate commerce as safely as he/she has been performing in intrastate commerce. Consequently, FMCSA finds that exempting these applicants from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. For this reason, the Agency is granting the exemptions for the 2-year period allowed by 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to the 52 applicants listed in this notice. We recognize that the vision of an applicant may change and affect his/her ability to operate a CMV as safely as in the past. As a condition of the exemption, therefore, FMCSA will impose requirements on the 52 individuals consistent with the Grandfathering provisions applied to drivers who participated in the Agency’s vision waiver program. Those requirements are found at 49 CFR 391.64(b) and include the following: (1) That each individual be physically examined every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices continues to meet the requirement 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 provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 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 August 7, 2014. 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. 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 number VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 FMCSA–2014–0007 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 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, selfaddressed 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–2014–0007 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: June 30, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–15930 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0147] Driver Qualifications: Skill Performance Evaluation; Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Application for an Exemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant an exemption to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (Virginia), on behalf of truck and bus drivers who are licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and need a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate from FMCSA to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemption will enable Virginia-licensed drivers SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00178 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38659 subject to the Federal SPE requirements under 49 CFR 391.49, to fulfill the Federal requirements with a Stateissued SPE. The State-issued SPE will be based on standards, processes and procedures comparable to those used by FMCSA, and the State will maintain copies of all evaluation forms and certificates issued to enable FMCSA to conduct periodic reviews of the State’s program. Virginia licensed drivers who receive the State-issued SPE are allowed to operate CMVs in interstate commerce, anywhere in the United States. DATES: The exemption is effective July 8, 2014. The exemption will expire on July 8, 2016 but may be renewed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Eileen Nolan, Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access The FMCSA received 2 comments in response to the July 9, 2013 (78 FR 41187), notice requesting public comment on Virginia’s application for an exemption. A copy of Virginia’s application is in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice and any comments or additional information submitted to the Agency following publication of this notice may be accessed online through http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or to Room W12– 140, DOT Building, New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Document Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in the Federal Register published on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit http://edocket/access.gpo.gov/ 2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf. Background FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0007]


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 52 individuals 
for exemption from the vision requirement for operating a commercial 
motor vehicle (CMV) in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. 
The applicants are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for 
various reasons. The exemptions will allow these individuals to operate 
CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision 
requirement in one eye. At the end of the comment period, the Agency 
will grant exemptions to the applicants listed herein if there are no 
adverse comments that indicate the driver's ability will not achieve a 
level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that 
would be obtained by complying with the regulations. All comments will 
be reviewed and evaluated by FMCSA. Some individuals appearing in this 
notice may not receive exemptions based on comments received during the 
comment period. Individuals not granted an exemption may either be 
published at a future date based on further evaluation or may not be 
deemed to meet the aforementioned level of safety if granted an 
exemption. These individuals will be published in a quarterly notice of 
exemption denials. As always, any adverse comments received after the 
exemption is granted will be evaluated, and if they indicate that the 
driver is not achieving a level of safety equivalent to or greater than 
the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the 
regulation, the exemption will be revoked. When granted, the exemptions 
will allow these individuals with vision deficiencies in one eye to 
operate in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 7, 2014. All 
comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued 
the day after the comment period closes.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0007 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 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, 
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.'' The statute also allows the Agency to renew 
exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 52 individuals listed 
in this notice have recently 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 has evaluated the 
qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an 
exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by 
statute.

Qualifications of Applicants

Don R. Alexander

    Mr. Alexander, 59, has had a central retinal vein occlusion in his 
left eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``He has a central retinal vein occlusion in 
his LEFT EYE which dates back to 2007. In my medical opinion, given his 
history of exemption in the past and the lack of progression in his 
disease, he can perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Alexander reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating 2.17 million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Jimmy A. Baker

    Mr. Baker, 50, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
150. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, Mr. Baker has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Baker reported that he 
has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 1.52 
million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

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Robert E. Bebout

    Mr. Bebout, 53, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``In 
my opinion/[sic] PT [sic] has sufficient vision to perform driving 
tasks required for a commercial vehichle [sic].'' Mr. Bebout reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 350,000 
miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Frank B. Belenchia, Jr.

    Mr. Belenchia, 55, has had histoplasmosis in his right eye since 
2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``Finally, in my opinion, I do feel that this gentleman would 
have sufficient vision to perform a safe driving test to operate a 
commercial vehicle with his glasses with both eyes [sic].'' Mr. 
Belenchia reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
14 years, accumulating 1.82 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ricky W. Bettes

    Mr. Bettes, 54, has a permanent misshapen pupil in his right eye 
due to a traumatic incident in 1990. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, 
his optometrist stated, ``I certify in my medical opinion that Mr. 
Ricky Bettes has sufficient vision to performing the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Bettes reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 580,320 miles. He 
holds an operator's license from Texas. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Thomas J. Bommer

    Mr. Bommer, 38, has had a detached retina in his left eye since 
2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 
20/150. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated, ``My 
medical opinion of Mr. Bommer's visual field certifies that his defect 
in left gaze of his left eye is overlapped by his right eye ability, 
effectively making his horizontal binocular visual field at least 150 
degrees. I would contest this is certainly sufficient to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Bommer reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 7 years, accumulating 175,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL 
from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Antonio A. Calixto

    Mr. Calixto, 42, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic 
incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I [sic] my opinion he does have 
adequate vision for normal everyday driving and for commercial 
driving.'' Mr. Calixto reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
9 years, accumulating 68,796 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

James W. Carter, Jr.

    Mr. Carter, 44, has amblyopia secondary to strabismus in his left 
eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2014, his 
optometrist stated, ``As Mr. Carter's visual status appears to be 
stable, I would suspect his vision would be adequate to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Carter reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 5 years, accumulating 2,500 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 15 years, accumulating 75,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ronald G. Daniels

    Mr. Daniels, 32, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated 
that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Daniels does have the sufficient 
vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Daniels reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 1.2 million 
miles. He holds an operator's license from Missouri. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 2 convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV; in one instance he exceeded the speed limit by 14 
mph; in another instance he failed to obey a traffic signal.

Larry G. Davis

    Mr. Davis, 57, has had high myopia in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I have 
no knowledge of the specific tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle, but I can state that Mr. Davis' vision is stable and that he 
has been operating such vehicles successfully for many years, so I can 
see no reason, based on our examination, why he could not continue to 
do so.'' Mr. Davis reported that he has driven straight trucks for 32 
years, accumulating 416,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael C. Doheny

    Mr. Doheny, 48, has vision loss in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Mr. Doheny has more than sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle locally and 
across state lines.'' Mr. Doheny reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 3 years, accumulating 3,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for less than 1 year, accumulating 100 miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William R. Evridge

    Mr. Evridge, 49, has optic nerve atrophy in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I certify that he has 
adequate peripheral vision to perform driving tasks necessary to drive 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Evridge reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 32 years, accumulating 432,000 miles. 
He holds a Class DA CDL from Kentucky. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

George P. Ford

    Mr. Ford, 66, has had a central scar in his left eye since 1975. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``I 
feel that Mr. Ford has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
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operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Ford reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 930,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Lawrence A. Fox

    Mr. Fox, 59, has had a corneal scar in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left 
eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``Mr. Fox's visual deficiency is stable and in my medical 
opinion [he] has sufficient vision to perform . . . the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Fox reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 37 years, accumulating 37,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 740,000 miles. 
He holds a Class ABCDM CDL from Wisconsin. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Donald H. Fuller

    Mr. Fuller, 75, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
30. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, 
``Poor central vision OD and this has been stable since young childhood 
and I see no acute deterioration in his vision . . . This letter/note 
supports Mr [sic] Fuller in obtaining and keeping his CDL . . . This is 
the first time I have evaluated him and due to his clean record I feel 
he is safe to cont [sic] driving under CDL guidelines . . . In my 
medical opinion I feel he can maintain his CDL . . . He must cont [sic] 
to wear correction.'' Mr. Fuller reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.95 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Viktor V. Goluda

    Mr. Goluda, 22, has had refractive amblyopia secondary to injury in 
his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, 
his optometrist stated, ``It is my professional opinion that Viktor 
Goluda has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Goluda reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and 1 conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; he exceeded that speed limit by 20 mph.

Todd M. Harguth

    Mr. Harguth, 55, has had a central retinal vein occlusion in his 
left eye since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his 
optometrist stated, ``Todd has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle, in my opinion.'' Mr. 
Harguth reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, 
accumulating 200,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 25 
years, accumulating 780,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Dennis W. Helgeson

    Mr. Helgeson, 59, has vision loss in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 
2014, his optometrist stated, ``He has sufficient vision to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Helgeson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 2 years, accumulating 11,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL 
from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ronnie L. Henry

    Mr. Henry, 53, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1997. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I certify that, in my medical 
opinion, this patient has sufficient vision to operate a commercial 
motor vehicle.'' Mr. Henry reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 27 years, accumulating 810,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Clarence K. Hill

    Mr. Hill, 42, has a macular scar with a macular hole in his left 
eye due to a traumatic incident in 1989. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 
2014, his optometrist stated, ``I feel that Mr. Hill has sufficient 
vision at this time to perform the driving tasks to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hill reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 180,546 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

James Holmes

    Mr. Holmes, 46, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated, 
``Regarding his eyes and vision, according to my medial [sic] opinion, 
there is no reason Mr. Holmes cannot safely drive a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Holmes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 
years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Johnny L. Irving

    Mr. Irving, 64, has had a macular hole and glaucoma in his right 
eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/160, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Irving does 
have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. 
Irving reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 13 
years, accumulating 1.63 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Garfield J. Johnson

    Mr. Johnson, 64, has glaucoma in his right eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting 
fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, 
his ophthalmologist stated, ``Mr. Johnson has maintained a commercial 
license since 1966 per history of patient with good driving record and 
thus has demonstrated that he has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle and should 
qualify for exemption based upon his longstanding good driving history 
of commercial vehicles per patient with the present visual deficiency 
in right eye.'' Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks 
for 47 years,

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accumulating 235,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 47 years, 
accumulating 2.35 million miles, and buses for 20 years, accumulating 
200,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Kevin L. Jones

    Mr. Jones, 41, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, 
and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 
2014, his ophthalmologist stated that, in his opinion, Mr. Jones does 
have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely. 
Mr. Jones reported that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, 
accumulating 210,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael L. Kautz

    Mr. Kautz, 51, has had a central vein occlusion in his right eye 
since 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Based on Mr. Keutz's [sic] eye exam today, it is in my 
professional opinion that he demonstrates sufficient vision to perfomr 
[sic] the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Kautz reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, 
accumulating 225,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Keith A. Kelley

    Mr. Kelley, 56, has had chronic centreal serous chorioretinopathy 
with early polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in his left eye since 
2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, 
20/70. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, 
``In my opinion, he will have no problem performing driving tests or 
operating a commercial vehicle and has done so without problem for many 
years with his current minor visual deficit in one eye.'' Mr. Kelley 
reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, 
accumulating 2.22 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maine. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Stetson W. King

    Mr. King, 56, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/
25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I 
certify that Mr. Steven [sic] King has sufficient vision to perform 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. King 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 
600,000 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.

Bradley E. Loggins

    Mr. Loggins, 34, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/350. Following an examination in 
2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, he has 
sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Loggins reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 8 years, accumulating 8,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 8 years, accumulating 640,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joe C. Mason

    Mr. Mason, 66, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1989. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination 
in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``I believe that he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving task required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Mason reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 
years, accumulating 1,800 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
20 years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

David L. Miller

    Mr. Miller, 60, has had a subforeal choroidal neovascular membrane 
in his right eye since 2004. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his 
optometrist stated, ``David Miller has been under my care since 3/02/
1999 and has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle and obtain a CDL license.'' Mr. Miller 
reported that he has driven buses for 12 years, accumulating 72,000 
miles. He holds a Class C CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Earl L. Mokma

    Mr. Mokma, 67, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 
counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion Earl has sufficient vision to drive a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Mokma reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 43 years, accumulating 860,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 5 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds a Class 
CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Timothy W. Nappier

    Mr. Nappier, 50, has had a retinal detachment and bilateral 
intermediate uveitis in his left eye since 2011. The visual acuity in 
his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated that, in his medical 
opinion, Mr. Nappier does have the sufficient vision to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Nappier reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 24 years, accumulating 60,000 miles. 
He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 5 mph.

Donald L. Nisbet

    Mr. Nisbet, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
200. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``In 
my opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Nisbet reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 875,000 miles, 
and buses for 2 years, accumulating 2,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL 
from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jace E. Nixon

    Mr. Nixon, 49, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist

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stated, ``In my professional opinion, I believe Jace Nixon is visually 
competent to drive a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Nixon reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 45,000 miles, 
tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 37,500 miles, 
and buses for 1 year, accumulating 3,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL 
from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Don R. Padley

    Mr. Padley, 70, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 1972. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
40, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my opinion, Mr. Padley has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Padley reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 48 years, accumulating 4.8 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and 1 conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph.

David T. Perkins

    Mr. Perkins, 43, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his right eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, 
and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``I do not believe his visual disability in the 
right eye significantly impairs his ability to drive a commercial 
vehicle with reasonable safety.'' Mr. Perkins reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 212,500 miles. He 
holds a Class B CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Donald W. Rich

    Mr. Rich, 80, has had aphakia and an optic nerve pallor in his left 
eye since 1964. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his 
left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated that he certifies that, in his medical opinion, 
Mr. Rich has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle. Mr. Rich reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 42 years, accumulating 504,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joaquin C. Rodriguez

    Mr. Rodriguez, 46, has had cellophane retinopathy in his right eye 
since 2008. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Joaquin sees well enough to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Rodriguez reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 720,000 miles. 
He holds an operator's license from New Mexico. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Harry W. Root

    Mr. Root, 54, has optic nerve atrophy in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/2000, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2014, his optometrist stated, ``His vision is adequate to operate a 
commercial vehicle in my opinion.'' Mr. Root reported that he has 
driven tractor-trailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 60,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

David A. Shaw

    Mr. Shaw, 53, has aphakia with a corneal scar and iris rupture in 
his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual 
acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/
15. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``It is 
my medical opinion that David has the necessary vision required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Shaw reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 2.16 million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Kenneth C. Smith

    Mr. Smith, 54, has had glaucoma and macular degeneration in his 
left eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``It is my opinion that Mr. Smith has 
sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Smith reported 
that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, 
accumulating 1.01 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Paul W. Sorenson

    Mr. Sorenson, 58, has had retinal detachment in his right eye since 
2012. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 
20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In 
my opinion, he has sufficient and adequate vision needed to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Sorenson reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 36 years, accumulating 5.62 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Randall H. Tempel

    Mr. Tempel, 61, has a retinal detachment and cataract in his right 
eye due to a traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my opinion he has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operative 
[sic] a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Tempel reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 76,000 miles, tractor-
trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 1.98 million miles, and 
buses for 1 year, accumulating 1,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Montana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Christopher P. Thornby

    Mr. Thornby, 50, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic 
incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I had the pleasure of seeing Chris 
Thornby in my office on Monday, April 7, 2014 for a comprehensive eye 
examination for his interstate commercial DOT license . . . In my 
professional opinion, Mr. Thornby can safely perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a motor vehicle with or without a corrective lens 
for his remaining eye (left). His prosthetic right eye, other than 
limited depth perception, does not limit this ability.'' Mr. Thornby 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 
115,000 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 20,000 miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows

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no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Cory J. Tivnan

    Mr. Tivnan, 37, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
60. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, this man has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle [sic].'' Mr. Tivnan 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 1 year, accumulating 
35,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, 
accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Washington. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Melvin V. VanMeter

    Mr. VanMeter, 55, has had longstanding optic nerve atrophy in his 
left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, 
and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 
2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``I certify, that in my professional 
opinion, Mr. Van Meter's [sic] visual deficiency is stable, and it is 
my professional opinion, based on his many years operating a commercial 
vehicle with this current level of vision, that he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. VanMeter reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 33 years, accumulating 165,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Kent J. VanRoekel

    Mr. VanRoekel, 52, has had complete loss of vision in his right eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, 
and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist stated, ``I certify in my medical opinion that Kent 
VanRoekel has sufficient stable vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. VanRoekel reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 125,000 miles, 
and buses for 5 months, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class C 
CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Wilbert Walden

    Mr. Walden, 51, has had optic atrophy in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Hand motion vision in right eye. Right eye vision reduction 
since he was 4 years old. Fine to operate a commercial motor vehicle.'' 
Mr. Walden reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, 
accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 
years, accumulating 240,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North 
Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Patrick J. Ward

    Mr. Ward, 64, has had strabismic amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``Mr [sic] Ward has a corrected visual acuity right eye of 20/
400 for distance, left eye corrected visual acuity 20/20 for distance . 
. . In my opinion the patient, with this history, can continue driving 
a commercial vehicle and should be given the exemption.'' Mr. Ward 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 
800,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from New Jersey. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Ricky W. Witt

    Mr. Witt, 60, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident 
during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, 
his optometrist stated, ``I feel that Mr. Witt has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Witt reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
40 years, accumulating 1.56 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

John D. Woods

    Mr. Woods, 47, has had a retinal detachment his right eye since 
1987. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 
20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``His 
vision is stable and with his left eye unaffected, Mr. Woods is very 
capable of operating a commercial motorized vehicle while wearing his 
prescription glasses.'' Mr. Woods reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 2 years, accumulating 110,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 24 years, accumulating 1.44 million miles. He holds a 
Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Zachary J. Workman

    Mr. Workman, 27, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``In my medical opinion Mr [sic] Workman has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Workman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, 
accumulating 208,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Idaho. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.
    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the 52 applicants and 
determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals would 
achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that 
would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(10). Absent the receipt of comments indicating that a 
driver's ability would not achieve the aforementioned level of safety, 
the Agency will grant the drivers an exemption the day after the 
comment period closes.

Vision and Driving Experience of the Applicants

    The vision requirement in the FMCSRs provides:
    A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor 
vehicle if that person has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 
(Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity 
separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective 
lenses, distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in both 
eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 
70[deg] in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to 
recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, 
and amber (49 CFR 391.41(b)(10)).
    FMCSA recognizes that some drivers do not meet the vision 
requirement but have adapted their driving to accommodate their vision 
limitation and demonstrated their ability to drive safely. The 52 
exemption applicants listed in this notice are in this category.

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They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various 
reasons, and in most cases their eye conditions were not recently 
developed. Twenty-nine of the applicants were either born with their 
vision impairments or have had them since childhood. The 23 individuals 
that sustained their vision conditions as adults have had it for a 
period of 2 to 50 years.
    Although each applicant has one eye which does not meet the vision 
requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), each has at least 20/40 corrected 
vision in the other eye, and in a doctor's opinion, has sufficient 
vision to perform all the tasks necessary to operate a CMV. Doctors' 
opinions are supported by the applicants' possession of valid 
commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) or non-CDLs to operate CMVs. Before 
issuing CDLs, States subject drivers to knowledge and skills tests 
designed to evaluate their qualifications to operate a CMV.
    All of these applicants satisfied the testing requirements for 
their State of residence. By meeting State licensing requirements, the 
applicants demonstrated their ability to operate a CMV, with their 
limited vision, to the satisfaction of the State.
    While possessing a valid CDL or non-CDL, these 52 drivers have been 
authorized to drive a CMV in intrastate commerce, even though their 
vision disqualified them from driving in interstate commerce. The 
qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant is 
stated and discussed in detail above.

Basis for Exemption Determination

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) if the exemption is 
likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would 
be achieved without the exemption. Without the exemption, applicants 
will continue to be restricted to intrastate driving. With the 
exemption, applicants can drive in interstate commerce. Thus, our 
analysis focuses on whether an equal or greater level of safety is 
likely to be achieved by permitting each of these drivers to drive in 
interstate commerce as opposed to restricting him or her to driving in 
intrastate commerce.
    To evaluate the effect of these exemptions on safety, FMCSA 
considered the medical reports about the applicants' vision as well as 
their driving records and experience with the vision deficiency.
    To qualify for an exemption from the vision requirement, FMCSA 
requires a person to present verifiable evidence that he/she has driven 
a commercial vehicle safely with the vision deficiency for the past 3 
years. Recent driving performance is especially important in evaluating 
future safety, according to several research studies designed to 
correlate past and future driving performance. Results of these studies 
support the principle that the best predictor of future performance by 
a driver is his/her past record of crashes and traffic violations. 
Copies of the studies may be found at Docket Number FMCSA-1998-3637.
    FMCSA believes it can properly apply the principle to monocular 
drivers, because data from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 
former waiver study program clearly demonstrate the driving performance 
of experienced monocular drivers in the program is better than that of 
all CMV drivers collectively (See 61 FR 13338, 13345, March 26, 1996). 
The fact that experienced monocular drivers demonstrated safe driving 
records in the waiver program supports a conclusion that other 
monocular drivers, meeting the same qualifying conditions as those 
required by the waiver program, are also likely to have adapted to 
their vision deficiency and will continue to operate safely.
    The first major research correlating past and future performance 
was done in England by Greenwood and Yule in 1920. Subsequent studies, 
building on that model, concluded that crash rates for the same 
individual exposed to certain risks for two different time periods vary 
only slightly (See Bates and Neyman, University of California 
Publications in Statistics, April 1952). Other studies demonstrated 
theories of predicting crash proneness from crash history coupled with 
other factors. These factors--such as age, sex, geographic location, 
mileage driven and conviction history--are used every day by insurance 
companies and motor vehicle bureaus to predict the probability of an 
individual experiencing future crashes (See Weber, Donald C., 
``Accident Rate Potential: An Application of Multiple Regression 
Analysis of a Poisson Process,'' Journal of American Statistical 
Association, June 1971). A 1964 California Driver Record Study prepared 
by the California Department of Motor Vehicles concluded that the best 
overall crash predictor for both concurrent and non-concurrent events 
is the number of single convictions. This study used 3 consecutive 
years of data, comparing the experiences of drivers in the first 2 
years with their experiences in the final year.
    Applying principles from these studies to the past 3-year record of 
the 52 applicants, none of the drivers were involved in crashes and 
four were convicted of moving violations in a CMV. All the applicants 
achieved a record of safety while driving with their vision impairment, 
demonstrating the likelihood that they have adapted their driving 
skills to accommodate their condition. As the applicants' ample driving 
histories with their vision deficiencies are good predictors of future 
performance, FMCSA concludes their ability to drive safely can be 
projected into the future.
    FMCSA believes that the applicants' intrastate driving experience 
and history provide an adequate basis for predicting their ability to 
drive safely in interstate commerce. Intrastate driving, like 
interstate operations, involves substantial driving on highways on the 
interstate system and on other roads built to interstate standards. 
Moreover, driving in congested urban areas exposes the driver to more 
pedestrian and vehicular traffic than exists on interstate highways. 
Faster reaction to traffic and traffic signals is generally required 
because distances between them are more compact. These conditions tax 
visual capacity and driver response just as intensely as interstate 
driving conditions. The veteran drivers in this proceeding have 
operated CMVs safely under those conditions for at least 3 years, most 
for much longer. Their experience and driving records lead us to 
believe that each applicant is capable of operating in interstate 
commerce as safely as he/she has been performing in intrastate 
commerce. Consequently, FMCSA finds that exempting these applicants 
from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) is likely to 
achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. 
For this reason, the Agency is granting the exemptions for the 2-year 
period allowed by 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to the 52 applicants 
listed in this notice.
    We recognize that the vision of an applicant may change and affect 
his/her ability to operate a CMV as safely as in the past. As a 
condition of the exemption, therefore, FMCSA will impose requirements 
on the 52 individuals consistent with the Grandfathering provisions 
applied to drivers who participated in the Agency's vision waiver 
program.
    Those requirements are found at 49 CFR 391.64(b) and include the 
following: (1) That each individual be physically examined every year 
(a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in 
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continues to meet the requirement 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 
provide a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the 
medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) 
that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification 
to the employer for retention in the driver's qualification file, or 
keep a copy in his/her driver's qualification file if he/she is self-
employed. The driver must have a copy of the certification when 
driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local 
enforcement official.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption 
will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The 
exemption will be revoked if: (1) The person fails to comply with the 
terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted 
in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; 
or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the 
goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315.

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 August 7, 2014. 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.

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 number FMCSA-2014-0007 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 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-2014-0007 and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to the 
proposed rulemaking.

    Issued on: June 30, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-15930 Filed 7-7-14; 8:45 am]
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