Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 65760-65762 [2014-26273]

Download as PDF 65760 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2014 / Notices requirements (63 FR 30285; 63 FR 54519; 65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 77066; 65 FR 77069; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 52741; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62741; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64810; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 71 FR 66217; 73 FR 35194; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 60398; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74565; 75 FR 44050; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 72868; 75 FR 77949; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 68202). Each of these 24 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA– 2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA–2004– 18885; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0266; FMCSA–2008–0292), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. 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 the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, got to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–1998– 3637; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7165; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA– VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 04, 2014 Jkt 235001 2008–0292’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. 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, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000– 7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA– 2000–7363; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA–2008– 0266; FMCSA–2008–0292’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: October 27, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–26272 Filed 11–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2010–0187; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA– 2012–0161; FMCSA–2012–0279] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 17 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. SUMMARY: This decision is effective December 3, 2014. Comments must be received on or before December 5, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008– 0231; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2011–0124; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA–2012–0279], using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or DATES: E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2014 / Notices 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, R.N., 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: I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 17 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 17 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Jawad K. Al-Shaibani (TX) Robert S. Bowen (TN) Joseph E. Brunette (CA) Deurice K. Dean (MD) Craig E. Dorrance (MT) Terry J. Edwards (MO) Christopher K. Foot (NV) Anthony A. Gibson, Jr. (IL) Charles F. Huffman (WA) Ivaylo V. Kanchev (FL) John L. Lethcoe (NC) Johnny Montemayor (TX) Christopher S. Morgan (LA) Neville E. Owens II (NC) Jeffrey S. Pennell (VT) Benito Saldana (TX) Max A. Thurman (IL) VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 04, 2014 Jkt 235001 The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 17 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 57266; 69 FR 52741; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 51336; 73 FR 54888; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 52063; 75 FR 63257; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 55463; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 52391; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 71671). Each of these 17 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65761 safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2007–7006; FMCSA– 2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA– 2012–0279), indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. 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 the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, got to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2007– 7006; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2012– 0161; FMCSA–2012–0279’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. 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. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2007–7006; FMCSA–2006– E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 65762 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2014 / Notices 24783; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2010–0187; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA–2012– 0279’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: October 27, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–26273 Filed 11–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Selection of Public Transportation Resilience Projects in Response to Hurricane Sandy Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Announcement of project selections for resilience projects in response to Hurricane Sandy. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of public transportation resilience projects in response to Hurricane Sandy under the Emergency Relief Program. These projects are funded under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which made approximately $10.9 billion available for public transportation systems impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. This amount was subsequently reduced to $10.2 billion by sequestration and intergovernmental transfers of funds to other bureaus and offices within DOT. On December 26, 2013, FTA published a Federal Register SUMMARY: Notice (78 FR 78486) announcing the availability of approximately $3 billion for projects that will reduce the risk of damage from future disasters in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. FTA has allocated the maximum amount available for resilience projects: $3.592 billion. Resilience projects awarded in this notice are subject to the recently issued Final Rule for the Emergency Relief Program, which was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2014 (79 FR 60349). FTA has published additional guidance on policies and procedures for competitive resilience funding in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at www.fta.dot.gov/emergencyrelief. Recipients are responsible for monitoring this Web site for additional guidance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office found at http://www.fta.dot.gov. For program-specific questions, or additional information about project selections, please contact Adam Schildge, Office of Program Management, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590, phone: (202) 366–0778, or email, adam.schildge@ dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Bonnie Graves, Office of Chief Counsel, same address, phone: (202) 366–4011, or email, Bonnie.Graves@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents A. Overview of Resilience Project Selections B. Award Administration C. Pre-Award Authority D. Grant Requirements E. Reporting Requirements A. Overview of Resilience Project Selections As a result of Hurricane Sandy, and in accordance with the Stafford Act, President Obama declared a major disaster in late 2012 for 12 States and the District of Columbia affected by Hurricane Sandy, making public transportation agencies in specified counties in those States eligible for financial assistance under FTA’s Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 113–2) provides $10.9 billion for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for recovery, relief and resilience efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, with approximately $10.2 billion still available after implementation of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112–25) and after intergovernmental transfers to other bureaus and offices within DOT. FTA has allocated approximately $9.27 billion in multiple tiers for response, recovery and rebuilding, for locallyprioritized resilience projects, and, now for competitively selected resilience projects. In addition, FTA has reserved approximately $817 million for remaining unfunded recovery expenses. On March 29, 2013 FTA announced the allocation of $2 billion for response and recovery expenses. On May 29, 2013, FTA announced the allocation of an additional $2.4 billion for response and recovery, including long term rebuilding, and $1.3 billion for locally prioritized resilience improvements. On December 26, 2013, FTA published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $3 billion for capital projects to reduce the risk of damage to public transportation systems from future disasters in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. FTA received 61 eligible project proposals from 10 applicants requesting a total of over $6.6 billion. The proposed projects were evaluated based on the criteria and policy priorities described in the NOFA. This notice allocates $3,591,883,625 to 9 applicants for 40 of the 61 proposed resilience projects. The following chart illustrates the overall allocation of funding under the FTA Emergency Relief Program and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act: Applicants Available funding Eligibility criteria Response, Recovery & Rebuilding. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Award type Affected FTA Recipients ................................. $4.4 billion .................. Locally-Prioritized Resilience. Competitive Resilience MTA, NJT, PANYNJ, NYCDOT ...................... $1.3 billion .................. Damage assessments submitted by affected agencies and reviewed by FTA, and costs incurred by affected agencies. Resilience Projects and Project Components. (1) States, (2) public transportation agencies that receive funding through FTA formula programs, (3) other entities responsible for an eligible public transportation capital project that enter into a subrecipient arrangement with an existing FTA grantee, and (4) entities that provide intercity passenger rail service. $3.6 billion .................. Resilience Projects Announced in this Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Nov 04, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 5, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65760-65762]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26273]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-
2010-0187; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-2012-0279]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the 
vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 
17 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals 
from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not 
compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these 
exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to 
or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions 
for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

DATES: This decision is effective December 3, 2014. Comments must be 
received on or before December 5, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-2000-
7006; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2011-
0124; FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-2012-0279], using any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments 
received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act 
heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want 
acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or

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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, R.N., 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:

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption 
from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to 
drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it 
finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is 
equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent 
such exemption.'' The procedures for requesting an exemption (including 
renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381.

II. Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses 17 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 17 applications for renewal on their merits and decided 
to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are:
Jawad K. Al-Shaibani (TX)
Robert S. Bowen (TN)
Joseph E. Brunette (CA)
Deurice K. Dean (MD)
Craig E. Dorrance (MT)
Terry J. Edwards (MO)
Christopher K. Foot (NV)
Anthony A. Gibson, Jr. (IL)
Charles F. Huffman (WA)
Ivaylo V. Kanchev (FL)
John L. Lethcoe (NC)
Johnny Montemayor (TX)
Christopher S. Morgan (LA)
Neville E. Owens II (NC)
Jeffrey S. Pennell (VT)
Benito Saldana (TX)
Max A. Thurman (IL)

    The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: 
(1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by 
an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the 
better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), 
and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is 
otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each 
individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's 
report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical 
examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual 
medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver's 
qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her 
person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, 
State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for 
two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be 
rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and 
conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower 
level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) 
continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals 
and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315.

III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 
U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 17 applicants has satisfied the 
entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision 
requirements (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 57266; 69 FR 52741; 71 FR 
32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 51336; 
73 FR 54888; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 52063; 75 FR 
63257; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 55463; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52388; 
77 FR 52389; 77 FR 52391; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 71671). Each 
of these 17 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has 
submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues 
to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the 
vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of 
safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the 
past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision 
exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for 
predicting each driver's ability to continue to drive safely in 
interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the 
exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is 
likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the 
exemption.

IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (FMCSA-2007-7006; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2010-
0187; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-2012-0279), indicate the 
specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and 
provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. 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 the Agency can contact you if it 
has questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, got to http://www.regulations.gov 
and put the docket number, ``FMCSA-2007-7006; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-
2008-0231; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-
2012-0279'' in the ``Keyword'' box, and click ``Search.'' When the new 
screen appears, click on ``Comment Now!'' button and type your comment 
into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are 
submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party 
and then submit. 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. FMCSA will 
consider all comments and material received during the comment period 
and may change this notice based on your comments.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, 
``FMCSA-2007-7006; FMCSA-2006-

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24783; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2012-
0161; FMCSA-2012-0279'' in the ``Keyword'' box and click ``Search.'' 
Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button choose the document listed to 
review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the 
docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-
140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued on: October 27, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-26273 Filed 11-4-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P