Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, 73696-73697 [2014-29068]

Download as PDF 73696 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 238 / Thursday, December 11, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–24278; FMCSA– 2006–25854; FMCSA–2008–0355; FMCSA– 2010–0203; FMCSA–2011–0089] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 9 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders 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 1, 2014. Comments must be received on or before January 12, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2006–24278; FMCSA–2006–25854; FMCSA–2008– 0355; FMCSA–2010–0203; FMCSA– 2011–0089], using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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 https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Dec 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to https:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. C. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 9 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Daniel Forth (NY) PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Steven L. Hunsaker (ID) Henrietta M. Ketcham (NY) Shane Klementis (NY) Robin L. Sherwood (ID) Wayne C. Sorensen (MN) Michael W. Thomas (KS) Paul C. Warren (ME) John B. Yates (WV) These exemptions are extended subject to the driver maintaining a stable treatment regimen and remaining seizure-free during the 2-year exemption period. The exempted drivers must submit a physician statement from their treating physician attesting to the stability of treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free. The driver must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, following the FCMSA’s regulations for the physical qualifications for CMV drivers. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. Basis for Renewing Exemptions Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 9 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder requirements (71 FR 60606; 72 FR 44916; 73 FR 75165; 75 FR 38599; 76 FR 18822). Each of these 9 applicants has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that they have maintained a stable treatment regimen and remained seizure-free during the 2-year exemption period. The exempted drivers must submit a physician statement from their treating physicians attesting to the stability of treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free. The driver must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, following the FCMSA’s regulations for the physical qualifications for CMV drivers. In addition to evaluating the medical status of each applicant CDLIS and MCMIS were searched for crash and violation data on the 9 applicants. For non-CDL holders, the Agency reviewed the driving records from the State licensing agency. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 238 / Thursday, December 11, 2014 / Notices 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 Request for Comments FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver’s safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by January 12, 2015. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 9 individuals from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated the medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the Epilepsy and Seizure requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications. Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. Submitting Comments You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Dec 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 so that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA–2006–24278; FMCSA–2006– 25854; FMCSA–2008–0355; FMCSA– 2010–0203; FMCSA–2011–0089 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. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice, or to submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2006–24278; FMCSA–2006– 25854; FMCSA–2008–0355; FMCSA– 2010–0203; FMCSA–2011–0089 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this document. Issued on: December 4, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–29068 Filed 12–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. DOT–MARAD–2014 0148] Request for Comments of a Previously Approved Information Collection: Application for Construction Reserve Fund and Annual Statements (CRF) Maritime Administration, Transportation. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73697 below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on September 18, 2014 (Federal Register 56119, Vol. 79, No. 181) and comments were due by November 17, 2014. No comments were received. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 12, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Ladd, 202–366–1859, Office of Financial Approvals, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Application for Construction Reserve Fund and Annual Statements (CRF). OMB Control Number: 2133–0032 Type of Request: Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection Abstract: In accordance with Section 511 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended, all citizens who own or operate vessels in the U.S. domestic or foreign commerce and desire ‘‘tax’’ benefits under the Construction Reserve Fund (CRF) program, are required to submit to MARAD an application for benefits. The annual statement provided to MARAD officials sets forth a detailed analysis of the CRF when each income tax return is filed. The application is required in order for MARAD to determine whether the applicant is qualified for the benefits, and the annual statements are required in order for MARAD to assure that the requirements of the program are being satisfied. Affected Public: Owners or operators of vessels in the domestic or foreign commerce. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-24278; FMCSA-2006-25854; FMCSA-2008-0355; FMCSA-
2010-0203; FMCSA-2011-0089]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and 
Seizure Disorders

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 
Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations for 9 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to 
exempt individuals from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders 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 1, 2014. Comments must be 
received on or before January 12, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-2006-
24278; FMCSA-2006-25854; FMCSA-2008-0355; FMCSA-2010-0203; FMCSA-2011-
0089], using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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 https://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 https://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want 
acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement 
page that appears after submitting comments on-line.

C. Privacy Act

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, Chief, Medical 
Programs Division, 202-366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption 
from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirements in 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(8), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, 
for a two-year period if it finds ``such exemption would likely achieve 
a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that 
would be achieved absent such exemption.'' The procedures for 
requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 
381.

Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses 9 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to 
extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are:

Daniel Forth (NY)
Steven L. Hunsaker (ID)
Henrietta M. Ketcham (NY)
Shane Klementis (NY)
Robin L. Sherwood (ID)
Wayne C. Sorensen (MN)
Michael W. Thomas (KS)
Paul C. Warren (ME)
John B. Yates (WV)

    These exemptions are extended subject to the driver maintaining a 
stable treatment regimen and remaining seizure-free during the 2-year 
exemption period. The exempted drivers must submit a physician 
statement from their treating physician attesting to the stability of 
treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free. The driver 
must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical examiner, as 
defined by 49 CFR 390.5, following the FCMSA's regulations for the 
physical qualifications for CMV drivers. The exemption will be 
rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and 
conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower 
level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) 
continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals 
and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315.

Basis for Renewing Exemptions

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application for additional two year periods. In accordance with 49 
U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 9 applicants has satisfied the 
entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the Epilepsy and 
Seizure Disorder requirements (71 FR 60606; 72 FR 44916; 73 FR 75165; 
75 FR 38599; 76 FR 18822). Each of these 9 applicants has requested 
renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that they 
have maintained a stable treatment regimen and remained seizure-free 
during the 2-year exemption period. The exempted drivers must submit a 
physician statement from their treating physicians attesting to the 
stability of treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free. 
The driver must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical 
examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, following the FCMSA's regulations 
for the physical qualifications for CMV drivers. In addition to 
evaluating the medical status of each applicant CDLIS and MCMIS were 
searched for crash and violation data on the 9 applicants. For non-CDL 
holders, the Agency reviewed the driving records from the State 
licensing agency. These factors provide an adequate basis for 
predicting each

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driver's ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. 
Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each 
renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a 
level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption.

Request for Comments

    FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a 
particular driver's safety record and determine if the continuation of 
the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with 
specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit 
comments by January 12, 2015.
    FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption 
under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially 
granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, 
subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated 
above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition 
announcing its decision to exempt these 9 individuals from the Epilepsy 
and Seizure Disorders requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). The final 
decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on 
the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of 
the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of 
applications stated the medical condition of each applicant for an 
exemption from the Epilepsy and Seizure requirements. That information 
is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register 
publications.
    Interested parties or organizations possessing information that 
would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not 
currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately 
notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted 
and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption 
would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the 
exemption of a driver.

Submitting Comments

    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA 
recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA-2006-24278; FMCSA-
2006-25854; FMCSA-2008-0355; FMCSA-2010-0203; FMCSA-2011-0089 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.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
notice, or to submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
FMCSA-2006-24278; FMCSA-2006-25854; FMCSA-2008-0355; FMCSA-2010-0203; 
FMCSA-2011-0089 and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to this 
document.

    Issued on: December 4, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-29068 Filed 12-10-14; 8:45 am]
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