Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 12248-12251 [2015-05236]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12248 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 44 / Friday, March 6, 2015 / Notices main line at milepost 1.0 in Conewago, and milepost 0.0 in West Donegal Township, in Lancaster County, Pa. This transaction may be consummated on March 20, 2015 (the effective date of this notice). Applicants currently control one Class III rail carrier, Clinton Terminal Railroad Company, which operates in the State of North Carolina. Applicants certify that: (1) The rail lines to be operated by EZR do not connect with any other railroads operated by the carriers in the applicants’ corporate family; (2) the continuance in control is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the rail lines to be operated by EZR with any other railroad in applicants’ corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers. If the notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Stay petitions must be filed no later than March 13, 2015 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35903, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on John K. Fiorilla, Capehart & Scatchard, P.A., 8000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 300S, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at WWW.STB.DOT.GOV. Decided: March 3, 2015. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Brendetta S. Jones, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2015–05208 Filed 3–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Mar 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0302] 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 27 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 6, 2015. 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– 2014–0302 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: 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 https:// 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 https:// www.regulations.gov at any time or SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: 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: Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (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. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. 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.’’ FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 27 individuals listed in this notice have each 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 will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. II. Qualifications of Applicants Joel C. Bailey Mr. Bailey, 60, has had a macular scar in his left eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘He has E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 44 / Friday, March 6, 2015 / Notices sufficient vision to perform driving tasks and operate a commercial vehicle with no restrictions.’’ Mr. Bailey reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 1.9 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Mackfie Bradley, Jr. Mr. Bradley, 47, has had macular scarring in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 40, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Bradley has sufficient vision to safely operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Bradley reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 2.4 million 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Justin C. Bruchman Mr. Bruchman, 31, has had a globe laceration with retinal detachment in his left eye since 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Through my testing, the patient exhibits sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Bruchman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Bradley J. Compton Mr. Compton, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he has sufficient enough vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Compton reported that he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 494,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Anthony C. Curtis Mr. Curtis, 71, has had enucleation due to cancerous choroid in his left eye since 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Mar 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion Mr. Curtis has sufficient stable vision with his right eye to perform the driving taks [sic] required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Curtis reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 3.5 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. Douglas S. Dalling Mr. Dalling, 46, has had Coats’ Disease in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Dalling has sufficient vision in his left eye to perform the driving test required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Dalling reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 576,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Lloyd A. Dornbusch Mr. Dornbusch, 68, has had macular degeneration in his left eye since 2002. 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, ‘‘I certify that in my opinion Mr. Dornbusch has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Dornbusch reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 48 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Randall R. Drake Mr. Drake, 53, has had alternating esotropia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 30, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He has a stable decrease in vision with a vision of 20/ 30 in the right eye and 20/200 in the left eye . . . He does have an ability to recognize traffic control signals and has not shown a noted decrease in his ability to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Drake reported that he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 380,000 miles, tractor- PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12249 trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and buses for five years, accumulating 50,000 miles. He holds a Class C CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Paul E. Emmons Mr. Emmons, 62, has had optic nerve atrophy 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 optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion he has sufficient vision to operate commercial vehicles.’’ Mr. Emmons reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Rhode Island. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Thomas P. Fitzsimmons Jr. Mr. Fitzsimmons, 51, has had esotropia and amblyopia in his left eye since birth. 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, ‘‘In summary, Mr. Fitzsimmons has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Fitzsimmons reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 396,000 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. Steve L. Frisby Mr. Frisby, 56, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye since 2004. 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, ‘‘It is my opinion that Mr. Frisby has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Frisby reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 4.38 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 4.38 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. Daryl G. Gibson Mr. Gibson, 45, has had a degenerated optic nerve in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, light E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 12250 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 44 / Friday, March 6, 2015 / Notices perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Vision is acceptable for driving a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Gibson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 6,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 17 years, accumulating 340,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to yield to a traffic signal. Mark J. Goodrich Mr. Goodrich, 48, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Pt [sic] meets minimum standards of vision to safely drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Goodrich reported that he has driven straight trucks for 31 years, accumulating 186,000 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ramon L. Green Mr. Green, 45, has retinal scarring in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 2003. 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, ‘‘Ii [sic] is my medical opinion that Mr. Green has sufficient visual acuity and visual field to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Green reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, accumulating 1.89 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, accumulating 2.63 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Louisiana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Carl E. Hess Mr. Hess, 61, has had a full-thickness macular hole in his left eye since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 30, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘US Department of Transportation Federal Vision Exemption Program . . . In my medical opinion, I do believe he has sufficient vision to perform the required driving tasks.’’ Mr. Hess reported that he has driven straight trucks for 41 years, accumulating 307,500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 1.3 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Mar 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Mark E. Jeans Mr. Jeans, 35, has had Behcet’s panuveities, primary open angle glaucoma, and a retinal detachment in his right eye since 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In our medical opinion, Mr. Jeans has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jeans reported that he has driven straight trucks for one year, accumulating 11,000 miles, and buses for 13 years, accumulating 2.15 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Chad Kauffman Mr. Kauffman, 26, has enucleation in his 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 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion I do believe he has adapted to monocular vision very well and does meet the requirements necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Kauffman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 4,000 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. Scottie W. Lewis Mr. Lewis, 42, has had band keratopathy and keratectomy in his right eye since 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, ‘‘Patient has normal 20/20 Vision with full visual field in his left eye sufficient to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Lewis reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 years, accumulating 112,700 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. David S. Mayo Mr. Mayo, 46, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 200, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2015, his PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 optometrist stated, ‘‘pt [sic] reports that need testing done for commercial license . . . h/o [sic] refractive amblyopia OD since 2005 when pt [sic] was first seen here . . . Patient drivesDriving [sic] Difficulties: none . . . Fields: Full with no restrictions OU.’’ Mr. Mayo reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating one million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating one million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, to which he did not contribute and was not cited, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Ross E. McCleary Mr. McCleary, 38, has optic nerve compression in his left eye since 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 certify that because of the stability of the visual condition, which has been long standing, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving task required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. McCleary reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Nebraska. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Alex D. McCrady Mr. McCrady, 27, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 2004. 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 he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks requirec [sic] to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. McCrady reported that he has driven straight trucks for six years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for four months, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds a Class AMC CDL from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Stacy L. Michael Mr. Michael, 48, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 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, ‘‘In my medical opinion Stacy Michael has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 44 / Friday, March 6, 2015 / Notices commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Michael reported that he has driven straight trucks for 27 years, accumulating 81,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 189,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Charles A. Morgan Mr. Morgan, 75, has had a retinal vascular occlusion in his right eye since 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Morgan appears to have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Morgan reported that he has driven buses for 50 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Paul C. Swanson Mr. Swanson, 56, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Patient has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle without restriction.’’ Mr. Swanson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 33 years, accumulating 1.05 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Illinois. 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 15 MPH. Terrance W. Temple Mr. Temple, 58, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he has sufficient vision to drive a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Temple reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 624,000 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. Rick A. Tucker Mr. Tucker, 60, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye since 2001. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Mar 05, 2015 Jkt 235001 optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Tucker’s visual abilities are adequate to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Tucker reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 750,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 750,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jason R. White Mr. White, 32, 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, ‘‘I found no reason to believe he does not have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. White reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6.5 years, accumulating 243,750 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. III. 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, 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, go to https://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number FMCSA–2014–0302 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 PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12251 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 documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number FMCSA–2014–0302 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and 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: February 26, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–05236 Filed 3–5–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0021] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 7 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 April 4, 2015. Comments must be received on or before April 6, 2015. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0302]


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 27 individuals 
for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in 
one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these 
individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate 
commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. 
If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as 
drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 6, 2015. 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-2014-0302 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: 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 https://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 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 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: 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: Charles A. Horan, III, Director, 
Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (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. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting 
material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-
9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. 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.'' FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 
2-year period. The 27 individuals listed in this notice have each 
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 will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

Joel C. Bailey

    Mr. Bailey, 60, has had a macular scar in his left eye since 2007. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/
60. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``He 
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sufficient vision to perform driving tasks and operate a commercial 
vehicle with no restrictions.'' Mr. Bailey reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 1.9 million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Mackfie Bradley, Jr.

    Mr. Bradley, 47, has had macular scarring in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left 
eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his 
optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Bradley has sufficient 
vision to safely operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Bradley reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 2.4 
million 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.

Justin C. Bruchman

    Mr. Bruchman, 31, has had a globe laceration with retinal 
detachment in his left eye since 2002. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Through my testing, the 
patient exhibits sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Bruchman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, 
accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Bradley J. Compton

    Mr. Compton, 52, 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/
100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, he has sufficient enough vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Compton reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 494,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Anthony C. Curtis

    Mr. Curtis, 71, has had enucleation due to cancerous choroid in his 
left eye since 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and 
in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, 
his optometrist stated, ``In my opinion Mr. Curtis has sufficient 
stable vision with his right eye to perform the driving taks [sic] 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Curtis reported that he 
has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 3.5 
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.

Douglas S. Dalling

    Mr. Dalling, 46, has had Coats' Disease in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Dalling has 
sufficient vision in his left eye to perform the driving test required 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Dalling reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 576,000 miles. He 
holds a Class B CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Lloyd A. Dornbusch

    Mr. Dornbusch, 68, has had macular degeneration in his left eye 
since 2002. 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, ``I certify that in my opinion Mr. Dornbusch has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Dornbusch reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 48 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Randall R. Drake

    Mr. Drake, 53, has had alternating esotropia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left 
eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``He has a stable decrease in vision with a vision of 20/30 in the 
right eye and 20/200 in the left eye . . . He does have an ability to 
recognize traffic control signals and has not shown a noted decrease in 
his ability to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Drake reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 380,000 miles, 
tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 300,000 miles, 
and buses for five years, accumulating 50,000 miles. He holds a Class C 
CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Paul E. Emmons

    Mr. Emmons, 62, has had optic nerve atrophy 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 optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion he has sufficient vision to operate commercial 
vehicles.'' Mr. Emmons reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
40 years, accumulating 1.2 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from 
Rhode Island. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Thomas P. Fitzsimmons Jr.

    Mr. Fitzsimmons, 51, has had esotropia and amblyopia in his left 
eye since birth. 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, ``In summary, Mr. Fitzsimmons has sufficient vision to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Fitzsimmons reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 396,000 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.

Steve L. Frisby

    Mr. Frisby, 56, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye since 
2004. 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, 
``It is my opinion that Mr. Frisby has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Frisby 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 
4.38 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, 
accumulating 4.38 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.

Daryl G. Gibson

    Mr. Gibson, 45, has had a degenerated optic nerve in his left eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, light

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perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``Vision is acceptable for driving a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Gibson 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 
6,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 17 years, 
accumulating 340,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction 
for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to yield to a traffic 
signal.

Mark J. Goodrich

    Mr. Goodrich, 48, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Pt [sic] meets minimum standards of vision to safely drive a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Goodrich reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 31 years, accumulating 186,000 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.

Ramon L. Green

    Mr. Green, 45, has retinal scarring in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 2003. 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, ``Ii [sic] is my medical opinion that Mr. Green has 
sufficient visual acuity and visual field to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Green reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 
years, accumulating 1.89 million miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 21 years, accumulating 2.63 million miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Louisiana. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Carl E. Hess

    Mr. Hess, 61, has had a full-thickness macular hole in his left eye 
since 2010. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his 
left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``US Department of Transportation Federal Vision Exemption 
Program . . . In my medical opinion, I do believe he has sufficient 
vision to perform the required driving tasks.'' Mr. Hess reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 41 years, accumulating 307,500 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 1.3 million 
miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Mark E. Jeans

    Mr. Jeans, 35, has had Behcet's panuveities, primary open angle 
glaucoma, and a retinal detachment in his right eye since 2005. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``In our medical opinion, Mr. Jeans has sufficient vision to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Jeans reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for one year, accumulating 11,000 miles, and buses for 
13 years, accumulating 2.15 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from 
Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Chad Kauffman

    Mr. Kauffman, 26, has enucleation in his 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 2015, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion I 
do believe he has adapted to monocular vision very well and does meet 
the requirements necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Kauffman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, 
accumulating 4,000 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.

Scottie W. Lewis

    Mr. Lewis, 42, has had band keratopathy and keratectomy in his 
right eye since 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, ``Patient has normal 20/20 Vision with 
full visual field in his left eye sufficient to operate a commercial 
motor vehicle.'' Mr. Lewis reported that he has driven straight trucks 
for 23 years, accumulating 112,700 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

David S. Mayo

    Mr. Mayo, 46, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since 
2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left 
eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, 
``pt [sic] reports that need testing done for commercial license . . . 
h/o [sic] refractive amblyopia OD since 2005 when pt [sic] was first 
seen here . . . Patient drivesDriving [sic] Difficulties: none . . . 
Fields: Full with no restrictions OU.'' Mr. Mayo reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating one million miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating one million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows one crash, to which he did not contribute and was 
not cited, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ross E. McCleary

    Mr. McCleary, 38, has optic nerve compression in his left eye since 
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 certify that because of the stability of the 
visual condition, which has been long standing, he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving task required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.''
    Mr. McCleary reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 
years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Nebraska. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Alex D. McCrady

    Mr. McCrady, 27, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 2004. 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 he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks requirec [sic] to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. McCrady reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for six years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for four months, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds a 
Class AMC CDL from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Stacy L. Michael

    Mr. Michael, 48, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 
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, ``In my 
medical opinion Stacy Michael has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a

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commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Michael reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 27 years, accumulating 81,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 27 years, accumulating 189,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Charles A. Morgan

    Mr. Morgan, 75, has had a retinal vascular occlusion in his right 
eye since 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in 
his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``Mr. Morgan appears to have sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.''
    Mr. Morgan reported that he has driven buses for 50 years, 
accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from North Carolina. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Paul C. Swanson

    Mr. Swanson, 56, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his 
left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``Patient has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle 
without restriction.'' Mr. Swanson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 33 years, accumulating 1.05 million miles. He holds a Class 
B CDL from Illinois. 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 15 MPH.

Terrance W. Temple

    Mr. Temple, 58, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, he has sufficient vision to drive a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Temple reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, 
accumulating 624,000 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.

Rick A. Tucker

    Mr. Tucker, 60, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye since 
2001. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left eye, 
20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. 
Tucker's visual abilities are adequate to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Tucker reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 750,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 750,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Jason R. White

    Mr. White, 32, 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, ``I found 
no reason to believe he does not have sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. White 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6.5 years, accumulating 
243,750 miles. He holds an operator's license from Ohio. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

III. 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, 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, go to https://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number FMCSA-2014-0302 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 documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to https://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number FMCSA-2014-0302 in the ``Keyword'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and 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: February 26, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-05236 Filed 3-5-15; 8:45 am]
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