Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 16500-16502 [2015-07046]

Download as PDF 16500 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Notices Alan T. Von Lintel Mr. Von Lintel is a 60 year-old driver in Kansas. He has a history of a seizure disorder and has remained seizure free since 2004. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since July 2012. If granted the exemption, he would like to drive a CMV. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Von Lintel receiving an exemption. E. Basis for Exemption Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. Without the exemption, applicants will continue to be restricted to intrastate driving. With the exemption, applicants can drive in interstate commerce. Thus, the Agency’s analysis focuses on whether an equal or greater level of safety is likely to be achieved by permitting each of these drivers to drive in interstate commerce as opposed to restricting the driver to driving in intrastate commerce. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conclusion The Agency is granting exemptions from the epilepsy standard, 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8), to 8 individuals based on a thorough evaluation of each driver’s safety experience, and medical condition. Safety analysis of information relating to these 8 applicants meets the burden of showing that granting the exemptions would achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved without the exemption. By granting the exemptions, the interstate CMV industry will gain 8 highly trained and experienced drivers. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), each exemption will be valid for 2 years, with annual recertification required unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (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 prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. FMCSA exempts the following 8 drivers for a period of 2 years with annual medical certification required: Thomas Avery (NY); Michael Berthiaume (MN); Leo Clemens (PA); Danny Grafton (ID); Kenneth Peachey VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:59 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 (PA); Philip Stewart (CA); Keith White (PA); and Alan Von Lintel (KS) from the prohibition of CMV operations by persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or seizures. If the exemption is still in effect at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: March 19, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–07051 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7918; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–14223; FMCSA–2005–20027; FMCSA– 2006–25246; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA– 2011–0010; FMCSA–2013–0022] 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 22 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 21, 2015. Comments must be received on or before April 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2002– 12844; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA–2008– 0398; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2013– 0022], using any of the following methods: DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 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 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Notices 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. II. Exemption Decision mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. 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 22 applicants has satisfied the entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirements (57 FR 57266; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 66286; 66 FR 13825; 67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 10300; 68 FR 10301; 68 FR 13360; 68 FR 19596; 69 FR 62741; 70 FR 12265; 70 FR 14747; 70 FR 16886; 70 FR 16887; 70 FR 2701; 70 FR 7546; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 180; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 7111; 72 FR 9397; 72 FR 11425; 72 FR 11426; 72 FR 18726; 73 FR 20245; 73 FR 75806; 73 FR 78422; 74 FR 7097; 74 FR 8302; 74 FR 11991; 74 FR 15584; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 69737; 76 FR 1499; 76 FR 7894; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 9856; 76 FR 11215; 76 FR 12216; 76 FR 15361; 76 FR 17483; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 20078; 77 FR 60010; 78 FR 12815; 78 FR 16761; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 18667; 78 FR 22602). Each of these 22 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. This notice addresses 22 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 22 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Roger B. Anders (MD) John D. Bolding, Jr. (OK) David B. Bowman (PA) Benny J. Burke (AL) Michael P. Curtin (IL) Elias Gomez, Jr. (TX) James G. Etheridge (TX) Michael E. Herrera, Jr. (NM) Michael R. Holmes (SD) Mark C. Jeffrey (MT) James R. Petre (MD) Gary W. Pope (AK) Zeljko Popovac (VT) Jerald W. Rehnke (MN) Wayne G. Resch (WI) James R. Rieck (CA) Raymond E. Royer (SD) Richie J. Schwendy (IL) Bill J. Thierolf (NE) Janusz Tyrpien (FL) James H. Wallace, Sr. (FL) Charles F. Wotring (OH) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:59 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16501 Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7918; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA–2005– 20027; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA– 2006–26066; FMCSA–2008–0398; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010– 0287; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA– 2011–0010; FMCSA–2013–0022), 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–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2002– 12844; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA–2008– 0398; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2013– 0022’’ 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 https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000– 7918; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–14223; FMCSA–2005–20027; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA–2006– 26066; FMCSA–2008–0398; FMCSA– 2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA–2011– E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 16502 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Notices 0010; FMCSA–2013–0022’’ 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: March 19, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–07046 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA– 2002–13411; FMCSA–2003–14223; FMCSA– 2004–17984; FMCSA–2004–19477; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA– 2010–0385] 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 26 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 May 7, 2015. Comments must be received on or before April 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA–2002–13411; FMCSA–2003– 14223; FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA– 2004–19477; FMCSA–2005–20027; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA–2008– 0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA– 2010–0385], using any of the following methods: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:59 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 • 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 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 26 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 26 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are: Rex A. Botsford (MI) William D. Cardiff (IL) Roger C. Carson (IN) Gregory L. Cooper (PA) Kenneth D. Craig (VA) Terry J. Dare (IN) Jerald O. Edwards (ID) Breck L. Falcon (LA) Kenneth E. Flack, Jr. (AL) Maylin E. Frickey (OR) David R. Gross (PA) Francisco J. Jimenez (TX) Christopher J. Kane (VT) Michael Lafferty (ID) Roosevelt Lawson (AL) Eugene R. Lydick (VA) Emanuel N. Malone (VA) Roberto E. Martinez (WA) Travis W. Neiwert (ID) Bernard J. Phillips (WA) James A. Smith (WA) Clarence L. Swann, Jr. (AL) Michael G. Trueblood (IL) Donald A. Uplinger II (OH) Kerry W. VanStory (TX) Steven M. Vujicic (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 E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 59 (Friday, March 27, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16500-16502]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07046]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-
2003-14223; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; FMCSA-2006-26066; 
FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-0372; 
FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2013-0022]


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 
22 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 April 21, 2015. Comments must be 
received on or before April 27, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-2000-
7006; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-14223; FMCSA-2005-
20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2010-
0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2013-
0022], 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.
    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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption 
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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 22 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 22 applications for renewal on their merits and decided 
to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. They are:

Roger B. Anders (MD)
John D. Bolding, Jr. (OK)
David B. Bowman (PA)
Benny J. Burke (AL)
Michael P. Curtin (IL)
Elias Gomez, Jr. (TX)
James G. Etheridge (TX)
Michael E. Herrera, Jr. (NM)
Michael R. Holmes (SD)
Mark C. Jeffrey (MT)
James R. Petre (MD)
Gary W. Pope (AK)
Zeljko Popovac (VT)
Jerald W. Rehnke (MN)
Wayne G. Resch (WI)
James R. Rieck (CA)
Raymond E. Royer (SD)
Richie J. Schwendy (IL)
Bill J. Thierolf (NE)
Janusz Tyrpien (FL)
James H. Wallace, Sr. (FL)
Charles F. Wotring (OH)

    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 22 applicants has satisfied the 
entry conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision 
requirements (57 FR 57266; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 66286; 66 FR 13825; 67 FR 
68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 10300; 68 FR 10301; 68 FR 13360; 68 FR 19596; 
69 FR 62741; 70 FR 12265; 70 FR 14747; 70 FR 16886; 70 FR 16887; 70 FR 
2701; 70 FR 7546; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 180; 72 FR 1050; 72 
FR 7111; 72 FR 9397; 72 FR 11425; 72 FR 11426; 72 FR 18726; 73 FR 
20245; 73 FR 75806; 73 FR 78422; 74 FR 7097; 74 FR 8302; 74 FR 11991; 
74 FR 15584; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 69737; 76 FR 1499; 76 FR 
7894; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 9856; 76 FR 11215; 76 FR 12216; 76 FR 15361; 76 
FR 17483; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 20078; 77 FR 60010; 78 FR 12815; 78 FR 
16761; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 18667; 78 FR 22602). Each of these 22 
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-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-
14223; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-
2008-0398; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-
2011-0010; FMCSA-2013-0022), 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-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2002-
12844; FMCSA-2003-14223; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; FMCSA-
2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0398; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-
2010-0372; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2013-0022'' 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 https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number, 
``FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-14223; 
FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0398; 
FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2011-

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0010; FMCSA-2013-0022'' 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: March 19, 2015.
 Larry W. Minor,
 Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-07046 Filed 3-26-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P