Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing, 18697-18699 [2015-07909]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2010–0082; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA–2010– 0385; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA– 2011–0024; FMCSA–2012–0338; 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–2007–27333; FMCSA–2008–0398; FMCSA–2010– 0082; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA– 2010–0385; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2011–0024; FMCSA–2012– 0338; 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 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–2007–27333; FMCSA–2008– 0398; FMCSA–2010–0082; FMCSA– 2010–0201; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2011– 0024; FMCSA–2012–0338; 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., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: April 1, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–07908 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0383] Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that 30 individuals have applied for a medical exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests public comments on these requests. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory requirements and decides to grant these requests after reviewing the public comments submitted in response to this notice, the exemptions would enable 30 individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18697 Comments must be received on or before May 7, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2014–0383 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., ET, 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit https://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/ E8-785.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room DATES: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 18698 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has authority to grant exemptions from many of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), as amended by Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21) (Pub. L. 105– 178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 107, 401). FMCSA has published in 49 CFR part 381, subpart C final rules implementing the statutory changes in its exemption procedures made by section 4007, 69 FR 51589 (August 20, 2004).1 Under the rules in part 381, subpart C, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register. The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted and any research reports, technical papers and other publications referenced in the application. The Agency must also provide an opportunity to submit public comment on the applications for exemption. The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved without the exemption. The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register. If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed. The current provisions of the FMCSRs concerning hearing state that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5—1951. 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). This standard was adopted in 1970, with a revision in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). FMCSA also issues instructions for completing the medical examination report and includes advisory criteria on the report itself to provide guidance for medical examiners in applying the hearing standard. See 49 CFR 391.43(f). The current advisory criteria for the hearing standard include a reference to a report entitled ‘‘Hearing Disorders and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers’’ prepared for the Federal Highway Administration, FMCSA’s predecessor, in 1993.2 FMCSA Requests Comments on the Exemption Applications FMCSA requests comments from all interested parties on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be permitted to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Further, the Agency asks for comments on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be limited to operating only certain types of vehicles in interstate commerce, for example, vehicles without air brakes. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that the Agency request public comments on all applications for exemptions. The Agency is also required to make a determination that an exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption before granting any such requests. appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of the comment period. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, To submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number ‘‘FMCSA–2014–0383’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Information on Individual Applicants Neal Everett Boatman, Jr. Mr. Boatman, 37, holds an operator’s license in Arizona. Herbert Dean Crowe Mr. Crowe, 50, holds an operator’s license in Missouri. David Keith Cannon Mr. Cannon, 47, holds an operator’s license in Missouri. Bryant Cater First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 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 number ‘‘FMCSA–2014–0383’’ and click the search button. When the new screen 1 This action adopted as final rules the interim final rules issued by FMCSA’s predecessor in 1998 (63 FR 67600 (Dec. 8, 2008)), and adopted by FMCSA in 2001 [66 FR 49867 (Oct. 1, 2001)]. 2 This report is available on the FMCSA Web site at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/ research-technology/publications/medreport_ archives.htm. Mark Dickson VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mr. Cater, 54, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Tennessee. Frankye D. Crews Ms. Crews, 44, holds an operator’s license in Florida. Justin Craig Cribb Mr. Cribb, 36, holds an operator’s license in South Carolina. William Reeder Darnell Mr. Darnell, 40, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Arizona. Mr. Dickson, 55, holds an operator’s license in Texas. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 66 / Tuesday, April 7, 2015 / Notices David W. Shores Mr. Shores, 47, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in North Carolina. Kelly Gene Eller Mr. Eller, 50, holds an operator’s license in North Carolina. Elliot David Fellows Mr. Fellows, 22, holds an operator’s license in New York. David H. Grady Michael Whitman Mr. Whitman, 39, holds an operator’s license in New Jersey. Mr. Grady, 46, holds a Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Colorado. Richard E. Whittaker Mr. Whittaker, 44, holds a Chauffeur’s license in Indiana. Alissa Haselhorst Ms. Haselhorst, 27, holds an operator’s license in Nebraska. Brian David Whittington Mr. Whittington, 48, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Michigan. Nathan John Hill Mr. Hill, 31, holds an operator’s license in Georgia. Jason R. Gensler Scott Matchett Mr. Matchett, 32, holds an operator’s license in New York. Mr. Gensler, 36, holds an operator’s license in Ohio. Thomas P. Lipyanic, Jr. Mr. Lipyanic, 49, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Pennsylvania. Brian L. Lloyd Mr. Lloyd, 41, holds an operator’s license in Ohio. Kelsey Rae Maginity Ms. Maginity, 23, holds an operator’s license in Iowa. Donald B. Malley Mr. Malley, 60, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Missouri. Courtney Maloney Ms. Maloney, 26, holds an operator’s license in New York. Amy Elizabeth Marcus Ms. Marcus, 42, holds an operator’s license in Michigan. Jonython A. Mason Kathy Ann Meadows mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ms. Meadows, 57, holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Georgia. Devin Jamal Moffett Mr. Moffett, 23, holds an operator’s license in Georgia. Issued on: April 1, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–07909 Filed 4–6–15; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No. FTA–2014–0009] Response to Comments on Updates to National Transit Database Annual Information Collection AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. Anthony Joseph Saive Mr. Saive, 29, holds a Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Ohio. 17:46 Apr 06, 2015 Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. The Agency will consider all comments received before the close of business May 7, 2015. Comments will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file comments received after the comment closing date in the public docket, and will consider them to the extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons should monitor the public docket for new material. BILLING CODE CODE 4910–EX–P Mr. Mason, 33, holds an operator’s license in California. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jonathan P. Veach Mr. Veach, 32, holds an operator’s license in Illinois. Jkt 235001 Notice of Revised NTD Reporting Manual and Response to Comments. ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18699 This notice provides the Federal Transit Administration’s response to comments on proposed changes to the National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting Manual, and provides notice that the final Reporting Manual for the 2014 Report Year is now available. The guidance changes in this notice primarily relate to urbanized area transit providers. DATES: Upon publication of this notice the rules and guidance it describes will become final. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith R. Gates, National Transit Database Program Manager, FTA Office of Budget and Policy, (202) 366–1794, or email: keith.gates@dot.gov SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 49 U.S.C. 5335(a) and (b) National Transit Database. (OMB Number: 2132–0008). Background: Sections 5335(a) and (b) of title 49, United States Code, require the Secretary of Transportation to maintain a reporting system, using a uniform system of accounts, to collect financial and operating information from the Nation’s public transportation systems. Congress established the National Transit Database (NTD) to be the repository of national transit data to support public transportation service planning. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administers the NTD to meet these requirements and has collected data for over 30 years. The NTD is comprised of the Annual, Rural, Monthly, and Safety modules. Each module has a Reporting Manual, which FTA updates from time to time to provide new guidance to reporters. This notice provides final updates to the Annual Reporting Manual for the 2014 Report Year. Approximately 850 urban transit systems currently report to the NTD Annual Module. Each system provides a report on their sources and uses of funds, their capital assets, the amount of service they provide and a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) certification of the data. The reporting requirements for the NTD are within the level that received Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) approval as part of the entire NTD PRA notice published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2011 (76 FR 6881) and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on April 29, 2012. On August 19, 2014, FTA published a Federal Register notice for comment on revisions to the NTD Reporting Manual (79 FR 49146). That notice described various changes to the NTD Annual Module that are taking effect with the FY 2014 NTD Report Year. The SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0383]


Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that 30 individuals have applied for a medical 
exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory 
requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests 
public comments on these requests. The statute and implementing 
regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide 
an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. 
If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory 
requirements and decides to grant these requests after reviewing the 
public comments submitted in response to this notice, the exemptions 
would enable 30 individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 7, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0383 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., 
ET, 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., ET, Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your 
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard 
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting 
comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in 
the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit 
https://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles A. Horan, III, Director, 
Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety, (202) 366-4001, 
fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Room

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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

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has authority to 
grant exemptions from many of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), as amended by 
Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 107, 401). FMCSA has 
published in 49 CFR part 381, subpart C final rules implementing the 
statutory changes in its exemption procedures made by section 4007, 69 
FR 51589 (August 20, 2004).\1\ Under the rules in part 381, subpart C, 
FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal 
Register. The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to 
inspect the information relevant to the application, including any 
safety analyses that have been conducted and any research reports, 
technical papers and other publications referenced in the application. 
The Agency must also provide an opportunity to submit public comment on 
the applications for exemption.
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issued by FMCSA's predecessor in 1998 (63 FR 67600 (Dec. 8, 2008)), 
and adopted by FMCSA in 2001 [66 FR 49867 (Oct. 1, 2001)].
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    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and 
determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level 
of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be 
achieved without the exemption. The decision of the Agency must be 
published in the Federal Register. If the Agency denies the request, it 
must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the 
exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons 
receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from 
which an exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the 
effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms 
and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed.
    The current provisions of the FMCSRs concerning hearing state that 
a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person

    First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at 
not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if 
tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average 
hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 
1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the 
audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard 
(formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5--1951.

    49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). This standard was adopted in 1970, with a 
revision in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard 
while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 
FR 12857 (July 3, 1971).
    FMCSA also issues instructions for completing the medical 
examination report and includes advisory criteria on the report itself 
to provide guidance for medical examiners in applying the hearing 
standard. See 49 CFR 391.43(f). The current advisory criteria for the 
hearing standard include a reference to a report entitled ``Hearing 
Disorders and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers'' prepared for the 
Federal Highway Administration, FMCSA's predecessor, in 1993.\2\
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    \2\ This report is available on the FMCSA Web site at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/research-technology/publications/medreport_archives.htm.
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FMCSA Requests Comments on the Exemption Applications

    FMCSA requests comments from all interested parties on whether a 
driver who cannot meet the hearing standard should be permitted to 
operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Further, the Agency asks for 
comments on whether a driver who cannot meet the hearing standard 
should be limited to operating only certain types of vehicles in 
interstate commerce, for example, vehicles without air brakes. The 
statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that 
the Agency request public comments on all applications for exemptions. 
The Agency is also required to make a determination that an exemption 
would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or 
greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption 
before granting any such requests.

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 number ``FMCSA-2014-0383'' and 
click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue 
``Comment Now!'' button on the right hand side of the page. On the new 
page, enter information required including the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or 
hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ 
by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit 
comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, 
please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your 
comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of 
the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, To submit your comment online, go to https://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
``FMCSA-2014-0383'' and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to the 
proposed rulemaking.

Information on Individual Applicants

Neal Everett Boatman, Jr.

    Mr. Boatman, 37, holds an operator's license in Arizona.

Herbert Dean Crowe

    Mr. Crowe, 50, holds an operator's license in Missouri.

David Keith Cannon

    Mr. Cannon, 47, holds an operator's license in Missouri.

Bryant Cater

    Mr. Cater, 54, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) in 
Tennessee.

Frankye D. Crews

    Ms. Crews, 44, holds an operator's license in Florida.

Justin Craig Cribb

    Mr. Cribb, 36, holds an operator's license in South Carolina.

William Reeder Darnell

    Mr. Darnell, 40, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) 
in Arizona.

Mark Dickson

    Mr. Dickson, 55, holds an operator's license in Texas.

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Kelly Gene Eller

    Mr. Eller, 50, holds an operator's license in North Carolina.

Elliot David Fellows

    Mr. Fellows, 22, holds an operator's license in New York.

David H. Grady

    Mr. Grady, 46, holds a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) in 
Colorado.

Alissa Haselhorst

    Ms. Haselhorst, 27, holds an operator's license in Nebraska.

Nathan John Hill

    Mr. Hill, 31, holds an operator's license in Georgia.

Jason R. Gensler

    Mr. Gensler, 36, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Thomas P. Lipyanic, Jr.

    Mr. Lipyanic, 49, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) 
in Pennsylvania.

Brian L. Lloyd

    Mr. Lloyd, 41, holds an operator's license in Ohio.

Kelsey Rae Maginity

    Ms. Maginity, 23, holds an operator's license in Iowa.

Donald B. Malley

    Mr. Malley, 60, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) 
in Missouri.

Courtney Maloney

    Ms. Maloney, 26, holds an operator's license in New York.

Amy Elizabeth Marcus

    Ms. Marcus, 42, holds an operator's license in Michigan.

Jonython A. Mason

    Mr. Mason, 33, holds an operator's license in California.

Kathy Ann Meadows

    Ms. Meadows, 57, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) 
in Georgia.

Devin Jamal Moffett

    Mr. Moffett, 23, holds an operator's license in Georgia.

Anthony Joseph Saive

    Mr. Saive, 29, holds a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) in 
Ohio.

David W. Shores

    Mr. Shores, 47, holds a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) 
in North Carolina.

Jonathan P. Veach

    Mr. Veach, 32, holds an operator's license in Illinois.

Michael Whitman

    Mr. Whitman, 39, holds an operator's license in New Jersey.

Richard E. Whittaker

    Mr. Whittaker, 44, holds a Chauffeur's license in Indiana.

Brian David Whittington

    Mr. Whittington, 48, holds a Class A commercial driver's license 
(CDL) in Michigan.

Scott Matchett

    Mr. Matchett, 32, holds an operator's license in New York.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)(4), FMCSA 
requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption 
petitions described in this notice. The Agency will consider all 
comments received before the close of business May 7, 2015. Comments 
will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed 
under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file 
comments received after the comment closing date in the public docket, 
and will consider them to the extent practicable. In addition to late 
comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in the public docket, 
relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing 
date. Interested persons should monitor the public docket for new 
material.

    Issued on: April 1, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-07909 Filed 4-6-15; 8:45 am]
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