Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 63869-63871 [2015-26699]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Notices required of all exemptions granted under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e). Section 4129(d) also directed FMCSA to ensure that drivers of CMVs with ITDM are not held to a higher standard than other drivers, with the exception of limited operating, monitoring and medical requirements that are deemed medically necessary. The FMCSA concluded that all of the operating, monitoring and medical requirements set out in the September 3, 2003 notice, except as modified, were in compliance with section 4129(d). Therefore, all of the requirements set out in the September 3, 2003 notice, except as modified by the notice in the Federal Register on November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67777), remain in effect. IV. 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 http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2015–0068 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES V. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–2015–0068 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:39 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: October 8, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–26700 Filed 10–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA– 1999–5748; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA– 2004–17984; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA– 2005–21711; FMCSA–2006–26653; FMCSA– 2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2007–29019; FMCSA–2009–0121; FMCSA– 2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0206; FMCSA– 2011–0057; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA– 2011–0189; FMCSA–2013–0028; FMCSA– 2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA– 2013–0165; FMCSA–2013–0166] 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 64 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: Each group of renewed exemptions are effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before November 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA–2002– 12844; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2005– 21711; FMCSA–2006–26653; FMCSA– 2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2007–29019; FMCSA–2009– 0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2009–0206; FMCSA–2011–0057; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2011– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63869 0189; FMCSA–2013–0028; FMCSA– 2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA–2013–0165; FMCSA–2013– 0166], using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 63870 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Notices Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 64 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 64 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each individual is identified according to the renewal date. 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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:39 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 for additional two year periods. The following group(s) of drivers will receive renewed exemptions effective in the month of November and are discussed below. As of November 6, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 31 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (68 FR 37197; 68 FR 48989; 70 FR 17504; 70 FR 30997; 70 FR 42615; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61493; 72 FR 8417; 72 FR 21313; 72 FR 32703; 72 FR 36099; 72 FR 39879; 72 FR 40360; 72 FR 40362; 72 FR 52419; 72 FR 54971; 74 FR 26461; 74 FR 26464; 74 FR 34394; 74 FR 34630; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 41971; 74 FR 43217; 74 FR 48343; 74 FR 49069; 74 FR 57551; 76 FR 18824; 76 FR 29024; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 37168; 76 FR 37173; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 54530; 76 FR 55463; 76 FR 55465; 76 FR 62143; 76 FR 66123; 76 FR 67246; 78 FR 27281; 78 FR 34143; 78 FR 41188; 78 FR 41975; 78 FR 47818; 78 FR 52602; 78 FR 56986; 78 FR 57679; 78 FR 63307; 78 FR 77782; 78 FR 78477; 79 FR 24298; 79 FR 53708): Martin R. Anaya (NM) Kevan M. Burke (PA) Thomas F. Caithamer (IL) Juan Carranco (TX) Westcott Clarke (MA) James J. Doan (PA) Kenneth J. Fisk (MI) James E. Fix (SC) James E. Goodman (AL) James P. Greene (NY) Bradley O. Hart (UT) Randy L. Huelster (OK) Jesus J. Huerta (NV) Roger D. Kloss (IL) Michael A. Lawson (KY) Steven R. Lechtenberg (NE) Joseph L. Mast (OR) David Matos (NY) Jesse R. McClary, Sr. (MO) Roy L. Morgan (IL) Earl R. Neugerbauer (CO) Steven D. O’Donnell (NJ) Robert M. Pickett II (MI) Gerald J. Shamla (MN) Steven C. Sheeder (IA) Halman Smith (DE) Jerry W. Stanfill (AR) Brian C. Tate (OH) Scott C. Teich (MN) Bruce E. Thulin (NE) Virgil E. Walker (TX) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket Nos. FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA–2005– 20560; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA– 2006–26653; FMCSA–2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2009– 0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2009–0206; FMCSA–2011–0057; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2011– PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0189; FMCSA–2013–0028; FMCSA– 2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA–2013–0165. Their exemptions are effective as of November 6, 2015 and will expire on November 6, 2017. As of November 25, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following individual, Dennis E. White (PA), has satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395): The driver is included in the following docket: Docket Nos. FMCSA– 2013–0166. Their exemption is effective as of November 25, 2015 and will expire on November 25, 2017. As of November 26, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following individual, Albert M. Divella (NV), has satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395). The driver is included in the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA– 2013–0166. Their exemption is effective as of November 26, 2015 and will expire on November 26, 2017. As of November 28, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 17 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (69 FR 33997; 69 FR 61292; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61493; 71 FR 55820; 72 FR 39879; 72 FR 52421; 72 FR 54971; 72 FR 58362; 72 FR 67344; 73 FR 65009; 74 FR 41971; 74 FR 49069; 74 FR 57553; 76 FR 4413; 76 FR 62143; 76 FR 70212): Robert W. Bequeaith (IA) Lloyd K. Brown (WY) Kecia D. Clark-Welch (NC) Charles A. DeKnikker, Sr. (NV) Clarence N. Florey, Jr. (PA) Loren H. Geiken (SD) John N. Guilford (AL) John E. Halcomb (GA) Michael A. Hershberger (OH) Patrick J. Hogan, Jr. (DE) Raul Martinez (FL) Robert A. Miller (KY) Amilton T. Monteiro (MA) David G. Oakley (SC) John S. Olsen (PA) Thomas J. Prusik (NJ) Brent L. Seaux (LA) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA–2005– 21711; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2007–29019. Their exemptions are effective as of November 28, 2015 and will expire on November 28, 2017. As of November 30, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 14 individuals E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 203 / Wednesday, October 21, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (64 FR 27027; 64 FR 40404; 64 FR 51568; 64 FR 66962; 66 FR 63289; 67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 64944; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 61493; 70 FR 67776; 72 FR 64273; 74 FR 62632; 76 FR 70215; 78 FR 64280): Thomas E. Adams (IN) Terry J. Aldridge (MS) Lennie D. Baker, Jr. (NC) Jerry D. Bridges (TX) William J. Corder (NC) Gary R. Gutschow (WI) James J. Hewitt (WI) Rodney M. Mimbs (GA) Walter F. Moniowczak (MI) James R. Murphy (NY) Chris A. Ritenour (MI) Ronald L. Roy (IL) Thomas E. Walsh (CA) Kevin P. Weinhold (MA) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–1999– 5748; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21711. Their exemptions are effective as of November 30, 2015 and will expire on November 30, 2017. Each of the 64 applicants listed in the groups above 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. Request for Comments FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver’s safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by November 20, 2015. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:39 Oct 20, 2015 Jkt 238001 exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 64 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications. Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. Submitting Comments You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–1999– 5748; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA–2005– 20560; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA– 2006–26653; FMCSA–2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2007– 29019; FMCSA–2009–0121; FMCSA– 2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0206; FMCSA–2011–0057; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2011–0189; FMCSA– 2013–0028; FMCSA–2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA–2013– 0165; FMCSA–2013–0166 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63871 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 http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–1999– 5748; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2003–15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA–2005– 20560; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA– 2006–26653; FMCSA–2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2007– 29019; FMCSA–2009–0121; FMCSA– 2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0206; FMCSA–2011–0057; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2011–0189; FMCSA– 2013–0028; FMCSA–2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA–2013– 0165; FMCSA–2013–0166 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: October 8, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–26699 Filed 10–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35965] Indiana Southern Railroad, LLC— Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption—Norfolk Southern Railway Company Pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement dated June 29, 2015, Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) has agreed to grant overhead temporary trackage rights to Indiana Southern Railroad, LLC (ISRR), over NSR’s line of E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 203 (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63869-63871]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-26699]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-
2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; 
FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2006-26653; FMCSA-2007-27515; FMCSA-2007-27897; 
FMCSA-2007-29019; FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0206; 
FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0189; FMCSA-2013-0028; 
FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the 
vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 
64 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: Each group of renewed exemptions are effective from the dates 
stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before 
November 20, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-1999-
5578; FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-
15892; FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-
2006-26653; FMCSA-2007-27515; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2007-29019; 
FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0206; FMCSA-2011-0057; 
FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0189; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; 
FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166], using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments 
received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act 
heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want 
acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement 
page that appears after submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 
17, 2008 (73 FR 3316).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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.

[[Page 63870]]

Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption 
from the 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.

Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses 64 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 64 applications for renewal on their merits and decided 
to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each 
individual is identified according to the renewal date.
    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.

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. The following group(s) of 
drivers will receive renewed exemptions effective in the month of 
November and are discussed below.
    As of November 6, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 31 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (68 FR 
37197; 68 FR 48989; 70 FR 17504; 70 FR 30997; 70 FR 42615; 70 FR 48797; 
70 FR 61493; 72 FR 8417; 72 FR 21313; 72 FR 32703; 72 FR 36099; 72 FR 
39879; 72 FR 40360; 72 FR 40362; 72 FR 52419; 72 FR 54971; 74 FR 26461; 
74 FR 26464; 74 FR 34394; 74 FR 34630; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 41971; 74 FR 
43217; 74 FR 48343; 74 FR 49069; 74 FR 57551; 76 FR 18824; 76 FR 29024; 
76 FR 34136; 76 FR 37168; 76 FR 37173; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 54530; 76 FR 
55463; 76 FR 55465; 76 FR 62143; 76 FR 66123; 76 FR 67246; 78 FR 27281; 
78 FR 34143; 78 FR 41188; 78 FR 41975; 78 FR 47818; 78 FR 52602; 78 FR 
56986; 78 FR 57679; 78 FR 63307; 78 FR 77782; 78 FR 78477; 79 FR 24298; 
79 FR 53708):

Martin R. Anaya (NM)
Kevan M. Burke (PA)
Thomas F. Caithamer (IL)
Juan Carranco (TX)
Westcott Clarke (MA)
James J. Doan (PA)
Kenneth J. Fisk (MI)
James E. Fix (SC)
James E. Goodman (AL)
James P. Greene (NY)
Bradley O. Hart (UT)
Randy L. Huelster (OK)
Jesus J. Huerta (NV)
Roger D. Kloss (IL)
Michael A. Lawson (KY)
Steven R. Lechtenberg (NE)
Joseph L. Mast (OR)
David Matos (NY)
Jesse R. McClary, Sr. (MO)
Roy L. Morgan (IL)
Earl R. Neugerbauer (CO)
Steven D. O'Donnell (NJ)
Robert M. Pickett II (MI)
Gerald J. Shamla (MN)
Steven C. Sheeder (IA)
Halman Smith (DE)
Jerry W. Stanfill (AR)
Brian C. Tate (OH)
Scott C. Teich (MN)
Bruce E. Thulin (NE)
Virgil E. Walker (TX)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
Nos. FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2006-
26653; FMCSA-2007-27515; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2009-
0154; FMCSA-2009-0206; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-
0189; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-
0165. Their exemptions are effective as of November 6, 2015 and will 
expire on November 6, 2017.
    As of November 25, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following individual, Dennis E. White (PA), has 
satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the 
vision requirements (78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395):
    The driver is included in the following docket: Docket Nos. FMCSA-
2013-0166. Their exemption is effective as of November 25, 2015 and 
will expire on November 25, 2017.
    As of November 26, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following individual, Albert M. Divella (NV), has 
satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the 
vision requirements (78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395).
    The driver is included in the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA-
2013-0166. Their exemption is effective as of November 26, 2015 and 
will expire on November 26, 2017.
    As of November 28, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 17 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (69 FR 
33997; 69 FR 61292; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61493; 71 FR 55820; 72 FR 39879; 
72 FR 52421; 72 FR 54971; 72 FR 58362; 72 FR 67344; 73 FR 65009; 74 FR 
41971; 74 FR 49069; 74 FR 57553; 76 FR 4413; 76 FR 62143; 76 FR 70212):

Robert W. Bequeaith (IA)
Lloyd K. Brown (WY)
Kecia D. Clark-Welch (NC)
Charles A. DeKnikker, Sr. (NV)
Clarence N. Florey, Jr. (PA)
Loren H. Geiken (SD)
John N. Guilford (AL)
John E. Halcomb (GA)
Michael A. Hershberger (OH)
Patrick J. Hogan, Jr. (DE)
Raul Martinez (FL)
Robert A. Miller (KY)
Amilton T. Monteiro (MA)
David G. Oakley (SC)
John S. Olsen (PA)
Thomas J. Prusik (NJ)
Brent L. Seaux (LA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2007-
29019. Their exemptions are effective as of November 28, 2015 and will 
expire on November 28, 2017.
    As of November 30, 2015, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 14 individuals

[[Page 63871]]

have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from 
the vision requirements (64 FR 27027; 64 FR 40404; 64 FR 51568; 64 FR 
66962; 66 FR 63289; 67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 
68 FR 64944; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 61493; 70 FR 67776; 72 FR 
64273; 74 FR 62632; 76 FR 70215; 78 FR 64280):

Thomas E. Adams (IN)
Terry J. Aldridge (MS)
Lennie D. Baker, Jr. (NC)
Jerry D. Bridges (TX)
William J. Corder (NC)
Gary R. Gutschow (WI)
James J. Hewitt (WI)
Rodney M. Mimbs (GA)
Walter F. Moniowczak (MI)
James R. Murphy (NY)
Chris A. Ritenour (MI)
Ronald L. Roy (IL)
Thomas E. Walsh (CA)
Kevin P. Weinhold (MA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-
15892; FMCSA-2005-21711. Their exemptions are effective as of November 
30, 2015 and will expire on November 30, 2017.
    Each of the 64 applicants listed in the groups above 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.

Request for Comments

    FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a 
particular driver's safety record and determine if the continuation of 
the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with 
specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit 
comments by November 20, 2015.
    FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption 
under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially 
granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, 
subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated 
above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition 
announcing its decision to exempt these 64 individuals from the vision 
requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an 
exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each 
case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received 
to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in 
detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each 
applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That 
information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register 
publications.
    Interested parties or organizations possessing information that 
would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not 
currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately 
notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted 
and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption 
would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the 
exemption of a driver.

Submitting Comments

    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA 
recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-
1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-15268; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-
2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2005-21711; FMCSA-2006-26653; 
FMCSA-2007-27515; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2007-29019; FMCSA-2009-0121; 
FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0206; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2011-0124; 
FMCSA-2011-0189; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0030; 
FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166 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 http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
FMCSA-1999-5578; FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2003-15268; 
FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2005-21711; 
FMCSA-2006-26653; FMCSA-2007-27515; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2007-29019; 
FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0206; FMCSA-2011-0057; 
FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0189; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; 
FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166 and click ``Search.'' 
Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' and you will find all documents and 
comments related to the proposed rulemaking.

    Issued on: October 8, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-26699 Filed 10-20-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P