Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler), 79410-79411 [2015-31959]

Download as PDF 79410 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Notices 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. 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–2015–0339 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: December 9, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–31973 Filed 12–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0032] Commercial Driver’s License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of application for exemption. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North America’s (Daimler) application for an exemption to allow a Daimler employee to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States without having a commercial driver’s license (CDL) issued by one of the States. The driver, Philipp Kehm, will test-drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements for these vehicles in ‘‘real world’’ environments and verify results. He holds a valid German commercial license but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 of the States. FMCSA believes that the process for obtaining a German commercial license is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that this driver will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. This exemption is effective December 21, 2015 and expires December 21, 2017. ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit 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 on-line FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year 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: Mrs. Pearlie Robinson, Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 202–366–4325, Email: MCPSD@dot.gov, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. If you have questions on viewing material in the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Public Participation Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, ‘‘FMCSA–2012 -0032 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Background Since 2012, FMCSA has granted five Daimler drivers similar exemptions [May 25, 2012 (77 FR 31422); July 22, 2014 (79 FR 42626); August 29, 2014 (79 FR 516910); March 27, 2015 (80 FR 16511)]. Each of these drivers held a valid German commercial license but lacked the U.S. residency required to obtain a CDL. FMCSA has concluded that the process for obtaining a German commercial license is comparable to or as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that these drivers will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. III. Legal Basis The Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) has the authority to grant exemptions from any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) issued under chapter 313 or § 31136 of title 49, United States Code, to a person(s) seeking regulatory relief (49 U.S.C. 31136(e), and 31315(b)). Prior to granting an exemption, the Secretary must request public comment and make a determination that the exemption is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be achieved absent such exemption. IV. Daimler Application for Exemption Daimler applied for the same CDL exemption for Philipp Kehm. Notice of the application was published on September 4, 2015 (80 FR 53614). Only one comment was filed, and the commenter neither opposed nor supported the application for exemption for Mr. Kehm. A copy of the Daimler request is in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. The exemption would allow Mr. Kehm to operate CMVs to support Daimler field tests to meet future vehicle safety and environmental requirements and to promote the development of technology and advancements in vehicle safety systems and emissions reductions. He will typically drive for no more than 6 hours per day for up to 10 days, and 10 percent of the test driving will be on two-lane State highways, while 90 percent will be on interstate highways. The driving will consist of no more than 200 miles per day, on a biannual basis. Section 383.21 requires CMV drivers in the United States to have a CDL issued by a State. With a few exceptions, only residents of a State can apply for a CDL. Mr. Kehm is a citizen and resident of Germany. Without the E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Notices exemption, he would not be able to testdrive prototype CMVs on U.S. roads. Mr. Kehm holds a valid German commercial license and is an experienced operator of CMVs. In the application for exemption, Daimler also submitted documentation showing his safe German driving record. V. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety According to Daimler, the requirements for a German-issued commercial license ensure that drivers meet or exceed the same level of safety as if these drivers had obtained a U.S. CDL. Mr. Kehm is familiar with the operation of CMVs worldwide and will be accompanied at all times by a driver who holds a U.S. CDL and is familiar with the routes to be traveled. FMCSA has determined that the process for obtaining a commercial license in Germany is comparable to that for obtaining a CDL issued by one of the States and adequately assesses the driver’s ability to operate CMVs safely in the United States. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VI. FMCSA Decision Based upon the merits of this application, including Mr. Kehm’s extensive driving experience and safety record, and the fact that he has successfully completed the requisite training and testing to obtain a German commercial license, FMCSA concluded that the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance with § 381.305(a). VII. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption FMCSA grants Daimler and Mr. Philipp Kehm an exemption from the CDL requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 to allow Mr. Kehm to drive CMVs in this country without a U.S. State-issued CDL, subject to the following terms and conditions: (1) The driver and carrier must comply with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) (49 CFR parts 350–399); (2) the driver must be in possession of the exemption document and a valid German commercial license; (3) the driver must be employed by and operate the CMV within the scope of his duties for Daimler; (4) at all times while operating a CMV under this exemption, the driver must be accompanied by a holder of a U.S. CDL who is familiar with the routes traveled; (5) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing within 5 business days of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, involving this driver; and (6) Daimler must notify VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 FMCSA in writing if this driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense under § 383.51 or § 391.15 of the FMCSRs. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if (1) Mr. Kehm fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption results in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would be inconsistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136. VIII. Preemption In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate or intrastate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. Issued on: December 10, 2015. T.F. Scott Darling, III, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–31959 Filed 12–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0064] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt 46 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were effective on September 9, 2015. The exemptions expire on September 9, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 113, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79411 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at: http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov and/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. 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. II. Background On August 6, 2015, FMCSA published a notice of receipt of Federal diabetes exemption applications from 46 individuals and requested comments from the public (80 FR 47024). The public comment period closed on September 8, 2015, and no comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the 46 applicants and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3). Diabetes Mellitus and Driving Experience of the Applicants The Agency established the current requirement for diabetes in 1970 because several risk studies indicated that drivers with diabetes had a higher rate of crash involvement than the general population. The diabetes rule provides that ‘‘A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control’’ (49 CFR 391.41(b)(3)). FMCSA established its diabetes exemption program, based on the Agency’s July 2000 study entitled ‘‘A Report to Congress on the Feasibility of a Program to Qualify Individuals with Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus to Operate in Interstate Commerce as Directed by the Transportation Act for the 21st Century.’’ The report concluded E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0032]


Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; 
Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of application for 
exemption.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant Daimler Trucks North 
America's (Daimler) application for an exemption to allow a Daimler 
employee to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States 
without having a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the 
States. The driver, Philipp Kehm, will test-drive Daimler vehicles on 
U.S. roads to better understand product requirements for these vehicles 
in ``real world'' environments and verify results. He holds a valid 
German commercial license but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to 
obtain a CDL issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes that the 
process for obtaining a German commercial license is comparable to or 
as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that this driver 
will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater 
than the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the 
exemption.

DATES: This exemption is effective December 21, 2015 and expires 
December 21, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background 
documents or comments, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit 
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 on-line FDMS is available 
24 hours each day, 365 days each year
    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: Mrs. Pearlie Robinson, Driver and 
Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle 
Safety Standards; Telephone: 202-366-4325, Email: MCPSD@dot.gov, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. If you have questions on viewing 
material in the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-
9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and insert 
the docket number, ``FMCSA-2012 -0032 in the ``Keyword'' box and click 
``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and choose the 
document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, 
you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management 
Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

II. Background

    Since 2012, FMCSA has granted five Daimler drivers similar 
exemptions [May 25, 2012 (77 FR 31422); July 22, 2014 (79 FR 42626); 
August 29, 2014 (79 FR 516910); March 27, 2015 (80 FR 16511)]. Each of 
these drivers held a valid German commercial license but lacked the 
U.S. residency required to obtain a CDL. FMCSA has concluded that the 
process for obtaining a German commercial license is comparable to or 
as effective as the U.S. CDL requirements and ensures that these 
drivers will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater 
than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.

III. Legal Basis

    The Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) has the authority 
to grant exemptions from any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs) issued under chapter 313 or Sec.  31136 of title 
49, United States Code, to a person(s) seeking regulatory relief (49 
U.S.C. 31136(e), and 31315(b)). Prior to granting an exemption, the 
Secretary must request public comment and make a determination that the 
exemption is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, 
or greater than, the level of safety that would be achieved absent such 
exemption.

IV. Daimler Application for Exemption

    Daimler applied for the same CDL exemption for Philipp Kehm. Notice 
of the application was published on September 4, 2015 (80 FR 53614). 
Only one comment was filed, and the commenter neither opposed nor 
supported the application for exemption for Mr. Kehm. A copy of the 
Daimler request is in the docket identified at the beginning of this 
notice. The exemption would allow Mr. Kehm to operate CMVs to support 
Daimler field tests to meet future vehicle safety and environmental 
requirements and to promote the development of technology and 
advancements in vehicle safety systems and emissions reductions. He 
will typically drive for no more than 6 hours per day for up to 10 
days, and 10 percent of the test driving will be on two-lane State 
highways, while 90 percent will be on interstate highways. The driving 
will consist of no more than 200 miles per day, on a biannual basis.
    Section 383.21 requires CMV drivers in the United States to have a 
CDL issued by a State. With a few exceptions, only residents of a State 
can apply for a CDL. Mr. Kehm is a citizen and resident of Germany. 
Without the

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exemption, he would not be able to test-drive prototype CMVs on U.S. 
roads.
    Mr. Kehm holds a valid German commercial license and is an 
experienced operator of CMVs. In the application for exemption, Daimler 
also submitted documentation showing his safe German driving record.

V. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety

    According to Daimler, the requirements for a German-issued 
commercial license ensure that drivers meet or exceed the same level of 
safety as if these drivers had obtained a U.S. CDL. Mr. Kehm is 
familiar with the operation of CMVs worldwide and will be accompanied 
at all times by a driver who holds a U.S. CDL and is familiar with the 
routes to be traveled. FMCSA has determined that the process for 
obtaining a commercial license in Germany is comparable to that for 
obtaining a CDL issued by one of the States and adequately assesses the 
driver's ability to operate CMVs safely in the United States.

VI. FMCSA Decision

    Based upon the merits of this application, including Mr. Kehm's 
extensive driving experience and safety record, and the fact that he 
has successfully completed the requisite training and testing to obtain 
a German commercial license, FMCSA concluded that the exemption would 
likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than 
the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance 
with Sec.  381.305(a).

VII. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    FMCSA grants Daimler and Mr. Philipp Kehm an exemption from the CDL 
requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 to allow Mr. Kehm to drive CMVs in this 
country without a U.S. State-issued CDL, subject to the following terms 
and conditions: (1) The driver and carrier must comply with all other 
applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 
(FMCSRs) (49 CFR parts 350-399); (2) the driver must be in possession 
of the exemption document and a valid German commercial license; (3) 
the driver must be employed by and operate the CMV within the scope of 
his duties for Daimler; (4) at all times while operating a CMV under 
this exemption, the driver must be accompanied by a holder of a U.S. 
CDL who is familiar with the routes traveled; (5) Daimler must notify 
FMCSA in writing within 5 business days of any accident, as defined in 
49 CFR 390.5, involving this driver; and (6) Daimler must notify FMCSA 
in writing if this driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense under 
Sec.  383.51 or Sec.  391.15 of the FMCSRs.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will 
be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption 
will be revoked if (1) Mr. Kehm fails to comply with the terms and 
conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption results in a lower level 
of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) 
continuation of the exemption would be inconsistent with the goals and 
objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136.

VIII. Preemption

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 
381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate or intrastate 
commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption 
with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption.

    Issued on: December 10, 2015.
T.F. Scott Darling, III,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-31959 Filed 12-18-15; 8:45 am]
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