Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 20435-20438 [2016-08058]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 May 9, 2016. 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 91 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 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–2001–11426; FMCSA–2002– 12844; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727; FMCSA–2005–23099; FMCSA–2007– 0071; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2009–0206; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA–2009–0321; FMCSA–2011– 0140; FMCSA–2011–0141; FMCSA– 2011–0325; FMCSA–2011–0365; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA–2013– 0167; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA– 2013–0169; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA–2013–0174 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. 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–2001–11426; FMCSA–2002– 12844; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727; FMCSA–2005–23099; FMCSA–2007– 0071; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2009–0206; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA–2009–0321; FMCSA–2011– 0140; FMCSA–2011–0141; FMCSA– 2011–0325; FMCSA–2011–0365; PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20435 FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA–2013– 0167; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA– 2013–0169; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA–2013–0174 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to the proposed rulemaking. Issued on: March 31, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–08059 Filed 4–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA– 1999–6156; FMCSA–1999–6480; FMCSA– 2001–11426; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA– 2003–16241; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–23099; FMCSA– 2005–23238; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA– 2007–0071; FMCSA–2007–28695; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA– 2009–0086; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2009–0291; FMCSA–2009–0321; FMCSA– 2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0324; FMCSA– 2011–0365; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA– 2011–0378; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA– 2014–0002] 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 87 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. SUMMARY: Each group of renewed exemptions are effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before May 9, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA–1999– 6480; FMCSA–2001–11426; FMCSA– DATES: E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 20436 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices 2003–15892; FMCSA–2003–16241; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA–2005– 22194; FMCSA–2005–23099; FMCSA– 2005–23238; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2007–0071; FMCSA–2007– 28695; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2009–0011; FMCSA–2009–0086; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA–2009– 0291; FMCSA–2009–0321; FMCSA– 2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0324; FMCSA–2011–0365; FMCSA–2011– 0366; FMCSA–2011–0378; FMCSA– 2013–0170; FMCSA–2014–0002], 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). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 87 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 87 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 PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 April and are discussed below. As of April 12, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (68 FR 61857; 68 FR 75715; 71 FR 644; 72 FR 46261; 72 FR 54972; 73 FR 8392; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 54888; 74 FR 19267; 74 FR 28094; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 57553; 74 FR 60021; 75 FR 8184; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 44652; 76 FR 70210; 76 FR 70212; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 7233; 77 FR 7657; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 17119; 77 FR 22059; 77 FR 22061; 78 FR 66099; 78 FR 67455; 79 FR 2248; 79 FR 4805; 79 FR 13085; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 14332; 79 FR 18390): Brian F. Denning (CA) James Esposito, Jr. (PA) Keith J. Haaf (VA) Lowell Johnson (MN) Chet A. Keen (UT) Allen J. Kunze (ND) Craig R. Martin (TX) Daniel I. Miller (PA) Jason E. Mallette (MS) John W. Myre (SD) Ezequiel M. Ramirez (TX) Mark A. Smalls (GA) Greg W. Story (NC) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket Nos. FMCSA–2003–16241; FMCSA–2007– 28695; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2009–0086; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2011– 0324; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA– 2013–0170. Their exemptions are effective as of April 12, 2016 and will expire on April 12, 2018. As of April 14, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (64 FR 40404; 64 FR 54948; 64 FR 66962; 64 FR 68195; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 20251; 66 FR 66969; 67 FR 10475; 67 FR 17102; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 69432; 68 FR 74699; 68 FR 75715; 69 FR 10503; 69 FR 17267; 69 FR 8260; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 4194; 71 FR 5105; 71 FR 6824; 71 FR 6825; 71 E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices FR 6826; 71 FR 13450; 71 FR 16410; 71 FR 19600; 71 FR 19602; 73 FR 8392; 73 FR 11989; 74 FR 60022; 75 FR 1835; 75 FR 4623; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 13653; 77 FR 17107; 79 FR 18391): Bradley T. Alspach (IL) Scott E. Ames (ME) Nick D. Bacon (KY) Mark A. Baisden (OH) Johnny W. Bradford, Sr. (KY) Levi A. Brown (MT) Charlie F. Cook (GA) Curtis J. Crowston (ND) Rupert G. Gilmore III (AL) Albert L. Gschwind (WI) Walter R. Hardiman (WV) Michael W. Jones (IL) Matthew J. Konecki (MT) Jack D. Miller (OH) Eric M. Moats, Sr. (MD) Robert W. Nicks (NY) Joseph S. Nix, IV (MO) Robert V. Sloan (NC) Steven L. Valley (ME) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA–1999– 6156; FMCSA–1999–6480; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2005– 23099; FMCSA–2005–23238; FMCSA– 2006–23773; FMCSA–2009–0321. Their exemptions are effective as of April 14, 2016 and will expire on April 14, 2018. As of April 16, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following individual, Glen A. Schroeder (SD), has satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 10611; 79 FR 22003). The driver was included in the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA– 2014–0002. The exemption is effective as of April 16, 2016 and will expire on April 16, 2018. As of April 17, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 19749; 77 FR 22838; 79 FR 15794): Robert J. Abbas (MN) Paul T. Browning (MT) Kevan J. Larson (ID) Gilbert M. Rosas (AZ) Kim A. Shaffer (PA) Larry W. Slinker (VA) Lonnie J. Supanchick (NV) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2011–0378. Their exemptions are effective as of April 17, 2016 and will expire on April 17, 2018. As of April 18, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 27 individuals VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 10606; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 10608; 79 FR 10609; 79 FR 10610; 79 FR 10611; 79 FR 22003): John M. Alfano (MI) Felipe Bayron (WI) Thomas Benavidez, Jr. (ID) Gary A. Budde (IL) Mark Castleman (MN) Lorimer Christianson (IA) David L. Dykes (FL) Daniel Fedder (IL) Edward A. Flitton (UT) Juan Gallo-Gomez (CT) Andeberhan O. Gidey (WA) Luis Gomez-Banda (NV) Christopher Goodwin (NC) David Knobloch (MI) Gregory L. Kockelman (MN) Mark La Fleur (MD) Jerry P. Lindesmith (OK) Dennis A. Lindner (MN) John Murray (WA) Michael Nichols (GA) Dino J. Pires (CT) Anthony S. Poindexter (MD) Phil N. Schad (MO) Glen A. Schroeder (OR) John B. Theres (IL) Robert S. Waltz (ME) Willard H. Weerts (IL) The drivers were included on the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA– 2014–0002. Their exemptions are effective as of April 18, 2016 and will expire on April 18, 2018. As of April 23, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 10471; 67 FR 19798; 68 FR 61857; 68 FR 74699; 68 FR 75715; 69 FR 19611; 71 FR 6825; 71 FR 6829; 71 FR 19604; 72 FR 46261; 72 FR 54972; 72 FR 71993; 73 FR 15254; 73 FR 16950; 74 FR 57553; 74 FR 65842; 75 FR 1835; 75 FR 9478; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 20881; 77 FR 7657; 77 FR 10604; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 17115; 77 FR 22059): Lyle H. Banser (WI) Cary Carn (NJ) Charley J. Davis (OK) Derek T. Ford (MD) Thomas R. Hedden (IL) Earl R. Mark (IL) Richard K. Mell (VA) Douglas A. Mendoza (MD) Russell L. Moyers, Sr. (WV) Danny Rolfe (ME) Donald Schaeffer (MO) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2001–11426; FMCSA–2003– 16241; FMCSA–2003–16564; FMCSA– 2007–0071; FMCSA–2007–28695; PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20437 FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA–2009– 0321; FMCSA–2011–0324. Their exemptions are effective as of April 23, 2016 and will expire on April 23, 2018. As of April 27, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (75 FR 9480; 75 FR 22176; 77 FR 3552; 77 FR 13691; 77 FR 17108; 79 FR 17642; 79 FR 17643): Chad L. Burnham (ME) Loren D. Chapman (MN) David A. Christenson (NV) John T. Edmondson (AL) Paul K. Leger (NH) Martin L. Reyes (IL) Gerald L. Rush, Jr. (NJ) Alan T. Watterson (MA) Larry W. Winkler (MO) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA–2011– 0365. Their exemptions are effective as of April 27, 2016 and will expire on April 27, 2018. Each of the 87 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 May 9, 2016. 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 E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 20438 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 67 / Thursday, April 7, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 87 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–1999–6480; FMCSA–2001– 11426; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA– 2003–5748; FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA–1999–16241; FMCSA–2003– 16564; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA– 2005–23099; FMCSA–2005–23238; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2007– 0071; FMCSA–2007–28695; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA–2009–0086; FMCSA–2009– 0154; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA– 2009–0321; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0324; FMCSA–2011– 0365; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA– 2011–0378; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA–2014–0002 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Apr 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. 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, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA–1999– 6156; FMCSA–1999–6480; FMCSA– 2001–11426; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA–2003–16241; FMCSA–2003– 16564; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA– 2005–23099; FMCSA–2005–23238; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2007– 0071; FMCSA–2007–28695; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA–2009–0086; FMCSA–2009– 0154; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA– 2009–0321; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0324; FMCSA–2011– 0365; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA– 2011–0378; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA–2014–0002 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice. Issued on: March 31, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–08058 Filed 4–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2016–0033] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel FISH MASTER; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 9, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2016–0033. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bianca Carr, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–9309, Email Bianca.carr@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel FISH MASTER is: Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: Recreation Coastwise/Sport Fishing Geographic Region: ‘‘Florida.’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2016–0033 at http://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388. Privacy Act Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 67 (Thursday, April 7, 2016)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-08058]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-
2001-11426; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2003-16564; 
FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2005-23238; FMCSA-2006-23773; 
FMCSA-2007-0071; FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0011; 
FMCSA-2009-0086; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2009-0321; 
FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0324; FMCSA-2011-0365; FMCSA-2011-0366; 
FMCSA-2011-0378; FMCSA-2013-0170; FMCSA-2014-0002]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the 
vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 
87 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 
May 9, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Numbers: Docket No. [Docket No. FMCSA-1999-
5748; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-

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2003-15892; FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22194; 
FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2005-23238; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2007-0071; 
FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0086; 
FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2011-0299; 
FMCSA-2011-0324; FMCSA-2011-0365; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0378; 
FMCSA-2013-0170; FMCSA-2014-0002], 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: Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical 
Programs Division, Medical Programs Division, 202-366-4001, 
fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office 
hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 87 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 87 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 April 
and are discussed below.
    As of April 12, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (68 FR 
61857; 68 FR 75715; 71 FR 644; 72 FR 46261; 72 FR 54972; 73 FR 8392; 73 
FR 46973; 73 FR 54888; 74 FR 19267; 74 FR 28094; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 
57553; 74 FR 60021; 75 FR 8184; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 44652; 76 FR 70210; 
76 FR 70212; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 7233; 77 FR 
7657; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 17119; 77 FR 22059; 77 FR 22061; 78 FR 66099; 
78 FR 67455; 79 FR 2248; 79 FR 4805; 79 FR 13085; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 
14332; 79 FR 18390):

Brian F. Denning (CA)
James Esposito, Jr. (PA)
Keith J. Haaf (VA)
Lowell Johnson (MN)
Chet A. Keen (UT)
Allen J. Kunze (ND)
Craig R. Martin (TX)
Daniel I. Miller (PA)
Jason E. Mallette (MS)
John W. Myre (SD)
Ezequiel M. Ramirez (TX)
Mark A. Smalls (GA)
Greg W. Story (NC)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
Nos. FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-
0086; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0324; FMCSA-2011-
0366; FMCSA-2013-0170. Their exemptions are effective as of April 12, 
2016 and will expire on April 12, 2018.
    As of April 14, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (64 FR 
40404; 64 FR 54948; 64 FR 66962; 64 FR 68195; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 20251; 
66 FR 66969; 67 FR 10475; 67 FR 17102; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 69432; 68 FR 
74699; 68 FR 75715; 69 FR 10503; 69 FR 17267; 69 FR 8260; 70 FR 57353; 
70 FR 72689; 71 FR 4194; 71 FR 5105; 71 FR 6824; 71 FR 6825; 71

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FR 6826; 71 FR 13450; 71 FR 16410; 71 FR 19600; 71 FR 19602; 73 FR 
8392; 73 FR 11989; 74 FR 60022; 75 FR 1835; 75 FR 4623; 75 FR 9482; 75 
FR 13653; 77 FR 17107; 79 FR 18391):

Bradley T. Alspach (IL)
Scott E. Ames (ME)
Nick D. Bacon (KY)
Mark A. Baisden (OH)
Johnny W. Bradford, Sr. (KY)
Levi A. Brown (MT)
Charlie F. Cook (GA)
Curtis J. Crowston (ND)
Rupert G. Gilmore III (AL)
Albert L. Gschwind (WI)
Walter R. Hardiman (WV)
Michael W. Jones (IL)
Matthew J. Konecki (MT)
Jack D. Miller (OH)
Eric M. Moats, Sr. (MD)
Robert W. Nicks (NY)
Joseph S. Nix, IV (MO)
Robert V. Sloan (NC)
Steven L. Valley (ME)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2003-
15892; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-
2005-23238; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2009-0321. Their exemptions are 
effective as of April 14, 2016 and will expire on April 14, 2018.
    As of April 16, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following individual, Glen A. Schroeder (SD), has satisfied 
the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision 
requirements (79 FR 10611; 79 FR 22003).
    The driver was included in the following docket: Docket No. FMCSA-
2014-0002. The exemption is effective as of April 16, 2016 and will 
expire on April 16, 2018.
    As of April 17, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 
19749; 77 FR 22838; 79 FR 15794):

Robert J. Abbas (MN)
Paul T. Browning (MT)
Kevan J. Larson (ID)
Gilbert M. Rosas (AZ)
Kim A. Shaffer (PA)
Larry W. Slinker (VA)
Lonnie J. Supanchick (NV)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2011-0378. Their exemptions are effective as of April 17, 
2016 and will expire on April 17, 2018.
    As of April 18, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 27 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 
10606; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 10608; 79 FR 10609; 79 FR 10610; 79 FR 10611; 
79 FR 22003):
John M. Alfano (MI)
Felipe Bayron (WI)
Thomas Benavidez, Jr. (ID)
Gary A. Budde (IL)
Mark Castleman (MN)
Lorimer Christianson (IA)
David L. Dykes (FL)
Daniel Fedder (IL)
Edward A. Flitton (UT)
Juan Gallo-Gomez (CT)
Andeberhan O. Gidey (WA)
Luis Gomez-Banda (NV)
Christopher Goodwin (NC)
David Knobloch (MI)
Gregory L. Kockelman (MN)
Mark La Fleur (MD)
Jerry P. Lindesmith (OK)
Dennis A. Lindner (MN)
John Murray (WA)
Michael Nichols (GA)
Dino J. Pires (CT)
Anthony S. Poindexter (MD)
Phil N. Schad (MO)
Glen A. Schroeder (OR)
John B. Theres (IL)
Robert S. Waltz (ME)
Willard H. Weerts (IL)

    The drivers were included on the following docket: Docket No. 
FMCSA-2014-0002. Their exemptions are effective as of April 18, 2016 
and will expire on April 18, 2018.
    As of April 23, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (67 FR 
10471; 67 FR 19798; 68 FR 61857; 68 FR 74699; 68 FR 75715; 69 FR 19611; 
71 FR 6825; 71 FR 6829; 71 FR 19604; 72 FR 46261; 72 FR 54972; 72 FR 
71993; 73 FR 15254; 73 FR 16950; 74 FR 57553; 74 FR 65842; 75 FR 1835; 
75 FR 9478; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 20881; 77 FR 7657; 77 FR 10604; 77 FR 
13689; 77 FR 17115; 77 FR 22059):

Lyle H. Banser (WI)
Cary Carn (NJ)
Charley J. Davis (OK)
Derek T. Ford (MD)
Thomas R. Hedden (IL)
Earl R. Mark (IL)
Richard K. Mell (VA)
Douglas A. Mendoza (MD)
Russell L. Moyers, Sr. (WV)
Danny Rolfe (ME)
Donald Schaeffer (MO)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2007-
0071; FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2011-
0324. Their exemptions are effective as of April 23, 2016 and will 
expire on April 23, 2018.
    As of April 27, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the conditions for 
obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (75 FR 9480; 
75 FR 22176; 77 FR 3552; 77 FR 13691; 77 FR 17108; 79 FR 17642; 79 FR 
17643):

Chad L. Burnham (ME)
Loren D. Chapman (MN)
David A. Christenson (NV)
John T. Edmondson (AL)
Paul K. Leger (NH)
Martin L. Reyes (IL)
Gerald L. Rush, Jr. (NJ)
Alan T. Watterson (MA)
Larry W. Winkler (MO)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2011-0365. Their exemptions are effective as 
of April 27, 2016 and will expire on April 27, 2018.
    Each of the 87 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 May 9, 2016.
    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

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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 87 
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-1999-6480; FMCSA-
2001-11426; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2003-5748; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-
1999-16241; FMCSA-2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-23099; 
FMCSA-2005-23238; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2007-0071; FMCSA-2007-28695; 
FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0086; FMCSA-2009-0154; 
FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2009-0321; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0324; 
FMCSA-2011-0365; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0378; FMCSA-2013-0170; 
FMCSA-2014-0002 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. 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, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert 
the docket number FMCSA-1999-5748; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-1999-6480; 
FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2003-15892; FMCSA-2003-16241; FMCSA-2003-16564; 
FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2005-23099; FMCSA-2005-23238; FMCSA-2006-23773; 
FMCSA-2007-0071; FMCSA-2007-28695; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0011; 
FMCSA-2009-0086; FMCSA-2009-0154; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2009-0321; 
FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0324; FMCSA-2011-0365; FMCSA-2011-0366; 
FMCSA-2011-0378; FMCSA-2013-0170; FMCSA-2014-0002 and click ``Search.'' 
Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' and you will find all documents and 
comments related to this notice.

    Issued on: March 31, 2016.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-08058 Filed 4-6-16; 8:45 am]
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