Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 39320-39324 [2016-14242]

Download as PDF 39320 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2016 / Notices Issued on: June 10, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–14240 Filed 6–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0028] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 37 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 18, 2016. All comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued the day after the comment period closes. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2016–0028 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: 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 numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jun 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below for further information. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to 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 FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-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.’’ FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 37 individuals listed in this notice have each requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dennis J. Ameling Mr. Ameling, 54, has had a dense corneal scar in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘My opinion is that his vision is more than capable to drive a commercial vehicle out of state.’’ Mr. Ameling reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 1.44 million miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, accumulating 2.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 miles per hour (mph). Daniel A. Bahm Mr. Bahm, 50, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is count fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘According to our exam and his previous visual field test Mr. Bahm has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Bahm reported that he has driven straight trucks for 33 years, accumulating 16,500 miles and tractortrailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 2.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John P. Brooks SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 II. Qualifications of Applicants Mr. Brooks, 48, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he does have the vision required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Brooks reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 240,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 144,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes but two convictions in a CMV. In the first incidence, he exceeded the speed limit by 12 mph and in the second incidence; according to the citation, he ‘‘disregarded an official traffic control device.’’ E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2016 / Notices Joshua L. Cecotti Mr. Cecotti, 33, has had vision loss in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is also the opinion of both Dr. Raymond A. Powell and me [sic] that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Cecotti reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 360,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 285,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violation in a CMV. Derrick L. Cowan Mr. Cowan, 38, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Based on my findings I believe Mr. Cowan should have no visual problem operating a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Cowan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 176,400 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years show no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Ryan E. Cox Mr. Cox, 40, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated ‘‘Ryan has a good driving record, so in my opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Cox reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 100,000 miles and tractortrailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Ronald A. Donsbach Mr. Donsbach, 52, has had a cataract in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is in my opinion that Ronald has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required for him to operate his commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Donsbach VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jun 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 152,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Montana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Kenneth W. Erickson Mr. Erickson, 78, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Kenneth definitely has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Erickson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 62 years, accumulating 930,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 34 years, accumulating 1.97 million miles, and buses for 8 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Anthony A. Gusa Mr. Gusa, 59, has a corneal scar in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1969. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Anthony has fine binocular vision and is totally capable of operating a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Gusa reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 90,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 585,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Pedro Guzman Mr. Guzman, 39, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Pedro has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Guzman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 30,720 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Bradley C. Helsel Mr. Helsel, 59, has had phthisis bulbi in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39321 Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, the patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Helsel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 450,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, accumulating 840,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Titus E. Hostetler Mr. Hostetler, 47, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In My Medical Opinion [sic], Mr. Hostetler has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hostetler reported that he has driven straight trucks for 29 years, accumulating 290,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 29 years, accumulating 290,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Darrell E. Hunter Mr. Hunter, 50, has a retinal detachment in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I do believe that he has vision sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hunter reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Charles R. Johnson Mr. Johnson, 54, has had central serous chorioretinopathy in his left eye since 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye 20/ 200. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, this patient continues to have sufficient vision to perform his job, which requires operating a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 27 years, accumulating 54,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 54,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 39322 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2016 / Notices examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘He is completely capable of driving commercially with his good eye which is 20/20 uncorrected.’’ Mr. Lake reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 1.08 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 36 years, accumulating 3.6 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. stated, ‘‘It is my opinion that given, James longstanding nature of the ptosis of his right eyelid and his ability to compensate for this loss over the past 25 years, he possesses sufficient visual ability to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Matthey reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 720,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jayme M. Leonard Mr. Leonard, 54, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1976. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Since Jayme has been living with this vision damage for over 40 years and everything is stable, it is my opinion that he should continue to have a CDL driving [sic] license and is safe to be driving a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Leonard reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 37,440 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Vermont. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Brian D. McClanahan Keith Kebschull Mr. Kebschull, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘With these findings and his excellent 27 year commercial driving record in my medical opinion Mr. Kebschull has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Kebschull reported that he has driven straight trucks for 27 years, accumulating 444,150 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Christopher E. Madsen Mr. Madsen, 35, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Due to the congenital nature of Chris’s visual problems, he has learned to perform all activities of daily life and work with just the use of his right eye. He performs as well with his one eye as most of us do with two. If anything, it is his color vision deficiency which presents the greatest obstacle and I cannot change that. I feel this should be the only thing taken into consideration with whether [sic] or not he is issued a commercial driver’s license.’’ Mr. Madsen reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 11 years accumulating 999,999 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Mr. Mitchell, 54, has had macular telangiectasia in his left eye since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion Mr. Mitchell has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Mitchell reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 450,000 miles. He holds a chauffer’s license from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jeffrey N. Lake Mr. Lake, 54, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1974. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an James K. Matthey Mr. Matthey, 59, has had ptosis in his right eye since 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist driving record the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Kenneth B. Julian Mr. Julian, 55, has had a prosthetic left eye since 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion Kenneth Julian has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Julian reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 1.03 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Walter J. Jurczak Mr. Jurczak, 50, has had a prosthetic left eye since 2000. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘The level of vision he is achieving in his right eye is satisfactory to safely operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jurczak reported that he has driven straight trucks for 28 years, accumulating 140,000 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 28 years, accumulating 56,000 miles, and buses for 28 years, accumulating 28,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jun 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mr. McClanahan, 45, has had strabismic amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Patient has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. McClanahan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 216,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 129,600 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Mark Mitchell Joel E. Nundahl Mr. Nundahl, 62, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion Mr. Joel Nundahl is safe to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Nundahl reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 39 years, accumulating 4.29 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2016 / Notices Kent A. Perry Mr. Perry, 56, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I believe that Mr. Perry now has sufficient vision following his cataract surgery to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Perry reported that he has driven straight trucks for 31 years, accumulating 310,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Wyoming. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Richard C. Powers Mr. Powers, 36, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/80. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘From a visual standpoint, he is sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Powers reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 160,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he was speeding 11–15 mph over the speed limit. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Mario A. Quezada Mr. Quezada, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that Mr. Quezada has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Quezada reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 1.89 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he made an improper left turn from the wrong lane at an intersection. Guadalupe Reyes Mr. Reyes, 47, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/80. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Mr. Reyes has demonstrated his ability to differentiate colors as seen on traffic signals, and it is of my opinion that Mr. Reyes has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Reyes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 years, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jun 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. J.B. Rodriguez Mata Mr. Rodriguez Mata, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, patient J. Bernardo Rodriguez . . . has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Rodriguez Mata reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Joseph Sais Mr. Sais, 38, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I examined Mr. Joseph Saiz (DOB: 05/03/1977) on 11/ 11/2015 and found his visual finding in the right eye to meet or surpass the criteria to drive a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Sais reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 3,500 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 3,500 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John M. Sexton Mr. Sexton, 50, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Although OS has decreased acuity from a lifelong [sic] condition of refractive amblyopia, I feel that John has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle as he has fully adapted to the condition.’’ Mr. Sexton reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years accumulating 25,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 31 years, accumulating 3.2 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39323 Blaine R. Sherfinski Mr. Sherfinski, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/600, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my opinion that Mr. Sherfinski has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required for operating a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Sherfinski reported that he has driven buses for 3 years, accumulating 45,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Chad M. Smith Mr. Smith, 34, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion . . . Chad has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Smith reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 24,500 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 3,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Corey L. Spring Mr. Spring, 43, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Corey Spring . . . has good enough vision to operate a commercial vehicle & [sic] meets the VF’s criteria of at least 120 * [sic] in each eye.’’ Mr. Spring reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, accumulating 3.15 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Leslie D. Wallace Mr. Wallace, 50, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He doesn’t have any problem with his color vision and he doesn’t have any physical limitations or medical conditions . . . I see no reason to believe the he would have problem with commercial vehicles.’’ Mr. Wallace E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 39324 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 116 / Thursday, June 16, 2016 / Notices reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 600,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. James C. Wechsler Mr. Wechsler, 45, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my opinion that James’s [sic] vision and visual deficiency is stable and he has more than sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wechsler reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 390,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years, accumulating 2.21 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Danny A. Wright Danny A. Wright, 39, has optic nerve damage in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In summation, it is my professional opinion that Danny should have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate his commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wright reported that he has driven straight trucks for 17 years, accumulating 20,800 miles. He holds a chauffeur’s license from Indiana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number FMCSA–2016–0028 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. 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If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: June 10, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. [FR Doc. 2016–14242 Filed 6–15–16; 8:45 am] Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Jun 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0339] 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 56 individuals from its rule SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 January 21, 2016. The exemptions expire on January 21, 2018. 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. 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 December 21, 2015, FMCSA published a notice of receipt of Federal diabetes exemption applications from 56 individuals and requested comments from the public (80 FR 79402). The public comment period closed on January 20, 2016. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of the 56 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). III. Diabetes Mellitus and Driving Experience of the Applicants The Agency established the current requirement for diabetes in 1970 because several risk studies indicated E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0028]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 37 individuals 
for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in 
one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these 
individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate 
commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. 
If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as 
drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 18, 2016. All 
comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued 
the day after the comment period closes.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0028 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: 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 numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below 
for further information.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to 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 FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your 
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard 
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting 
comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions 
regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket 
Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-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.'' FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 
2-year period. The 37 individuals listed in this notice have each 
requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. 
Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

Dennis J. Ameling

    Mr. Ameling, 54, has had a dense corneal scar in his right eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light 
perception, and his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, 
his optometrist stated, ``My opinion is that his vision is more than 
capable to drive a commercial vehicle out of state.'' Mr. Ameling 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 
1.44 million miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, 
accumulating 2.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction 
for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 
miles per hour (mph).

Daniel A. Bahm

    Mr. Bahm, 50, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is count fingers, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``According to our exam and his previous visual field test Mr. 
Bahm has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Bahm reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 33 years, accumulating 16,500 miles and tractor-
trailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 2.1 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

John P. Brooks

    Mr. Brooks, 48, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to 
a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ``In my opinion, he 
does have the vision required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Brooks reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, 
accumulating 240,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 18 
years, accumulating 144,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes but 
two convictions in a CMV. In the first incidence, he exceeded the speed 
limit by 12 mph and in the second incidence; according to the citation, 
he ``disregarded an official traffic control device.''

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Joshua L. Cecotti

    Mr. Cecotti, 33, has had vision loss in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``It is 
also the opinion of both Dr. Raymond A. Powell and me [sic] that he has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Cecotti reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 15 years, accumulating 360,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 15 years, accumulating 285,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violation in a 
CMV.

Derrick L. Cowan

    Mr. Cowan, 38, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``Based on my findings I believe Mr. Cowan 
should have no visual problem operating a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Cowan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, 
accumulating 176,400 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. 
His driving record for the last 3 years show no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ryan E. Cox

    Mr. Cox, 40, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting 
fingers. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated 
``Ryan has a good driving record, so in my opinion, he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Cox reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 
years, accumulating 100,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 
20 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds an operator's license 
from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ronald A. Donsbach

    Mr. Donsbach, 52, has had a cataract in his left eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``It is 
in my opinion that Ronald has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required for him to operate his commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Donsbach reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, 
accumulating 152,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Montana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Kenneth W. Erickson

    Mr. Erickson, 78, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``Kenneth definitely has sufficient vision to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Erickson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
62 years, accumulating 930,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 
34 years, accumulating 1.97 million miles, and buses for 8 years, 
accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Anthony A. Gusa

    Mr. Gusa, 59, has a corneal scar in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1969. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion, Anthony has fine binocular vision and is 
totally capable of operating a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Gusa reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 90,000 
miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 
585,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Michigan. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Pedro Guzman

    Mr. Guzman, 39, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
150. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, Pedro has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Guzman reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 30,720 miles. He 
holds an operator's license from Texas. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Bradley C. Helsel

    Mr. Helsel, 59, has had phthisis bulbi in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``In my medical opinion, the patient has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Helsel reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 15 years, accumulating 450,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 12 years, accumulating 840,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Titus E. Hostetler

    Mr. Hostetler, 47, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In My 
Medical Opinion [sic], Mr. Hostetler has sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Hostetler reported that he has driven straight trucks for 29 years, 
accumulating 290,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 29 
years, accumulating 290,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Darrell E. Hunter

    Mr. Hunter, 50, has a retinal detachment in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``I do believe that he has vision sufficient to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hunter reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Charles R. Johnson

    Mr. Johnson, 54, has had central serous chorioretinopathy in his 
left eye since 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye 20/200. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``In my opinion, this patient continues to have 
sufficient vision to perform his job, which requires operating a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 27 years, accumulating 54,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 27 years, accumulating 54,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Minnesota. His

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driving record the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Kenneth B. Julian

    Mr. Julian, 55, has had a prosthetic left eye since 2013. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light 
perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``In my medical opinion Kenneth Julian has sufficient vision to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Julian reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 1.03 million miles. He 
holds an operator's license from Oklahoma. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Walter J. Jurczak

    Mr. Jurczak, 50, has had a prosthetic left eye since 2000. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light 
perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``The level of vision he is achieving in his right eye is satisfactory 
to safely operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Jurczak reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 28 years, accumulating 140,000 miles, 
tractor-trailer combinations for 28 years, accumulating 56,000 miles, 
and buses for 28 years, accumulating 28,000 miles. He holds a Class A 
CDL from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Keith Kebschull

    Mr. Kebschull, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left 
eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``With these findings and his excellent 27 year commercial 
driving record in my medical opinion Mr. Kebschull has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Kebschull reported that he has driven straight trucks 
for 27 years, accumulating 444,150 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from 
Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jeffrey N. Lake

    Mr. Lake, 54, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1974. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ``He is completely capable of 
driving commercially with his good eye which is 20/20 uncorrected.'' 
Mr. Lake reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, 
accumulating 1.08 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
36 years, accumulating 3.6 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from 
Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jayme M. Leonard

    Mr. Leonard, 54, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1976. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Since Jayme has been living with this vision 
damage for over 40 years and everything is stable, it is my opinion 
that he should continue to have a CDL driving [sic] license and is safe 
to be driving a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Leonard reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 37,440 miles. He holds 
a Class B CDL from Vermont. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Christopher E. Madsen

    Mr. Madsen, 35, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his left eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Due to the congenital nature of Chris's visual 
problems, he has learned to perform all activities of daily life and 
work with just the use of his right eye. He performs as well with his 
one eye as most of us do with two. If anything, it is his color vision 
deficiency which presents the greatest obstacle and I cannot change 
that. I feel this should be the only thing taken into consideration 
with whether [sic] or not he is issued a commercial driver's license.'' 
Mr. Madsen reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
11 years accumulating 999,999 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

James K. Matthey

    Mr. Matthey, 59, has had ptosis in his right eye since 1991. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``It is my opinion that given, James longstanding nature of the ptosis 
of his right eyelid and his ability to compensate for this loss over 
the past 25 years, he possesses sufficient visual ability to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Matthey reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, 
accumulating 720,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Brian D. McClanahan

    Mr. McClanahan, 45, has had strabismic amblyopia in his right eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``Patient has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks 
required to operate commercial vehicle.'' Mr. McClanahan reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, accumulating 216,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 18 years, accumulating 129,600 
miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Mark Mitchell

    Mr. Mitchell, 54, has had macular telangiectasia in his left eye 
since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion Mr. Mitchell has sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Mitchell reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, 
accumulating 450,000 miles. He holds a chauffer's license from 
Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joel E. Nundahl

    Mr. Nundahl, 62, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``In my medical opinion Mr. Joel Nundahl is safe to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Nundahl reported 
that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 39 years, 
accumulating 4.29 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

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Kent A. Perry

    Mr. Perry, 56, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, hand 
motion. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``I 
believe that Mr. Perry now has sufficient vision following his cataract 
surgery to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Perry reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 31 years, accumulating 310,000 miles. He 
holds an operator's license from Wyoming. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Richard C. Powers

    Mr. Powers, 36, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
80. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``From a 
visual standpoint, he is sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Powers reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, 
accumulating 160,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 
years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one 
conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he was speeding 11-15 mph 
over the speed limit.

Mario A. Quezada

    Mr. Quezada, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``I 
certify that Mr. Quezada has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Quezada reported 
that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, 
accumulating 1.89 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction 
for a moving violation in a CMV; he made an improper left turn from the 
wrong lane at an intersection.

Guadalupe Reyes

    Mr. Reyes, 47, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
80. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ``Mr. 
Reyes has demonstrated his ability to differentiate colors as seen on 
traffic signals, and it is of my opinion that Mr. Reyes has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Reyes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 
years, accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

J.B. Rodriguez Mata

    Mr. Rodriguez Mata, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``In my medical opinion, patient J. Bernardo Rodriguez . . . has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Rodriguez Mata reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joseph Sais

    Mr. Sais, 38, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, 
``I examined Mr. Joseph Saiz (DOB: 05/03/1977) on 11/11/2015 and found 
his visual finding in the right eye to meet or surpass the criteria to 
drive a commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. Sais reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 3,500 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 3,500 miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

John M. Sexton

    Mr. Sexton, 50, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist 
stated, ``Although OS has decreased acuity from a lifelong [sic] 
condition of refractive amblyopia, I feel that John has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle as he has fully adapted to the condition.'' Mr. Sexton reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years accumulating 25,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 31 years, accumulating 3.2 
million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from California. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Blaine R. Sherfinski

    Mr. Sherfinski, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/600, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist 
stated, ``It is my opinion that Mr. Sherfinski has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required for operating a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Sherfinski reported that he has driven buses for 3 
years, accumulating 45,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from 
Washington. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Chad M. Smith

    Mr. Smith, 34, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. 
Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
medical opinion . . . Chad has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Smith reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 24,500 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 3,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Corey L. Spring

    Mr. Spring, 43, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination 
in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. Corey Spring . . . has good 
enough vision to operate a commercial vehicle & [sic] meets the VF's 
criteria of at least 120 * [sic] in each eye.'' Mr. Spring reported 
that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, 
accumulating 3.15 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Arkansas. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Leslie D. Wallace

    Mr. Wallace, 50, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his 
optometrist stated, ``He doesn't have any problem with his color vision 
and he doesn't have any physical limitations or medical conditions . . 
. I see no reason to believe the he would have problem with commercial 
vehicles.'' Mr. Wallace

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reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 
600,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, 
accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

James C. Wechsler

    Mr. Wechsler, 45, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in 
his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist 
stated, ``It is my opinion that James's [sic] vision and visual 
deficiency is stable and he has more than sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Wechsler reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, 
accumulating 390,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 26 
years, accumulating 2.21 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Danny A. Wright

    Danny A. Wright, 39, has optic nerve damage in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``In summation, it is my professional opinion 
that Danny should have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate his commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wright reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 17 years, accumulating 20,800 miles. 
He holds a chauffeur's license from Indiana. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

III. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each 
comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by 
fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. 
FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an 
email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the 
Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number FMCSA-2016-0028 in the ``Keyword'' box, and click 
``Search.'' When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment Now!'' 
button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. 
Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on 
behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by 
mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 
8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you 
submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the 
facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or 
envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination at any time after 
the close of the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number FMCSA-2016-0028 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.

    Issued on: June 10, 2016.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-14242 Filed 6-15-16; 8:45 am]
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