Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 60115-60117 [2016-20932]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0206] 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 12 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 September 30, 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– 2016–0206 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 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:59 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. 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 12 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 Timothy D. Beaulier Mr. Beaulier, 58, has had a macular scar in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1971. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60115 stated, ‘‘Tim does well as a monocular patient. I feel he will have no issues on the roadway based on visual demands. I do not see any issue with Tim Beaulier’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle at this time.’’ Mr. Beaulier reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 15,000 miles and tractortrailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 218,400 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Earl D. Edland Mr. Edland, 71, has complete loss of vision in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/ 25. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘His visual status has been stable for many years . . . Mr. Edland appears to be functioning well and it is my opinion that he is capable of operating a commercial motor vehicle in traffic.’’ Mr. Eldand reported that he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, accumulating 1.3 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. David M. Field Mr. Field, 50, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Where he has been functioning successfully with excellent central and peripheral vision under binocular conditions, it is my opinion that he has more than sufficient vision to continue to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Field reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 1.5 million miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class AMC CDL from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jerry D. Gartman Mr. Gartman, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Gartman has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 60116 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Notices commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Gartman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 90,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 700,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. William I. Inskeep Mr. Inskeep, 57, has glaucoma in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Inskeep has been able to drive a commercial vehicle over the years and could continue to do so since his glaucoma is stable and unchanged since 2009.’’ Mr. Inskeep reported that he has driven straight trucks for 27 years, accumulating 810,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 45,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Spencer B. Jacobs Mr. Jacobs, 41, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my expert opinion that Spencer Jacobs has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jacobs reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 22,500 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. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Edison Joe Mr. Joe, 62, has had anisometropia and amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘From a vision standpoint only, Mr. Joe has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Joe reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 260,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:59 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 Duane A. McCord Mr. McCord, 49, has a prosthesis in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Based on all of the findings, I have determined that Mr. McCord does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. McCord reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Odilio Monterroso De Leon Mr. Monterroso De Leon, 44, has had a prosthetic in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 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, ‘‘I certify that in my medical opinion, Mr. Monterroso has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Monterroso De Leon reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 1.88 million 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. James M. Moore Mr. Moore, 74, has a prosthetic in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1976. 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, ‘‘I certify from the above qualifications that Mr. Moore has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Moore reported that he has driven tractortrailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 3.12 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Raymond White Mr. White, 58, has a retinal detachment in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I would consider that Mr. White has adequate vision to perform driving tests [sic] and to operate a commercial PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 vehicle.’’ Mr. White reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 38 years, accumulating 4.94 million 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. Brian C. Wittenburg Mr. Wittenburg, 43, had a cerebrovascular accident in his right eye in 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Mr. Wittenburg has sufficient vision to continue to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wittenburg reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from North Carolina. 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–2016–0206 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Notices 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–2016–0206 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: August 19, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–20932 Filed 8–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0344] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 30 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). 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. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers. DATES: The exemptions were granted January 8, 2016. The exemptions expire on January 8, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:59 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. 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 8, 2015, FMCSA published a notice of receipt of exemption applications from certain individuals, and requested comments from the public (80 FR 76345). That notice listed 30 applicants’ case histories. The 30 individuals applied for exemptions from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), for drivers who operate CMVs in interstate commerce. Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption for a 2year 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 statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. Accordingly, FMCSA has evaluated the 30 applications on their merits and made a determination to grant exemptions to each of them. III. Vision and Driving Experience of the Applicants The vision requirement in the FMCSRs provides: A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60117 without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of a least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70° in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and amber (49 CFR 391.41(b)(10)). FMCSA recognizes that some drivers do not meet the vision requirement but have adapted their driving to accommodate their vision limitation and demonstrated their ability to drive safely. The 30 exemption applicants listed in this notice are in this category. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons, including amblyopia, anisometropic amblyopia, chorioretinal scar, chronic rhegmatagenous, complete loss of vision, corneal scar, enucleation, glaucoma, hyperopic astigmatism, macular degeneration, macular hole, macular pucker, ocular damage, optic atrophy, optic nerve atrophy, optic neuritis, prosthetic eye, retinal detachment, retinal hole, retinal scar, and toxoplasmosis. In most cases, their eye conditions were not recently developed. Fourteen of the applicants were either born with their vision impairments or have had them since childhood. The 16 individuals that sustained their vision conditions as adults have had it for a range of 3 to 21 years. Although each applicant has one eye which does not meet the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), each has at least 20/40 corrected vision in the other eye, and in a doctor’s opinion, has sufficient vision to perform all the tasks necessary to operate a CMV. Doctors’ opinions are supported by the applicants’ possession of valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) or non-CDLs to operate CMVs. Before issuing CDLs, States subject drivers to knowledge and skills tests designed to evaluate their qualifications to operate a CMV. All of these applicants satisfied the testing requirements for their State of residence. By meeting State licensing requirements, the applicants demonstrated their ability to operate a CMV, with their limited vision, to the satisfaction of the State. While possessing a valid CDL or nonCDL, these 30 drivers have been authorized to drive a CMV in intrastate commerce, even though their vision disqualified them from driving in interstate commerce. They have driven CMVs with their limited vision in careers ranging for 3 to 56 years. In the E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0206]


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 12 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 September 30, 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-2016-0206 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 12 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

Timothy D. Beaulier

    Mr. Beaulier, 58, has had a macular scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1971. 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, ``Tim does well as a monocular patient. I 
feel he will have no issues on the roadway based on visual demands. I 
do not see any issue with Tim Beaulier's ability to safely operate a 
commercial vehicle at this time.'' Mr. Beaulier reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 15,000 miles and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 14 years, accumulating 218,400 miles. 
He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Earl D. Edland

    Mr. Edland, 71, has complete loss of vision in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, 
and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2015, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``His visual status has been stable for many 
years . . . Mr. Edland appears to be functioning well and it is my 
opinion that he is capable of operating a commercial motor vehicle in 
traffic.'' Mr. Eldand reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
50 years, accumulating 1.3 million miles. He holds a Class B CDL from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

David M. Field

    Mr. Field, 50, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
15. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, 
``Where he has been functioning successfully with excellent central and 
peripheral vision under binocular conditions, it is my opinion that he 
has more than sufficient vision to continue to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Field reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 1.5 
million miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, 
accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class AMC CDL from New 
Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jerry D. Gartman

    Mr. Gartman, 60, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``In my medical opinion, Mr. Gartman has sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a

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commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Gartman reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 3 years, accumulating 90,000 miles and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 14 years, accumulating 700,000 miles. He holds a Class 
AM CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William I. Inskeep

    Mr. Inskeep, 57, has glaucoma in his right eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in 
his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``Mr. Inskeep has been able to drive a commercial vehicle over 
the years and could continue to do so since his glaucoma is stable and 
unchanged since 2009.'' Mr. Inskeep reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 27 years, accumulating 810,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 45,000 miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Spencer B. Jacobs

    Mr. Jacobs, 41, 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/
70. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``It is 
my expert opinion that Spencer Jacobs has sufficient vision to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Jacobs reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 22,500 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.

Edison Joe

    Mr. Joe, 62, has had anisometropia and amblyopia in his right eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``From a vision standpoint only, Mr. Joe has sufficient vision 
to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Joe reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 
years, accumulating 260,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Duane A. McCord

    Mr. McCord, 49, has a prosthesis in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``Based on all of the 
findings, I have determined that Mr. McCord does have sufficient vision 
to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. McCord reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
10 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds an operator's license 
from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Odilio Monterroso De Leon

    Mr. Monterroso De Leon, 44, has had a prosthetic in his left eye 
due to a traumatic incident in 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, ``I certify that in my 
medical opinion, Mr. Monterroso has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Monterroso De Leon reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 
years, accumulating 1.88 million 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.

James M. Moore

    Mr. Moore, 74, has a prosthetic in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1976. 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, ``I certify from the above qualifications that 
Mr. Moore has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Moore reported that he has 
driven tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 3.12 
million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Mississippi. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Raymond White

    Mr. White, 58, has a retinal detachment in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``I would consider that Mr. White has adequate 
vision to perform driving tests [sic] and to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. White reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 38 years, accumulating 4.94 million 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.

Brian C. Wittenburg

    Mr. Wittenburg, 43, had a cerebrovascular accident in his right eye 
in 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``Mr. Wittenburg has sufficient vision to 
continue to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wittenburg reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 500,000 
miles. He holds an operator's license from North Carolina. 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-2016-0206 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.

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    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-2016-0206 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: August 19, 2016.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-20932 Filed 8-30-16; 8:45 am]
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