Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, 72641-72642 [2016-25387]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices a CMV or personal vehicle, whether or not it is related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (4) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must also have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES VI. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 37 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the diabetes requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), subject to the requirements cited above 49 CFR 391.64(b): Scott G. Barr (FL) John L. Bauers (NE) Robert J. Borgese (NJ) Rodger L. Bratton (LA) John T. Brecken (MI) Ross L. Christenson (MN) Daniel B. Cox (WA) Raymond Davila, Jr. (NJ) Craig W. Dennis (MN) Lawrence M. Duffy, III (NY) Douglas Endicott (VA) Carmine Ferraro (CT) Thomas P. Fogerty (MA) M.A. Gandolfo, Jr. (NY) Merlyn C. Gerdes (IA) Fabian Guerrero-Rodriguez (NV) Loren T. Hall (NY) Mark A. Hersh (PA) James C. Holcomb (LA) Eric E. Humphrey (MA) Troy M. Keller (MN) Ronald C. Kolb (MT) Robert J. Lockwood (CT) Kenneth R. Logan, Sr. (IL) Adam W. Martin (MI) Michael L. Mitchell (IA) Clarence H. Mitchell 3rd (CT) Lucas J. Preston (ND) William B. L. Robinson (AR) Michael T. Salsedo (HI) F. Marino M. Sanchez (NY) Andrew D. Sanford (TN) Jeffery J. Stricherz (SD) Michael A. Taylor (CT) Jerry W. Thomas (NC) Ray E. Vaughn (MN) Ronald L. Yeager (PA) In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 each exemption is valid for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: October 14, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–25383 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0322] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 17 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ‘‘no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.’’ The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were effective on June 9, 2016. The exemptions expire on June 9, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72641 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 http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. II. Background On May 9, 2016, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of applications from 27 individuals requesting an exemption from the epilepsy prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) and requested comments from the public (81 FR 28131). The public comment period ended on June 8, 2016, and three comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that granting exemptions to 17 of 27 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)(8). On September 30, 2016, a notice announcing the denial of the remaining 10 applicants was published in the Federal Register (81 FR 67424). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV. In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory criteria 1 to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. [49 CFR part 391, APPENDIX A TO PART 391— 1 See http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID= e47b48a9ea42dd67d999246e23d97970&mc= true&node=pt49.5.391&rgn=div5#ap49.5.391_171.a and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391appA.pdf. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 72642 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: § 391.41(b)(8), paragraphs 3, 4, and 5.] mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received three comments in this proceeding. Eva Gonzales supports granting seizure exemptions to drivers who have maintained a safe driving record. Liam McMillin expressed concern for the risk of seizure while driving, and stated that ‘‘motorists cannot predict when they will have their next episode’’. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety expressed support for three of the applicants included in this notice and concern about health issues and the driving record of an applicant Shaen Smith. In response to this comment, Mr. Smith has been seizure-free over 18 years and meets the physical qualification standards to drive commercially. His five-year driving record includes no violations or accidents and the Agency has reviewed his ten-year driving history and concludes that he meets the requisite level of safety to drive commercially within the terms and conditions of his exemption. IV. Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the applicants to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. In reaching the decision to grant these exemption requests, FMCSA considered the 2007 recommendations of the Agency’s Medical Expert Panel (MEP). The January 15, 2013, Federal Register notice (78 FR 3069) provides the current MEP recommendations, which is the criteria the Agency uses to grant seizure exemptions. The Agency’s decision regarding these exemption applications is based on an individualized assessment of each applicant’s medical information, including the root cause of the respective seizure(s) and medical information about the applicant’s seizure history, the length of time that has elapsed since the individual’s last seizure, the stability of each individual’s treatment regimen and the duration of time on or off of anti-seizure medication. In addition, the Agency reviewed the treating clinician’s medical opinion related to the ability of the driver to safely operate a CMV with a history of seizure and each applicant’s driving record found in the Commercial VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, and interstate and intrastate inspections recorded in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). For non-CDL holders, the Agency reviewed the driving records from the State Driver’s Licensing Agency (SDLA). These 17 applicants have been seizure-free over a range of six to 36 years while taking anti-seizure medication and maintained a stable medication treatment regimen for the last two years. In each case, the applicant’s treating physician verified his or her seizure history and supports the ability to drive commercially. A summary of each applicant’s seizure history was discussed in the May 9, 2016, Federal Register notice (81 FR 28131). The Agency acknowledges the potential consequences of a driver experiencing a seizure while operating a CMV. However, the Agency believes the drivers granted this exemption have demonstrated that they are unlikely to have a seizure and their medical condition does not pose a risk to public safety. Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these applicants from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. IV. Conditions and Requirements The terms and conditions of the exemption are provided to the applicants in the exemption document and includes the following: (1) Each driver must remain seizure-free and maintain a stable treatment during the two-year exemption period; (2) each driver must submit annual reports from their treating physicians attesting to the stability of treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free; (3) each driver must undergo an annual medical examination by a certified Medical Examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5; and (4) each driver must provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy of his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is self-employed. The driver must also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. V. Preemption During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with this PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption. VI. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 17 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the epilepsy/seizure standard, 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8), subject to the requirements cited above: Hamilton Barnard (CA) Edward J. Carder, Jr. (OH) Timothy M. Crampton (CT) Henry Dennis Counts, Jr. (MD) Michael D. Davis (ME) Charlie E. Getchell (WI) Dennis R. Giles (IN) Robert W. Goddard (NH) Larry G. Hediger (IL) Martin Lancaster (ME) Philip A. Logan (SC) Eric J. McVetty (NH) Donald John Richmond (SC) Shaen Smith (MN) Kevin Lee Sprinkle (NC) Patrick Trimbo (MN) Alan Washabaugh (PA) In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), each exemption is valid for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The individual fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. Issued on: October 12, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–25387 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P 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 final disposition. SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 12 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 E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0322]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and 
Seizure Disorders

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 17 individuals from the 
requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) 
that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ``no 
established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any 
other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any 
loss of ability to control a CMV.'' The exemptions enable these 
individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-
seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: The exemptions were effective on June 9, 2016. The exemptions 
expire on June 9, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, (202) 366-4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
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 http://www.regulations.gov, as described in 
the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed 
at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.

II. Background

    On May 9, 2016, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of 
applications from 27 individuals requesting an exemption from the 
epilepsy prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) and requested comments from 
the public (81 FR 28131). The public comment period ended on June 8, 
2016, and three comments were received.
    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and 
determined that granting exemptions to 17 of 27 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)(8). On September 30, 2016, a notice announcing the denial of 
the remaining 10 applicants was published in the Federal Register (81 
FR 67424).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy 
found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person:

Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy 
or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of 
consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.

    In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory 
criteria \1\ to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers 
with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in 
interstate commerce. [49 CFR part 391, APPENDIX A TO PART 391--

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MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: Sec.  391.41(b)(8), 
paragraphs 3, 4, and 5.]
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    \1\ See http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e47b48a9ea42dd67d999246e23d97970&mc=true&node=pt49.5.391&rgn=div5#ap49.5.391_171.a and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf.
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III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received three comments in this proceeding. Eva Gonzales 
supports granting seizure exemptions to drivers who have maintained a 
safe driving record. Liam McMillin expressed concern for the risk of 
seizure while driving, and stated that ``motorists cannot predict when 
they will have their next episode''. The Minnesota Department of Public 
Safety expressed support for three of the applicants included in this 
notice and concern about health issues and the driving record of an 
applicant Shaen Smith. In response to this comment, Mr. Smith has been 
seizure-free over 18 years and meets the physical qualification 
standards to drive commercially. His five-year driving record includes 
no violations or accidents and the Agency has reviewed his ten-year 
driving history and concludes that he meets the requisite level of 
safety to drive commercially within the terms and conditions of his 
exemption.

IV. Basis for Exemption Determination

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) if the 
exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety 
than would be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the 
applicants to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
    In reaching the decision to grant these exemption requests, FMCSA 
considered the 2007 recommendations of the Agency's Medical Expert 
Panel (MEP). The January 15, 2013, Federal Register notice (78 FR 3069) 
provides the current MEP recommendations, which is the criteria the 
Agency uses to grant seizure exemptions.
    The Agency's decision regarding these exemption applications is 
based on an individualized assessment of each applicant's medical 
information, including the root cause of the respective seizure(s) and 
medical information about the applicant's seizure history, the length 
of time that has elapsed since the individual's last seizure, the 
stability of each individual's treatment regimen and the duration of 
time on or off of anti-seizure medication. In addition, the Agency 
reviewed the treating clinician's medical opinion related to the 
ability of the driver to safely operate a CMV with a history of seizure 
and each applicant's driving record found in the Commercial Driver's 
License Information System (CDLIS) for commercial driver's license 
(CDL) holders, and interstate and intrastate inspections recorded in 
the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). For non-CDL 
holders, the Agency reviewed the driving records from the State 
Driver's Licensing Agency (SDLA).
    These 17 applicants have been seizure-free over a range of six to 
36 years while taking anti-seizure medication and maintained a stable 
medication treatment regimen for the last two years. In each case, the 
applicant's treating physician verified his or her seizure history and 
supports the ability to drive commercially. A summary of each 
applicant's seizure history was discussed in the May 9, 2016, Federal 
Register notice (81 FR 28131).
    The Agency acknowledges the potential consequences of a driver 
experiencing a seizure while operating a CMV. However, the Agency 
believes the drivers granted this exemption have demonstrated that they 
are unlikely to have a seizure and their medical condition does not 
pose a risk to public safety.
    Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these 
applicants from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) is 
likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the 
exemption.

IV. Conditions and Requirements

    The terms and conditions of the exemption are provided to the 
applicants in the exemption document and includes the following: (1) 
Each driver must remain seizure-free and maintain a stable treatment 
during the two-year exemption period; (2) each driver must submit 
annual reports from their treating physicians attesting to the 
stability of treatment and that the driver has remained seizure-free; 
(3) each driver must undergo an annual medical examination by a 
certified Medical Examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5; and (4) each 
driver must provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the 
employer for retention in the driver's qualification file, or keep a 
copy of his/her driver's qualification file if he/she is self-employed. 
The driver must also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for 
presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement 
official.

V. Preemption

    During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with this exemption with 
respect to a person operating under the exemption.

VI. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 17 exemption applications, FMCSA 
exempts the following drivers from the epilepsy/seizure standard, 49 
CFR 391.41(b)(8), subject to the requirements cited above:

Hamilton Barnard (CA)
Edward J. Carder, Jr. (OH)
Timothy M. Crampton (CT)
Henry Dennis Counts, Jr. (MD)
Michael D. Davis (ME)
Charlie E. Getchell (WI)
Dennis R. Giles (IN)
Robert W. Goddard (NH)
Larry G. Hediger (IL)
Martin Lancaster (ME)
Philip A. Logan (SC)
Eric J. McVetty (NH)
Donald John Richmond (SC)
Shaen Smith (MN)
Kevin Lee Sprinkle (NC)
Patrick Trimbo (MN)
Alan Washabaugh (PA)

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), each exemption is valid 
for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be 
revoked if the following occurs: (1) The individual fails to comply 
with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has 
resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained prior to being 
granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent 
with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315.

    Issued on: October 12, 2016.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-25387 Filed 10-19-16; 8:45 am]
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