Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 96180-96183 [2016-31555]

Download as PDF 96180 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Notices the 2-year period allowed by 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to the 12 applicants listed in the notice of October 11, 2016 (81 FR 70251. We recognize that the vision of an applicant may change and affect his/her ability to operate a CMV as safely as in the past. As a condition of the exemption, therefore, FMCSA will impose requirements on the 12 individuals consistent with the grandfathering provisions applied to drivers who participated in the Agency’s vision waiver program. Those requirements are found at 49 CFR 391.64(b) and include the following: (1) That each individual be physically examined every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES V. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding. IV. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 12 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited above 49 CFR 391.64(b): Robert A. Andersen (CA), Daniel L. Bawden (IL), Kelly L. Ewing (PA), Joseph G. Fischer (MO), Nylo K. Helberg (ND), J. Willard Keener (PA), Billy R. McLaurin (DE), Jason R. Raml (SD), Alfred L. Robinson (AR), Jerry L. Smith (VA), Danny R. Tate (VA), Larry K. Zielinski (OR). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 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: December 15, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–31556 Filed 12–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA– 2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– 2004–18885; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA– 2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA– 2008–0292; FMCSA–2009–0219; FMCSA– 2010–0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2010–0161; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2010–0327; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA– 2011–0380; FMCSA–2012–0160; FMCSA– 2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA– 2012–0279; FMCSA–2012–0280; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA– 2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA– 2014–0011; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA– 2014–0298] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 75 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. SUMMARY: Each group of renewed exemptions was effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before January 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000– 7006; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00225 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2004–18885; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0266; FMCSA–2008–0292; FMCSA–2009–0219; FMCSA–2010– 0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2010–0161; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2011–0380; FMCSA– 2012–0160; FMCSA–2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012– 0279; FMCSA–2012–0280; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014– 0010; FMCSA–2014–0011; FMCSA– 2014–0296; FMCSA–2014–0298], using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Notices Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The procedures for requesting an exemption (including renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Exemption Decision This notice addresses 75 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has evaluated these 75 applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each individual is identified according to the renewal date. The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. Basis for Renewing Exemptions Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application for additional two year periods. The following group(s) of drivers will receive renewed exemptions effective in the month of December and are discussed below. As of December 3, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 31 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 57266; 69 FR 62741; 70 FR 30999; 70 FR 46567; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 62147; 72 FR 40359; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 54888; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74565; 74 FR 65842; 75 FR 9478; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 25918; 75 FR 34211; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39725; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 52063; 75 FR 61833; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 66423; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 55463; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 17109; 77 FR 27845; 77 FR 29447; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38381; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 46793; 77 FR 51846; 77 FR 52381; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 56262; 77 FR 59245; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 77 FR 64841; 77 FR 68199; 77 FR 71671; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 38661; 79 FR 40945; 79 FR 41740; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 56097; 79 FR 56099; 79 FR 56104; 79 FR 58856; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 65760; 79 FR 68199; 79 FR 70928; 79 FR 72754): Kerry L. Baxter (UT) Robert S. Bowen (GA) Jerry W. Brinson (GA) John M. Brown (KY) Jonathan E. Carriaga (NM) Irvin L. Eaddy (SC) Terry J. Edwards (MO) Christopher K. Foot (NV) Billy R. Gibbs (MD) Harlan L. Gunter (VA) Hazel L. Hopkins, Jr. (MD) Ivaylo V. Kanchev (FL) Christopher M. Keen (KS) Tom A. McCarty (NM) Robert L. McClain (MI) Mark Meacham (NC) Timothy L. Miller (IA) Johnny Montemayor (TX) William L. Moore (FL) Christopher S. Morgan (LA) PO 00000 Frm 00226 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 96181 Ray E. Myers II (MD) Billy R. Oguynn (AL) Neville E. Owens (NC) Ronald W. Patten (ME) John J. Pribanic (TX) Benito Saldana (TX) James D. St. Peter (NC) Sherman L. Taylor (FL) Max A. Thurman (IL) Drake M. Vendsel (ND) David L. Von Hagen (IA) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket Nos. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2005– 21254; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA–2010– 0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2010–0161; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2011– 0380; FMCSA–2012–0160; FMCSA– 2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA–2014– 0003; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA– 2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA–2014–0011; FMCSA–2014– 0296. Their exemptions are effective as of December 3, 2016, and will expire on December 3, 2018. As of December 8, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (63 FR 30285; 63 FR 54519; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 65 FR 77069; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64810; 71 FR 62148; 71 FR 66217; 73 FR 35194; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 74565; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 72868; 75 FR 77949; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 68202; 79 FR 65759): Timothy S. Ballard (NC) Stephen R. Daugherty (IN) Ronald W. Garner (WA) Nelson V. Jaramillo (MA) Leslie A. Landschoot (NY) Bruce T. Loughary (AR) Kenny Y. Louie (CA) Wayne R. Mantela (KY) Carl M. McIntire (OH) Bernice R. Parnell (NC) Patrick W. Shea (MA) Roy F. Varnado, Jr. (LA) Michael J. Welle (MN) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000– 7363; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0292. Their exemptions are effective as of December 8, 2016, and will expire on December 8, 2018. As of December 17, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 96182 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Notices renewed exemption from the vision requirements (73 FR 51689; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74563; 75 FR 65057; 75 FR 77590; 75 FR 77949; 75 FR 79081; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 68202; 77 FR 70537; 77 FR 71671): Dale H. Dattler (NY) Raymundo Flores (TX) Benjamin P. Hall (NY) John N. Lanning (CA) Charles M. McDaris (GA) Kevin L. Quastad (IA) Frederick C. Schultz, Jr. (NY) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA–2008– 0292; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA– 2012–0279. Their exemptions are effective as of December 17, 2016, and will expire on December 17, 2018. As of December 20, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 64389; 77 FR 75494; 79 FR 73393): Ronald J. Bergman (OH) Noah E. Bowen (OH) William J. Hall (WA) Lawrence D. Malecha (MN) Paul B. Overman (WA) Jerry M. Puckett (OH) Emin Toric (GA) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0280. Their exemptions are effective as of December 20, 2016, and will expire on December 20, 2018. As of December 24, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 17 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 69985; 80 FR 8927): Peter H. Bailey (MI) Dewey E. Ballard, Jr. (SC) Thurman T. Clayton (LA) Tig G. Cornell (ID) Jon R. Davidson (CO) Edwin T. Condaldson (PA) William W. R. Dunn (PA) Timothy J. Fisher (FL) Perry D. Hamilton (TN) Keith C. Lendt (MN) Richard B. McMaster (AR) Joseph McTear (TX) Martin Montanez (IL) Lee A. Mosier (IA) John W. Randels (CO) Carl W. Russell (OK) Daniel R. Thompson (PA) The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket No. FMCSA–2014–0298. Their exemptions are effective as of December 25, 2016, and will expire on December 25, 2018. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 Each of the 75 applicants listed in the groups above has requested renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. Request for Comments FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a particular driver’s safety record and determine if the continuation of the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit comments by January 30, 2017. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition announcing its decision to exempt these 75 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register publications. Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is PO 00000 Frm 00227 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. Submitting Comments You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000– 7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA– 2000–8203; FMCSA–2001–10578; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA–2004– 18885; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA–2010; FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000– 7363; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA– 2005–21254; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA–2008– 0231; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA– 2008–0292; FMCSA–2009–0219; FMCSA–2010–0082; FMCSA–2010– 0114; FMCSA–2010–0161; FMCSA– 2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2011– 0380; FMCSA–2012–0160; FMCSA– 2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA–2012– 0280; FMCSA–2014–0003; FMCSA– 2014–0005; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA–2014– 0011; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA– 2014–0298 and click the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, enter information required including the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of the comment period. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Notices Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this preamble, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA–2000– 7006; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– 2004–18885; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0266; FMCSA–2008–0292; FMCSA–2009–0219; FMCSA–2010– 0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2010–0161; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA–2011– 0124; FMCSA–2011–0380; FMCSA– 2012–0160; FMCSA–2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012– 0279; FMCSA–2012–0280; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014– 0010; FMCSA–2014–0011; FMCSA– 2014–0296; FMCSA–2014–0298 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice. Issued on: December 21, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–31555 Filed 12–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0355; FMCSA– 2010–0386; FMCSA–2012–0347; FMCSA– 2012–0348; FMCSA–2014–0310; FMCSA– 2014–0311] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions of 130 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from this rule if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 Each group of renewed exemptions are effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before January 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0355; FMCSA–2010– 0386; FMCSA–2012–0347; FMCSA– 2012–0348; FMCSA–2014–0310; FMCSA–2014–0311 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316). DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00228 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 96183 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– 113, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 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.’’ The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 130 individuals listed in this notice have recently become eligible for a renewed exemption from the diabetes prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. The drivers remain in good standing with the Agency, have maintained their required medical monitoring and have not exhibited any medical issues that would compromise their ability to safely operate a CMV during the previous 2year exemption period. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 130 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. These 130 drivers remain in good standing with the Agency, have maintained their required medical monitoring and have not exhibited any medical issues that would compromise their ability to safely operate a CMV during the previous 2-year exemption period. Therefore, FMCSA has decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each individual is identified according to the renewal date. The exemptions are renewed subject to the following conditions: (1) That each individual submit a quarterly monitoring checklist completed by the treating endocrinologist as well as an annual checklist with a comprehensive medical evaluation; (2) that each individual reports within 2 business days of occurrence, all episodes of severe hypoglycemia, significant complications, or inability to manage diabetes; also, any involvement in an accident or any other adverse event in a CMV or personal vehicle, whether or not it is related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 250 (Thursday, December 29, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-31555]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-
2004-18885; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-
2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2009-0219; FMCSA-
2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-
2010-0327; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0160; FMCSA-
2012-0214; FMCSA-2012-0215; FMCSA-2012-0279; FMCSA-2012-0280; FMCSA-
2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-
2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296; FMCSA-2014-0298]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the 
vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 
75 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals 
from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not 
compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these 
exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to 
or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions 
for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions was effective from the dates 
stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before 
January 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: [Docket No. FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-
2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-
2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-
2008-0292; FMCSA-2009-0219; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-
2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-
2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0160; FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2012-0215; FMCSA-
2012-0279; FMCSA-2012-0280; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-
2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296; FMCSA-
2014-0298], using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments 
received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act 
heading below.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want 
acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement 
page that appears after submitting comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the Federal Docket

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Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 
17, 2008 (73 FR 3316).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, Medical Programs Division, 202-366-4001, 
fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office 
hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may renew an exemption 
from the vision requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to 
drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce, for a two-year period if it 
finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is 
equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent 
such exemption.'' The procedures for requesting an exemption (including 
renewals) are set out in 49 CFR part 381.

Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses 75 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. FMCSA has 
evaluated these 75 applications for renewal on their merits and decided 
to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. Each 
individual is identified according to the renewal date.
    The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: 
(1) That each individual has a physical examination every year (a) by 
an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the 
better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), 
and (b) by a medical examiner who attests that the individual is 
otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) that each 
individual provides a copy of the ophthalmologist's or optometrist's 
report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical 
examination; and (3) that each individual provide a copy of the annual 
medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver's 
qualification file and retains a copy of the certification on his/her 
person while driving for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, 
State, or local enforcement official. Each exemption will be valid for 
two years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be 
rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and 
conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower 
level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) 
continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals 
and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315.

Basis for Renewing Exemptions

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application for additional two year periods. The following group(s) of 
drivers will receive renewed exemptions effective in the month of 
December and are discussed below.
    As of December 3, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 31 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (65 FR 
20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 57266; 69 FR 62741; 70 FR 30999; 70 FR 46567; 
71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 62147; 72 FR 40359; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 
46973; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 54888; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74565; 74 FR 65842; 
75 FR 9478; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 25918; 75 FR 34211; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 
39725; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 52063; 75 FR 61833; 
75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 66423; 76 FR 34136; 76 FR 55463; 77 FR 
13689; 77 FR 17109; 77 FR 27845; 77 FR 29447; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38381; 
77 FR 40945; 77 FR 46793; 77 FR 51846; 77 FR 52381; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 
56262; 77 FR 59245; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 77 FR 64841; 
77 FR 68199; 77 FR 71671; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 
27681; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 38661; 
79 FR 40945; 79 FR 41740; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 56097; 79 FR 
56099; 79 FR 56104; 79 FR 58856; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 65760; 79 FR 68199; 
79 FR 70928; 79 FR 72754):

Kerry L. Baxter (UT)
Robert S. Bowen (GA)
Jerry W. Brinson (GA)
John M. Brown (KY)
Jonathan E. Carriaga (NM)
Irvin L. Eaddy (SC)
Terry J. Edwards (MO)
Christopher K. Foot (NV)
Billy R. Gibbs (MD)
Harlan L. Gunter (VA)
Hazel L. Hopkins, Jr. (MD)
Ivaylo V. Kanchev (FL)
Christopher M. Keen (KS)
Tom A. McCarty (NM)
Robert L. McClain (MI)
Mark Meacham (NC)
Timothy L. Miller (IA)
Johnny Montemayor (TX)
William L. Moore (FL)
Christopher S. Morgan (LA)
Ray E. Myers II (MD)
Billy R. Oguynn (AL)
Neville E. Owens (NC)
Ronald W. Patten (ME)
John J. Pribanic (TX)
Benito Saldana (TX)
James D. St. Peter (NC)
Sherman L. Taylor (FL)
Max A. Thurman (IL)
Drake M. Vendsel (ND)
David L. Von Hagen (IA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
Nos. FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-
0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-
0114; FMCSA-2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-
0380; FMCSA-2012-0160; FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2012-0215; FMCSA-2012-
0279; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-
0010; FMCSA-2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296. Their exemptions are effective 
as of December 3, 2016, and will expire on December 3, 2018.
    As of December 8, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (63 FR 
30285; 63 FR 54519; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 65 FR 77069; 67 FR 71610; 
69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64810; 71 FR 62148; 71 FR 66217; 73 FR 
35194; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 61925; 
73 FR 74565; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 72868; 75 FR 77949; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 
68202; 79 FR 65759):

Timothy S. Ballard (NC)
Stephen R. Daugherty (IN)
Ronald W. Garner (WA)
Nelson V. Jaramillo (MA)
Leslie A. Landschoot (NY)
Bruce T. Loughary (AR)
Kenny Y. Louie (CA)
Wayne R. Mantela (KY)
Carl M. McIntire (OH)
Bernice R. Parnell (NC)
Patrick W. Shea (MA)
Roy F. Varnado, Jr. (LA)
Michael J. Welle (MN)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2008-
0106; FMCSA-2008-0292. Their exemptions are effective as of December 8, 
2016, and will expire on December 8, 2018.
    As of December 17, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a

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renewed exemption from the vision requirements (73 FR 51689; 73 FR 
61922; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74563; 75 FR 65057; 75 FR 77590; 75 FR 77949; 
75 FR 79081; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 68202; 77 FR 70537; 77 FR 71671):

Dale H. Dattler (NY)
Raymundo Flores (TX)
Benjamin P. Hall (NY)
John N. Lanning (CA)
Charles M. McDaris (GA)
Kevin L. Quastad (IA)
Frederick C. Schultz, Jr. (NY)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-2012-0279. 
Their exemptions are effective as of December 17, 2016, and will expire 
on December 17, 2018.
    As of December 20, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 7 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (77 FR 
64389; 77 FR 75494; 79 FR 73393):

Ronald J. Bergman (OH)
Noah E. Bowen (OH)
William J. Hall (WA)
Lawrence D. Malecha (MN)
Paul B. Overman (WA)
Jerry M. Puckett (OH)
Emin Toric (GA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2012-0280. Their exemptions are effective as of December 20, 
2016, and will expire on December 20, 2018.
    As of December 24, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 17 individuals have satisfied the conditions 
for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 
69985; 80 FR 8927):
Peter H. Bailey (MI)
Dewey E. Ballard, Jr. (SC)
Thurman T. Clayton (LA)
Tig G. Cornell (ID)
Jon R. Davidson (CO)
Edwin T. Condaldson (PA)
William W. R. Dunn (PA)
Timothy J. Fisher (FL)
Perry D. Hamilton (TN)
Keith C. Lendt (MN)
Richard B. McMaster (AR)
Joseph McTear (TX)
Martin Montanez (IL)
Lee A. Mosier (IA)
John W. Randels (CO)
Carl W. Russell (OK)
Daniel R. Thompson (PA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following dockets: Docket 
No. FMCSA-2014-0298. Their exemptions are effective as of December 25, 
2016, and will expire on December 25, 2018.
    Each of the 75 applicants listed in the groups above has requested 
renewal of the exemption and has submitted evidence showing that the 
vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 
49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In 
addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the 
respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each 
applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements.
    These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each 
driver's ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. 
Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each 
renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a 
level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption.

Request for Comments

    FMCSA will review comments received at any time concerning a 
particular driver's safety record and determine if the continuation of 
the exemption is consistent with the requirements at 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315. However, FMCSA requests that interested parties with 
specific data concerning the safety records of these drivers submit 
comments by January 30, 2017.
    FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an exemption 
under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 can be satisfied by initially 
granting the renewal and then requesting and evaluating, if needed, 
subsequent comments submitted by interested parties. As indicated 
above, the Agency previously published notices of final disposition 
announcing its decision to exempt these 75 individuals from the vision 
requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The final decision to grant an 
exemption to each of these individuals was made on the merits of each 
case and made only after careful consideration of the comments received 
to its notices of applications. The notices of applications stated in 
detail the qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each 
applicant for an exemption from the vision requirements. That 
information is available by consulting the above cited Federal Register 
publications.
    Interested parties or organizations possessing information that 
would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not 
currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately 
notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted 
and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption 
would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the 
exemption of a driver.

Submitting Comments

    You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, 
or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA 
recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email 
address, or a phone number in the body of your document so that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket numbers FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-
2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7165; FMCSA-2000-8203; FMCSA-2001-10578; FMCSA-
2002-12294; FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-
2008-0266; FMCSA-2010; FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-
7363; FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-
0106; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2009-
0219; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-
0187; FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-
0160; FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2012-0215; FMCSA-2012-0279; FMCSA-2012-
0280; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-
0010; FMCSA-2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296; FMCSA-2014-0298 and click the 
search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue ``Comment 
Now!'' button on the right hand side of the page. On the new page, 
enter information required including the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. If you submit your comments by mail or 
hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ 
by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit 
comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, 
please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the 
close of the comment period.

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Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert 
the docket number FMCSA-1998-3637; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7363; 
FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0106; 
FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2009-0219; 
FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-0187; 
FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-2011-0124; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2012-0160; 
FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2012-0215; FMCSA-2012-0279; FMCSA-2012-0280; 
FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0010; 
FMCSA-2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296; FMCSA-2014-0298 and click ``Search.'' 
Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' and you will find all documents and 
comments related to this notice.

    Issued on: December 21, 2016.
 Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2016-31555 Filed 12-28-16; 8:45 am]
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