Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 12675-12676 [2017-04263]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 42 / Monday, March 6, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0215] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of denials. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its denial of 144 applications from individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal vision standard applicable to interstate truck and bus drivers and the reasons for the denials. 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 exemptions does not provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. 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 W64–113, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal vision standard for a renewable 2-year period if it finds ‘‘such an exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such an exemption.’’ The procedures for requesting an exemption are set forth in 49 CFR part 381. Accordingly, FMCSA evaluated 144 individual exemption requests on their merit and made a determination that these applicants do not satisfy the criteria eligibility or meet the terms and conditions of the Federal exemption program. Each applicant has, prior to this notice, received a letter of final disposition on the exemption request. Those decision letters fully outlined the basis for the denial and constitute final Agency action. The list published in this notice summarizes the Agency’s recent denials as required under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) by periodically VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:24 Mar 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 publishing names and reasons for denial. The following 45 applicants had no experience operating a CMV: Joshua D. Adkins (PA) Sterling Arkills (OR) Karen A. Bright (SC) Shane O. Bright (IL) William C. Budka (MD) Robert S. Campbell (WA) Harley M. Cleckner (IN) Brenton S. Cooper (WV) Jose M. Corral (TX) Roman S. Denson (AL) Agron Dili (ND) Gary M. Dunn, Jr. (MD) Rodney S. Evans (IL) Jonas M. Feth (MN) Johnny D. Freeman (AR) Scott J. Geritano (NC) Scott D. Greiger (WI) Scipio Hill (OH) Eric R. Isble (PA) Misty D. Jett (MO) Daniel R. Kerner (NH) Steven L. Lane (OR) Keith A. Leary (CA) Max J. Lopez (CO) Paul Morgan (PA) Richard N. Neff (PA) Antonio Ortiz (KS) Dasey D. Parks (GA) George W. Parrish (OR) Eduardo J. Pastran-Garcia (KS) Mackenzie T. Pickle (TX) Benjamin J. Pitchford (WI) Matthew T. Pritchett (MD) Cameron N. Puckett (OH) James A. Purtle (MN) Donald Rogers (OH) Andrew W. Sheeder (PA) James G. Shikany (MO) Dominic J. Small (AL) Ronald J. Swihart (AZ) Bennie L. Tate (MI) Otis L. Tate, Jr. (FL) Bobby Tuggle (WA) David C. Whybrew (OK) Darrel J. Wilson (NC) The following 19 applicants did not have 3 years of experience driving a CMV on public highways with their vision deficiencies: Steven J. Black (PA) Kenneth W. Blake (KS) David W. Coburn (TX) Zackary W. Craft (MO) Kenneth Daggs (LA) Larry E. Edwards (GA) Alexandria J. Ensley (SC) Rodney R. Greiner (MT) Vashion E. Hammond (FL) James K. Long (MN) Richard M. Matheson (NC) Derrick S. Miller (TN) James C. Montgomery (TN) John M. Moore (LA) Marlon M. Moran (TX) PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12675 Cazzie L. Roberts (AL) Samuel Rodriguez (OH) Andrew R. Scroggins (IN) Frank A. Wolfe (MD) The following 11 applicants did not have 3 years of recent experience driving a CMV with the vision deficiency: William P. Barrett (OH) James F. Bowles (IL) Kevin J. Campanella (IA) Harry E. Farmer (WV) Armand P. Fortier (NH) Billy R. Lykins (OH) Wayne L. Marshall (NY) Anthony L. Pitts (AR) Steven L. Rowles (PA) Nicole L. Welborn (WI) Scott A. Yon (PA) The following 2 applicants did not have sufficient driving experience during the past 3 years under normal highway operating conditions: Kenneth A. Dinguss (WA) Kevin M. Gambill (WV) Dwayne S. Davidson (OH) was charged with a moving violation(s) in conjunction with a CMV accident(s). Jerry M. Richardson (NC) does not have verifiable proof of commercial driving experience over the past 3 years under normal highway operating conditions that would serve as an adequate predictor of future safe performance. Roy W. Houser, II (NC) did not hold a license which allowed operation of vehicles over 26,000 pounds for all or part of the preceding 3-year period. Roberto Fernandez (NJ) did not have an optometrist or ophthalmologist willing to make a statement that they are able to operate a CMV from a vision standpoint. The following 18 applicants were denied for multiple reasons: Lance T. Brown (KY) David A. Farmer (SC) Michael S. Gilmore (AR) Richard L. Hines (PA) Taylor M. Houghton (TX) Theatmus Lovell (FL) Christopher D. Miller (TX) Larry J. Neitzel (NE) Nicholas Pawlow (NJ) Cynethia Rainey (SC) Ingrid T. Reyes (DC) Blaine A. Rosencrans (ND) Willie T. Sanders (NE) Ernesto Silva (NM) John T. Smith (KS) Richard W. Vanhandel (NJ) Christopher P. Wagner (MO) Edward B. Wilson (VA) The following 3 applicants have not had stable vision for the preceding 3year period: E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12676 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 42 / Monday, March 6, 2017 / Notices David Dibb (WI) Victor Gomez (CA) Abelardo J. Gutierrez (TX) The following 2 applicants do not meet the vision standard in the better eye: Garvel J. Owens (MI) Luke A. Wester (KS) The following 12 applicants met the current federal vision standards. Exemptions are not required for applicants who meet the current regulations for vision: Stephen M. Billings (VT) Alvin L. Bonjour (KS) James H. Brown (VA) Ernest L. Felcher, Jr. (WA) Elizabeth N. Leal (TX) Aniece A. Lembo (NY) Dominic J. Macedo (NY) Jeffery L. Parker (VA) Wojciech Podwojcik (NC) Robert M. Rossell (MN) Douglas M Standy (ND) Jose A. Trigueros Lopez (CA) The following 25 applicants will not be driving interstate, intrastate commerce, or are not required to carry a DOT medical card: Nelson M. Anselmo (RI) Elliot Q. Boone (FL) Harold B. Cochran (MI) Orlando Colon (FL) Joseph J. Crane (GA) David E. Failor (PA) Jerry D. Gibson (TX) Percy L. Hicks (FL) Peter P. Higbee (NJ) Nicholas A. Jones (OH) Robert C. Lavoie (NH) Miguel A. Limon (CA) Charles S. Lundgren (WA) Judge McGee (TX) Juan J. Melendez Maldonado (NC) Gregory L. Messing (MI) Dustin M. Ohm (MN) Zachary R. Reamer (MN) Gerardo Reyes Hernandez (CA) Rolando Rosales (OK) Carlos J. Sandoval Caisphal (CO) Gary A. Underwood (GA) Jimmie D. Washington (TX) Bryan Whiting (NC) Michael D. Wolfe (PA) The following 3 applicants performs transportation for the Federal government, state, or any political subdivision of the state: John F. Cole (CT) Paul T. Collins (MI) William W. Lewis (OH) Issued on: February 27, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–04263 Filed 3–3–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:24 Mar 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–5748; FMCSA– 1999–6156; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7165; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– 2002–12294; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2004–17195; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA– 2004–19477; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA– 2006–26066; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0292; FMCSA– 2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA– 2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA– 2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA– 2012–0278; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA– 2014–0010; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA– 2014–0298; FMCSA–2014–0299] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 128 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions was effective on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in the discussions below. 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: SUMMARY: 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. PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and 5 p.m., e.t., 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 December 29, 2016, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 128 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (81 FR 96165). The public comment period ended on January 30, 2017, and no comments were received. As stated in the previous notice, FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions 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)(10). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically qualified to driver a CMV if that person: Has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye 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. III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received no comments in this preceding. VI. Conclusion As of January 3, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 29 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (64 FR 40404; 64 FR 54948; 64 FR 66962; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 77066; 66 FR 66969; 67 FR 10475; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 8260; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 26206; 69 FR 31447; 69 FR 52741; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62741; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64810; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 26602; 71 FR 27033; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 66217; 72 FR 185; E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 42 (Monday, March 6, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0215]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

ACTION: Notice of denials.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its denial of 144 applications from 
individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal vision standard 
applicable to interstate truck and bus drivers and the reasons for the 
denials. 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 exemptions does 
not provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater 
than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these 
commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

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 W64-113, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are 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 grant an exemption 
from the Federal vision standard for a renewable 2-year period if it 
finds ``such an exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that 
is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved 
absent such an exemption.'' The procedures for requesting an exemption 
are set forth in 49 CFR part 381.
    Accordingly, FMCSA evaluated 144 individual exemption requests on 
their merit and made a determination that these applicants do not 
satisfy the criteria eligibility or meet the terms and conditions of 
the Federal exemption program. Each applicant has, prior to this 
notice, received a letter of final disposition on the exemption 
request. Those decision letters fully outlined the basis for the denial 
and constitute final Agency action. The list published in this notice 
summarizes the Agency's recent denials as required under 49 U.S.C. 
31315(b)(4) by periodically publishing names and reasons for denial.
    The following 45 applicants had no experience operating a CMV:

Joshua D. Adkins (PA)
Sterling Arkills (OR)
Karen A. Bright (SC)
Shane O. Bright (IL)
William C. Budka (MD)
Robert S. Campbell (WA)
Harley M. Cleckner (IN)
Brenton S. Cooper (WV)
Jose M. Corral (TX)
Roman S. Denson (AL)
Agron Dili (ND)
Gary M. Dunn, Jr. (MD)
Rodney S. Evans (IL)
Jonas M. Feth (MN)
Johnny D. Freeman (AR)
Scott J. Geritano (NC)
Scott D. Greiger (WI)
Scipio Hill (OH)
Eric R. Isble (PA)
Misty D. Jett (MO)
Daniel R. Kerner (NH)
Steven L. Lane (OR)
Keith A. Leary (CA)
Max J. Lopez (CO)
Paul Morgan (PA)
Richard N. Neff (PA)
Antonio Ortiz (KS)
Dasey D. Parks (GA)
George W. Parrish (OR)
Eduardo J. Pastran-Garcia (KS)
Mackenzie T. Pickle (TX)
Benjamin J. Pitchford (WI)
Matthew T. Pritchett (MD)
Cameron N. Puckett (OH)
James A. Purtle (MN)
Donald Rogers (OH)
Andrew W. Sheeder (PA)
James G. Shikany (MO)
Dominic J. Small (AL)
Ronald J. Swihart (AZ)
Bennie L. Tate (MI)
Otis L. Tate, Jr. (FL)
Bobby Tuggle (WA)
David C. Whybrew (OK)
Darrel J. Wilson (NC)

    The following 19 applicants did not have 3 years of experience 
driving a CMV on public highways with their vision deficiencies:

Steven J. Black (PA)
Kenneth W. Blake (KS)
David W. Coburn (TX)
Zackary W. Craft (MO)
Kenneth Daggs (LA)
Larry E. Edwards (GA)
Alexandria J. Ensley (SC)
Rodney R. Greiner (MT)
Vashion E. Hammond (FL)
James K. Long (MN)
Richard M. Matheson (NC)
Derrick S. Miller (TN)
James C. Montgomery (TN)
John M. Moore (LA)
Marlon M. Moran (TX)
Cazzie L. Roberts (AL)
Samuel Rodriguez (OH)
Andrew R. Scroggins (IN)
Frank A. Wolfe (MD)

    The following 11 applicants did not have 3 years of recent 
experience driving a CMV with the vision deficiency:

William P. Barrett (OH)
James F. Bowles (IL)
Kevin J. Campanella (IA)
Harry E. Farmer (WV)
Armand P. Fortier (NH)
Billy R. Lykins (OH)
Wayne L. Marshall (NY)
Anthony L. Pitts (AR)
Steven L. Rowles (PA)
Nicole L. Welborn (WI)
Scott A. Yon (PA)

    The following 2 applicants did not have sufficient driving 
experience during the past 3 years under normal highway operating 
conditions:

Kenneth A. Dinguss (WA)
Kevin M. Gambill (WV)

    Dwayne S. Davidson (OH) was charged with a moving violation(s) in 
conjunction with a CMV accident(s).
    Jerry M. Richardson (NC) does not have verifiable proof of 
commercial driving experience over the past 3 years under normal 
highway operating conditions that would serve as an adequate predictor 
of future safe performance.
    Roy W. Houser, II (NC) did not hold a license which allowed 
operation of vehicles over 26,000 pounds for all or part of the 
preceding 3-year period.
    Roberto Fernandez (NJ) did not have an optometrist or 
ophthalmologist willing to make a statement that they are able to 
operate a CMV from a vision standpoint.
    The following 18 applicants were denied for multiple reasons:

Lance T. Brown (KY)
David A. Farmer (SC)
Michael S. Gilmore (AR)
Richard L. Hines (PA)
Taylor M. Houghton (TX)
Theatmus Lovell (FL)
Christopher D. Miller (TX)
Larry J. Neitzel (NE)
Nicholas Pawlow (NJ)
Cynethia Rainey (SC)
Ingrid T. Reyes (DC)
Blaine A. Rosencrans (ND)
Willie T. Sanders (NE)
Ernesto Silva (NM)
John T. Smith (KS)
Richard W. Vanhandel (NJ)
Christopher P. Wagner (MO)
Edward B. Wilson (VA)

    The following 3 applicants have not had stable vision for the 
preceding 3-year period:


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David Dibb (WI)
Victor Gomez (CA)
Abelardo J. Gutierrez (TX)

    The following 2 applicants do not meet the vision standard in the 
better eye:

Garvel J. Owens (MI)
Luke A. Wester (KS)

    The following 12 applicants met the current federal vision 
standards. Exemptions are not required for applicants who meet the 
current regulations for vision:

Stephen M. Billings (VT)
Alvin L. Bonjour (KS)
James H. Brown (VA)
Ernest L. Felcher, Jr. (WA)
Elizabeth N. Leal (TX)
Aniece A. Lembo (NY)
Dominic J. Macedo (NY)
Jeffery L. Parker (VA)
Wojciech Podwojcik (NC)
Robert M. Rossell (MN)
Douglas M Standy (ND)
Jose A. Trigueros Lopez (CA)

    The following 25 applicants will not be driving interstate, 
intrastate commerce, or are not required to carry a DOT medical card:

Nelson M. Anselmo (RI)
Elliot Q. Boone (FL)
Harold B. Cochran (MI)
Orlando Colon (FL)
Joseph J. Crane (GA)
David E. Failor (PA)
Jerry D. Gibson (TX)
Percy L. Hicks (FL)
Peter P. Higbee (NJ)
Nicholas A. Jones (OH)
Robert C. Lavoie (NH)
Miguel A. Limon (CA)
Charles S. Lundgren (WA)
Judge McGee (TX)
Juan J. Melendez Maldonado (NC)
Gregory L. Messing (MI)
Dustin M. Ohm (MN)
Zachary R. Reamer (MN)
Gerardo Reyes Hernandez (CA)
Rolando Rosales (OK)
Carlos J. Sandoval Caisphal (CO)
Gary A. Underwood (GA)
Jimmie D. Washington (TX)
Bryan Whiting (NC)
Michael D. Wolfe (PA)

    The following 3 applicants performs transportation for the Federal 
government, state, or any political sub-division of the state:

John F. Cole (CT)
Paul T. Collins (MI)
William W. Lewis (OH)

     Issued on: February 27, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
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