Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes, 19435-19438 [2017-08498]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices Jeffrey D. Griffin (NC) Daryll A. Grinkey (IL) Daniel J. Irving (MD) Charles B. Jesness (CO) Derrick Johnson (IL) Robert F. King (NY) Henry D. Lyons (CT) Owen L. MacDonald (KS) Edwin Martinez, Jr. (DE) Joseph Murray (KS) Bryan J. Orcutt (ID) Jesus H. Oseguera (ID) Eugenio J. Pereira (NJ) Brian R. Repp (WI) Michael W. Robinson (MD) Reynaldo Roman (NY) David A. Rosen (PA) Joseph C. Schulte (OH) Byron L. Short (CO) George W. Sparrow (RI) Gabriel S. Stevens (CT) Stanford A. Tilghman (PA) Joshua F. Tolman (UT) Thomas W. Truitt (WY) Joseph G. Volz (WI) David B. Watson (FL) Curtis D. Weinman (WA) Charlie A. Williams (NC) Timothy J. Williamson (GA) Mark E. Wisecarver (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 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: April 19, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–08497 Filed 4–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2005–22177; FMCSA– 2005–22905; FMCSA–2006–26600; FMCSA– 2008–0009; FMCSA–2008–0399; FMCSA– 2009–0055; FMCSA–2011–0011; FMCSA– 2011–0025; FMCSA–2013–0011; FMCSA– 2013–0013; FMCSA–2014–0314] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. ACTION: FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions of 135 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. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions are effective from the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before May 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. FMCSA–2005–22177; FMCSA–2005– 22905; FMCSA–2006–26600; FMCSA– 2008–0009; FMCSA–2008–0399; FMCSA–2009–0055; FMCSA–2011– 0011; FMCSA–2011–0025; FMCSA– 2013–0011; FMCSA–2013–0013; FMCSA–2014–0314 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19435 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). 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 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. 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 135 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. II. Exemption Decision This notice addresses 135 individuals who have requested renewal of their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. These 135 drivers remain in good standing with the Agency, have maintained their required medical monitoring and have not exhibited any medical issues that would compromise E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 19436 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices 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 submit an annual ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report; 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 DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES III. 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 groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of April and are discussed below. As of April 2, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 7852; 79 FR 19798): Isaias Gomez (IN) Brandon E. Hamlett (NV) Douglas F. Keller (MI) Mark R. Loesel (WI) Jason E. McAnnally (AL) Samuel L. Sergio (MA) Paul M. Shierk (OR) David W. West (MO) Eugene R. Zollner II (OH) The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0011. Their exemptions are effective as of April 2, 2017, and will expire on April 2, 2019. As of April 5, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 James R. Moretz, Jr. (PA) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (70 FR 60875; 71 FR 17159). This driver was included in docket No. FMCSA–2005–22177. The exemption is effective as of April 5, 2017, and will expire on April 5, 2019. As of April 6, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (74 FR 7093; 74 FR 15577): Daniel J. Conner (PA) Luis G. Garcia (FL) Joey M. Godinho (CA) Gerardo Gonzalez (WI) Edwin L. Haynie (TX) Darryl D. Hewitt (CA) Mark D. Hoag (WA) Patrick H. Junkins (SC) Jeffrey D. Moul (SD) Frank B. Rivett (NY) Michael L. Wise (IN) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2008–0399. Their exemptions are effective as of April 6, 2017, and will expire on April 6, 2019. As of April 7, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 3 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (70 FR 75236; 71 FR 17943): Roy G. Hill (KY) Anthony D. Izzi (RI) Kenneth L. Pogue (MO) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2005–22905. Their exemptions are effective as of April 7, 2017, and will expire on April 7, 2019. As of April 18, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 27 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (80 FR 14232; 80 FR 26986): Scott A. Anderson (MN) Peter A. Breister (WI) Donald J. Carino (IL) Marc B. Curtis (NV) Aaron M. Dixon (SD) Bradley O. Gibson (TX) Theodore F. Griffith (MA) Lawrence E. Handel (OR) Danny P. Hersh (NE) Bryan W. Hughes-Gariepy (NY) James L. Johnson (GA) Thomas Landis (IL) PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Grant L. Lupold (PA) Nathan R. McGathey (IN) Mark A. Mesnard (OH) Gene K. Milburn (ID) Andrew M. Oliver (MI) Richard L. Peak (KS) Anthony P. Reith (PA) Steven Smith (FL) Robert L. Snyder (MA) John H. Spierings (WI) Robert E. Stokes (WA) Corey R. Sturm (IN) Christopher W. Williams (ID) Robert L. Witt (VT) Paul G. Wright (CO) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2014–0314. Their exemptions are effective as of April 18, 2017, and will expire on April 18, 2019. As of April 22, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 10 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (74 FR 9467; 74 FR 18436): Scott D. Baroch (MT) Michael G. Chisum (NM) Timothy N. Davenport (TN) Henry S. Glover (TX) James R. Halliday (NY) Nathan M. Hennix (ND) Wilbert E. Isadore (TX) Eddie J. Nosser (MO) Joseph C. Perrin III (MN) Ronald A. Stachura (WI) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2009–0055. Their exemptions are effective as of April 22, 2017, and will expire on April 22, 2019. As of April 24, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 14406; 78 FR 24303): Christopher R. Anderson (MN) Brent T. Applebury (MO) Jospeh A. Auchterlonie (NH) Brett D. Bertagnolli (IN) Brian T. Bofenkamp (WA) Scott A. Carlson (PA) John Fityere (NJ) Ronald A. Heaps (OH) Martin A. Houts (IA) Michael T. Kraft (MN) Kris W. Lindsay (KS) Edward M. Luczynski (NJ) John E. Ruth (IL) Greggory A. Smith (MO) James M. Torkildson (WI) Terry R. Washa (NE) Alfred J. Williams (VA) Scott B. Wood (ND) James L. Zore (IN) E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2013–0013. Their exemptions are effective as of April 24, 2017, and will expire on April 24, 2019. As of April 25, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 36 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (73 FR 11982; 73 FR 22456; 76 FR 9854; 76 FR 9862; 76 FR 22940; 76 FR 22941): Ryan N. Adams (CA) Kevin J. Agler (IN) Michael B. Bessinger (UT) Douglas D. Brown (WI) Warren S. Brown (GA) Roger R. Cabana (ME) Steven W. Ceckiewicz (WI) Joseph F. Colbert (PA) Daniel E. Coufal (NE) Gregory M. Cox (NY) Dennis J. Dallmann (MN) Bruce R. Davis (NJ) Michael B. Elzey (WY) Earl S. Fibish (CA) Todd W. Gillespie (NY) Omar S. Griffin, Jr. (MN) Richard E. Grunden (ND) Mark Hall (NJ) Michael B. Heuett (ID) Dennis P. Hohnerlein (GA) Todd A. Kozemchak (PA) Chad M. Kunkel (MN) Paul F. Lanich (PA) Kenneth L. Lefeld (OH) Daryl G. Lewis (TX) Jeffrey S. Lomber (MI) Joseph G. McDonald (MD) Alan J. Mitchell (DE) Raymond P. Mora, Sr. (AZ) James L. Mynars (MN) John R. Pile (IN) Dale A. Roberts (IA) Richard S. Synakowski (NY) Bruce K. Thomas (NY) Kory M. Tobias (IL) Kevin J. Van Horn (MI) The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: FMCSA– 2008–0009; FMCSA–2011–0011; FMCSA–2011–0025. Their exemptions are effective as of April 25, 2017, and will expire on April 25, 2019. As of April 28, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, Spencer J. Olson (ID) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (80 FR 14232; 80 FR 26986). This driver was included in docket No. FMCSA–2014–0314. The exemption is effective as of April 28, 2017, and will expire on April 28, 2019. As of April 30, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 31315, the following 18 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (72 FR 9399; 72 FR 21316): Daniel W. Bezdek (OH) Jason L. Freeseman (IA) Rusty W. Frost (NM) Andrew J. Hayek (WI) Gary L. Koehn (NE) Edward T. Megee (CA) Steven T. Moody (AL) Timothy W. Nelson (MN) Richard W. Newman (NY) Jamison P. Noel (IA) Rex S. Norquist (KS) Steven B. Novak (CA) Russell D. Rockefeller (NY) Scott W. Sheerer (OH) Richard L. Strange (IA) Samuel G. Thiel (ND) Robert J. Varetoni (NJ) Michael R. Vaupel (KS) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2006–26600. Their exemptions are effective as of April 30, 2017, and will expire on April 30, 2019. Each of the 135 drivers in the aforementioned groups qualifies for a renewal of the exemption. They 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. 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 of the 135 drivers for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA– 2005–22177; FMCSA–2005–22905; FMCSA–2006–26600; FMCSA–2008– 0009; FMCSA–2008–0399; FMCSA– 2009–0055; FMCSA–2011–0011; FMCSA–2011–0025; FMCSA–2013– 0011; FMCSA–2013–0013; FMCSA– 2014–0314. IV. 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 May 30, 2017. FMCSA believes that the requirements for a renewal of an PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19437 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 135 individuals from rule prohibiting persons with ITDM from operating CMVs in interstate commerce in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3). 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 medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from rule prohibiting persons with ITDM from operating CMVs in interstate commerce. 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. V. 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–2005–22177; FMCSA–2005– 22905; FMCSA–2006–26600; FMCSA– 2008–0009; FMCSA–2008–0399; FMCSA–2009–0055; FMCSA–2011– 0011; FMCSA–2011–0025; FMCSA– 2013–0011; FMCSA–2013–0013; FMCSA–2014–0314 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 E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 19438 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 80 / Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Notices 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. We 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. VI. 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–2005–22177; FMCSA–2005– 22905; FMCSA–2006–26600; FMCSA– 2008–0009; FMCSA–2008–0399; FMCSA–2009–0055; FMCSA–2011– 0011; FMCSA–2011–0025; FMCSA– 2013–0011; FMCSA–2013–0013; FMCSA–2014–0314 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice. Dated: April 19, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–08498 Filed 4–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0031] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 50 individuals for exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before May 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Apr 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 2017–0031 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 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., e.t., 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., 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 online. 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. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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.’’ The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 50 individuals listed in this notice have recently requested such an exemption from the diabetes prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b) (3), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting the exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. II. Qualifications of Applicants Gerald G. Blacklock Mr. Blacklock, 65, has had ITDM since 2016. His endocrinologist examined him in 2017 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Blacklock understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Blacklock meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2017 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. Ronald J. Boe Mr. Boe, 67, has had ITDM since 2016. His endocrinologist examined him in 2017 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Boe understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Boe meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2016 and certified that he has stable nonproliferative diabetic E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2005-22177; FMCSA-2005-22905; FMCSA-2006-26600; 
FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2008-0399; FMCSA-2009-0055; FMCSA-2011-0011; 
FMCSA-2011-0025; FMCSA-2013-0011; FMCSA-2013-0013; FMCSA-2014-0314]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes

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 of 135 
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.

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) numbers: Docket No. FMCSA-2005-22177; FMCSA-
2005-22905; FMCSA-2006-26600; FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2008-0399; FMCSA-
2009-0055; FMCSA-2011-0011; FMCSA-2011-0025; FMCSA-2013-0011; FMCSA-
2013-0013; FMCSA-2014-0314 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 
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, 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:

I. 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 135 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 2-
year exemption period.

II. Exemption Decision

    This notice addresses 135 individuals who have requested renewal of 
their exemptions in accordance with FMCSA procedures. These 135 drivers 
remain in good standing with the Agency, have maintained their required 
medical monitoring and have not exhibited any medical issues that would 
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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 submit an annual 
ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report; 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 self-employed. The driver must 
also have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to 
a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official.

III. 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 groups of 
drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of April and are 
discussed below.
    As of April 2, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 9 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 7852; 79 FR 
19798):

Isaias Gomez (IN)
Brandon E. Hamlett (NV)
Douglas F. Keller (MI)
Mark R. Loesel (WI)
Jason E. McAnnally (AL)
Samuel L. Sergio (MA)
Paul M. Shierk (OR)
David W. West (MO)
Eugene R. Zollner II (OH)

    The drivers were included in Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0011. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 2, 2017, and will expire on April 
2, 2019.
    As of April 5, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, James R. Moretz, Jr. (PA) has satisfied the renewal conditions 
for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM 
from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (70 FR 60875; 71 FR 17159).
    This driver was included in docket No. FMCSA-2005-22177. The 
exemption is effective as of April 5, 2017, and will expire on April 5, 
2019.
    As of April 6, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (74 FR 7093; 74 FR 
15577):

Daniel J. Conner (PA)
Luis G. Garcia (FL)
Joey M. Godinho (CA)
Gerardo Gonzalez (WI)
Edwin L. Haynie (TX)
Darryl D. Hewitt (CA)
Mark D. Hoag (WA)
Patrick H. Junkins (SC)
Jeffrey D. Moul (SD)
Frank B. Rivett (NY)
Michael L. Wise (IN)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2008-0399. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 6, 2017, and will expire on April 
6, 2019.
    As of April 7, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 3 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (70 FR 75236; 71 FR 
17943):

Roy G. Hill (KY)
Anthony D. Izzi (RI)
Kenneth L. Pogue (MO)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2005-22905. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 7, 2017, and will expire on April 
7, 2019.
    As of April 18, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 27 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (80 FR 14232; 80 FR 
26986):

Scott A. Anderson (MN)
Peter A. Breister (WI)
Donald J. Carino (IL)
Marc B. Curtis (NV)
Aaron M. Dixon (SD)
Bradley O. Gibson (TX)
Theodore F. Griffith (MA)
Lawrence E. Handel (OR)
Danny P. Hersh (NE)
Bryan W. Hughes-Gariepy (NY)
James L. Johnson (GA)
Thomas Landis (IL)
Grant L. Lupold (PA)
Nathan R. McGathey (IN)
Mark A. Mesnard (OH)
Gene K. Milburn (ID)
Andrew M. Oliver (MI)
Richard L. Peak (KS)
Anthony P. Reith (PA)
Steven Smith (FL)
Robert L. Snyder (MA)
John H. Spierings (WI)
Robert E. Stokes (WA)
Corey R. Sturm (IN)
Christopher W. Williams (ID)
Robert L. Witt (VT)
Paul G. Wright (CO)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2014-0314. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 18, 2017, and will expire on April 
18, 2019.
    As of April 22, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 10 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (74 FR 9467; 74 FR 
18436):

Scott D. Baroch (MT)
Michael G. Chisum (NM)
Timothy N. Davenport (TN)
Henry S. Glover (TX)
James R. Halliday (NY)
Nathan M. Hennix (ND)
Wilbert E. Isadore (TX)
Eddie J. Nosser (MO)
Joseph C. Perrin III (MN)
Ronald A. Stachura (WI)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2009-0055. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 22, 2017, and will expire on April 
22, 2019.
    As of April 24, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 19 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (78 FR 14406; 78 FR 
24303):

Christopher R. Anderson (MN)
Brent T. Applebury (MO)
Jospeh A. Auchterlonie (NH)
Brett D. Bertagnolli (IN)
Brian T. Bofenkamp (WA)
Scott A. Carlson (PA)
John Fityere (NJ)
Ronald A. Heaps (OH)
Martin A. Houts (IA)
Michael T. Kraft (MN)
Kris W. Lindsay (KS)
Edward M. Luczynski (NJ)
John E. Ruth (IL)
Greggory A. Smith (MO)
James M. Torkildson (WI)
Terry R. Washa (NE)
Alfred J. Williams (VA)
Scott B. Wood (ND)
James L. Zore (IN)


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    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2013-0013. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 24, 2017, and will expire on April 
24, 2019.
    As of April 25, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 36 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (73 FR 11982; 73 FR 
22456; 76 FR 9854; 76 FR 9862; 76 FR 22940; 76 FR 22941):

Ryan N. Adams (CA)
Kevin J. Agler (IN)
Michael B. Bessinger (UT)
Douglas D. Brown (WI)
Warren S. Brown (GA)
Roger R. Cabana (ME)
Steven W. Ceckiewicz (WI)
Joseph F. Colbert (PA)
Daniel E. Coufal (NE)
Gregory M. Cox (NY)
Dennis J. Dallmann (MN)
Bruce R. Davis (NJ)
Michael B. Elzey (WY)
Earl S. Fibish (CA)
Todd W. Gillespie (NY)
Omar S. Griffin, Jr. (MN)
Richard E. Grunden (ND)
Mark Hall (NJ)
Michael B. Heuett (ID)
Dennis P. Hohnerlein (GA)
Todd A. Kozemchak (PA)
Chad M. Kunkel (MN)
Paul F. Lanich (PA)
Kenneth L. Lefeld (OH)
Daryl G. Lewis (TX)
Jeffrey S. Lomber (MI)
Joseph G. McDonald (MD)
Alan J. Mitchell (DE)
Raymond P. Mora, Sr. (AZ)
James L. Mynars (MN)
John R. Pile (IN)
Dale A. Roberts (IA)
Richard S. Synakowski (NY)
Bruce K. Thomas (NY)
Kory M. Tobias (IL)
Kevin J. Van Horn (MI)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket Nos: 
FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2011-0011; FMCSA-2011-0025. Their exemptions are 
effective as of April 25, 2017, and will expire on April 25, 2019.
    As of April 28, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, Spencer J. Olson (ID) has satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers with ITDM from 
driving CMVs in interstate commerce (80 FR 14232; 80 FR 26986).
    This driver was included in docket No. FMCSA-2014-0314. The 
exemption is effective as of April 28, 2017, and will expire on April 
28, 2019.
    As of April 30, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 18 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the rule prohibiting drivers 
with ITDM from driving CMVs in interstate commerce (72 FR 9399; 72 FR 
21316):

Daniel W. Bezdek (OH)
Jason L. Freeseman (IA)
Rusty W. Frost (NM)
Andrew J. Hayek (WI)
Gary L. Koehn (NE)
Edward T. Megee (CA)
Steven T. Moody (AL)
Timothy W. Nelson (MN)
Richard W. Newman (NY)
Jamison P. Noel (IA)
Rex S. Norquist (KS)
Steven B. Novak (CA)
Russell D. Rockefeller (NY)
Scott W. Sheerer (OH)
Richard L. Strange (IA)
Samuel G. Thiel (ND)
Robert J. Varetoni (NJ)
Michael R. Vaupel (KS)

    The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA-2006-26600. Their 
exemptions are effective as of April 30, 2017, and will expire on April 
30, 2019.
    Each of the 135 drivers in the aforementioned groups qualifies for 
a renewal of the exemption. They 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.
    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 of the 
135 drivers for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of 
safety equal to that existing without the exemption. The drivers were 
included in docket numbers FMCSA-2005-22177; FMCSA-2005-22905; FMCSA-
2006-26600; FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2008-0399; FMCSA-2009-0055; FMCSA-
2011-0011; FMCSA-2011-0025; FMCSA-2013-0011; FMCSA-2013-0013; FMCSA-
2014-0314.

IV. 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 May 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 135 individuals from rule 
prohibiting persons with ITDM from operating CMVs in interstate 
commerce in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3). 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 medical condition of each applicant for an exemption from 
rule prohibiting persons with ITDM from operating CMVs in interstate 
commerce. 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.

V. 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-2005-22177; FMCSA-
2005-22905; FMCSA-2006-26600; FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2008-0399; FMCSA-
2009-0055; FMCSA-2011-0011; FMCSA-2011-0025; FMCSA-2013-0011; FMCSA-
2013-0013; FMCSA-2014-0314 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

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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 determination at any time after 
the close of the comment period.

VI. 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-2005-22177; FMCSA-2005-22905; FMCSA-2006-26600; 
FMCSA-2008-0009; FMCSA-2008-0399; FMCSA-2009-0055; FMCSA-2011-0011; 
FMCSA-2011-0025; FMCSA-2013-0011; FMCSA-2013-0013; FMCSA-2014-0314 and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' and you will find 
all documents and comments related to this notice.

    Dated: April 19, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-08498 Filed 4-26-17; 8:45 am]
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