Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 20962-20966 [2017-09000]

Download as PDF 20962 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Notices July 25, 2016, and August 15, 2016 received with his application request. Raymond Loffredo Mr. Loffredo is a 71 year old Class A CDL holder in Pennsylvania. A January 2017 report from the office of Mr. Loffredo’s cardiologist indicates that his ICD was implanted in May of 2016 and has never deployed. As of a November 2016 office evaluation he was ‘‘clinically stable on his current medical regimen, has no cardiac complaints, and his underlying medical condition is under control.’’ pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES III. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated in the dates section of the notice. IV. 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 number ‘‘FMCSA–2017–0116’’ 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, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and materials received during the comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination any time after the close of the comment period. V. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:39 May 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 FMCSA–2017–0116 and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ and you will find all documents and comments related to this notice. Issued on: April 27, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–08999 Filed 5–3–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0017] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 36 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 5, 2017. All comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued the day after the comment period closes. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 2017–0017 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-year period if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 36 individuals listed in this notice have each requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Notices exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. II. Qualifications of Applicants David A. Buchanan Mr. Buchanan, 46, has chorioretinal scarring in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Also, Mr. Buchanan’s overall vision with both eyes is normal 20/20. I think he should be able to perform the driving tests required for his commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Buchanan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 90,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 300,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Brian E. Burrows Mr. Burrows, 45, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/125. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, this patient has sufficient vision to safely perform tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Burrows reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 840,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Esta Cadet Mr. Cadet, 41, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Therefore, both his visual acuity and color vision meet the standards to qualify him to operate a commercial vehicle under the DOT regulation provided.’’ Mr. Cadet reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 34,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Gary G. Colby Mr. Colby, 53, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Gary VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:39 May 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 has no peripheral vision defects and is capable of operating a commercial vehicle in all conditions.’’ Mr. Colby reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 400,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 400,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Herman A. Davis Mr. Davis, 43, has exotropia and scarring in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Davis DOES [sic] have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Davis reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 108,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Brandon G. Dills Mr. Dills, 33, has had a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He demonstrates sufficient vision abilities to pass a commercial driving license exam.’’ Mr. Dills reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 250,000 miles, and buses for 10 years, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jeremy L. Fricke Mr. Fricke, 34, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘His vision in the left eye is excellent uncorrected and, in my opinion, is sufficient to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Fricke reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 32,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, accumulating 48,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20963 North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 2 convictions for moving violations in a CMV; in the first incident, he exceeded the speed limit by 20 mph, and in the second incident he exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph. Scott J. Geritano Mr. Geritano, 55, has had glaucoma in his left eye since 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Therefore, based on the testing above, he does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Geritano reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 19 years, accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jonathen M. Gilligan Mr. Gilligan, 29, has had a degenerated globe in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Jonathan [sic] has satisfactorily undertaken and passed the necessary requirements for CDL driving certification. Tests have proven stability and clearly demonstrates sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a COMMERCIAL [sic] vehicle.’’ Mr. Gilligan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jeffrey J. Graham Mr. Graham, 47, has had a choroidal neovascular membrane in his right eye since 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/250, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Therefore, I will certify, in my medical opinion, that Jeffrey has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Graham reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 29 years, accumulating 2.9 million miles. He holds a Class E CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 20964 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Notices Dustin L. Hawkins Mr. Hawkins, 29, has had coats disease in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/ 20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Hawkins has sufficient vision in his left eye to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hawkins reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 140,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 94,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Michael S. Higham Mr. Higham, 62, has retinal detachment in his right eye since 2012. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘The visual acuity is normal and there are no abnormalities in the left eye . . . There are no deficiencies that would not allow him to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Higham reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 39 years, accumulating 3.32 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Travis R. Honzel Mr. Honzel, 36, has optic nerve damage in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Honzel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 1 crash and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Lloyd M. Hoover Mr. Hoover, 50, has had a macular scar in his right eye due to histoplasmosis in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Hoover also has visual fields extending to 120 degrees in the horizontal and in my opinion has sufficient vision to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:39 May 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 vehicle.’’ Mr. Hoover reported that he has driven straight trucks for 33 years, accumulating 16.5 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 32 years, accumulating 16 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Roy W. Houser, II Mr. Houser, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my professional opinion, Mr. Houser has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Houser reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 540,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 31 years, accumulating 4.03 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Maurice R. Jones, Jr. Mr. Jones, 65, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Vision is sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jones reported that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 28,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Maryland. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Robert B. Jordahl Mr. Jordahl, 66, has had age-related macular degeneration in his left eye since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify, that in my medical opinion this patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jordahl reported that he has driven straight trucks for 45 years, accumulating 225,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.8 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Damian Klyza Mr. Klyza, 34, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my professional opinion that he is visually capable of driving a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Klyza reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 210,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John J. Lackey Mr. Lackey, 48, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1993. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 25, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Pt [sic] is observed to have sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Lackey reported that he has driven straight trucks for 22 years, accumulating 330,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 22 years, accumulating 330,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Zachary J. McCluskey Mr. McCluskey, 21, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Given the chronic status of his visual acuity, patient likely competent to drive commercially but, [sic] patient must be cleared through the DOT.’’ Mr. McCluskey reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 16,500 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Adam Merges Mr. Merges, 53, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘He has low vision OS from abmlyolpia [sic] which is a congenital condition and stable for life. He meets all criteria set out by your department to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Merges reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 702,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years, E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Notices accumulating 26,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jimmy L. Metcalf Mr. Metcalf, 77, has optic nerve damage in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1950. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘There are no issues which would inhibit COMMERCIAL [sic] driving abilities based on visual performance of the right eye.’’ Mr. Metcalf reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 44 years, accumulating 1.76 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John R. Miller Mr. Miller, 60, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1981. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I feel that Mr. Miller has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Miller reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 1 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES David G. Neff Mr. Neff, 48, has had optic atrophy in his left eye since 2012. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/40. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, David has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Neff reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 312,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Kentucky. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Matthew J. Neufer Mr. Neufer, 33, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘My opinion is that Mr. Neufer is able to visually perform the duties mentioned in the letter for operating commercial vehicles.’’ Mr. Neufer VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:39 May 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Vincent R. Neville Mr. Neville, 46, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Vince has sufficient vision and can safely perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Neville reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, accumulating 24,000 miles, and tractortrailer combinations for 11 years, accumulating 11,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Willie L. Nez, Jr. Mr. Nez, 49, had his right eye enucleated due to a malignancy in 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/ 20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, he has the visual capacity to perform his driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Nez reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 2.6 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years, accumulating 6.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Kevin B. Patterson Mr. Patterson, 54, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to malignant melanoma in 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated that Mr. Patterson does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a CMV. Mr. Patterson reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years, accumulating 1.69 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Stuart W. Penner Mr. Penner, 66, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to absolute glaucoma in childhood. The visual PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20965 acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my professional opinion that Mr. Penner has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Penner reported that he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, accumulating 750,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 600,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Brock E. Peterson Mr. Peterson, 41, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my medical opinion that Mr. Brock Peterson has sufficient vision with glasses to perform all the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Peterson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles, and buses for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles. He holds an operator’s license from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Efren J. Soliz Mr. Soliz, 48, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘This patient has sufficient visual field to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Soliz reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 180,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Anthony J.M. Thornburg Mr. Thornburg, 38, has central vision loss in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my professional opinion, Mr. Thornburg has sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely’’ Mr. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 20966 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Notices Thornburg reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 225,000 miles. He holds a chauffer’s license from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Eric J. Wickman Mr. Wickman, 47, had his right eye enucleated due to a traumatic incident in 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In summary, given the stable nature of Eric’s visual deficiency and stable ocular health of his left eye, I feel that Eric functions well and is fully able to perform all driving tasks without restriction at this time.’’ Mr. Wickman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 22 years, accumulating 3.3 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 22 years, accumulating 3.3 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Don S. Williams Mr. Williams, 58, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is therefore my opinion that Mr. Williams has full field of vision and would not have difficulty driving any type of motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Williams reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 480,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 880,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 9 mph. Garfield M. Williams Mr. Williams, 40, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is in my opinion that Mr. Williams does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle and will have no difficulty seeing at night.’’ Mr. Williams reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 297,500 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:39 May 03, 2017 Jkt 241001 violation in a CMV; he failed to obey a traffic control device. James J. Wyles Mr. Wyles, 39, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘He has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Wyles reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 years, accumulating 644,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. III. Public Participation and Request for Comments FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number FMCSA–2017–0017 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and click ‘‘Search’’. When the new screen appears, click on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination at any time after the close of the comment period. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number FMCSA–2017–0017 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued on: April 27, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–09000 Filed 5–3–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0035] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 46 individuals from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were effective on May 13, 2016. The exemptions expire on May 13, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 113, Washington, DC 20590–0001. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 85 (Thursday, May 4, 2017)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0017]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 36 individuals 
for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in 
one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these 
individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate 
commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. 
If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as 
drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 5, 2017. All 
comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued 
the day after the comment period closes.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0017 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
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 FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your 
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard 
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting 
comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. If you have questions 
regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket 
Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-year period 
if it finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety 
that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved 
absent such exemption.'' FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 
2-year period. The 36 individuals listed in this notice have each 
requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. 
Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting an

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exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by 
statute.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

David A. Buchanan

    Mr. Buchanan, 46, has chorioretinal scarring in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Also, Mr. Buchanan's overall vision with both 
eyes is normal 20/20. I think he should be able to perform the driving 
tests required for his commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Buchanan reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 90,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 300,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from South Carolina. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Brian E. Burrows

    Mr. Burrows, 45, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/125. 
Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
medical opinion, this patient has sufficient vision to safely perform 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Burrows reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 840,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Esta Cadet

    Mr. Cadet, 41, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/
25. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``Therefore, both his visual acuity and color vision meet the standards 
to qualify him to operate a commercial vehicle under the DOT regulation 
provided.'' Mr. Cadet reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 
years, accumulating 34,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Gary G. Colby

    Mr. Colby, 53, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. 
Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``Gary has no 
peripheral vision defects and is capable of operating a commercial 
vehicle in all conditions.'' Mr. Colby reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 400,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 400,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Herman A. Davis

    Mr. Davis, 43, has exotropia and scarring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Davis DOES [sic] 
have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Davis reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 20 years, accumulating 108,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 5 years, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds a Class A 
CDL from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Brandon G. Dills

    Mr. Dills, 33, has had a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``He demonstrates sufficient vision abilities 
to pass a commercial driving license exam.'' Mr. Dills reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 250,000 miles, 
and buses for 10 years, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds a Class A 
CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jeremy L. Fricke

    Mr. Fricke, 34, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination 
in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``His vision in the left eye is 
excellent uncorrected and, in my opinion, is sufficient to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Fricke 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 
32,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12 years, 
accumulating 48,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from North 
Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 2 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV; in the first incident, he 
exceeded the speed limit by 20 mph, and in the second incident he 
exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph.

Scott J. Geritano

    Mr. Geritano, 55, has had glaucoma in his left eye since 2013. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/70. 
Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``Therefore, 
based on the testing above, he does have sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Geritano reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, 
accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 19 
years, accumulating 1.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jonathen M. Gilligan

    Mr. Gilligan, 29, has had a degenerated globe in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left 
eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Jonathan [sic] has satisfactorily undertaken and 
passed the necessary requirements for CDL driving certification. Tests 
have proven stability and clearly demonstrates sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a COMMERCIAL [sic] 
vehicle.'' Mr. Gilligan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
6 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from New 
York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jeffrey J. Graham

    Mr. Graham, 47, has had a choroidal neovascular membrane in his 
right eye since 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/250, and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Therefore, I will certify, in my medical opinion, 
that Jeffrey has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Graham reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
29 years, accumulating 2.9 million miles. He holds a Class E CA CDL 
from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

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Dustin L. Hawkins

    Mr. Hawkins, 29, has had coats disease in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, 
and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Hawkins has sufficient 
vision in his left eye to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hawkins 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 
140,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, 
accumulating 94,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael S. Higham

    Mr. Higham, 62, has retinal detachment in his right eye since 2012. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``The visual acuity is normal and there are no abnormalities in 
the left eye . . . There are no deficiencies that would not allow him 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Higham reported that he has 
driven tractor-trailer combinations for 39 years, accumulating 3.32 
million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Travis R. Honzel

    Mr. Honzel, 36, has optic nerve damage in his left eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Honzel reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 40,000 miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows 1 crash and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Lloyd M. Hoover

    Mr. Hoover, 50, has had a macular scar in his right eye due to 
histoplasmosis in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
200, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``Mr. Hoover also has visual fields extending to 
120 degrees in the horizontal and in my opinion has sufficient vision 
to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Hoover reported that he has driven straight trucks for 33 years, 
accumulating 16.5 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
32 years, accumulating 16 million miles. He holds an operator's license 
from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Roy W. Houser, II

    Mr. Houser, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. 
Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
professional opinion, Mr. Houser has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Houser 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 
540,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 31 years, 
accumulating 4.03 million miles. He holds an operator's license from 
North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Maurice R. Jones, Jr.

    Mr. Jones, 65, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``Vision 
is sufficient to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Jones reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 28,000 
miles. He holds an operator's license from Maryland. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Robert B. Jordahl

    Mr. Jordahl, 66, has had age-related macular degeneration in his 
left eye since 2006. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``I certify, that in my medical opinion this 
patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Jordahl reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 45 years, accumulating 225,000 miles and tractor-
trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.8 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Damian Klyza

    Mr. Klyza, 34, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/150, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``It is 
my professional opinion that he is visually capable of driving a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Klyza reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 6 years, accumulating 210,000 miles. He holds an operator's 
license from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

John J. Lackey

    Mr. Lackey, 48, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1993. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``Pt [sic] is observed to have sufficient 
vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Lackey reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 22 years, accumulating 330,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 22 years, accumulating 330,000 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Zachary J. McCluskey

    Mr. McCluskey, 21, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``Given the chronic status of his visual acuity, patient likely 
competent to drive commercially but, [sic] patient must be cleared 
through the DOT.'' Mr. McCluskey reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 3 years, accumulating 16,500 miles. He holds an operator's 
license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Adam Merges

    Mr. Merges, 53, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
150. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, ``He 
has low vision OS from abmlyolpia [sic] which is a congenital condition 
and stable for life. He meets all criteria set out by your department 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Merges reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 702,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years,

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accumulating 26,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jimmy L. Metcalf

    Mr. Metcalf, 77, has optic nerve damage in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1950. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
25, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2016, his 
optometrist stated, ``There are no issues which would inhibit 
COMMERCIAL [sic] driving abilities based on visual performance of the 
right eye.'' Mr. Metcalf reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 44 years, accumulating 1.76 million miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

John R. Miller

    Mr. Miller, 60, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1981. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``I feel that Mr. Miller has sufficient vision 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Miller reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 1 million miles. He 
holds an operator's license from Pennsylvania. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

David G. Neff

    Mr. Neff, 48, has had optic atrophy in his left eye since 2012. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/40. 
Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
medical opinion, David has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Neff reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 312,000 
miles. He holds an operator's license from Kentucky. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Matthew J. Neufer

    Mr. Neufer, 33, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``My 
opinion is that Mr. Neufer is able to visually perform the duties 
mentioned in the letter for operating commercial vehicles.'' Mr. Neufer 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 
600,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Pennsylvania. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Vincent R. Neville

    Mr. Neville, 46, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
60. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
medical opinion, Vince has sufficient vision and can safely perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. 
Neville reported that he has driven straight trucks for 16 years, 
accumulating 24,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 11 
years, accumulating 11,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Willie L. Nez, Jr.

    Mr. Nez, 49, had his right eye enucleated due to a malignancy in 
2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``In my opinion, he has the visual capacity to 
perform his driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Nez 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 26 years, accumulating 
2.6 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 26 years, 
accumulating 6.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Kevin B. Patterson

    Mr. Patterson, 54, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due 
to malignant melanoma in 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an 
examination in 2016, his optometrist stated that Mr. Patterson does 
have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate 
a CMV. Mr. Patterson reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 26 years, accumulating 1.69 million miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Stuart W. Penner

    Mr. Penner, 66, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to 
absolute glaucoma in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, ``It is my professional 
opinion that Mr. Penner has sufficient vision to perform the driving 
tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Penner reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, accumulating 750,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 
600,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Brock E. Peterson

    Mr. Peterson, 41, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist stated, 
``It is my medical opinion that Mr. Brock Peterson has sufficient 
vision with glasses to perform all the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Peterson reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles, tractor-
trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles, and buses 
for 7 years, accumulating 22,400 miles. He holds an operator's license 
from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Efren J. Soliz

    Mr. Soliz, 48, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2016, 
his optometrist stated, ``This patient has sufficient visual field to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Soliz reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 180,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 2 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Anthony J.M. Thornburg

    Mr. Thornburg, 38, has central vision loss in his right eye due to 
a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2016, his optometrist stated, ``In my professional opinion, Mr. 
Thornburg has sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle 
safely'' Mr.

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Thornburg reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, 
accumulating 225,000 miles. He holds a chauffer's license from 
Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Eric J. Wickman

    Mr. Wickman, 47, had his right eye enucleated due to a traumatic 
incident in 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light 
perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2016, his optometrist stated, ``In summary, given the stable nature of 
Eric's visual deficiency and stable ocular health of his left eye, I 
feel that Eric functions well and is fully able to perform all driving 
tasks without restriction at this time.'' Mr. Wickman reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 22 years, accumulating 3.3 million 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 22 years, accumulating 3.3 
million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Don S. Williams

    Mr. Williams, 58, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic 
incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light 
perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2016, his optometrist stated, ``It is therefore my opinion that Mr. 
Williams has full field of vision and would not have difficulty driving 
any type of motor vehicle.'' Mr. Williams reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 480,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 880,000 miles. He holds 
an operator's license from Alabama. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 9 mph.

Garfield M. Williams

    Mr. Williams, 40, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his optometrist 
stated, ``It is in my opinion that Mr. Williams does have sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle and will have no difficulty seeing at night.'' Mr. Williams 
reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 7 years, 
accumulating 297,500 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction 
for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to obey a traffic control 
device.

James J. Wyles

    Mr. Wyles, 39, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 
20/20. Following an examination in 2016, his ophthalmologist stated, 
``He has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wyles 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 years, accumulating 
644,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, 
accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

III. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each 
comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or 
recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by 
fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. 
FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an 
email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the 
Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number FMCSA-2017-0017 in the ``Keyword'' box, and click 
``Search''. When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment Now!'' 
button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. 
Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on 
behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by 
mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 
8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you 
submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the 
facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or 
envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period. FMCSA may issue a final determination at any time after 
the close of the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number FMCSA-2017-0017 in the ``Keyword'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and choose 
the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued on: April 27, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-09000 Filed 5-3-17; 8:45 am]
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