Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 24430-24432 [2017-10773]

Download as PDF 24430 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices Paul B. Overman (WA) Jerry M. Puckett (OH) Emin Toric (GA) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2012–0280. Their exemptions are effective as of December 20, 2016, and will expire on December 20, 2018. As of December 25, 2016, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 17 individuals have satisfied the conditions for obtaining a renewed exemption from the vision requirements (79 FR 69985; 80 FR 8927): Peter H. Bailey (MI) Dewey E. Ballard, Jr. (SC) Thurman T. Clayton (LA) Tig G. Cornell (ID) Jon R. Davidson (CO) Edwin T. Condaldson (PA) William W.R. Dunn (PA) Timothy J. Fisher (FL) Perry D. Hamilton (TN) Keith C. Lendt (MN) Richard B. McMaster (AR) Joseph McTear (TX) Martin Montanez (IL) Lee A. Mosier (IA) John W. Randels (CO) Carl W. Russell (OK) Daniel R. Thompson (PA) The drivers were included in docket No. FMCSA–2012–0298. Their exemptions are effective as of December 25, 2016, and will expire on December 25, 2018. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315, each exemption will be valid for two years from the effective date 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 prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 31315. Issued on: May 12, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–10772 Filed 5–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0018] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments. ACTION: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 10 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 26, 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– 2017–0018 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 selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 10 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 exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. II. Qualifications of Applicants Blaine R. Dickman Mr. Dickman, 61, has had a prosthetic 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 2017, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Blaine has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Dickman reported that he has driven buses for 19 years, accumulating 76,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Nevada. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices Sean J. Dornin Mr. Dornin, 44, has had a corneal transplant in his left eye since childhood due to a congenital cataract. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2017, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Sean Dornin has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Dornin reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 600,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Wade J. Jandreau Mr. Jandreau, 42, has optic neuropathy in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1990. 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, ‘‘In my medical opinion, the patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Jandreau reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 100,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 200,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maine. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Eric C. Johnson Mr. Johnson, 63, 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 2017, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I do certify that in my medical opinion, he is able to perform the driving tasks required to maintain a commercial driver’s license.’’ Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 4,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Thomas M. Leonard Mr. Leonard, 65, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1970. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2017, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Leonard, [sic] Thomas has sufficient vision to perform the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Leonard reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 932,720 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. James Q. Meeks, Jr. Mr. Meeks, 51, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2017, his optometrist stated that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Meeks does have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Meeks reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 26,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 26,000 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. Al V. Nowviock Mr. Nowviock, 56, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2017, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, his vision is sufficient to continue to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Nowviock reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 1.05 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. Hubert O. Pollard Mr. Pollard, 44, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic incident in 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 15, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2017, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘If you are willing to waive the restriction prohibiting a monocular patient from operating a commercial vehicle, in the case of Mr. Pollard I am happy to certify he has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Pollard reported that he has driven straight trucks for 17 years, accumulating 1.275 million 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. PO 00000 Frm 00157 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24431 Daniel L. Troop Mr. Troop, 56, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1978. 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 opinion, Danny has sufficient vision to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Troop reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 350,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 1.4 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. Jeffrey Waterbury Mr. Waterbury, 53, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1982. 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, ‘‘Mr. Waterbury has demonstrated sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Waterbury reported that he has driven straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 1.12 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 2,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from New York. 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–2017–0018 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 E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 24432 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices 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. 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–2017–0018 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: May 12, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–10773 Filed 5–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0323] Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 20 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ‘‘no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.’’ The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 I. Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at: http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov and/or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. II. Background Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders SUMMARY: seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were effective on September 9, 2016. The exemptions expire on September 9, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64– 224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 4, 2016, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of applications from 21 individuals requesting an exemption from the epilepsy prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) and requested comments from the public (81 FR 51538). The public comment period ended on September 6, 2016, and no comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that granting exemptions to 20 of these 21 individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). FMCSA deemed that Sean Nesbitt (NY) does not operate PO 00000 Frm 00158 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in interstate commerce, and therefore does not meet the criteria to receive the exemption. The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding epilepsy found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV. In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory criteria 1 to assist medical examiners in determining whether drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. [49 CFR part 391, APPENDIX A TO PART 391— MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: § 391.41(b)(8), paragraphs 3, 4, and 5.] III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA receive no comments in this proceeding Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the epilepsy/seizure standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8) if the exemption is likely to achieve an equivalent or greater level of safety than would be achieved without the exemption. The exemption allows the applicants to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. In reaching the decision to grant these exemption requests, FMCSA considered the 2007 recommendations of the Agency’s Medical Expert Panel (MEP). The January 15, 2013, Federal Register notice (78 FR 3069) provides the current MEP recommendations which is the criteria the Agency uses to grant seizure exemptions. The Agency’s decision regarding these exemption applications is based on an individualized assessment of each applicant’s medical information, including the root cause of the respective seizure(s) and medical information about the applicant’s seizure history, the length of time that has elapsed since the individual’s last seizure, the stability of each individual’s treatment regimen and the duration of time on or off of anti-seizure medication. In addition, the Agency reviewed the treating clinician’s medical opinion related to the ability of 1 See http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID= e47b48a9ea42dd67d999246e23d97970&mc=true& node=pt49.5.391&rgn=div5#ap49.5.391_171.a and https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR–2015-title49vol5/pdf/CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf. E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 101 (Friday, May 26, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24430-24432]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10773]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0018]


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 10 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 26, 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-2017-0018 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 10 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 exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

Blaine R. Dickman

    Mr. Dickman, 61, has had a prosthetic 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 2017, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my medical opinion, Blaine has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Dickman reported that he has driven buses for 19 years, 
accumulating 76,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Nevada. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

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Sean J. Dornin

    Mr. Dornin, 44, has had a corneal transplant in his left eye since 
childhood due to a congenital cataract. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an 
examination in 2017, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, 
Sean Dornin has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Dornin reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 600,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. 
He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Wade J. Jandreau

    Mr. Jandreau, 42, has optic neuropathy in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1990. 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, ``In my medical opinion, the patient has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Jandreau reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
5 years, accumulating 100,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations 
for 8 years, accumulating 200,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Maine. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Eric C. Johnson

    Mr. Johnson, 63, 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 2017, 
his optometrist stated, ``I do certify that in my medical opinion, he 
is able to perform the driving tasks required to maintain a commercial 
driver's license.'' Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 8 years, accumulating 4,000 miles. He holds an operator's 
license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Thomas M. Leonard

    Mr. Leonard, 65, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1970. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2017, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Leonard, 
[sic] Thomas has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Leonard reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 932,720 miles. 
He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

James Q. Meeks, Jr.

    Mr. Meeks, 51, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2017, his optometrist stated that, in 
his medical opinion, Mr. Meeks does have sufficient vision to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Meeks reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 26,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 26,000 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.

Al V. Nowviock

    Mr. Nowviock, 56, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2017, 
his optometrist stated, ``In my opinion, his vision is sufficient to 
continue to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Nowviock reported that 
he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 
1.05 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.

Hubert O. Pollard

    Mr. Pollard, 44, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2017, 
his ophthalmologist stated, ``If you are willing to waive the 
restriction prohibiting a monocular patient from operating a commercial 
vehicle, in the case of Mr. Pollard I am happy to certify he has 
sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Pollard 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 17 years, accumulating 
1.275 million 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.

Daniel L. Troop

    Mr. Troop, 56, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 1978. 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 opinion, Danny has sufficient 
vision to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Troop reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, 
accumulating 350,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 
years, accumulating 1.4 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.

Jeffrey Waterbury

    Mr. Waterbury, 53, has a macular scar in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1982. 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, ``Mr. Waterbury has demonstrated sufficient vision 
to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Waterbury reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 1.12 million miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 2,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from New York. 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-2017-0018 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

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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-2017-0018 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: May 12, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-10773 Filed 5-25-17; 8:45 am]
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