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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices will be rescinded if: (1) The person fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. V. Preemption During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with this exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption. VI. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 20 exemption applications, FMCSA renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(8). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption will be valid for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. Issued on: August 9, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–17566 Filed 8–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–4334; FMCSA– 1999–6156; FMCSA–2001–11426; FMCSA– 2003–16564; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA– 2006–23773; FMCSA–2006–24015; FMCSA– 2006–24783; FMCSA–2007–0017; FMCSA– 2007–0071; FMCSA–2008–0021; FMCSA– 2009–0011; FMCSA–2009–0086; FMCSA– 2010–0050; FMCSA–2010–0082; FMCSA– 2011–0092; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA– 2011–0366; FMCSA–2011–0379; FMCSA– 2012–0039; FMCSA–2012–0104; FMCSA– 2012–0106; FMCSA–2013–0029; FMCSA– 2013–0165; FMCSA–2013–0166; FMCSA– 2013–0168; FMCSA–2013–0174; FMCSA– 2014–0002; FMCSA–2014–0003; FMCSA– 2014–0004; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA– 2014–0006; FMCSA–2015–0056; FMCSA– 2015–0070; FMCSA–2015–0350; FMCSA– 2015–0351; FMCSA–2016–0024; FMCSA– 2016–0027; FMCSA–2016–0028; FMCSA– 2016–0029; FMCSA–2016–0347] daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 114 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in the discussions below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 On June 18, 2018, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 114 individuals from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (83 FR 28325). The public comment period ended on July 18, 2018, and no comments were received. As stated in the previous notice, FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40627 greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically qualified to driver a CMV if that person has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of a least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70° in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and amber. III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received no comments in this preceding. IV. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 114 renewal exemption applications and comments received, FMCSA confirms its’ decision to exempt the following drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(10): In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of July and are discussed below: As of July 8, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 57 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (63 FR 66226; 64 FR 16517; 66 FR 41656; 68 FR 44837; 68 FR 74699; 69 FR 10503; 70 FR 41811; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 6826; 71 FR 14566; 71 FR 16410; 71 FR 19602; 71 FR 30227; 72 FR 62896; 72 FR 67340; 73 FR 1395; 73 FR 6242; 73 FR 11989; 73 FR 15567; 73 FR 16950; 73 FR 27014; 73 FR 27015; 74 FR 19267; 74 FR 28094; 74 FR 43221; 74 FR 65845; 75 FR 9477; 75 FR 9480; 75 FR 13653; 75 FR 14656; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 20881; 75 FR 22176; 75 FR 27622; 75 FR 28682; 76 FR 25766; 76 FR 37885; 76 FR 44652; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 73769; 76 FR 78728; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 15184; 77 FR 17107; 77 FR 17108; 77 FR 17115; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 20879; 77 FR 23797; 77 FR 26816; 77 FR 27847; 77 FR 27850; 77 FR 29447; 77 FR 31427; 77 FR 38386; 78 FR 34143; 78 FR 47818; 78 FR 52602; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 63307; 78 FR 76395; 78 FR 76704; 78 FR 76705; 78 FR 77780; 78 FR 78477; 79 FR 1908; 79 FR 2248; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 13085; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 14333; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 17641; 79 FR 18391; 79 FR 18392; E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 40628 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices 79 FR 21996; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 27043; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29495; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 38649; 80 FR 59230; 80 FR 67476; 80 FR 67481; 80 FR 80443; 81 FR 1284; 81 FR 1474; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 15401; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 20433; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 21655; 81 FR 26305; 81 FR 28138; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 48493; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 66718; 81 FR 66724; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 96196): Dean R. Allen (OR) Scott E. Ames (ME) Alan A. Andrews (NE) Marvin D. Bass (KY) Dwight A. Bennett (MD) Marvin J. Bensend, Jr. (MS) Kolby Blackner (UT) Bobby R. Brooks (GA) Levi A. Brown (MT) William Bucaria, Jr. (FL) John A. Carroll, Jr. (AL) Juan Castanon (NM) William C. Christy (FL) Gerard J. Cormier (MA) Michael T. Craddock (CA) Jon C. Dillon (MN) Paul W. Fettig (SD) Hector O. Flores (MD) Brian R. Gallagher (TX) Horace N. Goss (TX) James B. Grega (PA) Todd C. Grider (IN) Jimmy G. Hall (NC) Taras G. Hamilton (TX) Joshua G. Hansen (ID) Britt D. Hazelwood (IL) Lowell E. Jackson (MO) William D. Jackson (MN) Danny J. Johnson (MN) Glenn K. Johnson, Jr. (NC) Thomas M. Kaley (PA) Allen J. Kunze (ND) Kerry M. Leeper (WA) Craig R. Martin (TX) Ty N. Mason (PA) Thomas J. Mavraganis (IL) Eric M. Moats, Sr. (MD) Gary T. Murray (GA) Elmore Nicholson, Jr. (AL) Thomas G. Ohlson (NY) Michael Pace (TX) Raffaelo Petrillo (NJ) Barry L. Pylant (GA) Roy A. Quesada (PA) Jamey D. Reed (OK) Glennis R. Reynolds (KY) Jose H. Rivas (NM) Joe A. Root (MN) Bobby W. Sanders (TN) James S. Seeno (NV) Thomas W. Smith (PA) Harry Smith, Jr. (NC) Greg W. Story (NC) Elston L. Taylor (VA) Michael J. Tisher (AK) Dwight Tullis (IL) Richard W. Wylie (CT) VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–1998–4334; FMCSA– 2003–16564; FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2006– 24015; FMCSA–2007–0017; FMCSA– 2007–0071; FMCSA–2008–0021; FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA–2009– 0086; FMCSA–2010–0050; FMCSA– 2011–0092; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0366; FMCSA–2011– 0379; FMCSA–2012–0039; FMCSA– 2012–0104; FMCSA–2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0165; FMCSA–2013– 0166; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA– 2013–0174; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA–2014–0003; FMCSA–2014– 0004; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA– 2015–0056; FMCSA–2015–0070; FMCSA–2015–0350; FMCSA–2015– 0351; FMCSA–2016–0024; FMCSA– 2016–0027; FMCSA–2016–0347. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 8, 2018, and will expire on July 8, 2020. As of July 12, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following five individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (75 FR 9481; 75 FR 22178; 75 FR 25917; 75 FR 25918; 75 FR 39729; 77 FR 36338; 79 FR 35220; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 96196): Clare H. Buxton (MI) Chadwick S. Chambers (AL) Miguel H. Espinoza (CA) Ricky P. Hastings (TX) Leland B. Moss (VT) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2009–0011; FMCSA– 2010–0082. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 12, 2018, and will expire on July 12, 2020. As of July 19, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 16 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 39320; 81 FR 66720): John P. Brooks (IL) Ronald A. Donsbach (MT) Pedro Guzman (TX) Bradley C. Helsel (OR) Darrell E. Hunter (NC) Kenneth B. Julian (OK) Keith Kebschull (IL) Jeffrey N. Lake (IL) Jayme M. Leonard (VT) James K. Matthey (PA) Mario A. Quezada (TX) J. B. Rodriguez Mata (TX) Joseph Sais (NM) Chad M. Smith (IA) Corey L. Spring (AR) James C. Wechsler (OR) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0028. Their PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exemptions are applicable as of July 19, 2018, and will expire on July 19, 2020. As of July 20, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following nine individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 54948; 65 FR 159; 67 FR 10471; 67 FR 10475; 67 FR 19798; 68 FR 74699; 69 FR 8260; 69 FR 10503; 69 FR 19611; 71 FR 6824; 71 FR 6829; 71 FR 14567; 71 FR 26602; 71 FR 30229; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 73 FR 11989; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 28187; 73 FR 36955; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 36779; 77 FR 38384; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 47175; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 96196): Daniel R. Franks (OH) Walter D. Hague, Jr. (VA) William G. Hix (AR) Larry L. Jarvis (VA) Clarence H. Jacobsma (IN) Charles E. Johnston (MO) William F. Mack (WA) Ronald M. Price (MD) Alton M. Rutherford (FL) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA 2001–11426; FMCSA 2003–16564; FMCSA 2006–24015; FMCSA 2006– 24783; FMCSA 2014–0006. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 20, 2018, and will expire on July 20, 2020. As of July 22, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (79 FR 35212; 79 FR 47175; 81 FR 96196): Abdulahi Abukar (KY) Gregory K. Banister (SC) Amanuel W. Behon (WA) Brian L. Elliott (MO) Bradley C. Hansell (OR) Samuel L. Klaphake (MN) Timothy L. Klose (PA) Phillip E. Mason (MO) Ruel W. Reed (IA) Loren Smith (SD) Seth D. Sweeten (ID) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0006. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 22, 2018, and will expire on July 22, 2020. As of July 29, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following ten individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 42054; 81 FR 66722): Dudley G. Diebold (CT) David L. Evers (MN) Raymond E. Hogue (PA) E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices Michael E. Jones (IL) Darius R. Law (FL) Robert C. Martin (WA) Mark W. McTaggart (IL) Noel V. Munoz (NM) Ivan Romero (IL) Steve A. Taylor (NC) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0029. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 29, 2018, and will expire on July 29, 2020. As of July 30, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following six individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 73 FR 36955; 75 FR 25917; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39729; 77 FR 33017; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 44708; 79 FR 37843; 79 FR 38661; 81 FR 96196): Lester M. Ellingson, Jr. (ND) Damon G. Gallardo (CA) Daniel L. Grover (KS) Larry A. Nienhuis (MI) Gregory A. Reinert (MN) Joseph B. Shaw, Jr. (VA) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2010–0082; FCMSA–2012– 0106. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 30, 2018, and will expire on July 30, 2020. 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: August 8, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–17594 Filed 8–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0555] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of denials. AGENCY: 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 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 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VerDate Sep<11>2014 FMCSA announces its decision to deny applications from 39 individuals who requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) from operating CMVs in interstate commerce. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Jkt 244001 FMCSA received applications from 39 individuals who requested an exemption from the FMCSRs prohibiting persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to operate a CMV from operating CMVs in interstate commerce. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and concluded that granting these exemptions would not provide a level of safety that would be equivalent to or greater than, the level PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40629 of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). III. Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption for five years if it finds such an exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such an exemption. FMCSA grants exemptions from the FMCSRs for a twoyear period to align with the maximum duration of a driver’s medical certification. The Agency’s decision regarding these exemption applications is based on the eligibility criteria, the terms and conditions for Federal exemptions, and an individualized assessment of each applicant’s medical information provided by the applicant. IV. Conclusion The Agency has determined that these applicants do not satisfy the criteria eligibility or meet the terms and conditions of the Federal exemption and granting these exemptions would not provide a level of safety that would be equivalent to or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). Therefore, the 39 applicants in this notice have been denied exemptions from the physical qualification standards in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). Each applicant has, prior to this notice, received a letter of final disposition regarding his/her exemption request. Those decision letters fully outlined the basis for the denial and constitutes final action by the Agency. This notice summarizes the Agency’s recent denials as required under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) by periodically publishing names and reasons for denial. The following 35 applicants do not meet the minimum time requirement for being seizure-free, either on or off of anti-seizure medication: David M. Allyn (CT) Daniel Bailey (NY) Tiffany Banks (NV) Lorenzo Barber (IL) Richard Benjamin (AL) Edward Blankenstein II (PA) Charles Border (NM) Andrew Browder (AL) Pietro Capobianco (NJ) Jon Cole (ID) Michael Cole (NJ) Charles Cournoyer (MA) Ryan Daws (MN) Shawn Durbin (UT) William Everett (OH) E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 15, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40627-40629]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17594]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1998-4334; FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-
2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24015; 
FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2007-0017; FMCSA-2007-0071; FMCSA-2008-0021; 
FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-2009-0086; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2010-0082; 
FMCSA-2011-0092; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0379; 
FMCSA-2012-0039; FMCSA-2012-0104; FMCSA-2012-0106; FMCSA-2013-0029; 
FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2013-0168; FMCSA-2013-0174; 
FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0005; 
FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2015-0056; FMCSA-2015-0070; FMCSA-2015-0350; 
FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0024; FMCSA-2016-0027; FMCSA-2016-0028; 
FMCSA-2016-0029; FMCSA-2016-0347]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 114 
individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to 
operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision 
requirement in one eye.

DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates 
stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in 
the discussions below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, 202-366-4001, [email protected], 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: 

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

    On June 18, 2018, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision 
to renew exemptions for 114 individuals from the vision requirement in 
49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and 
requested comments from the public (83 FR 28325). The public comment 
period ended on July 18, 2018, and no comments were received.
    As stated in the previous notice, FMCSA has evaluated the 
eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these 
exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater 
than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current 
regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision 
found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically 
qualified to driver a CMV if that person has distant visual acuity of 
at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or 
visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with 
corrective lenses, distant binocular acuity of a least 20/40 (Snellen) 
in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at 
least 70[deg] in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability 
to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, 
green, and amber.

III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received no comments in this preceding.

IV. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 114 renewal exemption applications 
and comments received, FMCSA confirms its' decision to exempt the 
following drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(10):
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 
groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of July and 
are discussed below:
    As of July 8, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 57 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (63 FR 66226; 64 FR 16517; 66 FR 
41656; 68 FR 44837; 68 FR 74699; 69 FR 10503; 70 FR 41811; 70 FR 57353; 
70 FR 72689; 71 FR 6826; 71 FR 14566; 71 FR 16410; 71 FR 19602; 71 FR 
30227; 72 FR 62896; 72 FR 67340; 73 FR 1395; 73 FR 6242; 73 FR 11989; 
73 FR 15567; 73 FR 16950; 73 FR 27014; 73 FR 27015; 74 FR 19267; 74 FR 
28094; 74 FR 43221; 74 FR 65845; 75 FR 9477; 75 FR 9480; 75 FR 13653; 
75 FR 14656; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 20881; 75 FR 22176; 75 FR 27622; 75 FR 
28682; 76 FR 25766; 76 FR 37885; 76 FR 44652; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 73769; 
76 FR 78728; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 15184; 77 FR 
17107; 77 FR 17108; 77 FR 17115; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 20879; 77 FR 23797; 
77 FR 26816; 77 FR 27847; 77 FR 27850; 77 FR 29447; 77 FR 31427; 77 FR 
38386; 78 FR 34143; 78 FR 47818; 78 FR 52602; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 63302; 
78 FR 63307; 78 FR 76395; 78 FR 76704; 78 FR 76705; 78 FR 77780; 78 FR 
78477; 79 FR 1908; 79 FR 2248; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 13085; 79 FR 14328; 
79 FR 14331; 79 FR 14333; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 17641; 79 FR 18391; 79 FR 
18392;

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79 FR 21996; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 27043; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 
28588; 79 FR 29495; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 38649; 80 FR 59230; 80 FR 67476; 
80 FR 67481; 80 FR 80443; 81 FR 1284; 81 FR 1474; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 
15401; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 20433; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 21655; 
81 FR 26305; 81 FR 28138; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 48493; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 
66718; 81 FR 66724; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 96196):

Dean R. Allen (OR)
Scott E. Ames (ME)
Alan A. Andrews (NE)
Marvin D. Bass (KY)
Dwight A. Bennett (MD)
Marvin J. Bensend, Jr. (MS)
Kolby Blackner (UT)
Bobby R. Brooks (GA)
Levi A. Brown (MT)
William Bucaria, Jr. (FL)
John A. Carroll, Jr. (AL)
Juan Castanon (NM)
William C. Christy (FL)
Gerard J. Cormier (MA)
Michael T. Craddock (CA)
Jon C. Dillon (MN)
Paul W. Fettig (SD)
Hector O. Flores (MD)
Brian R. Gallagher (TX)
Horace N. Goss (TX)
James B. Grega (PA)
Todd C. Grider (IN)
Jimmy G. Hall (NC)
Taras G. Hamilton (TX)
Joshua G. Hansen (ID)
Britt D. Hazelwood (IL)
Lowell E. Jackson (MO)
William D. Jackson (MN)
Danny J. Johnson (MN)
Glenn K. Johnson, Jr. (NC)
Thomas M. Kaley (PA)
Allen J. Kunze (ND)
Kerry M. Leeper (WA)
Craig R. Martin (TX)
Ty N. Mason (PA)
Thomas J. Mavraganis (IL)
Eric M. Moats, Sr. (MD)
Gary T. Murray (GA)
Elmore Nicholson, Jr. (AL)
Thomas G. Ohlson (NY)
Michael Pace (TX)
Raffaelo Petrillo (NJ)
Barry L. Pylant (GA)
Roy A. Quesada (PA)
Jamey D. Reed (OK)
Glennis R. Reynolds (KY)
Jose H. Rivas (NM)
Joe A. Root (MN)
Bobby W. Sanders (TN)
James S. Seeno (NV)
Thomas W. Smith (PA)
Harry Smith, Jr. (NC)
Greg W. Story (NC)
Elston L. Taylor (VA)
Michael J. Tisher (AK)
Dwight Tullis (IL)
Richard W. Wylie (CT)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1998-4334; FMCSA-
2003-16564; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24015; 
FMCSA-2007-0017; FMCSA-2007-0071; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2009-0011; 
FMCSA-2009-0086; FMCSA-2010-0050; FMCSA-2011-0092; FMCSA-2011-0299; 
FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0379; FMCSA-2012-0039; FMCSA-2012-0104; 
FMCSA-2013-0029; FMCSA-2013-0165; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2013-0168; 
FMCSA-2013-0174; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004; 
FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2015-0056; FMCSA-2015-0070; FMCSA-2015-0350; 
FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0024; FMCSA-2016-0027; FMCSA-2016-0347. 
Their exemptions are applicable as of July 8, 2018, and will expire on 
July 8, 2020.
    As of July 12, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following five individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (75 FR 9481; 75 FR 22178; 75 FR 
25917; 75 FR 25918; 75 FR 39729; 77 FR 36338; 79 FR 35220; 81 FR 81230; 
81 FR 96196):

Clare H. Buxton (MI)
Chadwick S. Chambers (AL)
Miguel H. Espinoza (CA)
Ricky P. Hastings (TX)
Leland B. Moss (VT)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2009-0011; FMCSA-
2010-0082. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 12, 2018, and 
will expire on July 12, 2020.
    As of July 19, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 16 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 39320; 81 FR 66720):

John P. Brooks (IL)
Ronald A. Donsbach (MT)
Pedro Guzman (TX)
Bradley C. Helsel (OR)
Darrell E. Hunter (NC)
Kenneth B. Julian (OK)
Keith Kebschull (IL)
Jeffrey N. Lake (IL)
Jayme M. Leonard (VT)
James K. Matthey (PA)
Mario A. Quezada (TX)
J. B. Rodriguez Mata (TX)
Joseph Sais (NM)
Chad M. Smith (IA)
Corey L. Spring (AR)
James C. Wechsler (OR)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0028. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of July 19, 2018, and will expire on July 
19, 2020.
    As of July 20, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following nine individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 54948; 65 FR 159; 67 FR 
10471; 67 FR 10475; 67 FR 19798; 68 FR 74699; 69 FR 8260; 69 FR 10503; 
69 FR 19611; 71 FR 6824; 71 FR 6829; 71 FR 14567; 71 FR 26602; 71 FR 
30229; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 73 FR 11989; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 28187; 
73 FR 36955; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 36779; 77 FR 38384; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 
35218; 79 FR 47175; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 96196):

Daniel R. Franks (OH)
Walter D. Hague, Jr. (VA)
William G. Hix (AR)
Larry L. Jarvis (VA)
Clarence H. Jacobsma (IN)
Charles E. Johnston (MO)
William F. Mack (WA)
Ronald M. Price (MD)
Alton M. Rutherford (FL)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA 
2001-11426; FMCSA 2003-16564; FMCSA 2006-24015; FMCSA 2006-24783; FMCSA 
2014-0006. Their exemptions are applicable as of July 20, 2018, and 
will expire on July 20, 2020.
    As of July 22, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (79 FR 35212; 79 FR 47175; 81 FR 
96196):

Abdulahi Abukar (KY)
Gregory K. Banister (SC)
Amanuel W. Behon (WA)
Brian L. Elliott (MO)
Bradley C. Hansell (OR)
Samuel L. Klaphake (MN)
Timothy L. Klose (PA)
Phillip E. Mason (MO)
Ruel W. Reed (IA)
Loren Smith (SD)
Seth D. Sweeten (ID)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0006. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of July 22, 2018, and will expire on July 
22, 2020.
    As of July 29, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following ten individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 42054; 81 FR 66722):

Dudley G. Diebold (CT)
David L. Evers (MN)
Raymond E. Hogue (PA)

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Michael E. Jones (IL)
Darius R. Law (FL)
Robert C. Martin (WA)
Mark W. McTaggart (IL)
Noel V. Munoz (NM)
Ivan Romero (IL)
Steve A. Taylor (NC)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0029. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of July 29, 2018, and will expire on July 
29, 2020.
    As of July 30, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following six individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 73 FR 
36955; 75 FR 25917; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39729; 77 FR 33017; 77 FR 36338; 
77 FR 38384; 77 FR 44708; 79 FR 37843; 79 FR 38661; 81 FR 96196):

Lester M. Ellingson, Jr. (ND)
Damon G. Gallardo (CA)
Daniel L. Grover (KS)
Larry A. Nienhuis (MI)
Gregory A. Reinert (MN)
Joseph B. Shaw, Jr. (VA)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2006-24783; 
FMCSA-2010-0082; FCMSA-2012-0106. Their exemptions are applicable as of 
July 30, 2018, and will expire on July 30, 2020.
    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: August 8, 2018.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-17594 Filed 8-14-18; 8:45 am]
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