Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 40638-40640 [2018-17604]

Download as PDF 40638 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices operate CMVs are able to meet an equal or greater level of safety and upholds the findings of the April 2007 report. V. Conclusion The Agency has determined that the available medical and scientific literature and research provides insufficient data to enable the Agency to conclude that granting these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemption. Therefore, the following seven applicants have been denied exemptions from the physical qualification standards in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(4): Frank D’Ercole (NJ) Myles Goodwin (NH) Cody Hairr (NC) Dennis R. Pickett (IN) William E. Richardson, Jr. (MI) Terry Stephens ( VA) Jeffrey A. Weiner ( MN) 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. The list published today summarizes the Agency’s recent denials as required under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4). Issued on: August 8, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–17588 Filed 8–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–6480; FMCSA– 2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA– 2002–12294; FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA– 2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0021; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0174; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA– 2010–0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0325; FMCSA– 2012–0104; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA– 2012–0214; FMCSA–2013–0166; FMCSA– 2013–0168; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA– 2014–0005; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA– 2014–0007; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA– 2015–0070; FMCSA–2015–0072; FMCSA– 2015–0350; FMCSA–2015–0351; FMCSA– 2016–0028; FMCSA–2016–0029; FMCSA– 2016–0030; FMCSA–2016–0031; FMCSA– 2016–0033] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. ACTION: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 88 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 requirements 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. Comments must be received on or before September 14, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 1999–6480; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA–2002– 12294; FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008– 0021; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0174; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA–2010– 0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA– 2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–0325; FMCSA–2012–0104; FMCSA–2012– 0161; FMCSA–2012–0214; FMCSA– 2013–0166; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA–2014– 0003; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA– 2014–0005; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0007; FMCSA–2014– 0010; FMCSA–2015–0070; FMCSA– 2015–0072; FMCSA–2015–0350; FMCSA–2015–0351; FMCSA–2016– 0028; FMCSA–2016–0029; FMCSA– 2016–0030; FMCSA–2016–0031; FMCSA–2016–0033 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number(s) for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, e.t., 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to 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. 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: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Background Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption for five years if it finds ‘‘such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.’’ The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the five-year period. FMCSA grants exemptions from the FMCSRs for a twoyear period to align with the maximum duration of a driver’s medical certification. 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 E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices 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. The 88 individuals listed in this notice have requested renewal of their exemptions from the vision standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), in accordance with FMCSA procedures. Accordingly, FMCSA has evaluated these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES II. Request for Comments Interested parties or organizations possessing information that would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon application. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of the 88 applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement (64 FR 68195; 65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57267; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 51346; 69 FR 52741; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 6828; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 32184; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 15568; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35197; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 38499; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 48270; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 51336; 73 FR 54888; 74 FR 65842; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 34210; 75 FR 34212; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 52063; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 539; 77 FR 10606; 77 FR 10608; 77 FR 27847; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 46793; 77 FR 52388; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 59245; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 76395; 79 FR 6993; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 46300; 79 FR 47175; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 52388; 79 FR 53514; 79 FR 64001; 80 FR 67476; 80 FR 70060; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 16265; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 20433; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 42054; 81 FR 45214; 81 FR 52514; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 59266; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66722; 81 FR 66726; 81 FR 68098; 81 FR 74494; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 96196). They have submitted evidence showing that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a review of each record of safety while driving with the respective vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of September and are discussed below: As of September 8, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 30 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 6828; 71 FR 19604; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 48275; 74 FR 65842; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 44051; 77 FR 539; 77 FR 10606; 77 FR 10608; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 46153; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395; 79 FR 6993; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 14571; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 53514; 80 FR 67476; 80 FR 70060; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 16265; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 20433; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 42054; 81 FR 45214; 81 FR 52514; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66722; 81 FR 66726; 81 FR 68098; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 96196): Felipe Bayron (WI) Kenneth W. Bos (MN) Duane N. Brojer (NM) Gary A. Brown (PA) John D. Burns (ID) Derrick L. Cowan (NC) Jeffrey D. Davis (NC) PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40639 Timothy C. Dotson (MO) Paul D. Evenhouse (IL) Hugo A. Galvis Barrera (GA) Todd M. Harguth (MN) George F. Hernandez, Jr. (AZ) Brian D. Hoover (IA) Gregory R. Johnson (SC) Michael A. Kafer (KS) Aaron C. Lougher (OR) John Lucas (NC) Joshua L. Marasek (TX) Carlos A. Mendez-Castellon (VA) Earl L. Mokma (MI) John E. O’Boyle (PA) Mark C. Reineke (NM) Guadalupe Reyes (FL) Jacob H. Riggle (OK) Richard M. Rosales (NM) Scott D. Russell (WI) Paul W. Sorenson (UT) Joshua R. Stanley (OK) Jerry M. Stearns (AR) Raymond W. Teemer (NJ) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2005–22194; FMCSA–2006–23773; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2009–0291; FMCSA– 2010–0082; FMCSA–2011–0325; FMCSA–2013–0166; FMCSA–2014– 0002; FMCSA–2014–0003; FMCSA– 2014–0004; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0007; FMCSA–2015– 0070; FMCSA–2015–0072; FMCSA– 2015–0350; FMCSA–2015–0351; FMCSA–2016–0028; FMCSA–2016– 0029; FMCSA–2016–0030; FMCSA– 2016–0031. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 8, 2018, and will expire on September 8, 2020. As of September 9, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 23 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 68195; 65 FR 20251; 67 FR 38311; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 26921; 69 FR 31447; 70 FR 44946; 71 FR 27033; 71 FR 32184; 71 FR 41311; 73 FR 15568; 73 FR 27017; 73 FR 28186; 73 FR 35197; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 38499; 73 FR 42403; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 27624; 75 FR 34212; 75 FR 38602; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 27847; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38386; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 40946; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52391; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 77780; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 29495; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 37842; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 41735; 79 FR 45868; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 53514; 81 FR 81230): Don R. Alexander (OR) Paul J. Bannon (DE) Tracy L. Bowers (IA) E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 40640 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Notices Thomas L. Corey (IN) Layne C. Coscorrosa (WA) James H. Facemyre (WV) Michael Giagnacova (PA) Brian G. Hagen (IL) George M. Hapchuk (PA) Clarence K. Hill (NC) Michael J. Hoffarth (WA) Michael G. Martin (CT) Shane N. Maul (IN) Larry McCoy, Sr. (OH) Daniel S. Rebstad (FL) Kenneth R. Riener (MT) Terry L. Rubendall (PA) James C. Sharp (PA) Robert Smiley (NM) Leon F. Stephens (CO) George R. Tieskoetter (IA) Bart M. Valiante (CT) James W. Van Ryswyk (IA) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–1999–6480; FMCSA– 2004–17195; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2008–0021; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0174; FMCSA– 2010–0082; FMCSA–2010–0114; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2012– 0104; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA– 2013–0168; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA–2014– 0006; FMCSA–2014–0007. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 9, 2018, and will expire on September 9, 2020. As of September 21, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57267; 69 FR 51346; 69 FR 52741; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 48270; 73 FR 51336; 75 FR 34210; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 52389; 79 FR 46300; 81 FR 81230): Jack D. Clodfelter (NC) Tommy J. Cross, Jr. (TN) Daniel K. Davis III (MA) Joseph A. Dunlap (OH) James F. Gereau (WI) Esteban G. Gonzalez (TX) Reginald I. Hall (TX) George R. House (MO) Alfred C. Jewell, Jr. (WY) Lewis V. McNeice (TX) Kevin J. O’Donnell (IL) Gregory M. Preves (GA) Jeffrey D. Wilson (CO) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7165; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA–2010–0114. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 21, 2018, and will expire on September 21, 2020. As of September 23, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Aug 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (73 FR 46973; 73 FR 54888; 75 FR 52063; 77 FR 52388; 79 FR 52388; 81 FR 81230): Terrence L. Benning (WI) Larry D. Curry (GA) Kelly M. Greene (FL) Thomas P. Shank (NY) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2008–0231. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 23, 2018, and will expire on September 23, 2020. As of September 26, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (77 FR 46793; 77 FR 59245; 81 FR 81230): Bryan Brockus (ID) Erric L. Gomersall (WI) Larry Johnsonbaugh, Jr. (PA) John Middleton (OH) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2012–0214. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 26, 2018, and will expire on September 26, 2020. As of September 29, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 59266; 81 FR 74494): Gregory M. Anderson (NY) Richard D. Auger (CA) Darrin E. Bogert (NY) Jose D. Chavez (MD) Philip J. Clements (WI) Robert H. Nelson (VA) Harold F. White (SC) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0033. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 29, 2018, and will expire on September 29, 2020. As of September 30, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (79 FR 51643; 79 FR 64001; 81 FR 81230): Ronald A. Bolyard (WV) Kelly R. Knopf, Sr. (SC) Frazier A. Luckerson (GA) Ross A. Miceli II (PA) Donald L. Minney (OH) Philip L. Neff (PA) PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Loran J. Weiler (IA) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0010. Their exemptions are applicable as of September 30, 2018, and will expire on September 30, 2020. IV. Conditions and Requirements The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) Each driver must undergo an annual physical examination (a) by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), and (b) by a certified Medical Examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, who attests that the driver is otherwise physically qualified under 49 CFR 391.41; (2) each driver must provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the Medical Examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) each driver must provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file or keep a copy of his/ her driver’s qualification if he/her is self- employed. The driver must also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. The exemption 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 88 exemption applications, FMCSA renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited above. 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. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7165; FMCSA-
2002-12294; FMCSA-2004-17195; FMCSA-2005-22194; FMCSA-2006-23773; 
FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0174; 
FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; 
FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0325; FMCSA-2012-0104; FMCSA-2012-0161; 
FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2013-0168; FMCSA-2014-0002; 
FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; 
FMCSA-2014-0007; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2015-0070; FMCSA-2015-0072; 
FMCSA-2015-0350; FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0029; 
FMCSA-2016-0030; FMCSA-2016-0031; FMCSA-2016-0033]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 88 
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 
requirements 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. Comments must be received on or before September 
14, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-2000-7006; 
FMCSA-2000-7165; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2004-17195; FMCSA-2005-22194; 
FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2008-0106; 
FMCSA-2008-0174; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2010-0082; 
FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-2011-0325; FMCSA-2012-0104; 
FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-2012-0214; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2013-0168; 
FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0005; 
FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0007; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2015-0070; 
FMCSA-2015-0072; FMCSA-2015-0350; FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; 
FMCSA-2016-0029; FMCSA-2016-0030; FMCSA-2016-0031; FMCSA-2016-0033 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
docket number(s) 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, e.t., 
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 online.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to 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.

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. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
for five years if it finds ``such exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that 
would be achieved absent such exemption.'' The statute also allows the 
Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the five-year period. FMCSA 
grants exemptions from the FMCSRs for a two-year period to align with 
the maximum duration of a driver's medical certification.
    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

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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.
    The 88 individuals listed in this notice have requested renewal of 
their exemptions from the vision standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), in 
accordance with FMCSA procedures. Accordingly, FMCSA has evaluated 
these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend 
each exemption for a renewable two-year period.

II. Request for Comments

    Interested parties or organizations possessing information that 
would otherwise show that any, or all, of these drivers are not 
currently achieving the statutory level of safety should immediately 
notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any adverse evidence submitted 
and, if safety is being compromised or if continuation of the exemption 
would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the 
exemption of a driver.

III. Basis for Renewing Exemptions

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1), an exemption may be granted for no 
longer than two years from its approval date and may be renewed upon 
application. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each of 
the 88 applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an 
exemption from the vision requirement (64 FR 68195; 65 FR 20245; 65 FR 
33406; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57267; 
69 FR 17263; 69 FR 51346; 69 FR 52741; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 
6828; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 32184; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 15568; 
73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35197; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 
38499; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 48270; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 51336; 73 FR 54888; 
74 FR 65842; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 34210; 75 FR 34212; 75 FR 
36779; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 
75 FR 52063; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 539; 77 FR 10606; 77 FR 10608; 77 FR 
27847; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 46793; 
77 FR 52388; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 59245; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 
76395; 79 FR 6993; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 14571; 
79 FR 18392; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 
35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 46300; 79 FR 47175; 
79 FR 51643; 79 FR 52388; 79 FR 53514; 79 FR 64001; 80 FR 67476; 80 FR 
70060; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 16265; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 20433; 
81 FR 20435; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 42054; 81 FR 45214; 81 FR 
52514; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 59266; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66722; 81 FR 66726; 
81 FR 68098; 81 FR 74494; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 
96196). They have submitted evidence showing that the vision in the 
better eye continues to meet the requirement specified at 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(10) and that the vision impairment is stable. In addition, a 
review of each record of safety while driving with the respective 
vision deficiencies over the past two years indicates each applicant 
continues to meet the vision exemption requirements. These factors 
provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver's ability to 
continue to drive safely in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA 
concludes that extending the exemption for each renewal applicant for a 
period of two years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to 
that existing without the exemption.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 
groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of September 
and are discussed below:
    As of September 8, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 30 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (70 FR 57353; 70 FR 72689; 71 FR 
6828; 71 FR 19604; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 48275; 
74 FR 65842; 75 FR 9482; 75 FR 25919; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 
44051; 77 FR 539; 77 FR 10606; 77 FR 10608; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 46153; 
78 FR 62935; 78 FR 76395; 79 FR 6993; 79 FR 10607; 79 FR 14328; 79 FR 
14571; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 28588; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 35212; 
79 FR 35218; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 53514; 80 FR 
67476; 80 FR 70060; 81 FR 14190; 81 FR 15404; 81 FR 16265; 81 FR 17237; 
81 FR 20433; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 39100; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 42054; 81 FR 
45214; 81 FR 52514; 81 FR 52516; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66722; 81 FR 66726; 
81 FR 68098; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 96196):

Felipe Bayron (WI)
Kenneth W. Bos (MN)
Duane N. Brojer (NM)
Gary A. Brown (PA)
John D. Burns (ID)
Derrick L. Cowan (NC)
Jeffrey D. Davis (NC)
Timothy C. Dotson (MO)
Paul D. Evenhouse (IL)
Hugo A. Galvis Barrera (GA)
Todd M. Harguth (MN)
George F. Hernandez, Jr. (AZ)
Brian D. Hoover (IA)
Gregory R. Johnson (SC)
Michael A. Kafer (KS)
Aaron C. Lougher (OR)
John Lucas (NC)
Joshua L. Marasek (TX)
Carlos A. Mendez-Castellon (VA)
Earl L. Mokma (MI)
John E. O'Boyle (PA)
Mark C. Reineke (NM)
Guadalupe Reyes (FL)
Jacob H. Riggle (OK)
Richard M. Rosales (NM)
Scott D. Russell (WI)
Paul W. Sorenson (UT)
Joshua R. Stanley (OK)
Jerry M. Stearns (AR)
Raymond W. Teemer (NJ)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2005-22194; 
FMCSA-2006-23773; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2009-0291; FMCSA-2010-0082; 
FMCSA-2011-0325; FMCSA-2013-0166; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0003; 
FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0007; FMCSA-2015-0070; 
FMCSA-2015-0072; FMCSA-2015-0350; FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; 
FMCSA-2016-0029; FMCSA-2016-0030; FMCSA-2016-0031. Their exemptions are 
applicable as of September 8, 2018, and will expire on September 8, 
2020.
    As of September 9, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 23 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (64 FR 68195; 65 FR 20251; 67 FR 
38311; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 26921; 69 FR 31447; 70 FR 44946; 71 FR 27033; 
71 FR 32184; 71 FR 41311; 73 FR 15568; 73 FR 27017; 73 FR 28186; 73 FR 
35197; 73 FR 35199; 73 FR 38499; 73 FR 42403; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 
75 FR 25919; 75 FR 27624; 75 FR 34212; 75 FR 38602; 75 FR 39729; 75 FR 
44051; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 76 FR 73769; 77 FR 3547; 77 FR 27847; 
77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38386; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 40946; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 
46153; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52391; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 77780; 79 FR 10606; 
79 FR 14331; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 27681; 79 FR 29495; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 
35220; 79 FR 37842; 79 FR 38649; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 41735; 79 FR 45868; 
79 FR 46153; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 53514; 81 FR 81230):

Don R. Alexander (OR)
Paul J. Bannon (DE)
Tracy L. Bowers (IA)

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Thomas L. Corey (IN)
Layne C. Coscorrosa (WA)
James H. Facemyre (WV)
Michael Giagnacova (PA)
Brian G. Hagen (IL)
George M. Hapchuk (PA)
Clarence K. Hill (NC)
Michael J. Hoffarth (WA)
Michael G. Martin (CT)
Shane N. Maul (IN)
Larry McCoy, Sr. (OH)
Daniel S. Rebstad (FL)
Kenneth R. Riener (MT)
Terry L. Rubendall (PA)
James C. Sharp (PA)
Robert Smiley (NM)
Leon F. Stephens (CO)
George R. Tieskoetter (IA)
Bart M. Valiante (CT)
James W. Van Ryswyk (IA)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1999-6480; FMCSA-
2004-17195; FMCSA-2006-24783; FMCSA-2008-0021; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-
2008-0174; FMCSA-2010-0082; FMCSA-2010-0114; FMCSA-2011-0299; FMCSA-
2012-0104; FMCSA-2012-0161; FMCSA-2013-0168; FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-
2014-0005; FMCSA-2014-0006; FMCSA-2014-0007. Their exemptions are 
applicable as of September 9, 2018, and will expire on September 9, 
2020.
    As of September 21, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 13 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 
57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57267; 69 FR 51346; 
69 FR 52741; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 53489; 73 FR 48270; 73 FR 51336; 75 FR 
34210; 75 FR 47888; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 77 FR 40945; 77 FR 52389; 
79 FR 46300; 81 FR 81230):

Jack D. Clodfelter (NC)
Tommy J. Cross, Jr. (TN)
Daniel K. Davis III (MA)
Joseph A. Dunlap (OH)
James F. Gereau (WI)
Esteban G. Gonzalez (TX)
Reginald I. Hall (TX)
George R. House (MO)
Alfred C. Jewell, Jr. (WY)
Lewis V. McNeice (TX)
Kevin J. O'Donnell (IL)
Gregory M. Preves (GA)
Jeffrey D. Wilson (CO)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-
2000-7165; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2010-0114. Their exemptions are 
applicable as of September 21, 2018, and will expire on September 21, 
2020.
    As of September 23, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (73 FR 46973; 73 FR 54888; 75 FR 
52063; 77 FR 52388; 79 FR 52388; 81 FR 81230):

Terrence L. Benning (WI)
Larry D. Curry (GA)
Kelly M. Greene (FL)
Thomas P. Shank (NY)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2008-0231. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of September 23, 2018, and will expire on 
September 23, 2020.
    As of September 26, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following four individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (77 FR 46793; 77 FR 59245; 81 FR 
81230):

Bryan Brockus (ID)
Erric L. Gomersall (WI)
Larry Johnsonbaugh, Jr. (PA)
John Middleton (OH)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2012-0214. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of September 26, 2018, and will expire on 
September 26, 2020.
    As of September 29, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 59266; 81 FR 74494):

Gregory M. Anderson (NY)
Richard D. Auger (CA)
Darrin E. Bogert (NY)
Jose D. Chavez (MD)
Philip J. Clements (WI)
Robert H. Nelson (VA)
Harold F. White (SC)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0033. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of September 29, 2018, and will expire on 
September 29, 2020.
    As of September 30, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following seven individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (79 FR 51643; 79 FR 64001; 81 FR 
81230):

Ronald A. Bolyard (WV)
Kelly R. Knopf, Sr. (SC)
Frazier A. Luckerson (GA)
Ross A. Miceli II (PA)
Donald L. Minney (OH)
Philip L. Neff (PA)
Loran J. Weiler (IA)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2014-0010. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of September 30, 2018, and will expire on 
September 30, 2020.

IV. Conditions and Requirements

    The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: 
(1) Each driver must undergo an annual physical examination (a) by an 
ophthalmologist or optometrist who attests that the vision in the 
better eye continues to meet the requirements in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), 
and (b) by a certified Medical Examiner, as defined by 49 CFR 390.5, 
who attests that the driver is otherwise physically qualified under 49 
CFR 391.41; (2) each driver must provide a copy of the 
ophthalmologist's or optometrist's report to the Medical Examiner at 
the time of the annual medical examination; and (3) each driver must 
provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for 
retention in the driver's qualification file or keep a copy of his/her 
driver's qualification if he/her is self- employed. The driver must 
also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for presentation to a 
duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. The 
exemption 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 88 exemption applications, FMCSA 
renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the vision 
requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), subject to the requirements cited 
above. 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. 2018-17604 Filed 8-14-18; 8:45 am]
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