Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 12663-12665 [2019-06345]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Notices regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). Issued on: March 26, 2019. Ivan Marrero, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Salt Lake City, Utah. [FR Doc. 2019–06358 Filed 4–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–RY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA– 2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– 2002–12294; FMCSA–2002–12844; FMCSA– 2004–17195; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA– 2004–19477; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0292; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA– 2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA– 2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA– 2011–0366; FMCSA–2011–0380; FMCSA– 2013–0030; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA– 2014–0010; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA– 2015–0351; FMCSA–2016–0028; FMCSA– 2016–0033; FMCSA–2016–0206] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 A. Viewing Documents and Comments To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000– 7363; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA– 2002–12844; FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA–2004– 19477; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0292; FMCSA–2010– 0187; FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA– 2010–0327; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA–2011– 0366; FMCSA–2011–0380; FMCSA– 2013–0030; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA–2014– 0299; FMCSA–2015–0351; FMCSA– 2016–0028; FMCSA–2016–0033; FMCSA–2016–0206, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ button and choose the document 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. B. Privacy Act FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 71 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, 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., ET, 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: I. Public Participation 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. II. Background On February 6, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 71 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 (84 FR 2311). The public comment period ended on March 8, 2019, 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). PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12663 The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically qualified to drive 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 on its evaluation of the 71 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 January and are discussed below. As of January 3, 2019, 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 54948; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 66 FR 66969; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 8260; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 31447; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64810; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 27033; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 72 FR 185; 73 FR 35194; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 36954; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 54889; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74563; 73 FR 74565; 73 FR 75806; 73 FR 75807; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 65057; 75 FR 77590; 75 FR 77591; 75 FR 77949; 75 FR 77951; 75 FR 79081; 77 FR 5874; 77 FR 17109; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 27845; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 77 FR 64583; 77 FR 68202; 77 FR 70537; 77 FR 74730; 78 FR 41975; 78 FR 56986; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 21996; 79 FR 29498; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 38661; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 56104; 79 FR 56117; 79 FR 59348; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 65759; 79 FR 73689; 80 FR 48411; 81 FR 17237; 81 FR 28138; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 59266; 81 FR 70253; 81 FR 71173; 81 FR 74494; 81 FR 80161; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 96165; 81 FR 96191): Robert J. Ambrose (MA) Nathan A. Buckles (IN) E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1 amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 12664 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Notices David F. Cialdea (MA) Robert J. Clarke (NY) David R. Cox (OR) Paul A. Gregerson (IA) Victor B. Hawks (VA) Jesse P. Jamison (TN) Oscar Juarez (ID) Mearl C. Kennedy (OH) James W. Lappan (KS) Joseph A. Leigh, Jr. (NC) Bruce J. Lewis (RI) John C. McLaughlin (SD) Jack W. Murphy, Jr. (OH) John C. Rodriguez (PA) Jeffrey Sanders (NC) Edward P. Schrader II (WA) Randal J. Shabloski (PA) Curtis L. Shannon (MN) Julius Simmons, Jr. (SC) Allen J. Stolz (WI) Danny A. Wright (IN) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA– 2000–7363; FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0292; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0327; FMCSA–2011– 0366; FMCSA–2011–0380; FMCSA– 2013–0030; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA–2015– 0351; FMCSA–2016–0028; FMCSA– 2016–0033; FMCSA–2016–0206. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 3, 2019, and will expire on January 3, 2021. As of January 9, 2019, 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 (71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1051; 73 FR 78423; 75 FR 79083; 77 FR 74734; 79 FR 73686; 81 FR 96165): David L. Cattoor (NV) Arthur Dolengewicz (NY) Terrence L. McKinney (TX) Ellis T. McKneely (LA) Ronald C. Morris (NV) Steven M. Scholfield (KY) David C. Stitt (KS) Kevin L. Truxell (FL) Bruce A. Walker (WI) Lee A. Wiltjer (IL) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2006–26066. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 9, 2019, and will expire on January 9, 2021. As of January 10, 2019, 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 (75 FR 69737; 76 FR 1499; 77 FR 74733; 79 FR 72756; 79 FR 73397; 80 FR 9304; 81 FR 96165): VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 Eric C. Hammer (MO) Robert K. Ipock (NC) Perry D. Jensen (WI) Jesse L. Lichtenberger (PA) James G. Pitchford (OH) Frederick E. Schaub (IA) Michael G. Somma (NY) Jason E. Thomas (ND) Richard L. Totels (TX) Diane L. Wedebrand (IA) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA– 2014–0299. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 10, 2019, and will expire on January 10, 2021. As of January 12, 2019, 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 (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 67234; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62741; 69 FR 64742; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 74565; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 66423; 75 FR 72863; 76 FR 2190; 77 FR 68199; 77 FR 74273; 79 FR 73687; 81 FR 96165): Timothy Bradford (TN) Douglas K. Esp (MT) Donald L. Hamrick (KS) Gary L. Killian (NC) Thomas L. Oglesby (GA) Preston S. Salisbury (MT) Kevin W. Schaffer (IL) George A. Teti (FL) David W. Ward (NC) Ralph W. York (NM) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2004–18885; FMCSA–2010–0354. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 12, 2019, and will expire on January 12, 2021. As of January 13, 2019, 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 (65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57267; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 71098; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 1054; 73 FR 78421; 75 FR 79079; 77 FR 76166; 79 FR 73687; 81 FR 96165): David S. Brumfield (KY) Arthur A. Sappington (IN) William H. Smith (AL) Edward C. Williams (AL) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7363; FMCSA– 2002–12294; FMCSA–2006–26066. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 13, 2019, and will expire on January 13, 2021. As of January 14, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31315, the following three individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 72 FR 1056; 73 FR 76439; 75 FR 79084; 77 FR 75496; 79 FR 74169; 81 FR 96165): Christopher L. Depuy (OH); Larry J. Folkerts (IA); and Francis M. McMullin (PA). The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2004–19477. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 14, 2019, and will expire on January 14, 2021. As of January 17, 2019, 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 (67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 69 FR 71100; 72 FR 1053; 73 FR 76440; 75 FR 80887; 77 FR 76167; 79 FR 74168; 81 FR 96165): Howard F. Breitkreutz (MN) John E. Evenson (WI) Craig M. Landry (LA) Kenneth E. Vigue, Jr. (WA) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2002–12844. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 17, 2019, and will expire on January 17, 2021. As of January 31, 2019, 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 (69 FR 17263; 69 FR 31447; 70 FR 44946; 71 FR 43557; 73 FR 42403; 75 FR 38602; 75 FR 72863; 75 FR 77492; 76 FR 2190; 76 FR 5425; 78 FR 800; 80 FR 603; 81 FR 96165): Gary S. Alvarez (MA) Brett K. Hasty (GA) Garry D. Layton (TX) Rocky D. Moorhead (NM) Myron A. Smith (MN) Jose M. Suarez (TX) Richard L. Zacher (OR) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA–2010– 0385. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 31, 2019, and will expire on January 31, 2021. 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; E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Notices 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: March 22, 2019. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–06345 Filed 4–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA– 2000–8398; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA– 2004–19477; FMCSA–2005–20027; FMCSA– 2005–20560; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA– 2010–0201; FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA– 2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA– 2011–0010; FMCSA–2011–0024; FMCSA– 2011–0057; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA– 2012–0337; FMCSA–2012–0338; FMCSA– 2013–0021; FMCSA–2013–0022; FMCSA– 2013–0023; FMCSA–2013–0024; FMCSA– 2013–0169; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA– 2014–0300; FMCSA–2014–0301; FMCSA– 2014–0302; FMCSA–2014–0304; FMCSA– 2014–0305; FMCSA–2016–0030; FMCSA– 2016–0214; FMCSA–2017–0014; FMCSA– 2017–0016] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 74 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 May 2, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2000– 8398; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA– 2004–19477; FMCSA–2005–20027; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2007– 27333; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA–2010– 0201; FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA– amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2011– 0024; FMCSA–2011–0057; FMCSA– 2012–0279; FMCSA–2012–0337; FMCSA–2012–0338; FMCSA–2013– 0021; FMCSA–2013–0022; FMCSA– 2013–0023; FMCSA–2013–0024; FMCSA–2013–0169; FMCSA–2014– 0299; FMCSA–2014–0300; FMCSA– 2014–0301; FMCSA–2014–0302; FMCSA–2014–0304; FMCSA–2014– 0305; FMCSA–2016–0030; FMCSA– 2016–0214; FMCSA–2017–0014; FMCSA–2017–0016 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for instructions on submitting comments. 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., ET, 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. Public Participation A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA–2002– 12294; FMCSA–2004–19477; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA–2010– 0287; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA– 2010–0372; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2011–0024; FMCSA–2011– 0057; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA– 2012–0337; FMCSA–2012–0338; PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12665 FMCSA–2013–0021; FMCSA–2013– 0022; FMCSA–2013–0023; FMCSA– 2013–0024; FMCSA–2013–0169; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA–2014– 0300; FMCSA–2014–0301; FMCSA– 2014–0302; FMCSA–2014–0304; FMCSA–2014–0305; FMCSA–2016– 0030; FMCSA–2016–0214; FMCSA– 2017–0014; FMCSA–2017–0016), 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 that FMCSA can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov, put the docket number, FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA–2002– 12294; FMCSA–2004–19477; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA–2008– 0106; FMCSA–2008–0231; FMCSA– 2008–0398; FMCSA–2009–0054; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA–2010– 0287; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA– 2010–0372; FMCSA–2011–0010; FMCSA–2011–0024; FMCSA–2011– 0057; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA– 2012–0337; FMCSA–2012–0338; FMCSA–2013–0021; FMCSA–2013– 0022; FMCSA–2013–0023; FMCSA– 2013–0024; FMCSA–2013–0169; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA–2014– 0300; FMCSA–2014–0301; FMCSA– 2014–0302; FMCSA–2014–0304; FMCSA–2014–0305; FMCSA–2016– 0030; FMCSA–2016–0214; FMCSA– 2017–0014; FMCSA–2017–0016, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ When the new screen appears, click on the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ button and type your comment into the text box on the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-
2002-12294; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2004-17195; FMCSA-2004-18885; 
FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0231; 
FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-0327; 
FMCSA-2010-0354; FMCSA-2010-0385; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0380; 
FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-0299; 
FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0033; FMCSA-2016-0206]


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 71 
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., 
ET, 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. Public Participation

A. Viewing Documents and Comments

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Insert the docket number, FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2000-
7363; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2002-12844; FMCSA-2004-17195; FMCSA-2004-
18885; FMCSA-2004-19477; FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-
0231; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-2010-
0327; FMCSA-2010-0354; FMCSA-2010-0385; FMCSA-2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-
0380; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-
0299; FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0033; FMCSA-2016-
0206, in the keyword box, and click ``Search.'' Next, click the ``Open 
Docket Folder'' button and choose the document 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

B. 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.

II. Background

    On February 6, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing its 
decision to renew exemptions for 71 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 (84 FR 2311). The 
public comment period ended on March 8, 2019, 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 drive 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 on its evaluation of the 71 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 January 
and are discussed below. As of January 3, 2019, 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 
54948; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 66 FR 66969; 67 FR 71610; 
69 FR 8260; 69 FR 17263; 69 FR 31447; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 
64810; 71 FR 19604; 71 FR 27033; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 72 FR 185; 
73 FR 35194; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 36954; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 46973; 73 FR 
48275; 73 FR 54889; 73 FR 61922; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74563; 
73 FR 74565; 73 FR 75806; 73 FR 75807; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 
47883; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 65057; 
75 FR 77590; 75 FR 77591; 75 FR 77949; 75 FR 77951; 75 FR 79081; 77 FR 
5874; 77 FR 17109; 77 FR 17117; 77 FR 27845; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 46153; 
77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 77 FR 64583; 77 FR 68202; 77 FR 70537; 77 FR 
74730; 78 FR 41975; 78 FR 56986; 79 FR 18392; 79 FR 21996; 79 FR 29498; 
79 FR 35220; 79 FR 38661; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 56104; 79 FR 56117; 79 FR 
59348; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 65759; 79 FR 73689; 80 FR 48411; 81 FR 17237; 
81 FR 28138; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 59266; 81 FR 70253; 81 FR 71173; 81 FR 
74494; 81 FR 80161; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 96165; 81 FR 96191):

Robert J. Ambrose (MA)
Nathan A. Buckles (IN)

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David F. Cialdea (MA)
Robert J. Clarke (NY)
David R. Cox (OR)
Paul A. Gregerson (IA)
Victor B. Hawks (VA)
Jesse P. Jamison (TN)
Oscar Juarez (ID)
Mearl C. Kennedy (OH)
James W. Lappan (KS)
Joseph A. Leigh, Jr. (NC)
Bruce J. Lewis (RI)
John C. McLaughlin (SD)
Jack W. Murphy, Jr. (OH)
John C. Rodriguez (PA)
Jeffrey Sanders (NC)
Edward P. Schrader II (WA)
Randal J. Shabloski (PA)
Curtis L. Shannon (MN)
Julius Simmons, Jr. (SC)
Allen J. Stolz (WI)
Danny A. Wright (IN)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-1999-6156; FMCSA-
2000-7363; FMCSA-2004-17195; FMCSA-2004-18885; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-
2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2010-0187; FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-
2011-0366; FMCSA-2011-0380; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2014-0004; FMCSA-
2014-0010; FMCSA-2015-0351; FMCSA-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0033; FMCSA-
2016-0206. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 3, 2019, and 
will expire on January 3, 2021.
    As of January 9, 2019, 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 (71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1051; 73 FR 
78423; 75 FR 79083; 77 FR 74734; 79 FR 73686; 81 FR 96165):

David L. Cattoor (NV)
Arthur Dolengewicz (NY)
Terrence L. McKinney (TX)
Ellis T. McKneely (LA)
Ronald C. Morris (NV)
Steven M. Scholfield (KY)
David C. Stitt (KS)
Kevin L. Truxell (FL)
Bruce A. Walker (WI)
Lee A. Wiltjer (IL)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2006-26066. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of January 9, 2019, and will expire on 
January 9, 2021.
    As of January 10, 2019, 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 (75 FR 69737; 76 FR 1499; 77 FR 
74733; 79 FR 72756; 79 FR 73397; 80 FR 9304; 81 FR 96165):

Eric C. Hammer (MO)
Robert K. Ipock (NC)
Perry D. Jensen (WI)
Jesse L. Lichtenberger (PA)
James G. Pitchford (OH)
Frederick E. Schaub (IA)
Michael G. Somma (NY)
Jason E. Thomas (ND)
Richard L. Totels (TX)
Diane L. Wedebrand (IA)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2010-0287; FMCSA-
2014-0299. Their exemptions are applicable as of January 10, 2019, and 
will expire on January 10, 2021.
    As of January 12, 2019, 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 (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 67 FR 
67234; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62741; 69 FR 64742; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 
73 FR 61925; 73 FR 74565; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 66423; 75 FR 72863; 76 FR 
2190; 77 FR 68199; 77 FR 74273; 79 FR 73687; 81 FR 96165):

Timothy Bradford (TN)
Douglas K. Esp (MT)
Donald L. Hamrick (KS)
Gary L. Killian (NC)
Thomas L. Oglesby (GA)
Preston S. Salisbury (MT)
Kevin W. Schaffer (IL)
George A. Teti (FL)
David W. Ward (NC)
Ralph W. York (NM)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-
2004-18885; FMCSA-2010-0354. Their exemptions are applicable as of 
January 12, 2019, and will expire on January 12, 2021.
    As of January 13, 2019, 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 (65 FR 45817; 65 FR 77066; 67 FR 
46016; 67 FR 57267; 67 FR 71610; 69 FR 71098; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1050; 
72 FR 1054; 73 FR 78421; 75 FR 79079; 77 FR 76166; 79 FR 73687; 81 FR 
96165):

David S. Brumfield (KY)
Arthur A. Sappington (IN)
William H. Smith (AL)
Edward C. Williams (AL)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-
2002-12294; FMCSA-2006-26066. Their exemptions are applicable as of 
January 13, 2019, and will expire on January 13, 2021.
    As of January 14, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following three individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 72 FR 
1056; 73 FR 76439; 75 FR 79084; 77 FR 75496; 79 FR 74169; 81 FR 96165): 
Christopher L. Depuy (OH); Larry J. Folkerts (IA); and Francis M. 
McMullin (PA).
    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2004-19477. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of January 14, 2019, and will expire on 
January 14, 2021.
    As of January 17, 2019, 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 (67 FR 68719; 68 FR 2629; 69 FR 
71100; 72 FR 1053; 73 FR 76440; 75 FR 80887; 77 FR 76167; 79 FR 74168; 
81 FR 96165):

Howard F. Breitkreutz (MN)
John E. Evenson (WI)
Craig M. Landry (LA)
Kenneth E. Vigue, Jr. (WA)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2002-12844. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of January 17, 2019, and will expire on 
January 17, 2021.
    As of January 31, 2019, 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 (69 FR 17263; 69 FR 31447; 70 FR 
44946; 71 FR 43557; 73 FR 42403; 75 FR 38602; 75 FR 72863; 75 FR 77492; 
76 FR 2190; 76 FR 5425; 78 FR 800; 80 FR 603; 81 FR 96165):

Gary S. Alvarez (MA)
Brett K. Hasty (GA)
Garry D. Layton (TX)
Rocky D. Moorhead (NM)
Myron A. Smith (MN)
Jose M. Suarez (TX)
Richard L. Zacher (OR)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2004-17195; 
FMCSA-2010-0354; FMCSA-2010-0385. Their exemptions are applicable as of 
January 31, 2019, and will expire on January 31, 2021.
    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;

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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: March 22, 2019.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-06345 Filed 4-1-19; 8:45 am]
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