Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing, 72118-72120 [2019-28158]

Download as PDF 72118 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). The 34 individuals listed in this notice have requested renewal of their exemptions from the hearing standard in § 391.41(b)(11), 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 2-year period. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. 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(b), FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption of a driver. IV. Basis for Renewing Exemptions In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), each of the 34 applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement. The 34 drivers in this notice remain in good standing with the Agency. In addition, for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders, the Commercial Driver’s License Information System and the Motor Carrier Management Information System are searched for crash and violation data. For non-CDL holders, the Agency reviews the driving records from the State Driver’s Licensing Agency. These factors provide an adequate basis for predicting each driver’s ability to continue to safely operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Therefore, FMCSA concludes that extending the exemption for each of these drivers for a period of 2 years is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. As of December 26, 2019, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 34 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers: Mario Alvarado (CA) Kasseth Andrews (MA) Randy Bailey (NJ) Ivan Batista (NJ) Joseph Bence (OH) VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 Daryl A. Broker (MN) Justin Brooks (WA) Christa Butner (NC) William Darnell (AZ) Travis K. Davisson (IA) Sean M. Dearsman (OH) Mitchell R. Estill (MO) Lucius Fowler (IL) Buddy Gann (IN) Teela Gilmore (GA) John Grebenc (MN) Clint Homom (IL) Paul Hoover (PA) Amy Ivins (NE) Thomas Jensen (IA) Charles J. Jernigan, Jr. (SC) James M. Johnson (MN) Wayne A. Kramas (WI) Daniel Krytosek (MN) Nicholas Kulasa (IL) Aaron S. Leader (AZ) John R. Martikainen (CT) James E. Redmond (IL) Dustin Sargent (TX) Michael Singleton (TX) Marshall Smith (TX) Michael Swetnam (TX) Courtney D. Turner (VA) Edward J. Zozaya (AZ) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0385, FMCSA– 2014–0387, or FMCSA–2017–0058. Christa Butner was previously published under the name Christa Coppley. Their exemptions are applicable as of December 26, 2019, and will expire on December 26, 2021. V. Conditions and Requirements The exemptions are extended subject to the following conditions: (1) Each driver must report any crashes or accidents as defined in § 390.5; and (2) report all citations and convictions for disqualifying offenses under 49 CFR 383 and 49 CFR 391 to FMCSA; and (3) each driver prohibited from operating a motorcoach or bus with passengers in interstate commerce. The driver must also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. In addition, the exemption does not exempt the individual from meeting the applicable CDL testing requirements. Each exemption will be valid for 2 years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. 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(b). VI. Preemption During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or PO 00000 Frm 00229 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regulation that conflicts with this exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption. VII. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 34 exemption applications, FMCSA renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the hearing requirement in § 391.41 (b)(11). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. Issued on: December 23, 2019. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–28157 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0110] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 29 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were applicable on November 19, 2019. The exemptions expire on November 19, 2021. 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 Operations, (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 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/ docket?D=FMCSA-2019-0110 and choose the document to review. If you E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Operations 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 October 16, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of applications from 29 individuals requesting an exemption from the hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (FR 84 55375). The public comment period ended on November 15, 2019, and four comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that granting exemptions to these individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by complying with § 391.41(b)(11). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing found in § 391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person first perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5—1951. This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). III. Discussion of Comments FMCSA received six comments in this proceeding. Edward Wassels from St. Louis Missouri commented that the hearing exemption process is unclear and would like FMCSA to provide an VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 online status indication tool to help applicants better understand where their application is in the hearing exemption process. He would also like FMCSA to provide a step-by-step guide to help applicants have a better understanding of how the process works. FMCSA acknowledges Mr. Wassels’ concerns and has updated the hearing application packages located on the FMCSA website with an overview of the exemption process to assist applicants in understanding the process and what specific information must be submitted. Dain Covington of Williamsburg, Virginia encourages those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and interested in operating a CMV to apply for a hearing exemption from FMCSA in order to obtain a CDL. He also recommended FMCSA reduce the waiting time for those who apply for a hearing exemption to speed up the process of obtaining a CDL. FMCSA processes hearing exemptions as quickly as possible. However, the Agency is required to publish a Federal Register notice allowing the public 30 days to comment on the application for each exemption prior to making a final determination whether to grant or deny each exemption. J. T. Stryszyk provided two identical comments in support of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals being able to obtain a hearing exemption so that they can operate a CMV in interstate commerce. An anonymous commenter also provided support. Nicole Neft of Driver and Vehicle Services, State of Minnesota commented that Minnesota has no objections to Ryan Arrington and Abdiwahab Olow receiving a hearing exemption to drive in interstate commerce. Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the FMCSRs for no longer than a 5-year period if it finds such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 5-year period. FMCSA grants medical exemptions from the FMCSRs for a 2year period to align with the maximum duration of a driver’s medical certification. The Agency’s decision regarding these exemption applications is based on current medical information and literature, and the 2008 Evidence Report, ‘‘Executive Summary on Hearing, Vestibular Function and Commercial Motor Driving Safety.’’ The evidence report reached two PO 00000 Frm 00230 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72119 conclusions regarding the matter of hearing loss and CMV driver safety: (1) No studies that examined the relationship between hearing loss and crash risk exclusively among CMV drivers were identified; and (2) evidence from studies of the private driver’s license holder population does not support the contention that individuals with hearing impairment are at an increased risk for a crash. In addition, the Agency reviewed each applicant’s driving record found in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, and inspections recorded in the Motor Carrier Management Information System. For non-CDL holders, the Agency reviewed the driving records from the State Driver’s Licensing Agency. Each applicant’s record demonstrated a safe driving history. Based on an individual assessment of each applicant that focused on whether an equal or greater level of safety is likely to be achieved by permitting each of these drivers to drive in interstate commerce as opposed to restricting him or her to driving in intrastate commerce, the Agency believes the drivers granted this exemption have demonstrated that they do not pose a risk to public safety. Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these applicants from the hearing standard in § 391.41(b)(11) is likely to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the exemption. IV. Conditions and Requirements The terms and conditions of the exemption are provided to the applicants in the exemption document and includes the following: (1) Each driver must report any crashes or accidents as defined in § 390.5; (2) each driver must report all citations and convictions for disqualifying offenses under 49 CFR 383 and 49 CFR 391 to FMCSA; and (3) each driver is prohibited from operating a motorcoach or bus with passengers in interstate commerce. The driver must also have a copy of the exemption when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. In addition, the exemption does not exempt the individual from meeting the applicable CDL testing requirements. 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. E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 72120 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices VI. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 29 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts the following drivers from the hearing standard, § 391.41(b)(11), subject to the requirements cited above: Jeremy T. Albright (CA) Byron S. Allen (FL) Carlos Arellano (CA) Ryan Arrington (MN) Jeffrey A. Barbuto NH) Dain Covington (VA) Tymekia L. Crawford (TX) Brian J. Davlin (NV) John Fazio (OH) Alvin Grasty (PA) Derek Hawkins (NH) Emil Iontchev (IL) Shane Kennedy (FL) Lacey Mathis (TN) Billy Joe McClain (NY) Danny W. McGowan (WV) Allan Mitchell (NY) Ronald Misner (CA) Matthew Moore (TX) Abdiwahab S. Olow (MN) Timothy Roberts (TN) Gilbert L. Swagger (TX) Teddy R. Tice (NY) Cameron Thomas (IA) Tyler Turner (TN) Jerry Ward (NC) Edward Wessels (MO) Joseph Williams (MD) Thomas E. Wray (NC) In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for 2 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(e) and 31315(b). Issued on: December 20, 2019. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–28158 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0017] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 11 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye. DATES: The exemptions were applicable on December 3, 2019. The exemptions expire on December 3, 2021. 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 Operations, (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 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/ docket?D=FMCSA–2019–0017 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 Operations 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 October 31, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of applications from 11 individuals requesting an exemption from vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and requested comments from the public (84 FR 58441). The public PO 00000 Frm 00231 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment period ended on December 2, 2019, and two comments were received. FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that granting the exemptions to these individuals would achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by complying with § 391.41(b)(10). The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision found in § 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 two comments in this proceeding. Taylor Deist submitted a comment disagreeing with the Agency’s decision to grant exemptions to the 11 individuals, citing safety concerns related to their vision. The basis for granting the exemptions is explained in Section IV of this document. FMCSA has evaluated each applicant and determined that granting an exemption is likely to achieve a level of safety greater than, or equal to, that which would be achieved absent such exemption. Tara Coffey submitted a comment disagreeing with the Agency’s decision to grant exemptions to the 11 individuals, citing safety concerns related to their vision. The basis for granting exemptions is explained in Section IV of this document. FMCSA has determined that all of the individuals listed in this notice meet the criteria required for an exemption. IV. Basis for Exemption Determination Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the FMCSRs for no longer than a 5-year period if it finds such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption. The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 5-year period. FMCSA grants medical exemptions from the FMCSRs for a 2year period to align with the maximum duration of a driver’s medical certification. E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2019-0110]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 29 individuals from the 
hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 
(FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate 
commerce. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf 
individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: The exemptions were applicable on November 19, 2019. The 
exemptions expire on November 19, 2021.

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 Operations, (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/docket?D=FMCSA-2019-0110 and choose the document to review. If you

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do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by 
visiting the Docket Operations 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 October 16, 2019, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of 
applications from 29 individuals requesting an exemption from the 
hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) to operate a CMV in 
interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (FR 84 
55375). The public comment period ended on November 15, 2019, and four 
comments were received.
    FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and 
determined that granting exemptions to these individuals would achieve 
a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would 
be achieved by complying with Sec.  391.41(b)(11).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing 
found in Sec.  391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person first perceives a forced 
whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or 
without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric 
device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater 
than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a 
hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American 
National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5--1951.
    This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow 
drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing 
aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971).

III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received six comments in this proceeding. Edward Wassels from 
St. Louis Missouri commented that the hearing exemption process is 
unclear and would like FMCSA to provide an online status indication 
tool to help applicants better understand where their application is in 
the hearing exemption process. He would also like FMCSA to provide a 
step-by-step guide to help applicants have a better understanding of 
how the process works. FMCSA acknowledges Mr. Wassels' concerns and has 
updated the hearing application packages located on the FMCSA website 
with an overview of the exemption process to assist applicants in 
understanding the process and what specific information must be 
submitted. Dain Covington of Williamsburg, Virginia encourages those 
who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and interested in operating a CMV to 
apply for a hearing exemption from FMCSA in order to obtain a CDL. He 
also recommended FMCSA reduce the waiting time for those who apply for 
a hearing exemption to speed up the process of obtaining a CDL. FMCSA 
processes hearing exemptions as quickly as possible. However, the 
Agency is required to publish a Federal Register notice allowing the 
public 30 days to comment on the application for each exemption prior 
to making a final determination whether to grant or deny each 
exemption. J. T. Stryszyk provided two identical comments in support of 
Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals being able to obtain a hearing 
exemption so that they can operate a CMV in interstate commerce. An 
anonymous commenter also provided support. Nicole Neft of Driver and 
Vehicle Services, State of Minnesota commented that Minnesota has no 
objections to Ryan Arrington and Abdiwahab Olow receiving a hearing 
exemption to drive in interstate commerce.

Basis for Exemption Determination

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the FMCSRs for no longer than a 5-year period if it finds such 
exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, 
or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such 
exemption. The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at 
the end of the 5-year period. FMCSA grants medical exemptions from the 
FMCSRs for a 2-year period to align with the maximum duration of a 
driver's medical certification.
    The Agency's decision regarding these exemption applications is 
based on current medical information and literature, and the 2008 
Evidence Report, ``Executive Summary on Hearing, Vestibular Function 
and Commercial Motor Driving Safety.'' The evidence report reached two 
conclusions regarding the matter of hearing loss and CMV driver safety: 
(1) No studies that examined the relationship between hearing loss and 
crash risk exclusively among CMV drivers were identified; and (2) 
evidence from studies of the private driver's license holder population 
does not support the contention that individuals with hearing 
impairment are at an increased risk for a crash. In addition, the 
Agency reviewed each applicant's driving record found in the Commercial 
Driver's License Information System, for commercial driver's license 
(CDL) holders, and inspections recorded in the Motor Carrier Management 
Information System. For non-CDL holders, the Agency reviewed the 
driving records from the State Driver's Licensing Agency. Each 
applicant's record demonstrated a safe driving history. Based on an 
individual assessment of each applicant that focused on whether an 
equal or greater level of safety is likely to be achieved by permitting 
each of these drivers to drive in interstate commerce as opposed to 
restricting him or her to driving in intrastate commerce, the Agency 
believes the drivers granted this exemption have demonstrated that they 
do not pose a risk to public safety.
    Consequently, FMCSA finds that in each case exempting these 
applicants from the hearing standard in Sec.  391.41(b)(11) is likely 
to achieve a level of safety equal to that existing without the 
exemption.

IV. Conditions and Requirements

    The terms and conditions of the exemption are provided to the 
applicants in the exemption document and includes the following: (1) 
Each driver must report any crashes or accidents as defined in Sec.  
390.5; (2) each driver must report all citations and convictions for 
disqualifying offenses under 49 CFR 383 and 49 CFR 391 to FMCSA; and 
(3) each driver is prohibited from operating a motorcoach or bus with 
passengers in interstate commerce. The driver must also have a copy of 
the exemption when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized 
Federal, State, or local enforcement official. In addition, the 
exemption does not exempt the individual from meeting the applicable 
CDL testing requirements.

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.

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VI. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 29 exemption applications, FMCSA 
exempts the following drivers from the hearing standard, Sec.  
391.41(b)(11), subject to the requirements cited above:

Jeremy T. Albright (CA)
Byron S. Allen (FL)
Carlos Arellano (CA)
Ryan Arrington (MN)
Jeffrey A. Barbuto NH)
Dain Covington (VA)
Tymekia L. Crawford (TX)
Brian J. Davlin (NV)
John Fazio (OH)
Alvin Grasty (PA)
Derek Hawkins (NH)
Emil Iontchev (IL)
Shane Kennedy (FL)
Lacey Mathis (TN)
Billy Joe McClain (NY)
Danny W. McGowan (WV)
Allan Mitchell (NY)
Ronald Misner (CA)
Matthew Moore (TX)
Abdiwahab S. Olow (MN)
Timothy Roberts (TN)
Gilbert L. Swagger (TX)
Teddy R. Tice (NY)
Cameron Thomas (IA)
Tyler Turner (TN)
Jerry Ward (NC)
Edward Wessels (MO)
Joseph Williams (MD)
Thomas E. Wray (NC)

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid 
for 2 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(e) and 
31315(b).

    Issued on: December 20, 2019.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
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