Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing, 6999-7001 [2020-02340]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 25 / Thursday, February 6, 2020 / Notices the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. the close of business on the closing date indicated under the DATES section of the notice. Jared G. New Mr. New, 24, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2019, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Pt [sic] has sufficient vision both centrally and peripherally to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. New reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 200,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Issued on: January 30, 2020. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. David Perea Mr. Perea, 57, has had central serous retinopathy in his left eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 20, and in his left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2019, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, he has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Perea reported that he has driven straight trucks for 31 years, accumulating 1.1 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 31 years, accumulating 1.1 million miles. He holds an operator’s license from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. AGENCY: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Juan Santay-Ajanel Mr. Santay-Ajanel, 45, has retinal scarring in his right eye due to an infection in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2019, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Pt [sic] can distinguish between red, green and amber colors and in my opinion has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. SantayAjanel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 40,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 16 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. IV. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions described in this notice. We will consider all comments and material received before VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Feb 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 [FR Doc. 2020–02335 Filed 2–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0327; FMCSA– 2016–0003; FMCSA–2017–0057] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 14 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates provided below. Comments must be received on or before March 9, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0327, Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0003, or Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0057 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=FMCSA-2015-0327 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2016-0003 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2017-0057. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Operations; 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: (202) 493–2251. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6999 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. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0327, FMCSA–2016–0003, or FMCSA–2017– 0057), 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/ docket?D=FMCSA-2015-0327 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2016-0003 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2017-0057. 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\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 7000 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 25 / Thursday, February 6, 2020 / Notices B. 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-2015-0327 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2016-0003 or http:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2017-0057 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. C. 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.transportation.gov/privacy. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES II. Background 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 physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing found in 49 CFR 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Feb 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). The 14 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. 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 14 applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement. The 14 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 February 24, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Yoel Perez (FL) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers. This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2015–0327. The exemption is applicable as of February 24, 2020, and will expire on February 24, 2022. As of February 19, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 13 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers: Wyatt Baldwin (NV) Marion Bennett, Jr. (MD) Richard Davis (OH) Adam Hayes (CA) Michael Lidster (IL) Adrian Lopez (TX) Michael Quinonez (NM) Khon Saysanam (TX) Jeffrey Schulkers (KY) Jason Thomas (TX) Roderick Thomas (GA) Joshua Tinley (AZ) Kerri Wright (OK) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0003 or FMCSA– 2017–0057. Their exemptions are applicable as of February 19, 2020, and will expire on February 19, 2022. 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 regulation that conflicts with this exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption. VII. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 14 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 two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 25 / Thursday, February 6, 2020 / Notices Issued on: January 30, 2020. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. I. Public Participation [FR Doc. 2020–02340 Filed 2–5–20; 8:45 am] 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–1999–6480; FMCSA–2000– 7006; FMCSA–2001–9258; FMCSA– 2001–10578; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA–2003– 15892; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727; FMCSA–2006–24015; FMCSA–2007– 0017; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA– 2009–0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0206; FMCSA–2009– 0303; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA– 2011–0189; FMCSA–2011–0298; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA–2011– 26690; FMCSA–2013–0166; FMCSA– 2013–0167; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA–2013–0169; FMCSA–2013– 0170; FMCSA–2014–0297; FMCSA– 2014–0303; FMCSA–2015–0049; FMCSA–2015–0055; FMCSA–2015– 0056; FMCSA–2015–0070; FMCSA– 2015–0071; FMCSA–2015–0072; FMCSA–2015–0344; FMCSA–2015– 0345; FMCSA–2017–0017; FMCSA– 2017–0023; or FMCSA–2017–0024, 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 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. A. Viewing Documents and Comments BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1999–6156; FMCSA– 1999–6480; FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2001–9258; FMCSA–2001–10578; FMCSA– 2003–15268; FMCSA–2003–15892; FMCSA– 2003–15892; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA– 2005–22194; FMCSA–2005–22727; FMCSA– 2006–24015; FMCSA–2007–0017; FMCSA– 2007–27897; FMCSA–2009–0121; FMCSA– 2009–0154; FMCSA–2009–0206; FMCSA– 2009–0303; FMCSA–2010–0372; FMCSA– 2011–0189; FMCSA–2011–0298; FMCSA– 2011–0299; FMCSA–2011–26690; FMCSA– 2013–0166; FMCSA–2013–0167; FMCSA– 2013–0168; FMCSA–2013–0169; FMCSA– 2013–0170; FMCSA–2014–0297; FMCSA– 2014–0303; FMCSA–2015–0049; FMCSA– 2015–0055; FMCSA–2015–0056; FMCSA– 2015–0070; FMCSA–2015–0071; FMCSA– 2015–0072; FMCSA–2015–0344; FMCSA– 2015–0345; FMCSA–2017–0017; FMCSA– 2017–0023; FMCSA–2017–0024] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 90 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 provided below. SUMMARY: 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: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Feb 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 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.transportation.gov/privacy. II. Background On December 13, 2020, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 90 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 68288). The public comment period ended on January 13, 2020, and no comments were received. PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7001 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 § 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 no comments in this proceeding. IV. Conclusion Based on its evaluation of the 90 renewal exemption applications and comments received, FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt the following drivers from the vision requirement in § 391.41(b)(10). As of January 3, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 51 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (57 FR 57266; 64 FR 54948; 64 FR 68195; 65 FR 159; 65 FR 20251; 65 FR 57230; 66 FR 17743; 66 FR 33990; 66 FR 53826; 66 FR 66966; 66 FR 66969; 67 FR 17102; 68 FR 35772; 68 FR 52811; 68 FR 61860; 68 FR 69432; 68 FR 69434; 69 FR 62741; 70 FR 30999; 70 FR 33937; 70 FR 46567; 70 FR 53412; 70 FR 57353; 70 FR 61165; 70 FR 72689; 70 FR 74102; 71 FR 644; 71 FR 14566; 71 FR 30227; 71 FR 62147; 72 FR 32705; 72 FR 39879; 72 FR 40359; 72 FR 52419; 72 FR 52421; 72 FR 62897; 72 FR 64273; 72 FR 71995; 73 FR 20245; 73 FR 27014; 73 FR 75806; 74 FR 26461; 74 FR 26464; 74 FR 34074; 74 FR 34630; 74 FR 37295; 74 FR 41971; 74 FR 43217; 74 FR 48343; 74 FR 49069; 74 FR 53581; 74 FR 57551; 74 FR 60021; 74 FR 62632; 74 FR 65847; 75 FR 50799; 76 FR 7894; 76 FR 8809; 76 FR 20078; 76 FR 34135; 76 FR 37168; 76 FR 44653; 76 FR 53708; 76 FR 54530; 76 FR 55465; 76 FR 62143; 76 FR 64169; 76 FR 64171; 76 FR 66123; 76 FR 67246; 76 FR 70210; 76 FR 70215; 76 FR 75942; 76 FR 75943; 76 FR 79760; 78 FR 16762; 78 FR 18667; 78 FR 51268; 78 FR 62935; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 64274; 78 FR 64280; E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 25 (Thursday, February 6, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6999-7001]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02340]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0327; FMCSA-2016-0003; FMCSA-2017-0057]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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 14 
individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf 
individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates 
stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates provided 
below. Comments must be received on or before March 9, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0327, Docket No. FMCSA-
2016-0003, or Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0057 using any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2015-0327 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2016-0003 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2017-0057. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Operations; 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: (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, [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. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0327, FMCSA-2016-0003, or FMCSA-2017-
0057), 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/docket?D=FMCSA-2015-0327 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2016-0003 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2017-0057. 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 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period.

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B. 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-2015-0327 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2016-0003 or http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2017-0057 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.

C. 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.transportation.gov/privacy.

II. Background

    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 physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing 
found in 49 CFR 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).
    The 14 individuals listed in this notice have requested renewal of 
their exemptions from the hearing standard in Sec.  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.

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 14 
applicants has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an 
exemption from the hearing requirement. The 14 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 February 24, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315(b), Yoel Perez (FL) has satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in the FMCSRs for 
interstate CMV drivers.
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0327. The 
exemption is applicable as of February 24, 2020, and will expire on 
February 24, 2022.
    As of February 19, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315(b), the following 13 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers:

Wyatt Baldwin (NV)
Marion Bennett, Jr. (MD)
Richard Davis (OH)
Adam Hayes (CA)
Michael Lidster (IL)
Adrian Lopez (TX)
Michael Quinonez (NM)
Khon Saysanam (TX)
Jeffrey Schulkers (KY)
Jason Thomas (TX)
Roderick Thomas (GA)
Joshua Tinley (AZ)
Kerri Wright (OK)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0003 or 
FMCSA-2017-0057. Their exemptions are applicable as of February 19, 
2020, and will expire on February 19, 2022.

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 
Sec.  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 regulation that conflicts with this exemption with 
respect to a person operating under the exemption.

VII. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 14 exemption applications, FMCSA 
renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the hearing 
requirement in Sec.  391.41(b)(11). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 
31136(e) and 31315(b), each exemption will be valid for two years 
unless revoked earlier by FMCSA.


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    Issued on: January 30, 2020.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-02340 Filed 2-5-20; 8:45 am]
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