Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing, 73334-73335 [2020-25340]

Download as PDF 73334 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 17, 2020 / Notices information provided by the debtor on Form 770 in making a determination regarding the compromise of such debts and other liquidation proceedings including litigation by the Agency and/ or the Department of Justice. Solicitation of Public Comments SBA is requesting comments on (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the agency to properly perform its functions; (b) whether the burden estimates are accurate; (c) whether there are ways to minimize the burden, including through the use of automated techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) whether there are ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information. Summary of Information Collection Collection: 3245–0012 (1) Title: Financial Statement of Debtor. Description of Respondents: SBA Lenders. Form Number: SBA Form 770. Total Estimated Annual Responses: 5,000. Total Estimated Annual Hour Burden: 5,000. Curtis Rich, Management Analyst. [FR Doc. 2020–25313 Filed 11–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2020–1056] Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Market Survey Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The collection involves an electronic distribution of a survey to gather information on current practices for pilots of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The target information to be gathered is the common fatigue-related practices, and the minimum knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), testing, and staffing procedures required for SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 operating UAS. The information to be collected will be used to inform future rulemaking and the development of supporting guidance. The information is necessary because the existing regulatory framework, to include the certification of airmen, was not designed with remote pilots in mind. To broadly integrate UAS and remote pilots into the National Airspace System, further rulemaking will be required to address remote pilot certification for air carrier operations and flight and duty time periods applicable to remote pilot air carrier operations. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by January 19, 2021. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments: By Electronic Docket: https:// www.regulations.gov (Enter docket number into search field). By mail: Kevin Williams, Ph.D., Bldg. 13, Rm. 250D, 6500 S MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73125. By fax: (405) 954–4852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ashley Awwad by email at: ashley.awwad@faa.gov; phone: (816) 786–5716. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–XXXX. Title: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Market Survey. Form Numbers: List all forms. Type of Review: New information collection. Background: The FAA mission and vision are to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world as new users and technologies integrate into the system. Currently, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations are expanding beyond 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 107 via waiver and exemption. To broadly integrate these expanded operations, to include air carrier operations, further rulemaking will be necessary. To support revisions to current regulations and the development of new regulations that will support integration, the FAA plans to survey experts in industry and PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 academia on UAS. The survey seeks to collect data from industry leaders on the common fatigue-related practices for the operation of UAS and the minimum knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), testing, and staffing procedures required for operating UAS. Respondents: 180 respondents. Frequency: One-time collection. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 45-minute burden per response. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 135 hours, total burden. Issued in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on November 11, 2020. Ashley Awwad, Management & Program Analyst, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), Flight Deck Human Factors Research Lab, AAM– 510. [FR Doc. 2020–25260 Filed 11–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2013–0121; FMCSA– 2014–0103; FMCSA–2014–0385; FMCSA– 2015–0329; FMCSA–2016–0002; FMCSA– 2017–0059; FMCSA–2018–0135] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: 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: The exemptions were applicable on October 13, 2020. The exemptions expire on October 13, 2022. 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 Dockets Operations, (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 17, 2020 / Notices 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA–2013–0121, FMCSA–2014–0103, FMCSA–2014– 0385, FMCSA–2015–0329, FMCSA– 2016–0002, FMCSA–2017–0059, or FMCSA–2018–0135, 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 Dockets 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. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366–9317 or (202) 366–9826 before visiting Dockets Operations. 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 October 1, 2020, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 14 individuals from the hearing standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested comments from the public (85 FR 62009). The public comment period ended on November 2, 2020, and no comments were received. 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 § 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Nov 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 73335 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). DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION III. Discussion of Comments AGENCY: FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding. IV. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the 14 renewal exemption applications, FMCSA announces its decision to exempt the following drivers from the hearing requirement in § 391.41(b)(11). As of October 13, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 14 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (85 FR 62009): Cory Adkins (FL) David Alagna (TN) Matthew Albrecht (PA) Keith Bryd (TN) David Chappelear (TX) Ralph Domel (TX) Jacquelyn Hetherington (OK) Paul Mansfield (KS) Ervin Mitchell (TX) Jose Ramirez (IL) Fernando Ramirez-Savon (FL) Thomas Sneer (MN) Daniel Stroud (UT) Jason Wynne (TX) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2013–0121, FMCSA– 2014–0103, FMCSA–2014–0385, FMCSA–2015–0329, FMCSA–2016– 0002, FMCSA–2017–0059, and FMCSA– 2018–0135. Their exemptions were applicable as of October 13, 2020, and will expire on October 13, 2022. 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). Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–25340 Filed 11–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0128] Washington’s Meal and Rest Break Rules for Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Petition for Determination of Preemption Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Order; grant of petition for determination of preemption. FMCSA grants the petition submitted by the Washington Trucking Associations (WTA) requesting a determination that the State of Washington’s Meal and Rest Break rules (MRB rules) are preempted as applied to property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to FMCSA’s hours of service (HOS) regulations. Federal law provides for preemption of State laws on commercial motor vehicle safety that are additional to or more stringent than Federal regulations if they (1) have no safety benefit; (2) are incompatible with Federal regulations; or (3) would cause an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce. FMCSA has determined that Washington’s MRB rules are laws on commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety, that they are more stringent than the Agency’s HOS regulations, that they have no safety benefits that extend beyond those that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) already provide, that they are incompatible with the Federal HOS regulations, and that they cause an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce. The Washington MRB rules, therefore, are preempted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Charles J. Fromm, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–0349; Charles.Fromm@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at https:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket FMCSA–2019–0128 to read background documents or comments, go to https:// www.regulations.gov. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the FDMS for all comments received into E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0121; FMCSA-2014-0103; FMCSA-2014-0385; FMCSA-
2015-0329; FMCSA-2016-0002; FMCSA-2017-0059; FMCSA-2018-0135]


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 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: The exemptions were applicable on October 13, 2020. The 
exemptions expire on October 13, 2022.

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 Dockets Operations, (202) 366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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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 https://www.regulations.gov. 
Insert the docket number, FMCSA-2013-0121, FMCSA-2014-0103, FMCSA-2014-
0385, FMCSA-2015-0329, FMCSA-2016-0002, FMCSA-2017-0059, or FMCSA-2018-
0135, 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 
Dockets 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. To 
be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366-9317 or 
(202) 366-9826 before visiting Dockets Operations.

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 October 1, 2020, FMCSA published a notice announcing its 
decision to renew exemptions for 14 individuals from the hearing 
standard in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) to operate a CMV in interstate 
commerce and requested comments from the public (85 FR 62009). The 
public comment period ended on November 2, 2020, and no comments were 
received.
    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 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 no comments in this proceeding.

IV. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 14 renewal exemption applications, 
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt the following drivers from the 
hearing requirement in Sec.  391.41(b)(11).
    As of October 13, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315(b), the following 14 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (85 FR 62009):

Cory Adkins (FL)
David Alagna (TN)
Matthew Albrecht (PA)
Keith Bryd (TN)
David Chappelear (TX)
Ralph Domel (TX)
Jacquelyn Hetherington (OK)
Paul Mansfield (KS)
Ervin Mitchell (TX)
Jose Ramirez (IL)
Fernando Ramirez-Savon (FL)
Thomas Sneer (MN)
Daniel Stroud (UT)
Jason Wynne (TX)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0121, FMCSA-
2014-0103, FMCSA-2014-0385, FMCSA-2015-0329, FMCSA-2016-0002, FMCSA-
2017-0059, and FMCSA-2018-0135. Their exemptions were applicable as of 
October 13, 2020, and will expire on October 13, 2022.
    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).

Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-25340 Filed 11-16-20; 8:45 am]
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