Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 695-697 [2020-29246]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 6, 2021 / Notices The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–1998–3637; FMCSA– 2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–8203; FMCSA–2004–17195; FMCSA–2004– 17984; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0174; FMCSA–2010–0082; FMCSA–2010– 0187; FMCSA–2011–0299; FMCSA– 2012–0214; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012–0216; FMCSA–2013– 0165; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0004; FMCSA–2014–0005; FMCSA–2014– 0006; FMCSA–2014–0007; FMCSA– 2014–0010; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA–2015–0056; FMCSA–2016– 0028; FMCSA–2016–0029; FMCSA– 2016–0030; FMCSA–2016–0206; FMCSA–2016–0208; FMCSA–2018– 0011; FMCSA–2018–0012; FMCSA– 2018–0013; FMCSA–2018–0014; FMCSA–2018–0015; FMCSA–2018– 0017. Their exemptions were applicable as of December 3, 2020, and will expire on December 3, 2022. As of December 10, 2020, 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 (83 FR 56140; 84 FR 2309): Alejandro R. Almaguer (FL) Abdallah A. Alserhan (IL) Denis Cuzimencov (NC) Steven M. Huddleston (NM) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2018–0207. Their exemptions were applicable as of December 10, 2020, and will expire on December 10, 2022. As of December 20, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (77 FR 64839; 77 FR 75494; 79 FR 73393; 81 FR 96180; 84 FR 2326): Noah E. Bowen (OH); and Emin Toric (GA) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2012–0280. Their exemptions were applicable as of December 20, 2020, and will expire on December 20, 2022. As of December 25, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (79 FR 69985; 80 FR 8927; 81 FR 96180; 84 FR 2326): Thurman T. Clayton (LA); and Tig G. Cornell (ID) VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Jan 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0298. Their exemptions were applicable as of December 25, 2020, and will expire on December 25, 2022. As of December 30, 2020, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following individual has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (81 FR 86063; 82 FR 12683; 84 FR 2326): Michal Golebiowski (IL) The driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0212. The exemption was applicable as of December 30, 2020, and will expire on December 30, 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. 2020–29250 Filed 1–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0015] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from seven individuals for an exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions will enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00196 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 695 Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0015 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=FMCSA-2020-0015. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Dockets 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, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are 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: I. Public Participation A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0015), 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-2020-0015. 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. E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 696 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 6, 2021 / Notices 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. 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-2020-0015 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 20590–0001, 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. 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD 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 seven individuals listed in this notice have requested an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Jan 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 at 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 standard red, green, and amber. On July 16, 1992, the Agency first published the criteria for the Vision Waiver Program, which listed the conditions and reporting standards that CMV drivers approved for participation would need to meet (57 FR 31458). The current Vision Exemption Program was established in 1998, following the enactment of amendments to the statutes governing exemptions made by § 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105– 178, 112 Stat. 107, 401 (June 9, 1998). Vision exemptions are considered under the procedures established in 49 CFR part 381 subpart C, on a case-by-case basis upon application by CMV drivers who do not meet the vision standards of § 391.41(b)(10). To qualify for an exemption from the vision requirement, FMCSA requires a person to present verifiable evidence that he/she has driven a commercial vehicle safely in intrastate commerce with the vision deficiency for the past 3 years. Recent driving performance is especially important in evaluating future safety, according to several research studies designed to correlate past and future driving performance. Results of these studies support the principle that the best predictor of future performance by a driver is his/her past record of crashes and traffic violations. Copies of the studies may be found at https://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=FMCSA-1998-3637. FMCSA believes it can properly apply the principle to monocular drivers, because data from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) former waiver study program clearly demonstrated the driving performance of experienced monocular drivers in the program is better than that of all CMV drivers collectively.1 The fact that experienced monocular drivers demonstrated safe 1A thorough discussion of this issue may be found in a FHWA final rule published in the Federal Register on March 26, 1996 and available on the internet at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/ pkg/FR-1996-03-26/pdf/96-7226.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00197 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 driving records in the waiver program supports a conclusion that other monocular drivers, meeting the same qualifying conditions as those required by the waiver program, are also likely to have adapted to their vision deficiency and will continue to operate safely. The first major research correlating past and future performance was done in England by Greenwood and Yule in 1920. Subsequent studies, building on that model, concluded that crash rates for the same individual exposed to certain risks for two different time periods vary only slightly (See Bates and Neyman, University of California Publications in Statistics, April 1952). Other studies demonstrated theories of predicting crash proneness from crash history coupled with other factors. These factors—such as age, sex, geographic location, mileage driven and conviction history—are used every day by insurance companies and motor vehicle bureaus to predict the probability of an individual experiencing future crashes (See Weber, Donald C., ‘‘Accident Rate Potential: An Application of Multiple Regression Analysis of a Poisson Process,’’ Journal of American Statistical Association, June 1971). A 1964 California Driver Record Study prepared by the California Department of Motor Vehicles concluded that the best overall crash predictor for both concurrent and nonconcurrent events is the number of single convictions. This study used 3 consecutive years of data, comparing the experiences of drivers in the first 2 years with their experiences in the final year. III. Qualifications of Applicants Johnny J. Brown Mr. Brown, 59, has corneal scarring in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1971. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He has no light perception in the right eye due to an injury he had in 1971, but his condition is stable. In my medical opinion Mr. Brown meets all the requirements to operate a commercial vehicle at this time.’’ Mr. Brown reported that he has driven buses for 25 years, accumulating 125,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Gordon L. Hendricks Mr. Hendricks, 60, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 6, 2021 / Notices examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Hendricks has a condition called Refractive Amblyopia; which is the inability of one eye to see as well as the other. In my opinion, there is not any condition that would prevent Mr. Hendricks from operating a commercial vehicle safely.’’ Mr. Hendricks reported that he has driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 960,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Justin T. Hoben Mr. Hoben, 24, has ectopia lentis in his left eye due to Marfan’s Syndrome since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Justin T [sic] Hoben has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Hoben reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 10,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 10,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Burl V. Ingebretsen Mr. Ingebretsen, 74, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye since 2016. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 200, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Burl has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required for a commercial license.’’ Mr. Ingebretsen reported that he has driven straight trucks for 54 years, accumulating 1.78 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 34 years, accumulating 3.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Weldon D. Rudder Mr. Rudder, 37, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I certify in my medical opinion that Weldon Rudder has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Rudder reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 60,000 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Jan 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 60,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Patrick W. Sargent Mr. Sargent, 54, had a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 2017. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Given the near perfect vision in his left eye, which was measured at 20/25 on his last exam with no retinal or optic nerve pathology, I believe there is sufficient evidence that he can perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Sargent reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 56,000 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 165,000 miles, and buses for 27 years, accumulating 199,800 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Montana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. John F. Skrobarczyk Mr. Skrobarczyk, 61, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2020, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my opinion Mr. Skobarczyk has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Skrobarczyk reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 105,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. 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 the close of business on the closing date indicated under the DATES section of the notice. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2020–29246 Filed 1–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P PO 00000 Frm 00198 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 697 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA–2001–11426; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA–2004–18885; FMCSA–2004–19477; FMCSA–2005–21711; FMCSA–2006–24783; FMCSA–2006–26066; FMCSA–2007–0071; FMCSA–2008–0021; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0174; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA–2008–0292; FMCSA–2008–0340; FMCSA–2010–0161; FMCSA–2010–0187; FMCSA–2010–0201; FMCSA–2010–0287; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA–2010–0385; FMCSA–2012–0039; FMCSA–2012–0161; FMCSA–2012–0215; FMCSA–2012–0216; FMCSA–2012–0279; FMCSA–2013–0168; FMCSA–2013–0170; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA–2014–0006; FMCSA–2014–0007; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA–2014–0011; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA–2014–0300; FMCSA–2016–0028; FMCSA–2016–0030; FMCSA–2016–0207; FMCSA–2016–0208; FMCSA–2016–0209; FMCSA–2016–0210; FMCSA–2018–0010; FMCSA–2018–0207] 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 66 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 are 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 February 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7006, Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7165, Docket No. FMCSA–2001–11426, Docket No. FMCSA–2002–12294, Docket No. FMCSA–2004–18885, Docket No. FMCSA–2004–19477, Docket No. FMCSA–2005–21711, Docket No. FMCSA–2006–24783, Docket No. FMCSA–2006–26066, Docket No. FMCSA–2007–0071, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0021, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0106, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0174, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0266, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0292, Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0340, Docket No. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0015]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from seven individuals 
for an exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions will 
enable these individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without 
meeting the vision requirement in one eye.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 5, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0015 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2020-0015. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Dockets 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 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:

I. Public Participation

A. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0015), 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-2020-0015. 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.

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    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.

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-2020-0015 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-
0001, 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.

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 seven individuals listed in this notice have requested an 
exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). 
Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision 
found in Sec.  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 at 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 standard 
red, green, and amber.
    On July 16, 1992, the Agency first published the criteria for the 
Vision Waiver Program, which listed the conditions and reporting 
standards that CMV drivers approved for participation would need to 
meet (57 FR 31458). The current Vision Exemption Program was 
established in 1998, following the enactment of amendments to the 
statutes governing exemptions made by Sec.  4007 of the Transportation 
Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178, 112 Stat. 107, 401 
(June 9, 1998). Vision exemptions are considered under the procedures 
established in 49 CFR part 381 subpart C, on a case-by-case basis upon 
application by CMV drivers who do not meet the vision standards of 
Sec.  391.41(b)(10).
    To qualify for an exemption from the vision requirement, FMCSA 
requires a person to present verifiable evidence that he/she has driven 
a commercial vehicle safely in intrastate commerce with the vision 
deficiency for the past 3 years. Recent driving performance is 
especially important in evaluating future safety, according to several 
research studies designed to correlate past and future driving 
performance. Results of these studies support the principle that the 
best predictor of future performance by a driver is his/her past record 
of crashes and traffic violations. Copies of the studies may be found 
at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-1998-3637.
    FMCSA believes it can properly apply the principle to monocular 
drivers, because data from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 
former waiver study program clearly demonstrated the driving 
performance of experienced monocular drivers in the program is better 
than that of all CMV drivers collectively.\1\ The fact that experienced 
monocular drivers demonstrated safe driving records in the waiver 
program supports a conclusion that other monocular drivers, meeting the 
same qualifying conditions as those required by the waiver program, are 
also likely to have adapted to their vision deficiency and will 
continue to operate safely.
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    \1\ A thorough discussion of this issue may be found in a FHWA 
final rule published in the Federal Register on March 26, 1996 and 
available on the internet at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1996-03-26/pdf/96-7226.pdf.
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    The first major research correlating past and future performance 
was done in England by Greenwood and Yule in 1920. Subsequent studies, 
building on that model, concluded that crash rates for the same 
individual exposed to certain risks for two different time periods vary 
only slightly (See Bates and Neyman, University of California 
Publications in Statistics, April 1952). Other studies demonstrated 
theories of predicting crash proneness from crash history coupled with 
other factors. These factors--such as age, sex, geographic location, 
mileage driven and conviction history--are used every day by insurance 
companies and motor vehicle bureaus to predict the probability of an 
individual experiencing future crashes (See Weber, Donald C., 
``Accident Rate Potential: An Application of Multiple Regression 
Analysis of a Poisson Process,'' Journal of American Statistical 
Association, June 1971). A 1964 California Driver Record Study prepared 
by the California Department of Motor Vehicles concluded that the best 
overall crash predictor for both concurrent and nonconcurrent events is 
the number of single convictions. This study used 3 consecutive years 
of data, comparing the experiences of drivers in the first 2 years with 
their experiences in the final year.

III. Qualifications of Applicants

Johnny J. Brown

    Mr. Brown, 59, has corneal scarring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1971. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2020, his optometrist stated, ``He has no light perception in the 
right eye due to an injury he had in 1971, but his condition is stable. 
In my medical opinion Mr. Brown meets all the requirements to operate a 
commercial vehicle at this time.'' Mr. Brown reported that he has 
driven buses for 25 years, accumulating 125,000 miles. He holds a Class 
B CDL from Mississippi. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Gordon L. Hendricks

    Mr. Hendricks, 60, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/100. Following an

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examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. Hendricks has a 
condition called Refractive Amblyopia; which is the inability of one 
eye to see as well as the other. In my opinion, there is not any 
condition that would prevent Mr. Hendricks from operating a commercial 
vehicle safely.'' Mr. Hendricks reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 8 years, accumulating 960,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 2 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Justin T. Hoben

    Mr. Hoben, 24, has ectopia lentis in his left eye due to Marfan's 
Syndrome since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, 
and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2020, his 
optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Justin T [sic] Hoben has 
sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hoben reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 10,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 
10,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Burl V. Ingebretsen

    Mr. Ingebretsen, 74, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye 
since 2016. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion, Burl has sufficient vision to perform driving 
tasks required for a commercial license.'' Mr. Ingebretsen reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 54 years, accumulating 1.78 
million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 34 years, 
accumulating 3.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Weldon D. Rudder

    Mr. Rudder, 37, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. 
Following an examination in 2020, his ophthalmologist stated, ``I 
certify in my medical opinion that Weldon Rudder has sufficient vision 
to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Rudder reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 
years, accumulating 60,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 
years, accumulating 60,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oklahoma. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Patrick W. Sargent

    Mr. Sargent, 54, had a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 2017. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``Given the near perfect vision in his left 
eye, which was measured at 20/25 on his last exam with no retinal or 
optic nerve pathology, I believe there is sufficient evidence that he 
can perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Sargent reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
35 years, accumulating 56,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 
30 years, accumulating 165,000 miles, and buses for 27 years, 
accumulating 199,800 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Montana. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

John F. Skrobarczyk

    Mr. Skrobarczyk, 61, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his left eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2020, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``In my opinion Mr. Skobarczyk has sufficient vision to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Skrobarczyk reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 105,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. 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 the close of business on the closing date indicated 
under the DATES section of the notice.

Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-29246 Filed 1-5-21; 8:45 am]
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