Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 14518-14520 [2021-05364]

Download as PDF 14518 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 16, 2021 / Notices A copy of FirstGroup’s exemption application is included in the docket referenced above. IV. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on FirstGroup’s application for an exemption from § 382.701(a)(2). All comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated at the beginning of this notice will be considered and will be available for examination in the docket at the location listed under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments received after the comment closing date will be filed in the public docket and will be considered to the extent practicable. In addition to late comments, FMCSA will continue to file, in the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after the comment closing date. Interested persons should continue to examine the public docket for new material. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. A. Viewing Comments BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA—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] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of final disposition. FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 66 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Mar 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Public Participation [FR Doc. 2021–05328 Filed 3–15–21; 8:45 am] AGENCY: 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. To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, 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, or FMCSA–2018– 0207 in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (Newer-Older),’’ choose the first notice listed, and click ‘‘Browse Comments.’’ 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 PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 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 January 7, 2021, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 66 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 (86 FR 697). The public comment period ended on February 5, 2021, and one comment was 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 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 one comment in this proceeding and it was unrelated to the scope of this notice. IV. Conclusion Based on its evaluation of the 66 renewal exemption applications and comments received, FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt the following drivers from the vision requirement in § 391.41(b)(10). E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 16, 2021 / Notices In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of February and are discussed below. As of February 5, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 63 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 10471; 67 FR 19798; 67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57627; 69 FR 19611; 69 FR 51346; 69 FR 52741; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 48797; 70 FR 61493; 71 FR 26602; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 53489; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 1051; 72 FR 1056; 72 FR 64273; 73 FR 6242; 73 FR 6244; 73 FR 15567; 73 FR 16950; 73 FR 16952; 73 FR 27015; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35197; 73 FR 35198; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 38498; 73 FR 38499; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 51336; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 61922; ; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 63047; 73 FR 74565; 73 FR 75803; 73 FR 75807; 73 FR 76439; 73 FR 78421; 73 FR 78423; 74 FR 6209; 74 FR 62632; 75 FR 9477; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 22179; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39725; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47883; 75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 54958; ; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 61833; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 69737; 75 FR 70078; 75 FR 72863; 75 FR 77591; 75 FR 77942; 75 FR 77949; 75 FR 79079; 75 FR 79083; 75 FR 79084; 76 FR 1499; 76 FR 2190; 76 FR 4413; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 70215; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 20879; 77 FR 23797; 77 FR 31427; 77 FR 36338; 77 FR 38384; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52381; 77 FR 52389; 77 FR 52391; 77 FR 56261; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 77 FR 64583; 77 FR 64583; 77 FR 64841; 77 FR 65933; 77 FR 68200; 77 FR 68202; 77 FR 71671; 77 FR 74273; 77 FR 74730; 77 FR 74733; 77 FR 74734; 77 FR 75496; 77 FR 76166; 78 FR 797; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 64280; 78 FR 67454; 78 FR 77780; 79 FR 4803; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 10609; 79 FR 14331; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 37843; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 38661; 79 FR 41735; 79 FR 45868; 79 FR 46153; 79 FR 47175; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 53514; 79 FR 56097; 79 FR 56099; 79 FR 56104; 79 FR 56117; 79 FR 58856; 79 FR 59348; 79 FR 59357; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 65759; 79 FR 65760; 79 FR 70928; 79 FR 72754; 79 FR 72756; 79 FR 73397; 79 FR 73686; 79 FR 73687; 79 FR 73689; 79 FR 74169; 80 FR 3305; 80 FR 9304; 80 FR 63869; 80 FR 80443; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 28138; 81 FR 39320; 81 FR 45214; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66726; 81 FR 70248; 81 FR 70251; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Mar 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 81 FR 70253; 81 FR 71173; 81 FR 72664; 81 FR 80161; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 90046; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 94013; 81 FR 96165; 81 FR 96178; 81 FR 96180; 81 FR 96191; 81 FR 96196; 82 FR 13048; 83 FR 3861; 83 FR 6925; 83 FR 18633; 83 FR 28325; 83 FR 28342; 83 FR 34661; 83 FR 53724; 83 FR 56140; 83 FR 56902; 84 FR 2309; 84 FR 2311; 84 FR 2314): Lennie D. Baker, Jr. (NC) Donald L. Blakeley II (NV) Timothy Bradford (TN) Scott Brady (FL) Marty R. Brewster (KS) David S. Brumfield (KY) Todd A. Carlson (MN) Dionicio Carrera (TX) Juan Castanon (NM) Scott F. Chalfant (DE) Derrick L. Cowan (NC) Dorothy J. Crum (OH) Louis J. Cullen (NJ) Larry G. Davis (TN) Christopher L. Depuy (OH) Craig E. Dorrance (MT) Lucious J. Erwin (TX) James H. Facemyre (WV) Hector O. Flores (MD) Larry J. Folkerts (IA) Christopher K. Foot (NV) Kelvin Frandin Bombu (KY) Stanley W. Goble (IA) John P. Grum (PA) William R. Guida (PA) Walter D. Hague, Jr. (VA) Eric C. Hammer (MO) Billy R. Hampton (NC) Clifford J. Harris (VA) Nylo K. Helberg (ND) Robert K. Ipock (NC) Jesse P. Jamison (TN) Perry D. Jensen (WI) Robert E. Kelley (WA) Lewis A. Kielhack (IL) Gregory L. Kockelman (MN) Matthew B. Lairamore (OK) Bradley W. Lovelace (NC) Duane R. Martin (PA) John C. McLaughlin (SD) Rodney M. Pegg (PA) Chad M. Quarles (AL) Joseph L. Rigsby (AL) Joe A. Root (MN) Preston S. Salisbury (MT) Benny L. Sanchez (CA) Randal C. Schmude (WI) James C. Sharp (PA) Joseph B. Shaw, Jr. (VA) Sylvester Silver (VA) Kenneth D. Sisk (NC) Loren Smith (SD) Paul W. Sorenson (UT) David C. Stitt (KS) Gary R. Thomas (OH) Richard T. Traigle (LA) David J. Triplett (KY) Melvin V. Van Meter (PA) Nicholas J. Vance (OH) PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14519 Michael J. Welle (MN) Carl V. Wheeler (NC) Earl L. White, Jr. (NH) Joseph F. Wood (MS) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7006; FMCSA– 2000–7165; FMCSA–2001–11426; FMCSA–2002–12294; FMCSA–2004– 18885; 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–2016–0028; FMCSA–2016–0030; FMCSA–2016– 0207; FMCSA–2016–0208; FMCSA– 2016–0209; FMCSA–2016–0210; FMCSA–2018–0010; FMCSA–2018– 0207. Their exemptions were applicable as of February 5, 2021, and will expire on February 5, 2023. As of February 18, 2021, 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 (80 FR 2473; 80 FR 18693; 82 FR 13048; 84 FR 2314): Keith A. Looney (AR) and Van C. Mac (IL) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0030. Their exemptions were applicable as of February 18, 2021, and will expire on February 18, 2023. As of February 25, 2021, 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 (69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 72 FR 1056; 73 FR 76439; 75 FR 79084; 77 FR 75496; 80 FR 3723; 82 FR 13048; 84 FR 2314): Lester W. Carter (CA) The driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2004–19477. The exemption was applicable as of February 25, 2021, and will expire on February 25, 2023. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 14520 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 49 / Tuesday, March 16, 2021 / Notices 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. 2021–05364 Filed 3–15–21; 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), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to exempt seven 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. SUMMARY: The exemptions were applicable on February 5, 2021. The exemptions expire on February 5, 2023. 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: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: I. Public Participation A. Viewing Documents and Comments To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice as VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Mar 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 being available in the docket, go to 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. 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 January 7, 2021, FMCSA published a notice announcing receipt of applications from seven individuals requesting an exemption from vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) and requested comments from the public (86 FR 695). The public comment period ended on February 5, 2021, and one comment was 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 one comment in this proceeding. Tracy Ibinger submitted a comment stating that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has no objections to the decision to grant an exemption to Burl V. Ingebretsen. PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. The Agency’s decision regarding these exemption applications is based on medical reports about the applicants’ vision, as well as their driving records and experience driving with the vision deficiency. The qualifications, experience, and medical condition of each applicant were stated and discussed in detail in the January 7, 2021, Federal Register notice (86 FR 695) and will not be repeated here. FMCSA recognizes that some drivers do not meet the vision requirement but have adapted their driving to accommodate their limitation and demonstrated their ability to drive safely. The seven exemption applicants listed in this notice are in this category. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons, including amblyopia, corneal scarring, ectopia lentis, optic nerve hypoplasia, and retinal detachment. In most cases, their eye conditions did not develop recently. Five of the applicants were either born with their vision impairments or have had them since childhood. The two individuals that developed their vision conditions as adults have had them for a range of 3 to 4 years. Although each applicant has one eye that does not meet the vision requirement in § 391.41(b)(10), each has at least 20/40 corrected vision in the other eye, and, in a doctor’s opinion, has sufficient vision to perform all the tasks necessary to operate a CMV. Doctors’ opinions are supported by the applicants’ possession of a valid license to operate a CMV. By meeting State licensing requirements, the applicants demonstrated their ability to operate a CMV with their limited vision in intrastate commerce, even though their vision disqualified them from driving in interstate commerce. We believe that the applicants’ intrastate driving experience and history provide an adequate basis for predicting their ability to drive safely in interstate commerce. Intrastate driving, like interstate operations, involves E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA--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

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: 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 
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.

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: 

I. Public Participation

A. Viewing Comments

    To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket 
number, 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, or FMCSA-2018-0207 in the keyword box, and click ``Search.'' 
Next, sort the results by ``Posted (Newer-Older),'' choose the first 
notice listed, and click ``Browse Comments.'' 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.

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 January 7, 2021, FMCSA published a notice announcing its 
decision to renew exemptions for 66 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 (86 FR 697). The public 
comment period ended on February 5, 2021, and one comment was 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 the current regulation Sec.  391.41(b)(10).
    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 a least 20/40 (Snellen) 
in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, field of vision of at 
least 70[deg] in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability 
to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing red, 
green, and amber.

III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received one comment in this proceeding and it was unrelated 
to the scope of this notice.

IV. Conclusion

    Based on its evaluation of the 66 renewal exemption applications 
and comments received, FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt the 
following drivers from the vision requirement in Sec.  391.41(b)(10).

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    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 
groups of drivers received renewed exemptions in the month of February 
and are discussed below. As of February 5, 2021, and in accordance with 
49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, the following 63 individuals have 
satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the 
vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 
20245; 65 FR 33406; 65 FR 57230; 65 FR 57234; 67 FR 10471; 67 FR 19798; 
67 FR 46016; 67 FR 57266; 67 FR 57627; 69 FR 19611; 69 FR 51346; 69 FR 
52741; 69 FR 53493; 69 FR 62742; 69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 70 FR 48797; 
70 FR 61493; 71 FR 26602; 71 FR 32183; 71 FR 41310; 71 FR 50970; 71 FR 
53489; 71 FR 62147; 71 FR 62148; 71 FR 63379; 72 FR 1050; 72 FR 1051; 
72 FR 1056; 72 FR 64273; 73 FR 6242; 73 FR 6244; 73 FR 15567; 73 FR 
16950; 73 FR 16952; 73 FR 27015; 73 FR 27018; 73 FR 35197; 73 FR 35198; 
73 FR 36955; 73 FR 38498; 73 FR 38499; 73 FR 48273; 73 FR 48275; 73 FR 
51336; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 61922; ; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 61925; 73 FR 
63047; 73 FR 74565; 73 FR 75803; 73 FR 75807; 73 FR 76439; 73 FR 78421; 
73 FR 78423; 74 FR 6209; 74 FR 62632; 75 FR 9477; 75 FR 19674; 75 FR 
22179; 75 FR 36778; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 39725; 75 FR 44051; 75 FR 47883; 
75 FR 50799; 75 FR 52062; 75 FR 54958; ; 75 FR 59327; 75 FR 59327; 75 
FR 61833; 75 FR 63257; 75 FR 64396; 75 FR 69737; 75 FR 70078; 75 FR 
72863; 75 FR 77591; 75 FR 77942; 75 FR 77949; 75 FR 79079; 75 FR 79083; 
75 FR 79084; 76 FR 1499; 76 FR 2190; 76 FR 4413; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 
70215; 77 FR 13689; 77 FR 20879; 77 FR 23797; 77 FR 31427; 77 FR 36338; 
77 FR 38384; 77 FR 41879; 77 FR 46153; 77 FR 48590; 77 FR 52381; 77 FR 
52389; 77 FR 52391; 77 FR 56261; 77 FR 60008; 77 FR 60010; 77 FR 64582; 
77 FR 64583; 77 FR 64583; 77 FR 64841; 77 FR 65933; 77 FR 68200; 77 FR 
68202; 77 FR 71671; 77 FR 74273; 77 FR 74730; 77 FR 74733; 77 FR 74734; 
77 FR 75496; 77 FR 76166; 78 FR 797; 78 FR 63302; 78 FR 64280; 78 FR 
67454; 78 FR 77780; 79 FR 4803; 79 FR 10606; 79 FR 10609; 79 FR 14331; 
79 FR 22003; 79 FR 23797; 79 FR 35212; 79 FR 35218; 79 FR 35220; 79 FR 
37843; 79 FR 38659; 79 FR 38661; 79 FR 41735; 79 FR 45868; 79 FR 46153; 
79 FR 47175; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 53514; 79 FR 56097; 79 FR 56099; 79 FR 
56104; 79 FR 56117; 79 FR 58856; 79 FR 59348; 79 FR 59357; 79 FR 64001; 
79 FR 65759; 79 FR 65760; 79 FR 70928; 79 FR 72754; 79 FR 72756; 79 FR 
73397; 79 FR 73686; 79 FR 73687; 79 FR 73689; 79 FR 74169; 80 FR 3305; 
80 FR 9304; 80 FR 63869; 80 FR 80443; 81 FR 20435; 81 FR 28138; 81 FR 
39320; 81 FR 45214; 81 FR 66720; 81 FR 66726; 81 FR 70248; 81 FR 70251; 
81 FR 70253; 81 FR 71173; 81 FR 72664; 81 FR 80161; 81 FR 81230; 81 FR 
90046; 81 FR 90050; 81 FR 91239; 81 FR 94013; 81 FR 96165; 81 FR 96178; 
81 FR 96180; 81 FR 96191; 81 FR 96196; 82 FR 13048; 83 FR 3861; 83 FR 
6925; 83 FR 18633; 83 FR 28325; 83 FR 28342; 83 FR 34661; 83 FR 53724; 
83 FR 56140; 83 FR 56902; 84 FR 2309; 84 FR 2311; 84 FR 2314):

Lennie D. Baker, Jr. (NC)
Donald L. Blakeley II (NV)
Timothy Bradford (TN)
Scott Brady (FL)
Marty R. Brewster (KS)
David S. Brumfield (KY)
Todd A. Carlson (MN)
Dionicio Carrera (TX)
Juan Castanon (NM)
Scott F. Chalfant (DE)
Derrick L. Cowan (NC)
Dorothy J. Crum (OH)
Louis J. Cullen (NJ)
Larry G. Davis (TN)
Christopher L. Depuy (OH)
Craig E. Dorrance (MT)
Lucious J. Erwin (TX)
James H. Facemyre (WV)
Hector O. Flores (MD)
Larry J. Folkerts (IA)
Christopher K. Foot (NV)
Kelvin Frandin Bombu (KY)
Stanley W. Goble (IA)
John P. Grum (PA)
William R. Guida (PA)
Walter D. Hague, Jr. (VA)
Eric C. Hammer (MO)
Billy R. Hampton (NC)
Clifford J. Harris (VA)
Nylo K. Helberg (ND)
Robert K. Ipock (NC)
Jesse P. Jamison (TN)
Perry D. Jensen (WI)
Robert E. Kelley (WA)
Lewis A. Kielhack (IL)
Gregory L. Kockelman (MN)
Matthew B. Lairamore (OK)
Bradley W. Lovelace (NC)
Duane R. Martin (PA)
John C. McLaughlin (SD)
Rodney M. Pegg (PA)
Chad M. Quarles (AL)
Joseph L. Rigsby (AL)
Joe A. Root (MN)
Preston S. Salisbury (MT)
Benny L. Sanchez (CA)
Randal C. Schmude (WI)
James C. Sharp (PA)
Joseph B. Shaw, Jr. (VA)
Sylvester Silver (VA)
Kenneth D. Sisk (NC)
Loren Smith (SD)
Paul W. Sorenson (UT)
David C. Stitt (KS)
Gary R. Thomas (OH)
Richard T. Traigle (LA)
David J. Triplett (KY)
Melvin V. Van Meter (PA)
Nicholas J. Vance (OH)
Michael J. Welle (MN)
Carl V. Wheeler (NC)
Earl L. White, Jr. (NH)
Joseph F. Wood (MS)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-
2000-7165; FMCSA-2001-11426; FMCSA-2002-12294; FMCSA-2004-18885; 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-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0030; FMCSA-2016-0207; FMCSA-2016-0208; 
FMCSA-2016-0209; FMCSA-2016-0210; FMCSA-2018-0010; FMCSA-2018-0207. 
Their exemptions were applicable as of February 5, 2021, and will 
expire on February 5, 2023.
    As of February 18, 2021, 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 (80 FR 2473; 80 FR 18693; 82 FR 
13048; 84 FR 2314):

Keith A. Looney (AR) and Van C. Mac (IL)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2014-0030. Their 
exemptions were applicable as of February 18, 2021, and will expire on 
February 18, 2023.
    As of February 25, 2021, 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 (69 FR 64806; 70 FR 2705; 72 FR 
1056; 73 FR 76439; 75 FR 79084; 77 FR 75496; 80 FR 3723; 82 FR 13048; 
84 FR 2314):

Lester W. Carter (CA)

    The driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2004-19477. The 
exemption was applicable as of February 25, 2021, and will expire on 
February 25, 2023.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b), each exemption will be valid

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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. 2021-05364 Filed 3-15-21; 8:45 am]
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