Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 26252-26254 [2021-10095]

Download as PDF 26252 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 91 / Thursday, May 13, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2000–7165; FMCSA– 2000–7363; FMCSA–2000–7918; FMCSA– 2002–12844; FMCSA–2004–17984; FMCSA– 2005–20027; FMCSA–2006–25246; FMCSA– 2006–26066; FMCSA–2008–0106; FMCSA– 2008–0231; FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA– 2008–0292; FMCSA–2010–0161; FMCSA– 2010–0327; FMCSA–2010–0354; FMCSA– 2010–0385; FMCSA–2010–0413; FMCSA– 2011–0010; FMCSA–2012–0214; FMCSA– 2012–0279; FMCSA–2012–0280; FMCSA– 2013–0030; FMCSA–2014–0002; FMCSA– 2014–0003; FMCSA–2014–0010; FMCSA– 2014–0011; FMCSA–2014–0296; FMCSA– 2014–0298; FMCSA–2014–0299; FMCSA– 2014–0300; FMCSA–2014–0301; FMCSA– 2014–0302; FMCSA–2014–0304; FMCSA– 2016–0028; FMCSA–2016–0031; FMCSA– 2016–0033; FMCSA–2016–0208; FMCSA– 2016–0212; FMCSA–2016–0213; FMCSA– 2016–0214; FMCSA–2018–0007; FMCSA– 2018–0013; FMCSA–2018–0207; FMCSA– 2018–0208; FMCSA–2018–0209; FMCSA– 2019–0005; FMCSA–2019–0006] 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 renew exemptions for 68 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, 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: I. Public Participation A. Viewing Comments To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 May 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 number, FMCSA–2000–7165, FMCSA– 2000–7363, FMCSA–2000–7918, FMCSA–2002–12844, FMCSA–2004– 17984, FMCSA–2005–20027, FMCSA– 2006–25246, FMCSA–2006–26066, FMCSA–2008–0106, FMCSA–2008– 0231, FMCSA–2008–0266, FMCSA– 2008–0292, FMCSA–2010–0161, FMCSA–2010–0327, FMCSA–2010– 0354, FMCSA–2010–0385, FMCSA– 2010–0413, FMCSA–2011–0010, FMCSA–2012–0214, FMCSA–2012– 0279, FMCSA–2012–0280, FMCSA– 2013–0030, FMCSA–2014–0002, FMCSA–2014–0003, FMCSA–2014– 0010, FMCSA–2014–0011, FMCSA– 2014–0296, FMCSA–2014–0298, FMCSA–2014–0299, FMCSA–2014– 0300, FMCSA–2014–0301, FMCSA– 2014–0302, FMCSA–2014–0304, FMCSA–2016–0028, FMCSA–2016– 0031, FMCSA–2016–0033, FMCSA– 2016–0208, FMCSA–2016–0212, FMCSA–2016–0213, FMCSA–2016– 0214, FMCSA–2018–0007, FMCSA– 2018–0013, FMCSA–2018–0207, FMCSA–2018–0208, FMCSA–2018– 0209, FMCSA–2019–0005, or FMCSA– 2019–0006 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 March 23, 2021, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision to renew exemptions for 68 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 15542). The public comment period ended on April 22, 2021, and no comments were received. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 68 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 April 1, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following 58 individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 33406, 65 FR 45817, 65 FR 57234, 65 FR 77066, 67 FR 57266, 67 FR 68719, 67 FR 71610, 68 FR 2629, 69 FR 33997, 69 FR 52741, 69 FR 61292, 69 FR 64810, 69 FR 71100, 70 FR 7545, 71 FR 53489, 71 FR 55820, 71 FR 63379, 71 FR 66217, 72 FR 180, 72 FR 1051, 72 FR 1053, 72 FR 7812, 72 FR 9397, 73 FR 35199, 73 FR 46973, 73 FR 48275, 73 FR 51336, 73 FR 51689, 73 FR 54888, 73 FR 61922, 73 FR 61925, 73 FR 63047, 73 FR 65009, 73 FR 74563, 73 FR 74565, 73 FR 76440, 73 FR 78423, 74 FR 6211, 74 FR 6689, 75 FR 39725, 75 FR 44051, 75 FR 52062, 75 FR 52063, 75 FR 57105, 75 FR 59327, 75 FR 61833, 75 FR 65057, 75 FR 72863, 75 FR 77492, 75 FR 77949, 75 FR 79081, 75 FR 79083, 75 FR 80887, 76 FR 1493, 76 FR 2190, 76 FR 5425, 76 FR 9859, 76 FR 9861, 76 FR 9865, 76 FR 12408, 77 FR 46153, 77 FR 46793, 77 FR 52388, 77 FR 52389, 77 FR 56262, 77 FR 59245, 77 FR 60008, 77 FR 60010, 77 FR 64583, 77 FR 64839, 77 FR 68202, 77 FR 70537, 77 FR 71671, 77 FR 74273, 77 FR 74734, 77 FR 75494, 77 FR 76167, 78 FR 800, 78 FR 8689, 78 FR 10250, 78 FR 11731, 78 FR 12813, E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 91 / Thursday, May 13, 2021 / Notices 78 FR 41975, 78 FR 56986, 79 FR 10606, 79 FR 14571, 79 FR 22003, 79 FR 28588, 79 FR 46153, 79 FR 46300, 79 FR 51642, 79 FR 51643, 79 FR 56099, 79 FR 56117, 79 FR 58856, 79 FR 64001, 79 FR 65759, 79 FR 65760, 79 FR 69985, 79 FR 70928, 79 FR 72754, 79 FR 73393, 79 FR 73397, 79 FR 73686, 79 FR 73687, 79 FR 73689, 79 FR 74168, 80 FR 603, 80 FR 2473, 80 FR 3723, 80 FR 6162, 80 FR 7678, 80 FR 7679, 80 FR 8751, 80 FR 8927, 80 FR 9304, 80 FR 15859, 80 FR 18693, 80 FR 20562, 80 FR 48411, 81 FR 39320, 81 FR 52514, 81 FR 59266, 81 FR 66720, 81 FR 68098, 81 FR 70253, 81 FR 71173, 81 FR 74494, 81 FR 80161, 81 FR 81230, 81 FR 86063, 81 FR 90050, 81 FR 96165, 81 FR 96180, 81 FR 96191, 81 FR 96196, 82 FR 12683, 82 FR 13043, 82 FR 13048, 82 FR 15277, 83 FR 15214, 83 FR 28325, 83 FR 28328, 83 FR 28335, 83 FR 34661, 83 FR 40638, 83 FR 40648, 83 FR 53724, 83 FR 56140, 83 FR 56902, 83 FR 60954, 84 FR 2305, 84 FR 2309, 84 FR 2311, 84 FR 2314, 84 FR 2323, 84 FR 2326, 84 FR 16320, 84 FR 16336, 84 FR 21401): Ramon Adame (IL) Terry L. Anderson (PA) Alan A. Andrews (NE) Jason P. Atwater (UT) Richard D. Auger (CA) Randal D. Aukes (MN) Dewey E. Ballard, Jr. (SC) Robert S. Bowen (GA) Gerald D. Bowser (PA) Nathan A. Buckles (IN) Monty G. Calderon (OH) Patricio C. Carvalho (MD) John B. Casper (OK) Joshua L. Cecotti (WA) Edward Cunningham (MI) Jeffrey D. Davis (NC) William W. Dunn (PA) Stephen R. Ehlenburg (IL) Darrell B. Emery (OK) John E. Evenson (WI) Ronald Gaines (FL) Marc C. Goss (NE) Jerry L. Hayden (IA) Christopher L. Humphries (TX) Thomas J. Ivins (FL) Kendall S. Lane (OK) Garry D. Layton (TX) Jackie Lee (FL) Billy J. Lewis (LA) Kenneth Liuzza (LA) Carl A. Lohrbach (OH) Thomas J. Long III (PA) Lawrence D. Malecha (MN) Wayne R. Mantela (KY) Hollis J. Martin (AL) Ellis T. McKneely (LA) Patrick J. McMillen (WI) James E. Menz (NY) Rocky D. Moorhead (NM) Ali Nimer (IL) Jeffrey S. Pennell (VT) Gary W. Phelps (PA) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 May 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Jeffrey Sanders (NC) Stephen A. Scales (IL) Steven D. Schlichting (NE) Kirk Scott (CT) Mustafa Shahadeh (OH) Gerardo Silva (IL) John D. Stork (IL) Sherman L. Taylor (FL) Jason E. Thomas (ND) Karl M. Vanderstucken (TX) Kenneth E. Vigue, Jr. (WA) Khamla Vongvoraseng (NC) James R. Wagner (IL) Bobby M. Warren (KY) Patricia A. White (IL) Jeffrey D. Wilson (CO) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2000–7165, FMCSA– 2000–7363, FMCSA–2002–12844, FMCSA–2004–17984, FMCSA–2006– 25246, FMCSA–2006–26066, FMCSA– 2008–0106; FMCSA–2008–0231, FMCSA–2008–0266; FMCSA–2008– 0292, FMCSA–2010–0161, FMCSA– 2010–0327, FMCSA–2010–0354, FMCSA–2010–0385, FMCSA–2010– 0413, FMCSA–2012–0214, FMCSA– 2012–0279, FMCSA–2012–0280, FMCSA–2013–0030, FMCSA–2014– 0002, FMCSA–2014–0003, FMCSA– 2014–0010, FMCSA–2014–0011, FMCSA–2014–0296, FMCSA–2014– 0298, FMCSA–2014–0299, FMCSA– 2014–0300, FMCSA–2014–0301, FMCSA–2016–0028, FMCSA–2016– 0031, FMCSA–2016–0033, FMCSA– 2016–0208, FMCSA–2016–0212, FMCSA–2018–0007, FMCSA–2018– 0013, FMCSA–2018–0207, FMCSA– 2018–0208, and FMCSA–2018–0209. Their exemptions were applicable as of April 1, 2021, and will expire on April 1, 2023. As of April 5, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Donald P. Dodson, Jr. (WV) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (70 FR 2701, 70 FR 16887, 72 FR 12665, 74 FR 9329, 76 FR 15360, 78 FR 16035, 80 FR 13070, 82 FR 15277, 84 FR 21401). This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2005–20027. The exemption was applicable as of April 5, 2021 and will expire on April 5, 2023. As of April 6, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (82 FR 12678, 82 FR 18949, 84 FR 21401): Cory W. Haupt (SD); Kendrick T. Williams (NC) The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA–2016–0214. Their PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26253 exemptions were applicable as of April 6, 2021, and will expire on April 6, 2023. As of April 7, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Bradley J. Compton (ID) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 12248, 80 FR 29152, 82 FR 15277, 84 FR 21401). This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0302. The exemption was applicable as of April 7, 2021, and will expire on April 7, 2023. As of April 11, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 9856, 76 FR 20076, 78 FR 16762, 80 FR 15863, 82 FR 13187, 82 FR 15277, 82 FR 23712, 84 FR 21401): Wesley M. Creamer (NM); Wade C. Uhlir (MN) The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA–2011–0010, and FMCSA–2016–0213. Their exemptions were applicable as of April 11, 2021, and will expire on April 11, 2023. As of April 18, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Jaroslav Cigler (IN) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 14223, 80 FR 33011, 84 FR 21401). This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2014–0304. The exemption was applicable as of April 18, 2021, and will expire on April 18, 2023. As of April 20, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Keith A. Larson (MA) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (84 FR 10389, 84 FR 21393). This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2019–0005. The exemption was applicable as of April 20, 2021, and will expire on April 20, 2023. As of April 21, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), James R. Rieck (CA) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 66286, 66 FR 13825, 68 FR 10300, 70 FR 7546, 72 FR 7111, 76 FR 17483, 78 FR 18667, 80 FR 16500, 82 FR 15277, 84 FR 21401). E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 26254 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 91 / Thursday, May 13, 2021 / Notices This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2010–7918. The exemption was applicable as of April 21, 2021, and will expire on April 21, 2023. As of April 30, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), Clay A. Applegarth (ND) has satisfied the renewal conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (84 FR 11859, 84 FR 27685). This driver was included in docket number FMCSA–2019–0006. The exemption was applicable as of April 30, 2021, and will expire on April 30, 2023. 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. 2021–10095 Filed 5–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2021–0046] Draft General Conformity Determination for the California HighSpeed Train System Bakersfield to Palmdale Section Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a draft General Conformity Determination for the Bakersfield to Palmdale Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System is available for public and agency review and comment. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2021. ADDRESSES: Comments related to Docket No. FRA–2021–0046 may be submitted by going to http://www.regulations.gov and following the online instructions for submitting comments. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 May 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number (FRA–2021–0046). All comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov; this includes any personal information. Please see the Privacy Act Statement heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for Privacy Act information related to any submitted comments or materials. Docket: For access to the docket to read the draft General Conformity Determination, background documents, or comments received, go to https:// www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for accessing the docket. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andre´a Martin, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Railroad Policy and Development (RPD), telephone: (202) 493–6201, email: Andrea.Martin@dot.gov; or Marlys Osterhues, Chief Environment and Project Engineering, RPD, telephone: (202) 493–0413, email: Marlys.Osterhues@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Privacy Act Statement: FRA will post comments it receives, without edit, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice, DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS, accessible through www.dot.gov/privacy. To facilitate comment tracking and response, we encourage commenters to provide their name, or the name of their organization; however, inclusion of names is completely optional. Whether commenters identify themselves or not, all timely comments will be fully considered. If you wish to provide comments containing proprietary or confidential information, please contact the agency for alternate submission instructions. Background: The California HighSpeed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is advancing the environmental review of the Bakersfield to Palmdale Section (Project) of the California HSR System pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327, under which it has assumed FRA’s environmental review responsibilities. However, under Section 327, FRA remains responsible for making General Conformity Determinations under the Clean Air Act. This draft General Conformity Determination documents FRA’s evaluation of the Bakersfield to Palmdale Section, consistent with the relevant section of the Clean Air Act, and implementing regulations. FRA’s analysis of the Project’s potential emissions, completed in close collaboration with CHSRA, found that PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 construction period emissions would exceed the General Conformity de minimis threshold for Nitrogen Dioxide (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), a precursor for ozone. However, operation of the Project would result in an overall reduction of regional emissions of all applicable air pollutants and would not cause a localized exceedance of an air quality standard. Conformance of the Project will be accomplished through offsets of the NOX and VOC emissions, consistent with applicable regulatory requirements. Next Steps The draft General Conformity Determination for the California HSR System, Bakersfield to Palmdale Section is being issued for public review and comment for 30-days at Docket No. FRA–2021–0046. Comments related to Docket No. FRA–2021–0046 may be submitted by going to http:// www.regulations.gov and following the online instructions for submitting comments. Although CHSRA is assisting FRA by disseminating notice of the availability of the draft General Conformity Determination through its usual outreach methods, CHSRA is not accepting comments on behalf of FRA. FRA cannot ensure consideration of any comment that is not submitted via http://www.regulations.gov. FRA will consider all relevant comments it receives before issuing a final General Conformity Determination. Issued in Washington, DC. Jamie P. Rennert, Director, Office of Infrastructure Investment. [FR Doc. 2021–10110 Filed 5–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Open Meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel’s Notices and Correspondence Project Committee Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: An open meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel’s Notices and Correspondence Project Committee will be conducted. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is soliciting public comments, ideas, and suggestions on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. This meeting will still be held via teleconference. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7165; FMCSA-2000-7363; FMCSA-2000-7918; FMCSA-
2002-12844; FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20027; FMCSA-2006-25246; 
FMCSA-2006-26066; FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0231; FMCSA-2008-0266; 
FMCSA-2008-0292; FMCSA-2010-0161; FMCSA-2010-0327; FMCSA-2010-0354; 
FMCSA-2010-0385; FMCSA-2010-0413; FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2012-0214; 
FMCSA-2012-0279; FMCSA-2012-0280; FMCSA-2013-0030; FMCSA-2014-0002; 
FMCSA-2014-0003; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-0011; FMCSA-2014-0296; 
FMCSA-2014-0298; FMCSA-2014-0299; FMCSA-2014-0300; FMCSA-2014-0301; 
FMCSA-2014-0302; FMCSA-2014-0304; FMCSA-2016-0028; FMCSA-2016-0031; 
FMCSA-2016-0033; FMCSA-2016-0208; FMCSA-2016-0212; FMCSA-2016-0213; 
FMCSA-2016-0214; FMCSA-2018-0007; FMCSA-2018-0013; FMCSA-2018-0207; 
FMCSA-2018-0208; FMCSA-2018-0209; FMCSA-2019-0005; FMCSA-2019-0006]


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 68 
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-2000-7165, FMCSA-2000-7363, FMCSA-2000-7918, FMCSA-2002-
12844, FMCSA-2004-17984, FMCSA-2005-20027, FMCSA-2006-25246, FMCSA-
2006-26066, FMCSA-2008-0106, FMCSA-2008-0231, FMCSA-2008-0266, FMCSA-
2008-0292, FMCSA-2010-0161, FMCSA-2010-0327, FMCSA-2010-0354, FMCSA-
2010-0385, FMCSA-2010-0413, FMCSA-2011-0010, FMCSA-2012-0214, FMCSA-
2012-0279, FMCSA-2012-0280, FMCSA-2013-0030, FMCSA-2014-0002, FMCSA-
2014-0003, FMCSA-2014-0010, FMCSA-2014-0011, FMCSA-2014-0296, FMCSA-
2014-0298, FMCSA-2014-0299, FMCSA-2014-0300, FMCSA-2014-0301, FMCSA-
2014-0302, FMCSA-2014-0304, FMCSA-2016-0028, FMCSA-2016-0031, FMCSA-
2016-0033, FMCSA-2016-0208, FMCSA-2016-0212, FMCSA-2016-0213, FMCSA-
2016-0214, FMCSA-2018-0007, FMCSA-2018-0013, FMCSA-2018-0207, FMCSA-
2018-0208, FMCSA-2018-0209, FMCSA-2019-0005, or FMCSA-2019-0006 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 March 23, 2021, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision 
to renew exemptions for 68 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 15542). The public comment 
period ended on April 22, 2021, 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 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 no comments in this proceeding.

IV. Conclusion

    Based on its evaluation of the 68 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).
    As of April 1, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), the following 58 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 33406, 65 FR 45817, 65 FR 
57234, 65 FR 77066, 67 FR 57266, 67 FR 68719, 67 FR 71610, 68 FR 2629, 
69 FR 33997, 69 FR 52741, 69 FR 61292, 69 FR 64810, 69 FR 71100, 70 FR 
7545, 71 FR 53489, 71 FR 55820, 71 FR 63379, 71 FR 66217, 72 FR 180, 72 
FR 1051, 72 FR 1053, 72 FR 7812, 72 FR 9397, 73 FR 35199, 73 FR 46973, 
73 FR 48275, 73 FR 51336, 73 FR 51689, 73 FR 54888, 73 FR 61922, 73 FR 
61925, 73 FR 63047, 73 FR 65009, 73 FR 74563, 73 FR 74565, 73 FR 76440, 
73 FR 78423, 74 FR 6211, 74 FR 6689, 75 FR 39725, 75 FR 44051, 75 FR 
52062, 75 FR 52063, 75 FR 57105, 75 FR 59327, 75 FR 61833, 75 FR 65057, 
75 FR 72863, 75 FR 77492, 75 FR 77949, 75 FR 79081, 75 FR 79083, 75 FR 
80887, 76 FR 1493, 76 FR 2190, 76 FR 5425, 76 FR 9859, 76 FR 9861, 76 
FR 9865, 76 FR 12408, 77 FR 46153, 77 FR 46793, 77 FR 52388, 77 FR 
52389, 77 FR 56262, 77 FR 59245, 77 FR 60008, 77 FR 60010, 77 FR 64583, 
77 FR 64839, 77 FR 68202, 77 FR 70537, 77 FR 71671, 77 FR 74273, 77 FR 
74734, 77 FR 75494, 77 FR 76167, 78 FR 800, 78 FR 8689, 78 FR 10250, 78 
FR 11731, 78 FR 12813,

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78 FR 41975, 78 FR 56986, 79 FR 10606, 79 FR 14571, 79 FR 22003, 79 FR 
28588, 79 FR 46153, 79 FR 46300, 79 FR 51642, 79 FR 51643, 79 FR 56099, 
79 FR 56117, 79 FR 58856, 79 FR 64001, 79 FR 65759, 79 FR 65760, 79 FR 
69985, 79 FR 70928, 79 FR 72754, 79 FR 73393, 79 FR 73397, 79 FR 73686, 
79 FR 73687, 79 FR 73689, 79 FR 74168, 80 FR 603, 80 FR 2473, 80 FR 
3723, 80 FR 6162, 80 FR 7678, 80 FR 7679, 80 FR 8751, 80 FR 8927, 80 FR 
9304, 80 FR 15859, 80 FR 18693, 80 FR 20562, 80 FR 48411, 81 FR 39320, 
81 FR 52514, 81 FR 59266, 81 FR 66720, 81 FR 68098, 81 FR 70253, 81 FR 
71173, 81 FR 74494, 81 FR 80161, 81 FR 81230, 81 FR 86063, 81 FR 90050, 
81 FR 96165, 81 FR 96180, 81 FR 96191, 81 FR 96196, 82 FR 12683, 82 FR 
13043, 82 FR 13048, 82 FR 15277, 83 FR 15214, 83 FR 28325, 83 FR 28328, 
83 FR 28335, 83 FR 34661, 83 FR 40638, 83 FR 40648, 83 FR 53724, 83 FR 
56140, 83 FR 56902, 83 FR 60954, 84 FR 2305, 84 FR 2309, 84 FR 2311, 84 
FR 2314, 84 FR 2323, 84 FR 2326, 84 FR 16320, 84 FR 16336, 84 FR 
21401):

Ramon Adame (IL)
Terry L. Anderson (PA)
Alan A. Andrews (NE)
Jason P. Atwater (UT)
Richard D. Auger (CA)
Randal D. Aukes (MN)
Dewey E. Ballard, Jr. (SC)
Robert S. Bowen (GA)
Gerald D. Bowser (PA)
Nathan A. Buckles (IN)
Monty G. Calderon (OH)
Patricio C. Carvalho (MD)
John B. Casper (OK)
Joshua L. Cecotti (WA)
Edward Cunningham (MI)
Jeffrey D. Davis (NC)
William W. Dunn (PA)
Stephen R. Ehlenburg (IL)
Darrell B. Emery (OK)
John E. Evenson (WI)
Ronald Gaines (FL)
Marc C. Goss (NE)
Jerry L. Hayden (IA)
Christopher L. Humphries (TX)
Thomas J. Ivins (FL)
Kendall S. Lane (OK)
Garry D. Layton (TX)
Jackie Lee (FL)
Billy J. Lewis (LA)
Kenneth Liuzza (LA)
Carl A. Lohrbach (OH)
Thomas J. Long III (PA)
Lawrence D. Malecha (MN)
Wayne R. Mantela (KY)
Hollis J. Martin (AL)
Ellis T. McKneely (LA)
Patrick J. McMillen (WI)
James E. Menz (NY)
Rocky D. Moorhead (NM)
Ali Nimer (IL)
Jeffrey S. Pennell (VT)
Gary W. Phelps (PA)
Jeffrey Sanders (NC)
Stephen A. Scales (IL)
Steven D. Schlichting (NE)
Kirk Scott (CT)
Mustafa Shahadeh (OH)
Gerardo Silva (IL)
John D. Stork (IL)
Sherman L. Taylor (FL)
Jason E. Thomas (ND)
Karl M. Vanderstucken (TX)
Kenneth E. Vigue, Jr. (WA)
Khamla Vongvoraseng (NC)
James R. Wagner (IL)
Bobby M. Warren (KY)
Patricia A. White (IL)
Jeffrey D. Wilson (CO)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2000-7165, FMCSA-
2000-7363, FMCSA-2002-12844, FMCSA-2004-17984, FMCSA-2006-25246, FMCSA-
2006-26066, FMCSA-2008-0106; FMCSA-2008-0231, FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-
2008-0292, FMCSA-2010-0161, FMCSA-2010-0327, FMCSA-2010-0354, FMCSA-
2010-0385, FMCSA-2010-0413, FMCSA-2012-0214, FMCSA-2012-0279, FMCSA-
2012-0280, FMCSA-2013-0030, FMCSA-2014-0002, FMCSA-2014-0003, FMCSA-
2014-0010, FMCSA-2014-0011, FMCSA-2014-0296, FMCSA-2014-0298, FMCSA-
2014-0299, FMCSA-2014-0300, FMCSA-2014-0301, FMCSA-2016-0028, FMCSA-
2016-0031, FMCSA-2016-0033, FMCSA-2016-0208, FMCSA-2016-0212, FMCSA-
2018-0007, FMCSA-2018-0013, FMCSA-2018-0207, FMCSA-2018-0208, and 
FMCSA-2018-0209. Their exemptions were applicable as of April 1, 2021, 
and will expire on April 1, 2023.
    As of April 5, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), Donald P. Dodson, Jr. (WV) has satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (70 FR 2701, 70 FR 16887, 72 FR 
12665, 74 FR 9329, 76 FR 15360, 78 FR 16035, 80 FR 13070, 82 FR 15277, 
84 FR 21401).
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2005-20027. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 5, 2021 and will expire on April 
5, 2023.
    As of April 6, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (82 FR 12678, 82 FR 18949, 84 FR 
21401):

Cory W. Haupt (SD);
Kendrick T. Williams (NC)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2016-0214. Their 
exemptions were applicable as of April 6, 2021, and will expire on 
April 6, 2023.
    As of April 7, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), Bradley J. Compton (ID) has satisfied the renewal conditions 
for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs 
for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 12248, 80 FR 29152, 82 FR 15277, 84 
FR 21401).
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2014-0302. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 7, 2021, and will expire on April 
7, 2023.
    As of April 11, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), the following two individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 9856, 76 FR 20076, 78 FR 
16762, 80 FR 15863, 82 FR 13187, 82 FR 15277, 82 FR 23712, 84 FR 
21401):

Wesley M. Creamer (NM);
Wade C. Uhlir (MN)

    The drivers were included in docket numbers FMCSA-2011-0010, and 
FMCSA-2016-0213. Their exemptions were applicable as of April 11, 2021, 
and will expire on April 11, 2023.
    As of April 18, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), Jaroslav Cigler (IN) has satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for 
interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 14223, 80 FR 33011, 84 FR 21401).
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2014-0304. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 18, 2021, and will expire on April 
18, 2023.
    As of April 20, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), Keith A. Larson (MA) has satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for 
interstate CMV drivers (84 FR 10389, 84 FR 21393).
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2019-0005. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 20, 2021, and will expire on April 
20, 2023.
    As of April 21, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), James R. Rieck (CA) has satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for 
interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 66286, 66 FR 13825, 68 FR 10300, 70 FR 
7546, 72 FR 7111, 76 FR 17483, 78 FR 18667, 80 FR 16500, 82 FR 15277, 
84 FR 21401).

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    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2010-7918. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 21, 2021, and will expire on April 
21, 2023.
    As of April 30, 2021, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b), Clay A. Applegarth (ND) has satisfied the renewal conditions 
for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs 
for interstate CMV drivers (84 FR 11859, 84 FR 27685).
    This driver was included in docket number FMCSA-2019-0006. The 
exemption was applicable as of April 30, 2021, and will expire on April 
30, 2023.
    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. 2021-10095 Filed 5-12-21; 8:45 am]
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