Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision, 30672-30675 [2021-12066]

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SUMMARY: lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Mattiello, Executive Director, State Justice Institute, 12700 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 340, Fairfax, VA 22033, 703–660–4979, contact@sji.gov. Jonathan D. Mattiello, Executive Director. [FR Doc. 2021–12015 Filed 6–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–SC–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Jun 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0007] I. Public Participation Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of applications for exemption; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 13 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 July 9, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0007 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2021–0007, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (NewerOlder),’’ choose the first notice listed, and click on the ‘‘Comment’’ button. 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, DOT, 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Dockets Operations, (202) 366–9826. A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0007), 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 www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA2021-0007. Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (Newer-Older),’’ choose the first notice listed, click the ‘‘Comment’’ button, and type your comment into the text box on the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. B. Viewing Comments To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA–2021–0007, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (NewerOlder),’’ 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. E:\FR\FM\09JNN1.SGM 09JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 9, 2021 / Notices C. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.transportation.gov/privacy. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 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 13 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 § 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 (TEA–21), Public Law 105–178, 112 Stat. 107, 401 (June 9, 1998). Vision exemptions are considered under the procedures VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Jun 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 three 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 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 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. 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, 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. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30673 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 Gerald C. Adler Mr. Adler, 29, has corneal scarring in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my professional opinion that Mr. Adler has sufficient vision to perform the tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Adler reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 648,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 144,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Paul R. Beckett Mr. Beckett, 51, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020 his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, due to his fully functioning peripheral visual field and 20/20 best corrected vision in left eye and both eyes together, Mr. Beckett has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Beckett reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 24,000 miles and tractortrailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 450,000 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. Robert W. Boyett Mr. Boyett, 52, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200 and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘He has stable and he has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle safely at this time with no restrictions, in my medical opinion.’’ Mr. Boyett reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years, E:\FR\FM\09JNN1.SGM 09JNN1 30674 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 9, 2021 / Notices accumulating 2,152,800 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 33 years, accumulating 2,475,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Timothy W. Ford Mr. Ford, 41, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2021, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘Yes. Patient has the ability to operate a commercial vehicle based off his visual potential.’’ Mr. Ford reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 37,500 miles, and buses for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Aaron L. Fox Mr. Fox, 37, has a prosthetic left eye due to an infection in 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2021, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘I believe that Mr. Fox has sufficient vision to perform the tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Fox reported that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 450,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 360,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 James H. George Mr. George, 59, has a cataract in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, blindness. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘James George’s vision is sufficient to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. George reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 180,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 2,516,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes but one conviction for speeding in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 miles per hour. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Jun 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 Johnny M. Kruprzak Mr. Kruprzak, 55, has corneal and retinal scarring in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in childhood. 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, ‘‘Mr. Kruprzak has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Kruprzak reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1,650,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Jackie L. Lawson Mr. Lawson, 55, has corneal scarring in his left eye due to an infection in 2015. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Mr. Lawson has sufficient vision to perform the driving task required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Lawson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 260,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 52,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Alec J. Lindgren Mr. Lindgren, 25, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, hand motion. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘That is, in my opinion Alec has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Lindgren reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 36,000 miles, tractortrailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 250,000 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds an operator’s license from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. James M. McCleary Mr. McCleary, 47, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I do believe Mr. McCleary has sufficient vision to perform the essential PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 tasks of driving a commercial vehicle and am recommending renewal of his federal vision waiver.’’ Mr. McCleary reported that he has driven straight trucks for 1 year, accumulating 93,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 480,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes but one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to obey a traffic control device. Richard A. Parker II Mr. Parker II, 30, has retinal scaring in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1995. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I believe that Richard Parker has sufficient vision to safely drive and operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Parker reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 187,998 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 94,002 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Robert B. Sundvor Mr. Sundvor, 59, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye since 2017. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 50, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘In my opinion, Mr. Sundvor has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle safely.’’ Mr. Sundvor reported that he has driven straight trucks for 45 years, accumulating 225,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 1,500,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from North Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. William R. Tessman Mr. Tessman, 78, has had a retinal deformity in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/ 45, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘Mr. Tessman has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Tessman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 11 years, accumulating 1,265,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 33 years, accumulating 5,775,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no E:\FR\FM\09JNN1.SGM 09JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 9, 2021 / Notices 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. 2021–12066 Filed 6–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0355; FMCSA–2010–0203; FMCSA–2015–0115; FMCSA–2015–0323; FMCSA–2016–0313; FMCSA–2016–0315; FMCSA–2018–0056; FMCSA–2018–0057; FMCSA–2019–0027; FMCSA–2019–0029] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. AGENCY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 11 individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have ‘‘no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV.’’ The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before July 9, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0355, Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0203, Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0115, Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0323, Docket No. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Jun 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 FMCSA–2016–0313, Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0315, Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0056, Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0057, Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0027, or Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0029 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2008–0355, FMCSA– 2010–0203, FMCSA–2015–0115, FMCSA–2015–0323, FMCSA–2016– 0313, FMCSA–2016–0315, FMCSA– 2018–0056, FMCSA–2018–0057, FMCSA–2019–0027, or FMCSA–2019– 0029 in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (Newer-Older),’’ choose the first notice listed, and click on the ‘‘Comment’’ button. 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, DOT, 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. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2008–0355, Docket No. FMCSA–2010–0203, Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0115, Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0323, Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0313, Docket No. FMCSA–2016–0315, Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0056, Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0057, Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0027, or Docket No. FMCSA–2019–0029), indicate the specific section of this document to PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30675 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 www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2008–0355, FMCSA– 2010–0203, FMCSA–2015–0115, FMCSA–2015–0323, FMCSA–2016– 0313, FMCSA–2016–0315, FMCSA– 2018–0056, FMCSA–2018–0057, FMCSA–2019–0027, or FMCSA–2019– 0029 in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (Newer-Older),’’ choose the first notice listed, click the ‘‘Comment’’ button, and type your comment into the text box on the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. B. Viewing Comments To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket number, FMCSA–2008–0355, FMCSA– 2010–0203, FMCSA–2015–0115, FMCSA–2015–0323, FMCSA–2016– 0313, FMCSA–2016–0315, FMCSA– 2018–0056, FMCSA–2018–0057, FMCSA–2019–0027, or FMCSA–2019– 0029 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. E:\FR\FM\09JNN1.SGM 09JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0007]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

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

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 13 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 July 9, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0007 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, 
insert the docket number, FMCSA-2021-0007, in the keyword box, and 
click ``Search.'' Next, sort the results by ``Posted (Newer-Older),'' 
choose the first notice listed, and click on the ``Comment'' button. 
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, 
DOT, 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-2021-0007), 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 www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2021-0007. Next, sort the results by ``Posted (Newer-
Older),'' choose the first notice listed, click the ``Comment'' button, 
and type your comment into the text box on the following screen. Choose 
whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf 
of a third party and then submit.
    If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them 
in an unbound format, no larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for 
copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would 
like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, 
self-addressed postcard or envelope.
    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period.

B. Viewing Comments

    To view comments go to www.regulations.gov. Insert the docket 
number, FMCSA-2021-0007, 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.

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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 13 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 (TEA-21), 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 three 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 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 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

Gerald C. Adler

    Mr. Adler, 29, has corneal scarring in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2020, 
his optometrist stated, ``It is my professional opinion that Mr. Adler 
has sufficient vision to perform the tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Adler reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 9 years, accumulating 648,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 4 years, accumulating 144,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Paul R. Beckett

    Mr. Beckett, 51, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020 his 
optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, due to his fully 
functioning peripheral visual field and 20/20 best corrected vision in 
left eye and both eyes together, Mr. Beckett has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Beckett reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, 
accumulating 24,000 miles and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, 
accumulating 450,000 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.

Robert W. Boyett

    Mr. Boyett, 52, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200 and in his left eye, 20/20. 
Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ``He has 
stable and he has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle 
safely at this time with no restrictions, in my medical opinion.'' Mr. 
Boyett reported that he has driven straight trucks for 18 years,

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accumulating 2,152,800 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 33 
years, accumulating 2,475,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Georgia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Timothy W. Ford

    Mr. Ford, 41, has a retinal detachment in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand 
motion, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2021, 
his ophthalmologist stated, ``Yes. Patient has the ability to operate a 
commercial vehicle based off his visual potential.'' Mr. Ford reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 37,500 
miles, and buses for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Aaron L. Fox

    Mr. Fox, 37, has a prosthetic left eye due to an infection in 1991. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no 
light perception. Following an examination in 2021, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``I believe that Mr. Fox has sufficient vision to perform the 
tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Fox reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 450,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 360,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

James H. George

    Mr. George, 59, has a cataract in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and 
in his left eye, blindness. Following an examination in 2020, his 
optometrist stated, ``James George's vision is sufficient to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
George reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, 
accumulating 180,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 37 
years, accumulating 2,516,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
but one conviction for speeding in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit 
by 10 miles per hour.

Johnny M. Kruprzak

    Mr. Kruprzak, 55, has corneal and retinal scarring in his right eye 
due to a traumatic incident in childhood. 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, ``Mr. Kruprzak has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. Kruprzak reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1,650,000 miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jackie L. Lawson

    Mr. Lawson, 55, has corneal scarring in his left eye due to an 
infection in 2015. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2021, 
his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Lawson has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving task required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Lawson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 10 years, accumulating 260,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 10 years, accumulating 52,000 miles. He holds a Class 
AM CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Alec J. Lindgren

    Mr. Lindgren, 25, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, hand 
motion. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, 
``That is, in my opinion Alec has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Lindgren 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 
36,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 
250,000 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 5,000 miles. He holds 
an operator's license from New York. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

James M. McCleary

    Mr. McCleary, 47, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his 
left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2020, his optometrist 
stated, ``I do believe Mr. McCleary has sufficient vision to perform 
the essential tasks of driving a commercial vehicle and am recommending 
renewal of his federal vision waiver.'' Mr. McCleary reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 1 year, accumulating 93,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 480,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes but one conviction for a moving violation in a 
CMV; he failed to obey a traffic control device.

Richard A. Parker II

    Mr. Parker II, 30, has retinal scaring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1995. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2020, his 
optometrist stated, ``I believe that Richard Parker has sufficient 
vision to safely drive and operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Parker 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 
187,998 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, 
accumulating 94,002 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Robert B. Sundvor

    Mr. Sundvor, 59, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye 
since 2017. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his 
left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion, Mr. Sundvor has sufficient vision to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle safely.'' 
Mr. Sundvor reported that he has driven straight trucks for 45 years, 
accumulating 225,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 
years, accumulating 1,500,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from North 
Dakota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William R. Tessman

    Mr. Tessman, 78, has had a retinal deformity in his right eye since 
birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/45, and in his left 
eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, 
``Mr. Tessman has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Tessman reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 11 years, accumulating 1,265,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 33 years, accumulating 
5,775,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record 
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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. 2021-12066 Filed 6-8-21; 8:45 am]
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