Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing, 2979-2980 [2022-00904]

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Valda Vikmanis-Keller, Director, Office of Space Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2022–00866 Filed 1–18–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration I. Public Participation [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0017] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing 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 23 individuals for an exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 18, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0017 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2021–0017, in the jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Jan 18, 2022 Jkt 256001 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, 20590–0001 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 regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Dockets Operations, (202) 366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0017), 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=FMCSA2021-0017. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00234 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2979 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–2021–0017, 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. C. Privacy Act In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its regulatory 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 2year period to align with the maximum duration of a driver’s medical certification. The 23 individuals listed in this notice have requested an exemption from the hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting the exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute. The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing found in E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1 2980 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 19, 2022 / Notices § 391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person first perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5—1951. This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (Apr. 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971). On February 1, 2013, FMCSA announced in a Notice of Final Disposition titled, ‘‘Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; National Association of the Deaf,’’ (78 FR 7479), its decision to grant requests from 40 individuals for exemptions from the Agency’s physical qualification standard concerning hearing for interstate CMV drivers. Since that time the Agency has published additional notices granting requests from hard of hearing and deaf individuals for exemptions from the Agency’s physical qualification standard concerning hearing for interstate CMV drivers. William Hoke III. Qualifications of Applicants William Rivas Yunier Alegre Mr. Alegre, 33, holds a class E license in Florida. Mr. Rivas, 31, holds a class C license in California. Kenneth Alston Mr. Alston, 33, holds a class D license in New Jersey. Mr. Salts, 45, holds a class D license in Ohio. Charles Armand Mr. Armand, 39, holds a class A license in New Jersey. Mr. Soto, 32, holds a class D license in Illinois. Baldemar Barba Mr. Barba, 24, holds a class C license in Texas. Mr. Sturdevant, 43, holds a class CM license in Texas. Gary Barber Mr. Barber, 70, holds a commercial driver’s license in Wisconsin. Mr. Taulbee, 40, holds a class C license in Georgia. Edward Larizza Kevin Maddox DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Bikien McKoy [FTA Docket No. FTA 2022–0002] Mr. McKoy, 48, holds a class A license in North Carolina. National Transit Database Census Reporting Clarifications Rage Muse AGENCY: Mr. Muse, 33, holds a class A license in Minnesota. Mr. Padilla, 47, holds a class E license in Florida. Michael Paul Mr. Paul, 60, holds a class A license in Illinois. Aaron Pitsker Mr. Pitsker, 31, holds a class CM license in California. Michael Principe Mr. Principe, 33, holds a class C license in Texas. Kenneth Salts Issac Soto Richard Taulbee Mr. Taylor, 27, holds a class C license in Texas. Jeremy Descloux Mr. Descloux, 25, holds an operator’s license in Washington. IV. Request for Comments 16:58 Jan 18, 2022 Jkt 256001 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 received before the close of PO 00000 Frm 00235 Fmt 4703 Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice; Request for comments. This notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on changes to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) reporting requirements as they relate to Urbanized Areas (UZA). Each year, transit systems use data from the Census Bureau to update their basic information (B–10) form indicating what urbanized areas and rural areas they serve, and also to complete their Federal Funding Allocation (FFA–10) form distributing their service data across those urbanized and rural areas. The Census Bureau is expected to define new UZAs based on 2020 Census data in calendar year 2022. FTA proposes that for NTD Report Year 2021 (RY 2021), transit systems would be required to complete a B–10 and FFA–10 form based on the UZAs from the 2010 Census, as usual. If the Census Bureau releases new UZAs prior to October 1, 2022, then transit systems would be required to complete new B– 10 and FFA–10 forms as an addendum to the annual report at that time. DATES: Comments are requested by February 18, 2022. FTA will consider all comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date. To the extent practicable, FTA may also consider comments received after that date. ADDRESSES: You may file comments identified by docket number FTA– 2022–0002 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUMMARY: Orlando Padilla Mr. Dantzler, 51, holds a class D license in Arizona. VerDate Sep<11>2014 BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P Mr. Maddox, 58, holds a class AM license in Georgia. Matthew Taylor Philip Fatigato Mr. Fatigato, 28, holds a class D license in Illinois. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2022–00904 Filed 1–18–22; 8:45 am] Mr. Larizza, 24, holds a class C license in California. 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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 19, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2979-2980]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-00904]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0017]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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 23 individuals 
for an exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would 
enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in 
interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 18, 2022.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0017 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, 
insert the docket number, FMCSA-2021-0017, 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, 20590-0001 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-2021-0017), 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-2021-0017. 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-2021-0017, 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.

C. Privacy Act

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its regulatory 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 23 individuals listed in this notice have requested an 
exemption from the hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11). 
Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each 
applicant to determine whether granting the exemption will achieve the 
required level of safety mandated by statute.
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing 
found in

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Sec.  391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically qualified to 
drive a CMV if that person first perceives a forced whispered voice in 
the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a 
hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not 
have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels 
at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when 
the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard 
(formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5--1951.
    This standard was adopted in 1970 and was revised in 1971 to allow 
drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a hearing 
aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (Apr. 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 1971).
    On February 1, 2013, FMCSA announced in a Notice of Final 
Disposition titled, ``Qualification of Drivers; Application for 
Exemptions; National Association of the Deaf,'' (78 FR 7479), its 
decision to grant requests from 40 individuals for exemptions from the 
Agency's physical qualification standard concerning hearing for 
interstate CMV drivers. Since that time the Agency has published 
additional notices granting requests from hard of hearing and deaf 
individuals for exemptions from the Agency's physical qualification 
standard concerning hearing for interstate CMV drivers.

III. Qualifications of Applicants

Yunier Alegre

    Mr. Alegre, 33, holds a class E license in Florida.

Kenneth Alston

    Mr. Alston, 33, holds a class D license in New Jersey.

Charles Armand

    Mr. Armand, 39, holds a class A license in New Jersey.

Baldemar Barba

    Mr. Barba, 24, holds a class C license in Texas.

Gary Barber

    Mr. Barber, 70, holds a commercial driver's license in Wisconsin.

Desmond Dantzler

    Mr. Dantzler, 51, holds a class D license in Arizona.

Jeremy Descloux

    Mr. Descloux, 25, holds an operator's license in Washington.

Philip Fatigato

    Mr. Fatigato, 28, holds a class D license in Illinois.

William Hoke

    Mr. Hoke, 50, holds a class D license in New York.

Edward Larizza

    Mr. Larizza, 24, holds a class C license in California.

Kevin Maddox

    Mr. Maddox, 58, holds a class AM license in Georgia.

Bikien McKoy

    Mr. McKoy, 48, holds a class A license in North Carolina.

Rage Muse

    Mr. Muse, 33, holds a class A license in Minnesota.

Orlando Padilla

    Mr. Padilla, 47, holds a class E license in Florida.

Michael Paul

    Mr. Paul, 60, holds a class A license in Illinois.

Aaron Pitsker

    Mr. Pitsker, 31, holds a class CM license in California.

Michael Principe

    Mr. Principe, 33, holds a class C license in Texas.

William Rivas

    Mr. Rivas, 31, holds a class C license in California.

Kenneth Salts

    Mr. Salts, 45, holds a class D license in Ohio.

Issac Soto

    Mr. Soto, 32, holds a class D license in Illinois.

Gary Sturdevant

    Mr. Sturdevant, 43, holds a class CM license in Texas.

Richard Taulbee

    Mr. Taulbee, 40, holds a class C license in Georgia.

Matthew Taylor

    Mr. Taylor, 27, holds a class C license in Texas.

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 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. 2022-00904 Filed 1-18-22; 8:45 am]
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