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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 23 / Thursday, February 3, 2022 / Notices accumulating 1.8 million 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. Kamaljit S. Dhillon Mr. Dhillon, 48, has had complete vision loss in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1994. 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, ‘‘His vision and his field of vision in his right eye are excellent and he can therefore safely operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Dhillon reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 680,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 68,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; failing to obey a traffic device. Michael P. Gross Mr. Gross, 49, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that, in my medical opinion, Mr. Gross does have sufficient visual performance to perform the visual tasks necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Gross reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 25 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 6 years, accumulating 30 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES James Mize Mr. Mize, 33, has optic atrophy in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2021, his ophthalmologist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, James Mize has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Mize reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 60,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennesse. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Feb 02, 2022 Jkt 256001 Eugene F. Napieralski Mr. Napieralski, 57, has complete vision loss in his left eye since birth. 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 professional opinion, Mr. Napieralski has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Napieralski reported that he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 950,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 20,000 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. Gerard L. Pagan Mr. Pagan, 61, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘I certify that upon examining Jerry Pagan on 9/9/2021, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Pagan reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 2 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, which he was not cited for, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Sheryl J. Simpson Ms. Simpson, 58, has had amblyopia in her left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in her right eye is 20/25, and in her left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2021, her optometrist stated, ‘‘In my medical opinion, Sheryl has more than sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Ms. Simpson reported that she has driven buses for 8 years, accumulating 704,000 miles. She holds a Class B CDL from Texas. Her driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Willie J. Smith Mr. Smith, 64, has corneal opacity in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1985. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2021, his optometrist stated, ‘‘It is my medical opinion that the patient has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Smith reported that PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6231 he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating 2.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV: speeding. 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. 2022–02204 Filed 2–2–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0026] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders 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 32 individuals for an exemption from the prohibition in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) against persons with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause a loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to drive in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 7, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0026 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, insert the docket number, FMCSA–2021–0026, in the keyword box, and click ‘‘Search.’’ Next, sort the results by ‘‘Posted (NewerOlder),’’ choose the first notice listed, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 6232 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 23 / Thursday, February 3, 2022 / Notices 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: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Public Participation A. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (Docket No. FMCSA–2021–0026), 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=FMCSA2021-0026. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Feb 02, 2022 Jkt 256001 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–2021–0026, 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 32 individuals listed in this notice have requested an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(8). 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 epilepsy found in § 391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV. In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory criteria 1 to assist medical examiners (MEs) in determining whether drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. The criteria states that if an individual has had a sudden episode of a nonepileptic seizure or loss of consciousness of unknown cause that did not require anti-seizure medication, the decision whether that person’s condition is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or loss of ability to control a CMV should be made on an individual basis by the ME in consultation with the treating physician. Before certification is considered, it is suggested that a 6-month waiting period elapse from the time of the episode. Following the waiting period, it is suggested that the individual have a complete neurological examination. If the results of the examination are negative and anti-seizure medication is not required, then the driver may be qualified. In those individual cases where a driver has had a seizure or an episode of loss of consciousness that resulted from a known medical condition (e.g., drug reaction, high temperature, acute infectious disease, dehydration, or acute metabolic disturbance), certification should be deferred until the driver has recovered fully from that condition, has no existing residual complications, and is not taking anti-seizure medication. Drivers who have a history of epilepsy/seizures, off anti-seizure medication and seizure-free for 10 years, may be qualified to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Interstate drivers with a history of a single unprovoked seizure may be qualified to drive a CMV in interstate commerce if seizure-free and off anti-seizure medication for a 5year period or more. As a result of MEs misinterpreting advisory criteria as regulation, numerous drivers have been prohibited from operating a CMV in interstate commerce based on the fact that they have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication, rather than an individual analysis of their circumstances by a qualified ME based 1 These criteria may be found in APPENDIX A TO PART 391—MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: § 391.41(b)(8), paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, which is available on the internet at https:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/ CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf. E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 23 / Thursday, February 3, 2022 / Notices on the physical qualification standards and medical best practices. On January 15, 2013, FMCSA announced in a Notice of Final Disposition titled, ‘‘Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders,’’ (78 FR 3069), its decision to grant requests from 22 individuals for exemptions from the regulatory requirement that interstate 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.’’ Since that time, the Agency has published additional notices granting requests from individuals for exemptions from the regulatory requirement regarding epilepsy found in § 391.41(b)(8). To be considered for an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in § 391.41(b)(8), applicants must meet the criteria in the 2007 recommendations of the Agency’s Medical Expert Panel (78 FR 3069). III. Qualifications of Applicants Andrew Anzalone Mr. Anzalone is a 24-year old class DM license holder in Massachusetts. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2010. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2010. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Anzalone receiving an exemption. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Anthony Cavaliere Mr. Cavaliere is a 33-year old class BM license holder in New York. He had a generalized cerebral concussion and has been seizure free since 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Cavaliere receiving an exemption. Shane Chacon Mr. Chacon is a 53-year old class A license holder in Idaho. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 1997. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2019. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Chacon receiving an exemption. Brad Crawford Mr. Crawford is a 38-year old class E license holder in Louisiana. He has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Feb 02, 2022 Jkt 256001 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Crawford receiving an exemption. Michael Davee Mr. Davee is a 54-year old class C license holder in California. He had a single, provoked seizure in October 2017. He does not take anti-seizure medication. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Davee receiving an exemption. Callon Hegman Mr. Hegman is a 26-year old class E license holder in Missouri. He has a history of juvenile absence epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2017. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Hegman receiving an exemption. Jacob Hitchcock Mr. Hitchcock is a 31-year old class C license holder in Iowa. He has a history of non-intractable epilepsy and has been seizure free since May 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2010. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Hitchcock receiving an exemption. Holly Hobert Ms. Hobert is a 27-year old class O license holder in Nebraska. He has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2016. His physician states that he is supportive of Ms. Hobert receiving an exemption. Gary Johnson Mr. Johnson is a 49-year old class E license holder in Missouri. He has a history of chronic epilepsy and has been seizure free since March 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption. Gregory Johnson Mr. Johnson is a 44-year old class C license holder in North Carolina. He has a history of seizures and has been seizure free since June 2011. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6233 Lance Johnson Mr. Johnson is a 54-year old class D license holder in Tennessee. He has a history of complex partial seizures and has been seizure free since 2009. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2018. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption. Alan Keil Mr. Keil is a 45-year old class three license holder in Hawaii. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free for more than 10 years. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Keil receiving an exemption. Kim Langan Mr. Langan is a 59-year old class CM license holder in California. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Langan receiving an exemption. Armando Macias-Tovar Mr. Macias-Tovar is a 34-year old class E license holder in Florida. He has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. MaciasTovar receiving an exemption. Christian Mandahl Mr. Mandahl is a 31-year old class D license holder in Montana. He has a history of primary generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2012. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Mandahl receiving an exemption. Joseph Mendoza Mr. Mendoza is a 48-year old operator license holder in Indiana. He has a history of seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 1996. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Mendoza receiving an exemption. Edna Merritt Ms. Merritt is a 59-year old class D license holder in Tennessee. She has a E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 6234 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 23 / Thursday, February 3, 2022 / Notices history of partial complex seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 2010. She takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2007. Her physician states that he is supportive of Ms. Merritt receiving an exemption. Richard Packer Mr. Packer is a 33-year old class A license holder in Idaho. He has a history of non-intractable generalized idiopathic epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2003. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2003. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Packer receiving an exemption. Charles Rivet Alexander Paradis Brian Runk Mr. Paradis is a 24-year old class 10 license holder in Rhode Island. He has a history of focal epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2010. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2016. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Paradis receiving an exemption. Mr. Runk is a 31-year old class A license holder in Pennsylvania. He has a history of a single, unprovoked, nocturnal seizure and has been seizure free since 2016. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2017. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Runk receiving an exemption. Steven Paul Mr. Paul is a 60-year old class DM license holder in Wisconsin. He has a history of seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 2012. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Paul receiving an exemption. Kevin Podman khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES of a single generalized nocturnal seizure and has been seizure free since August 6, 2020. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since August 6, 2020. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Riley receiving an exemption. Mr. Rivet is a 43-year old class 10 license holder in Iowa. He has a history of complex partial seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2012. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Rivet receiving an exemption. Lucas Schmidt Mr. Schmidt is a 41-year old class D license holder in New York. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 1997. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same for more than 10 years. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Schmidt receiving an exemption. Mr. Podman is a 48-year old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder in Illinois. He has a history of an unprovoked, one-time, generalized tonic-clonic seizure and has been seizure free since 2014. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2014. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Podman receiving an exemption. Bradley Scruggs Michael Reimer Mr. Reimer is a 37-year old class C license holder in California. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2012. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Reimer receiving an exemption. Richard Riley Mr. Riley is a 66-year old class A license holder in Iowa. He has a history VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Feb 02, 2022 Jkt 256001 and has been seizure free since 1998. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Smith receiving an exemption. Kip West Mr. West is a 53-year old class R license holder in Colorado. He has a history of seizures and has been seizure free since 1985. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 1985. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. West receiving an exemption. Derek Wettstein Mr. Wettstein is a 37-year old class C license holder in Texas. He has a history of idiopathic epilepsy and epileptic syndrome, not intractable, without status epilepticus and has been seizure free since 2004. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2004. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Wettstein receiving an exemption. Jeremy Williams Mr. Williams is a 19-year old CDL holder in Mississippi. He has a history of a single unprovoked seizure and has been seizure free since 2017. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2018. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Williams receiving an exemption. 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. Mr. Scruggs is a 27-year old class A license holder in California. He has a history of focal awareness seizures and has been seizure free since 2007. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Scruggs receiving an exemption. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. Kacen Shaffer [FR Doc. 2022–02203 Filed 2–2–22; 8:45 am] Mr. Shaffer is a 22-year old class R license holder in Colorado. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2014. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Shaffer receiving an exemption. BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P Shaen Smith Mr. Smith is a 53-year old class D license holder in Minnesota. He has a history of localization-related epilepsy PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2022–0031] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0026]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and 
Seizure Disorders

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 32 individuals 
for an exemption from the prohibition in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) against persons with a clinical diagnosis 
of epilepsy or any other condition that is likely to cause a loss of 
consciousness or any loss of ability to control a commercial motor 
vehicle (CMV) to drive in interstate commerce. If granted, the 
exemptions would enable these individuals who have had one or more 
seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to operate CMVs in 
interstate commerce.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 7, 2022.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0026 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/, 
insert the docket number, FMCSA-2021-0026, in the keyword box, and 
click ``Search.'' Next, sort the results by ``Posted (Newer-Older),'' 
choose the first notice listed,

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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]ot.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:

I. Public Participation

A. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice (Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0026), 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-2021-0026. 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-2021-0026, 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 32 individuals listed in this notice have requested an 
exemption from the epilepsy and seizure disorders prohibition in 49 CFR 
391.41(b)(8). 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 epilepsy 
found in Sec.  391.41(b)(8) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person has no established medical 
history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which 
is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to 
control a CMV.
    In addition to the regulations, FMCSA has published advisory 
criteria \1\ to assist medical examiners (MEs) in determining whether 
drivers with certain medical conditions are qualified to operate a CMV 
in interstate commerce.
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    \1\ These criteria may be found in APPENDIX A TO PART 391--
MEDICAL ADVISORY CRITERIA, section H. Epilepsy: Sec.  391.41(b)(8), 
paragraphs 3, 4, and 5, which is available on the internet at 
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2015-title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2015-title49-vol5-part391-appA.pdf.
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    The criteria states that if an individual has had a sudden episode 
of a non-epileptic seizure or loss of consciousness of unknown cause 
that did not require anti-seizure medication, the decision whether that 
person's condition is likely to cause the loss of consciousness or loss 
of ability to control a CMV should be made on an individual basis by 
the ME in consultation with the treating physician. Before 
certification is considered, it is suggested that a 6-month waiting 
period elapse from the time of the episode. Following the waiting 
period, it is suggested that the individual have a complete 
neurological examination. If the results of the examination are 
negative and anti-seizure medication is not required, then the driver 
may be qualified.
    In those individual cases where a driver has had a seizure or an 
episode of loss of consciousness that resulted from a known medical 
condition (e.g., drug reaction, high temperature, acute infectious 
disease, dehydration, or acute metabolic disturbance), certification 
should be deferred until the driver has recovered fully from that 
condition, has no existing residual complications, and is not taking 
anti-seizure medication.
    Drivers who have a history of epilepsy/seizures, off anti-seizure 
medication and seizure-free for 10 years, may be qualified to operate a 
CMV in interstate commerce. Interstate drivers with a history of a 
single unprovoked seizure may be qualified to drive a CMV in interstate 
commerce if seizure-free and off anti-seizure medication for a 5-year 
period or more.
    As a result of MEs misinterpreting advisory criteria as regulation, 
numerous drivers have been prohibited from operating a CMV in 
interstate commerce based on the fact that they have had one or more 
seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication, rather than an 
individual analysis of their circumstances by a qualified ME based

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on the physical qualification standards and medical best practices.
    On January 15, 2013, FMCSA announced in a Notice of Final 
Disposition titled, ``Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; 
Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders,'' (78 FR 3069), its decision to grant 
requests from 22 individuals for exemptions from the regulatory 
requirement that interstate 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.'' Since that time, the Agency has published additional 
notices granting requests from individuals for exemptions from the 
regulatory requirement regarding epilepsy found in Sec.  391.41(b)(8).
    To be considered for an exemption from the epilepsy and seizure 
disorders prohibition in Sec.  391.41(b)(8), applicants must meet the 
criteria in the 2007 recommendations of the Agency's Medical Expert 
Panel (78 FR 3069).

III. Qualifications of Applicants

Andrew Anzalone

    Mr. Anzalone is a 24-year old class DM license holder in 
Massachusetts. He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2010. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Anzalone receiving an exemption.

Anthony Cavaliere

    Mr. Cavaliere is a 33-year old class BM license holder in New York. 
He had a generalized cerebral concussion and has been seizure free 
since 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Cavaliere receiving an exemption.

Shane Chacon

    Mr. Chacon is a 53-year old class A license holder in Idaho. He has 
a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 1997. He takes 
anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the 
same since 2019. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
Chacon receiving an exemption.

Brad Crawford

    Mr. Crawford is a 38-year old class E license holder in Louisiana. 
He has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Crawford receiving an exemption.

Michael Davee

    Mr. Davee is a 54-year old class C license holder in California. He 
had a single, provoked seizure in October 2017. He does not take anti-
seizure medication. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
Davee receiving an exemption.

Callon Hegman

    Mr. Hegman is a 26-year old class E license holder in Missouri. He 
has a history of juvenile absence epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2017. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Hegman receiving an exemption.

Jacob Hitchcock

    Mr. Hitchcock is a 31-year old class C license holder in Iowa. He 
has a history of non-intractable epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since May 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2010. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Hitchcock receiving an exemption.

Holly Hobert

    Ms. Hobert is a 27-year old class O license holder in Nebraska. He 
has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free since 
2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2016. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Ms. Hobert receiving an exemption.

Gary Johnson

    Mr. Johnson is a 49-year old class E license holder in Missouri. He 
has a history of chronic epilepsy and has been seizure free since March 
2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption.

Gregory Johnson

    Mr. Johnson is a 44-year old class C license holder in North 
Carolina. He has a history of seizures and has been seizure free since 
June 2011. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption.

Lance Johnson

    Mr. Johnson is a 54-year old class D license holder in Tennessee. 
He has a history of complex partial seizures and has been seizure free 
since 2009. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2018. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Johnson receiving an exemption.

Alan Keil

    Mr. Keil is a 45-year old class three license holder in Hawaii. He 
has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free for more than 10 
years. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Keil receiving an exemption.

Kim Langan

    Mr. Langan is a 59-year old class CM license holder in California. 
He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He 
takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining 
the same since 2015. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
Langan receiving an exemption.

Armando Macias-Tovar

    Mr. Macias-Tovar is a 34-year old class E license holder in 
Florida. He has a history of generalized epilepsy and has been seizure 
free since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2011. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Macias-Tovar receiving an exemption.

Christian Mandahl

    Mr. Mandahl is a 31-year old class D license holder in Montana. He 
has a history of primary generalized epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since 2012. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2012. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Mandahl receiving an exemption.

Joseph Mendoza

    Mr. Mendoza is a 48-year old operator license holder in Indiana. He 
has a history of seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 1996. 
He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Mendoza receiving an exemption.

Edna Merritt

    Ms. Merritt is a 59-year old class D license holder in Tennessee. 
She has a

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history of partial complex seizure disorder and has been seizure free 
since 2010. She takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2007. Her physician states that he 
is supportive of Ms. Merritt receiving an exemption.

Richard Packer

    Mr. Packer is a 33-year old class A license holder in Idaho. He has 
a history of non-intractable generalized idiopathic epilepsy and has 
been seizure free since 2003. He takes anti-seizure medication with the 
dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2003. His physician 
states that he is supportive of Mr. Packer receiving an exemption.

Alexander Paradis

    Mr. Paradis is a 24-year old class 10 license holder in Rhode 
Island. He has a history of focal epilepsy and has been seizure free 
since 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2016. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Paradis receiving an exemption.

Steven Paul

    Mr. Paul is a 60-year old class DM license holder in Wisconsin. He 
has a history of seizure disorder and has been seizure free since 2012. 
He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2013. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Paul receiving an exemption.

Kevin Podman

    Mr. Podman is a 48-year old commercial driver's license (CDL) 
holder in Illinois. He has a history of an unprovoked, one-time, 
generalized tonic-clonic seizure and has been seizure free since 2014. 
He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2014. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Podman receiving an exemption.

Michael Reimer

    Mr. Reimer is a 37-year old class C license holder in California. 
He has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2012. He 
takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining 
the same since 2012. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
Reimer receiving an exemption.

Richard Riley

    Mr. Riley is a 66-year old class A license holder in Iowa. He has a 
history of a single generalized nocturnal seizure and has been seizure 
free since August 6, 2020. He takes anti-seizure medication with the 
dosage and frequency remaining the same since August 6, 2020. His 
physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Riley receiving an 
exemption.

Charles Rivet

    Mr. Rivet is a 43-year old class 10 license holder in Iowa. He has 
a history of complex partial seizure disorder and has been seizure free 
since 2013. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2012. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Rivet receiving an exemption.

Brian Runk

    Mr. Runk is a 31-year old class A license holder in Pennsylvania. 
He has a history of a single, unprovoked, nocturnal seizure and has 
been seizure free since 2016. He takes anti-seizure medication with the 
dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2017. His physician 
states that he is supportive of Mr. Runk receiving an exemption.

Lucas Schmidt

    Mr. Schmidt is a 41-year old class D license holder in New York. He 
has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 1997. He 
takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining 
the same for more than 10 years. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Schmidt receiving an exemption.

Bradley Scruggs

    Mr. Scruggs is a 27-year old class A license holder in California. 
He has a history of focal awareness seizures and has been seizure free 
since 2007. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Scruggs receiving an exemption.

Kacen Shaffer

    Mr. Shaffer is a 22-year old class R license holder in Colorado. He 
has a history of epilepsy and has been seizure free since 2013. He 
takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining 
the same since 2014. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
Shaffer receiving an exemption.

Shaen Smith

    Mr. Smith is a 53-year old class D license holder in Minnesota. He 
has a history of localization-related epilepsy and has been seizure 
free since 1998. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and 
frequency remaining the same since 2015. His physician states that he 
is supportive of Mr. Smith receiving an exemption.

Kip West

    Mr. West is a 53-year old class R license holder in Colorado. He 
has a history of seizures and has been seizure free since 1985. He 
takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining 
the same since 1985. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. 
West receiving an exemption.

Derek Wettstein

    Mr. Wettstein is a 37-year old class C license holder in Texas. He 
has a history of idiopathic epilepsy and epileptic syndrome, not 
intractable, without status epilepticus and has been seizure free since 
2004. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2004. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Wettstein receiving an exemption.

Jeremy Williams

    Mr. Williams is a 19-year old CDL holder in Mississippi. He has a 
history of a single unprovoked seizure and has been seizure free since 
2017. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency 
remaining the same since 2018. His physician states that he is 
supportive of Mr. Williams receiving an exemption.

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. 2022-02203 Filed 2-2-22; 8:45 am]
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