Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
FMCSA announces its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 34 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemption renewals will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
Application by the Massachusetts Department of Highways for a Preemption Determination on the City of Boston's Hazardous Materials Routing Designation
FMCSA provides notice and invites interested parties to submit comments on an application by the Massachusetts Department of Highways (MassHighway) for an administrative determination on whether Federal law preempts highway routing designations issued by the City of Boston (Boston) regarding the transportation of hazardous materials. MassHighway seeks a preemption determination to resolve whether Boston's regulatory scheme on hazardous materials transportation in Boston remains consistent with Federal law in light of the history of the Boston regulation, changes that have occurred since the regulation's inception in 1980, and policy changes in issuing permits under the regulation. The MassHighway application, filed on July 25, 2008, encompasses the issues raised by ATA in its application for preemption determination filed on May 30, 2008. Accordingly, the MassHighway application will be consolidated with the ATA application in Docket No. FMCSA-1008-0204 and the time period for submitting comments is extended by this notice.