Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From DriveCam, Inc
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comment on an application for an exemption from DriveCam, Inc. (DriveCam) to allow the placement of video event recorders at the top of the windshields on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The exemption would enable any motor carrier using DriveCam devices to mount the recorders lower in the windshield that is lower than what is currently permitted by the Agency's regulations in order to obtain the most effective view of the driver, passengers or outside area to maximize the ability to improve driver behavior and understand the root causes of collisions. Motor carriers would use the video event recorders to increase safety through (1) identification and remediation of risky driving behaviors such as distracted driving and drowsiness; (2) enhanced monitoring of passenger behavior; and (3) enhanced collision review and analysis. DriveCam believes this mounting position would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision
FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 13 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has reviewed the comments submitted in response to the previous announcement and concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.