Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Van Hool N.V. and Coach USA
FMCSA requests public comment on an application for exemption from Van Hool N.V. and Coach USA (Van Hool/Coach USA) to allow the use of double deck motorcoaches constructed with a sleeper berth that has an exit that does not meet the minimum dimensional requirements specified in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Section 393.76(c)(1) of the FMCSRs requires sleeper berths installed (1) on or after January 1, 1963 to have an exit that is a doorway or opening that is at least 18 inches high and 36 inches wide and (2) before January 1, 1963, to have sufficient area to contain an ellipse having a major axis of 24 inches and a minor axis of 16 inches. Because of the limited available locations to place the sleeper berth within the confines of the motorcoach, Van Hool/Coach USA is requesting an exemption that would allow the use of sleeper berths that comply with the pre-January 1, 1963, exit dimension requirements instead of the post-January 1, 1963, requirements. Van Hool/Coach USA believes that the reduced exit area of the sleeper berth will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 25 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.