Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration May 8, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2015-11123
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 18 individuals for an exemption from the prohibition 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 operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. The regulation and the associated advisory criteria published in the Code of Federal Regulations as the ``Instructions for Performing and Recording Physical Examinations'' have resulted in numerous drivers being prohibited from operating CMVs 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 medical examiner. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti- seizure medication to operate CMVs for up to 2 years in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Application for Exemptions; Hearing
Document Number: 2015-11121
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that 12 individuals have applied for a medical exemption from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In accordance with the statutory requirements concerning applications for exemptions, FMCSA requests public comments on these requests. The statute and implementing regulations concerning exemptions require that exemptions must provide an equivalent or greater level of safety than if they were not granted. If the Agency determines the exemptions would satisfy the statutory requirements and decides to grant these requests after reviewing the public comments submitted in response to this notice, the exemptions would enable 12 individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.