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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
April 23, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 78 (Thursday, April 23, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22773-22777]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-09460]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0305]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of applications for exemptions, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 35 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.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 26, 2015. All 
comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued 
the day after the comment period closes.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0305 using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility; 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, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
docket numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below 
for further information.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 
on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 
days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your 
comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard 
or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting 
comments on-line.
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking 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.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles A. Horan, III, Director, 
Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (202) 366-4001, 
fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office 
hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting 
material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-
9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 
from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-year period 
if it finds

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``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.'' FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year 
period. The 35 individuals listed in this notice have each requested 
such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), 
which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, 
the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to 
determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level 
of safety mandated by statute.

II. Qualifications of Applicants

Donald A. Becker, Jr.

    Mr. Becker, 39, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in his left 
eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``In your medical opinion, Patient has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle, Yes 
[sic].'' Mr. Becker reported that he has driven straight trucks for 13 
years, accumulating 195,000 miles. He holds a chauffer's license from 
Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Ronald G. Bradley

    Mr. Bradley, 50, has had a macular scar in his left eye since 2005. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
90. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``I have 
been asked to submit a signed statement certifying that Mr. Bradley has 
sufficient vision to drive a commercial vehicle . . . While his visual 
condition could change, my professional opinion is that since this 
condition has been stable for nearly ten years, I would expect it to 
continue to remain the same.'' Mr. Bradley reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 73,600 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 32 years, accumulating 320,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Indiana. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Rober J. Bruce

    Mr. Bruce, 63, has had optic atrophy in his left eye since 2011. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/
70. Following an examination in 2014, his neurologist stated, ``In my 
opinion, based on these evaluations, Mr. Bruce has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Bruce reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, 
accumulating 120,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Arizona. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Mark A. Carter

    Mr. Carter, 63, has had enucleation in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1977. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion I feel mark 
has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Carter 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 
20,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 43 years, 
accumulating 3.44 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oklahoma. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William T. Costie

    Mr. Costie, 51, has had optic nerve hypoplasia in his left eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/80. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``Mr. Costie is a 51 year old gentleman who has congenital 
optic nerve hypoplasia in the left eye . . . It is my opinion that this 
gentleman has not had, nor should have in the future, any problem 
driving a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Costie reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 36,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 5 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows one crash, to which he did contribute but was not cited, and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Donald W. Donaldson

    Mr. Donaldson, 55, has a corneal scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1995. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Visual field is adequate to operate 
a commercial vehicle and condition has been stable to for years without 
adverse effect on driving ability. Mr. Donaldson has adequate acuity 
and color perception to continue operating a commercial vehicle 
safely.'' Mr. Donaldson reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 30 years, accumulating 2.25 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.

Glenn E. Dowell

    Mr. Dowell, 58, has aphakia in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1990. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``I feel he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Dowell reported that he 
has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 40 years, accumulating two 
million miles. He holds an operator's license from Indiana. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a 
moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph.

James L. Duck

    Mr. Duck, 70, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/
25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. 
Duck has had poor vison in his right eye since he was a child. This 
condition is stable, and he has compensated and adapted to this 
condition his entire adult life. As such, he still has sufficient 
visual acuity to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Duck reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 50 years, accumulating 875,000 miles, tractor-trailer 
combinations for 50 years, accumulating 875,000 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Terrence R. Ervin

    Mr. Ervin, 59, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1992. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination 
in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``He knows and understands the 
precautions that are necessary for driving; therefore, his vision is 
sufficient to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Ervin reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 13 years, accumulating 2.6 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from California. His driving record

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for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Douglas E. Hetrick

    Mr. Hetrick, 57, 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/
60. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``Mr. 
Hetrick has a history of amblyopia in his left eye since childhood that 
is stable. . .With the following testing noted above, I believe that 
Mr. Hetrick is able to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hetrick 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, accumulating 
50,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Colorado. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Arthur R. Hughson

    Mr. Hughson, 50, has had a deformed retina in his left eye since 
birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, 
``His excellent driving record and adaptation to his visual status 
makes him a safe driver for a CDL.'' Mr. Hughson reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 500,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 180,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Marc R. Johnston

    Mr. Johnston, 54, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due 
to a traumatic incident in 1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. Johnston's right eye 
is very healthy. . .He is still able to drive a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Johnston reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations 
for 31 years, accumulating 525,512 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joseph M. Jones

    Mr. Jones, 70, has a retinal scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is counting fingers, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``Mr. Jones has visual 
acuity of count fingers only in the right eye. . .I feel that the 
patient is qualified to obtain a commercial driver's license.'' Mr. 
Jones reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 20 
years, accumulating 740,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Idaho. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Larry C. Kautz

    Mr. Kautz, 49, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/25. 
Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, Larry Kautz has sufficient vision to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Kautz reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 
years, accumulating 10,800 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Theodore J. Kenyon

    Mr. Kenyon, 73, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, 
``He has a history of refractive amblyopia (lazy eye) in his RE since 
childhood. . . In my medical opinion Mr. Theodore Kenyon is qualified 
to drive a commercial vehicle on public roadways.'' Mr. Kenyon reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 55 years, accumulating 825,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 
300,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Vermont. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Howard H. Key, Jr.

    Mr. Key, 54, has had a central macula scar in his right eye since 
1989. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and in 
his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my opinion Mr. Key has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Key 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 22 years, accumulating 
440,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Arkansas. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Bernard Khraich

    Mr. Khraich, 38, has light perception in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Capable of driving a 
commercial vehicle, has sufficient vision.'' Mr. Khraich reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 50,000 miles, 
tractor-trailer combinations for six years, accumulating 1,200 miles, 
and buses for five years, accumulating 500 miles. He holds an 
operator's license from California. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Bradley R. King

    Mr. King, 58, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1979. The visual acuity in his right eye is no 
light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination 
in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, ``Brad has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks that are required to continue to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. King reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 42 years, accumulating 42,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 4 years, accumulating 28,000 miles. He holds a Class A 
CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

David C. Leoffler

    Mr. Leoffler, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``His Amblyopia was not successfully treated in early childhood, 
resulting in permanent monocular vision impairment. It is my 
professional judgment that Mr. Leoffler can safely and proficiently 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Leoffler reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 600,000 miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 1.8 million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Colorado. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Melvin D. Moffett

    Mr. Moffett, 70, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye since 
1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, 
20/100. Following an examination in 2015, his

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ophthalmologist stated, ``Posterior segment examination performed 
previously revealed evidence of an old, treated retinal detachment 
present in the patient's left eye . . . It appears at this time that 
Mr. Moffett should be able to operate a commercial vehicle 
appropriately.'' Mr. Moffett reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 40 years, accumulating 80,000 miles. He holds an operator's 
license from Kentucky. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Armando F. Pedroso

    Mr. Pedroso, 34, has corneal scarring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 
2014, his optometrist stated, ``It is my opinion that Mr. Armando 
Pedroso has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Pedroso reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 8.5 years, accumulating 340,000 miles. He holds a 
Class B CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Quang M. Pham

    Mr. Pham, 29, has had a large choroidal scar over macula in his 
left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his 
optometrist stated, ``With both eyes open patient has sufficient vision 
to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Pham reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 2 
years, accumulating 52,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

William A. Ramirez Vazquez

    Mr. Ramirez Vazquez, 37, has had chorioretinal scar in his left eye 
since 2001. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``In my medical opinion, William has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Ramirez Vazquez reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 
years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
4 years, accumulating 400,000 miles. He holds an operator's license 
from California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Donald W. Randall

    Mr. Randall, 55, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``He presented with a 
desire to get a CDL. There is no visual hindrance in the right eye that 
would inhibit his driving.'' Mr. Randall reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 20,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 20,000 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.

Glen E. Robbins

    Mr. Robbins, 71, has had a central macular scar in his right eye 
since 1963. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, 
and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his 
ophthalmologist stated, ``Based on the visual field extent demonstrated 
on the formal visual field, I feel he has sufficient vision to perform 
driving tasks in regards to operating a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Robbins reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3.5 years, 
accumulating 223,562 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 48 
years, accumulating 4.8 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Wyoming. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Enrique F. Rodriguez Gonzalez

    Mr. Rodriguez Gonzalez, 45, has had glaucoma 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 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``This patient has sufficient clarity and visual field to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle safely.'' Mr. Rodriguez Gonzalez reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 10.5 years, accumulating 273,000 
miles. He holds an operator's license from North Carolina. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Ronald P. Schoborg

    Mr. Schoborg, 76, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left 
eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist 
stated, ``I believe Mr. Schoborg has sufficient vision to perform the 
tasks necessary to drive a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Schoborg reported 
that he has driven buses for 12 years, accumulating 396,000 miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Raymond Sherrill

    Mr. Sherrill, 40, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due 
to a traumatic incident in 2013. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an 
examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, ``My opinion no visual 
problems to prohibit from commercial vehicle operation.'' Mr. Sherrill 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, accumulating 
63,000 miles. He holds a Class BM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Roger D. Simpson

    Mr. Simpson, 68, has had ischemic optic neuropathy in his right eye 
since 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his 
left eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``I explained to Mr. Simpson that his visual function appears 
stable and it is my medical opinion that he is able to continue to have 
sufficient vision to drive as a commercial driver adequately.'' Mr. 
Simpson reported that he has driven straight trucks for six months, 
accumulating 500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, 
accumulating three million miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Mehrzad Tavanaie

    Mr. Tavanaie, 49, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
100. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, 
``Amblyopic left eye has existed since birth. Patient is competent & 
comfortable in driving professionally for many year. Patient has been 
driving commercially [sic] for 19 yrs [sic] without incident.'' Mr. 
Tavanaie reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
19 years, accumulating 100,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
California. His driving record for the last 3 years shows

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no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Steven M. Tewhill

    Mr. Tewhill, 49, has had ocular histoplasmosis in his left eye 
since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/150. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist 
stated, ``After thorough examination, it is my professional opinion 
that Mr. Tewhill has sufficient vision to perform his driving tasks to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Tewhill reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 16,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 10,200 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Arkansas. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Brett E. Thomas

    Mr. Thomas, 46, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. 
Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``His vision 
is great, and he is able to sufficiently able to operate a commercial 
vehicle safely!'' Mr. Thomas reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 8.5 years, accumulating 85,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 8.5 years, accumulating 170,000 miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows 
no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Keith E. Thompson

    Mr. Thompson, 40, has a severed optic nerve 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 2014, his optometrist stated, ``Mr. Thompson has fully adapted to 
his monocular condition using visual cues to fill in for binocular 
situations (i.e. size, occlusion etc.). In my professional opinion, he 
is capable in handling any commercial truck while driving.'' Mr. 
Thompson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, 
accumulating 630,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Missouri. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Jeffrey W. Tucker

    Mr. Tucker, 47, 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 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my 
opinion, Mr. Tucker has sufficient vision to perform all driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Tucker reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 130,000 miles. He 
holds a chauffeur's license from Indiana. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Thomas W. Workman

    Mr. Workman, 63, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an 
examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, ``In my medical opinion, 
Thomas has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Workman reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 45 years, accumulating 1.8 million miles. He holds 
a Class B CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

III. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and 
related materials.

Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this 
notice, 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 the 
Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
put the docket number FMCSA-2014-0304 in the ``Keyword'' box, and click 
``Search. When the new screen appears, click on ``Comment Now!'' button 
and type your comment into the text box in 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 and may change this notice based on your comments.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
insert the docket number FMCSA-2014-0304 in the ``Keyword'' box and 
click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket Folder'' button and choose 
the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued On: April 17, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-09460 Filed 4-22-15; 8:45 am]
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