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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
19 September 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 180 (Tuesday, September 19, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43815-43817]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19908]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2001-9258; FMCSA-2001-9561; FMCSA-
2002-11714; FMCSA-2002-13411; FMCSA-2003-14504; FMCSA-2003-15268; 
FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2005-21254; FMCSA-2006-26653; 
FMCSA-2007-2663; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2009-0086; 
FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2010-0354; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2010-0385; 
FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2011-0024; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2011-0092; 
FMCSA-2011-0102; FMCSA-2011-0140; FMCSA-2011-0141; FMCSA-2013-0021; 
FMCSA-2013-0025; FMCSA-2013-0027; FMCSA-2013-0028; FMCSA-2013-0029; 
FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-0302; FMCSA-2014-0305; 
FMCSA-2015-0048; FMCSA-2015-0049; FMCSA-2015-0052; FMCSA-2015-0053; 
FMCSA-2015-0055]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 125 
individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to 
operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision 
requirement in one eye.

DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates 
stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in 
the discussions below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, 
Medical Programs Division, 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., 
e.t., 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. Electronic Access

    You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document 
Management System (FDMS) at: http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments, go to http//www.regulations.gov and/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., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    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 http://www.regulations.gov, as described in 
the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed 
at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.

II. Background

    On July 18, 2017, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision 
to renew exemptions for 125 individuals from the vision requirement in 
49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and 
requested comments from the public (82 FR 32919). The public comment 
period ended on August 17, 2017 and no comments were received.
    As stated in the previous notice, FMCSA has evaluated the 
eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these 
exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater 
than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current 
regulation 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding vision 
found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person:

    Has distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each 
eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected 
to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, distant 
binocular acuity of a least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or 
without corrective lenses, field of vision of at least 70[deg] in 
the horizontal meridian in each eye, and the ability to recognize 
the colors of

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traffic signals and devices showing red, green, and amber.

III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received no comments in this preceding.

VI. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 125 renewal exemption applications 
and comments received, FMCSA confirms its decision to exempt the 
following drivers from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(10):
    As of August 8, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 49 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (65 FR 20245; 65 FR 57230; 66 FR 
30502; 66 FR 33990; 66 FR 41654; 67 FR 15662; 67 FR 37907; 67 FR 57266; 
67 FR 76439; 68 FR 10298; 68 FR 19598; 68 FR 33570; 68 FR 44837; 69 FR 
26206; 69 FR 33997; 69 FR 52741; 69 FR 61292; 70 FR 7545; 70 FR 17504; 
70 FR 25878; 70 FR 30997; 70 FR 41811; 71 FR 26601; 71 FR 55820; 71 FR 
62147; 72 FR 7812; 72 FR 8417; 72 FR 27624; 72 FR 28093; 72 FR 36099; 
72 FR 39879; 72 FR 40362; 72 FR 52419; 73 FR 36955; 73 FR 51689; 73 FR 
63047; 74 FR 6211; 74 FR 19267; 74 FR 19270; 74 FR 20253; 74 FR 26461; 
74 FR 26466; 74 FR 28094; 74 FR 34395; 74 FR 34630; 75 FR 36779; 75 FR 
66423; 75 FR 72863; 75 FR 77492; 76 FR 2190; 76 FR 5425; 76 FR 7894; 76 
FR 9856; 76 FR 9865; 76 FR 17481; 76 FR 18824; 76 FR 20076; 76 FR 
20078; 76 FR 21796; 76 FR 25762; 76 FR 25766; 76 FR 28125; 76 FR 29024; 
76 FR 29026; 76 FR 37168; 76 FR 37173; 76 FR 37885; 76 FR 44652; 77 FR 
38384; 77 FR 74273; 78 FR 800; 78 FR 10251; 78 FR 14410; 78 FR 16762; 
78 FR 20376; 78 FR 20379; 78 FR 24300; 78 FR 24798; 78 FR 27281; 78 FR 
30954; 78 FR 34141; 78 FR 37270; 78 FR 41188; 78 FR 46407; 78 FR 51269; 
78 FR 56993; 78 FR 57679; 79 FR 10608; 79 FR 22003; 79 FR 24298; 79 FR 
35218; 79 FR 51643; 79 FR 64001; 79 FR 73687; 80 FR 603; 80 FR 12248; 
80 FR 15863; 80 FR 16500; 80 FR 18696; 80 FR 22773; 80 FR 25766; 80 FR 
26139; 80 FR 26320; 80 FR 29149; 80 FR 29152; 80 FR 31636; 80 FR 31957; 
80 FR 33007; 80 FR 35699; 80 FR 36395; 80 FR 36398; 80 FR 37718; 80 FR 
45573; 80 FR 48404; 80 FR 48409; 80 FR 48413):

Joel C. Bailey (FL)
James C. Barr (OH)
Johnny A. Bingham (NC)
Ryan L. Brown (IL)
Todd A. Chapman (NC)
Don A. Clymer (PA)
Timothy J. Curran (CA)
Erik R. Davis (GA)
Paul W. Dawson (OH)
Rodney R. Dawson (KY)
Everett A. Doty (AZ)
Timothy H. DuBois (MN)
Raymond C. Favreau (VT)
Thanh V. Ha (CA)
Anthony Hall (LA)
Johnnie L. Hall (MD)
Waylon E. Hall (LA)
Gary D. Hallman (AL)
Dean R. Hawley (NC)
Tommy T. Hudson (VA)
James T. Johnson (KY)
Harry L. Jones (OH)
Cody A. Keys (OK)
David J. Kibble (PA)
Thomas Korycki (NJ)
David C. Leoffler (CO)
Jorge S. Lopez (CA)
Boynton L. Manuel (SC)
James McClure (NC)
Steve J. Morrison (ID)
Daniel R. Murphy (WI)
Tracy J. Omeara (OR)
Armando F. Pederoso Jimenez (MN)
Robert D. Porter (CA)
Raymond Potter (RI)
Scott K. Richardson (OH)
Elvis E. Rogers, Jr. (TX)
Leo D. Roy (NH)
Manuel H. Sanchez (TX)
Jose C. Sanchez-Sanchez (WY)
Tim M. Seavy (IN)
Rick J. Smart (NH)
Sukru Tamirci (NY)
David R. Thomas (AL)
James H. Wallace, Sr. (FL)
Roy J. Ware (GA)
Marcus R. Watkins (TX)
Paul C. Weiss (PA)
James Whiteway (TX)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket numbers: 
FMCSA-2000-7006; FMCSA-2001-9561; FMCSA-2002-11714; FMCSA-2002-13411; 
FMCSA-2003-14504; FMCSA-2004-17984; FMCSA-2005-20560; FMCSA-2006-26653; 
FMCSA-2007-2663; FMCSA-2007-27897; FMCSA-2008-0266; FMCSA-2009-0086; 
FMCSA-2009-0121; FMCSA-2010-0354; FMCSA-2010-0372; FMCSA-2010-0385; 
FMCSA-2011-0010; FMCSA-2011-0024; FMCSA-2011-0057; FMCSA-2011-0092; 
FMCSA-2013-0021; FMCSA-2013-0025; FMCSA-2013-0027; FMCSA-2013-0028; 
FMCSA-2014-0002; FMCSA-2014-0010; FMCSA-2014-0302; FMCSA-2014-0305; 
FMCSA-2015-0048; FMCSA-2015-0049; FMCSA-2015-0052. Their exemptions are 
applicable as of August 8, 2017, and will expire on August 8, 2019.
    As of August 10, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following four satisfied the renewal conditions for 
obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in the FMCSRs for 
interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 31636; 80 FR 48413):

Donald M. Jenson (SD)
Dennis D. Lesperance (OR)
Dean A. Maystead (MI)
Carl V. Murphy, Jr. (TX)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket numbers: 
FMCSA-2001-9258; FMCSA-2005-21254. Their exemptions are applicable as 
of August 10, 2017, and will expire on August 10, 2019.
    As of August 12, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following six individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 37169; 76 FR 50318; 79 FR 
4531; 80 FR 41548):

Danny F. Burnley (KY)
Sean R. Conorman (MI)
Robert E. Graves (NE)
Terrence F. Ryan (FL)
Stephen W. Verrette (MI)
Leslie H. Wylie (ID)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2011-0140. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of August 12, 2017, and will expire on 
August 12, 2019.
    As of August 13, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 11 individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 40122; 80 FR 62163):

William D. Cherry (MA)
Pedro Del Bosque (TX)
Anthony C. DeNaples (PA)
Edward Dugue III (NC)
Larry R. Hayes (KS)
Wayne E. Jakob (IL)
Earney J. Knox (MO)
James Smentkowski (NJ)
Neil G. Sturges (NY)
Norman G. Wooten (TX)
Kurt A. Yoder (OH)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0053. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of August 13, 2017, and will expire on 
August 13, 2019.
    As of August 15, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 11 individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (66 FR 30502; 66 FR 41654; 68 FR 
37197; 68 FR 44837; 68 FR 48989; 70 FR 41811; 70 FR 42615; 72 FR 40360; 
74 FR 34632; 76 FR 49531; 79 FR 4531; 80 FR 44185):


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Domenic J. Carassai (NJ)
Bruce E. Hemmer (WI)
Steven P. Holden (MD)
Christopher G. Jarvela (MI)
Brad L. Mathna (PA)
Vincent P. Miller (CA)
Warren J. Nyland (MI)
Dennis M. Prevas (WI)
Wesley E. Turner (TX)
Mona J. Van Krieken (OR)
Paul S. Yocum (IN)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket numbers: 
FMCSA-2001-9561; FMCSA-2003-15268. Their exemptions are applicable as 
of August 15, 2017, and will expire on August 15, 2019.
    As of August 23, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 21 individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (76 FR 29022; 76 FR 44082; 78 FR 
20376; 78 FR 34141; 78 FR 34143; 78 FR 51268; 78 FR 52602):

Twila G. Cole (OR)
Bert A. Damm (MT)
Jeffrey Dauterman (OH)
Brian D. Dowd (MA)
Sonya Duff (IN)
Randy L. Fales (MN)
Marc C. Grooms (MO)
Walter A. Hanselman (IN)
Craig C. Lowry (MT)
Craig M. Mahaffey (OH)
Ricky Nickell (OH)
Freddy H. Pete (NV)
Rickey H. Reeder (TN)
Michael L. Sherum (AL)
Gregory C. Simmons (VA)
Wayne M. Stein (FL)
Eddie B. Strange, Jr. (GA)
Larry A. Tidwell (MO)
Dale A. Torkelson (WI)
John Vanek (MO)
Desmond Waldor (PA)

    The drivers were included in one of the following docket numbers: 
FMCSA-2011-0102; FMCSA-2013-0025; FMCSA-2013-0029. Their exemptions are 
applicable as of August 23, 2017, and will expire on August 23, 2019.
    As of August 25, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following 20 individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 44188; 80 FR 62161):

Harold D. Albrecht (IL)
Joseph W. Bahr (NJ)
Stephen C. Brueggeman (KY)
Larry O. Cheek (CA)
Louise D. Curtis (FL)
Marvin P. Cusey (MN)
Chris M. DeJong (NM)
Jonathan G. Estabrook (MA)
Robert J. Falanga (FL)
Refugio Haro (IL)
Kevin L. Harrison (TN)
Bruce A. Lloyd (MA)
Duane S. Lozinski (IA)
Keith W. McNabb (ID)
Ronald W. Neujahr (KS)
Lonnie D. Prejean (TX)
Thomas E. Riley (NJ)
John B. Stiltner (KY)
Rick R. Warner (MI)
Theodore A. White (PA)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0055. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of August 25, 2017, and will expire on 
August 25, 2019.
    As of August 29, 2017, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) 
and 31315, the following three individuals satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the vision requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (80 FR 44188; 80 FR 62161): James 
Howard (CA), Ramon Melendez (NJ), Jesse A. Nosbush (MN).
    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0055. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of August 29, 2017, and will expire on 
August 29, 2019.
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315, each exemption will be valid 
for two years from the effective date unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. 
The exemption will be revoked if the following occurs: (1) The person 
fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the 
exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained 
prior to being granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not 
be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136 and 
31315.

    Issued on: September 12, 2017.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-19908 Filed 9-18-17; 8:45 am]
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