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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

Larry W. Minor
July 16, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 136 (Monday, July 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41879-41881]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17267]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0161]


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 13 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 August 15, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0161 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: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's Privacy Act Statement for the FDMS published in 
the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (73 FR 3316), or you may visit 
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-785.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine M. Papp, 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., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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 ``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 13 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.

Qualifications of Applicants

Joseph E. Brunette

    Mr. Brunette, age 43, has had a retinal detachment in his right eye 
since 1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception 
only, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, his 
optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion, Mr. Joseph Brunette has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Brunette reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 560,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from California. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, which he was not 
cited for, and one conviction for speeding in a CMV; he exceeded the 
speed limit by 5 mph.

William C. Christy

    Mr. Christy, 68, has had acute zonal occult outer retinopathy and a 
central scotoma in his right eye since 2007. The best corrected visual 
acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. 
Following an examination in 2012, his ophthalmologist noted, ``It is my 
opinion based on my exam of Mr. Christy, his visual field testing and 
his driving history that he is safe to drive a commercial vehicle 
without restriction.'' Mr. Christy reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 46 years, accumulating 46,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 46 years, accumulating 552,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Anthony A. Gibson, Jr.

    Mr. Gibson, 51, has had an enucleation of his left eye since 1992. 
The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15. Following 
an examination in 2012, his optometrist noted, ``I believe Tony has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Gibson reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 11 years, accumulating 330,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 20 years, accumulating 500,000 miles. He holds a Class 
A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Rickey W. Goins

    Mr. Goins, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. 
The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist 
noted, ``It is my professional opinion that Mr. Goins has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Goins reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 
years, accumulating 260,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
11 years, accumulating 1.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years

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

Michael J. Hoffarth

    Mr. Hoffarth, 37, has had atrophic scarring in the macula of his 
right eye since 2000. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye 
is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2012, 
his optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion, I certify that Michael 
has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Hoffarth reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 1 year, accumulating 30,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 11 years, accumulating 1 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes but one conviction for speeding in a CMV; he 
exceeded the speed limit by 11 mph.

Boyd M. Kinzer, Jr.

    Mr. Kinzer, 62, has had macular scarring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic injury sustained in 1994. The best corrected visual acuity in 
his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an 
examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. Kinzer 
has the visual ability necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Kinzer reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, 
accumulating 27,000 miles, and buses for 1 year, accumulating 9,000 
miles. He holds a Class D operator's license from Tennessee. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows two crashes, which he was not 
cited for, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Jason N. Moore

    Mr. Moore, 34, has had amblyopia and strabismus in his left eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, 20/80. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist 
noted, ``In my opinion, he is visually capable of safely operating a 
commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. Moore reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 328,000 miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes but one conviction for speeding in a CMV; he exceeded 
the speed limit by 15 mph.

Dennis M. Rubeck

    Mr. Rubeck, 65, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic accident sustained during childhood. The best corrected 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15. Following an examination in 
2012, his optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion Dennis Mark Rubeck 
has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Rubeck reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 12 years, accumulating 720,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 18 years, accumulating 1.4 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.

Leon F. Stephens

    Mr. Stephens, 61, has had macular scarring in his left eye since 
1984. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and 
in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2012, his 
optometrist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. Stephens has adequate vision to 
safely perform the task of driving and operating a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Stephens reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
6 years, accumulating 60,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations 
for 42 years, accumulating 2.5 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.

Clayton L. Schroeder

    Mr. Schroeder, 62, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. 
The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, light perception only. Following an examination in 2011, his 
optometrist noted, ``I believe, in my professional opinion, that Mr. 
Schroeder has adequate vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Schroeder reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
12 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes but 
one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to obey a 
traffic sign.

James C. Sharp

    Mr. Sharp, 51, has had corneal scarring in his left eye since 1990. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/
400. Following an examination in 2012, his ophthalmologist noted, ``I, 
Thomas A. Armstrong, M.D., certify that in my medical opinion, Mr. 
James C. Sharp does have sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Sharp reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 5,000 miles. He 
holds a Class C operator's license from Pennsylvania. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Ronald J. VanHoof

    Mr. VanHoof, 60, has loss of vision in his left eye due to a 
central retinal vein occlusion that occurred in 2001. The best 
corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 
count fingers vision. Following an examination in 2012, his optometrist 
noted, ``His visual condition is stable, and in my medical opinion has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. VanHoof reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 43 years, accumulating 3.2 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 3 
years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Scott C. Westphal

    Mr. Westphal, 31, has macular scarring in his right eye due to a 
traumatic accident sustained in childhood. The visual acuity in his 
right eye is hand motion vision, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following 
an examination in 2011, his optometrist noted, ``In summary, it is my 
medical opinion that Scott is able to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle based on the visual 
requirements.'' Mr. Westphal reported that he has driven tractor-
trailer combinations for 12 years, accumulating 960,000 miles. He holds 
a Class A CDL from Minnesota. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Request for Comments

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA requests 
public comment from all interested persons on the exemption petitions 
described in this notice. The Agency will consider all comments 
received before the close of business August 15, 2012. Comments will be 
available for examination in the docket at the location listed under 
the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The Agency will file comments 
received after the comment closing date in the public docket, and will 
consider them to the extent practicable.
    In addition to late comments, FMCSA will also continue to file, in 
the public docket, relevant information that becomes available after 
the comment closing date. Interested persons should monitor the public 
docket for new material.


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    Issued on: July 9, 2012.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2012-17267 Filed 7-13-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P



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