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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
February 25, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 37 (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10606-10612]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03995]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0002]


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 58 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 March 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2014-0002 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 Federal Docket 
Management System (FDMS) published in the Federal Register on January 
17, 2008 (73 FR 3316).

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 58 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

Thomas R. Abbott

    Mr. Abbott, age 49, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist certified that, 
in his medical opinion, Mr. Abbott does have sufficient vision to 
operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Abbott reported that he has 
driven straight trucks for 8 years, accumulating 332,800 miles. He 
holds a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from Tennessee. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

John M. Alfano

    Mr. Alfano, 56, has had a macular scar in his left eye since 2006. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/
50. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``He 
visually is able to perform driving tasks needed to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Alfano reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 37 years, accumulating 296,000 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.

Corey L. Amans

    Mr. Amans, 44, has a macular scar in his right eye due to a 
traumatic incident in 1989. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
400, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted, ``I certify that in my medical opinion, Corey has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving test required to operate a 
commercial vehicle based on the minimum Wisconsin standards for 
commercial drivers.'' Mr. Amans reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 25 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds a Class BCDM 
CDL from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Bruce V. Anderson

    Mr. Anderson, 57, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye 
since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist 
noted, ``In my professional opinion, his vision is adequate to perform 
the driving tasks necessary to safely operate a commercial motor 
vehicle.'' Mr. Anderson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
32 years, accumulating 480,000 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.

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Alan A. Andrews

    Mr. Andrews, 59, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/800. 
Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist stated that, in his 
medical opinion, Mr. Andrews does have sufficient vision to operate a 
commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Andrews reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 34 years, accumulating 1.7 million miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 34 years, accumulating 1.7 million 
miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maine. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Franklin D. Bailey

    Mr. Bailey, 45, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. 
Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted that Mr. 
Bailey's vision condition will not affect the safe operation of a CMV. 
Mr. Bailey reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, 
accumulating 400,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction 
for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to signal a lane change or 
turn.

Felipe Bayron

    Mr. Bayron, 57, 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 2013, his optometrist noted, ``The 
patient was diagnosed with Amblyopia [sic] in the right eye (O.D.) and 
normal ocular health in the left . . . It is my professional opinion 
that there is no doubt Mr. Bayron is more than sufficient to perform 
the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Bayron reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, 
accumulating 500,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 8 
years, accumulating 786,000 miles. He holds a Class ABCD CDL from 
Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Tomas Benavidez, Jr.

    Mr. Benavidez, 41, has a retinal scar 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, light perception. Following an 
examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion, 
Thomas [sic] exhibits sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Benavidez reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 14 years, accumulating 1 million 
miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Michael S. Broadway

    Mr. Broadway, 32, 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 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``The ocular health of his eyes is stable and he would be able 
to drive truck [sic].'' Mr. Broadway reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 4 years, accumulating 20,000 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.

Gary A. Budde

    Mr. Budde, 59, has had aphakia, exotropia, an irregular pupil, and 
retinal problems since 1973, causing a visual field defect. The visual 
acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following 
an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``Mr. Budde is aphakic, 
has retinal problems, exotropia, and an irregular pupil . . . Mr. Budde 
has the ability to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Budde reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 23 years, accumulating 230,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 3 
million 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.

Darrell L. Canupp

    Mr. Canupp, 57, has a retinal scar 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 2013, 
his optometrist noted, ``Based on our testing today, Mr. Cannupp [sic] 
does meet the requirements for commercial driving while monocular.'' 
Mr. Canupp reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
35 years, accumulating 1.05 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from 
Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Mark W. Castleman

    Mr. Castleman, 43, 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 2013, his optometrist noted, 
``It is my impression Mr. Castleman has adequate visual skills to 
properly perform his job duties of operating a commercial vehicle.'' 
Mr. Castleman reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, 
accumulating 600,000 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.

Lorimer E. Christianson

    Mr. Christianson, 56, has had a prosthetic left eye since 1990. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light 
perception. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``Based on these findings, I feel Mr. Christianson has the 
visual abilities to continue operating a commercial motor vehicle in 
interstate commerce because the visual loss in his left eye occurred in 
1990 and has been stable since that time.'' Mr. Christianson reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 67,500 
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.

James R. Crum

    Mr. Crum, 68, has had retinal scarring and traumatic optic 
neuropathy in his right eye since 1968. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/25. Following an 
examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``As Mr. Crum has been 
driving a commercial vehicle for 30+ years and his vision is stable, 
there appear to be no contraindications for him to continue to do so.'' 
Mr. Crum reported that he has driven straight trucks for 28 years, 
accumulating 616,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 27 
years, accumulating 405,000. 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.

Travis C. Denzler

    Mr. Denzler, 74, 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 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, ``He 
does have sufficient vision to perform driving tasks for a commercial 
vehicle, as he has

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done that before.'' Mr. Denzler reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 56 years, accumulating 1.96 million miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 2 years, accumulating 2,000 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.

Joseph O. Dickerson

    Mr. Dickerson, 54, has had a mature cataract 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 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``Mr. Joseph Dickerson is a 54 year old [sic] white male who 
carries the diagnoses of psuedophakia in the right eye, mature cataract 
in the left eye, hypertropia/vertical hypertropia in the left eye and 
diabetes mellitus without ophthalmic complications in both eyes . . . 
In summary, Mr. Dickerson should be able to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle per our exams.'' Mr. Dickerson reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 32 years, accumulating 1.92 million miles, and 
tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 250,000 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.

Charles S. Duvel

    Mr. Duvel, 55, has had a retinal scar in his right eye since 1997. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/125, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``At this 
time he is visually stable and has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Duvel 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 
185,964 miles. He holds an 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.

David L. Dykes

    Mr. Dykes, 54, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 2003. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light 
perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2013, his optometrist noted, ``Overall, Mr. Dykes has good vision when 
fully corrected . . . He meets the requirements to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Dykes reported that he has driven straight trucks for 37 
years, accumulating 111,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
28 years, accumulating 1.4 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he failed to obey a 
traffic law.

Daniel L. Fedder

    Mr. Fedder, 47, has had Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy his 
left eye since 1997. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and 
in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted, ``I, therefore, certify, [sic] that in my 
professional opinion as an optometrist, that Mr. Daniel Fedder has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Fedder reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 16 years, accumulating 232,000 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.

Edward A. Flitton

    Mr. Flitton, 37, has exotropia in his right eye due to a traumatic 
incident during 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``He has a visual acuity of 20/20 and in my 
medical opinion has sufficient vision to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Flitton reported that he has driven straight trucks for 
8 years, accumulating 160,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Utah. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Juan C. Gallo-Gomez

    Mr. Gallo-Gomez, 41, has had amblyopia in his right eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is counting fingers, and 
in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``After reviewing Mr. Gallo's [sic] visual field 
and exam he [sic] meets the criteria to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle under FMCSA Monocular Vision 
Exemption Program [sic].'' Mr. Gallo-Gomez reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 70,000 miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Michael Giagnacova

    Mr. Giagnacova, 51, has had a macular scar, retinal detachment, and 
a cataract in his right eye since 1983. The visual acuity in his right 
eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 
2013, his optometrist noted, ``Michael Giagnacova has sufficient vision 
to operate a commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. Giagnacova reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 140,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years accumulating 60,000 
miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Andeberhan O. Gidey

    Mr. Gidey, 46, 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 2013, his optometrist noted, ``His vision is stable, has 
the ability to distinguish colors of traffic control signals, and in my 
opinion, has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Gidey reported that he has driven 
tractor-trailer combinations for 8 years, accumulating 192,000 miles. 
He holds a Class A CDL from Washington. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows one crash, for which he was cited, and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Christopher I. Goodwin

    Mr. Goodwin, 52, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. 
Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, ``In my 
medical opinion the patient has sufficient vision to preform [sic] the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Goodwin 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 
231,987 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from North Carolina. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Luis A. Gomez-Banda

    Mr. Gomez-Banda, 35, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/120. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted 
that there were no driving restrictions necessary for the patient to 
safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Gomez-Banda reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 9 years, accumulating 118,638 
miles. He holds a Class CM CDL from

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

Kevin G. Karow

    Mr. Karow, 50, has had glaucoma and amblyopia in his left eye since 
1993. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 
20/150. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, 
``I hereby certify to these findings and report that [to] the best of 
my knowledge that he can perform driving tasks that are required to 
operate a commercial vehicle, from a vision perspective.'' Mr. Karow 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 
78,000 miles. He holds a Class ABCDM CDL from Wisconsin. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Gregory L. Kockelman

    Mr. Kockelman, 56, has a retinal detachment in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
15, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted, ``in [sic] my opinion he will have no difficulty 
driving or operating any heavy machinery. He will have no restrictions 
with his CDL as far as vision is concerned.'' Mr. Kockelman reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 36 years, accumulating 180,000 
miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 36 years, accumulating 
288,000 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.

David R. Knobloch

    Mr. Knobloch, 56, has had choroidal melanoma in his right eye since 
2004. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100 and in his left eye, 
20/20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``My 
estimation is that Mr. Knobloch retains sufficient visual acuity and 
visual perception to adequately drive a commercial motor vehicle.'' Mr. 
Knobloch reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 
30 years, accumulating 2.88 million miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from 
Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Perry T. Kolberg

    Mr. Kolberg, 56, has a retinal detachment and retinal scarring in 
his left eye due to a traumatic injury during childhood. The visual 
acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, hand motion. 
Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``Patient is 
safe to operate a vehicle and to operate a CDL required [sic] license 
vehicle as patient has normal vision in the right eye.'' Mr. Kolberg 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, accumulating 
210,000 miles, tractor-trailer combinations for 21 years, accumulating 
346,500 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Georgia. His driving record 
for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Mark A. La Fleur

    Mr. La Fleur, 47, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye 
since 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2013, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. LaFleur [sic] has 
sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a 
commercial vehicle equipped with outside mirrors on both sides.'' Mr. 
La Fleur reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, 
accumulating 218,400 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Maryland. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Dennis A. Lindner

    Mr. Lindner, 31, has had glaucoma 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 2013, his optometrist noted, ``I feel 
Dennis has sufficient vision to preform [sic] the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Lindner reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 120,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 3 years, accumulating 90,000 
miles. He holds an operator's license from Minnesota. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Jerry P. Lindesmith

    Mr. Lindesmith, 45, has an enucleated 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 2013, 
his optometrist noted, ``Mr. Lindesmith has been driving safely under 
these conditions since 1999 and, in my opinion, has sufficient vision 
to safely perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Lindesmith reported that he has driven straight trucks 
for 3 years, accumulating 295,650 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 25 years, accumulating 4.03 million miles. He holds a 
Class A CDL from Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years 
shows no crashes and two convictions for moving violations in a CMV; 
one conviction was for failure to stop for a stop sign; the other 
conviction was for exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph.

Jorge S. Lopez

    Mr. Lopez, 63, has had a macular hole in his right eye since 1998. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/200, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``Mr. 
Lopez has sufficient vision to operate [sic] commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Lopez reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 35 
years, accumulating 1.4 million 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.

Thomas J. Mavraganis

    Mr. Mavraganis, 25, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye 
since 2005. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2013, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``Although Thomas has very poor vision in his 
left eye, his vision in his right eye is completely normal, therefore 
his vision is sufficient to drive a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Mavraganis reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3.5 years, 
accumulating 52,500 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Douglas P. McEachern

    Mr. McEachern, 49, has had HSV keratitis in his right eye since 
2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/300, and in his left 
eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, 
``In my medical opinion, given the longstanding nature of the 
condition, and given the stability of the condition, he can perform 
adequate, safe operation of a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. McEachern 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 
84,000 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.

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Merton H. Miller

    Mr. Miller, 79, has a prosthetic left eye due to a traumatic 
incident in 1971. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in 
his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2013, 
his optometrist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. Miller has sufficient 
vision to perform commercial driving tasks.'' Mr. Miller reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 50 years, accumulating 500,000 miles, 
and tractor-trailer combinations for 50 years, accumulating 550,000 
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.

Charles R. Morris, Jr.

    Mr. Morris, 63, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 2001. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/
25, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination 
in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted that, in his medical opinion, Mr. 
Morris does have sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle. Mr. Morris reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 
years, accumulating 1 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations 
for 45 years, accumulating 4.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL 
from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

John Murray

    Mr. Murray, 60, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. 
Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, ``I 
certify that in my medical option [sic] Mr. Murry [sic] has significant 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Murray reported that he has driven tractor-trailer 
combinations for 13 years, accumulating 169,000 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.

Michael S. Nichols

    Mr. Nichols, 49, has amblyopia in his left eye due to a traumatic 
incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, 
and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted, ``In my opinion, Mr. Nichols is completely safe to 
operate a commercial vehicle provided that mirrors are on both the 
right and left hand sides of the vehicle.'' Mr. Nichols reported that 
he has driven straight trucks for 28 years, accumulating 728,000 miles. 
He holds an operator's license from Georgia. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Dino J. Pires

    Mr. Pires, 44, has had strabismic amblyopia in his left eye since 
birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left 
eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``I believe that Mr. Pires is safe to operate any motor vehicle, 
with normal peripheral vision and good central vision in his dominant 
eye.'' Mr. Pires reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 
years, accumulating 75,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes 
and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Anthony S. Poindexter

    Mr. Poindexter, 52, has had a corneal scar in his left eye since 
birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/250. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``Although Mr. Poindexter's corrected acuity is 20/20 OD and 20/
250 OS I believe that he has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks 
to operate a commercial vehicle as he states that he has operated a 
commercial vehicle since he was 18 years old and the corneal scar OS is 
congenital.'' Mr. Poindexter reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 33 years, accumulating 171,600 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 33 years, accumulating 330,000 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.

William S. Pusey

    Mr. Pusey, 72, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, counting 
fingers. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, 
``In my medical opinion, Mr. Pusey has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Pusey 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 55 years, accumulating 
1.1 million miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 51 years, 
accumulating 3.06 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Maryland. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Joe A. Root

    Mr. Root, 54, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. 
Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``I feel that 
Mr. Root's visual abilities are adequate to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Root reported that he has driven straight trucks for 23 
years, accumulating 230,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 
14 years, accumulating 385,000 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.

Daryl A. Roskam

    Mr. Roskam, 33, has had complete loss of vision in his right eye 
since 2002. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted that, in his medical opinion, Mr. Roskam does have 
sufficient vision to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Mr. Roskam 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 13 years, accumulating 
16,250 miles. He holds an operator's license from Tennessee. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Chance T. Rupert

    Mr. Rupert, 30, 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/
50. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``It is my 
medical opinion that Mr. Rupert has sufficient vision to perform the 
driving task [sic] required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. 
Rupert reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, 
accumulating 480,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 2 
years, accumulating 16,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from 
Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and 
no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Phil N. Schad

    Mr. Schad, 64, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The 
visual acuity in his right eye is 20/50, and in his left eye, 20/20. 
Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, ``In my 
opinion, Mr. Schad has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks 
required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Schad reported that he 
has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 375,000 miles. He 
holds a Class B CDL from Missouri. His driving

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

Glen A. Schroeder

    Mr. Schroeder, 54, has had a corneal scar and cataract in his left 
eye since 2000. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his 
left eye, 20/300. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist 
noted, ``I told him to be careful and make sure that the right eye is 
always seeing well as the left eye does have a deficiency, but I do 
feel that he would be safe in maintaining his CDL license for 
commercial driving.'' Mr. Schroeder reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 120,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 37 years, accumulating 4.44 million miles. He 
holds a Class A CDL from South Dakota. His driving record for the last 
3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV.

Eric E. Scott

    Mr. Scott, 40, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to 
a traumatic incident in 1998. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/15. Following an examination in 
2013, his optometrist noted, ``It is my opinion that Eric Scott fully 
meets or exceeds the visual requirements to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle in interstate commerce.'' Mr. Scott reported that he has driven 
straight trucks for 7 years, accumulating 70,000 miles, and tractor-
trailer combinations for 7 years, accumulating 94,500 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.

Robert L. Sharp

    Mr. Sharp, 51, has an aphakic 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 2013, 
his optometrist noted, ``In my medical opinion, he has sufficient 
vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial 
vehicle.'' Mr. Sharp reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 
years, accumulating 50,000 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.

Glen A. Showalter

    Mr. Showalter, 62, has retinal damage and a macular scar in his 
left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1985. The visual acuity in his 
right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an 
examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, ``This letter certifies 
that he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to 
operate a commercial vehicle as he has been doing for over 25 years.'' 
Mr. Showalter reported that he has driven straight trucks for 40 years, 
accumulating 600,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 32 
years, accumulating 2.24 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from 
Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, for 
which he was not cited, and two convictions for moving violations in a 
CMV; one conviction was for exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 25 mph; 
the other conviction was for failure to hold a valid CDL while 
operating a CMV.

Michael D. Singleton

    Mr. Singleton, 63, has had ocular histoplasmosis with a macular 
scar in his right eye since 2007. The visual acuity in his right eye is 
20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2013, 
his ophthalmologist noted, ``In my opinion he has sufficient vision to 
perform the driving test required to drive a commercial vehicle given 
the fact that his vision is 20/20- [sic] in his left eye.'' Mr. 
Singleton reported that he has driven straight trucks for 31 years, 
accumulating 852,500 miles. He holds a chauffer's license from Indiana. 
His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no 
convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

John B. Theres

    Mr. Theres, 36, has had nystagmus and albinism in his right eye 
since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/160, and in his 
left eye, 20/32. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist 
noted, ``In my professional opinion as an optometrist, John Theres has 
sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Theres 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 
300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 11 years, 
accumulating 220,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His 
driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions 
for moving violations in a CMV.

Robert S. Waltz

    Mr. Waltz, 37, has had strabismus amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left 
eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, 
``In my medical opinion, Robert has sufficient vision to perform 
driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Waltz reported 
that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 240,000 
miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Maine. His driving record for the 
last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations 
in a CMV.

Ronald L. Walker

    Mr. Walker, 45, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. 
The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/70, and in his left eye, 20/
20. Following an examination in 2013, his ophthalmologist noted, ``Mild 
R Amblyopia [sic] . . . Stable R eye Condition [sic] . . . There is 
sufficient vision for commercial vehicle operation.'' Mr. Walker 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 4 years, accumulating 
40,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Florida. His driving 
record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for 
moving violations in a CMV.

Charles G. Warshun, Jr.

    Mr. Warshun, 58, has had a nuclear sclerotic cataract in his left 
eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in 
his left eye, 20/70. Following an examination in 2013, his 
ophthalmologist noted, ``Vision sufficient to drive a commercial 
vehicle safely.'' Mr. Warshun reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 36 years, accumulating 524,160 miles. He holds an operator's 
license from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no 
crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

Willard H. Weerts

    Mr. Weerts, 59, has optic nerve damage due to a traumatic incident 
in 1981. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400, and in his left 
eye, 20/25. Following an examination in 2013, his optometrist noted, 
``Based on the fact that he has had a CDL license for many years, along 
with this condition, I feel that he is still capable of driving a 
commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Weerts reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 14 years, accumulating 140,000 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.

Vernon J. Wenger

    Mr. Wenger, 62, has had refractive amblyopia in his left eye since 
childhood. The visual acuity in his right

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eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/100. Following an examination in 
2013, his optometrist noted, ``My understanding is that Mr. Wenger has 
been driving a commercial vehicle for many years without incident. 
There has been no recent change in his visual abilities, so my 
assumption would be that he should have sufficient vision to perform 
the driving task required to operate a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wenger 
reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 
520,000 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from Iowa. His driving record for 
the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving 
violations in a CMV.

Donald G. Wilcox, Jr.

    Mr. Wilcox, 45, has had high hyperopia, astigmatism, nystagmus, and 
alternating exotropia with left-sided fixation preference in his right 
eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and 
in his left eye, 20/40. Following an examination in 2013, his 
optometrist noted, ``At this time it is of my medical opinion that he 
has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate 
a commercial vehicle.'' Mr. Wilcox reported that he has driven straight 
trucks for 6 years, accumulating 60,000 miles, and tractor-trailer 
combinations for 9 years, accumulating 540,000 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.

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 March 27, 2014. 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.

Submitting Comments

    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 that FMCSA 
can contact you if there are questions regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
in the search box insert the docket number FMCSA-2014-0002 and click 
the search button. When the new screen appears, click on the blue 
``Comment Now!'' button on the right hand side of the page. On the new 
page, enter information required including the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. 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.
    We will consider all comments and material received during the 
comment period and may change this proposed rule based on your 
comments. FMCSA may issue a final rule at any time after the close of 
the comment period.

Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this 
preamble, To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and in the search box insert the docket number 
FMCSA-2014-0002 and click ``Search.'' Next, click ``Open Docket 
Folder'' and you will find all documents and comments related to the 
proposed rulemaking.

    Issued on: February 12, 2014.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-03995 Filed 2-24-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P



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