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Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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American Government

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

Larry W. Minor
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
15 August 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 15, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40620-40621]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17589]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0322; FMCSA-2013-0122; FMCSA-2013-0123; FMCSA-
2015-0329]


Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing

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 19 
individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle 
(CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf 
individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

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 June 18, 2018, FMCSA published a notice announcing its decision 
to renew exemptions for 19 individuals from the hearing standard in 49 
CFR 391.41(b)(11) to operate a CMV in interstate commerce and requested 
comments from the public (83 FR 28330). The public comment period ended 
on July 18, 2018, 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)(11).
    The physical qualification standard for drivers regarding hearing 
found in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) states that a person is physically 
qualified to drive a CMV if that person first perceives a forced 
whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or 
without the use of a hearing aid or, if tested by use of an audiometric 
device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater 
than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a 
hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American 
National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5-1951.
    49 CFR 391.41(b)(11) was adopted in 1970, with a revision in 1971 
to allow drivers to be qualified under this standard while wearing a 
hearing aid, 35 FR 6458, 6463 (April 22, 1970) and 36 FR 12857 (July 3, 
1971).

III. Discussion of Comments

    FMCSA received no comments in this preceding.

IV. Conclusion

    Based upon its evaluation of the 19 renewal exemption applications, 
FMCSA announces its' decision to exempt the following drivers from the 
hearing requirement in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(11):
    As of April 21, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 11 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (83 FR 6673).

Andrew Alcozer (IL)
Michael Beebe (NJ)
Shayne Bumbalough (WA)
Barry Carpenter (SC)
Roman Landa (CA)
Bryan McFarland (OH)

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Jacob Paulin (WI)
Ryan Pope (CA)
Ronald Rutter (CA)
Fernando R. Savon (TX)
Russel Smith (OH)

    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2012-0123. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of April 21, 2018, and will expire on 
April 21, 2020.
    As of April 23, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 2 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (83 FR 6673).
    Donald Lynch (SC); and Zachery Rietz (TX).
    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2012-0322. Their 
exemptions are applicable April 23, 2018, and will expire on April 23, 
2020.
    As of April 24, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 3 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (83 FR 6673).
    Kwinton Carpenter (OH); Darren Norquist (WI); and Andery 
Shevechenko (MN).
    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2013-0122. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of April 24, 2018, and will expire on 
April 24, 2020.
    As of April 27, 2018, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315, the following 3 individuals have satisfied the renewal 
conditions for obtaining an exemption from the hearing requirement in 
the FMCSRs for interstate CMV drivers (83 FR 6673).
    Tonya Bland, (MD); John Ferguson, (IL); and Michael McCarthy.
    The drivers were included in docket number FMCSA-2015-0329. Their 
exemptions are applicable as of April 27, 2018, and will expire on 
April 27, 2020.
    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: August 9, 2018.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-17589 Filed 8-14-18; 8:45 am]
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