Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision

Cited as:85 FR 5273
Court:Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Publication Date:29 Jan 2020
Record Number:2020-01549
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 19 (Wednesday, January 29, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 19 (Wednesday, January 29, 2020)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 5273-5274]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2020-01549]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
                [Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0004]
                Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
                AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
                ACTION: Notice of denials.
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                SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to deny applications from 130
                individuals who requested an exemption from the vision standard in the
                Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a CMV in
                interstate commerce.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief,
                Medical Programs Division, (202) 366-4001, [email protected], 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.,
                ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have
                questions regarding viewing materials in the docket, contact Docket
                Operations, (202) 366-9826.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Public Participation
                A. Viewing Documents and Comments
                 To view comments, as well as any documents mentioned in this notice
                as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2020-0004 and choose the document to review. If you do
                not have access to the internet, you may view the docket online by
                visiting the Docket Operations 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., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal
                holidays.
                B. 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.transportation.gov/privacy.
                II. Background
                 FMCSA received applications from 130 individuals who requested an
                exemption from the vision standard in the FMCSRs.
                 FMCSA has evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and
                concluded that granting these exemptions would not provide a level of
                safety that would be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of
                safety that would be obtained by complying with Sec. 391.41(b)(10).
                III. Basis for Exemption Determination
                 Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), FMCSA may grant an exemption
                from the FMCSRs for no longer than a 5-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 grants exemptions from the FMCSRs for a 2-year period
                to align with the maximum duration of a driver's medical certification.
                 The Agency's decision regarding these exemption applications is
                based on medical reports about the applicants' vision, as well as their
                driving records and experience driving with the vision deficiency.
                IV. Conclusion
                 The Agency has determined that these applicants do not satisfy the
                eligibility criteria or meet the terms and conditions of the Federal
                exemption and granting these exemptions would not provide a level of
                safety that would be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of
                safety that would be obtained by complying with Sec. 391.41(b)(10).
                Therefore, the 130 applicants in this notice have been denied
                exemptions from the physical qualification standards in Sec.
                391.41(b)(10).
                 Each applicant has, prior to this notice, received a letter of
                final disposition regarding his/her exemption request. Those decision
                letters fully outlined the basis for the denial and constitute final
                action by the Agency. This notice summarizes the Agency's recent
                denials as required under 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) by periodically
                publishing names and reasons for denial.
                 The following four applicants did not have sufficient driving
                experience over the past three years under normal highway operating
                conditions:
                Jason D. Ainley (MO)
                Judge M. Arnold (OK)
                Yves F. Bresse (AK)
                Herman W. Zigmond (TX)
                 The following 54 applicants had no experience operating a CMV:
                Ramzi Alqam (IL)
                James E. Balsbaugh (TN)
                Joseph E. Bean (MI)
                Joshua J. Borden (GA)
                Shawn H. Campbell (IN)
                Michael T. Carlton (AL)
                Muhammad S. Chaudhry (MD)
                Matthew V. Cordero (NM)
                Cathy L. Daugherty (PA)
                Cody J. Davis (NM)
                Trenell V. Dunson (MI)
                Pedro A. Garcia (TX)
                Chimezie Godwin (CA)
                Christopher B. Green (AL)
                Steven A. Gwinn (IN)
                Adnane Habbaoui (OH)
                DeWayne S. Harbin (IN)
                Wayne C. Hill (AR)
                Jesse C. Hohman (PA)
                Ryan A. Hunt (MN)
                Eric P. Huoppi (ME)
                Michael J. Jager (WI)
                Jody T. Jaramillo (OR)
                Marquitta A. Justice (KY)
                Michael J. Kindred (NY)
                Abigal R. Knight (NY)
                Dominic A. Lewis (DC)
                Tyrone Mays (WI)
                Jonathan P. McDougal (AL)
                Roy D. Meeks (TN)
                Susan A. Muza (NJ)
                Monte F. Nitek (WI)
                Simone W. Norden (MA)
                Sikotilani Palanite (ND)
                Dylan N. Paradis (ME)
                David F. Ramacitti (IL)
                Denzel M. Rawls (NY)
                Richard A. Reed (KY)
                Jorden D. Riesberg (IA)
                Ana M. Rodriguez (WI)
                Jose A. Romero Hernandez (FL)
                Michael P. Ruxton (NC)
                Ronald L. Smith (NV)
                Christopher M. Strickland (WA)
                Joseph Svetich (IL)
                Mark Thibault (CT)
                Gary W. Thom (MN)
                Patricia C. Towles (NJ)
                Konstantinos Trahanas (IL)
                Jason E. Travers (CA)
                Bryon C. Westrup (SD)
                Dana Williams (IL)
                Michael A. Williams (NH)
                Antonio T. Woodson (VA)
                 The following 28 applicants did not have three years of experience
                driving a CMV on public highways with their vision deficiencies:
                William D. Ahrens (NE)
                George G. Bartholomew (AK)
                Steven L. Bublitz (MN)
                Nikola J. Bukvich (IL)
                Ronald G. Cichy (WI)
                Walter R. Conover (NJ)
                David E. Dickinson (CA)
                Kenneth A. Dunkelberger (OR)
                Matthew L. Farley (WA)
                Wade A. Farrell (MT)
                Andrew T. Grenman (IL)
                Paul A. Hanson (MN)
                Allen M. Jean (PA)
                Michael A. Kauffmann (TX)
                Craig Lauer (MN)
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                Daryl A. Lee (IN)
                Trey K. Legg (NE)
                Sabah K. Noori (NY)
                Dale K. Norris (MN)
                Larry M. Pratt (WI)
                Rodney J. Redmon (FL)
                Todd M. Roth (IN)
                Kenneth W. Schmidt (PA)
                Keith L. Spence (CT)
                Latonia B. Spicer (NC)
                Ronald E. Sutton (VA)
                Larry M. Tabish (MT)
                Forrest K. Williams (MO)
                 The following seven applicants did not have 3 years of recent
                experience driving a CMV on public highways with their vision
                deficiencies:
                Lawrence A. DiVetro (NV)
                Madeline C. Duran (NM)
                Jack M. Elliott (KS)
                Johnnie R. Johnson (OK)
                William C. Kelley (WI)
                Jon A. Stevens (MN)
                Trent C. Tonner (IN)
                 The following seven applicants did not have sufficient driving
                experience over the past 3 years under normal highway operating
                conditions (gaps in driving record):
                Alfredo E. Carrillo Posada (CO)
                Gregory B. Gosha (AL)
                Kelvin A. Hulett (MS)
                Leon J. Kirksey (MD)
                Jerred R. Murray (NY)
                Thomas A. Paukowits (MI)
                Rogelio Rocha Monjaraz (MD)
                 The following applicant was charged with moving violations in
                conjunction with CMV accidents:
                Michael W. Leverett (MI)
                 The following applicant had his commercial driver's license
                suspended during the 3-year period in relation to a moving violation:
                Thomas M. Bakeberg (SD)
                 The following applicant contributed to accident(s) in which the
                applicant was operating a CMV, which is a disqualifying offense:
                Bruce E. Hemmer (WI)
                 The following two applicants did not hold a license which allowed
                operation of vehicles over 26,000 lbs. for all or part of the 3-year
                period:
                Norman D. Mosley (NJ); and Robert L. Strange (NC)
                 The following 13 applicants were denied for multiple reasons:
                Gema L. Alvarado (UT)
                Eduardo Arguelles (TX)
                John N. Azzopardi (MT)
                Frank L. Crenshaw (OH)
                Tommie L. Dailey (AL)
                Giovanni Gualdron (NJ)
                Monica M. Hernandez (CA)
                Roman I. Hrabovskyi (NJ)
                Johnny M. Kruprzak (OH)
                Elvin E. Martin (PA)
                Kevin D. Melvin (NY)
                Michael C. Shelp (NY)
                Raymond F. Sitter (ND)
                 The following two applicants have not had stable vision for the
                preceding 3-year period:
                William C. Hurtgen (WI); and
                James N. Robbins (FL)
                 The following applicant does not meet the vision standard in his
                better eye:
                Keith D. Smith (FL)
                 The following nine applicants drove interstate while restricted to
                intrastate driving:
                Norlan A. Acosta (MD)
                Adam J. Crull (WA)
                Trina L. Garcia (CA)
                Jureco M. Hall (MD)
                Nathan J. Plumley (NY)
                Izone W. Pulley (MD)
                Sonya Rankins (CA)
                Arthur L. Spaventa (PA)
                Marlon A. Wilson (CT)
                 Issued on: January 16, 2020.
                Larry W. Minor,
                Associate Administrator for Policy.
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