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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-98-3637; FMCSA-99-6156; FMCSA-00-7006; FMCSA-00-7165; FMCSA-00-8203; FMCSA-02-12294; FMCSA-04-18885; FMCSA-06-23773; FMCSA-06-24783]

Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Renewals; Vision

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of final disposition.
SUMMARY: FMCSA previously announced its decision to renew the exemptions from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for 15 individuals. FMCSA has statutory authority to exempt individuals from the vision requirement if the exemptions granted will not compromise safety. The Agency has reviewed the comments submitted in response to the previous announcement and concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that will be equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical Programs, (202)-366-4001,, 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.

You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at


Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption 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.” The statute also

allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The comment period ended on November 10, 2008.

Discussion of Comments

FMCSA received no comments in this proceeding.


The Agency has not received any adverse evidence on any of these drivers that indicates that safety is being compromised. Based upon its evaluation of the 15 renewal applications, FMCSA renews the Federal vision exemptions for Donald O. Clopton, Richard B. Eckert, Charles B. Edwards, Gary R. Evan, George R. Gorsuch, Jr., Harlan L. Gunter, Steven H. Heidorn, Danny E. Hillier, Jimmy D. Johnson, II., Gary L. Killian, Volga Kirkwood, Garry R. Setters, Jimmy E. Settle, Noel S. Wangerin, and Hubert Whittenburg.

In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each renewal exemption will be valid for 2 years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (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 before it was 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: November 28, 2008. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.