[Federal Register: June 26, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 122)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2006-24931]
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), United
States Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION: Medical Review Board (MRB) Public Meeting.
SUMMARY: The MRB Public Meeting will provide the public an opportunity
to observe and participate in MRB deliberations about the revision and
development of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) medical
standards, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act
DATES: The MRB meeting will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on August 31,
2006. A public listening session will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Please
note the preliminary agenda for this meeting in the SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION section of this Notice for specific information.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-2230,
Washington, DC 20590-0001. The public must enter through the Southwest
Visitor Entrance and comply with building security procedures,
including provision of appropriate identification prior to escort to
You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket Management System
(DMS) Docket Number FMCSA-2006-24931 using any of the following
- Web Site: http://dmses.dot.gov/submit. Follow the
instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.
- Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
- Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401,
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
- Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the
Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and
docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be
posted without change to http://dms.dot.gov including any personal
information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading for further
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or Room PL-401
on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except Federal holidays. The DMS 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
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 [[Page 36389]] association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the U.S.
Department of Transportation's complete Privacy Act Statement in the
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477; Apr. 11,
2000). This information is also available at http://dms.dot.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Chief, Physical
Qualifications Division, 202-366-4001, FMCSA, Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except
Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: For
information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities
or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact Kaye Kirby at
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following designations are made for each
item: (A) is an "action" item; (I) is an "information item"; and
(D) is a "discussion" item.
The preliminary agenda for the MRB meeting includes:
0800-0900 Meeting Registration (includes request for oral testimony)
0900-1100 (1) Call to Order and
Introductions (A, I)
(2) Statements of Conflict of
Interest (A, I)
(3) Written Comment to the Board
(4) Federal Reports (Diabetes,
Schedule II Drugs, other medical
topics pending) (A, D)
1100-1200 (5) Public Comment (A, D)
1200-1300 (6) 2006 Agenda, Research
Questions, Other Issues (A, I, D)
1300 (7) Adjourn
1400-1700 (8) Listening Session (A, D)
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced on
March 7, 2006, the five medical experts who will serve on FMCSA's new
MRB. Section 4116 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-
59) requires the Secretary of Transportation with the advice of the MRB
and a Chief Medical Examiner to "establish, review, and revise medical
standards for operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that will
ensure that the physical condition of operators is adequate to enable
them to operate the vehicles safely." FMCSA is planning updates to the
physical qualification regulations of CMV drivers, and the MRB will
provide the necessary science-based guidance to establish realistic and
responsible medical standards.
The MRB will operate in accordance with FACA as announced in the
Federal Register (70 FR 57642, October 3, 2005). The MRB will be
charged initially with the review of all current FMCSR medical
standards (49 CFR 391.41), as well as proposing new science-based
standards and guidelines to ensure that drivers operating CMVs in
interstate commerce, as defined in CFR 390.5, are physically qualified
to do so.
Attendance is open to the interested public, including medical
examiners, motor carriers, drivers, and representatives of medical and
scientific associations. The public can participate in a listening
session which will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the same location.
Written comments for the MRB meeting will also be accepted beginning on
July 26, 2006 and continuing until September 15, 2006, and should
include the docket number that is listed in the ADDRESSES section.
During the MRB meeting (1100-1200), oral comments may be limited
depending on how many persons wish to comment; and will be accepted on
a first come, first serve basis as requestors register at the meeting.
The comments must directly address relevant medical and scientific
issues on the MRB meeting agenda. For more information, view the
following Web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Issued on: June 19, 2006.
David H. Hugel,
[FR Doc. E6-10041 Filed 6-23-06; 8:45 am]
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