[Federal Register: June 20, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 118)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-28013]
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) United
States Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION: Notice of Medical Review Board (MRB) public meeting.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that the MRB will hold its next meeting on
July 26, 2007. The 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.-12:30 p.m. on July 26,
2007. Please note the preliminary agenda for this meeting in the
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for specific
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Sheraton Crystal City
Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Rooms Crystal V & VI, Crystal
City, VA 22202. You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket
Management System (DMS) Docket Number FMCSA-2007-28013 using any of the
- 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, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building, Ground
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
- Hand Delivery: 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.
- 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 [[Page 34062]] 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 information.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://dms.dot.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 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 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.
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 preliminary agenda for the meeting
09:00-09:05 Call to Order, Introduction and Agenda Review.
09:05-09:45 MRB Business, Action Items, Diabetes Mellitus, Neurological
Diseases Part I (Seizure Disorders).
09:45-10:15 Expert Panel Recommendations (Invited Speaker).
10:15-11:00 Deliberations on Evidence Report and Panel Comments.
11:00-11:30 MRB Questions on Neurological Disease, Musculoskeletal
Disease, Other Medical Topics.
11:30-12:30 Public Comment Period.
Breaks will be announced on meeting day and may be adjusted
according to schedule changes, and other meeting requirements.
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced on March 7, 2006,
the five medical experts who serve on FMCSA's 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 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 operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee
Act (FACA) as announced in the Federal Register (70 FR 57642, October
3, 2005). The MRB is charged initially with the review of all current
FMCSA 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
capable of doing so.
Attendance is open to the interested public, including medical
examiners, motor carriers, drivers, and representatives of medical and
scientific associations. Written comments for this MRB meeting will
also be accepted beginning on June 20, 2007 and continuing until July
20, 2007, and should include the docket number that is listed in the
During the MRB meeting, oral comments will be accepted on a first
come, first serve basis as requestors register at the meeting, but may
be limited depending on how many persons wish to comment. The comments
must directly address relevant medical and scientific issues on the MRB
meeting agenda. For more information, please view the following Web
Issued on: June 12, 2007.
Larry W. Minor,
Acting Associate Administrator,Policy and Program Development.
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