[Federal Register: March 13, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 48)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-27186]
Medical Review Board Meeting, Public Listening Session
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), United
States Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION: Notice of Medical Review Board (MRB) Meeting and Public
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces a meeting and public listening session of the
Agency's MRB. The MRB members will continue deliberations about current
FMCSA medical standards, as well as consider recommendations for new
science-based standards and guidelines to ensure that the physical
condition of drivers is adequate to enable them to safely operate
commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. In accordance
with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the MRB meeting is open
to the public.
DATES: The MRB meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April
25, 2007. The public may offer oral comments and ask questions of the
MRB members relative to the medical and scientific issues discussed
from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: The MRB meeting will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel,
1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504-2703. You may submit comments
identified by DOT Docket Management System (DMS) Docket Number FMCSA-
2007-27186 using any of the following methods:
- 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 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 [[Page 11424]] or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact Kaye Kirby at
The preliminary agenda for the MRB meeting:
0800-0900 Registration (Includes Request for Comments).
0900-0905 Call to Order, Agenda Review.
0905-0925 MRB Actions, (Diabetes & Schedule II Medications).
0925-0945 Cardiovascular Disease.
0945-1015 Cardiovascular Disease Expert Panel Recommendations.
1015-1100 MRB questions on Cardiovascular Disease.
1100-1130 Deliberations on Evidence Report & Panel Comments.
1130-1200 MRB Recommendations.
1200-1330 Lunch Break (Attendees are responsible for their lunch).
1330-1530 Public Comment.
*Breaks will be announced on meeting day and may be adjusted
according to schedule changes, other listening session requirements.
Medical Review Board Meeting
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 CMVs that will ensure that
the physical condition of operators is adequate to enable them to
operate the vehicles safely." FMCSA is considering 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 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. The public can ask relevant questions of the
MRB and comment about the information presented to the MRB during the
listening session of the program, which will be held 1:30 p.m.-3:30
p.m. Written comments for the MRB meeting will also be accepted
beginning on March 27, 2007, and continuing until May 17, 2007, and
should include the docket number that is listed in the ADDRESSES
section. During the MRB meeting, 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
Issued on: March 6, 2007.
John H. Hill,
[FR Doc. E7-4468 Filed 3-12-07; 8:45 am]
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