[Federal Register: September 9, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 175)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2008-0272]
Medical Review Board Public Meeting
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Medical Review Board (MRB) Public Meeting.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces a public meeting of the Agency's MRB. The MRB
public meeting will provide the public an opportunity to observe and
participate in MRB deliberations about FMCSA's medical standards, in
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
DATES: The MRB meeting will be held from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Monday,
October 6, 2008. Please refer to the preliminary agenda for this
meeting in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for
ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Embassy Suites Old Town
Alexandria, 1900 Diagonal Road, Virginia Ballroom-Salon A, Alexandria,
VA 22314. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management
System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2008-0272 using any of the following
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
- 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: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
- Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket ID for
this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change
to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments, go to http://www.regulations.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 FDMS 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 DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal
Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19476). This information is
also available at http://Docketinfo.dot.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary D. Gunnels, Director, Medical
Programs, (202) 366-4001, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 Jennifer
Musick at 703-998-0189 ext. 237.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The preliminary agenda for the meeting includes:
0900-0920 Call to Order, Introduction and Agenda Review
0920-0930 Medical Review Board (MRB) Administrative Discussion
0930-1000 Hearing and Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver Safety
1000-1015 Public Comment on Hearing and CMV Driver Safety
1015-1030 MRB Deliberations on Hearing and CMV Driver Safety
1030-1100 Psychiatric Disorders and CMV Driver Safety--Evidence Report
1100-1130 MRB Discussions on Psychiatric Disorders and CMV Driver
1130-1200 MRB Discussions on Stroke and CMV Driver Safety
1200-1230 Public Comment on Psychiatric and Stroke Disorders and CMV
1245 Call to Adjourn
* Breaks will be announced on meeting day and may be adjusted according to schedule changes, other meeting requirements.
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced on March 7, 2006,
the five medical experts who serve on FMCSA's Medical Review Board
(MRB). Section 4116 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law
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
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 making
recommendations for 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 September 9, 2008 and continuing until October
20, 2008, and should include the docket ID that is listed in the
During the MRB meeting (1200-1230), 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, please view the
following Web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mrb.
Issued on: September 3, 2008.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development.
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