Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.
FMCSA announces that Navistar, Inc. (Navistar) has requested an exemption from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver's license (CDL) for two commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, Mr. Thomas Nickels, Senior Vice President, Engineering Optimization with MAN Truck & Bus SE in Munich, Germany (MAN), and Mr. Lukas Walter, Senior Vice President, Engineering Powertrain for MAN, both of whom hold a valid German commercial license. MAN is partnering with Navistar to develop technological advancements in fuel economy and emissions reductions. Mr. Nickels and Mr. Walter need to test drive Navistar vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments and verify results. Navistar believes that the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operations under the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption. FMCSA requests public comments on Navistar's application for exemption.