Notice of application for exemption; request for comments.
FMCSA announces that it has received from the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) an application for an exemption from the commercial driver's license (CDL) requirements. NAAA requests that commercial motor vehicle drivers working with agricultural aircraft operators be exempt from the required knowledge and skills tests and be eligible to receive a restricted CDL. NAAA also requests an exemption to allow these restricted CDL holders to transport fuels used to power agricultural aircraft engines if transported in quantities of 1,000 gallons or less. NAAA believes that relief from the CDL regulations will relieve a current economic hardship and will provide parity in the CDL regulations compared to other, nearly identical farm-related services. NAAA believes that the evidence provided in the exemption request demonstrates that the level of safety achieved under the exemption would be equal to or greater than the level of safety that prevails without the exemption. FMCSA requests public comment on the NAAA application for exemption.