Qualification of Drivers; Vision and Diabetes; Limited Exemptions
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); request for comments.
The FHWA announces a proposal to allow those drivers currently holding valid waivers from both the vision and diabetes standards contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to continue to operate in interstate commerce after March 31, 1996. This action is directed solely at those drivers who have been granted temporary waivers to participate in either the Federal vision waiver study, who numbered 2240, or in the Federal diabetes waiver study, who number 119 as of November 1, 1995. The FHWA believes that allowing this special group of drivers to continue to drive after March 31, 1996, is consistent with the public interest and safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). This action is necessary because the waiver program termination date of March 31, 1996, has been established, and without this action, the drivers will no longer be qualified to operate in interstate commerce after that date. The FHWA proposes to allow these drivers to continue operations, subject to certain operating conditions. The proposal also includes a technical amendment to relocate an existing provision so that all limited exemptions from driver qualification standards can be found in the same subpart.