Qualification of Drivers; Vision and Diabetes; Limited Exemptions
The FHWA announces a final determination and final rule 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 or the Federal diabetes waiver study, who numbered 2210 and 116, respectively, as of March 1, 1996. 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 will be terminated on March 31, 1996, and without this action, the drivers will no longer be qualified to operate in interstate commerce after that date. With this final rule, the FHWA allows these drivers to continue operations, subject to certain operating conditions. This action 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.