[Federal Register: May 23, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 100)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2000-7316]
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Information Collection;
Medical Qualifications Requirements
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the FMCSA solicits comment on its intent to
request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the
renewal to collect information for continuation of the requirements
within 49 CFR parts 391 and 398 for (1) A medical examination form and
certificate to be completed by a licensed medical examiner; (2) the
submission of an application to the FMCSA for the agency to resolve
conflicts of medical evaluation between medical examiners; (3) a driver
qualification file for motor carriers to include the medical
certificate; (4) a driver qualification file for motor carriers of
migrant workers to include a doctor's certificate for every driver
employed or used by them; (5) a driver qualification file to include a
limb disability waiver issued to a driver; and (6) information
collection requirements for granting exemptions from the vision
requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 24, 2000.
ADDRESSES: Signed, written comments should refer to the docket number
that appears at the top of this document and must be submitted to the
Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20590-0001. All comments received will be available for
examination at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5
p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those
desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a self-
addressed, stamped envelope or postcard.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Sandra Zywokarte, Office of Bus
and Truck Standards & Operations, (202) 366-4001, Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration, DOT, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC
20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Title: Medical Qualifications Requirements.
OMB Number: 2126-0006.
Background: Title 49 U.S.C. 31136 requires the Secretary of
Transportation to prescribe regulations to ensure that the physical
qualifications of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators are adequate
to enable them to operate CMVs safely. In addition, 49 U.S.C. 31502
authorizes the Secretary to prescribe requirements for qualifications
of employees of a motor carrier when needed to promote safety of
operation. Information about an individual's physical condition must be
collected in order for the FMCSA and motor carriers to verify that the
individual meets the physical qualifications for CMV drivers in 49 CFR
391.41 and for the FMCSA to determine whether the individual is
physically able to operate a CMV safely. This information collection is
comprised of the 6 components listed in the summary.
Respondents: Medical examiners, medical specialists, physicians,
licensed doctors of medicine or osteopathy, motor carriers, and CMV
Estimated Burden Per Record: Eight minutes for a medical examiner
to complete the medical examination form; 1 minute for the medical
examiner to complete the medical examiner's certificate; 1 minute to
copy and file the medical examiner's certificate; 1 hour to prepare an
application for resolution of medical conflict; 15 minutes to complete
an application for an initial waiver of physical defects or
impairments; 2 minutes to complete an application for a renewal of a
waiver of physical defects or impairments; 1 minute to copy and file
limb waiver applications; 66 minutes to complete an application for a
vision exemption with required supporting documents; and 1 minute for a
doctor of medicine or osteopathy to complete a doctor's certificate for
a driver of migrant workers.
Frequency: Estimated annual responses are as follows: 2,750,000
medical examinations and medical certificates; 2 applications for
resolution of conflicts of medical evaluation; 750 applications for
waivers of physical defects and impairments; 200 applications for
renewal of waiver of physical defects and impairments; 840 applications
for vision exemption; 100 medical certificates for drivers of migrant
Total Estimated Annual Burden: There are an estimated 5,500,000 CMV
drivers, 2,750,000 per year who must undergo a medical examination.
Approximately 2 cases per year are submitted to the FMCSA for a hearing
before an Administrative Law Judge to resolve medical conflicts between
medical examiners. There are approximately 1,500 limb waivers
outstanding, resulting in 750 renewals. There are approximately 200 new
applications for limb waivers annually. There are approximately 840 new
applications for vision exemptions annually. Since the vision exemption
program is new, the agency has not yet received any applications for
renewal. The total estimated annual burden for this information
collection is 459,321 hours.
Public Comments Invited
Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any
aspect of this information collection, including, but not limited to:
(1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper
performance of the functions of the FMCSA, including whether the
information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the estimated
burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden
without reducing the quality of the collected information.
An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the
Internet, from the Office of the Federal Register web site: http://
www.nara.gov/fedreg, or the U.S. Government Printing Office web site:
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Internet users can access all comments
received by the U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, by using the universal
resource locator (URL): http://dms.dot.gov. This service is available
24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Please follow the instructions
online for more information and help.
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 315 and 49 CFR 1.73.
Issued on: May 14, 2000.
Julie Anna Cirillo,
Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety
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