Feds look to loosen driving requirement on vision waivers

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 12/18/2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may soon eliminate the three-year intrastate driving requirement from the vision waiver application process.

In a Federal Register notice published Wednesday, Dec. 18, FMCSA officials are proposing changes to the requirements to receive a vision waiver. Currently, truckers with a stable and treated vision condition are required to have three years of intrastate driving before they are allowed to apply for an interstate vision waiver.

The Federal Register notice proposes two options to the current three-year intrastate driving requirement.

The first would be to reduce the driving requirement to one year of intrastate driving. The second is to eliminate the driving requirement completely. In the notice, agency officials noted that eliminating the driving requirement would be in line with the requirements in the diabetes exemption program.

The notice also proposes to eliminate the driver’s sworn statement of medical fitness. Instead of a self-declaration, FMCSA proposes that the driver undergo an examination by a medical examiner and receive a medical certificate declaring that the driver is physically qualified to drive if the medical certificate is accompanied by a federal vision exemption.

Comments on the proposals can be submitted the following ways:
Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001;
Hand delivery or courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays; or by
Fax: 202-493-2251.

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