Although the agency is withdrawing a proposed rulemaking on vision
standards for commercial drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
officials say they have “long-term plans to reevaluate all of its commercial
driver health standards…”
In a statement published Monday, Aug. 29, in the Federal Register officials with the FMCSA
announced that the agency is withdrawing its advance notice of a proposed
rulemaking on the vision standards because of insufficient data.
Included in the proposed rulemaking were possible changes in standards
for visual acuity, field of vision and color perception. The advance notice of
the vision standard rulemaking was filed in 1992. About 100 comments were filed
on the proposed rulemaking and the feds paid for a couple of studies, but FMCSA
officials have concluded that the information was inconclusive.
“Although considerable resourced have been expended on assessing the
vision standard in general and the FOV (field-of-vision) provision in
particular, FMCSA believes there are insufficient crash data to support
initiating an FOV rulemaking at this time,” the FMCSA said in the Federal Register.