October 26, 2018 2:45 PM, EDT

FMCSA Approves Vision Requirement Exemptions for 88 Drivers

Eighty-eight drivers with vision impairments in one eye will be allowed to operate commercial trucks across state lines, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Oct 25.

The agency indicated in the Federal Register that the drivers demonstrated an ability to properly operate the vehicles and met requisite medical standards. The exemptions will expire in two years.

Per the announcement, the agency said it had “evaluated the eligibility of these applicants and determined that renewing these exemptions would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by complying with the current regulation.”

On Oct, 24, the agency announced it had received applications from 11 drivers requesting an exemption from the federal vision requirement to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. The public may comment about their applications through Nov. 23.

“We will consider all comments and material received before the close of business on the closing date indicated in the dates section of the notice,” FMCSA noted in the Federal Register.

If granted, the exemptions would enable the drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce without meeting prescribed vision requirements.