On January 12, 2021 (86 FR 2344), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the federal register to amend its regulations in 49 CFR Part 391 to permit individuals who cannot meet either the current distant visual acuity or field of vision standard, or both, in one eye to be physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. Currently, such individuals are prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtain an exemption from FMCSA. FMCSA proposes an alternative vision standard for physical qualification that, if adopted, would replace the current vision exemption program as a basis for establishing the physical qualification determination for these individuals. You must submit comments on this NPRM to FMCSA on or before March 15, 2021.
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