Rules easing for truckers with impaired vision, seizures?

Dozens of truck drivers who suffer from impaired vision and others who have seizures may receive permission to operate commercial motor vehicles, federal regulators said Monday.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will exempt dozens of truck drivers who are blind or have poor vision in one eye from rules that would otherwise prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the FMCSA is issuing such exemptions to partially-blind drivers. In late August, the agency exempted 14 such drivers and said it was considering exemptions for another 35 drivers.

While these truck drivers have poor or no vision in one eye, they can see clearly enough in the other eye to drive safely, the agency has determined.

At the same time, the FMCSA also said Monday that it is considering exemptions for another 12 drivers who have a history of seizures caused by epilepsy.

The FMCSA said it will considering letting these drivers get behind the wheel, if they are taking anti-seizure medication.