FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners
May 10, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.
It would require certified medical examiners performing physical examinations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles to use a newly developed medical examination report form, and to use a new form for the medical examiner's certificate.
In addition, certified medical examiners would be required to electronically report to FMCSA the results of all completed commercial drivers' physical examinations by close of business on the day of the examination. This would include the results of any examination where the driver was found not to be qualified.
FMCSA would make the medical examiner’s certificate information for interstate commercial driver's license holders available to the state driver licensing agencies only as part of the integration of the medical certification and the CDL issuance and renewal process.
The proposal is a follow up rule to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule published on April 20, 2012, and the medical certification requirements as part of the CDL rule published on Dec. 1, 2008.
Comments on the latest proposed rule are due by July 9. You can read the proposed rule in the Federal Register.