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Rules Change for Commercial Driver Medical Examinations

In May, new rules about healthcare providers who offer physical examinations to commercial vehicle drivers took effect.

In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) established a National Registry to certify healthcare providers who offer physical examinations of interstate bus and truck drivers. To obtain or renew a valid commercial driver license (CDL), physical examination is required.

In May of this year, the Registry and its requirements became fully effective.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 200 people were killed in large truck accidents in Florida in 2012. The physical condition of a truck operator impacts the likelihood of a vehicle accident.

Some factors that affect driving ability include the following:

  • Driving impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Conditions like sleep apnea lead to daytime drowsiness and overall reduction in physical ability and decision making
  • High blood pressure and a host of other physical conditions may affect the ability to drive commercially

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners helps CDL holders find healthcare providers across the country who qualify to offer medical examinations. Through standardized training of healthcare officials, FMSCA hopes to accomplish the following:

  • Educate medical examiners on current CDL health standards
  • Maintain high-level medical examinations through ongoing certification of examiners
  • Offer easy-to-access information to commercial drivers to obtain a physical examination
  • Increase public confidence in the commercial transportation industry

Better health means better driving ability. If you are driving next to a big rig, your life may depend on it.

When you have questions about a truck accident injury in Bradenton or anywhere in Manatee County, speak with a skilled injury attorney for answers.

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