From the desk of the ExpressMED/BOAC Assistant Medical Director, Ron Lamontagne, MS, APRN, BC:
Some helpful facts about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and how it may impact YOU.
FMCSA FINAL RULES AND IMPACT ON EMPLOYERS & DRIVERS
Revised Driver Examination Forms WILL NOT take effect on December 22, 2015 as previously published.
Effective date is April 20, 2016.
There is a new category that has been added to the driver’s medical history
In addition to the Yes and No column, a Not Sure column has been added.
Any check marks in this column, unless explained to the satisfaction of the medical examiner COULD RESULT in the card being held until additional medical information has been provided by the driver.
The driver will have 45 days to provide the additional paper work. If not, the examination will become invalid and a completely new exam will need to be done in order to get a DOT certification.
June 22, 2018
Beginning on that day CDL driver certification will be electronically transmitted from the National Registry System to the respective State Driver’s Licensing Agency (DMV) thus no need for a paper card.
Medical examiners will still be required to provide a “medical card” to non-CDL drivers and requesting employers, as currently required.
Medical examiners/offices will be required to report results daily of each interstate CMV driver’s physical examination, including the results of examinations where the driver was NOT found to be qualified.
OTHER THOUGHTS THAT WILL HELP THE DOT CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Drivers with sleep apnea, who are on CPAP machines, need to bring in a data printout for the prior 3 months of their appointment.
Diabetic (Type 1 or 2) need a copy of their most recent A1c
Complete medication list along with dosages and frequency.