The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says it has proposed a new rule that allows state and federal enforcement officials to easily share current information about a commercial truck driver’s medical certification status.
The proposal would require certified medical examiners performing physical examinations on truck drivers to use a newly developed medical examination report form for the medical examiner’s certificate.
In addition, certified medical examiners would be required to electronically report the results of all drivers’ physical examinations to the FMCSA, including the results of any examination in which the driver was found unqualified. Those reports would have to be submitted by close of business on the day of the exam.
The FMCSA would make the certificate information for CDL 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.
This proposal is a follow up to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule published last April, and the medical certification requirements as part of the CDL rule published in December of 2008.
Comments on the proposed rule are due by July 9, 2013. For more information, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.