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Trucker Use of Revised Physical Exam Forms Begins Wednesday

April 18, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Owner Operators, Safety, Technology

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding medical examiners (MEs) and commercial motor vehicle drivers that, as of Wednesday, certified MEs performing physical examinations of commercial truck drivers must use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report — Form (MCSA–5875) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form (MCSA–5876).

Last April, the FMCSA published the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule, designed to facilitate the electronic transmission of MEC information from FMCSA’s National Registry to the state driver’s licensing agencies, and required the use of revised MER and MEC forms.

In December 2015, FMCSA announced a 120-day grace period — which expires on Wednesday — during which time medical examiners were able to use either the old “substantially in accordance with” versions or the newly revised versions of the MER Form and MEC Form.

FMCSA provided a grace period to ensure that medical examiners had sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems.

Examiners and drivers with questions are directed to contact the FMCSA Medical Programs Division at (202) 366-4001.