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Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Obstructive Sleep Apnea | Federal Railroad Administration

Originally posted on DOT Physical Rules-Regulations| Randolph Rosarion M.D.:
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended DOT to take action, and in a joint FRA and FMCSA ANPRM the two agencies seek public input to address the prevalence of moderate to severe OSA in safety sensitive individuals, the associated risks, and the cost and…

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New CDL testing and commercial learner permit (CLP) standards

Overview:  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has amended commercial driver license standards.  This regulation is referred to as the ‘CDL Permit Rule’ and mandates compliance by July 8, 2015.  The New York State DMV will implement the rule in phases, from April through July of 2015.We refer to the Commercial Learner Permit as […]

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Medical Applications and Forms – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA announces a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). This period is from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016. This action is being taken to ensure that Medical Examiners have […]

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Did FMCSA fail to notify Medical Examiners of NPRM- Diabetic Standard?

From Ask the Trucker Truth about Trucking: Allen Smith. Certified Medical Examiners were not notified by the FMCSA of the NPRM, this same rule which would put most of the burden on them when deciding if the driver… via Did FMCSA fail to notify Medical Examiners of NPRM- Diabetic Standard?.

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New DOT physical Form 2015 and how to fill out current MER and MEC.

Questions still arise on how to fill out the current Medical Examination Report Form (MER) and Medical examiner’s Certificate (MEC).  The FMCSA answered some of these questions in a bulletin to certified medical examiners on 6/17/2015.  Its reviewed here as well as the new MER MCSA-5875 and MEC MCSA-5876 that medical examiners will be required […]

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Driver & Vehicle Examination Report Violations

When drivers get pulled over to get their vehicle inspected, sometimes it’s not just the vehicle which is out-of-order but the driver himself.  Needless to say, usually citations will be issued affecting both driver and vehicle.  What were some of the common violations that drivers presented to our office with Last month?  Violation of 391.41(a), “operating […]

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Blood Pressure Monitoring Kiosks Aren’t for Everyone?

Drivers, not only is cuff size important as explained in this article from the FDA, but also remember that hypertension is not diagnosed with just one reading.  Several readings (2-3 readings made at 3 or more separate visits) with your personal physician is usually necessary to see if the elevation is sustained and to diagnose […]

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CDL Downgrades. What you can do about it.

Many drivers have called and coming in because they have received a downgrade letter in the mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If you failed to return your self certification letter to tell the DMV the type of driving you engage in or expect to, that is usually the reason for that dreaded letter […]

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New Rules! For DOT Physicals.

I hope that Bill Maher doesn’t mind I borrow the title of this post from that popular segment of his on HBO, but I do think the time is ripe for New Rules! for DOT physicals that is. As everyone should be aware of (by everyone I mean truck drivers, doctors, motor carriers, and any one […]

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MedlinePlus: Preparing for surgery when you have diabetes

After hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes is probably the most common problem encountered during the DOT physical examination.  In the last group of drivers we evaluated, approximately 4 drivers in a row tested positive for glucose in their urine.  Some confessed that they were previously diagnosed but didn’t disclose it right away and others were […]

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FMCSA Denies OOIDA Request To Delay The Compliance Date For Seeing Medical Examiners Listed In The National Registry

As reported in Overdrive late yesterday afternoon, the FMCSA denied the OOIDA’s legal petition  filed on April 8, 2014 for a delay to the enforcement date of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).  The OOIDA felt there would not be enough medical examiners available to serve the 4.4 million plus commercial drivers.  However, […]

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Drivers Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners – News – TruckingInfo.com

As a reminder to all commercial drivers, CDL, non-CDL, and CLP holders, all commercial driver physicals must be completed by medical examiners listed in the National Regisstry  of Certified Medical Examiners.  The mandate went into effect last Wednesday 5/21/2014.  Click the link to the NRCME given and also use various apps and tools available such […]

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Sleep Apnea Monitoring and Testing

Drivers with a diagnosis of sleep apnea and undergoing treatment, please be reminded that there are certain requirements for monitoring and testing. Often times, drivers come in and say that they have sleep apnea and are on CPAP, but they haven’t seen their sleep specialist in years.    Sometimes I get a letter from the sleep […]

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Military – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Military – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Please see related previous post NYS Veterans Get a Military Skills Waiver when Applying for a CDL.

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