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A Driver’s Guide to the DOT Physical Urine Dipstick Test.

Source: Interpretation of Bedside Urinalysis This post was published in Life In the Fast Lane , a blog from a group of docs from down under (Australia/ New Zealand), and would serve well to answer many of the questions you may have during your DOT physical about the urine test. How accurate is the urine […]

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Regulatory Issues, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

This OOIDA page will help you with the new medical certification requirements and the regulatory issues affecting truck drivers. Fighting for the rights of truckers and providing truck industry related benefits, services, rebates, insurance on trucks, education and tools for the trucking industry in grain valley, missouri and beyond. Source: Regulatory Issues, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers […]

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Information and forms (Article 19-A)

Sign up for our LENS program to get CDL abstracts.  Why are there special requirements for motor carriers who employ bus drivers? Source: Information and forms (Article 19-A)

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Overview

What is LENS?LENS is an automated reporting system. It reviews the driver license records of your organization’s drivers and reports changes to you by email, on DMV business days. LENS can notify you about the following events when they post to your drivers’ license records Source: Overview

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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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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

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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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Types of Color Vision Tests – AOPA

Types of Color Vision Tests – AOPA. Color blindness is a mostly an inherited vision abnormality where there is deficiency in perception of red, green, and blue due to abnormality of cone cells located in the eye.  Red-green color blindness is passed from mother to son on the 23rd chromosome (sex chromosome).   The 23rd […]

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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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Three Ways For Drivers To Save On Their Next DOT Physical!

1.  First thing first do it right the first time.  What I mean by that is that if you don’t know by now you must have your physical performed by a certified medical examiner.  Your doctor must be certified and listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical examiners or else your medical examiner’s certificate will be […]

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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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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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Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus-Tips on Applying for a Federal Exemption

      Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus (ITDM):  Tips on applying for an exemption.  Call 718-701-5949 for an appointment. If you are a commercial driver using insulin to treat your diabetes, as you should be aware of already, you will need an exemption from the FMCSA in order to operate in Interstate Commerce.  The package […]

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