Specifically, the new rule requires physicians and other healthcare professionals who perform required medical exams on truck drivers to be properly trained, tested, and certified to recognize the specific physical needs of those who drive large trucks. The rule also mandates the creation of a nationwide database of those who have passed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) certification process.
Later this month, the FMCSA will post its final training and testing standards. By May 14, 2014, all certified medical examiners must be in the FMCSA database and truck drivers must receive an examination from a certified examiner.
Commercial truck drivers must pass a medical exam every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate, which allows them to maintain their commercial drivers licenses.
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Source: TheTrucker.com, “DOT announces national medical examiners final rule,” Kevin Jones.