The DOT Daily: FMCSA Proposal to Affect Diabetics

FMCSA Proposes Revision to Diabetes Standards for Interstate Commercial Drivers.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to permit individuals with stable, well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate trucks and buses in interstate commerce.  Under the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a driver’s treating clinician would be required to provide documentation annually to a health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners who is performing the USDOT medical qualification examination affirming that the driver’s ITDM is stable and well-controlled.  The increased medical review will strengthen both the health monitoring of the driver and the safety of the motoring public by ensuring that physically qualified individuals are operating commercial trucks and buses on the nation’s highways and roads.  A copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/04/2015-09993/qualifications-of-drivers-diabetes-standard.  Comments and evidentiary materials may be submitted to the docket through July 6, 2015.  Contact:  Kurt Larson:  (202) 366-9999
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