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Agency begins testing for medical examiners

| December 04, 2012

In preparation for May 2014 compliance date for both medical examiners and drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has opened scheduling for health-care professionals wishing to obtain certification for the agency’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, FMCSA announced Dec. 3.

Exams will begin Dec. 17, and there are 260 test centers throughout the U.S. as of now.

In April, the agency finalized the rule establishing the registry, which requires examiners to be trained on the physical qualifications needed by drivers to operate a truck safely and certified by the FMCSA. It also requires drivers to obtain medical certification from one of the examiners in the registry.

  • American Disappointment

    Just one more government intervention that will cost us drivers a considerable amount of $$$$s more. What they are saying is if a doctor wants to give this test he must be retested on his medical skills. One more impedance or hold back on the American Driver.

  • hod brown

    Just how many doctors are going to fall for this the lines to get physicals will be 3 months long

  • Andrea Sitler

    How far in advance will I have to schedule my drivers for their bi-annual physicals? Come on; big brother at his finest.

  • D Donoghue

    I’m in agreement with this policy! I’m a nurse in an occupational health setting and work up the medical exams prior to being seen by a provider. I can’t believe how many times I here that no one has ever done this type of testing for me to drive a truck! It truly is scary.

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  • Lloyd Hartsuyker

    Thats because of who they worked for and nothing else. You think we don’t get tested correctly, LOL I don’t think your retaining your info, so in order for you to keep your status I want you to…….. Don’t like it do you. Also I want you to pay the dues for it out of your pocket ea. time and not get anything extra for it. Now it’s different huh!

  • Marty Marsh

    Give me more money, money money money.

  • Ronnie Hughes

    more bs. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.