Father of veteran named Back on the Road winner
Billy Basenburg will soon be driving cross-country in his own truck, with a new job and renewed spirit after being named winner of Arrow Truck Sales 2012 Back on the Road program.
The Jasper, Ala., resident lost his truck and was in danger of losing his home after a series of hardships consumed his time and drained his budget.
A decade ago, his wife was in a car accident that left her with a debilitating back injury. Basenburg had to spend time away from his business to care for his wife while she went through surgeries and rehab.
More recently, his son returned home from military service in Iraq, battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Also, when Basenburg’s older brother became seriously ill, Basenburg took him in and cared for him until he died.
With the truck, a 2008 Mack Pinnacle high-rise sleeper, comes a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express. Also in the package are:
• Michelin XZA3+ and X One XDA Energy tires
• ThermoKing TriPac APU
• Monthly $500 fuel cards from Pilot Flying J
• Business consulting services from ATBS
• Insurance provided by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
• A three-year/300,000-mile warranty from National Truck Protection
• A year’s worth of oil changes from Mobil Delvac
• Truck accessories, fenders and a $5,000 check from Minimizer
• A memory-foam mattress from SleepDog
• An IntelliRoute TND 710 GPS from Rand McNally
• Cubby Buddy Tool Box system from 16 Ton Industries
• Health assessment and check-ups from trainer Bob Perry
• Custom truck graphics by Image Works
— Staff reports
National Registry rule finalized
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration April 18 finalized a rule establishing a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. It requires health-care professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. The online registry will include only those health-care providers who have completed the new FMCSA certification process.
“Safety is our top priority,” Secretary Ray LaHood said. “This new rule will ensure that health-care professionals conducting Department of Transportation medical exams fully understand all of the demands required to operate large trucks and passenger buses safely.”
This rule addresses four National Transportation Safety Board recommendations on comprehensive training for medical examiners and tracking of driver medical certificates.
In 30 days, FMCSA will post its uniform training and testing standards for medical examiners at http://www.nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov, where you can go for more information about the rule. At that time, health care professionals, drivers, employers, law enforcement officers and the public can review the training standards and sign up to receive updates on the rule’s startup.
Health professionals must comply by May 21, 2014, at which point drivers must obtain any medical examination from a certified examiner. Medical examiners who fail to maintain federal standards will be removed from the registry.
To allow time for testing and training centers to prepare their curricula and receive FMCSA approval, healthcare professionals seeking to become certified examiners will begin registering on the National Registry website this summer.
“Truck and bus drivers deserve highly-trained medical examiners that think safety first,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “By holding medical examiners accountable to high standards of practice, we raise the bar for safety and save lives through increased commercial driver and vehicle safety.”