Sleep apnea bill advances as FMCSA says it will use rulemaking, not guidance

| September 23, 2013

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In response to a bill currently in the U.S. House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a statement saying it will address sleep disorder screening via its formal rulemaking process and not simply guidance. 

The House bill, introduced earlier this month, would require FMCSA pursue rulemaking if it were to take action on sleep disorder screening and not issue guidance. 

FMCSA will issue a notice to address obstructive sleep apnea through the formal rulemaking process after collecting and analyzing the necessary data and research,” the agency’s statement said.

According to GovTrack, the House’s sleep apnea bill passed the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Sept. 20 the bill could see action on the House floor this week, GovTrack says.

The 2-page bill, if enacted, would not by itself require the agency to develop a sleep apnea rule. It only requires that FMCSA go through the formal rulemaking process when making the bill so it can be properly evaluated. Sleep disorder screening would cost the for-hire industry alone $1 billion a year, said the bill sponsor Rep. Larry Buschon (R-Md.), “in the interest of due process.”

Click here to see previous Overdrive‘s previous coverage of the bill.

  • MercenaryMan

    Its directed at a captive and easy to bully audience, Truckers have stood still while all these so called safety improvements have been passed, and no other industry is facing this, Ill bet airline pilots are asleep in the cockpit on overseas flights, Train engineers, Boat Captains, Taxi drivers, Police, Firefighters, Emergency room doctors, Ill bet if they gace the little 5 question quiz to Congress, 90% of them would be eligilble for a sleep study. Truckers need to write OOIDA, CONGRESS, Anthony Foxx, and make it clear this is un needed, un neccessay, and COSTLY to our bottom line, If Im an O/O and I have to pay 4400.00 per year to them for this, Im billing that directly out to my customers. The cost is burdensome for many who arent insured, even after Obamacare it may not be covered, Mainly because its voodoo, non mainstream, non necessary treatments….which tells me Congress has been paid to loet this pass and if it becoenms law its only because those who stand to profit bought, paid and greased the law into place.

  • Kevin J. Reidy

    The biggest changes to the HOS by the FMCSA to date came under the Bush administration.

    Check when the original changes to the HOS rules came into effect,the call for mandatory EOBR’s, the sleep apnea CPAP bullshit, it was a Republican administration pushing for all of it.‎

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  • cameron

    Narcolepsy is the disorder that people can fall asleep without warning with. I wouldn’t think anybody should drive, even a car, with that.
    Sleep apnea means you will likely be drowsy and unrested.
    Before I got on my cpap machine I could wake up after 7,8 or 9 hours of sleep with headaches and barely keep my eyes open.
    I have two friends that were on cpap machines but after they lost a decent amount of weight(like 30-40 pounds) they stopped using the machines.
    I’ve lost 35 pounds so far and still feel I need to use it. When I get to 50 pounds lost I will try sleeping without the machine for awhile…see how I feel.

  • EF McHenry

    You are 100% correct! I heard someone say the other day that this whole

  • EF McHenry

    100% correct. It’s really funny, I heard someone say about this sleep apnea thing, they said it was the new chiropratic! This individual commenting about sleep apnea likened it to quackery!
    Good post!

  • EF McHenry

    You are actually correct! There is absolutely no difference between the establishment crowd in either political party. Zero difference! They are nothing but a bunch of CORPORATISTS!

  • MercenaryMan

    If this is about sleep and rest and safety, where are the truck parking lots, not surrounding a fuel Island, where the truckers who come flying down the isle are fined for using a JAKE BRAKE in the truck stop, where QUIET is the order, where no one cane come in and Knock and ask to do a DOT inspection in the middle of the night, where you can select the quiet mode on your qualcomm or Smartphone and it means YOU ARE ASLEEP, where drivers have some respect for the guys/gals in there, WHERE ARE THOSE LOCATIONS….We dont need a damn mask and an airpump, we simply need a REST AREA, where its safe, where its quiet and where you get real prolonged sleep. I dunno about most guys but I sleep like a baby in my rig, I sleep there more often then home, When the APU is humming and the air is cool, or the APU is off and the windows open and a cool breeze blows, I sleep great….So if the FMCSA is so Interested in us getting sleep, TRY BUILDING SOME TRUCK PARKS…..not DOT wake me up, trucks coming and going, NOISE AND FUMES…..where the aisle are wide and we dont have to worry about the newbies knocking the nose off your rig, Pull thru large open truck parking….for all of us…..who are so dangerous !!!

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