The American Transportation Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic have asked truck drivers and carriers to take a survey to gauge the impact the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) has had on the driver medical exam process.
The surveys were originally posted in mid-September and are open through Oct. 21.
The NRCME was launched in 2014 and requires medical examiners to pass an exam to be listed on the registry before being allowed to issue medical certificates. Drivers are also required to use examiners from the registry to receive their medical certification.
ATRI and the Mayo Clinic say the research will tell them how effective the registry has been in improving the DOT physical process, as well as making sure medical examiners understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates.
The survey for drivers can be found here. ATRI asks drivers in the survey about information regarding average length of haul, time with a CDL, any chronic conditions diagnosed by a physician or clinic, where the driver obtained his or her medical certificate and more about the medical exam process.