FMCSA extends comment period for potential sleep apnea rulemaking

| June 07, 2016

sleep apneaCommenters looking to weigh in on the effects a potential sleep apnea rule would have on truck drivers and the trucking industry now have an extra month to do so.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with the Federal Railroad Administration, have extended the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking an extra month until July 8.

In the ANPRM, the agencies list 20 questions they would like answered in public comments. The questions, found here, touch on the problem of obstructive sleep apnea, the cost and benefits of treatment, screening procedures and diagnostics, medical personnel qualifications and restrictions and treatment effectiveness. Comments can be filed on with the DOT at this link.

The agencies held three public listening sessions in May, and several commenters, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, asked for an extension of the comment period to give commenters time to review and respond to the American Transportation Research Institute’s survey results on sleep apnea, which were released May 26.

Full coverage of the public listening sessions can be found at the links below.

Make certain drivers aren't 'guilty until proven innocent': Report from FMCSA's first sleep-apnea listening session

Make certain drivers aren’t ‘guilty until proven innocent’: Report from FMCSA’s first sleep-apnea listening session

"We need to make sure that the people behind the wheel understand they are not guilty until proven innocent." --Dr. Alan Lankford at FMCSA first ...

Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep ...

Truckers to FMCSA: Make sure medical examiners are on same page relative to sleep apnea

Truckers to FMCSA: Make sure medical examiners are on same page relative to sleep apnea

“FMCSA should get out of the medical field and leave it to the doctors,” Curl said. “Doctors should be the only ones deciding if drivers ...

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