Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Associate Administrator for Policy Larry Minor updated the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Wed., Feb. 12, on the status of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, stressing the May 21 date on which drivers must begin to utilize doctors on the registry for their medical certifications.
Asked how the registry is filling out with certified examiners, Minor offered numbers he “saw a week or so ago,” he said. “We were at a little over 6,000 that had completed the training and the testing, and another 1,600 or so that have taken the training” but haven’t moved all the way through the testing phase.
That’s a small portion of where the agency wants to be once the Registry is fully implemented. “We’re looking to get up to 40,000 to cover all of the drivers out there,” said Minor.
MCSAC CSA Subcommittee member Mark Davison of the American Moving and Storage Association (also with Town and Country) estimated at current levels of registered examiners it would take them all doing 300 examinations annually to cover the need. “I’m also hearing [that] a lot of the doctors in the networks we’ve used in the past are saying they’re not going to go through with it.”
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.