At the National Association of Small Trucking Companies’ annual meeting two weeks back, as I wrote at the time, NASTC founder David Owen spoke about the organization’s in-the-works program for member companies that offers their drivers a programmatic path to get out ahead of medical examiners’ growing willingness to issue conditional medical certification contingent on sleep apnea testing.
All the same, he’s firm in his belief in a professional’s ability to manage fatigue, whether suffering from sleep apnea or not. And while it doesn’t mean that someone living with apnea shouldn’t be treated, Owen cites a fundamental disagreement with those who believe untreated apnea is public highway safety danger No. 1. Take a listen: