The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board will hold a joint subcommittee meeting focusing on obstructive sleep apnea that will be open to the public on Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 4-5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET both days.
The meeting will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King St., Alexandria, Va., in the Washington and Jefferson Rooms on the 2nd floor. The Hilton Alexandria Old Town is located across the street from the King Street Metro station.
The MCSAC-MRB subcommittee will consider ideas the agency should consider for potential regulatory changes to the current physical qualifications standards. The standards would address the medical certification process for truck and bus drivers that have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or are believed to suffer from the disease but have not been diagnosed at the time of the medical examination.
The subcommittee will make its recommendations to MCSAC and MRB for their deliberation at a joint meeting of the two bodies in February. Upon approval by the MCSAC and MRB, the recommendations will be submitted to FMCSA for consideration.
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.