Tag: sleep apnea
Turn down sleep apnea noise machine — quantum-leap logic and unnecessary rigmarole are not in interest of safety
NASTC President David Owen on the re-emergency of strict sleep apnea screening protocols: Follow the ambulance chaser’s logic: "If we all have apnea and untreated apnea causes fatigue, then we’re all fatigued, all of the time!" The truth is more complex.
July 23, 2020
Evidence emerges of stricter approach – and confusion – around sleep apnea screening
A draft update to the FMCSA's official guidebook for medical examiners may be to blame for confusion over sleep apnea screening for truck drivers. Details here.
June 26, 2020
Trucking Law: Adapting to sleep apnea’s most common treatment
No one wants to adopt the CPAP regimen. It looks uncomfortable, and it can be at first. However, with many types of machines and masks to choose from, you should be able to find one that works for you.
August 2, 2019
Owner-operator Alex Prifti’s new authority and, better yet, 1987 359
See how an owner-operator, Alex Prifti, handles the trucking industry at this day in age. Learn all about Prifti and get other owner-operator news on Overdrive.
September 13, 2018
FMCSA boss Martinez tells Congress ELDs a first step toward adding hours flexibility
Ray Martinez, head of the FMCSA, thinks so and expressed to Congressional lawmakers how the ELD mandate should lead to hours of service flexibility.
May 30, 2018
FMCSA, DOT present oral arguments over sleep apnea guidelines, medical form changes
Attorneys for OOIDA argued last month in court that the U.S. DOT illegally altered sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers by slipping an appendix into larger rule after the public comment period had ended. DOT refutes these claims.
December 14, 2017
Bills in Congress would require FMCSA to implement sleep apnea rule
Following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s announcement this summer that it had tabled a rule meant to implement screening criteria and treatment protocol regulations for obstructive sleep apnea, Congressional Democrats aim to press the agency to resume working on the rule.
October 3, 2017
AeroFlow launches referral program that gives drivers $75 toward apnea testing and treatment
AeroFlow’s at-home tests, which are mailed to buyers via fast shipping options, cost $250 — much cheaper than the average $1,350 cost of an in-lab test.
August 25, 2017
Top Dem in Senate urges FMCSA to ‘reverse course’ on sleep apnea rule
The agency’s rule, which it formally scrapped last week, would have set in place criteria for medical examiners to use to determine which drivers should be referred for sleep apnea tests. The Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has called on FMCSA to resume the rulemaking process.
August 15, 2017
The difference between passionate speech and the truth
Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now “more likely” to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.
August 9, 2017
DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers
A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency’s withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.
August 4, 2017
Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate
The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.
July 24, 2017
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