Tag: medical certification
Further extensions of CDL-related COVID waivers unlikely, official says
And more from FMCSA top brass and CVSA: a common misconception about the short-haul exception, new split-sleeper-berth usage, crash preventability, and more.
November 17, 2020
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
How former heavy-haul owner-op and current fuel hauler Lonnie Laurie became the sometime ‘one-armed bandit’
Listen as Lonnie Laurie, sometimes dubbed the 'one-armed bandit,' recalls life as a heavy-haul owner-operator and more in this week's Overdrive Radio podcast.
January 24, 2020
Critical med-cert step to avoid one ‘acute violation’ in audits
Breakdowns in the process for electronically marrying a driver’s updated medical certification with his/her CDL has been a “fertile field for auditors” in back-office compliance reviews, yielding acute violations that contribute adversely to safety ratings.
November 1, 2019
New health-coaching service aimed at helping fleets of all sizes aid drivers’ health efforts
Bob “The Trucker Trainer” Perry and the men and women behind the Espyr company have recently developed and launched the “Fit to Pass” program for fleets of all shapes and sizes who want to give their drivers a way to ensure health fitness ahead of their DOT physicals — and beyond.
October 28, 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
Search returns to certified medical examiner site; FMCSA mum on hack details
Truckers can now search the DOT’s online registry for certified examiners by zip code, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but the full registry remains offline three months after a hack prompted its outage.
February 23, 2018
6,600 drivers will need new medical card after Georgia-based examiner’s arrest, DOT estimates
Truck drivers who received their current medical certification from Dr. Anthony Lefteris, who operated out of a Petro in Atlanta, will need to be re-examined and issued a fresh medical certification by another examiner, the Department of Transportation says.
December 20, 2016
OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge
OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.
November 15, 2016
Thursday roundup: Chiropractors and sleep apnea tests, Rhode Island throws parking bone to truckers
Road report from owner-operator Joe Bielucki on a recently-reopened Rhode Island truck rest area on I-95, and a view on the Medical Review Board’s recent apnea screening/testing recommendation: Should chiropractors be able to order retesting?
October 27, 2016
Sleep apnea: Problems with one-year medical certification
The Medical Review Board’s preliminary apnea recommendations would enshrine a practice that’s increasingly common with truckers being treated successfully for sleep apnea: a one-year medical certification.
October 20, 2016
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