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New FMCSA Rule to Create Medical Examiner Registry

TruckingInfo.com recently released a news report detailing a new rule that has been proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would require individuals who perform medical exams on large commercial vehicle drivers to be trained, tested, as well as, certified to a national standard – determined by the FMCSA. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the new rule would also create a national online registry of medical examiners who have met the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s certification requirement.

According to a statement released by the Department of Transportation’s Secretary, it was revealed that this new rule will ultimately ensure that healthcare professionals conducting exams keep in mind “all of the demands required to operate large trucks and passenger buses safely.” Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Administrator released a statement that addressed that “truck and bus drivers deserve to have well-trained examiners.” Also, by holding medical examiners accountable to increased standards of medical practice, the bar is ultimately raised for safety and saves lives through increased commercial driver and vehicle safety.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that the rule is schedule for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Federal Register. It has been reported that the process will unfold in stages. As part of the first stage, on May 21 the National Registry of medical examiners will become available on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website. Additionally, training and testing requirements those individuals conducting medical examinations will be revealed. The availability of the website will be provided to medical examiners, large commercial vehicle drivers, trucking employers, law enforcement officials, as well as, the public.

However, in two years (by May 21, 2014) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that medical examiners used by large commercial vehicle drivers will have to be certified, as well as registered. Additionally, large commercial vehicle drivers will be required to use a certified medical examiner from the registry. A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm learned that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that any medical examiner who does not meet the required standards will be promptly removed from the registry.

Every Illinois truck accident attorney at Levin & Perconti is pleased to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken on an initiative to help decrease the rate of large commercial vehicle accidents by requiring more advanced standards to truck drivers, as well as, medical examiners when conducting highly important exams that directly affect the safety of the traveling public.