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.