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New Regulations on DOT Physicals Go into Effect

Posted by Genie Wood on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 01:44 PM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pushing ahead with new regulations requiring truckers to undergo their USDOT physicals with a health professional who is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. At the expiration of a trucker’s current medical certificate, therefore, it will be necessary to ensure that the practitioner performing the physical meets this requirement in order for it to be considered valid.

Organizations such as the American Trucking Association (ATA) and other groups had requested a six-month delay before the regulations take effect, citing concerns that there may not be an adequate supply of physicians who meet these new guidelines in order to allow truckers throughout the country, particularly in rural areas, to continue doing their jobs. Nevertheless, the FMCSA has decided not to delay the requirements.

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