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ATA ISSUES GUIDANCE TO MOTOR CARRIERS REGARDING SLEEP APNEA SCREENING:
Last week ATA issued guidance designed to assist motor carriers and drivers when discussing obstructive sleep apnea with medical examiners. The guidance informs motor carriers about recent changes to the medical examiner certification process and provides suggested questions trucking companies and drivers can use to frame a discussion with doctors about reasonable expectations for the OSA screening and treatment. Also included in the guidance is an explanation of what is required of the medical examiner under current regulations and clarification of many common misconceptions on the issue. For information on choosing a certified medical examiner click here. For more information on obstructive sleep apnea and commercial driver medical qualification click here.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 the American Trucking Associations sent out this special dispatch
MEDICAL REGISTRY REQUIREMENTS TAKE EFFECT TODAY
Despite calls from the American Trucking Associations and other advocacy groups, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proceeded today with their plan to require all truck drivers seeking medical certification or recertification to do so using a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Following similar requests from the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Agricultural Retailers Association, ATA last week asked FMCSA for a short, reasonable delay of registry implementation (six months). Of chief concern is the insufficient number of medical examiners available to meet expected driver demand. Drivers who live in rural, underserved areas may experience additional challenges as they look for nearby certified medical examiners. In some cases, drivers may be required to travel long distances at considerable cost. Some drivers may also see higher than usual prices too, as a result of the limited supply of medical examiners.
“The American Trucking Associations supports the registry as a way to ensure medical examiners serving the industry have a broad understanding of the challenges truck drivers face every day,” said Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President and Chief of National Advocacy. “It is unfortunate, however, that FMCSA declined to take a more pragmatic approach to ensuring the registry was sufficiently populated by granting ATA’s request for a reasonable, short delay.”
Motor carriers must verify compliance with this rule prior to dispatching a newly certified driver by matching the national registry ID listed on the driver’s medical examiner’s certificate (i.e. med card) to the Federal database. To do this, motor carriers are to go to FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners web page where they can search for the examiner using this number.
To be listed on the registry, a medical examiner must attend an approved training class designed to highlight the unique health concerns of truck drivers and must pass a test confirming comprehension. Medical examiners can find more information on how to be certified on FMCSA’s website.
FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system. For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, click here.
DOT Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus & Truck Industries - FMCSA has extend comments for an extra Month
Updated rule would slash highest federal paperwork burden after taxes and prevent fatigued drivers.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The proposed rulemaking would significantly reduce the paperwork burden associated with hours-of-service recordkeeping for interstate truck and bus drivers – the largest in the federal government following tax-related filings – and improve the quality of logbook data. Read the entire release here.
An Extra Month for Electronic Logging Comments
Heavy Duty Trucking, May 15
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing an extra month for comments on its proposed electronic logging rule. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing state police and other enforcement interests, had asked the agency for the one-month extension. “This is a complex and significant rulemaking,” said CVSA Executive Director Stephen Keppler.
FMCSA to Enforce MCS-150 Requirement
Motor carriers and other entities that are required to have a U.S. DOT number are also required to file a Form MCS-150 with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at least every two years to update their identifying, contact, and operational information. This has been the law for a long time, but FMCSA has never strictly enforced it. However, the agency now plans to do so, under a regulation that was part of its recently issued Unified Registration System rule. (See the SLN of 8/30/2013. And once again, the URS has nothing to do with the UCRA!) FMCSA has now indicated how they’ll go about this enforcement. Starting next month, the agency will send a letter to carriers that are due to update their information in January 2014 reminding them to do so. In February, the FMCSA will check its system to see if those carriers complied. If a carrier did not, its DOT number will be deactivated on April 1. FMCSA will adhere to a similar schedule in each succeeding month for carriers whose two-year window expires in the months following January. Although information from the MCS-150s filed by carriers and other entities is critical for FMCSA’s master database, the Motor Carrier Management Information System, MCMIS, much of the enforcement of the filing requirement has in effect been left up to the states that participate in the federal PRISM program. Under PRISM, a state participating in the program may not renew the International Registration Plan registration of a carrier unless it has updated its MCS-150 information within the preceding twelve months. And most states participate in PRISM.
The 2014 Arizona State 41st Annual Truck Driving Championships results are in.
Arizona's Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the state. The TDC annually attracts over 900 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. We want to thank all those who participated and volunteered for this great event. Click here for the results.
Sept. 16: HAZMAT Training - 8:30 - 3:30, ATA
2014 ATA Conference - Mark your calendars: Oct. 23-25, 2014 JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson
Events posted here are described in detail deeper on the website. Click on the event for details.
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