FMCSA plans new driver
medical program rules
Jul 29, 2008 9:30 AM
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is preparing new initiatives for its medical program, including regulations to provide for a federal medical qualification certificate to be made part of the commercial driver license (CDL).
Rose McMurray, FMCSA assistant administrator, discussed the initiatives July 24 before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, according to FMCSA information. "These initiatives include engaging the diverse medical community that examines drivers for medical fitness for duty, and in carrying out the planning, development, and research necessary to promulgate and enforce these proposed rules and programs," she said.
Two new initiatives form the cornerstone of FMCSA's medical program redevelopment, the proposed merger of the medical certification and CDL processes, and creation of a National Registry. Currently, these two initiatives are under departmental development and review, she said.
She pointed out that drivers must undergo medical examinations at least every two years, and that FMCSA maintains an enforcement program that, in conjunction with state and local partners, conducts compliance reviews and roadside inspections.
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