The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has adopted new regulations for commercial driver license (CDL) and commercial learner permit (CLP) drivers who have submitted a current medical examiners certificate to the State Driver’s License Agency (SDLA). The new regulation eliminates the need for drivers to carry their medical examiner’s certificate with them after 15 days of issuance. This law affects CDL drivers immediately and CLP drivers beginning July 8, 2015.
Law enforcement personnel who may not be familiar with this new regulation could declare a driver out-of-service during a roadside inspection check. If during a roadside inspection the law enforcement personnel verify CDL or CLP driver information through CDLIS or NLETS they should be able to confirm if the driver is medically qualified. A confirmation through CDLIS or NLETS, would constitute possession of a valid medical certificate and compliance with this new regulation rendering the driver in compliance with the law and legally capable for service.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has outlined the regulation background, issues and guidance related to the medical examiners certificate integration update. It is important to be informed of changing laws and regulations that affect you and your drivers.
It is also important to keep in mind updated FMCSA regulations on 34-hour driver restart provisions that may affect drivers on the road.
Your HUB Transportation Insurance Services advisor can help guide you through an understanding of these new regulations. Contact us today.
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