Monday, June 2, 2014

New Requirements for Medical Examinations

If you or one of your drivers need a new medical examination for a CDL, the doctor who performed your last medical exam might not be qualified to perform a new one.  New rules adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provide that DOT physical examinations must be performed by a qualified health professional (generally a medical doctor, chiropractor, osteopath, nurse practitioner, or a physician's assistant.)  The important point is that a qualified health professional is an individual who has taken the required training, passed a certification test, and is certified by the FMCSA.