FMCSA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO ALLOW INSULIN-TREATED DIABETICS TO DRIVE CMVs

FMCSA proposes changes to the diabetes standard. Revisions wouldallow individuals with ITDM to operate in interstate commerce

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requestedcomments on a proposal to modify FMCSA’s minimum medicalqualifications to allow insulin-treated diabetics to operatecommercial motor vehicles.  Currently, insulin-treateddiabetics are required to request an exemption from the medicalrequirements in order to drive a CMV, a process that is timeconsuming and requires additional evaluation by several medicalspecialists. FMCSA has issued over 1,000 such exemptions in thepast year and a half. Under the proposal, drivers with stable,well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes could be certified by anymedical examiner listed on the National Registry of CertifiedMedical Examiners for a maximum of one year provided their”treating clinician” provide documentation that the condition isstable and controlled.

Comments are due July 6, 2015.

 

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