Truck driver fatigue is a leading cause of crashes with as much as 13 percent of commercial truck drivers fatigued at the time of a crash, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The following statement was released by the FMCSA in December of 2016:
"To remain eligible for listing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) National Registry (NR) and as required under 49 CFR 390.111(a)(5)(i) Certified Medical Examiners must maintain medical examiner certification by completing training and testing requirements. FMCSA will provide the required (5) year refresher training online to Medical Examiners at no cost. Medical Examiners eligible to take the (5) five-year periodic online training will be notified by FMCSA when the training is available and the examiner is able to access the training site."
Please insure your National Registry account Profile information page is accurate and current.
Presently the refresher course in not available. Certified medical examiners will not be removed from the national registry under this rule. Certified medical examiners will be notified by the FMCSA via email when the training becomes available.
For any questions or concerns regarding refresher training please contact the FMCSA Medical Program Office at 202-366-4001.
Beginning on Dec. 22, health professionals will have to use new forms for the Medical Examination Report (MER) and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC).
While Congress has suspended more stringent rules on truck driver rest periods pending an in-depth study, the overall question of truck driver health remains a front burner issue in the industry.
Approximately one-third of adults in the U.S. are overweight and the country’s trucking industry is not exempt.