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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) main task is to ensure that interstate commercial trucks are operated safely. This requires the agency track and create regulations addressing health conditions that may make driving more dangerous, including determining which should disqualify applicants for commercial vehicle licenses.
Diabetes is a serious and increasingly common medical condition. When conducting medical examinations, the certified medical examiner should be familiar with the requirements and regulations for those applicants with diabetes, in addition to other specific conditions.
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) recognizes Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver (CMV) as a treatable condition.