Archive for April, 2015

Medical professionals on registry for driver jobs

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

More than 30,000 medical professionals are now on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, which will benefit those with driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that almost 8,000 more were added last summer.

The new system launched last month with 22,000 providers.

Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification.

All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL).

As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test.

The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing.

To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.