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FMCSA and DOT release final ruling on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (2012-9034)

from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and DOT released a rule-making on April 20, that establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners for the evaluation of interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers. All ME's must now be trained in the physical qualification standards set forth for interstate CMV operators.

Prior to the ruling, medical professionals did not receive formal training in the occupational health and safety of CMV operators. Now they must be trained, tested and demonstrate proficiency over time. Once ME's have met requirements in CMV operator qualification standards, they will be added to a National Registry. Only CMV drivers holding National Registry certificates will be considered valid CMV operators.

The ruling goes into effect May 21, but provides a two-year phase-in period, with compliance required by May 21, 2014. more


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