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FMCSA Mission Statement
"The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focused on reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses."
In carrying out its safety mandate to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, FMCSA:
Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (trucks and bus companies) safety with industry efficiency.
harnesses safety information systems to focus on higher-risk carriers in enforcing safety regulations.
Targets educational messages to carrier, commercial drivers, and the public.
Partners with stakeholders including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier, industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to reduce bus and truck-related crashes.
The Medical Examiner
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations identify a person who can be a medical examiner by two criteria: professional licensure and scope of practice that includes performing physical examinations.
Medical Examiner means a person who is licensed, certified, and/or registered, in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations, to perform physical examinations. The term includes, but is nor limited to, doctors of medicine and osteopathy, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and chiropractors.
When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration completes the notice-and comment rulemaking for the proposed National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, healthcare professionals will be required to be trained and certified and listed on a national registry to perform physical examinations of truck and bus drivers. At this time, FMCSA does not endorse any medical examiner training, education or certification programs, and healthcare professionals are not required to be listed on a registry or other database to perform driver physical examinations.
Medical certification in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration physical qualification standards is required when the driver is operating a commercial vehicle interstate commerce that:
Has a combined gross vehicle weight or weight rating of 10,001 lbs. or more.
Is designed or used to transport 9-15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) whether for compensation or not.
Transports hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding under the hazardous materials regulations.
When a driver returns from an illness or injury that interferes with driving ability, the driver must undergo a medical examination even if the medical examiner's certificate has not expired.
The medical examiner's responsible for certifying only drivers who meet the physical qualification standards. Certification cannot exceed 2 years, and at the discretion of the FMCSA medical examiner, may be less than 2 years. The Federal Vision and Diabetes Exemption Programs require annual medical certification.
The medical examiner's certificate expires at midnight of the day, month, and year written on the certificate. There is no grace period on the expiration. The driver must be re-examined and recertified to continue to drive legally.
Medical Examination Report form
Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations do not require the medical examiner to give a copy of the Medical Examination Report form to the employer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does not prohibit employers from obtaining copies of the Medical Examination Report form. Medical examiners should have a release form signed by the driver if the employer wishes to obtain a copy of the Medical Examination Report form.
Employers must comply with applicable State and Federal laws regarding the privacy and maintenance of employee medical information.
Medical Examiner's Certificate
49 CFR 391.43 (g) addresses the distribution of the medical examiner's certificate If the medical examiner finds that the driver is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with S391.41(b), the medical examiner shall complete a medical examiner's certificate and furnish one copy to the driver and one copy to the motor carrier that employees driver. A release form is not required. The motor carrier is required to keep a copy of the certificate in the driver qualification file.
The medical examiner should also keep a copy of the medical examiner's certificate on file. The driver may request a replacement copy of the certificate from the medical examiner or get a copy of the certificate from the motor carrier.
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