FMCSA Issues Of Concern

There are many issues that the FMCSA is dealing with right now concerning driver safety and health. The new regulations and the continued enforcement of existing rules and regulations are designed to help insure a safer roadway.

One of the hottest issues on the table are the new medical forms that are to be used for commercial drivers that will help detect the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Earlier this year the FMCSA’s Medical Review Board determined that drivers with a body-mass index, BMI, of 30 would need testing for the sleep disorder. If the driver is diagnosed with sleep apnea and remains untreated, sleep apnea would then become grounds for disqualifying a driver from obtaining or renewing his CDL.

FMCSA is also attacking the abuse of alcohol and drugs by seeking a federal clearinghouse that would allow fleets to determine if a prospective new driver has any prior convictions involving alcohol and/or drugs. This would replace the current requirement that requires driver training schools to conduct extensive drug and alcohol background checks since the FMCSA would have all relevant information located in its national database.

The FMCSA has also stated in a memo that was sent out last month, that it would not relax it’s position on regulations prohibiting commercial drivers from using medical marijuana. The FMCSA will continue to enforce the regulations, despite the current administration’s relaxed posture concerning the use of medical marijuana.