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FMCSA reminder for medical examiner registry sent a day after OOIDA's delay plea

Only some 25 percent of the goal of 40,000 medical examiners has been reached with only six weeks to go before the enforcement deadline, according to OOIDA.

The Trucker News Services

4/9/2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a reminder to commercial vehicle drivers, motor carriers and motor coach companies that effective May 21, all interstate CMV drivers will be required to have their medical examinations performed by a certified medical examiner listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

If drivers already have had an exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date, the FMCSA said.  

Drivers can find certified medical examiners in their area or any part of the country by visiting the National Registry website and searching by ZIP code, state or medical examiner name.

The reminder comes one day after the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) asked the FMCSA to extend the registration deadline for certified examiners.

Only some 25 percent of the goal of 40,000 medical examiners has been reached with only six weeks to go before the enforcement deadline, according to OOIDA. The group is concerned that some truck drivers will not be able to become recertified before their current certification expires.

The FMCSA said Wednesday the agency was closely monitoring the growing list and locations of certified medical examiners to ensure that an adequate number are registered by the May 21 deadline.

The agency said currently, more than 13,000 medical professionals have passed the exam to be added to the registry, 4,200 more are scheduled to take the test, and an additional 19,600 have signed up to start the process. There are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities.

“It is also important to emphasize that most drivers will not need a new physical exam immediately following the May deadline,” said Marissa Padilla, an FMCSA spokesperson. “Their medical certificates will continue to be valid until the expiration date that is shown on the card. Only then will the driver need to seek a certified medical examiner.”

To visit the registry website, click here.

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