Insulin-Dependent Diabetics May Be Allowed to Drive Commercial Vehicles

With the trucking and transportation industry facing an ever-increasing driver shortage, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking earlier this month, which would allow drivers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitius to be qualified to drive commercial motor vehicles. Previously, such individuals were medically disqualified unless they obtained an exemption. If the rule is passed, the driver could obtain an Medical Examiner’s Certification if the driver provides documentation from his or her treating physician to the Medical Examiner that the diabetes is stable and well-controlled. For more information on this proposed rule see:

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/rulemaking/2015-09993

Gerard J. Dragna
gdragna@mblb.com