In the wake of an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in North Carolina and the rest of U.S., the time has come for authorities to analyze the reasons and circumstances under which such collisions occur. In order to ensure the safety of commercial vehicle drivers, as well as all drivers on the road, necessary steps are imminent and steps are already being taken to reduce commercial vehicle accidents.
Recently, one such measure has been initiated by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The department has asked commercial vehicle drivers to get their USDOT physicals performed by certified medical professionals. It has mandated that the health professionals be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
The system is stressing safety as the highest priority, and ensures that every commercial driver is focused, alert and physically fit to drive. Medical professionals listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners are well equipped with the knowledge and detailed understanding of USDOT standards of fitness. This makes them capable of ensuring that commercial vehicle drivers are fit enough and meet the health criteria set out by the USDOT, essential to operate commercial vehicles on interstate highways and roads.
The program is based on federal legal provisions and recommendations by the Transportation Safety Board to check for issues, including hearing, vision, muscle function, respiration and cardiovascular health in commercial drivers. Drivers will need medical examinations every two years. Listed health examiners must also undergo periodic training and tests for recertification. The new measures have been put in place to prevent cases of commercial vehicle accidents and related injuries and fatalities.
Source: FMCSA.DOT.gov, “DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners,” accessed on Aug. 8, 2014