ATA requests six-month delay of FMCSA's medical registry

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 5/20/2014

The American Trucking Associations has requested a delay of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Much like OOIDA’s petition that was filed a month earlier on April 8, the ATA cites an insufficient amount of medical examiners needed to successfully carry out the program.

The official letter was sent to Administrator Anne Ferro by ATA President and CEO Bill Graves on May 8, 2014.

“We found there are wide swaths of rural areas either without available medical examiners or which are severely underserved,” the Graves letter mentions.

ATA referred to a similar request earlier this year, which involved the use of medical cards to prove medical qualification. In that case, FMCSA planned to no longer accept the medical cards as proof of qualification during roadside inspections. A request for a one-year delay of that ruling was acknowledged. ATA is requesting a six-month delay of the National Registry implementation date of May 21.

To date, OOIDA has not received a response to its petition that was filed on April 8. FMCSA Spokesman Duane DeBruyne says that the agency is “closely monitoring the growing list and locations of certified medical examiners to ensure that an adequate number are registered by the May 21 deadline.”

Unless FMCSA grants the requests for a delay, the new National Registry is scheduled to go into effect on May 21, 2014. All medical certifications must be done by a medical examiner registered by FMCSA. Current certifications will still be valid and will not need to be renewed until the expiration date noted on the card.

The complete ATA letter to FMCSA can be viewed here.

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