Sept. 22, drivers with insulin-dependent diabetes can apply to the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption from
medical restrictions first put in place in 1970.
description of requirements under the revised rules appears in the
Sept. 3 issue of the Federal Register (Vol. 68, No. 170, Page 52441).
the revised rules, applicants must have a valid intrastate CDL and
must have operated a CMV while using insulin to control a diabetic
condition for the three years immediately preceding the application.
three-year requirement of the program provides certainty to public
safety, and also protects drivers (who take insulin),” FMCSA said.
“The ability to operate CMVs safely for three years clearly helps
to indicate that applicants can perform the arduous work required
in this type of job category.”
said the three-year requirement would restrict the number of drivers
eligible for an exemption. However, it added, “The agency has no
desire to make the program more stringent than necessary and will
therefore leave this docket open indefinitely in order to provide
a means for the submission of additional views and data on the need
for three years of driving experience.”
three-year driving record can't have any suspensions or revocation,
no convictions for disqualifying offenses, no more than one serious
traffic violation, and no accidents where the applicant contributed
to the cause or received a citation for a moving violation.
cannot have other disqualifying medical conditions and must provide
certification that the driver meets diabetes-related qualifications.
drivers also must maintain a daily record of actual driving time
to correlate with daily glucose measurements. They will be required
to check glucose before starting to drive and take any needed corrective
addition, exempted drivers must provide quarterly reports of their
medical condition and monitoring devices and will have to undergo
annual evaluations by an endocrinologist and an ophthalmologist
or optometrist. They will be required to report any diabetes-related
medical problems to FMCSA and report any involvement in an accident
whether or not it is diabetes related.