For the first time since FMCSA said it was no longer requiring a
three-year driving requirement, six truckers have applied for exemptions from
the diabetes standard.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice on
the Federal Register, Monday,
Dec. 19, announcing that six individuals were seeking the exemptions. If
granted, the exemptions will allow the truckers with insulin-treated diabetes
mellitus to drive interstate.
An exemption can be granted for a two-year period if FMCSA finds “such
exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or
greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.” The
agency can renew the exemption at the end of the two-year period.
Insulin treated diabetics must now prove control of their Type 1
diabetes for 60 days and Type 2 diabetes for 30 days in order to qualify for an
exemption, according to the recently enacted highway funding legislation.
According to the Federal Register,
all six of the exemption applicants state they have not had “hypoglycemic
reactions resulting in the loss of consciousness, requiring in the assistance
of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred
without warning in the past five years.”
Before the highway funding legislation was enacted into law, all of
these applicants would have also been required to have three years driving
requirement. However, the highway funding legislation directed FMCSA to
eliminate this driving requirement.
FMCSA abolished the previously three-year requirement in November.
FMCSA published a notice of final disposition on the Federal Register Nov. 8 making the elimination of the
driving requirement official.
“FMCSA will immediately discontinue use of the three-year criterion for
drivers with (insulin-treated diabetes mellitus),” the notice stated.
“Applications from drivers with ITDM will no longer be denied because the
drivers do not have three years of experience operating (commercial motor
vehicles), while using insulin.
“FMCSA will also no longer require submission of a driving record in
order to determine exemption eligibility.”
Comments will be accepted on the exemption requests until Jan. 18,
– By Jami Jones, senior editor