XM show to include chat with FMCSA head, OOIDA member

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Friday, November 14, 2008

One OOIDA member with firsthand knowledge of a sleep disorder is scheduled to speak directly with a key federal regulator on the issue.

Bob Stanton, an OOIDA Member from Batavia, IL, plans to appear on “Dave Nemo Live” on XM Satellite Radio’s Open Road Channel 171 on Monday, Nov. 17. Stanton, who uses a C-PAP machine in his truck’s sleeper berth to treat his apnea, has been an advocate for the rights of truckers to obtain treatment for sleep conditions.

Michael Burns, general manager for Dave Nemo’s show, said Stanton will call in and speak directly with John Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“We’re pretty excited,” Burns said. “When John started coming on the show, a couple of years ago, this is where we kind of wanted it to head. It’s pretty exciting for us.”

Stanton said he plans to talk about driver health issues, and specifically some of his concerns regarding the FMCSA Medical Review Board’s recent recommendation related to sleep apnea. The board recommended that all drivers with a body mass index of 30 or greater undergo mandatory sleep studies, which typically include a one or two night overnight stay at a facility at a cost of $2,000 to $3,000.

Hill has made regular calls to Nemo’s show, and has shown an increasing willingness to talk directly with some callers, Burns said.

“Early on, there was some reluctance to do that – with the different personalities that you get and everything, but he got over that,” Burns said. “He’s a welcome guest now. He likes to come on the show and talk directly to the drivers.”

Nemo’s show airs from 7 a.m. to noon seven days a week.

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