Med certs issued by Georgia doc to be invalid starting May 2

By Land Line staff | Thursday, April 03, 2014

Truck drivers who received medical certification from Dr. Paul Besdansky of Georgia are being ordered to be re-examined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

FMCSA has determined that the late Dr. Paul Besdansky, formerly of Garden City, Ga., failed to conduct proper DOT medical examinations before his death, according to a notice issued by FMCSA. As a result, commercial driver’s license holders who currently possess a medical certificate signed by Dr. Besdansky are directed to be immediately re-examined by a medical examiner and to submit a new medical certificate to both the state agency that issued their CDL and to their employer.

All current medical certificates signed by Dr. Besdansky will be invalid as of May 2, 2014.

FMCSA believes that a majority of CDL holders with medical certificates signed by Dr. Besdansky reside in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, according to the notice.

Law enforcement personnel in other states should immediately inform the driver and FMCSA upon discovery of a medical certificate signed by Dr. Besdansky.

Drivers that have further questions are directed to contact the FMCSA Southern Service Center at fmcsadrivers@dot.gov.

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