May 2 deadline approaching for renewal of med certs issued by Georgia doc

By Land Line staff | Friday, April 11, 2014

There is only three more weeks for the estimated 3,000 truckers who received medical certification from Dr. Paul Besdansky of Georgia.

Truck drivers who received medical certification from Dr. Paul Besdansky of Georgia before June 30, 2013, must be re-examined according to 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. There is some speculation that some drivers in Alabama may also be affected.

The agency has sent letters and along with a list of frequently asked questions to the drivers they suspect hold medical certificates signed by Dr. Besdansky. The agency is also directing law enforcement personnel in other states to 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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