More than three months after the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners launched, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has released a survey for truck drivers to express their opinions and experiences about the new medical certification process.
Conducted by the OOIDA Foundation, the 20-question online survey seeks to evaluate and assess the impacts to small-business owners and drivers as a result of the National Registry. OOIDA has detailed several issues to arise from NRCME and has identified other unforeseen concerns.
Truck drivers who have gone through the medical certification process since May 21 can take the survey by clicking here. All responses will remain confidential.
The National Registry requires drivers to receive medical certification from medical professionals who are part of the registry. Official examiners will be trained on FMCSA’s regulations and the physical standards of the truck driving industry.
Based on FMCSA’s projections, 40,000 medical professionals will be needed to sufficiently meet the demands of truckers once the program is in full swing. Current medical certificates held by commercial driver’s license holders will continue to be valid until the expiration date that is shown on the card. Only then will the driver need to seek a certified medical examiner to perform a new examination.
As of Sept. 4, 2014, there are 36,647 medical professionals certified under the National Registry.
Both OOIDA and American Trucking Associations still have serious concerns about whether those estimations represent a sufficient number of examiners to meet demand. On April 8, OOIDA filed a petition to have NRCME delayed. On May 8, the American Trucking Associations sent a letter of request to Administrator Ferro also requesting a delay in the program.
Certified examiners can be located by city, state or ZIP code on FMCSA’s website.
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