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OOIDA launches online resource to help truckers prepare for DOT exams

By David Tanner, senior editor

OOIDA has launched a new online resource to help truckers prepare for their DOT physicals and share information with fellow drivers about their experiences under the system, which requires their physicals to be performed by FMCSA-certified medical examiners.

The resource, which can be found at ooida.com under the Issues & Actions/Regulatory tabs or accessed directly at ooida.com/ReviewDoc, will help drivers be more informed when preparing for a DOT medical exam through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched the registry in May 2014. Many truckers who have held two-year or one-year medical cards are just now navigating the system for the first time, and many have questions. Truckers who have gone through a DOT physical under the new system have questions and concerns as well.

“This website will provide a variety of resources to help drivers prepare for a visit to a certified medical examiner,” OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Scott Grenerth said.

The site features 10 concise topics to help truckers prepare for their exam. 

“All are meant to ensure people don’t repeat mistakes others have made, and all are meant to make sure the driver is as informed as possible before stepping into a doctor’s office,” Grenerth said.

For example, a driver should begin preparing 30 days in advance of a doctor’s visit because an examiner may ask for medical tests and results.

A helpful feature on the website allows truckers to submit reviews of their medical examiners and to search for reviews that other drivers have submitted. Reviews, which are anonymous, are meant to inform and help truckers find the docs who are doing good work and avoid ones that get bad reviews.

“Drivers need to be informed consumers because there are unscrupulous people out there who look at a truck driver as an ATM and try to extract money out of that driver before they leave the office,” Grenerth said. “There are also genuinely confused examiners who clearly lack clarity on what to do in some areas.” LL