New DOT Federal Regulations

posted May 28, 2014, 8:39 AM by Daniel Zerbe   [ updated May 28, 2014, 8:40 AM ]
Since 5/21/2014, all commercial motor vehicle drivers (CMV) who are required to be medically certified must be examined and certified by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry. Some of our providers are now authorized to provide medical examinations to commercial motor vehicle drivers in accordance with the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). There has been an increased emphasis placed on safety in reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The FMCSA develops and enforces these new regulations. Part of the new requirement is that we as healthcare providers need to be certified in order to provide DOT physical examinations.  
When you call to make an appointment please state that you are in need of a DOT physical because it does require more time for paperwork etc. than a typical physical examination appointment.  Also, we encourage patients to anticipate when their certification will expire and to schedule well enough in advance so as to not let their card expire. Starting to plan for this 30 days before the expiration date of your current card is wise.