Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Feds Seek to Take Medically Unfit Commercial Drivers Off the Road

The AP reports that federal safety regulators have begun taking steps to get medically unfit truck drivers and bus operators off the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require states to merge commerical truck and bus drivers licenses and drivers' medical examination certificates into a single electronic record. Combining the two will allow states to check whether drivers have met medical requirements to operate commercial vehicles. A government study earlier this year found hundreds of thousands of drivers operating trucks and buses despite having qualified for medical disability payments.

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