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In an attempt to maintain awareness of consistent changes to DOT Regulations, in order to better serve your needs relative to DOT compliance, I frequently visit government websites that provide public notices on new DOT regulations and changes to existing transportation safety rules. Recently, there was a very interesting entry in the Federal Register regarding DOT regulated CDL drivers who have diabetes.
Over the past 28 years, I have been the bearer of bad news to some of the drivers with diabetes of our safety consulting clients, who were no longer allowed to drive a CMV requiring a CDL in interstate commerce without a costly exemption from the FMCSA. Being a diabetic myself, and having it totally controlled with insulin, I felt the existing limitations on drivers may have been unwarranted in most cases. Therefore, I was excited to see this public notice.
For many drivers who have had to make a career change, or limit their driving to local or intrastate at the most, this is great news. It may also prove to be a fix to the driver shortage issues common in the industry.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule, with the effective date of November 19, 2019. For more detailed information, follow the link below:
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