TRUCKERS' SLEEP APNEA * USA: OOIDA challenge against DOT RULE 2015
* Missouri - OOIDA files challenge to 2015 FMCSA med exam rule over sleep apnea provision
--- The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a challenge with a federal appeals court against a 2015 U.S. DOT rule that altered the driver medical examination process. OOIDA claims the DOT slipped in a provision on sleep apnea screening into the final rule that was not included in the proposed rule, thereby bypassing the legal rulemaking process... FMCSA declined to comment on OOIDA’s challenge to the rule...
St. Louis, Missouri, USA - CCJ, by James Jaillet - November 15, 2016
* DC - Truckers with high BMI to be screened for sleep apnea
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--- FMCSA’s Medical Review Board and Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee officially approved recommendations regarding sleep apnea screening for truck drivers. Some criteria would automatically disqualify drivers from receiving their medical certification, while others would allow drivers to receive conditional certification, pending a sleep study and treatment of sleep apnea should they be diagnosed... Truck operators with a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher would be flagged for sleep apnea screening if the recommendations are made law. Those truckers would receive a 90-day medical certification, during which time they must have an in-lab sleep study. If diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, they would need to begin treatment within the 90-day period...
Washington, DC, USA - CCJ by James Jaillet - October 26, 2016