FMCSA To Require Truckers to Carry Paper Medical Cards Until 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced last week that they have pushed back the date when commercial truck drivers will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical examiner’s certification and carry it with them, moving the date back to January 30, 2015.

A 2008 FMCSA rule intended for paper copies to be phased out this month by combining a driver’s CDL and medical certificate, allowing drivers to carry just the one card and enforcement personnel to be able to access the certificate electronically from the CDL.

The agency’s January 10th announcement of the extension was necessary because of a lack of readiness from some states and their inability to fully comply with the new system, the agency said. The extension, the agency says, was done “to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations” in the states that have had trouble getting systems in place.

The requirement that drivers self-report their operating status and provide their CDL-issuing state with a valid medical examiner’s certificate, however, is still Jan. 30, 2014, and drivers who do not self-report by then could lose their CDL privileges. All states are handling the self-reporting procedure differently, though, and drivers are urged to check with their CDL-issuing state to see how they should handle the self-reporting process.

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