FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders subject to the physical qualification requirements of the FMCSRs to provide a current original or copy of their medical examiner’s certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA). The Agency also requires the SDLA to record on the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) driver record the selfcertification the driver made regarding the applicability of the Federal driver qualification rules and, for drivers subject to those requirements, the medical certification status information specified in this final rule. Other conforming requirements are also implemented. This action is required by section 215 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA).
SUMMARY: The FMCSA proposes to establish and maintain a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) and to require that all medical examiners who conduct medical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers complete certain training concerning FMCSA physical qualification standards, pass a test to verify an understanding of those standards, and maintain competence by periodic training and testing. Following establishment of the NRCME and a transition period, FMCSA would accept as valid only medical examiners’ certificates issued by medical examiners listed on the NRCME. The FMCSA is developing the NRCME program to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified to determine effectively whether a commercial motor vehicle driver’s health meets FMCSA standards. The program implements requirements in 49 U.S.C. 31149 and supports FMCSA’s goal to improve safety and reduce fatalities on our Nation’s highways.