Proposal would merge medical certification, CDL process

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Truckers have until Feb. 14 to comment on a plan to merge medical certificate information into the commercial driver’s license process. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal would meet the mandates of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 that require interstate CDL holders subject to the physical qualification requirement to provide their medical examiner’s certificate to their state driver licensing agency.

The proposal would make that information available to authorized personnel through the Commercial Driver License Information System and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System electronic inquiries. It also would be on the CDLIS motor vehicle record obtained by drivers and employers. CDL drivers no longer would have to carry the medical examiner’s certificate because their certification status would be verified electronically.

Comments can be submitted online at http://dms.dot.gov or by faxing (202) 493-2251; the docket number, FMCSA-1997-2210, must be included.