October 23, 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published a rule which will allow individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes to be qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
Previously, individuals with diabetes that required injections were prohibited from driving a CMV in interstate commerce unless they obtained an exemption from FMCSA. The exemption process was time-consuming and cumbersome.
The revised rule enables a certified medical examiner to grant an individual with diabetes a medical certificate for up to 12 months. To do so, the treating clinician who prescribes insulin for an individual’s diabetes, will provide an assessment form to the certified medical examiner. The form will indicate that the individual maintains a stable insulin regimen and proper control of his or her diabetes. The certified medical examiner is then responsible for determining if the individual meets FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and can operate in interstate commerce.
This new rule is a win-win for FMCSA, carriers, and drivers who have previously been disqualified. By implementing this rule, FMCSA has helped bring drivers with diabetes back into the industry and will eliminate most of the issues with having to apply for an exemption.