Friday, April 28, 2017

Are Truck Drivers Better Off Under the Labor Department?

Interesting.  The upshot here in this NY Times article is that If the Labor Department and not the Department of Transportation through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulated truck drivers, at minimum, more attention would be placed instead on the person behind the wheel.  Driver power. Yeah!

Long-Haul Sweatshops - The New York Times

Thursday, November 7, 2013

DMV Self Certification Forms

What better way to start than with a Q & A or comment:
Q:  Hello how are you? I spoke to my boss after my physical, he told me I didn’t need a physical because I’m an Intrastate driver an not to renew my certificate when it expires. He told me to go to DMV one month before it expires an put an A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction on my license. MTA drivers don’t leave the state of NY… L.B.
A:Thanks for your email.  Just make sure that if you select Excepted Intrastate (EA) as you did, that you do not cross state lines ( i.e. New York to New Jersey for example).  That is one example of INTERstate driving and that is one of the reasons some of the MTA CDL holders I see give for maintaining their Medical Examiner’s(ME’s) certificate.  You don’t want to be stopped for any reason by DOT crossing state lines even briefly and not have a ME’s certificate.  Some of these other drivers I see may have other jobs that require INTERstate driving and some simply want to maintain the full flexibility of their CDLs.  Bychecking off Non-excepted INTERstate (NI) and maintaining their ME’s certificate they are not restricted as to where they can drive.  You however will be restricted if you do not renew you ME certificate and check off EA.  See following from NYS DMV; Also please note the following changes planned for the A3 and K restrictions also from DMV:  Great
question L.B.
“Excepted Intrastate (EA)
Commercial driving operation is restricted to New York State, permitted for excepted operation only and you are exempt from the Federal
medical requirements.
You must be age 18 or older (21 or older when noted for certain excepted operations).
You must have the K (CDL Intrastate Only) and the A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction on your driver license
“Changes to the K and A3 Restrictions
A3 Restriction
The description of the A3 restriction will change from “Municipal or School Operation Only” to “Med Cert Exempt.” This encompasses all of
the federal and state Excepted types of operation.
If you operate only in Excepted operations, you are not required to hold a USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate. If you are Municipal or
School operator, you will still be eligible for the A3 restriction because these are Excepted types of operation.
If you currently have an A3 restriction, you do not need to amend your license to change the description of the restriction. The “Municipal or
School Operation Only” description is valid until you renew your license. When you renew, the restriction description will automatically be
converted to “Med Cert Exempt.”
“K Restriction
If you have a K restriction (CDL Intrastate Only), you are limited to driving in New York State only. However, the K restriction will no longer
mean that you do not need USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
You must obtain an A3 (Med Cert Exempt) restriction in addition to your K restriction if:
you were issued a K restriction because your original CDL was issued prior to September 9, 1999, and
you were not able to meet the federal medical requirements.
The two restrictions together will verify to law enforcement and USDOT representatives that you are not required to have a USDOT Medical
Examiner’s Certificate and that your operation is limited to New York State only.”
Safety Foremost,
DOT Medical Examiner.

Who am I?

Welcome to DOT Medical Examiner’s blog.  Let’s talk medical stuff pertaining to driver medical qualifications such as DOT physicals, Urine drug and alcohol testing as well as FMCSA regulations affecting drivers and motor carriers. 

I’m a board certified medical doctor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, focusing on the issues affecting commercial truck drivers since 2009 and is listed in the US DOT FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since it’s inception.  My date of  certification is 1/25/2013.  This is a new program started by the FMCSA requiring that all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards.  See

The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on Friday April 20, 2012, with an effective date of May 21, 2012.  Compliance is required beginning May 21, 2014.  So get ready!
Thanks, and let’s hear your thoughts.
DOT Medical Examiner.