FEASIBILITY OF CERTIFYING (DESIGNATING) MEDICAL EXAMINERS FOR INTERSTATE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of establishing a system of certifying all physicians who perform interstate commercial driver examinations as a step toward improving the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety's driver qualification program. Feasibility and acceptability of this proposed system were explored with the medical community, motor carrier management, and drivers' union representatives. In studying the availability of adequate qualified medical manpower, it was concluded that a sufficient pool was not available to operate a certified medical examiner system for all interstate commercial driver examinations. Five alternative plans were proposed. The one selected as being the most acceptable was a system of certifying medical examiners at the third examination level (i.e., when a driver's physician and the motor carrier's physician do not agree on the driver's medical condition). This proposal was considered the most feasible, not only from the standpoint of having enough qualified physicians to do the job, but it could be implemented by the Bureau without any legislative or regulatory changes. Means for implementation of this alternative plan, as well as budget estimates, are provided.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Health and Safety Associates, Incorportated

    Morton Grove, IL  USA  60053

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hames, L N
    • Petrucelli, E
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 129 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-878 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01762
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM