Road rules

By |  January 6, 2012

NSSGA is following developments in a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule for states, requiring interstate truck drivers to provide proof from a medical professional that they are healthy enough to drive. The kicker? States failing to comply face a 5 percent cut in their federal highway funds, with that penalty doubling if they do not come into conformance the following year. Noncompliant states would have a grace period as long as they submit a plan to adopt the new rule. The deadline is Jan. 30 for drivers’ license offices to implement this requirement for truck drivers. Federal law already requires truck drivers to get medical clearance from a doctor. The new rule requires truck drivers to submit medical approval forms to state licensing offices, which are then required to enter the information into a national database. The Associated Press reported on this new rule in recent days.

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