Changes in DOT Annual Exams Coming in 2014 [VIDEO]

September 18, 2013
by Michael Barber
Changes in DOT Annual Exams Coming in 2014 [VIDEO]

Nearly 4 million truck drivers are about to face a startling new reality, and most don't even realize it. Beginning in May 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is implementing new requirements for being a DOT Certified Medical Examiner. In fact, while there are over 440,000 healthcare providers performing DOT physicals today, as of August 2013, there were less than 1,500 providers that meet the new published standards.

Professional Driver Healthcare Issues

The video below, created by Urgent Care Travel, clearly outlines the healthcare concerns faced by the nations millions of professional drivers. A few of the highlights are as follows:

  • 80% of professional truck drivers are obese
  • 50% of truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea
  • 65% of drivers do not have a primary care physician

Each of these healthcare issues could be exacerbated by the DOT's new regulations, but Urgent Care Travel has proposed an interesting solution: urgent care clinics at truck stops and travel centers.

As May 2014 approaches, the DOT is certain to have on-boarded many more Certified Medical Examiner, but he solution proposed here is both innovative and practical and creates great accessibility for truckers. It also allows fleet management companies a better sense of security as these travel clinics qualified, efficient and help keep their drivers on the road.