…Truck drivers challenge fed on sleep

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Friday, December 16, 2016

GRAIN VALLEY, Miss. – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a petition on Dec. 14 challenging language related to sleep apnea in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on medical examiner certification, according to the Journal of Commerce. The appendix of the rule states: “If the medical examiner detects a respiratory dysfunction, that in any way is likely to interfere with the driver's ability to safely control and drive a commercial motor vehicle, the driver must be referred to a specialist for further evaluation and therapy." At question, according to the OOIDA, is whether or not that constitutes a recommendation or a requirement. The group also argues the language could violate a law that blocks the FMCSA from requiring sleep apnea testing for truck drivers without a formal rulemaking process.