DOT considers sleep testing

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WASHINGTON – The federal government is seeking public input on whether it should require sleep tests for commercial drivers and railroad workers. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration announced the proposal March 8. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended the DOT take action to address OSA screening.

“It is imperative for everyone’s safety that commercial motor vehicle drivers and train operators be fully focused and immediately responsive at all times,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “DOT strongly encourages comment from the public on how to best respond to this national health and transportation safety issue.”

The FMCSA has been working on guidelines for testing and treating commercial drivers for nearly a decade.

The joint advance notice of proposed rulemaking is the first step as both agencies consider proposing the requirement.

The FMCSA and the FRA will hold three public sessions, in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, to get input.

To read the notice or provide comment, go here.