Next time you are at your doctor or speaking with one on the phone, ask him one of the following questions:
- How long does a DOT driver have to wait after having a heart attack before he can drive a truck legally?
- If a driver has a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, what extra paperwork does he need to bring with him to his next DOT exam?
- Can a driver be a diabetic? What medications can a driver take to stop smoking? What are acceptable levels of hearing and vision loss?
- Doctors and specialists treat the conditions mentioned above every day, but would you be surprised to learn that the standards to drive a private vehicle are different than those imposed on commercial drivers?
The DOT Medical Certification is more than just a physical exam
It ALSO requires the doctor to know the government regulations controlling what conditions drivers can have and what medications drivers are permitted to use while operating a federally regulated commercial vehicle.
If you are not sure of the qualifications of your drivers’ doctors to perform this exam, you are not alone. Because of this, the federal government will soon be requiring all doctors wanting to perform DOT exams to receive Federal Training and be certified on a national registry to perform DOT driver certifications.
Not only are our doctors qualified to perform these exams, but some have participated in the development of this government training program. More importantly ALL of our DOT medical examiners are experts in the DOT examination and would have no problem answering any of the questions we mentioned above.