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    Medical certificate changes begin Jan. 30

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    Medical certificate changes begin Jan. 30
    By Jill Dunn
    Published November, 04 2011

    A new law affecting medical certificates for CDL holders will begin implementation Jan. 30 and be phased in through 2014.

    On Dec. 1, 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a final rule to require CDL holders to provide a current original or copy of their medical examiner’s certificate to the issuing state driver licensing agency.

    CDL holders will have to continue carrying a paper copy of their medical certificate (DOT medical card) and carriers also will have to keep a copy of drivers’ medical certificates until Jan. 30, 2014.

    Starting Jan. 30, those applying or renewing CDLs must certify with their state driver license agencies what interstate or intrastate driving category they fall under. A few states do not require proof of medical fitness for CDL holders driving in intrastate commerce.

    Also on that date, those applying or renewing CDLs under the non-excepted interstate category must provide their DMV with an original or copy of their medical examiner’s certificate. Current CDL holders under this category must self-certify and provide the medical examiner’s certificate to their DMV by Jan. 30, 2014.

    The purpose of the changes is to link the medical certificate to the CDL and include driver medical record in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, the federal electronic database.
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    What next, talk of cutting driving hours, letting mexican trucks into USA, it seems like the truck driver is more limited on their earning potential with all of the new rules and regulations that wont stop. Zero Emission Trucks, i wonder how long until they park all of the poor owner operators that dont have a zero emmision??
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    they really don't understand how important we are to the US economy , our employees check us out, our doctors and now the license department is ,if your 10 lbs over weight you might be out of a job soon at this rate
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird42368 View Post
    if your 10 lbs over weight you might be out of a job soon at this rate
    That will eliminate 70% of truck drivers...I wonder if you could get disability,if thats the case??I dont think the US Gestapo,uhhh,i meant Gubment wants to go that route.
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    how does this work if you have a cdl but dont drive anymore. drove for a long time but have a diffrent job now would like to keep my cdl incase i would go back to trucking i dont have a curent dot medical. but would get one if needed to to drive but dont want to go threw the bull to get one for no reason. sounds like a nother money sceem to screw the trucking ind. when times get tough take it out on the truck drivers.

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    it's not hard to see what a scam the whole medical card thing is when you see what 'rolls" out of trucks at truck stops.
    I know a guy that has every medical condition you could think of, and he just got a 2yr card on his last physical. He was so excited, he put off his retirement another year so he could keep his insurance. He said he hadn't gotten a 2yr card since the 90's..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpshooter View Post
    it's not hard to see what a scam the whole medical card thing is when you see what 'rolls" out of trucks at truck stops.
    I know a guy that has every medical condition you could think of, and he just got a 2yr card on his last physical. He was so excited, he put off his retirement another year so he could keep his insurance. He said he hadn't gotten a 2yr card since the 90's..lol
    unbelievable
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    Quote Originally Posted by alvan View Post
    how does this work if you have a cdl but dont drive anymore. drove for a long time but have a diffrent job now would like to keep my cdl incase i would go back to trucking i dont have a curent dot medical. but would get one if needed to to drive but dont want to go threw the bull to get one for no reason. sounds like a nother money sceem to screw the trucking ind. when times get tough take it out on the truck drivers.
    You will have to get a physical in order to keep your CDL. The new law states that if you currently have a CDL and you don't use it for driving a commercial vehicle, you'll have to decide whether to keep it or not, but if you decide to keep it, a DOT physical will be required and has to be done by January 30,2012. Otherwise, you'll need to surrender your CDL and trade it for a Class C license.

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    The way i look at it i just renewed my CDL last year and have not received anything about this so i dont have to renew for 3 year and then i will make that decesion if going to get physical or not. When they make changes to the Farmers on the road that dont have to have anything this is why they are just messing with truck Ind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alvan View Post
    The way i look at it i just renewed my CDL last year and have not received anything about this so i dont have to renew for 3 year and then i will make that decesion if going to get physical or not. When they make changes to the Farmers on the road that dont have to have anything this is why they are just messing with truck Ind.
    I just got a letter in the mail yesterday about it from DMV


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