Medical Examiners For SPE Certificate

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Phantom_Pain's Comment
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Greetings,

I am new to this forum and have recently considered a career in trucking as my other options have turned into anything but options.

Now in case you haven't already figured out by the title of this thread and my forum handle, I have a prosthetic limb. I lost my left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident many moons ago. I have been doing a non-CDL driving job for a well known auto parts company up until recently. My working hours got cut from 40 a week to 30, then to 25 hours, so with some money saved up I said "enough of this ****" and set out to find better work. My hours being slashed was all thanks to the un-Affordable Healthcare Act and the criminal corrupt politicians that passed it who know better on how to manage my life than I do. After quitting that job I applied at FedEx home delivery for a job in which I would be driving a Ford E150 delivery van that anyone with a standard drivers license can drive. I got sent to Concentra for my DOT physical and drug screen. The medical examiner tells me when he is filling out my DOT medical card that it is only valid when accompanied by an SPE certificate.

I was upset upon hearing this(didn't get the job because of it) and asked why I needed a SPE certificate to drive a van which isn't a commercial vehicle or requires a CDL to operate. I was told that because these vans I would be driving have DOT numbers on them and sometimes transport hazardous materials, that I would need an SPE certificate. What that has to do with my leg being prosthetic and me driving a van with a magical DOT number is completely mind boggling. Even more so since I drive a pickup truck daily with my prosthetic leg and no restrictions on my drivers license. More bureaucratic BS red tape courtesy of the idiots in our government making up more of these "this will keep you safe" regulations I guess.

So I have done some looking around about the SPE certificate and other than people posting links to the FMCSA website about the SPE certificate requirement for people like me, I can't actually find anyone who has been through the process. The FMCSA has a national registry of certified medical examiners on the website so I called one local to me. They are an occupational health clinic. I told them that I am looking to get a medical evaluation so I can get my SPE and then start training to get my CDL license. They tell me they that they don't do those and couldn't recommend me to an office who might. Called a few other places with the required board certified Orthopedic/Physiatrist doctors and they have no clue what an SPE certificate is.

So now that you have read some about my background, is there anybody on this forum that has gone through the process of getting and SPE certificate? I can't find anyone elsewhere who has gone through the process and I am beginning to think that no one has at this point. Whoever has gone through the process should get some kind of medal of recognition or prize haha.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bill F.'s Comment
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I am not a driver yet myself but I do have time to do some research. According to the FMCSA they have already given out over 3000 SPE certificates. Apparently there are only two places in the country that can do the evaluation for you. (Matteson, IL and Atlanta, GA) The following link is to the FMCSA web site concerning your issues. SPE certificate program Best of luck to you...

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Phantom_Pain's Comment
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I am not a driver yet myself but I do have time to do some research. According to the FMCSA they have already given out over 3000 SPE certificates. Apparently there are only two places in the country that can do the evaluation for you. (Matteson, IL and Atlanta, GA) The following link is to the FMCSA web site concerning your issues. SPE certificate program Best of luck to you...

Thanks Bill F. Unfortunately, me having to go to Georgia or Illinois is going to complicate things but, I do have a friend in Chicago so I might just go and do the evaluation there.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bill F.'s Comment
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Phantom Pain, According to the information on the FMCSA website I linked, Texans go to the Atlanta, GA service center. I don't know how much flexibility they have but you should definitely give them a call or email them. Maybe they will allow you to go to the Illinois service center. I included the contact information below...Again best of luck.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Skill Performance Evaluation Program 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20590 United States FMCSAMedical@dot.gov Phone: 202-366-4001 Business Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm ET, M-F

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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