Insulin Diabetes Rule Change! (BEST NEWS EVER For Me!)

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Marc Lee's Comment
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FINALLY CAUGHT A BREAK!

Truck drivers with stable insulin regimens and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) will no longer have to seek an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to drive interstate.

A Final Rule to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register allows certified medical examiners to grant truckers with insulin-treated diabetes a Medical Examiner’s Certificate that’s good for one year. The rule will take effect Nov. 19.

https://www.overdriveonline.com/diabetic-truckers-with-proper-treatment-no-longer-need-fmcsa-waiver-to-operate/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=09-18-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=d7659e822de8b9aad0a878c950ddfb47

I see my Endocrinologist Friday but do not need her to do the paperwork and will not need the 6-month wait!

Like the rest my classmates, I can now graduate into an OTR job!

WOO F'ING HOO!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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That is great! I am type 2.

I find it crazy that us diabetics can only get a 1 year card, when someone in far worse overall health than we are can get a 2 year card. I listened as a driver, who was grossly overweight, could barely walk, and smoked, mention he got his 2 year card. It doesn't make sense to me.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Yes, I know. Cousin routinely sees a 350 lbs. + trucker (4M mi.+) at the cigar store. Not sure how he gets one at all!

Rule going away had been around since 2003, which replaced the outright ban.

I got a waiver from WI in about a week (after a minor paperwork change). Could have asked for 48-hour rush processing if needed. This was fine for Learner's Permit. Issue was Fed. waiver could have taken 6 months or more, including where they were going to publish my request TWICE in the Fed. Register, allowing for a 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD!

Welcome change to a crazy process!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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