Local Chiropractor James Todd received a new license for doing CDL exams.
Todd started preparing for the exam in March of last year.
“I studied sometimes until four in the morning,” Todd said. “I passed the exam in November and have been doing exams since then.” Todd took the four month course through New York Chiropractic College. “I took the course and completed it,” Todd stated. “Then I qualified for the exam and passed.”
Todd is the only chiropractor in the area so far to receive this certificate. According to The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association, only have 1,573 who have taken and passed the medical examiner exam. Once the new medical card rules go into effect, drivers will have to get their medical exam from the FMCSA-approved examiners.
The FMSCA has changed the qualifications for primary health care physicians, nurse practitioners, medical doctors, osteopaths and chiropractors.
“They have changed these qualifications in order to decrease number of fatalities, injuries and property damage,” Todd said. “Physicians must do thorough screens on the drivers. Cardiac, cardiovascular, respiratory and diabetic drivers are the leading cause of preventable crashes. Preventable causes are the reason for the new changes and increase in physical requirements. Doctors are to screen starting in May. I hope to get more business from truck drivers being here on Main Street where truckers drive along. I have done more than 50 exams since November.”
According to the Truckers Report, The FMCSA has said that they are well on track toward training, testing, certifying, and listing medical examiners that will be able to give DOT-required physicals to drivers, as Todd is doing. They announced last year that it would be looking to create a national registry of medical examiners that would be more qualified and better trained to give DOT physicals, thereby cutting down on the number of medically unfit drivers.
All commercial drivers must pass a Department of Transportation medical exam at least every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate, maintain their commercial driver’s license and legally drive a commercial motor vehicle. Medical examiners perform approximately 3 million exams on commercial truck and bus drivers each year, according to the FMCSA.
This regulation applies to interstate drivers only. Intrastate drivers must follow state medical-certification requirements.