Exemptions Lifted on Operators with Properly Managed Diabetes

Nov. 8, 2018 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ruled to revise regulations in order to qualify individuals who have properly controlled diabetes to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without an exemption. The FMCSA scheduled the revisions to take effect on Nov. 19, 2018.

Before this ruling, individuals with properly controlled Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus (ITDM) were required to obtain an exemption from the FMCSA before being permitted to drive CMVs in interstate commerce.

The process enables a certified medical examiner to grant the operator with ITDM a Medical Examiner’s Certificate that is valid for up to one year by submitting an ITDM Assessment Form. This will determine if the operator meets FMCSA’s physical qualification standards.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the U.S. Department of Transportation division responsible for regulating commercial motor vehicles.

This regulatory update is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice.