ATA Reminds Drivers toRetain Medical Cards

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ATA Reminds Drivers toRetain Medical Cards

ATA reminds all carriers that drivers must retain a paper copy of their medical examiner’s certificate until January 30, 2015. This is necessary since some states are still unable to append medical certification information to a driver’s Motor Vehicle Record (MVR). Others are facing significant backlogs which have delayed the updating of MVRs beyond the required ten days. As a result, rivers are being cited by law enforcement at roadside for not having their medical qualifications up to date despite having submitted the required information to their State Drivers Licensing Agency (SDLA). In January of 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration addressed this concern by issuing a rule requiring drivers to retain the paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate until January 30, 2015. Carriers are encouraged to retain a copy of the FMCSA issued rule to mitigate potential confusion at roadside, and to use if challenging a roadside citation. If available, drivers should also retain any receipt provided by the SDLA at the time they submitted their med card.

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