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Truck Drivers to Face Stricter DOT Medical Exams

Pro Trucker - Ed Webb

Pro Trucker - Ed Webb

Truck driver, Ed Webb learned first-hand how states are increasing their attention to the testing of sleep apnea. After being woken up by an Indiana state trooper when he heard snoring coming from the truck, he found himself being audited by the State of Indiana.

Although Webb is quick to mention that CPAP treatment has “changed my life,” his story of how he arrived there shows a growing trend by the states in becoming more aggressive in their approach to drivers who may suffer from the sleep apnea condition.

Mr. Webb joined us on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” on Wednesday, June 22nd to share his story.

Ed was featured in the June, 2011 issue of Truckers News Magazine cover story, Medically Certified, and senior editors Max Kvidera and Todd Dills were also our guests, discussing their examination of medical certification regulations at both the Federal and State levels.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills

Max Kvidera

Max Kvidera

Webb’s story is a case in point to increased state-level attention to the sleep apnea condition – the state of Indiana audits the treatment of drivers with sleep apnea, as he found out in November of 2009.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can catch it here, as we discussed how stricter DOT medical examinations will be placing the professional truck driver under more scrutiny and examine the possibilities of the states getting between the licensed physician and the driver.

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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4 Responses to Truck Drivers to Face Stricter DOT Medical Exams. - Post a Comment

  1. Patti Hales

    I believe this is what’s needed to keep us healthy and safe. Pilots have to go through a flight physical every 6-months to ensure that they are healthy enough to fly.

    With obesity at epidemic levels, many drivers have diabetes, heart conditions and other cardiovascular diseases that can be easily prevented by proper nutrition.

    If medical examinations are getting stricter, I feel it is for the best and the safety of all.

  2. Billy Pranton

    Even though this sounds good it is just more rules and regulations for the truckers, whats next testing anyone who gets in any vehicle? And the example of pilots being tested has no cross reference to truckers, we’re not flying over neighborhoods with a missile, so the health end of this is good but the way they are going about it is bad, once again it’s all about the money and the companies who are going to make the money selling the equipment and doing the testing, start investing now:)

  3. John Stewart

    With obesity rampant among drivers you would think
    Flying j and pilot would not sell as much high fat junk food as they do most drivers Are always time limited and can’t eat at restaurants. No one can be healthy eating candy and pizza

  4. Rob J

    Do yourself a Huge Favor when you visit the Doc …. he has become an ‘ Accessory to a Crime ‘ …. that crime being Undermining your Rights …. but you can still, ‘ Plead the 5th ‘ !

    Tell them nothing, admit to noting, … ‘ Sorry Doc, since you’ve whore’d yourself out to an Agency that is out to destroy my Rights + Livelihood, I know frikken’ nothing ‘

    ” Do You Drink ” … ” Do You Smoke ” … ” Do you drink Coffee ” … ” Do you Sleep well ” … ” Do you or any in your Family have ( insert ) ” …… it all is stored in a computer and will bite you in the butt !

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