DOT Examiners, Drivers and Fleets Share Huge Risks

April 11, 2016
by Tony Barber

In a special report by CBS today, there are some troubling statistics and very specific accident details revealed that expose the trucking industry and accelerate risks that drivers , medical examiners and fleet operators may share if they aren't honest and diligent about the health status of drivers in the United States.  In the report, it is revealed that new standards implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have resulted in less than 1% of drivers failing the standards.  Sleep apnea was specifically called out in the report as a condition that has not been suitably monitored either by the drivers.  The report calls into question the process that relies upon the honesty of drivers to accurately report their medical status to medical examiners.  In any case, the report puts the trucking industry in the spotlight.