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FMCSA: Protect Your Move

FMCSA: Protect Your Move

Among the several interesting resources found on the FMCSA Resources for Consumers page is Protect Your Move: The Household Goods Program. With more than 35 million Americans moving homes each year, the FMCSA offers a user-friendly database that allows visitors to look up interstate moving companies by state, or by name, and to review the consumer complaint history and the company’s on-road safety performance records. If you’re planning a move then visit the Protect Yourself from moving Fraud website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move for more information.

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FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory Related to Samsung Galaxy Note 7

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory Related to Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety advisory on October 21, 2016, to provide notice to owners, operators, and passengers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged, defective, or recalled lithium powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recently recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The FMCSA is recommending that all persons who wish to carry these devices on a CMV, including motorcoaches, take the following precautions: Turn off the device; Disconnect the device from any charging equipment; Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the...

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The Dangers of Driving Commercial Vehicles With Electronic Cigarettes

The Dangers of Driving Commercial Vehicles With Electronic Cigarettes

The FMCSA is warning CDL operators who use electronic cigarettes about the serious injuries that can result from explosions and fires which can occur when charging the device battery.  "The Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations do not specifically address the potential safety risks posed by battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices," the FMCSA said in its advisory. "However, motor carriers and drivers should be cognizant ofthe risks associated with these devices and exercise good judgment and appropriate discretion in their possession, storage, and charging or use on, around, or while operating a CMV, and adhere to...

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Medical Evaluation Costs for Drivers

Medical Evaluation Costs for Drivers

FMCSA regulatory guidelines are generally silent regarding who is responsible for the payment of costs associated with DOT medical examinations. This includes the cost of the examinations themselves, although for most drivers it is the costs of possible evaluation and treatment for potentially disqualifying medical conditions that are more significant.  Most motor carriers pay for the costs of the examination itself. Few pay for any costs of medical evaluation and treatment. This leaves the driver responsible for such costs.  Costs may be minimal for, say, a driver that simply has hypertension and requires prescription medication management. Costs may be significant...

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

So what can a medical examiner do when faced with a driver who may have excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)?  For now, medical examiners should recognize that FMCSA guidelines for EDS and sleep disorders are guidance, not regulation. This means that medical examiners should consider FMCSA guidelines, but are not required to follow FMCSA guidelines in every case. What are FMCSA guidelines for sleep disorders? They include the recommendation that all drivers be screened for possible sleep disorders based on certain driver characteristics. Sleep study evaluation is recommended for drivers with the following characteristics: a body mass index (BMI) > 35,...

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