In an effort to advance trucker health initiatives, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced plans to require special training for healthcare professionals that examine truck drivers.
These health professionals have the final say on whether truckers are able to continue their routes, which is why the Federal Motor Safety Administration's certification process will create training and testing standards health practitioners will have to pass in order to attend to drivers.
"Safety is our top priority and requires cooperation from everyone involved, including our medical examiners," said LaHood. "This new rule will ensure that healthcare professionals conducting exams keep in mind all of the demands required to operate large trucks and passenger buses safely."
By May 21, 2014, all certified medical examiners must be on the National Registry database.
These regulations were set forth in response to growing concerns over accidents involving truck drivers.
Efforts like these by the U.S. Department of Transportation can support the the Healthy Trucking Association of America and its Healthy Trucking Driver Vitality Program, which also works to keep truck drivers healthy.
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