The DOT driver physical is an important part of keeping America’s roads and highways safe. That being said, it can be a hurdle for companies and drivers, especially when the DOT changes things up on you.
We created this guide to help you and your drivers stay compliant and avoid serious lawsuits. You’ll know everything there is to know about DOT physical requirements for 2022.
A DOT physical is a health exam for commercial drivers mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The goal of this regulation is to help ensure that commercial drivers are physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of the job.
Commercial drivers are required to receive a DOT physical every 24 months. This exam must be documented and the driver must have his or her medical certificate. Depending on your state’s laws, you as a carrier may be able to access this as well.
Additionally, the exam must be done by a DOT medical examiner. Most providers will have a way to find a DOT medical examiner such as UC Health has at this link.
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This standard is determined per employer rather than per driver. If your drivers fit under any of these categories, you need to document DOT exams:
In some cases, it’s up to the medical examiner, but all of the following can disqualify a driver from passing their exam (per this article from Web MD):
Your drivers are the ones who need to get the exam, but you’re the one who might have to pay for it if they make a mistake.
Study up on the following information and educate your drivers on it.
As mentioned above, drivers will need to schedule their exams with an approved DOT medical examiner. It’s a good idea for you to provide a long list of possible examiners to your drivers.
Remind your drivers that they need to bring the following to their appointment:
During the DOT physical, the medical examiner will ask drivers about their health and medical history. Then, the examiner will perform several hands-on evaluations, such as:
After a driver completes his or her exam, the examiner will send the results off to the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).
If all the tests are passed, the driver will receive the medical examiner’s certificate. Depending on your state’s laws, you may be able to access this information as well, provided the driver signed a release form.
Just like any other standard, if a driver is caught without a medical certificate, they’re taken off the road and you’re paying for it. You can’t succeed as a business if you don’t avoid fines, court appearances, and the loss of business that comes with DOT infractions.
A program like A-Suite Comply makes it easy to track who is in compliance and who isn’t. You get real-time alerts months in advance of a certificate expiring. You’ll never send a driver out on the road without a medical examination again.
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