The CARB ACF regulation created state pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks that are much stricter than those established in the federal Clean Air Act.
Medical Examiners (MEs) and Login.gov
Nearly 16,000 MEs may be Decertified
Under a notice posted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA) January 24, medical examiners have until February 23, 2024, to register with Login.gov and update their contact information. If they don’t register, they will be removed from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
Why should you care? Motor carriers and truck drivers are required to utilize certified medical examiners for driver physical examinations. In some less-populated parts of the country, finding a certified ME is often difficult. MEs who do not fully register with Login.gov by the February 23 deadline will be dropped from the National Registry and will be unable to submit or retrieve driver data, making finding an ME more difficult.
Login.gov, as we have alerted ICSA members, is the new, more secure access to the FMCSA portal. FMCSA began requiring motor carriers to register with Login.gov at the start of 2024. We hope you followed through and registered as required. However, the transition for the medical community started back in 2022. According to FMCSA, there are 92,625 MEs listed on the National Registry, of which approximately 76,898 are accessing their National Registry account through Login.gov. Despite phone calls and emails to the contact information shown on the National Registry, FMCSA has been unable to reach the remaining 15,727 MEs.
How do you know whether your ME is current with the National Registry? FMCSA encourages motor carriers and truck drivers to use the National Registry website public search feature to verify that an ME is certified. Go to: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/home. Please note: an ME name will remain on the Registry for three years after removal, with an indicator of the date the ME was decertified.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in May 2022 that the agency would pursue a speed limiter requirement on heavy trucks and buses.
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