The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires that all commercial drivers pass a medical exam every 2 years. Starting in May of 2014, this exam must be performed by a certified medical examiner. Dr. Connolly became certified in February 2014 and is pleased to be offering thorough exams to meet your needs.
Some of the requirements to pass the physical for the CDL include:
- You need to have at least 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. (If vision correction devices such as glasses or contacts are needed to pass the exam, they must be used while driving.)
- You must be able to distinguish colors found on traffic signals.
- You should be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet and/or pass an audiometric test.
- Your blood pressure must be less than 140/90. (Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted.) If your blood pressure is over 140/90 you may be temporarily disqualified or given a temporary certification to allow you to get your blood pressure under control.
- You cannot have diabetes that requires insulin injections; diabetes controlled through a diet or oral medication is permitted.
- No use of a Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or any habit forming drug is permitted.
- If you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as congestive cardiac failure, collapse or cardiac insufficiency, you will have to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test along with a note from your physician which states that you are capable of driving a commercial motor vehicle with no restrictions.
Please call our office today to schedule your physical.