The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently developing a new voluntary prescription medication form for commercial truck drivers. Large commercial trucks are involved in hundreds of accidents each year, and the FMCSA—which is tasked with reducing truck-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities—hopes that the new form will make it easier for certified medical examiners to determine if drivers are medically qualified to perform their duties.
About the Form
The new Information Collection Request (IRC) form—officially titled 391.41 CMV Driver Medication Form—was announced in November 2015. This form was predicated on an earlier medical review board report that found evidence indicating even legal use of opioids increases the risk of accidents and negatively impacts driver performance.
In an attempt to recognize health conditions and medications that could potentially endanger drivers and others on the road, the form asks truck drivers to provide the following information:
- Name and date of birth
- Medications and dosages
- Medical conditions
- Contact information for the prescribing physician
In its report, the medical review board recommended that the IRC form be voluntary. However, not everyone in the industry believes this information should be given by commercial drivers on the honor system, and some want the form to be mandatory.
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