The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that they’re granting a regulatory exemption requested by Knight-Swift. The carrier will no longer need to confirm that new drivers have passed a federally-mandated medical exam to ensure they’re fit to drive.
FMCSA published their announcement in the Federal Register. In it, they say that since Knight-Swift relies on their own “medical long form” for pre-hire screening, there is no need for them to check and make sure that the drivers have completed an FMCSA-certified medical exam. When the annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) review is done after a year, Knight-Swift would be required to use FMCSA-certified medical exams to verify fitness like everyone else.
“The FMCSA believes Knight-Swift’s exemption application has merit and with necessary terms and conditions, will allow the applicant to achieve a level of safety equivalent to what is required under the current safety regulations, provided Knight-Swift complies with the imposed terms and conditions,” writes the FMCSA.
This exemption request was first filed back in 2016, but never received a response. It was refiled in December of 2019. The exemption will go into effect on December 4th, 2020 and expire on November 4th, 2025.