The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a final rule which will help those drivers with insulin-treated diabetes to be able to eliminate a significant amount of paperwork and save them a good chunk of money every year.
The rule amends the qualifications necessary for drivers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM). Currently, drivers with ITDM could not operate CMVs interstate without an exemption from the FMCSA. Processing that exemption could often take up to 6 months and cost hundreds of dollars.
With the new rule however, drivers with ITDM will now be able to get clearance from their certified medical examiner once a year. This move will not only save drivers an estimated $5 million per year and their carriers around $215,000 per year in compliance costs, it will also same the FMCSA $1 million per year in administrative costs.
“This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency, and streamlines processes by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy,” said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez. “It’s a win-win for all parties involved.”