DOT Guidelines after a TIA (small stroke)

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by jmcghee, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. jmcghee

    jmcghee Bobtail Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Bear DE
    Can anyone tell me if the DOT guidelines "No driving for one year" after any type of stroke is mandatory, or is the final decision made by the employer? Thanks.
  2. witchwaywest

    witchwaywest Medium Load Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Monroe New York
    From what I've read iit is not mandatory.As of 2009 it was a proposed recommendation.Whether it became law I don't know.It's not listed as disqualifying on the FMCSA's website.What might be disqualifying would be the underlying cause of the stroke.First,look up "stroke".Wikipedia will do.You will see the underlying causes and secondary effects on the human brain.Print it out or write it down and go to the FMCSA's website and search under "medical program".This will list the disqalifying conditions that may effect your return to work.And your doctor has the final say as whether you are fit to drive ,not the employer.Good luck.
  3. George0966

    George0966 Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2010
    I had a TIA a few years ago, After my doctor released me to go back to work, I found out my employer had fired me after 2 weeks, and didnt tell me. I had papers from my stroke doctor and on my own got a new dot med card. But company told me it was a dot rule that I cant go back to driving for at least a year..I soon called the Chicago Dot headquarters for my midwest region and was told I couldnt be recertified till after extensive test from neurological doctors, because their take is if it happened once, it usually can happen again within a year. Well last september it was 4 years and still doing good. Just my personal experience
  4. eviejohns

    eviejohns Bobtail Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    So if the DOT told you that you couldn't br recertified until extensive tests were performed from a neurologist, and they released you and your medical Dr. released you were you then allowed to be recertified to drive?
  5. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Old thread, but I believe thrombosis is a disqualifier. TIA events are thrombolytic.
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