Government, Business, Safety

Truckers Confront Risk Factors for Diabetes

Diabetes equipment About 25% of truck drivers older than 54 are diabetic, according to TrueLifeCare. (Shutterstock)

About nine years ago, California-based longhaul truck driver Richard Hall was in for a big surprise when he got his first Department of Transportation medical exam.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Formally Ends Its Driver Diabetes Exemption Program

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Feb. 21 formally announced the immediate end of its exemption process for the medical certification of insulin-dependent truck and bus drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 21, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Rule Eliminating Exemptions for Diabetic Drivers Takes Effect

Diabetic testing TT File Photo

After years in limbo, a final rule became effective in November allowing medical examiners — in consultation with a truck driver’s treating clinician — to decide whether an insulin-treated diabetic driver is qualified to get behind the wheel.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 27, 2018
Business, Safety

Truck Drivers' Risk for Diabetes Far Greater Than National Average

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Health education specialist Kay Pfeiffer compares diabetic professional truck drivers who are not testing their blood sugar with “driving at night without headlights — and you’re going to crash.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 23, 2018

More Diabetic Drivers Seek Exemptions, but Often Face Long Waits, Groups Say


The number of insulin-dependent diabetic interstate truck and bus drivers requesting exemptions to stay behind the wheel is on the rise, but the current approval process is time-consuming and medical guidelines can be vague, trucking and diabetes groups said.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 8, 2017
Government, Safety

FMCSA Seeking Comment on Medical Review Board's Diabetes Recommendations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a slate of guidelines recommended by the agency’s medical experts for drivers with diabetes to operate commercial motor vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 8, 2016
Government, Safety

FMCSA Mulling Over Whether Exemption Process Is Necessary for Diabetic Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carriers Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking under which truck drivers with controlled diabetes would no longer have to apply for medical exemptions.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
May 5, 2015