Feds Withdraw Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule For Drivers

Posted on September 6, 2017

Medical examiners now have the discretion to determine which drivers are referred for testing, and that apparently will continue. ( Creative Commons photo by Olichel)
Medical examiners now have the discretion to determine which drivers are referred for testing, and that apparently will continue. ( Creative Commons photo by Olichel)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continues to back away from pending motor carrier regulations, announcing recently that it will no longer pursue a proposed rule on obstructive sleep apnea for commercial drivers.

The agency’s announcement that it was withdrawing the sleep apnea rule followed its decisions to eliminate or delay proposed rules that would have increased insurance liability minimums on commercial motor vehicles and mandated that such vehicles use speed limiters.

The rule originally was proposed on March 10, 2016, by FMSCA and the Federal Railroad Administration to determine the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation and its potential consequences for the safety of highway and rail transportation.

A sleep apnea rule would have given clarity to medical examiners, operators and drivers about what conditions or combination of conditions would prompt a driver to be referred for an apnea test and treatment.

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