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FMCSA Physical Qualifications for Drivers

Indicators of Sleep Apnea/Benefits of Treatment

Commercial Driver Sleep Apnea is a hot topic in the transportation industry; it appears to be when, not if FMCSA regulations are going to be put into place regarding sleep apnea.  Why wait on regulations, take control of your health today; if you are a Commercial Driver and suffer from any of the below symptoms and risk indicators, contact Aeroflow and talk to one of our Healthcare Representatives about our screening process and home sleep test options.  Our testing options are a cost effective alternative to the traditional sleep lab and can be completed when and where you want.

Symptoms and Risk Indicators of Sleep Apnea:

  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Blood Pressure
  • Neck Size > 17 inches
  • Body Mass Index > 35   

Benefits of treatment of Sleep Apnea can include the following:

  • More energy
  • Decrease risk of heart disease
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Ability to lose weight easier
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Reduced symptoms of depression


FMCSA Physical Qualifications for Drivers

FMCSA 391.41(b)(5)

Physical Qualifications for Drivers

A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person:

Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely.

FMCSA 392.3

Ill or fatigued operator

No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle.