The Department of Transportation (DOT) wants the guarantee that each of the commercial drivers operating in America are fit and capable of handling the rigors related to both short and long distance trucking. This department is concerned with insuring public to make sure that no unfit driver is on the public roads.. It could be very chaotic if a truck driver gets an epileptic episode or stroke while driving a huge truck on the highway.
That is the reason why the test is very important for all the commercial drivers. If a driver cannot pass the test cleanly, without any extenuating circumstances, then they cannot retain or obtain the commercial driving license.
When you successfully pass all the aspects of a driver physical and get the health certification, it is usually valid for a set period of time, the maximum time ins 2 years. However, if you have any medical condition and you need to go for follow-up exams, such as hypertension or diabetes, then the certificate would likely be limited for between three and six months. When any physical limitations are found, such as arthritis, severe back pain, prosthetics or hearing aids, you may be sent back to your regular doctor to ascertain if you condition affects your ability to do your commercial driving work.
The process of an examination is quite straightforward. It begins through recording your medical history. Usually, this covers the last five years, and you will need all display all relevant medical history during this period. In addition, you must list any prescription medications you are currently taking and also your habits relating to alcohol and recreational drugs.
Dr. Pierre Barnes will then move to perform a full physical exam to test hearing, vision, blood pressure, urine and pulse rate, and then will perform a body physical exam, to assess whether you are capable of commercial driving as per federal and state regulations. There is no test for drugs unless specifically required by the appropriate authorities companies.