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Truckers upset about random medical card checks from feds

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Nov 13th, 2012 @ 11:53am



SALT LAKE CITY — The federal government is making a push to make sure truck drivers out on the highways are medically fit to be there.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says they'll be randomly checking drivers for their medical cards. Not just looking at them, but actually calling the truck driver's doctor to make sure the card is legitimate.

But drivers themselves don't seem too thrilled about it and said it was just another hoop they have to jump through before they can get on the road.

"This is the last industry that America has to keep amerce running," said one driver. "If they shut down this trucking industry, America is in trouble, so they need to leave the truck drivers alone."

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The driver said all the new rules are slowing them down and making their job more difficult to be a driver a make a living. The FMCSA has said they just want to keep medically unqualified drivers off the roads.

"The FMCSA appreciates the (medical examiner's) cooperation in our effort to eliminate the use of fraudulent MECs and to keep medically unqualified drivers off our nation's highways," it said in an agency press release.

Randall Jeppesen

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