Medical Qualification of Truck Drivers | 49 CFR 391.41

Medical Qualification of Truck Drivers | 49 CFR 391.41


Hey everybody, this is Ali Kamalzadeh at Gurney Law and this is One Reg A Day where we highlight one Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation each and every weekday. And today we’re focusing on the physical qualifications of drivers. Now, you’re gonna see this video — it’s pretty disastrous. Thankfully, no one was injured except for the driver who sustained minor injuries, but you’re gonna see this guy, unfortunately, have an episode where he faints at the wheel and loses control of his vehicle and it just goes down the sidewalk, demolishing fences, concrete walls, a bus stop – you name it – everything in its path was destroyed.

And as I mentioned, the driver’s safe. But what resulted in this crash was the driver fainting.

And in the in the United States, a commercial motor vehicle driver has to physically qualify to become a driver. And those qualifications limit drivers that have missing limbs, cardiovascular disease, respiratory dysfunctions, high blood pressure, diagnosis of arthritis conditions, epilepsy or the like, mental health disorders or functions of psychiatric disorders, something called “syncope” which is another way of saying “loss of consciousness.” All those factors could prohibit a driver from securing a commercial motor vehicle license, however they can apply for an exemption.

And that’s why we wanted to highlight section 49 CFR Section 391.41, which basically talks about this section of the regulations on the limitations and physical qualification of the driver. And that’s it! Thanks for coming by One Reg A Day and this is Ali… don’t forget: here at Gurney Law, #itspersonal.

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Nicholas Gurney

Nicholas Gurney is a Trial Attorney and Managing Partner at Gurney Law, PLLC. Nicholas serves as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida and acts as a product safety advocate for clients in our community. Outside the office, Nicholas enjoys amateur woodworking and machining, trips to the dog park with his dog, Nate, and spending time with his niece and nephew, both of whom are wise beyond their years.