Clarification on Driver Medical Qualification & Sleep Apnea
By Tim Frazier, CDS


NOTE:  ....Two major areas of concern are 1) Motor Carriers need to verify through the national registry that their medical provider has completed the necessary certification to conduct commercial driver physicals, and 2) should Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and the commercial driver issue arise, carriers need to be familiar with the regulations that are (and are not) required regarding this matter.

The following information comes from the American Trucking Associations. I hope it will assist you to better understand these issues.


    Misinformation and the misapplication of federal standards have caused widespread concern over the inconsistent practices of certified medical examiners. Moreover, motor carriers are experiencing drivers within their fleet being held to different medical standards for testing and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).


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We often talk about large loads on Alaska highways, and here’s a video of a load that traveled the Parks Highway last week. This load was 215 feet long overall, 21 feet wide and 18 feet high and had a preliminary weight estimate of 410,000 pounds.

The ability to move goods across the state is a vital part of Alaska’s economy. We build infrastructure in our state to be able to accommodate such loads.

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(Video by John Paulson, ADOT&PF)











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