What’s interesting about the reports surrounding the FMCSA’s decision to drop its sleep apnea rulemaking is that even leading trucking industry media outlets seem to disagree with it.
Overdrive, a top trucking industry magazine, reported, “A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test, as well as treatment protocol. Currently, medical examiners rely on any one of several different sets of screening protocols to determine apnea test referrals. The policy has caused confusion industry-wide, in some cases bringing charges of unwarranted referrals from drivers, who see apnea testing companies, treatment device manufacturers and doctors cashing in on a gray area in regulation.”
Texas truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite states: “The FMCSA’s decision doesn’t mean that sleep apnea testing for truck drivers is going away. However, as trucking industry media reports state, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding who should be screened and what type of test medical examiners should use. This lack of uniformity seems likely to continue now that the FMCSA has decided to backpedal on its decision to set clear guidelines and criteria.”
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