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  • The GAO recently released a report Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments that explores weaknesses in FMCSA and DOT controls designed to prevent drivers with certain medical conditions from renewing their CDLs. Matching CDL holders with Social Security Administration (SSA) disability files produced 204 commercial drivers who drove a commercial vehicle as recently as 2011 despite having epilepsy, a disqualifying medical condition characterized by sudden seizures and unconsciousness. Thirty-one of these drivers were involved in accidents, demonstrating the threat to public safety posed by medically impaired drivers. GAO also identified 23 cases where state licensing agencies issued or renewed CDLs for drivers after they were, according to SSA records, diagnosed with epilepsy or had drug or alcohol

    Dec 18,
    - by Michael
  • (Please Note: This post was originally published with a few errors. Mr. Payette was kind enough to correct my mistakes with an email. This version contains those corrections and some additional detail that he added.) I was on my way home from the NSC Congress in Orlando, driving up I-4 when I passed another Staples truck driving in the slow lane at a cool 60 miles per hour. I've been involved in eco-driving practice and research since 2006, so I had long kept an eye on the Staples trucks, with the "My Max Speed is 60″ sign on the back. I had always admired the company for making such a simple fuel saving change in such a conspicuous way. As

    Dec 18,
    - by Michael

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