BC Class 5 Drivers Must Comply With US Medical Exam Rule by April 1st, 2016
Commercial drivers with a BC Class 5 license who operate two-axle vehicles over 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg) in the U.S. must meet US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration medical standards as of April 1st, 2016.
To comply with U.S law, drivers may:
- Upgrade to a BC Class 1 through 4 driver’s license to show that they meet US commercial driver medical standards, or
- Make an appointment with a medical examiner in the US to complete an examination for the purpose of obtaining a commercial driver medical card that can be carried with their Class 5 driver’s license while operating in the US. Click here for a list of certified medical examiners.
- U.S. law enforcement recognizes drivers with BC Class 1-4 licenses as being medically screened and compliant with FMCSA commercial driver medical standards. BC Class 1-4 licenses, and equivalent in other provinces, are accepted as proof of medical fitness to drive in the US.
- BC Class 5 license with endorsement code 18, 19, or 20 is technically also in compliance, given that any one of these endorsements triggers the medical review process in B.C. However -ICBC is concerned that US law enforcement agencies may be unaware of the medical review component for these endorsements, which is why it is recommending that BC drivers upgrade to a commercial class driver’s license. (BC Class 1-4 license)
For more information visit: BC Trucking Association Website - BC Class 5 Driver’s Licenses & Compliance with US Commercial Driver Medical Requirement
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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