Clarifying Medical Certificate Requirement for Canadian Commercial Truck Drivers in the US
As a follow up to our December 30th 2013 post “New Medical Certification Requirements for Commercial Truck Drivers in the US,” there has been some confusion by Canadian drivers as to what certification they need to carry in the US.
Canadian licences class 1 through 4 include medical certification, which means that no separate documentation is required.
For Canadians, a driver’s medical examination is part of the licensing process for class 1 through 4 and thus drivers are not issued a separate medical certificate card. Through a reciprocal agreement with Canada, these licences are considered proof of medical fitness by the US.
The confusion originated from the strong promotion of requirements for US drivers by the FMCSA, which was brought about by the recent changes to medical certification rules. However, the FMCSA did not provide any detailed information for Canadians, which led many Canadians to believe they required medical certification in addition to their driver’s licence.
According to the FMCSA, officers are asking to see medical cards as a routine question. Officers are also aware (or should be) that Canadian drivers do not have, nor are required to have, a medical certificate.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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 "US Medical Certificate Requirements for Drivers – Canadian Compliance." BC Trucking Association. BCTA, 16 Jan 2014. Web. 21 Jan 2014. <http://www.bctrucking.com/2014/01/16/us-medical-certificate-requirements-drivers-–-canadian-compliance?mail_link=760fde78684f0f55a431291b372b6a81>.