Code W to Identify Commercial Canadian Drivers Prohibited From Driving in the US
A new “Code W” designation is being enforced for commercial licenses of BC Drivers with certain medical conditions that prevents them from operating commercial vehicles in the US.
A previous article entitled “New Medical Certification Requirements for Commercial Truck Drivers in the US”, mentions that Canadian drivers with a medical condition that have received a waiver from a province or territory are not allowed to drive in the US.
To be in compliance with the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian jurisdictions must identify commercial drivers with any of the below:
- Insulin-dependent diabetes
- Profound hearing loss
A Code W will be placed on the front of commercial licenses (Class 1 to 4) for these drivers with the back of the licenses specifying that W means “Commercial Class Not Qualified in the USA.”
The Code W will be automatically applied to licenses of affected drivers that are due for renewal on or after January 30th, 2014. Drivers with the conditions may voluntarily choose to have a Code W applied to their license free of charge. Drivers who require a W after a review with the National Safety Code Medical Examinations will be contacted by the OSMW.
For more details please see: Letter to BCTA from OSMV.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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 "New “W” Code Roll Out for BC CDLs." BC Trucking Association . BCTA, 19 Dec 2013. Web. 30 Dec 2013. <http://www.bctrucking.com/2013/12/19/new-“w”-code-roll-out-bc-cdls?mail_link=475d398024ad3f28192d6f1a7235fda0