On June 27th I talked with Dr Randy Rosarian, Allen and Donna Smith on Allen’s Radio Blog show Ask the Trucker. We talked about diabetes - why use of insulin is important when considering whether someone is safe to operate a CMV. We discussed the pros and cons of the proposed diabetes rule. We questioned why the FMCSA did not notify the National Registry Medical Examiners about the Notice for this upcoming rule.
We also questioned why many of the safety elements of the Diabetes exemption program aren’t incorporated into the rule, such as drivers with insulin dependent diabetes carrying rapidly absorbable glucose and testing their blood sugar before driving as well as maintaining glucose logs. We have concerns about putting so much authority with the treating clinician who may not understand the CMV driver’s role. Especially when the Agency just established the National Registry.