A Go By Truck report indicates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the requests of three commercial drivers with narcolepsy to drive.
The three drivers, Thomas Skagen, Charles Larry Peterson and Stanley Jandreau, each suffer from narcolepsy. They sought an exemption to the rule that prohibits anyone with “a mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with his/her ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle safely” from operating a CMV. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden onset of sleep at inappropriate times and loss of muscle tone during periods of strong emotion.
In its denial, FMCSA argued that the drivers were not able to demonstrate their ability to operate a CMV at or exceeding the current level of safety regulation.