The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation is pushing back against new sleep apnea guidelines, reports trucking trade magazine Go By Truck News.
Last year, the FMCSA and Federal Railroad Administration issued an advanced notice of public rulemaking regarding a possible sleep apnea screening regulation. In August 2016, the FMCSA’s Medical Review Board recommended stricter guidelines for when a driver should be tested for obstructive sleep apnea.
However, OOIDA contends that the data doesn’t back up the need for a costly mandate.
“FMCSA’s own studies, in particular, have found that there is ‘no association between sleep apnea, as measured by the apnea/hypopnea index, and commercial motor vehicle crashes,’” OOIDA wrote.
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