Safety

Sleep apnea bill passes House, NASDPTS adds support

Thomas McMahon
Posted on September 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill that aims to prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing for commercial drivers without going through a formal rulemaking process.

The House approved H.R. 3095 with a unanimous vote of 405-0. Now, the Senate will consider the companion bill, S. 1537.

"Safety is always our top priority, and this legislation ensures a thorough review of the issue in a careful way, including a cost-benefit analysis, to ensure that any new mandate will actually improve safety,” said Tim Flood, president of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).

A coalition of organizations, including NSTA, has been advocating for the legislation. On Friday, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) announced its support.

"This legislation will not prevent FMCSA from addressing OSA [obstructive sleep apnea] and other sleep disorders, but it will simply require that any action taken be done via a long-standing process that includes stakeholder input and a cost-benefit analysis," NASDPTS President Max Christensen said. "All of us have the goal to reduce sleep disorder induced accidents and improve safety."

Related Topics: driver fatigue, FMCSA, NASDPTS, NSTA

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Comments ( 15 )
  • irene

     | about 4 years ago

    @ Jim Leach, no you are not the only one who got screwed...there are many, because while i believe some really to need and benefit from it, It is a medical cash cow, those are the words I heard from a doctor who does sleep study on the side. "Its my cash cow" I was also told after my sleep study that everyone stops breathing a few times during the night, that is normal, stop breathing 88 times an hour isnt. And you are right, no one discusses the constant, frustrating sinus infections, the blocked Eustachian tubes in the ear from fluids being force back to the ear drums, the ear/head ringing (tinnitus), vertigo....Endless doctor appt...I am looking to flunk the medical exam for my CDL, based on the new medical exam guidelines. I have asthma (controlled) 1 point. sleep apnea (Controlled) 2 points, (1 for apnea and then they slap you with another point for sleep disorder) and 1 point for greater than 35 BMI. THen I am going to insist on Disability....because at 60 I am not going to start another new career, THis was my new career at 58. I settled for it because I was out of work for 2 years and it was the only good paying job in my town (over an hour from the nearest city) So I give up...

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