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May 21st Deadline is approaching for Motor Carriers to use a Medical Examiner for DOT Physicals who are certified and listed on the National Registry!

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Medical examiners that have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.

The Registry establishes the following:
Training, testing and certification standards for medical examiners (self-reporting); intent is to promote uniformity of exams nationwide.
Creates on-line database of certified medical examiners; carriers may not use driver unless examined by certified examiner as of May 21, 2014.

To see if the medical examiner you currently are using is certified or to find a certified examiner go to the following website:
What medical conditions can disqualify a commercial truck driver?
The truck driver must be medically qualified to not only drive the vehicle safely, but also to do pre and post trip safety inspections, secure the load and make sure it has not shifted. Bus drivers have different demands.

By regulation, Specific Medically Disqualifying Conditions Found Under 49 CFR 391.41 are Hearing Loss, Vision Loss, Epilepsy and Insulin Use.

Drivers who require a Diabetes or Vision exemption to safely drive a CMV in addition to those pre-printed on the certification form are disqualified until they receive such an exemption.

As a follow up question must a driver who is returning from an illness or injury undergo a medical examination even if his current medical certificate has not expired?


The FMCSRs do not require an examination in this case unless the injury or illness has impaired the driver's ability to perform his/her normal duties. However, the motor carrier may require a driver returning from any illness or injury to take a physical examination. But, in either case, the motor carrier has the obligation to determine if an injury or illness renders the driver medically unqualified. 
March is National Nutrition Month

The theme of this year's National Nutrition Month is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right"

The campaign, sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, reminds us:
-Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Use to develop a personalized plan for lifelong health.

-The best nutrition advice is based on science. Before adopting any changes to your diet, be sure the information is based on
 scientific fact.

Top Facts for Nutrition:

-Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for managing weight and promoting overall health and fitness.

-Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients -- and lower in calories.

-Look at the big picture: No single food or meal makes or breaks a healthful diet. Your total diet is the most important focus for healthful eating.

-Prepare, handle and store food properly to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illness.

-Don't fall prey to food myths and misinformation that may harm rather than benefit your health.

-Read Nutrition Facts labels to get information that can help you make smart food choices quickly and easily. Pay attention to how many servings a package says it includes.

-Find the healthful fats when making food choices. By choosing polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, you can keep your saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol low.

To get more facts on nutrition or to locate a registered dietitian for personalized nutrition counseling, visit the ADA at

Improving Driver Health
Driving a truck can make healthy living a difficult challenge but not impossible. A lack of physical activity and fast food dining can add up to a health risk at any age.

Make Healthy Fast Food Choices 
   Stick to these simple ground rules:
- Eat a variety of foods in moderate amounts.
- Use less salt on your food. Carry seasonings (like Mrs. Dash) in your cab so you can add extra flavor without the extra salt.
- Avoid foods labeled jumbo, giant, and super-sized. Larger portions mean
more calories. Order a regular or junior portion instead.
- Choose grilled or broiled sandwiches with meats like lean roast beef, turkey or chicken breast.
- Request that special sauces or added dressings be left off your order, and
add lots of veggies to the mix.
- Skip the croissant or biscuit in favor of a bun, bread or English muffin.
- Fill up at the salad bar if available, but beware of thick, creamy dressings.
- When eating Mexican food, order bean burritos, soft tacos, fajitas and other items that are not fried. Chicken is better than beef, especially with the addition of lettuce, tomatoes and salsa. Limit refried beans, and go easy on cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Watch out for fried tortilla shells! A taco salad can have more than 1,000 calories.
- Pizza can be a good choice. Order thin crust pizza with veggie toppings, 
start with a salad, and limit yourself to one or two slices of pizza.

*Avoid these traps: fat-free muffins with plenty of sugar, skinless fried chicken contains a lot of fat, Chinese food that is deep fried or high in sodium and fat.
Registration is Now Open On Line for the 2014 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars

Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014. The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals. 

To view the schedule and register for an upcoming seminar in 2014 click on the following link:

February 28th, 2014
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Start now to make sure that all of your drivers are aware of the change to daylight savings time next Sunday. Caution route drivers, especially, that the amount of daylight will change according to their stops. One hour of time change will seem very different to a driver who is on a route. 
Driver Tip of the Week!

The most important part of a moving truck or bus is the driver! Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Eat well and stay fit. Remember, hours of service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don't drive!

Safety Seminar Schedule: 
11-Mar: Miami, FL 
12-Mar: Fort Myers, FL
13-Mar: Tampa, FL
18-Mar: Chattanooga, TN
19-Mar: Atlanta, GA
20-Mar: Birmingham, AL
25-Mar: El Paso, TX
26-Mar: Memphis, TN
27-Mar: Kansas City, MO
27-Mar: Commerce, CA
1-Apr: Charlottesville, VA
2-Apr: Baltimore, MD
3-Apr: Landover, MD
8-Apr: Cleveland, OH
9-Apr: Dayton, OH
10-Apr: Lexington, KY
16-Apr: Philadelphia, PA
16-Apr: Lodi, CA
17-Apr: San Leandro, CA
17-Apr: Newburgh, NY
22-Apr: Wausau, WI
23-Apr: Dubuque, IA
23-Apr: Weirton, WV
24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI
24-Apr: Butler, PA
29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA
30-Apr: Greensboro, NC
1-May: Erie, PA
1-May: Columbia, SC
6-May: Toronto, Ontario
6-May: Everett, WA
8-May: Denver, CO
8-May: Edmonton, AB
13-May: South Bend, IN
14-May: Chicago, IL
15-May: Springfield, IL

The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.