Are you a commercial driver? If yes, you would understand how rigorous the demands of your job can be! You’ll require a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical that is a health examination mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A DOT physical helps determine if a driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
Commercial drivers are safety-sensitive employees; they perform a job that can impact their own safety and the public’s safety. Employers of commercial drivers must comply with federal regulations for DOT physicals.
DOT physicals are essential for drivers who:
- Transport hazardous materials that require the vehicles to display a hazmat placard
- You are a pain to operate motor vehicles that carry more than eight people.
- You operate motor vehicles that carry more than 15 people.
- You operate motor vehicles that have a gross combination weight rating of over 10,000 pounds.