commercial drivers

Reminder: Securing commercial loads

07.20.2018
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Recently, a Hastings landscaper who failed to properly secure an 1100-pound boulder in a his truck caused the deaths of two other motorists. While tragic, the accident is a reminder of the importance of knowing and abiding by Minnesota and Federal laws about securing loads in commercial vehicles.

Minn. Stat. 169.81, subd. 5 requires drivers to ensure that any load is secured to prevent escaping. For all commercial motor vehicles driven in interstate or intrastate commerce, Minnesota has adopted the load securement provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at 49 C.F.R. 393.100-136 […]

Changes for Driver Medical Card Physicals

05.22.2014
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Same Test, New Doctor

Beginning Wednesday, May 21, 2014 medical exams for commercial drivers must be performed by registered medical examiners. Longstanding state and federal regulations require certain commercial drivers to obtain certifications from medical professionals affirming that they are qualified to operate vehicles. In Minnesota, drivers that are covered by the regulations must carry medical cards. But under new federal rules, drivers can no longer simply go to their family doctor for certification.

The federal rules will soon restrict who can perform the required exam. As of May 21, only health care workers who are members of […]