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New Pennsylvania Law – Truck Drivers Must Provide Medical Certificate

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 16, 2012 in Truck Accidents

The next time a tractor trailer accident causes a car wreck, injuries, or possible death in Harrisburg, Central Pennsylvania and around the Commonwealth, there is a new area for you or your attorney to investigate the background of the driver.  This involves compliance with a new state law and new federal regulations.

House Bill 1458 was recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett.  This new law brings Pennsylvania into compliance with new rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concerning commercial drivers.  The FMCSA amended the federal regulations and requires holders of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) to provide a current copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to their state driver licensing agency, if their type of commercial driving requires a physical exam.

The FMCSA recently amended regulations to require CDL holders or applicants to self-certify the type of driving they do, or expect to do, with their state’s licensing agency.  Current CDL permit holders, out-of-state CDL transferees and people seeking a CDL on or after Jan. 30 will be required to meet the provisions of the new law when testing, applying for a permit or transferring a CDL from another state.   Their driving record will be updated to indicate that they have met the requirements.

PennDOT will begin notifying existing CDL holders of the new requirements by mail in March.

Information on the new law and certification forms can be found by clicking on “New CDL Law” at

For more on the new law go to the Shamokin News Item website at the following link:


Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC209 State StreetHarrisburg, PA 17101(717) 232-6300 – Telephone(717) 232-6467 – Facsimilescooper@Schmidt Kramer