Bill introduced to help veterans seeking trucking jobs

Would improve access to CDL medical exams

Posted October 16, 2015

On October 9, 2015, the Veterans’ Expanded Trucking (VET) Opportunities (VETOPPS) Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall, R–GA and Tim Walz, D–MN. The bill aims to help eliminate obstacles for veterans returning to work, particularly in the trucking industry.

According to the Representatives, current Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that medical exams for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) must be conducted by medical professionals who have completed the federal certification process necessary to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). However, only a limited number of medical professionals have completed the certification process, which has created difficulty for veterans seeking to obtain a CDL.

The VETOPPS Act would allow VA physicians in good standing with the DOT to conduct the exam for qualified veterans in accordance with NRCME standards; thereby preserving its integrity, the doctor–patient relationship, and expediting their return to work.

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