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FMCSA Proposes Revision to Diabetes Standards for Interstate Commercial Drivers.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to permit individuals with stable, well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate trucks and buses in interstate commerce.  Under the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a driver’s treating clinician would be required to provide documentation annually to a health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners who is performing the USDOT medical qualification examination affirming that the driver’s ITDM is stable and well-controlled.  The increased medical review will strengthen both the health monitoring of the driver and the safety of the motoring public by ensuring that physically qualified individuals are operating commercial trucks and buses on the nation’s highways and roads.  A copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/04/2015-09993/qualifications-of-drivers-diabetes-standard.  Comments and evidentiary materials may be submitted to the docket through July 6, 2015.  Contact:  Kurt Larson:  (202) 366-9999.

DOT’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings Announces Enforcement Policy on Mistaken Fares.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (Enforcement Office) today announced its new enforcement policy for mistakenly priced airline tickets.  Under this policy, the Enforcement Office will not enforce the requirement for airlines to honor mistaken fares provided the airline demonstrates that the fare was a mistake and reimburses the out-of-pocket expenses of consumers who purchased the mistaken fare.  This enforcement policy, which is temporary, will remain in effect only until the Department issues a final rule that specifically addresses mistaken fares.  The policy can be found at http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/guidance-aviation-rules-and-statutes.  Questions regarding this policy can be addressed to the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (C-70), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590.  Media Contact:  DOT Press Office:  (202) 366-4570.

DOT 44-15

Friday, May 8, 2015
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