New Health Mandates for Drivers

NOTE: Some links are currently broken due to changes on the official web site.  These will be fixed, however, I will not use a private web address for a commercial business.  please do not think that your business will be listed for free.


Note: Starting January 30, 2012 and no later than January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to their SDLA regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. CDL holders required to have a ”certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their medical examiner’s certificate with their SDLA will become ”not-certified” and they may lose their CDL.

For specific State by State requirements for drivers and information related to how a State is handling the Medical Certification requirements, and to determine who to contact for additional information, click on the following link:


Note: Below has been superseded by the information above. 

New Mandate on BMI for Truck Drivers

Defining Overweight and Obesity

“Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.

Definitions for Adults

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
·         An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
·         An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
See the following table for an example.
Weight Range
5' 9"
124 lbs or less
Below 18.5
125 lbs to 168 lbs
18.5 to 24.9
Healthy weight
169 lbs to 202 lbs
25.0 to 29.9
203 lbs or more
30 or higher

It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. As a result, some people, such as athletes, may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat. For more information about BMI, visit BodyMass Index.”

BMI Tables - click to view or follow link to original.


Letter received from hubby's work on the mandate. Click to see:

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