I have a class a cdl and I got the usual two year letter from the DOT to go in for my CDL DOT physical.
I keep it up. You never know, ya know.
Anyway went to the doc. I’ve put on a few pounds but i am working on that now. Especially after I heard what she had to say.
The new BMI for drivers is and is going to be 30%.
Even the doc said it was kind of bogus because the DOT was basing their BMI standards on the same system the army uses for new recruits.
I was 33 1/2% but she said until November she can basically give me a waiver. She said she doesn’t know after November whether she will still be able to give waivers or whether 30% will be written in stone.
I heard the new magic number for mariners is going to be 40%.
They are also asking new questions on the DOT physical about sleep apnea. If you have it and it is caused by being too fat they will pull your license until you loose the weight and can sleep without the machine. (cdl license)
Too many guys falling asleep behind the wheel because they can’t get rest while sleeping because of sleep apnea.
DOT is DOT. CG may follow suit.
Some guys just have sleep apnea and it is not the fat in their throats it is just their brain that tells them to stop breathing for awhile.
I don’t know how they will handle this one. Maybe a waiver. I know the sleep machines have helped a lot of guys but i don’t know if the cg will grant waivers. I am sure you will have to prove somehow it is under control just like diabetes or high blood pressure, ect.
I was thinking about doing a sleep study because I think i have had sleep apnea for years and not because of fat in my throat. I just hold my breath for some reason while sleeping. Wierd.
But I think i will cancel that sleep study because once they got you on paper your done. or could be done.
Another reason this doc passed me is i have high muscle mass. if i was rolly polly she would have probably failed me but she said beins as I am about half fat and half muscle she let me slide.
Height and weight is not good enough. If you fail that system they need to get the calipers out and see how much is flab and how much is muscle.
They are not doing that yet. I need to loose a few pounds anyway. I am 6’ 2" and a good weight for me is around 245 lbs. At that weight I have no love handles, no pot belly, and no man boobs.
But i had a hard core doctor agrue with me that even under those circumstances I should be 185lbs according to his “almighty chart”. He let me slide but that is because I didn’t argue with him.
He would fail you if you were over 25%. And the DOT says that is fine. It is the doctors’ “discretion” at this point.
That is why i went to the flyin j this time instead of him. He would have failed me for sure.
the “drive through” clinic at the truck stop doesn’t make any money if drivers come out saying,“Don’t go in there. They will take your money and then fail you.”
My suggestion if you are having BMI issues and want to make sure your cg physical gets signed off is go to the clinic at the nearest truck stop.