Dr. Rakesh Bhattacharya and Dr. Lauren Bhattacharya are federally certified DOT Medical Examiners who are always on-site. We are the only providers in the Houston metroplex that provide our drivers with plastic, wallet sized DOT medical examiner's certificate IDs!
For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, the most important safety feature is YOU – the driver! Each time you turn the key, you are responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of all the people who share the road with you. The physical examination you take for your medical certificate confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a CMV driver and keep our Nation’s roads safe.
What You Need to Know:
- 49 CFR 382.603 is the applicable regulation requiring supervisors of commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate vehicles that require a commercial driver license to take 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of alcohol abuse and another 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of controlled substances use (120 minutes in total). The purpose of this training is to teach supervisors to identify circumstances and indicators that may create reasonable suspicion that a driver is using or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, supporting referral of an employee for testing.
- If you operate vehicles that require a CDL on the public roads and you have more than one employee in the company, you are required to get DOT Supervisor Training. To verify if you are subject to the drug and alcohol regulations, please visit http://www.dot.gov/odapc/am-i-covered
- Owner-operators are not subject to DOT supervisor training. However, you are still required to register with a consortium for DOT drug and alcohol testing.
- Employers need to ensure that the required content is made available to all persons designated to supervise drivers. Information can be found at /regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/what-are-my-employee-and-supervisor-training-responsibilities
- Below are a few suggestions on how you can get all of your employees designated to supervise CDL drivers trained.
- The Federal Transit Administration provides a reasonable suspicion training video at http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/DrugAndAlcohol/Tools/ReasonableSuspicion.aspx
- For more information on drug and alcohol regulations /regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/overview-drug-and-alcohol-rules
- If yes, are you in a DOT Drug and Alcohol Program?
- If no then this chart does not pertain to you.
- If yes, are you an owner-operator?
- If no, owner-operators and motor carriers that have only one CDL driver must join a consortium. If the motor carrier has more than one driver they may join a consortium, but they must get their drivers in a DOT Drug and Alcohol Program. To learn more click here: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/what-are-consortiumthird-party-administrators
- If yes, if you are an owner-operator and you have already enrolled in a DOT Drug and Alcohol Program then you do not need the DOT Supervisor Training.
- If no, are you a supervisor?
- If yes, have you ever taken the DOT Supervisor Training at your current job?
- If no, if you are not a supervisor, then you do not need the DOT Supervisor Training.
- If yes, you are not required to take the DOT Supervisor Training. However, if the trained supervisor leaves the company then the new supervisor must get the required DOT Supervisor Training.
- If no, you must take the DOT Supervisor Training. Go here for more information: https://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/DrugAndAlcohol/Tools/ReasonableSuspicion.aspx
Crown Wellness Center in partnership with TeamCME can provide owner-operators with a consortium to meet FMCSA requirements and be in compliance.
Crown Wellness Center does drug testing with hair samples.
Call us as soon as possible! We can point you in the right direction and get you back into compliance. Do NOT blow it off and do nothing!
Who must have a DOT Physical Examination?
Anyone who owns or leases commercial motor vehicles
Anyone who assigns drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles
For-Hire Motor Carriers
Private Motor Carriers
16 passenger van drivers for civic groups and churches
Ask us about:
- Drug Testing
- Breath Alcohol Testing
- Drug and Alcohol Program (Consortium)
- Audiological Testing