FMCSA Final Rule & Compliance

Published in the December 27, 2011, Federal Register The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule includes: Limitations on the 34-hour restart A mandatory break Changes to the definition of on-duty time. 34-Hour Restart For a driver who uses the 34-hour restart provision, two periods of time between 1:00 am and 5:00 am must be […]

FMCSA New Hours-Of-Service Rule Released

Trucker Doc here with an update on the upcoming Hours-of-Service rule. We’re expecting the final rule to be published officially on December 27th, 2011 – Federal Register. Limitations on the 34-hour restart, mandatory breaks, and changes to the definition of on-duty time highlight the new version of the hours-of-service regulations released by the Federal Motor […]

CMV Drivers Hand-Held Cell-Phone Ban

Texting Ban Now Extended To Hand-Held Cell-Phone Calls In September 2010, the FMCSA issued a regulation banning text messaging while driving a CMV, and PHMSA followed with a companion regulation in February 2011, banning texting by intrastate hazardous materials drivers. Starting 2102 , commercial drivers may not use a hand-held cell phone while driving. Penalties […]

Is It A Pulled Muscle Or A Pinched Nerve?

Drivers who come into Chirostop for their DOT physical, often ask me about upper back pain they’re experiencing, and I get this question all the time: “Doc – I have this pain that starts at the base of my skull, goes to the top of my shoulder and moves into the middle of my back […]

Women Truckers – Whiz® Anywhere A Man Can!

Good Day Drivers,  Dr. Kenn here. I had a very interesting conversation with a woman driver a couple of weeks ago.  It was a discussion regarding sitting on a public toilet seat –  which is your only option in a truck-stop. She said, “If I’m just to tired to care if I sit on the […]

Utah Business – Who Needs A DOT Medical Card?

Are you a Utah business owner? Being located in Salt Lake City, we get quite a few calls from local business owners asking whether or not they, or their employees, need a DOT medical card. UDOT Driver Qualification Rules Here is a brief summary of the Utah Department of Transportation driver qualification rules: Operates a […]

She Failed Her DOT Physical Exam

Yes, it does happen. Occasionally we get a driver who is unable to pass the DOT required physical exam. I recently had a woman driver come in for her DOT medical card and she failed her examination with flying colors. Her blood pressure was 190 over 120.  Yet she had no symptoms of high blood […]

Many Truckers Experience Shoulder Pain

You know, I see a lot of drivers during the year with the same problem – ‘trucker’s shoulder’. What the heck is ‘trucker’s shoulder’? A repetitive strain injury It’ a repetitive strain injury that builds up over time in long distance drivers. It occurs because OTR drivers use their left arm predominantly to steer the […]

Customer Appreciation Week at Sapp Bros Utah

A heads up to all our DOT PHYSICAL and CHIROPRACTIC customers. Save the dates – August 16th to 20th – we have a fabulous line up of activities at Sapp Bros Utah for the entire week. Free BBQ the night of Wednesday, August 18th. If you’re already a customer of Chiro Stop, please stop in […]

DOT Physical: White Coat Syndrome Causes High Blood Pressure

Anxiety Induced High Blood Pressure White Coat Syndrome! There are those who say it doesn’t exist and then there’s the reality. For some people just the thought of setting foot in a doctor’s office feels like walking into a lion’s den. For a commercial driver whose livelihood depends on getting their medical card, their anxiety […]