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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 commercial vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
  • Operates a vehicle that is designed to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation (8 includes the driver)
  • Operates a vehicle that is designed to transport more than 15 passengers not for compensation (15 includes the driver)
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous material (49 U.S.C. 5103)

You can find more information at this link for the Utah Motor Carrier Division.

Do You or Your Employees Qualify Under the UDOT Rules?

UDOT rules do not apply only to large companies or interstate transporters. You may be as surprised as many other small business owners have been, when they were stopped by a local law enforcement officer.

These are some of the local businesses that have been to Chirostop to get their DOT physical done.

  • A lawn service operating from a pickup truck, towing a trailer with mowing equipment.
  • A small landscaping company, moving a small tractor, bobcat or ditch witch.
  • A small recycle business, using a pickup truck to haul potentially hazardous materials.
  • A company truck hauling a trailer with quad runners.
  • A company truck pulling a trailer, helping a family member move.
  • Hotel guest transportation vehicles.
  • A small transportation business.
  • Van transportation for employees at army or air force bases.
  • Movie camera crew moving equipment in a small van.

DOT Physical Exam

The DOT physical exam is completed in 3 simple steps – brief health history, medical exam, and paperwork – and at Chirostop we do our best to get you wrapped up in under 30 minutes. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions on our website. For more information you are welcome to contact us at Chirostop in Sapp Bros. truck stop.

We look forward to helping you get your DOT medical card needs taken care of.

Dr. Kenn

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 pressure, just a long-standing headache. More on how high blood pressure affects your DOT medical card.
  • She was taking a prescription medication that made her drowsy while she drove and if she began to feel ill she had about 30 seconds to get the truck stopped before she basically passed out.

I had to fail her on her DOT medical examination.

Fortunately she wasn’t too surprised when I failed her. She had half expected it because she knew she was having problems with her medications. It’s amazing what she was going through, and still trying to keep on driving, and ignoring the possible consequences of her behavior which was a danger to herself and others.

How do you feel driving next to this driver while you’re busy trying to earn a living?

I figure if I have to drive next to you on the highways of America, I want you to be as safe and as healthy as possible, for you and for me.

Thanks drivers.
Travel Safely

Dr. Kenn