• Henry Seaton

Grace period offered for new medical form

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is giving medical examiners four more months until April 20, 2016, to begin using new versions of the the Medical Examination Report and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC). Mandatory use of the new form was to begin Dec. 22, but FMCSA faced delays in uploading the new forms and didn't do so until Dec. 14. The additional time will ensure that medical examiners have sufficient time to become familiar with the new forms and to program electronic medical records systems. In the interim, examiners can use either version of the two forms.

Avoid legal pitfalls

Rules of the Road offers practical help on avoiding legal pitfalls in working with customers, independent contractors, insurers, factoring companies, etc.

Many serious legal risks will go unnoticed unless you are watching for them. Don't take chances.

 Although successful food haulers already employ the common sense steps required in FDA's new transportation rule, declaring your compliance can help you stay competitive for spot-market freight.