ARLINGTON, Va. (Sept. 13, 2013) — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is applauding Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) for introducing legislation to ensure that if the federal government sets standards for sleep apnea screening and testing of professional truck and bus drivers, those standards are established through an informed rulemaking process.
"ATA believes that if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to regulate sleep apnea, it should do so through the normal, established regulatory process rather than through informal guidance," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.
"The rulemaking process allows for medical experts, the regulated community, including professional drivers, to provide valuable data and input for the agency to consider in developing its regulations. A formal rulemaking will also require an analysis of the benefits and costs of regulating sleep apnea, an analysis not required for the issuance of guidance."
Mr. Graves said there are more than 3 million professional truck drivers and the cost of screening, diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea could exceed $1 billion annually.
The bill also is supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the American Bus Association, the United Motorcoach Association, the National School Transportation Association and the United Brotherhood of Teamsters.