The Motor Carrier Safety Appeal Board was created by the Motor Carrier Safety Act, Public Act 181 of 1963, as amended, MCL 480.13. The purpose of the board is to hear and decide applications for waivers from medical requirements of this act and the rules promulgated under this act. The safety appeals board consists of one member from each of the following: the director of the Department of State Police or his/her designee, the Secretary of State or his/her designee, the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation or his/her designee, and one representative of the motor carrier industry chosen jointly by these three department heads and the Michigan Trucking Association.
- NOTICE: For Governmental Units
Effective April 5, 2017
Public Act 452 of 2016
Signed by Governor Snyder on January 4, 2017
Effective April 5, 2017, the Motor Carrier Safety Act (Public Act 181 of 1963) will not apply to a commercial motor vehicle owned and operated by a unit of government or its employees, except as otherwise proved by this Act.
Government agencies will no longer be required to comply with the Motor Carrier Safety Act or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Employees of units of government will not be required to obtain or possess a medical examiner certificate.
Employers may require drivers to comply with the regulations; however, Applications for Intrastate Medical Waivers submitted by a unit of government will not be processed. Since the law does not require the driver to have a medical card, it will be up to the employer to decide if the medically unqualified drivers will be allowed to drive. The appropriate commercial driver’s license (CDL) self-certification for the Michigan Secretary of State will be accepted intrastate.
Drivers will still be required to possess a valid operator license, with the appropriate vehicle group designator (CDL) and endorsement(s), and Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing requirements still apply.
- Drivers Who Operate Intrastate Only
A waiver issued by the State of Michigan allows the driver to engage in intrastate operations only (within the borders of the State of Michigan). The waiver is not valid for movements made in continuation of interstate commerce, for example, U.S. Mail, delivery of air freight, or as part of a movement that has an origin or destination outside of Michigan
An application for a waiver shall be submitted jointly by the person who seeks a waiver of his or her physical disqualification and by the motor carrier that will employ the person if the application is granted.
Any supporting documentation from medical professionals and the potential employer is welcome.
The medical condition dictates what information is required.
- Motor Carrier Safety Appeal Board Meeting
Applicants with a history of seizures, insulin use, and cardiovascular conditions must attend a Motor Carrier Safety Appeal Board meeting before a waiver will be granted. Applicants for a vision or limb impairment may be required to attend a Motor Carrier Safety Appeal Board meeting.
The board meets the third Wednesday of January, April, July and October. All documents must be received two weeks before the board meeting.
- Grandfather Rights Cards
Effective January 1, 2015, Grandfather Rights Cards issued under Section 4 of Public Act 181 of 1963, as amended, are not valid.
- School Bus Drivers
School bus drivers are only eligible for a waiver from the insulin-controlled diabetes requirement. Waivers are not available for any other medical condition. A school bus driver that was employed as a school bus driver on June 22, 2010, and had diabetes noted on his or her medical exam may be exempt from the insulin disqualification. See the Michigan Department of Education's Pupil Transportation website for more guidance on this exemption.
- Additional Information for Applicants
This application must be completed accurately. This information is used in determining the areas of operation, the specifications of the vehicle and the commodities transported. If the waiver is granted, this information will be found on the medical waiver card that the driver carries and may limit the scope of operation. It is necessary to indicate the maximums for this purpose. Failure to give complete and accurate information may cause delay in obtaining a medical waiver. Application packets that are incomplete or missing required documents will be returned to the applicant. A list of common problems with the applications may be reviewed.
- Interstate Drivers