A driver cannot take a controlled substance or prescription medication without a prescription from a licensed practitioner.
If a driver uses a drug identified in 21 CFR 1308.11 (391.42(b)(12)) or any other substance such as amphetamine, a narcotic, or any other habit forming drug, The driver is medically unqualified.
There is an exception: the prescribing doctor can write that the driver is safe to be a commercial driver while taking the medication. In this case, the Medical Examiner may, but does not have to certify the driver.
Any anti-seizure medication used for the prevention of seizures is disqualifying.
The Medical Examiner has 2 ways to determine if any medication a driver uses will adversely affect safe operation of a CMV:
1. Review each medication - prescription, non-prescription and supplement
2. Request a letter from the prescribing doctor
Carrier Driver Duties And Responsibilities
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR 391.21) require that all applicants wishing to drive a commercial vehicle list all employment for the last three (3) years. In addition, if you have driven a commercial vehicle. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a safe driving record and at least two years driving experience. Regular Driving: 2 years (Required). R+L Carriers freight shipping and logistics company. Services include LTL, Truckload, Logistics, Warehousing and more. R+L Carriers: A freight carrier you can count on. If you’re expecting a few mail carriers and delivery drivers, you could leave out some small prepackaged snacks and a cooler of drinks for them to choose from. Climate Considerations.