No impairment of hand or finger which interferes with prehension or power grasping or other extremity impairment which interferes with the ability to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) unless driver has a SPE certificate.
No mental nervous or psychiatric disorder that may interfere with operation of a CMV.
Distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 or better in each eye with or without corrective lenses (Snellen chart), field of vision of at least 70 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and ability to recognize colors showing standard red, green and amber. see (Federal Vision Exemption Package).
First perceives forced whispered voice in better ear at not less than 5 feet. If audiometric testing used no average hearing loss in better ear of more than 40 decibels at 500hz, 1000hz, and 2000 Hz with or without a hearing device. See (FMCSA Hearing Exemption).
Standards or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) are laws. Four of the standards (vision, insulin use, hearing, and epilepsy) are non-discretionary, and do not rely on the medical examiner's interpretation. A driver who does not meet any of the non-discretionary standards is disqualified. If the driver wishes, he must then submit an application to the FMCSA to be considered for an exemption from any of the standards (provided he or she would have been otherwise qualified as determined by a medical examiner). The FMCSA has two Driver Exemption Programs: The Federal Vision program started in 1998 and the Diabetes Exemption Program in 2003. The other two non-discretionary standards (hearing and epilepsy) do not have a formal program in place. Nevertheless, as of now, exemptions have been granted to all four non-discretionary standards. These exemptions provide a temporary relief from the regulatory standards. They are good for 2 years and may be renewed.