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AMTA encourages Class 3 drivers traveling to US to have valid medical certificate


EDMONTON, Alta. – The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is advising drivers of Class 1-3 vehicles to be vigilant when it comes to maintaining a valid medical examiner’s certificate.

The AMTA said all commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross weight rating over 10,000 lbs (4,536 kgs) must hold the medical certificate, but currently in Alberta, drivers of Class 3 vehicles do not require a medical, and therefore must pay special attention if traveling into the US.

According to the AMTA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is actively enforcing medicals for Class 3 drivers, which was established in 1986 under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Canadian Class 3 truck drivers operating in the US with a driver’s license recognized as equivalent to the CDL can be medically certified in accordance with FMCSA requirement by a licensed Canadian medical examiner.