AB 722 to allow chiropractors to perform medical evaluations of drivers

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 722 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), paving the way for chiropractors to perform medical evaluations as part of the certification process for bus drivers, according to Lowenthal’s office.
“To comply with federal regulations, we’re going to need thousands of certified examiners in California alone,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “AB 722 will help fill the gap, allowing bus drivers better access to trained and qualified medical examiners in communities across the state.”
In April of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued new regulations that require all providers performing the mandatory U.S. Department of Transportation medical examination to be certified and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners by 2014. All individuals, regardless of age, who are applying for an original or renewal certificate to drive a school bus, school-pupil activity bus, youth bus, paratransit vehicle or farm-labor vehicle must complete a medical exam by a certified provider.
While federal law allows doctors of chiropractic to perform these exams for all drivers, California law only allows chiropractors to perform medical exams for school bus drivers over the age of 65. AB 722 ends this discrepancy, allowing California chiropractors who are certified under federal regulations to perform the medical exams for all drivers, improving access to qualified providers for the thousands of bus drivers in the state.

Source: Bonnie Lowenthal’s office

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