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APNewsBreak: One-third of states may miss deadline for truck driver rules, risk losing money
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) ' About one-third of the states may not meet an impending deadline to comply with federal highway safety requirements. And that could result in millions of dollars of penalties to their federal road funds.
At issue is a Jan. 30 deadline for state drivers' license offices to require interstate truck drivers to provide proof from a medical professional that they are healthy enough to drive. States that fail to comply could eventually lose 5 percent of their federal highway funds. That penalty doubles if they remain out of compliance for a second year.
Truck drivers already must get a medical OK from a doctor. They currently carry those medical certification cards with them. The new federal requirement is intended to add the medical certification records to a nationwide database.