Regular physical check-ups are required for drivers who drive commercial vehicles. The Department of Transportation has made these physicals compulsory to ensure safety standards on the roads. This medical certificate must be carried with you at all times when you are driving.
Who Needs a DOT Physical?
You are required to have a DOT certification with you whenever you drive if any of the following apply to you:
• You are commercially driving a vehicle that can hold 15 passengers or more and are driving for more than 75 miles from the place where you work
• You are carrying some kind of hazardous substances in your vehicle
• You are operating a vehicle that has a weight or a weight rating of more than 10,001 pounds and this vehicle is used for interstate purposes
Restrictions by DOT
The Department of Transportation has laid down certain restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles. If you fall under any of these categories, you will not be allowed to have a commercial license. For example, you must have at least 20/40 vision (you are allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses in order to improve your eyesight). If you have diabetes