Must a driver who is returning from an illness or injury undergo a medical examination even if his current medical certificate has not expired? Guidance: The FMCSRs do not require an examination in this case unless the injury or illness has impaired the driver’s ability to perform his/her normal duties. However, the motor carrier may require a driver returning from any illness or injury to take a physical examination. But, in either case, the motor carrier has the obligation to determine if an injury or illness renders the driver medically unqualified. 

Originally Posted on the Idealease Safety Seminar