Truckers having DMV problems

Updated: 06/03/2014 6:24 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 6:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

Truck drivers claim the state is losing important forms they need to keep their jobs. Trucking companies are telling News10NBC they have run into problems with the state over medical certification forms. Those forms prove a driver is medically fit to drive and they’re required for people with commercial driver’s licenses. Many truckers say they've turned in the forms, but the state is notifying them they have no record of them.

This is all part of new federal regulations that went into effect this year. The regulations require every person with a commercial driver’s license to declare what type of driving they’ll be doing and then submit a valid medical certificate for the DMV to keep on file.

Many trucking companies say they keep getting notices that those certificates are not being received.

C&M Forwarding relies on its drivers to pick up and deliver freight for their clients, but a problem at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is causing headaches for trucking companies like this one and creating anxiety for many of the drivers.

Cathie Milizia, C&M Forwarding, said, "So it is frustrating. It is just another one thing you don't need to be worried about."

This year, new federal regulations went into effect requiring commercial drivers to fill out a medical certification form. The completed forms were to be mailed to the DMV in Albany. Several freight companies say the DMV is losing their drivers’ paperwork.

Milizia said, "We've had problems, I don't know, 15 or 20 guys who have received the letter saying their cards and forms weren't received."

As a result, the state then threatens to revoke their commercial licenses.

Kendra Hems, NYS Motor Truck Association, said, "It's obviously a problem. This is their livelihood. They need that license to go to work every day."

Freight companies say the misplacing of the forms also threatens to impact their business as well as their customers.

Hems said, “We're really not getting an explanation as to why some of those things may still be getting lost, but we would hope they are doing everything they can to insure that it doesn't continue to happen."

News10NBC contacted the DMV in Albany to find out what the problem is and the agency denies it is to blame. In an emailed statement, Stacy Wood, a DMV spokesperson said, “I assure you that forms were not lost or misplaced by the DMV. Unfortunately, the federal regulations regarding this new process are quite complex and some drivers did not understand the process or its implications on their licenses. Some submissions were incomplete or inadequate, causing frustration for the drivers and DMV alike."  

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